New Millennium Building Systems

BIM & Design Tools

Dynamic Joist® Frequently Asked Questions

  • Q. Do you have plans to provide this same capability for other products such as Revit, SDS/2, and Bentley?
  • A: We do intend to develop tools for other software modeling systems. We are currently focusing our efforts on creating a sound component and tools in the Tekla environment
  • Q: How can I work with you, if I do not use Tekla Structures?
  • A: If you do not have Tekla Structures, we will work with you through common data file formats, such as IFC(preferred) and CIS/2.
  • Q: Do you plan to incorporate the modeling of bridging?
  • A: We are currently working on tools to model bridging during our design process. Until we finish development of the tool, the component contains clips and markers to indicate bridging locations. The markers are simply small parts labeled as “Bridging Location”.
  • Q: Do you plan to provide a way to communicate loading information?
  • A: We do plan to add an interface in our joist component to enter loading information that will be used during the design of the joist.
  • Q: Do you plan to incorporate special joist profiles in the “Dynamic Joist” component?
  • A: Special joist profiles are currently under development in the “Dynamic Joist”.
  • Q: Is the material generated from the “Dynamic Joist” interface actual designed material?
  • A: No, the material generated is generic material for representation purposes. The actual material for fabrication is updated in the component by New Millennium, after the joist has been through the design process
  • Q: Is the geometry generated from the “Dynamic Joist” interface actual designed geometry?
  • A: No, the geometry generated is generic and has equal interior panels. It is based on standards within New Millennium. The actual geometry for fabrication is updated in the component by New Millennium, after the joist has been through the design process.
  • Q: Tekla Structures crashes when I try to open a model, after I installed the “Dynamic Joist” component. Why is this happening, and is there a fix?
  • A: A bug in Tekla Structures has been identified when enabling parametric L shapes. Tekla is currently looking into the issue. The current fix is to disable one of the other less used parametric shapes in the “profitab.inp” file. The recommended shape to disable is the “EW” shape. Please see the example below:
  • Steel Shapes
  • Q: Is there a way to change the class number, so I can change the color of the joist? It looks like everything is set to class 99, which is grey.
  • A: The current interface does not provide an option to change the color of the joist. We intend to provide the option in one of our future versions. Until then, we recommend using object representation in your Tekla model. Here is an example of the object group to setup:
  • Object Group Respresentation
  • Object Group Respresentation
  • Q: I noticed that the FAQ talked about bridging clips and markers for locations. Why can’t I see them?
  • A: Bridging clips and locations are currently provided by New Millennium when we return the updated components to you. Bridging information comes from our internal systems. This information is not generated by the Dynamic Joist™ component. We do plan to generate standard SJI bridging information from the component in future versions.
  • Q: Why do I not see holes in the bearing seats when I enter the information on the interface?
  • A: In the current version of Dynamic Joist™, the entry for seat holes is for reference. This information is used by New Millennium for design purposes. In future versions, we plan to use this information visually in the component. We intend to either put holes in the seat or provide connections.