Generate a model for FEA Analysis¶

Title: Generate a model for FEA Analysis | Quality: 1080p HD | Captions: English


This video shows how to generate a finite element model from an analytical model in Revit. The generation of the finite element model is carried out using the i_generate Generate Command on the SOFiSTiK Analysis Ribbon Tab. As the finite element model is derived from the analytical elements in Revit, before starting the command, we recommend activating a view in which all analytical elements including loads are visible. In case the model is generated for the first time, the SOFiSTiK environment must be initialized first with a suitable template. A dialog opens. In this dialog, please select the appropriate template.

The dialog provides templates for German and raw European design code as well as a template which allows you to set the design code manually. After selecting the template, the Generate Analysis Model Dialog opens. On this dialog, you can find three tabs.

The first tab provides general settings to control the type of model to be generated or the file path of the corresponding SOFiSTiK database.

The second tab provides settings related to geometry. Before a system is being meshed, the SOFiSTiK mesher analyses the geometry of the analytical model first and tries to remove inconsistencies and unwanted features. The most important setting to control this process is the geometric tolerance which can be either given as relative number or in absolute values. We recommend leaving the default of one centimeter.

The third tab provides mesh related settings. Here you can control the type and the size of the elements to be generated.


The defaults should suffice for most of the cases.


The YouTube tutorial videos are recorded with resolution 1920x1080 (1080p HD), therefore it is recommended to set the YouTube Quality to 1080p when watching the videos.


The video contains english captions, therefore you can follow the online video without audio.