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Materials mapping

Last modified by Iwona Budny Bjergø on 2023/07/03 09:46

In order to map the materials included in the Revit model one should move to Materials tab. The dialog is divided into two parts: Revit materials in the left part and FEM-Design materials in the right part.


You can decide if you want to see (and map) all the materials from the Revit model library or only those that are currently being used in the model. Only current items option is always checked by default. Uncheck it in order to see all the materials from in the Revit library.

In the left window materials based on their Revit category are sorted into following groups: Concrete, Steel, and Timber. Material of any other category than Concrete, Metal, and Wood will be sorted under group Unassigned.


Mapping procedure

  1. Click on the small triangular next to the material category to open a drop down list of materials to be mapped within this category and select one of the materials. Any material that has to be mapped will be displayed in red. Any of material that have already been mapped before will be displayed in black.
  2. Find a corresponding material in the FEM-Design library in the right part of the dialog. Click on the small triangular next to the material category to open a drop down list of available materials from the FEM-Design library and select desired material.
  3. Press the Map selected item button. Material that has just been mapped will turn black.
  4. In order to save the material mapping (and update the warning list in the status window in the Export tab) press Apply.


Unmapping procedure

Select the material in the Revit materials window and press the Unmap Selected Item button. If you wish to unmap all of the previously mapped materials, do not select any material – just press the Unmap All Mapped Items button.


Load FEM-Design library

If you added additional materials into FEM-Design materials library and you wish to perform mapping into those materials, you need to update the default FEM-Design library in the StruXML Export dialog to the desired one. The code of the new materials library imported from FEM-Design has to be consistent with the chosen Code Standard in the StruXML Export dialog.

The procedure is as follows:

  1. In FEM-Design go to the Default settings of e.g. Colum.
  2. Go to Material tab.
  3. Press the Export… button.
  4. Chose Material library (*.struxml) in Save as type, find a location and name the library.
  5. Chose Save button.
  6. Go back to the Materials tab in the StruXML Export dialog and press Load FEM-Design library. Find and select the desired struXML file.
  7. Press Open button.


Export / Import Mapping

Once performed materials mapping can be saved to struXML file using Export Mapping button. Use Import Mapping button in order to load mapping from struXML file.