Autodesk Labs: Project Octopus for RSA

Integrate analysis results with Excel.


Project Octopus is a free* technology preview that allows designers and engineers using Autodesk® Robot™ Structural Analysis to seamlessly access data and results with Microsoft® Office Excel®.


Project Octopus helps designers to easily develop "user defined" calculations that complement Autodesk Robot Structural Analysis results. Project Octopus is fully integrated in Microsoft Office Excel as an Addin and allows accessing data and results from an Autodesk Robot Structural Analysis model using simple Excel formulas. Users are able to select a formula from a predefined list using wizard dialogs or using typical Microsoft Office Excel workflows. Each formula takes as arguments a set of parameters that can be written directly inside the formula, which may come from specific cells or from an active selection within Robot Structural Analysis. Once the link has been made with Project Octopus, data is available for post processing with Excel formulas, graphs, pivot tables, and other methods present in the application.

With this approach, Project Octopus enables a dynamic link between Autodesk Robot Structural Analysis and Microsoft Office Excel, eliminates copy/paste or CSV import/export steps, and removes the need for programing skills and knowledge of Autodesk Robot Structural Analysis API to extract data for use in spreadsheets.

* Free technology previews are subject to the terms and conditions of the end-user license and services agreement that accompanies download of the software.


By joining the project, you have the ability to download the technology preview, post your feedback in the discussion forum, and stay up to date with the latest developments concerning the technology preview. You will need an Autodesk login to join the project. If you do not have one, registration is free. Just select Create Account after clicking to join the technology preview.

We are granting you rights to participate in this limited technology preview at no cost to you. Please read and accept the following terms. By joining the project, you are agreeing to be bound by the terms referenced below. Do not join if you do not agree to be bound.

  1. I acknowledge that in exchange for my use of the application, I agree to provide Autodesk with feedback in accordance with the Autodesk Labs Terms of Use and agree to other terms and conditions therein. Additionally I understand that any downloadable technology that is made available through the Autodesk Labs site is governed by the terms of the license agreement which accompanies or is included with the preview. For any part of the technology preview that is available through the Internet as a web-based or cloud-based service, I understand that my access and use of the service will be governed by the applicable terms of service, which I have had an opportunity to read.

  2. The technology preview is available worldwide, subject to applicable legal and regulatory restrictions. The End User License Agreement (Autodesk Pre-release Products Agreement) for this technology preview is available in English. As part of the install process, you will be required to accept and agree to be bound by the terms of the End User License Agreement accompanying the software. Please print and keep a copy of the End User License Agreement for your records.

  3. I agree that Autodesk may contact me to ask for my feedback (including surveys) on improving the technology, to request permission to use my content beyond those covered by the terms of use, and to send me information about Labs updates and new Labs technology previews. I further agree to the general use of my personal information as described in the Autodesk Privacy Policy (including cross-border transfers as described in the policy).

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