I'm beginning to learn ETABS at our office and I've been trying to determine the most efficient way to model a structure. I concede that if the model was going to be simple, I would just create it using the drawing tools in ETABS. However, as the structures become more and more complex, it seems that it is easier to draw the model in 3D in AutoCAD and import a .dxf file. A friend in the office creates every model in ETABS by first modeling the first floor and then copying it up and modifying as necessary. Given that often times floors stack, I can see how this method works also. What is your preferred method to model in ETABS? Thank you.
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