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How are elements attached in Advance Steel?

  • Software:

    Autodesk Advance Steel
  • Module

    Modeling
  • Question:

    How are elements attached in Advance Steel?
  • Type:

    Modeling
  • Difficulty:

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Answer

For easier modeling of structures Advance Steel has a new option for attaching elements.
An element can be attached geometrically by one or two work planes depending on the type of the element and relative to one level.
A level is defined by two work planes; one defines the base of the level and the other one defines the upper part of the level.
When you create a structure with levels in the "Project Explorer", each created element will be attached to the active level.

How are elements attached in Advance Steel

A level is active when the name is highlighted (in bold). It can be activated either by double clicking it or right clicking it and selecting "Activate".

How are elements attached in Advance Steel

When the level is active, the work planes that define the level will become active.

How are elements attached in Advance Steel

To see the elements that are attached to a level, right click on the level and select "Mark elements". The elements that are attached to the level will be marked.

How are elements attached in Advance Steel

If you forget to activate the level when defining an element, you can later attach it to the desired level.
The wall and column, whether they are concrete or steel, will always attach to the work planes that define the level and then to the level where they belong.
The slab and beam, whether they are concrete or steel, will always attach to the work plane that defines the upper part of the level and then to the level where they belong.

How are elements attached in Advance Steel



In the next example you can see that the wall and beam are elements that are not attached to Level 2.
To properly attach elements to the desired level, you must follow two steps:

1. First the elements will be attached to the work planes of Level 2.
Activate Level 2 and then "turn on" the work planes that define the level so you can easily see them.


How are elements attached in Advance Steel


How are elements attached in Advance Steel










Right click on the base work plane, "Level1", and select "Attach elements".



How are elements attached in Advance Steel




Advance Steel will then ask you to select the objects to bind on the work plane. In this case we will choose the wall, because the wall, as a structural element, is defined also on the height of the level, so the wall must be bound to the lower and upper work planes.




After the selection press "Enter" and then you must choose the points of the element that will bind it to the work plane.

Select the points on the base of the wall and then press "Enter".

How are elements attached in Advance Steel



How are elements attached in Advance Steel






To check if this element is attached to the "Level 1" work plane, right click on the plane and select "Mark elements" and you will see that the wall will be marked.


The same applies to bind the top part of the wall to the "Level 2" work plane, but this time you will select the upper points of the wall.
Attach the beam using the same method, with the difference that it will only be attached to the upper work plane of "Level 2".

How are elements attached in Advance Steel


Note that both elements are attached to the upper work plane.

How are elements attached in Advance Steel

2. The second step is to attach the elements to the corresponding level.
This can be done from the properties of each element.

How are elements attached in Advance Steel

How are elements attached in Advance Steel


After selecting the level where each element will be attached you can check if the elements belong to the right level.

How are elements attached in Advance Steel

Note: The same principle applies to elements made of steel.