Bim Connect
 

History of improvements

 

GRAITEC BIM Connect was initially developed to transfer geometrically accurate model data between GRAITEC Structural BIM suites and Autodesk Revit Structures with the first release in 2008 way ahead of the BIM curve.

Here you can explore how GRAITEC BIM Connect has evolved over the years.

Version

Date

Improvements

2017 R2

October 2016

  • The synchronization process between AD and Revit has been improved to automatically assign the imported loads to the corresponding load cases coming from Advance Design.

    October 2016

2017

July 2016

  • Synchronization enhancements
    » Angled linear elements retain their structural type definition from Revit®
    » Circular column sections can now be mapped by diameter or radius

    July 2016

    » If the section of an element was changed during synchronization, the material also appeared as changed. This issue was fixed and now the material is preserved during the exchange.

  • Import enhancements
    » The transfer method of efforts from Advance Design has been improved for the current version of BIM Connect.
    » Some issues regarding the settings and interpretation of efforts, caused by the decimal separator placement, were corrected for this version.

2016 R2

January 2016

The commands in the BIM Connect category have been designed to allow the user to quickly connect their Autodesk® Revit® models to the Graitec Advance suite, and then optimize the design of their structures, producing general arrangement drawings, fabrication drawings, BOMs, and NC files, both for steel and concrete structures. The updates to the GRAITEC PowerPack for Revit® 2016 R2, when applied to this category of commands, are intended to increase productivity and offer a better response to real situations that may appear in the design process.

  • Advance Design
    In order to provide a complete BIM workflow between GRAITEC Advance Design and Autodesk® Revit®, a specific icon has been added in the BIM Connect panel. Using the Advance Design tool, the active project will be exported from Revit® and imported directly to Advance Design, which will then launch automatically.
    The export and import operations will take into account the configuration that was previously selected in the Settings dialog.

    January 2016
  • Import load combinations from Advance Design
    If, in the previous version, load cases were transferred between AD and Revit, now load combinations are also imported in Revit together with the corresponding FEM results.

    January 2016
  • Import FEM results at synchronization
    The new options offer the possibility to import FEM results when the model is synchronized. Therefore, it is no longer necessary to import the full model to get the FEM results from load cases and load combinations.

    January 2016
  • New options for models comparison at sync
    The two options set the precision taken into account when synchronizing two models.

    January 2016

    The geometrical points will be compared up to the number of decimals selected by the user in the Minimum distance between points field.
    Any other numerical value, for example, load intensity, will be compared up to the number of decimals set in the Numerical values tolerance field.

  • Improvements
    » Files in *.gtcx format were not imported correctly when using templates other than the Structural one. This issue has now been corrected and elements are imported in the project regardless the type of template used.
    » The exchange of footings between Revit® and Advance Design now works correctly both ways. The foundations from Revit® are exported to Advance Design as supports and the supports from Advance Design are imported into Revit® as foundations.
    » Synchronization improvements have been made regarding the geometric modifications when exchanging information between Revit® and Advance Design.
    » The transfer of the analytical model releases between Revit and Advance Design now works correctly.
    » Improvements regarding load cases and load combinations transfer - the case id is saved during the model transfer between Revit® and Advance Design.

2016

June 12 2015

  • Compliancy with Autodesk Revit 2016
    The new BIM Connect 2016 is included in Advace PowerPack 2016 for Revit, which is compatible with Autodesk Revit 2016. After installing Advance PowerPack 2016 for Revit, the commands in BIM Connect are available in the PowerPack ribbon.

    June 12 2015
  • Concrete section mapping
    Starting with version 2016, the new option for Concrete section mapping allows users to perform an automatic mapping of the concrete parametric sections using Revit families.

    June 12 2015
  • Import of FEM results for linear elements
    Through GTCX, BIM Connect 2016 can import FEM results for linear elements from Advance Design load cases.

    June 12 2015
  • Split elements synchronization
    Split elements can be now synchronized.
    A Revit model consisting of a continuous beams and a slab which covers the entire floor can be exported in GTCX and imported in Advance Design or Arche Ossature.

    June 12 2015
  • Import and Export capability as native Autodesk Advance Steel format – SMLX
    BIM Connect 2016 can now manage natively Autodesk’s new Autodesk Advance Steel exchange format – SMLX for importing and exporting steel structures models with additional status data. GRAITEC BIM Connect enables model exchange using both GRAITEC GTCX and Autodesk SMLX files.

    June 12 2015
  • Automatic launch of Arche Ossature at export
    When using the Export feature of BIM Connect, the user can chose whether he wants to automatically launch the software in which he wants to import the file.

    June 12 2015
  • Click here to read the full documentation about "What's New in GRAITEC BIM Connect 2016"

2015

July 16 2014

  • Compliancy with Autodesk Revit 2015
    GRAITEC BIM Connect 2015 is compatible with Autodesk Revit 2015. After the installation, the plugin options are available on a ribbon similar to the one from the version 2014.

    July 16 2014
  • Availability only in 64 bits version

  • Possibility to export/import loads
    A new option that makes possible the export and import of loads in GRAITEC BIM Connect 2015 is now available.

    July 16 2014
  • Possibility to export only elements with analytical model
    GRAITEC BIM Connect 2015 has on option which allows the user to choose whether he wants to export only the elements that have analytical model. The option refers to the export of the structural elements if their analytical model is enabled.

    July 16 2014
  • Possibility to export only elements with analytical model
    An option that allows the user to export beam shortenings from GRAITEC BIM Connect 2015 is now available.

    July 16 2014
  • Possibility to import only elements that are marked in Autodesk Advance Steel as structural
    GRAITEC BIM Connect 2015 has on option which allows the user to choose whether he wants to import only the elements that are marked in Autodesk Advance Steel as structural.

    July 16 2014
  • Possibility to disable joining of beams after importing to Autodesk Revit
    The user has the option to disable joining of beams when importing a structure to Autodesk Revit

    July 16 2014
  • The columns that have user sections are exported from Autodesk Revit in the correct position and with the right orientation.

    July 16 2014
  • The name for a planar element is imported correctly into Autodesk Revit 2015

    July 16 2014
  • Materials' properties are completely exported from Autodesk Revit 2015

    July 16 2014
  • Level names are properly displayed when importing form Advance Design 2015 into Autodesk Revit 2015

    July 16 2014
Click here to read the full documentation about "What's New in GRAITEC BIM Connect 2015"

2014.1

October 15 2013

  • Preliminary mark from Autodesk Advance Steel objects
    Starting with Service Pack 1 of GRAITEC BIM Connect 2014, the preliminary mark of Autodesk Advance Steel objects is transferred through GTCX file.

    October 15 2013 October 15 2013
  • Better models synchronization between Autodesk Advance Steel and Revit

    October 15 2013
  • Stability when exporting big models from Revit

    October 15 2013
Click here to read the full documentation about "What's New in GRAITEC BIM Connect 2014 SP1"

2014

June 17 2013

  • Compatibility with Autodesk® Revit® 2014

    June 17 2013 June 17 2013
  • The intersected foundations under walls are imported through IFC in the correct position.

    June 17 2013
  • Improvements at IFC import regarding the concrete walls (position and openings)

    June 17 2013
  • Features improvements at import of structural elements in Autodesk Advance Steel

    June 17 2013
  • Steel sections provided from Revit are imported in Autodesk Advance Concrete as user sections through the GTCX file format.

    June 17 2013
  • Completed the mapping database with Australian sections

    June 17 2013
Click here to read the full documentation about "What's New in GRAITEC BIM Connect 2014"

2013

February 12 2013

  • Speed improvement regarding plates import. The import time of the models into Autodesk Revit has decreased by almost 50% due to the fact that the method of importing plates was changed.

    February 12 2013
  • Correct rotation and offset for curved beams

    February 12 2013
  • Curved foundations are successfully imported.

    February 12 2013
  • Bent walls can be imported using any format: GTCX or IFC.

    February 12 2013
  • Curved walls can be imported using any format: GTCX or IFC.

    February 12 2013
  • Beam holes, used in different situations, are transferred using any format: GTCX or IFC.

    February 12 2013
  • Polygonal features for plates, created in Autodesk Advance Steel, are transferred through GTCX in Autodesk Revit.

    February 12 2013
  • GRAITEC BIM Connect keeps the justification of the walls created in Autodesk Advance Concrete or Autodesk Advance Steel.

    February 12 2013
  • Automatic recognition of usual concrete sections. When usual concrete sections (rectangular, circular, square) are imported using any file format (GTCX or IFC), they are automatically recognized by the program and no mapping is require.

    February 12 2013
Click here to read the full documentation about "What's New in GRAITEC BIM Connect 2013"

2012.3

November 05 2012

  • IFC import/export from Revit, uses the same application settings in mapping databases as the GTC format – TTPro #1420

  • Sections belonging to the section classes included in Revit templates that are not loaded by default, can be loaded when needed and they can be selected from the available sections list – TTPro #1422 #1423

  • Rotated concrete columns are imported in Autodesk Advance Concrete / Autodesk Advance Steel, using GTC & IFC formats – TTPro #1527

  • Concrete circular columns created in Revit are imported directly in Autodesk Advance Concrete, no manual section assignment is required, with the IFC format – TTPro #1462

  • Better management for slanted columns exported from Revit:

    » Extensions of slanted columns are imported in GTC & IFC format – TTPro #1528
    » The position of slanted columns connected to walls is kept when imported in Autodesk Advance Steel / Autodesk Advance Concrete, using the IFC format – TTPro #1518
    » The slope of slanted columns is now kept when imported in Autodesk Advance Steel / Autodesk Advance Concrete, using the IFC format – TTPro #1514
    » The orientation of the slanted column’s section is kept when imported in Autodesk Advance Steel / Autodesk Advance Concrete – TTPro #1507 #1415
  • Curved beams created in Autodesk Advance Steel are imported with the correct geometry in Revit, using GTC & IFC formats – TTPro #1414 #1523

  • Curved beams created in Revit are imported with the correct geometry in Autodesk Advance Concrete, using the GTC format – TTPro #1406

  • Curved beams with rotated sections, created in Revit, are correctly imported in Autodesk Advance Steel using the GTC format – TTPro #1407

  • Holes in beams created in Revit are correctly imported in Autodesk Advance Steel, using both GTC & IFC formats – TTPro #1494

  • Cutting features of steel beams (both straight or curved)created in Autodesk Advance Steel are imported in Revit, using the GTC format – TTPro #1472 #1440

  • U and L steel sections with custom offset and mirror settings are imported correctly in Revit – TTPro #1516

  • Slab openings from Autodesk Advance Concrete, of various shapes, are imported in Revit – TTPro #1479

  • Wall openings created in Autodesk Advance Steel are imported in Revit using the GTC format– TTPro #1483

  • Slab openings from Revit are imported in Autodesk Advance Concrete, using the IFC format – TTPro #1311

  • Better management for circular openings, both for Revit and Autodesk Advance Steel/Concrete import:

    » Circular openings in walls are imported identically (with regard to their dimension and position)when imported in Autodesk Advance Steel/Autodesk Advance Concrete, using the GTC format – TTPro #1399
    » Circular openings in walls created in Autodesk Advance Steel are imported identically (with regard to their dimension) when imported in Revit, using the GTC format – TTPro #1504
    » Circular openings in walls created in Autodesk Advance Concrete are imported in the right position in Revit, using the IFC format – TTPro #1505;
  • Wall position is correct when imported in Arche Ossature, using GTC & IFC formats – TTPro #1378

  • Correct import for Revit continuous footings under a wall contour, using GTC & IFC formats – TTPro #1489

  • The dimensions of isolated footings from Autodesk Advance Concrete are kept at import in Revit, using GTC & IFC formats – TTPro #1458

  • The direction of Revit wall foundations is kept when imported in Advance Design, using the GTC format – TTPro #1512

  • Architectural floors created in Revit are imported in the right position in Autodesk Advance Steel / Autodesk Advance Concrete, using GTC & IFC formats – TTPro #1485

  • Circular slabs created in Revit are imported in Autodesk Advance Concrete, using GTC & IFC formats – TTPro #1486

  • Curved edges of floors and foundation slabs in Revit are imported with the correct shape, for GTC & IFC formats – TTPro #1361

  • Slabs created in Autodesk Advance Steel are imported in Revit with the correct position for their analytical model, for the GTC format – TTPro 1448

  • Better management for analytical models of various types of elements:

    » The analytical model of walls is correctly imported in Advance Design, using the GTC format – TTPro #1369
    » The analytical model of columns is correctly imported in Advance Design, using the GTC format – TTPro #1367
    » The analytical model of slabs is correctly imported in Advance Design, using the GTC format – TTPro #1347
    » The analytical model of wall foundations under a closed wall contour is correctly imported in Advance Design, using the GTC format – TTPro #1427
  • Thickness of Advance Design plates is imported correctly in Revit, using the GTC format – TTPro #1370

  • Linear support from Revit are imported with the correct coordinates in Advance Design, using the GTC format – TTPro #1496

  • Advance Design walls are imported in Revit with the correct thickness, using the GTC format – TTPro #1383

2012.2

September 07 2012

  • Better fusion between Revit Structure/Architecture and Autodesk Advance Steel through .gtc and .ifc files. The improvements consist in additions and updates for mapping and rotations for a new set of UK sections (UK Universal Beam & UK Universal Columns) and also improvements of import of concrete sections in Autodesk Advance Steel.

  • Better fusion between Revit Structure/Architecture and Autodesk Advance Concrete through .gtc and .ifc files. The improvements consist in import of curved walls, slated columns, wall openings, pile caps and also the mapping window appears only for special sections, while for the usual section the mapping is made automatically.

  • The slanted columns are imported correctly through the IFC file, from Revit to Autodesk Advance Concrete.

  • Curved walls are imported correctly from Revit to Autodesk Advance Concrete, through the GTC format.

  • Walls with openings created with "edit profile" are imported correctly from Revit to Autodesk Advance Concrete, through the IFC file.

  • The pile caps are imported in the correct position from Revit to Autodesk Advance Concrete, through the IFC file.

  • The mapping window appears when special sections are imported, from Autodesk Advance Concrete to Revit, through GTC & IFC files.

  • The mapping window appears only one time when "unknown types" are imported, from Autodesk Advance Concrete to Revit, through GTC & IFC files.

  • Correct priorities for imported concrete sections from Revit to Autodesk Advance Steel, through GTC & IFC files.

  • Concrete wall foundations are imported in the correct position, from Revit to Autodesk Advance Steel, through the GTC file.

  • Concrete elements are imported correctly through the GTC format, from Revit to Autodesk Advance Steel.

  • The beams are imported with the correct Z direction offset from Revit to Autodesk Advance Steel, through GTC & IFC files.

Internal version number: 2.0.4633

3.0.38

July 25 2012

  • Revit 2013 Structure and Architecture compatibility

  • Better fusion between Revit 2013 Structure/Architecture and Autodesk Advance Steel through .gtc and .ifc files. The improvement consists in mapping of sections and materials, rotation and offsets. After mapping, important projects were successfully imported/exported.

  • The following section classes and country from Revit libraries were filled in “GTCMapping2012”:

    » US Imperial » Columns & Framing, Steel
    » Canada » Columns & Framing, Steel
    » UK » Columns & Framing, Steel
             » Columns & Framing, Light Gauge Steel
             » Columns & Framing, Corus Steel
  • Better fusion between Revit Structure/Architecture and Autodesk Advance Concrete through .gtc and .ifc files. The improvement consists in mapping of beams, openings, walls and materials. Saw cuts, eccentricities, offsets of the sections are correctly displayed after import/export.

  • The "Add-ins" toolbar for export/import is also available on Revit Architecture 2012 (French version).

  • The sections classes added in the "Profile_Rotation" table are taken into account for import/export in the gtc format from the Revit application

  • Beam rotations given by sloped work planes to beams in Revit is correctly considered in Autodesk Advance Steel when transferring through the GTC

  • Object mirror is taken into consideration when transferring models through the GTC from Autodesk Advance Steel to Revit

  • Saw cuts, beam offsets and beam mirror are correctly exported through IFC

  • Curved beams can be transferred through IFC to Revit

  • Correct material export

  • The IFC files exported from AC are successfully imported in Revit Structure.

  • Exporting SDNF files from Revit requires section mapping

  • Using the gtc file format, wall foundation elements are exported successfully to structural applications

  • Analytical models for walls with top attached is successfully exported to structural applications through the GRAITEC BIM format (works only with Revit 2013)

  • Slabs are correctly exported, via the gtc file format, when they are bordered by parapet walls or slab edges (works only with Revit 2013)

2.0.35

May 03 2012

  • Solved an issue regarding incorrect import of the beams with not-null offset

  • Solved a bug regarding a failed export of a particular concrete floor

  • Solved an issue regarding export of beams having a not-null Z-justification

  • Solved an issue regarding the import of a mirrored beam

2.0.33

March 12 2012

  • Solved a defect regarding incorrect export of the material type in Revit 2012

2.0.31

October 26 2011

  • Revit 2012 Structure and Architecture compatibility

  • A few corrections in miscellaneous cases. Main ones are about slopped beams import and SDNF compliancy

  • Removed the license protection mechanism. Now the GRAITEC BIM Connect Plugin is free

1.0.26

October 20 2010

  • Revit 2011 Structure and Architecture compatibility

  • Rotating and mirroring the profiles as specified by the mapping database

  • Steel plates import / export / synchronization

  • Solved a bug regarding a failed export of a particular concrete slab

  • Solved several bugs regarding some particular steel beams exported from Revit Architecture 2011

1.0.21

June 15 2010

  • Fixes a bug regarding random crashes of sdnf import / upgraded to GTC 3021

1.0.19

March 02 2010

  • Fixes a bug regarding exporting of a Revit model to Advance Design through GTC 1.0.20 - 08 apr 2010 - failed when exporting a model from the customer

1.0.18

February 09 2010

  • Fixes an incompatibility between GRAITEC BIM Connect plugin and Autodesk Advance Steel 2010

  • Added a shortcut to the license utility in Start Menu / Programs / Graitec / Graitec Revit Link

  • The curved beams are exported in GTC format with the correct orientation

  • The floor and wall holes are exported in SDNF

  • Correction of an error at the exportation of steel beams

1.0.17

January 20 2010

Solves issues related to the SDNF export:

  • Floors with circular cut-out can now be exported in SDNF

  • The analytical model was exported for some beams and columns instead of the CAD model

1.0.16

November 27 2009

Corrects the error due to Autodesk Advance Steel not being able to create connections after the installation of GRAITEC BIM Connect.

1.0.15

November 27 2009

Setup modification for Windows® 7 compliancy.

1.0.14

November 16 2009

Solves several issues related to the SDNF export:

  • Channels & angles were being ‘flipped’

  • Columns were rotated by 180°

  • Windows® 7 compliancy logo added

  • Solves installation issues

  • Solves the "Failed to import as model in Revit Architecture 2010" defect

1.0.10

August 04 2009

A setup bug was fixed: crash when launching custom action if Revit Structure and Revit Architecture where not both installed

1.0.9

July 24 2009

FLEX protection added

1.0.6

May 18 2009

Solves issues related to the connection between Autodesk Advance Concrete and GRAITEC BIM Connect:

  • Slab were not exported at the correct altitude

  • Walls shifted by half of their thickness

  • Walls exported as wall openings

  • Incorrect export of curved walls

  • Slab openings were not exported

  • Generate report for missing ramps

1.0.5

March 27 2009

Solves issues related to the connection between Autodesk Advance Concrete and GRAITEC BIM Connect:

  • Piers are exported as isolated footings

  • Incorrect export of slabs composed of many contours

1.0.4

March 25 2009

Corrects the error "Import of the GTC model fails if the user is not an administrator on the machine".

1.0.3

March 06 2009

Solves some defects related to Autodesk Advance Concrete and GRAITEC BIM Connect: slabs outside the model, flattened together, missing slabs and pylons

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