Getting Started with Speckle for ETABS

Getting Started with Speckle for ETABS

Use Speckle to get data in and out of ETABS and supercharge your structural design and analysis workflows!

Reynold Chan
Reynold Chan

ETABS is a popular structural engineering software. We hope that with the release of this connector, structural engineers will be empowered to automate more of their tedious workflows. Let's look at how you can use Speckle to get data in and out of ETABS and supercharge your productivity!

Currently, this connector is under alpha release which means there is limited functionality to what it can do and is not as comprehensive as other connectors. We hope that this alpha release is enough for structural engineers to get started with building some of their workflows though.

For a comprehensive overview of this connector, check our docs 📚!

Prerequisites

To follow this tutorial you'll need the following:

  • ETABS 18 or 19
  • a Speckle account (you can get one at https://speckle.xyz/)
  • the Speckle Connector for ETABS (see below, install it via Manager)

Installation

Installing the connector is as simple as finding it in the list of available connectors in Speckle Manager and clicking "Install"!

Launching the Connector

The connector will be added to all supported versions of ETABS that you have installed.

To launch the connector, navigate to the "Tools"  in the toolbar. There you'll find the Speckle Connector button.

Adding or Creating a Stream

Adding a stream to your ETABS project takes just three easy steps.

  1. Click the create new stream
  2. You'll see a popup with a text box prompting for a new stream
  3. Add a description

You can also add streams by their URL by using the URL button next to the connector. The Add stream tab will list all the streams associated with the accounts you have linked to the manager. You can navigate between accounts on the desktop UI.

Sending from ETABS

Sending Using Filters

Instead of manually selecting the objects you want to add to the stream, you can use filters to select the objects for you. The connector includes a number of categories.

To apply a filter:

Click the category options that you want to send, then click send and check out your filtered data on the web. You can send again to the same stream by clicking the send button again.

Receiving in ETABS

Before you receive data into the ETABS model. Save the ETABS file first if it's an empty model.

Receiving data into ETABS is even easier. Make sure your stream card is in receive mode. If it isn't, change it to the receive mode with the tab. If you want to receieve from another stream, you can go back to the Add Stream tab and navigate to an appropriate stream to choose to receive from.

If you want to receive older data, you can use the change the commit that says "latest" to choose an older send. If you have multiple branches on the stream, you can use the branch category to switch between branches.

If you want more detailed info on the ETABS connector, head over to this page on speckle.guide!

Conclusion

We hope you enjoyed this tutorial and found it useful!

Speckle is an Open Source project and we really ❤️ feedback, so if you have any questions, comments, critiques, or praises please let us know on our community forum.

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