Webinar Q&A: Getting Started with Konstru

Posted on 19 February 2018 by Thornton Tomasetti

Thanks to all of those who attended the webinar last week! We had so many questions that we wanted to share each one with their respective answers.

If you missed the “Getting Started with Konstru Webinar,” you can watch a recording of the webinar using the link. You can watch previous webinars and tutorials by visiting the Konstru Youtube Channel.

If you have any other questions, comments, or feedback you can reach out to us on our Contact page.

Questions & Answers

Q: Why did you choose a web based solution? What was the background behind this decision?

There are a number of reasons. We provide a powerful 3D viewer in the Konstru web app, which can be used to view and query models in 3D, manipulate them, and even to merge information contained in one model into another one. 

Q: Could I upload camber/studs number into Konstru?

Not yet. We are currently testing this ability and will release it shortly. If there is a feature you’d like to request, please use our Support page.

Q: Does Konstru have the ability to reject individual changes?

Konstru does not currently have the ability to reject individual changes. This is a common request, and we are working on implementing this in the near future.

Q: Is your system IFC compatible or compatible with ArchiCAD, AECOsim, etc.?

Konstru does not read and write IFC files. However, we are working on implementing an ISM integration, which would allow Konstru and AECOsim to communicate.

Q: Does Konstru support TEKLA Structural Designer?

Konstru only supports the standard Tekla Detailing software, and not their Structural Designer program.

Q: Is Konstru compatible with other structural grasshopper plugins like Karamba?

Yes, Konstru is fully compatible with any other Grasshopper plugin. You can for example run analysis in Karamba, and then attach the results as attributes to Konstru elements, and upload them into the Konstru database.

Q: Is Konstru aimed at being a replacement to RAM’s ISM or would we also have to use ISM?

ISM is similar to Konstru in how it functions, but it connects a different set of platforms. We are in fact working on a prototype to connect ISM and Konstru, so that our users can get the best of both, and for example connect RAM Elements to Etabs, which would otherwise not be possible.

Q: Are there any plans to support foundations in Tekla?

At the moment we aren’t supporting foundations but they are on our dev schedule.

Q: Hi I’m new for this software. I would like to know what are the criteria to respect when modeling the model on Revit in order to capture the “right” Analysis model. Perhaps do you have a procedure to follow?

You can upload the analytical or physical Revit model. We recommend exporting the analytical model from Revit, and then cleaning it up in the Konstru web app. Konstru comes with very powerful tools to repair unconnected Revit models, checkout our repair feature to get clean analysis models out of Revit.

Q: is there is an option to break beam elements into individual elements when there are secondary beams are connected to primary beams, in Konstru? similar to column split tool in Revit?

No, there is not right now. However, we plan on adding this functionality in the future as part of our model repair suite

Q: Are there plans to make a similar platform to used by architects?

There are no immediate plans. However, we have clients at architecture firms that use Konstru to coordinate design changes with their structural engineering consultants.

Q: Does Konstru have the ability to visualize any data, or just the predefined data (like profiles or materials)?

Yes, with Konstru, you can visualize your model by any Attribute that is present in any of the elements. Please refer to this article in our online documentation for more info.

Q: If we have a RAM model could we use Konstru and not the ISM to transfer between Revit and RAM?

Yes, Konstru offers a native plugin for RAM Structural System.



About the Author

Thornton Tomasetti

KONSTRU’s user - friendly data environment makes 3D BIM collaboration a breeze. Our web-based platform translates data between building design and analysis applications so models can be synchronized without needing to be reworked. Designers no longer have to waste valuable hours reentering models into their preferred software, so KONSTRU can save time and money – and eliminate the risk of entry errors.

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