Sunday, February 24, 2019

Free CSI link v0.3

From the Autodesk App Store:

About This Version

Version 0.3, 2/21/2019
  • Various bugs reported from the previous release were fixed. 
  • Exports bracings.
  • Slabs with free form edges are being exported as polygons approximating the original curve. 
  • Wall openings are now exported by subdividing the shell element (ETABS only) 
  • Pier and Spandrel labels are exported to ETABS 
  • Beam/Bracing and Column end-releases are exported to ETABS and SAFE 
  • Export Revit boundary conditions 
  • Export springs 
  • If boundary conditions are not available in the Revit model, CSI Link can generate fixed boundary conditions automatically. 
  • Ability to adjust the column location to align with closest slab edges. 
  • Model size is limited to 100 nodes.


CSI Link is an external application for Autodesk® Revit® that enables users to transfer the analytical models from Revit to CSI SAFE and CSI ETABS for structural analysis. The goal is to eliminate the need for any extra modeling work in the target software meaning once the export file is generated, the structural model from the CSI application will be open and ready to run the analysis.

To achieve this goal the CSI Link add-on in Revit must be able to export all required data for structural analysis in addition to the structural model. This information includes Design codes /material specification/load pattern, load cases, and load combinations.

Below table compare the features of the CSI Link (free version)  with CSI Link plus (commercial version)

Feature CSI Link CSI Link Plus
Export Grids Yes Yes
Export Slabs Yes Yes
Export Walls Yes Yes
Export Columns Yes Yes
Export Beams and Bracings Yes Yes
Cross section mapping Yes Yes
Export custom cross sections Yes Yes
Export column and beam End-Release Yes Yes
Export Loads Yes Yes
Export load combination and load cases Yes Yes
Export Links No Yes
Export boundary conditions Yes Yes
Generate design strips No Yes
Typical floors No Yes
Auto adjust analytical model Yes Yes
Model size Limited to 100 nodes

Spring properties are being exported to Etabs and Safe

Start and end-release of beams and columns are being exported

Wall openings are exported in a curved wall.

Shell is automatically subdivided to create wall openings

different boundary conditions are being exported

Section mapping

CSI Link User interface

Note: This app uses a custom installer (and not the standard App Store installer).

Read Help Document

CSI link is brought to you by Parametric Zoo. It's free.

This add-in is compatible with Revit 2019, 2018, 2017, and 2016.

There's more information available on the Autodesk App Store »


CSI Link Plus v0.3

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