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GRAITEC Advance Concrete newsletter September 2010
September 2011
Welcome to the new issue of the GRAITEC ADVANCE CONCRETE newsletter

In this issue:

    Focus on the 2011 SP1 release
  Projects of the month: : Grenoble Chamber of Professions and Craft Industries - Grenoble, France
  Tip of the month: Copying a 3D model
  International events: BATIMAT international construction trade show - Paris, France
  Web demos: Discover Advance Concrete powerful functionalities in 30 minutes
  Forum - GRAITEC Advantage
 
 
What's new in the 2011 SP1 release
 
Advance Concrete 2011 Service Pack 1 includes:

•  Compliancy with Autodesk AutoCAD® 2012 and Autodesk® Architecture 2012
•  Improvements in performance and stability

Compliancy with AutoCAD® 2012 and Autodesk® Architecture 2012

Advance Concrete - Compliancy with AutoCAD® 2012 and Autodesk® Architecture 2012 Advance Concrete - Compliancy with AutoCAD® 2012 and Autodesk® Architecture 2012 Service Pack 1 is compatible with Autodesk AutoCAD® 2012 and Autodesk® Architecture 2012.

AutoCAD® 2012 enables the quick creation of documents from a variety of modeling formats, helping to reduce manual documentation workarounds. Capture and import as-built information to jump-start your design process. Plus, you'll find a wide range of timesaving enhancements to the features you use most. AutoCAD® 2012 delivers the powerful tools you need to participate in smooth 3D design workflows, helping drive your projects to completion more quickly than ever before.
With new and expanded workflows for 3D conceptual design, model documentation, and reality capture, AutoCAD® 2012 helps design professionals maximize productivity.

To get AutoCAD® 2012 compliancy, Advance Concrete users can download the relevant service pack on the GRAITEC website: www.graitec.com/advantage
 

Improved performance and stability


  With Advance Concrete 2011 Service Pack 1, most functions' speed was significantly increased compared to the 2010 version. Among these improvements:

Advance Concrete 2011 - Start up speed
Start up speed

The Startup speed is significantly improved. With SP1, AC starts ~3.5 times faster than AC 2010.




Advance Concrete - time to load an existing file decreased with SP1
Loading files

The time to load an existing file decreased with SP1. Loading a file is 2 to 3 times faster than in AC2010 (the effect is even more visible with large files!).




Advance Concrete - Creating a new AC DWG file faster
Creating a new AC DWG file

Creating a new empty AC DWG file is ~10 times faster than AC2010.





Advance Concrete - Faster reinforcement drawing creation
Creating reinforcement drawings

The reinforcement drawing creation is ~3.5 times faster than in AC2010.
The performance test was performed with several basic structural elements with predefined reinforcement styles.



Advance Concrete - Faster reinforcement list update
Reinforcement list update

The reinforcement list update speed is ~3 times faster than in AC2010.





Advance Concrete - Export drawings and layouts to DWG
Export drawings and layouts to DWG

Export up to 20 types of views and layouts ~1.5 times faster than in AC2010.
 
  Several user preferences and functions were improved, for instance:

Color by diameter...
Distributions get specific colors according to the bar diameter as definition bars.
Bar library to define the color by diameter:

Advance Concrete - Bar library to define the color by diameter


User preferences with the new options:

Advance Concrete - User preferences


...such as many other functions and options:
    -  DWF export
    -  New "Crash Manager"
    -  Fabrics/Bent fabrics
    -  3D power
    -  3D viewer
    -  Reinforcement lists/BBS
    -  Reinforcement styles
    -  AutoCAD® Architecture issues
    -  Localization/Translation
    -  Reinforcement symbols
    -  Multi-user
    -  Unit management...

 
  Many issues of the previous versions that were reported by users have been fixed, including:

    •  [29069] ACIS converted to structural elements acquired unwanted approx. markings
    •  [29167] Rake symbol pointing near point bars center
    •  [29245] Hook length linked to bend class and hook type
    •  [29245] Unfold hook length measured complete hook arcs
    •  [29321] Slowness after adding 3D powered reinforcement (aka 30003)
    •  [29331] Bar marks not updated by size changes
    •  [29333] Incorrect spiral bars length
    •  [29355] Inverted bars exported by 3D viewer
    •  [29369] Shapes not recognized when switching to longitudinal fillets
    •  [29371] Soule export: fails for special bends
    •  [29384] Curved bars not showing in imperial bar list
    •  [29407] Overall length reported incorrectly for custom shapes
    •  [29525] Some bars not visible in 3D viewer
    •  [29605] 3D power makes point distributions multiply quantities
    •  [29956] Crash on print list
    •  [30007] Drawing corrupted after adding sections to rebar views with no autorebar
    •  [30142] Zero quantities in materials manager
    •  [30143] Rebar view image entity symbols reconnect to different views on update
    •  [30200] Deleted orders fail to unlock bars after dwg rename
    •  [30244] Soule export: for varying bars and Soule lengths rounding
    •  [30246] Soule export: for varying bars length calculation
    •  [30247] Soule export: dimensions and rounding
    •  [30249] Soule export: extra row for varying bars fixed
    •  [30455] Bar marks change when opening 2010 DWG (group shape codes not set)
    •  [30687] Qreps multiplied twice in Soule orders
    •  [30713] Alternate shape definition not applied to leg measurement

To benefit from these improvements, Advance Concrete users can download the relevant service pack on the GRAITEC website: www.graitec.com/advantage
 
 
Projects of the month
 

Grenoble Chamber of Professions and Craft Industries - EBS, Monbonnot, France

The new headquarters of the Chamber of Professions and Craft Industries of Isère region, South-East of France, designed with Advance Concrete.

Advance Concrete Project: Grenoble Chamber of Professions and Craft Industries, EBS, Monbonnot, France
 
About the project:
The building has a surface of 3850m2 distributed on three levels, and will contain offices.
EBS design office is in charge of the design of the headquarters of the Chamber, according to the project of CHABAL architecture office. EBS, located in Montbonnot, near Grenoble in France, is specialized in concrete structures.
The project was conducted according to a specific quality and environmental approach focused on energy saving: it is a "positive energy" building, which means it should produce more energy than it will consume, including the areas that do not contribute to the production. The building is at the edge of thermal innovation and should remain above specific regulations until 2020.
The thermal regulation of the building is made through "active slabs" that hold pipes for water circulation lined up in the axis of the slabs so that the heat or the coolness radiates from it according to the season. This energy saving approach also requires massive insulation thicknesses.

Project main challenges:
The architectural project, although it has a square aspect, is complex. The project had to undergo several adjustments so that the levels could fit one another and the building would be feasible in terms of construction.
The lead time to deliver the project was very tight, and many changes occurred during its lifecycle. Moreover, EBS design office had to collaborate with another company in charge of the erection of the main structural elements.

Advance Concrete Project - Advance Concrete Project: Grenoble Chamber of Professions and Craft Industries, EBS, Monbonnot, France      Advance Concrete Project - Advance Concrete Project: Grenoble Chamber of Professions and Craft Industries, EBS, Monbonnot, France
Advance Concrete solutions:
3D modeling of the project in Advance Concrete and automatic creation of views and sections enables overall understanding at any time, by the project owners, the architects or the construction team. Collaboration is eased.
Functions of the Advance Concrete Pilot enable the easy management of the building levels which allows more efficiency and decreased time, with fewer errors at site. Collisions could be automatically detected and solved with the automatic piling-up tool.

Mr. Thierry Nowak, draftsman at EBS design office: "Advance Concrete is a great tool. It shows its efficiency when it comes to dealing with complex geometry. The piling-up of building levels is often wrong in architectural projects, and Advance Concrete allows us to correct it. The automatic piling-up function helps us a great deal with the structure; Advance Concrete provides us with many checking tools to avoid errors. Working in 3D gives us great comfort and our partners in charge of the erection appreciate 3D views as well."
 
 
Tip of the month
 

"Copy 3D model": a powerful function

With the "Copy 3D model" function, Advance Concrete provides a more rapid and efficient work environment for the user to create reinforcement drawings. To create a complete reinforcement drawing does not only mean creating the reinforcement bars, but also creating the symbols and the dimension lines relative to the formwork.

Using the "Copy 3D model" option the user has the advantage of copying all the specific symbols along with the reinforcement bars. Another advantage is that the copied reinforcement bars are automatically displayed in all the other plan views. Using this option, the user creates a correct 3D model, avoiding many copy errors.

All the reinforcement bars must be created along with all the designated symbols and the formwork dimension lines. The "Copy 3D model" option can be used for all the similar structural elements from the drawing. The user must choose a reference point and then copy the multiple entities for each structural element.

The following figure shows a reinforcement drawing for a wall with an opening. The reinforcement plan contains reinforcements, reinforcement symbols, dimension lines and altitude symbols.

Advance Concrete 'Copy 3D model' a powerful function


For the reinforcement of the walls for the rest of the stories, the "Copy 3D model" option was used. The user selected all the reinforcement bars, reinforcement symbols, dimensions lines and all the altitude dimensions. The 3D copy allows the user to create the 3D reinforcement assembly avoiding all the errors that can occur when using the AutoCAD® "Copy" option. In addition, by using this option, the user instantly creates the definition bars and the corresponding distribution bars.

Advance Concrete 'Copy 3D model' a powerful function


In conclusion, by using the "Copy 3D model" function, the user can create reinforcement drawings in a shorter amount of time as the manual insertion of the symbols and dimension lines is avoided. The reinforcement 3D model is also correctly created.
 
 
International events
 

BATIMAT international construction trade show - Paris, France

The GRAITEC Team is attending the BATIMAT show from November 7th to 12th in Paris.
BATIMAT is an international and major show dedicated to construction professionals, bringing them together every 2nd year at Porte de Versailles, Paris. It is a special meeting place for professionals looking for technical and novel solutions.
BATIMAT is also an opportunity to discover the major trends in the construction trade as well as innovations, all in a friendly atmosphere.

Visit GRAITEC Team at BATIMAT 2011 show November 7th-12th !
Hall 5.1 - Booth C 11

For further information please visit: www.batimat.com
 
 
Coming web demos on September 28th, 2011
 
Discover Advance Concrete, the high-end concrete detailing software during one of our coming English web demos, which will take place on September 28th, 2011:

From 9:00 am to 9:30 am CEST Register now
From 5:00 pm to 5:30 pm CEST Register now
 
 
Support? Comments?
 
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We would encourage all our users to make the most of the GRAITEC online services to network with other users.
Contact the GRAITEC technical team to send us your ideas for future development and feedback on our software!
GRAITEC Advantage includes a Forum where users can share their experience on using Advance Concrete with other users from all around the world.

Advance Concrete Forum

  GRAITEC Advantage Online
 
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