Orion 18 software is a BIM-Compatible, structural engineering software. Previously owned by CSC, CSC was taken over by Tekla in 2013. It carries out structural analysis and design of individual structural members like beams, columns, slabs and walls. It is also used for composite structures like multi-storey buildings. Orion 18 has a major advantage in that it is the first of all the Orion softwares to work on both 32 and 64-bit operating system

For this tutorial series, we model a full structure, analyse and design its members, view the results and print the drawings and quantities sheets out. In so doing, we learn the different functionalities of the software. Also included in this tutorial series will be images to aid visualisation of what is being referred to in the text.

This first installment of this tutorial series is to introduce the structure of the tutorial series. This tutorial series will be divided into 3 parts:

Part 1: Pre Analysis

In this part, we select the design code, paper size and drawing axes for the structure. Also, we model structural members like beams, slabs, columns, walls and storeys for the structure.

Part 2: Analysis

In this part, we carry out the structural analysis of the structure, including the forces acting on the structure and the internal forces. We would be able to visualise its real time effect(s) on the building and make sense of what the software is presenting.

We will also carry out the Reinforced Concrete (RC) design of the structure.

Part 3: Post Analysis

In this final part of the series, we would print out the structural design reports, drawings, quantities and schedules and export the model created to Revit Structure and vice versa.

Be aware that full mastery of the software requires Practice! Practice!! Practice!!! Happy Learning.

We will learn to carry out all these as we design the full structure pictured below by following this tutorial

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  1. Pls can u send me more links on your tutorials

    1. Click on the "ORION TUTORIALS" button at the top of the screen