I have all my columns in position. I need to draw the beams. Should I use center to center or edge to edge?
I tried it in both ways. Both gave same volume but different lengths in properties palette.
There is a beam "cut back length" that allows for connection plates, etc.
Take a look in the beam family properties.
Typically, beams are placed from center to center of columns, and the cut-back length automatically pulls the ends away
the specified dimension.
Registered Architect/BIM Manager
Thalden Boyd Emery Architects
St. Louis, MO
May I rephrase my question? I need to export the structural frame, for analysis, to STAAD. For the purpose, center to center is the right method. But as I inserted all my beams, using grid option in the toolbar, I got edge to edge only. Is there a method to overcome this (other than rearranging each and every beam)?