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Structural Analysis for Construction Professionals

Advance Design is a mature and easy to use FEM Structural Analysis solution dedicated to structural engineers operating in a BIM environment.

It fully designs any type of structure, with any kind of loads, mixing concrete, timber and steel members. It includes major code standards (Eurocodes / North American).

 

Powerful, Easy to use and operate

BIM: Fully compliant with Revit®

Supported by a strong team of experts

Flexible licensing model

Thousands of references worldwide

Advance Design - Connect to BIM workflows

Connect to BIM Workflows

Advance Design provides an outstanding BIM experience.

It enables intelligent model-based workflows for Engineers and construction professionals. Advance Design acts as a BIM platform and guarantees the continuity of geometric and analytical data through model transfers all along the design cycle.

Analysis results are also stored in the Digital Model and are part of the BIM process. For instance, they can be used to start a rebar design or a steel connection process directly from Revit. These options open new disruptive opportunities.

Successful Customers

ALFACON – Concentrated Fodder Factory & Silos
Hargrave Place – by Fordham Consulting Ltd
MALABATA HILLS
Barrage du Coudray-Montceaux
JEROME SEYDOUX-PATHE FOUNDATION
Nové Chabry Residential House
CANFORD SUSPENSION BRIDGE
BMW Sculpture at Goodwood Festival of Speed 2016
CENTRE POMPIDOU METZ

GRAITEC Advantage: Key to Success

With all our software solutions we offer a Graitec Advantage Maintenance Contract. This maintenance contract is the solution to perpetuate your investment with the following benefits:

 All product updates and upgrades are available during the term of the agreement. These updates can be minor or major versions.

 By phone, e-mail, or remote access our dedicated team will assist you for all your questions around our solutions simplifying your daily tasks.

Access to a dedicated customer portal with a personal user account. Tutorials, documentations, downloads are available in this area.

GRAITEC ADVANTAGE: KEY TO SUCCESS

Advance Design provides an outstanding BIM experience and enables intelligent workflows for Architects, Engineers, and Construction professionals. It supports model import-export- synchronization mechanisms using main industry standards (IFC, CIS/2, SDNF, STP…) and through an API with Autodesk Products: Autodesk Revit® and Autodesk Advance Steel®.

Connected Structural Workflow
Connected Structural Workflow

Connected Structural Workflow

Connected structural workflows are no longer science fiction but a stark reality that is delivering newfound accuracy and performance. Discover how!

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Autodesk Revit Integration

Autodesk Revit® Integration

Advance Design connects to Revit® through an API and streamlines BIM workflows. Import, export, synchronisation of models and results package storage are available.

IFC Compliancy

IFC Compliancy

Advance Design interoperates with 3rd party BIM platforms using IFC.

Autodesk Advance Steel® Connectivity
Autodesk Advance Steel® Connectivity

Autodesk Advance Steel® Connectivity

The strong link with Advance Steel® speeds up modelling and detailing of steel structures.

BIM Designers Integration
BIM Designers Integration

BIM Designers Integration

Complete your structural analysis with the integrated Advance Design modules for steel and concrete members and get automatically detailed design reports, design intents and drawings.

Analytical Model
BIM Designers Integration
Analytical Model

Analytical Model

Advance Design comes with effective tools to solve geometrical issues such as merging nodes, extending linear elements, checking vertical alignment, etc.

Advance Design is probably one of the easiest to learn and use structural package. Modelling is intuitive thanks to a complete library of structural elements, advanced wizards and automatic loads generators (climatic loads, seismic loads, traffic loads…). These easily customisable elements and wizards adapt to any situation: numerical eccentricities, braces, ties with initial pre-stressing, complex loading systems…

Modelling

dynamic views
Dynamic Views
Dynamic views

Dynamic Views

Views can be saved dynamically during the modelling phase. This allows you to come back at any time on any stage of your design, showing the saved filtered elements, colours, zoom level, displayed tags, etc.

Levels Management
Levels Management
Levels management

Levels Management

Advance Design helps to easily manage multi-storey buildings. Structural members are created in the right floor in a few clicks, floor height is changed easily, storeys are duplicated or moved in a few clicks, etc.

Property Templates
Property Templates
Property templates

Property Templates

Save and load property templates of Advance Design objects to speed up your structural FEM modelling and customize the software.

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Climatic Loads
Climatic Loads

Climatic Loads

Advance Design embeds a strong 3D climatic load generator allowing users to quickly create wind and snow loads according to Eurocodes, Canadian and American codes.

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Seismic Loads
Seismic loads
Seismic loads

Seismic Loads

Generate the seismic spectrum and loads according to local standards (Several seismic codes implemented).

Traffic Loads
Traffic Loads

Traffic Loads

The moving loads generator allows users to rapidly create traffic loads on bridges and buildings in order to simulate traffic movement effects.

More features
  • Multi viewports Easily control your modelling by displaying multiple views of the project. Every view can be configured separately to better control your model.
  • Analytical links Define elastic or rigid links between degrees of freedom on the descriptive model.
  • Coordinates system (Global, local, user). Different coordinates system are available to model and postprocess efficiently the results of the project.
  • Time history load generation Perform the dynamic analysis to harmonic functions or time defined excitation.
  • Rendering display You can switch from a typical FEM linear display to realistic rendering to get a better understanding of your project.
  • 3D animation
Create 3D animations of the model by setting a path through multiple cameras around the structure. Play the animation and record a video file that you can provide to your client.

Advance Design features a powerful mesh and multicore FEM analysis engine, automated post-processing tools and detailed smart reports, automatically updated after every iteration. Achieve a new level of computer aided engineering with Advance Design!

Mesh Capabilities
Mesh Capabilities

Mesh Capabilities

Meshing is an essential step for a FEA. Advance Design embeds a Delaunay mesh engine able to mesh huge 3D models within a few seconds.

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FEM Analysis
FEM Analysis
FEM Analysis

FEM Analysis

Handle all your FEM analysis with Advance Design: static, dynamic, non-linear analyses, large displacements, generalised buckling, step calculation, etc.

Capacity Design
Capacity Design
Capacity Design

Capacity Design

The capacity design method is critical when designing concrete frames in a seismic area. Handle this advanced calculation within a few clicks in Advance Design.

Graphical Postprocessing
Graphical Postprocessing
Graphical Postprocessing

Graphical Postprocessing

Several graphical post-processing methods are available: directly on the model; along a cut placed anywhere in the model; stresses diagrams. Post-processing on planar elements is made easy as it can be done on a grid independent from the mesh size.

Detailed Reports

Detailed Reports

Fully customisable design reports: styles, tables and graphical images, cover sheet, user input text, linked documents, etc...

Storey Drifts Checks
Storey Drifts Checks

Storey Drifts Checks

Storey Drifts Checks

Handle all your FEM analysis with Advance Design: static, dynamic, non-linear analyses, large displacements, generalised buckling, step calculation, etc.

Postprocessing Scenario

Postprocessing Scenario

You can define postprocessing templates allowing users to automate the creation of reports containing right away predefined tables and real-time graphical views with results.

3D Animation

3D Animation

Several graphical post-processing methods are available: directly on the model; along a cut placed anywhere in the model; stresses diagrams. Post-processing on planar elements is made easy as it can be done on a grid independent from the mesh size.

Non linear Analysis
Non linear Analysis
Non linear Analysis

Non linear Analysis

Model the realistic behaviour interaction between components and obtain solutions to your geometric nonlinear problems.

Step Calculation
Step Calculation

Step Calculation

Handle all your FEM analysis with Advance Design: static, dynamic, non-linear analyses, large displacements, generalised buckling, step calculation, etc.

Time History Analysis

Study the dynamic response of a structure to a specified loading that may vary with time.

More features
  • Boundary conditions on planar elements Define fixed or hinged edges on planar elements.
  • Automatic extension of lintels Ensure the continuity between beams and walls.
  • Result curves and stresses on sections Post process results on cuts placed on planar elements. Results can also be postprocessed on cross sections with stresses on sections.
  • Automatic peak smoothing To avoid high peak values, a peak smoothing option is available. Smoothing of extreme values can be used for the following elements: points supports, linear elements (columns).
   

Advance Design performs a global reinforced concrete design that computes theoretical and real reinforcement, crack design, interpolated cracked inertia, deflection checks, etc. All these results are available for all elements in detailed reports.

Advance Design modules also provide detailed design intent and reinforcement drawings. Advance Design includes design and detailing modules for the main structural elements: reinforced concrete beams, columns, footings, RC bearing walls and shear walls allowing to go deep in the level of details such as openings, depressions, precasts, flanges, 3D reinforcement cages… Advance Design modules also provide detailed drawings required for the construction site.

International-Codes
International Codes

International Codes

Advance Design is a BIM FEA solution dedicated to structural analysis and design according to the latest versions of international standards such as Eurocodes (EC2) with their National Appendixes, American codes (ACI318-14) and Canadian codes (CAN/CSA A23.3-14)

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Design Templates
Design Templates

Design Templates

To better control all assumptions and avoid mistakes, design templates allow to group elements by design properties: concrete quality, cracking hypotheses, concrete cover, etc.

Required and Real Reinforcement Calculation

Required and Real Reinforcement Calculation

Advance Design computes the required reinforcement and propose the best possible reinforcement solution (bars, spacing, etc.) matching the constraints of the project.

Reinforced Concrete Slab Design
Reinforced Concrete Slab Design
Reinforced Concrete Slab Design

Reinforced Concrete Slab Design

The reinforcement of slabs can be entered by the user (fabrics or bars) or can be calculated precisely with the following checks : Cracked and non-cracked inertias, Cracking verification, Reinforced concrete deflection calculation, Punching verification.

Crack Width Analysis min
Crack Width Analysis
Crack Width Analysis

Crack Width Analysis

Advance Design performs a complete crack width check, which is mandatory in several codes, depending on the real reinforcement quantities on linear and planar elements

Detailed Punching Verification Under Slabs
Detailed Punching Verification Under Slabs

Detailed Punching Verification Under Slabs

Complex design checks can be performed on slabs such as punching verification, for punctual supports and punctual loads

Detailed Design Reports
Detailed Design Reports
Detailed design reports

Detailed Design Reports

When using Advance Design modules, you get a detailed design report considering all detailed characteristic for beams, columns, footings, walls, shears walls… including references to sections and formulas from the code.

Design Intent and Reinforcement Drawings
Design Intent and Reinforcement Drawings
Design Intent and Reinforcement Drawings

Design Intent and Reinforcement Drawings

When using Advance Design modules, you can also get an automatic drawing for beams, columns, footings, bearing walls and shear walls.

More features
  • Postprocessing grid
  • Determination of 3D interaction curves on an arbitrary section On columns, according to the loads applied, 3D interaction curves are available and can be post processed.
  • Theoretical reinforcement ratios After a concrete design, we can get access to results as theoretical reinforcement ratios, which are very useful to building companies and engineering offices.

Advance Design performs an advanced analysis and optimisation of steel elements and connections according to the selected standards. Design templates, shape and deflection optimisation through automated calculation cycles, a wizard for steel structures and a detailed global report including all design checks and graphical results makes Advance Design a high-end solution to design steel structures.

International-Codes
International Codes
International Design codes

International Codes

Advance Design performs an advanced analysis and optimisation of steel elements and connections according to the selected standards. Design templates, shape and deflection optimisation through automated calculation cycles, a wizard for steel structures and a detailed global report including all design checks and graphical results makes Advance Design a high-end solution to design steel structures.

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Design Templates - steel member and connection design
International Codes
Design Templates

Design Templates

To better control all assumptions and avoid mistakes, design templates allow users to group elements by their design properties:  buckling lengths, lateral-torsional buckling restraints, deflections, durability and fire resistance, etc.

Fire Verification
Fire Verification
Fire Verification

Fire Verification

Advance Design performs the fire verification of steel elements according to §4.2 (simplified method) of Eurocode 1993-1-2 as fire resistance (§4.2.3) and critical temperature (§4.2.4).

Steel Structure Designer
Steel Structure Designer
Steel Structure Designer

Steel Structure Designer

A valuable application that incorporates an extensive range of structure definitions and tools allowing users to model projects in minutes..

Connection Groups Management
Connection Groups Management
Connection Groups Management

Connection Groups Management

Streamline the design of connections with the connection group management of Advance Design.

Link with Advance Design Connection

Advance Design connects to Advance Design Connection for designing any 3D complex joint using a unique finite element method combined to Eurocode 3 and AISC.
Advance Design Connection needs to be purchased separately

Joints Design
Steel Structure Designer
Joints Design

Steel Connection Designer

Advance Design includes a module to design 2D steel connections according Eurocode 3. The user can group connections depending on the geometry and get fast design and details on the worst connection from the group.

Accurate Steel Verification

Buckling and lateral-torsional buckling checks on all sections using specific elements with 7dofs for warping effects, classification of cross sections, deflection checks, optimisation of the entire structure according different users criteria.

Shape Optimisation

The member optimisation can be performed for the entire model, per element, per member’s families, considering different user’s criteria: maximum deflection, weight, inertia, width, height… Get the optimal solution in one clickSame.

More features
  • Design all cross sections even outside the EC3 scope including warping Torsion 2nd order effects with 7th degrees of freedom elements.
  • Complete 3D climatic loads generator dedicated to Steel structures
  • Complete definition of intermediate constraints for the Lateral Torsional Buckling checks.
  • Detailed steel design reports
  • Tension resistance of angle sections with net area according Eurocode 3.

Timber is getting more and more traction in the construction space and timber design has become more complex with the application of the Eurocode 5.

Advance Design performs a complete analysis and optimisation of timber elements. The verification - a complex, but fast process, even if the structure has a high degree of complexity - offers a competent diagnosis of your model.

European Codes - Timber Design
European Codes
European Codes - Timber Design

European Codes

Advance Design is a BIM FEA solution dedicated to structural analysis and design according to the latest versions of international standards such as Eurocodes (EC5) with their national appendixes.

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Design Templates - Timber Design
Design Templates - Timber Design
Design Templates - Timber Design

Design Templates - Timber Design

To better control all assumptions and avoid mistakes, you can define design templates that can be applied on a selection of elements. Design templates can be saved and used in different projects.

Design Templates - Timber Design
Design Templates - Timber Design
Design Templates - Timber Design

Fire Verification

Advance Design also performs the fire verification of timber elements. You can easily define the fire exposure period and the faces exposed to fire.

Fire Verification - Timber Design
Fire Verification

Fire Verification

Accurate Timber Verification

Advance Design performs the timber verification and provides access to results for safety coefficients, deflections, buckling, cross section strength and element stability.

Cross Sections optimisation
Cross Sections optimisation
Cross Sections optimisation

Cross Sections optimisation

The optimisation process offers solutions to find the best section for elements of the structure according to the loads.

Detailed Shape Sheets
Detailed Shape Sheets