We've been tinkering with RS and found a few things that we had questions about.
a) First of all, in slabs, you can define a system family (deck) and you can also create a standalone deck, such as a 1 1/2" metal deck. It took us a while to find this feature, but once you see it, it's great. Now, if we're pushing a model to an analysis application such as ETABS or ROBOT, we'd like to have the gauge specified in Revit parameters. But this doesn't exist. Is there a reason why not? We understand that it can be added as a project parameter, but typically, if it's not defined in the system family, 3rd party developers cannot make a connection to it.
b) We're linking a RB model into RS and noticed that we cannot use the pick walls on the linked model to create slabs. Why is that?
c) The copy/monitor only works on grids, levels and columns. Will this be expanded to walls, roofs and floors in the future? I think these are very important elements to monitor. If the Architect moves a wall in the linked model (especially walls designated as Structural), the engineer needs to know that. He (or she )will have a wall drawn in the RS model and by accepting the change, that wall would move accordingly, thus ensuring coordination.
d) In case of roofs, in early stages of DD, the Architect typically leaves the roofs as flat. It would be nice if framing members could be "connected" to the bottom of a roof so that when the slope changes to 1/4" : 12" later on, the members would follow that slope. How are you guys/gals handling this?
I understand that both sides needs to talk, and there's no substitute for that. But if we're both modeling, I expect some automatic coordination in return. If we worked off the same model with worksets (we have in-house structural), then perhaps some of the above issues wouldn't exist. I'm not sure if that's a correct statement.
Any views/opinions? Thanks!