This new feature has the ability to create staggered bolts/holes/anchors/shear studs allowing the user to switch between bolts/holes/anchors/shear studs without having to recreate a pattern with a different connection. Working with a single plate or on multiple elements the connection can be a straight pattern or based on 4 types of stagger which allow the user to manipulate and create a variety of pattern connection combinations.
Safety regulations or simple good practice requires assemblies or large parts to be fabricated with additional reinforced lugs or holes in order to lift the element into the right position on site. The new Lifting Lug/Hole function available with the Graitec PowerPack automatically places holes or lugs according to the centre of gravity (COG) of linear parts or assemblies, or on large planar elements (plates) by indicating a lifting point and the lugs’/holes’ position. With options to control the contour and size of the holes, as well as control the shape and size of the Lifting Lug, adding reinforced pads around the hole, choosing from welded or bolted connections, or adjusting the placement position (top, bottom, left or right) the Lifting Lug/Hole function delivers fast results and is an essential tool to your Advance Steel modelling tool box.
Many situations necessitate a beam or a plate to be connected at a point where they intersect above or below another member, usually requiring a gap between the two members to be filled by packer plates or a defined section. The Intersection Connection joint automatically calculates the thickness and number of plates (which can also be divided in either direction) or section size needed, which can also be stiffened. Both welded and bolted configurations are supported using round and or slotted holes.
Similar to the Castellated Beam the Cellular Beam, formed by welding two halves of the same beam profiled with a circular pattern, offers unique benefits. This tool allows you to accurately model, detail and schedule standard Cellular Beams based on the height and opening dimensions available from suppliers catalogues, including ArcelorMittal profiles.
The castellated beam, formed by cutting a beam length-wise following a hexagonal pattern is becoming widely used for its strength and versatility. Create a true representation of a pre-ordered or supplier’s hexagonal Castellated Beams (such as ArcelorMittal) in your model and, using a selection of joints from Connection Vault and PowerPack connect them with other elements. The Castellated Beam can also be detailed in single part drawings, assembly drawings and display accurate length and weight on BOM's.
Ideal for accommodating a wide range of needs including Mechanical and Electrical services, this tool allows you to model a Beam with openings created from a welded I beam or standard section. Simply insert the section and using the easy dialog place and adjust openings to suit your needs. As with the Castellated Beams the beam with openings can be detailed in single parts drawings and in assembly drawings, and accurately display length and weight on BOM lists.
Similar to drawing Polyline, this tool behaves like Beam Repeat but enables the user to create a continuous section and in multiple directions. Either snap to existing points (such as a 2D plan) or just change mouse direction and type a length. Then when you are done hit Enter to modify the beams together.
This fast and easy to use tool speeds up the model creation by allowing multiple beams to be drawn repeatedly without having to open or close the section dialog after every beam. Simply click return when you are done to manipulate all instances of the beams added simultaneously.
This powerful connection works on welded beams (I + 2T section or I + T section) and was designed to connect 2 beams/columns using a variety of connection combinations. Chose from bolted or welded connection on all the flanges or webs, or combination of both, with a variety of default options to control hole patterns, plate sizes, welds and more to address many situations.
Adding and manipulating multiple stiffeners on a Compound Beam is a breeze with the new Compound Beam Stiffener joint. The connection works on welded compound beams (I + 2T section or I + T section) by adding single or multiple stiffeners for reinforcing the sections. The shapes and sizes of the Stiffeners are easily adjusted globally or singularly to accommodate weld reliefs, mitres, contours, etc according to the needs of the user.
Quickly create multiple folds on an already folded plate with our Folded Plate Extender. By picking a plate edge this tool creates another folded plate on that edge with the same dimensions and settings of one selected, and then adjust the size using the object grips and fold dialog to change the angle.
Often plates or gratings used on platforms require stiffening. The “Plate/grating stiffeners” joint in PowerPack creates stiffeners from plates or sections arranged parallel with the selected edge or in various combinations. With options to arrange additional stiffeners perpendicular to the main direction, position the stiffeners above or below the plate, add chamfers to the edges, control the intersection conditions of the perpendicular stiffeners either dividing them between or adding a contour, and so much more, the Grid Stiffener makes it easy to get what you need fast.
See how you can insert fully parametric steel connections on structural sections in your Revit 2017 model, and how the Advance Steel Extension for Revit helps bridge the gap between design and fabrication as you can synchronize not just the structure but also the steel connections between Revit and Advance Steel for detailing.
This video explains how to synchronize a model created in Autodesk Revit with Autodesk Advance Steel, apply several changes to the model imported in Autodesk Advance Steel, then synchronize the updated model with Revit. It demonstrates how the Revit and Advance Steel software can work together to increase your productivity and provide a more seamless BIM workflow from design to fabrication.
This movie demonstrates how you can easily create a portal frame made of tapered beams and use automatic connections between the different members.
In the tapered beam properties dialog box, the user can choose among many options such as how many segments he wishes to have for this beam, decide if flanges are made of plate or flats...
It is easy to use one of the many connections available in the Connection vault like "Base plate", "Moment end plate", "General bracing", "Clip angle" and apply them on the tapered beams.
This movie demonstrates how you can easily create a bevel cut on any edge of a beam including on round sections.
The beam display types have been enhanced in Advance Steel 2014 so that the bevel cuts remain displayed if you choose the "Standard" representation type. In addition, a new display type is available which shows the beam corners.
Advance Steel 2014 has a redesigned "Connection vault" providing the option to specify your favorite connections.
In the Connection vault, the joints have been reorganized within the different groups so that you can easily find the right connection to use. It is possible to stretch the dialog to make it bigger or to better see the preview on the right; the dialog can also be minimized to save screen space. The user has access to ta new icon on the right of each connection to add the connection to the new "Favorites" group now available in Advance Steel 2014.
Advance Steel 2014 has nice enhancements for the Search filter. The results are now displayed in a newly designed dialog where you have the list of all found elements.
Then it is very easy to double-click on one of the lines, it zooms directly to the right element which is also marked in red. The user can go to the next found element just by clicking on the next line.
This movie demonstrates how the user can interact on the orientation of the views displayed on a workshop drawing.
If the user would like to get his drawing but with a different orientation of the main view on it, this is easy to go back to the 3D model, rotate the UCS as desired and then apply again the "Define assembly detailing orientation" and pick the part so that it gets oriented like the current XY plane of the UCS in the model.
Advance Steel 2014 includes enhancements to the smart dimensions on drawings.
This movie demonstrates the powerful behavior of the smart dimensions in Advance Steel on a workshop drawing.
In the example, we show how the drawing of a plate having different polygonal openings "features" can be dimensioned by the user with smart dimensions, and how these dimensions get automatically updated with revision clouds in case of modifications in the 3D model.
GRAITEC and AceCAD offer a direct link so that a 3D model done in Advance Steel can be successfully imported in BIMReview and then StruMIS. This movie demonstrates how users may take advantage of this link by exporting the Advance Steel model to a *.gtcx file format and how this fully detailed model is imported and can be viewed & manipulated like any other BIMReview model.
As you can see with this movie, GRAITEC Advance Steel is fully BIM compliant allowing easy and seamless data sharing with BIMReview for easy project collaboration.
Discover how Advance Steel 2013 lets you define your own custom connections (from simple to complex ones) and how you can easily reuse them by inserting them in any of your projects.
Custom connections get even more intelligent if you are using the new bricks which make the modifications much more automatic than ever!
With its new "Preferred for manual dimensions" osnap point, the user can choose with precision what to dimension (such as holes, features on the beam, chamfers on the plate, etc.) on workshop drawings (applicable both on single part and assembly drawings) and have automatic updates (with automatic revision clouds if specified) according to the modifications in the 3D model.
Advance Steel 2013 provides new automatic connections for connecting purlins to hip and valley rafters.
In the properties dialog box, the user can modify any value such as the center plate or the wing plates and the result is immediately visible in the 3D model.
Thanks to Advance Steel 2013, it is now fast and easy to create such complex connections!
This short presentation is an overview of the Advance Steel interface, tools and general workflow. In a few minutes you will have a general idea on how user friendly and comprehensive the package truly is.
An Advance Steel model can be synchronized with the GRAITEC Advance Designanalysis software.
This gives users the ability to make as many changes as they want. They can then synchronize their model with the result of the analysis without losing any adjustments (e.g., add, modification, delete) that they made.
This is done with the unique Graitec Transfer Center (GTC), which prompts the user to accept (or reject) the new modifications made to their open model.
Advance Steel is a complete 3D BIM steel detailing software providing automatic and user-friendly tools for creating the 3D model of your building in the best time.
From the creation of the portal frames to the generation of all cladding profiles, Advance Steel comes with numerous easy-to-use tools for purlins, side rails, automatic connections, stairs, railings and much more!
This movie shows how easy it is to automatically create a railing on a beam and to connect it with outer tubes to this supporting beam with Advance Steel.
This movie shows how you can easily create rectangular & polygonal plates for the all the different sides of a gutter and then use an automatic tool to get a gutter formed from a folded plate. As a result, this gutter can be automatically displayed unfolded in the modeling as a preview but also within NC files and workshop drawings for fabrication.
This movie shows how easy it is to insert a mechanical part and 3rd party models (as special parts with various user properties, such as weight, etc.) in the 3D model, and why Advance Steel is powerful enough to create high-quality workshop drawings and general arrangement drawings showing these mechanical parts. This movie is based on a real project done by our customer Ets J-C Fassler (France).
Patrice REMACLE, managing director of the engineering office ARTEC (France), explains how he uses Advance Steel daily to study the design of steel construction projects from the initial conception stage using the 3D model to the automatic creation of all related documents.
Mr. REMACLE also explains why he wanted to be associated with the validation of the new 2012 release of Advance Steel by being a beta tester. This gave him access to a pre-released version of Advance Steel 2012 in December 2011 allowing him to get familiar with the new features, and to provide suggestions and comments directly with the product management of the software.
Advance Steel 2012 includes its own CAD graphics engine and provides the option to use Advance Steel with or without AutoCAD. This movie shows how easy it is to work on either platforms(model courtesy of Stahlbau Ziemann GmbH, Germany).
Advance Steel 2012 provides a set of complete new joints for hot rolled and cold rolled purlins.
These joints can be applied on supporting beams and plates (e.g. cap plate on the top of a column) and offers many options like the creation of stays.
This movie demonstrates how to create switch back stair in few minutes thanks to the automatic stairs and railing available in Advance Steel 3D BIM steel detailing software
Convert lines and arcs to Advance Steel tubes in one click to speed up the modeling, use automatic joints between curved beams, easily cut and weld all the circular tubes together, and then use a specific drawing style to get the unwrap tube presentation ready for an accurate fabrication.
Advance Steel provides automatic tools to define the outside shape of your cladding area, the opening inside this area, and then with a single click you get the cladding profiles in place and precisely cut following your settings. A BOM can be then automatically created to get right quantities and lengths.
Just create two construction circles, copy a few lines with a polar array copy command, and create some splines from lines to lines.
Then, with the easy-to-use Advance Steel functionality for twisted plate automatic creation, create the four sides of your box girder with a single click!