This week I needed to create some structure from the structural engineers AutoCAD plans since they were not using Revit. The way I got around the above mentioned error was to open a structural model I received from a different engineer on a different job. I copied one structural beam to the clipboard and pasted it into the job where I needed beams. It shows up fine in my drawing and I can change its length, offset and location. I can then change its size with the type selector. I had all the beam sizes because I down loaded the Core Structural Library from Autodesk.
For what I needed, this worked out pretty well.
Merry Christmas everyone.