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FAQ 004167 EN

29 October 2019

Sonja von Bloh Import / Export & BIM RFEM RSTAB

How can I import a SHAPE-THIN cross-section into RSTAB/RFEM?

Answer

The cross-sections created with SHAPE-THIN can be loaded via the cross-section library. To do this, click the 'Import Cross-Section from Program SHAPE-THIN' button in the 'New Cross-Section' dialog box (Figure 1).

The dialog box 'Import Cross-Section from Program SHAPE-THIN' involves the following directories (Figure 2):

  • all directories that are included in the Project Manager of RFEM 5, RSTAB 8, SHAPE-THIN 8, etc.
  • all directories that are included in the Project Manager of previous program versions of SHAPE-THIN such as SHAPE-THIN 7

With the "Search for SHAPE-THIN Cross-Section" button (Figure 3) it is possible to search for cross-sections in directories that are not integrated in the Project Manager. The searched directory is then added to the directory list of the 'Import Cross-section from Program SHAPE-THIN'.

The desired cross-section can be selected and imported from the respective directory. Please note that the cross-sections must be calculated and saved in SHAPE-THIN before the cross-section values can be loaded. It is only possible to import each cross-section individually.

When importing a SHAPE-THIN cross-section into RSTAB/RFEM, this cross-section is imported into the user-defined cross-section library. The user-defined cross-sections can be imported using the "Load Saved User-Defined Cross-Sections" button of the cross-section library (Figure 4). If you want to update the cross-section in the user-defined cross-section library, import the modified cross-section once more. The security query must be answered with 'Yes' (Figure 5).

The video initially demonstrates how the BRIDGE cross-section from the folder Examples linked in the Project Manager is imported. Then, the cross-section example-1 is imported from the Desktop directory that is not linked to the Project Manager. The cross-sections are now available in the user-defined cross-section library. By way of example, the cross-section Example-1 in RFEM is deleted and pasted into the user-defined cross-section library. Subsequently, it is demonstrated how the Example-1 cross-section is changed to SHAPE-THIN and imported into RFEM.

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Cross-section import Import cross-section Load cross-section

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