A Storm is brewing in the Cloud(s)

I tried out Project Storm with Revit structure for the first time last week. I was impressed at the simplicity of the program. Just like most user friendly BIM software packages, your work load has been cut and for a structural engineer Project Storm can give a solid interpretation of the structural/static analysis of a project.


Another feature we all know about BIM is that, one of the main points or advantages which is usually noticed, is the TIME and therefore MONEY it can save you. Instead of sitting and waiting for your stuctural analysis to be formulated, Project Storm allows you to upload your model to the Autodesk cloud via your Autodesk username and password. Therefore, in a similar way to project Vasari, or other cloud based applications, you can continue to work on your model which your results are processed. If you haven’t already tried out Project Storm I’d definitly recommend giving it a shot.

Project Storm for Autodesk Revit Structure is a free* technology preview that provides cloud-based structural analysis to structural engineers as a part of the BIM process. With Project Storm, engineers and designers can extend design models from Revit Structure to the cloud for structural analysis from directly within Revit Structure.

Results can then be visualized and explored within Revit Structure and disruptions to workflows are minimized by performing analysis in the cloud as users continue to design.


The latest version of Project Storm for Revit Structure includes the following enhancements:

  • Define “Analysis Profile” before conducting analysis:
    Users can now select “Analysis profile” before running structural analysis, and it can be defined as Draft, Normal or Fine. Selecting “Analysis Profile” has a direct impact on the analysis rate and results accuracy on walls and floors.

  • Performance improvements:
    With adjustments to the system infrastructure, performance improvements can be realized.

  • UI is optimized:
    To help guide the analysis process and to give progress integrations throughout, “current steps” indicators have been added to Project Storm to allow for information to be provided at each step of the analysis and results gathering process.

The technology preview will operate until April 15, 2012.


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About Ben Malone

Information Manager for BIM.Technologies in London

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