After the structural analysis is done and the structural model is revised, the up-to-date structural analytical model can be re-imported to Archicad, where the original Physical Model can be adjusted accordingly. This bi-directional model exchange workflow is ensured by Archicad's import/export functions and the Model Compare tool.
The following sections introduce the capabilities of the structural analytical model exchange workflow.
SAF File Export/Import in Archicad.
Use this to exchange project information with other design disciplines based on the structural analytical model parameters. You can use the Open / Save as options, even Model Compare tool to import model change information into Archicad. For further information, please see:
SAF Translator settings for Export ensure that the Archicad structural analytical model is correctly recognized and interpreted by the external structural analytical software. Access SAF Translator settings at File > Interoperability > SAF > SAF Translators.
Building Materials (in Archicad) and corresponding SAF Materials
Archicad Profiles and corresponding SAF Cross Sections
Local Coordinate System standards (how to interpret the orientation of columns and beams)
Segmentation of curved walls if the receiving software cannot handle them
Use these translator settings to fine-tune and define a smooth model exchange workflow between Archicad and the structural analysis software. For further information, please check out all the following sections from the Reference Guide:
SAF Translator settings for Import ensure that the structural analytical model from an external structural analytical software is correctly recognized and interpreted by Archicad. Access SAF Translator settings at File > Interoperability > SAF > SAF Translators.
SAF Materials mapping to corresponding Archicad Building Materials
SAF Cross Sections mapping to corresponding Archicad Profiles
Miscellaneous settings for mapping incoming SAF elements to corresponding Archicad elements
Use these translator settings to fine-tune and define a smooth model exchange workflow between the structural analysis software and Archicad. For further information, please check out all the following sections from the Reference Guide:
This bi-directional model exchange workflow is ensured by Archicad’s import/export functions and the new Model Compare tool.
The structural analytical model generated within Archicad can be shared with any external finite element analysis software and vice versa. Use Model Compare tool and Issue Handling feature to update Archicad's physical model with modifications.