Structural Analysis Software & BIM

Three-Dimensional Planning According to BIM Method

The structural analysis software provided by Dlubal Software can be integrated seamlessly into the Building Information Modeling (BIM) process.

The large number of interfaces ensures the data exchange of digital building models with RFEM or RSTAB.

  • BIM-Oriented Planning

RFEM 6 Interfaces to Rhino & Grasshopper

Rhinoceros (short: Rhino) is software for the computer-aided modeling of any object (from a teapot to an entire building). Due to the specialization in NURBS curves and surfaces, there are no limits to the shapes.

In connection with the Grasshopper plugin, the structures can be parameterized as desired, using a clearly arranged, visual programming interface. This makes the product package especially attractive to architects and engineers.

The interfaces to Rhino and Grasshopper are implemented in RFEM 6 by default and can be installed subsequently, if necessary.

The development was carried out in cooperation with the planning office Bollinger+Grohmann and its responsible developer, Diego Apellániz. Based on the existing Parametric FEM Toolbox for RFEM 5, the interface was extended with new functions and it benefited from the knowledge and programming code from Bollinger+Grohmann.


Rhino Interface

Both lines and surfaces including openings can be exported to or imported from RFEM 6. The export has the transfer modes "Overwrite" and "Add". The objects to be transferred can be controlled by selection or layer. When importing into Rhino, you can also select the layer to which you want to add the objects.

Grasshopper Interface

This interface allows you to activate the Dlubal tab in Grasshopper. This includes three component groups (model data, loads, RFEM 6 import/export). The model data group allows you to add Dlubal-specific properties to lines, surfaces, and solids. You can also create materials, cross-sections, supports, hinges, and eccentricities.

The load group includes the components for creating load cases and combinations, as well as load components for nodal, line, member, surface, and free polygon loads.
The last group covers the components for the import and export to RFEM.