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Drawing/modelling rib vaults in Autocad

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tomdeturck

I'm a master student constructional engineering

Does anybody have an idea how I should go about drawing rib Vaults in AutoCad. I have to make a 3D model of a belfry tower so I can import it into Finite Element Software (ANSYS workbench).

To make it even worse, the tower has 4way, 5way and 6way rib vaults. FML...

 

I do not have the radius of the rib vaults, only heights/distances on a 2D plan.

I guess I could import the 2D image and somehow try to get a fitting circle segment. Any thoughts?

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tzframpton

I'm not sure about how to import into a structural software, but below is a quick video of how I create ribbed vaults with AutoCAD in 3D:

 

http://screencast.com/t/iNdmkomAcV8Z

 

Hope this helps. :)

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tomdeturck

Thanks a bunch!!

It was helpful, too bad it wasn't with sound and a bit fast but hey, i'm not complaining.

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tzframpton
Thanks a bunch!!

It was helpful, too bad it wasn't with sound and a bit fast but hey, i'm not complaining.

I usually don't provide commentary as I demonstrate my approaches on the videos. It's just easier to show a live video rather than explain it word for word as a picture is worth a thousand words. My speed is just my experience I guess and my video recording software caps at 5 minutes so I usually try to cram to not hit the time limit.

 

Glad it was helpful. :)

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tomdeturck

Haha no need to explain yourself, i'm very thankfull :)

BTW: wow, that was you working, not sped up? Impressive!

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tzframpton

Yes, not sped up. AutoCAD is pretty simple once you understand the environment and 3D tools. :)

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