From Diamonds to ETABS

This article explains how to send a model from Diamonds to ETABS, using BIM Expert.

1. Preparation in Diamonds

The transfer to ETABS will be on geometry and loads.  The presence of results is not required.

2. Send the Diamonds model to Etabs

2.1 From Diamonds to BIM Expert

In the File menu tab, select ‘Export > Export to BIM Expert’  or simply use F8. The geometry model is sent to BIM Expert. All sections and materials are automatically converted and transferred, as well as the loads and results (if present). The model is now in BIM Expert.

2.2 From BIM Expert to ETABS

In the Model tab, select ‘Export’. Next, choose the destination software manufacturer, namely ‘Computer and Structures, Inc’ (CSI). Click  to continue.

Choose ‘ETABS’


2.2.1 Settings

Select your ETABS version, the destination and analysis model.  The destination can be either:

  • To a new empty model in a new instance
  • To current instance and new empty model

ETABS will launch automatically in case of ‘new instance’ choice.

Next, the BIM Expert sections and materials must be mapped with ETABS’ section and materials. BIM Expert will try to find as many automatic mapping matches as possible. In case all sections and materials find a match, you will not see any dialogs for mapping.

2.2.2 Material mapping

In a new file, ETABS only has 2 materials present: Steel S355 and Concrete 30/37. Chances are real that you see the material mapping dialog.  If you cannot find a suited counterpart in the ETABS model, the material can be added as new.

2.1.3 Section mapping

A new ETABS model has no cross-sections. So all will be added as new.

3. Final steps in ETABS

Depending on the chosen destination: launch ETABS and open the file. Or continue working in the open instance of ETABS.

4. Get started with BIM Expert

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