We are delighted to announce that the Graitec Advance 2020 suite has been released and we are excited to present to the public the novelties developed by our engineers, based on the needs and requests of the ever-growing communities that have gathered around each software developed by GRAITEC. We have designed brand new exciting modules, but also added new functionalities into the current ones, with which users will thus interact using a significantly improved UX design.

BIM Designers 2020 suite brings two brand new modules for the calculation and verification of the reinforcement of walls and slabs. BIM Designers Concrete modules (Beam, Column, Footing) as well as Steel modules (Stair & Railing  and Steel Connection) bring significantly improved algorithms, new useful features, and a more aesthetically enjoyable UX Design.

We are  inviting you to take a quick look at the newest Wall and Slab modules, and next, you will find which are the new features and improvements brought to the existing BIM Designers modules.

New BIM Designers Wall module

The Wall Module calculates the reinforcement depending on loads and makes the necessary verification according to international codes for two types of walls: wall (with gravitational loads) and shear wall (placed into seismic zones). The walls can be analyzed individually or in a group. The result of the calculation is a reinforcement area made of bars or fabrics, depending on users’ needs.

 

In the case of rebar meshes, the Wall Modules will also provide the necessary recommendations about the remaining fabrics parts and the locations where those could be re-used to reduce the consumption of material to a minimum.

The BIM Designers Wall module, as remaining modules included in the Reinforced Concrete Series (Footing Designer, Beam Designer and Column Designer), can be run as a standalone application, as embedded in Advance Design and Autodesk Revit® environments.

 

New BIM Designers Slab module

The Slab Module is designated for the creation of reinforcement in concrete slabs in the Autodesk Revit® environment.  The definition of reinforcement cage is based on the theoretical reinforcement area imported from Advance Design, using intelligent repartition of rebars and fabrics. The module also enables reinforcement generation on the user input (detailing mode) without any information about the theoretical reinforcement area, based only on minimal reinforcement areas.

The software offers unique options of reinforcement modeling for rebar meshes placement, from which users can choose the most efficient one in terms of safety and cost efficiency.

Moreover, the Slab module enables the interactive reinforcement placement by using real-time previews, to provide users with a practical and intuitive way of visualizing the impact of their modeling choices on the structure.

Improvements to rebar detailing in Revit

With the BIM Designers 2020 version, the modeling capabilities of the reinforcement in the Autodesk Revit® have been significantly increased. In addition to the mentioned above possibilities of reinforcement generation in walls and slabs, a reinforcement generation in continuous foundations and a new tool for splitting bars have been added.

The reinforcement generation on continuous foundations (structural foundations hosted by walls) is possible with design calculation and reinforcement generation, according to code rules, as well as direct modeling of rebars using dedicated tools.

 

 

A new Split rebar functionality allows for automatic or manual dividing existing reinforcement bars with the use of multiple rule. It allows for maintaining the continuity of the divided bars by lapping, mechanical couplers or with cranked bars. This new functionality gives the full control over bar splitting thanks to the real time preview, a possibility for editing values and the ability to split bars in 2D Revit view using manually or automatically generated lines.

 

New Precast features for Beams

Among the many novelties introduced to the reinforced concrete Beam module, the greatest focus was put on precast features.

Four new section types for Precast beams have been added, offering a wide range of possibilities for geometry and reinforcement modeling. New precast sections are fully supported in terms of design verifications, generation of reinforcement, creation of design documentation and drawings.

 

 

A new version of the beam module gives also the possibility for defining opened links, that can be defined separately for each span of the beam.

Another important new functionality is the ability for design corbels, according to European and North American codes. A corbel can be defined as a short cantilever with a fixed or variable height.  The BIM Designers module performs all necessary verifications during the design process, including the generation of the corresponding reinforcement.

 

Improvements to Stairs & Railings Module

Our skilled engineers have been working hard to improve the Stairs & Railings Module algorithm since the last release. The improved algorithm rapidly creates stairs into the user-predefined architectural plan. The software will offer users a set of stairs based on the number of treads, rise ranges and going ranges. If the users enter parameters values that break the minimum or the maximum allowed stride, they will be swiftly alerted by the Stairs & Railings Module.

The impact of changing the constraints can be visualized and evaluated using two new graphical features that consider the users’ changes in real time. The "Protractor" and "Graph" features visually represent, on a graph, the comfort provided by the created stairs based on the users' constraints.

The module also benefits from a new look and feel, mainly through dialogs’ reordering and significant updates of all UX design elements.

Steel Connection Module

The Steel Connection software is the BIM Designers module that helps users rapidly design joint connections. The new version comes with a new type of connection: HSS bracing joint – a hollow-section bracing  for braced frames. The software runs an automatic verification of the newly introduced joint based on Eurocode 3 standards.

Finally, all steel modules benefit from a significantly improved UX design that will reduce the number of necessary clicks per action.

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