Advance Steel

BIM software for structural steel engineering,
detailing and fabrication

Steel Detailing


Structural Modeling


Drawing Creation


Document Management


Advance Steel detailing software helps accelerate design, steel detailing, steel fabrication, and steel construction.

Built on the Autodesk® AutoCAD platform, the intelligent 3D modeling tools help you accelerate design and detailing processes. Speed time to fabrication and construction with tools that automatically generate shop drawings and deliverables.

Advance Steel also offers interoperability with Revit and GRAITEC Advance Design software to support a more connected BIM workflow.

Advance Steel 2017 now incorporates intelligent tools for inserting cold-rolled sections; purlins, side rails and any associated connections and the BOM templates have all been updated for this new version.

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What's New in Advance Steel 2017

Fabrication Data Information

Create your own approval status in the Management Tools and make them available for Advance Steel objects in the Document Manager

Grid Balloon Placement

Control the placement and size of grid balloons and improve the appearance of drawings

Additional Drawing Styles

Improve your productivity with better drawings by using specific drawing styles for engineering drawings and miscellaneous steel.

Beam Offset Information

Get the beam offset value that is automatically displayed in labels on drawings.

Snap Points On Anchors

This tool creates the possibility of easily dimensioning anchors on structural and engineering drawings

Bridging Tool for Purlins and Side Rails

A new automatic joint for creating bridging for purlins and side rails

Custom Clipping Symbol

Choose from different types of clipping symbols for elements not fully included in the view.

Templates for Lists on Drawings

New templates for creating lists on drawings - available to get more documentation information

Synchronizing Steel Connections

In 2017, you can synchronize steel connections between models created in Revit or Advance Steel

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All the tools are designed for fast and efficient modelling, creating a precise BIM model to enable Advance Steel to subsequently generate all project documents (drawings, lists, NC files) from the model.

Advance Steel provides the user with a large library of structural elements and design functions such as:

  • Generic industry components such as Frames, Bracings, Concrete Footings, etc.
  • Common Profiles and Sections
  • Various Roof systems
  • Miscellaneous Steelwork (stairs, railings, ladders, etc., including joints)
  • Complex folded plates (e.g., conical or twisted)
  • Welded, tapered and curved beams
  • Powerful Plate manipulation tools

Advance Steel works in 2D or 3D depending on the user's preference and the type of structure being modeled. Advance Steel supports all basic and widely adopted CAD concepts and functions (snap points, grip points, copy, etc.) promoting rapid adoption.

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Advance Steel

Advance Steel comes with a comprehensive library of customizable automatic joints (more than 300 joints), which increase the speed and efficiency of modeling connections.

In addition to the default library, Advance Steel also offers the possibility to create specific custom connections using a wide range of tools:

  • Polygonal cuts on plate and beam (cope, along centreline, polygonal, on the UCS, with an angle)
  • Placement of bolts, holes and shear studs
  • Welded connections

All custom connections, from simple to extremely complex, can be saved, previewed and reused from within the Connection template explorer, and even modified to suit other needs.


The enhanced Connection Vault streamlines workflow with the following features:

  • All connections in one place
  • Create and save favourites
  • Connection previews of possible combinations
  • Choose a connection and use it directly from the connection vault!

Advance Steel assigns automatic part marks to the entire model which can also be based on user defined numbering prefix method, starting number and increment. The powerful model checking tools is Advance Steel for element collisions, tool access (buildability), and consistency of element marks (fabrication, delivery and assembly) ensure accuracy and quality are maintained.

Knowledge Engineering: Advance Steel integrates a new adaptive technology that automates and significantly accelerates joint creation. When creating a joint, Advance Steel analyses its environment and recognizes if a similar situation has occurred in the past. The software then suggests the optimal joint in the desired category while taking into account its structural integrity. (*Only available for certain types of joints and standards.)


New Joint Design Engine
Advance Steel can now automatically design common joints within the user interface. To create a joint the user specifies the forces (kip) and Advance Steel quickly designs the joint. The correct type and quantity of bolts, plate thickness, etc., are automatically inserted in the model and a full design report is created!

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Autodesk Advance Steel is the only CAD software for steel structures that easily models sheet metal work. It only takes a couple of clicks to create a complex element, for example, a conical shape from two CAD entities (circle, square, etc.) or between two profiles with different diameters.

The drawings for these shapes are automatically obtained along with their unfolded representation.

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Specific joints and macros are provided in Advance Steel for modeling Cold Rolled. GRAITEC are working with cold rolled suppliers to update the ranges and joint settings in Advance Steel to make the process as efficient as possible.

Joints for purlins

These joints can be applied on supporting beams and plates (eg: cap plate on the top of a column) and offer many options, for example, the creation of stays.

The tools for connecting purlins to rafters are grouped in the Purlins & Cold Rolled category of the Connection Vault in Advance Steel.

Draw the beam manually and simply select the CR supplier from the Section drop down list in the Advance Properties box.

Alternatively, icons are provided to directly draw beams.

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Advance Steel
Advance Steel

With the “Model Share” technology, Advance Steel users can work in a real multi-user mode to accelerate projects.

Advance Steel offers unrivalled, flexible and secure multi-user functionality offering:

  • Speed improvements to model a big project (multiple users working on the same DWG file)
  • Display performances (tools to display only selected elements)
  • Flexibility (joints can be created between elements modeled by different users)
  • Security (an element being used by one person cannot be modified by another)
  • Information (real-time information of model changes)

Once the design is completed, Advance Steel offers a wide range of automated functions to create all the fabrication and general arrangement drawings. A large range of formats (e.g. A4 to A0) and different page layout templates are available. Each detailed drawing is created as an individual DWG file. The details are automatically labeled and dimensioned. Templates are available for a wide range of uses and countries and the drawing layout may be customized with user specific requirements using the Drawing Style Manager.

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Advance Steel

General Arrangement drawings

  • Automated creation of an isometric view from the project, with many different label possibilities.
  • 2D drawings, such as elevation, anchor or roof plans are automatically labeled and dimensioned.
  • Function for automated view creation on the drawing for special situations such as a complex detail or a base point with the foundation.
  • Flexibility in the choice of the presentation rules for the details.

Fabrication drawings

  • Creation of individual fabrication drawings for single and assembly parts
  • Automated drawing creation by processes
  • All parts automatically dimensioned and labeled with the required information
  • Dimension lines can be presented as Relative, Running or Ordinate
  • Function for part unfolding and tube templates
  • Required cuts from the main view will be created automatically
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The Final Touch

  • Automated creation of a view in the drawing when adding a section/cut line or other similar detail
  • Ability to change scale, clipping and presentation within the drawing
  • Additional dimension lines (e.g. Arc, Angle….) can be created and modified
  • Quick additional label insertion by selecting the information directly from the model
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Once the drawings are completed, bills of material (BOM), lists and NC files can be created. The user can select from different predefined or custom formats: content definition, insertion of logos, customizable sorting, etc.

Advance Steel Document Manager is a powerful yet user-friendly centralized time saving tool to check drawings, sort out details and print bills of materials.

Advance Steel automatically creates revision clouds in drawings for modifications compared to the previous status of the drawing. This considerably helps users have better control on changed elements after an automatic update of the drawings with a revision number and removes a high degree of risk.

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Manufacturing and Fabrication Compatibility

GRAITEC software is 100% compatible with worldwide machinery manufacturers. We work with the following manufacturers to further streamline the design to fabrication process:

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  • Logo VERNET
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Furthermore, with the GRAITEC Advance PowerPack app for Autodesk Advance Steel users can access a set of fabrication commands which provide a link with Advance Workshop, GRAITEC's software for steel fabrication management.

BIM Workflow

Bim Workflow

BIM Connect

Link Advance Steel projects with Autodesk Revit®.

Download the free BIM Connect app here

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