BIM Workflow for a structure designer


Advance Design, even though it’s a FEM analysis software, has a wide range of possibility for importing/exporting model data. Structure designer even when not taking an active part in BIM process can profit from it by importing a model to his scturcutral software.

The most important data exchange formats are *GTCX and *SMLX, which allow us to fully use model data prepared in Graitec and Autodesk environment such as Revit, Advance Steel or BIM Designers. Using *IFC, *SDNF or *CIS2 lets us also import a model from any other software.

In this article I would like to focus on a different format. Possibility to import or export model to the library will give us a interesting work scenario. Using this, we can export a part of a model to a fresh file, for example extract a single story from a multi-story building. In the other way we can join multiple projects into a one, whole structre. This will come in handy when you need to join separated model that were imported from different softwares using many exchange formats. We can also extract some parts of model or even single elements to be later used in another project such as complicated trusses, segments, roofs etc.

Using a library can also allow us to open model created in newer version of Advance Design in older ones.

Import/export *abq library

In a few examples I’ll show advantages of using a library export.

Concrete building model in Advance Design imported from Revit

Here you can see a 6-story residential building of a concrete structre. It was imported directly from Revit. All loads are already generated and the model is ready to be calculated.

We will use a library export to extract a single storeys or slabs for a detailed analysis. I select necessary objects – in this case a whole story with loads and upper elements and I choose a saving path. I can also pick a reference point which will allow me to precisely join models if needed. If a reference and insertion point is the same, the position of a structure won’t change in the global cooridinate system.

Libary export

This exported part can now be imported into any project or a fresh file if we want to work on this specific story.

Single story imported to a fresh file

The is no loss of a geometry, elements proporties and loads. I can work on this story as it was a separated, newly created model. Intrestingly, I can later import it again in my base project if I’ve done any changes to this story.

This will be essential for a designers that work using different environments and are importing parts of a structure in *IFC format. Theoretically we can’t import next files into the same model, however, we can use a library to join them all.

Joining separated files into a one model

So imagine the opposite situation. I have 2 models which are analyzed separately since they don’t influence much on each other. However, they are both based on a common garage story, so for a foundation slab calculation I need to consider them in a one model.

2 separated models of aboveground buildings

Right now using a library import I can insert these 2 buildings to another file which consiste of garage story and foundation slab.

Connecting models using insertion points

The garage story can be modeled or imported from different software. This example model was imported from Revit as 3 separated parts. Very important to mention is that every element get its individual GTC ID and its kept in each model. This allows us to synchronize a Revit model or export results, for example to do the reinforcement detailing using BIM Designers solution.

Final model of 3 joints part

Different possibilities of using library

The simplest way is to export some already prepared structure elements which we used in previous projects. We can import them to next file and modify them if needed instead of creating whole thing once again.

Library export will also come in handy when we need for some reason to open a model in older Advance Design version. Customary modesl are converted automaticaly to a newer version, however this doesn’t work the opposite way.

New in Advance design 2021: push over analysis


A new advanced analysis type is available on Advance Design 2021 – the Pushover analysis.

The pushover is a method to predict the non-linear behavior of a structure under seismic loads. It can help demonstrate how progressive failure in buildings really occurs, and also identify the mode of final failure. The advantage of the pushover analysis is that the material nonlinearity and plastic hinging are considered but without the complications of the dynamic behavior.
The principle of the pushover method is applying lateral loads to the structure in an incremental manner and monitoring the occurrence of non-linear behavior (at fixed points called plastic hinges) in order to finally obtain a base shear versus control node displacement diagram.

Introduction to the Pushover method

The pushover analysis consists of several steps of calculations that need to be conducted in the following order.

  • Determination of the seismic lateral load pattern

In order to perform the pushover analysis, we need to increment the lateral loads following a specified fixed pattern. There are many possible load patterns described in the literature and seismic standards. For example, loads can be applied on the gravity center of each story linearly increasing in height, where load values are based on the seismic base shear force.

  • Defining plastic hinges in the model at locations where plasticity is expected to occur

During the pushover analysis the loads are incremented on the structure while plastic deformations are being constantly monitored. As plastic deformations are most likely to occur at specific locations, we define the non-linear behavior locally, on elements, via the plastic hinges, whilst maintaining the elastic behavior on all other elements. Generally, the behavior of plastic hinges is provided by seismic codes, in the form of tables or formulas that make it possible to construct the characteristic curves for plastic hinges. In the case of concrete elements, characteristic curves strongly depend on the provided reinforcement. For this reason, an initial classic linear seismic analysis should be conducted prior to the pushover analysis in order to provide an initial value for sections reinforcements.

  • Pushover calculations

The pushover analysis is a list of sequential actions. First, linear finite element analysis is run. One of the results used further on is the reinforcements of elements, used in defining the characteristic curve of plastic hinges. Next, the lateral load pattern is obtained and it applies to the structure. Then, in an iterative process, these loads are gradually increased. At every increment the internal forces at the location of potential plastic hinges, the base shear and the control point displacement are monitored. When the internal forces at a potential plastic hinge reach a yielding level, the plastic hinge is activated according to its characteristic curve previously defined. The stiffness matrix is adjusted accordingly, and the finite element calculation is continued. The incrementing lateral load is continued, and the matrix update process is repeated for all activated plastic hinges. Calculations are continued until either: the target displacement is reached; the structure becomes a mechanism; analysis does not converge anymore, or a maximum number of steps is reached.

At every step of incrementation the displacement of a control point on the structure is recorded with its corresponding base shear value. This data is then plotted on a curve, called the pushover curve. It is initially linear at relative low values of base shear (the structure is still elastic), then becomes non-linear for higher values of base shear due to plastic deformations occurring in the structure.

Pushover analysis on Advance Design
Main features of the Pushover analysis in Advance Design 2021:

  1. Extended definition of Plastic Hinges
    – Plastic hinges (linear elastic-perfect plastic) can be easily defined on linear elements;
    – Available on the axial (Tx) and flexural (Ry and Rz) degrees of freedom;
    – Can be defined automatically and fully customizable with respect to FEMA 356 and EC8-3;
    – Automatic definition can be done for steel I – cross sections (IPE, HEA, W, …) and concrete Square, Rectangular and T-shaped cross sections;
    – For concrete element plastic hinges can be computed using the real reinforcement (for Eurocode) or the theoretical reinforcement (North America codes);
    – Can be user defined – allows for applying plastic hinges on any type of cross section, for both steel and concrete linear elements.
    2. Automatic generation of pushover loads with extensive parameterization capabilities
    – Pushover point & surface loads are defined at each floor;
    – Possibility for selecting the load distribution on the height of the structure within several types: Concentrated, Uniform distributed, Triangular distributed, Parabolic distributed, User defined (fully customizable);
    – Possibility for computing the maximum total lateral load by using the Percentage of the total gravity loads, by Seismic base shear force on X, and by Seismic base shear force on Y;
    – Up to 8 load cases can be defined: 2 distributions (as required by FEMA356 and EC8-3) and 4 directions (+/-X, +/-Y).
    3. Wide range of available Results
    – FEM results and reports;
    – The pushover force-displacement curve;
    – Reports tables with status of hinges and the overstrength ratio (αu/α1);
    – Graphical results showing the status of hinges at each load step.

Let’s take a closer look at the next steps of the process. We start from the stage when a model is already prepared for linear statics calculations (including defined geometry, levels, loads, etc.).

Definition of plastic hinges
In order to perform the pushover analysis, the user first needs to define the plastic hinges at locations where they are expected to occur (ends of beams), or at locations where their arise needs to be monitored (ends of columns). The plastic hinges can be defined on individual linear elements from the properties panel.

The user is able to select the degrees of freedom for which this hinge is applicable, separate for each extremity. The ID name of a plastic hinge is generated automatically, and it consists of prefix PLH-L (plastic hinge on linear element), ID of the element, the extremity (1 or 2) and the type of the element (B – for beams, C for columns). The definition of parameters of the plastic hinge can be done by using a dialog opened by a button on the Definition property.

In a case when the user decides that parameters should be calculated automatically, then he can select the code (EC 8-3 or FEMA 356) and plastic hinge type. The available types (steel or concrete beams and columns) depend on the selected code and degree of freedom. Note that some of the parameters are computed only during the next stage, during the pushover analysis. In a case when the user decides to define the properties of the plastic hinge manually, the Definition should be set to User defined. Then, each property can be unlocked and edited individually.
When plastic hinges are applied to elements, they can be presented graphically (on the descriptive model) by using a grey symbol.

Definition of Pushover loads
The next stage is the creation of pushover load cases and generation of pushover loads.
For this, a new Pushover load case family type can be defined from the Create load case family. On its property list we can set the basic data for load generation such as: the distribution type, the point of application and the directions of the loads.

Looking on the distribution types – there are several distribution types of the pushover forces on the height of the structure available:

Using the right click menu on the Pushover load case family we can then automatically generate the pushover load cases and loads. On the property list of each generated pushover load case we can set details related to the maximum total lateral load.
The maximum total lateral load is the cumulated sum of the lateral loads applied on the last step of the pushover analysis. This load can be defined either as the imposed value or as a percentage of the load applied on the structure, prior to the pushover. For each load case, a different definition of the maximum lateral load can be selected.

The Master node is used for tracking the displacement of the structure and generating the pushover load-displacement curve. This node can be either defined (as an ID of a mesh node), or the Max displacement option can be used. In this case, the maximum displacement, on the direction of the pushover load case, at each step of the analysis will be used for plotting the pushover curve.
Similar to the classical NL analysis, additional calculation conditions can be set for the PushOver Analysis as well. The analysis could either run until the total lateral load is applied (last step) or it could be stopped earlier due to the instability of the non-linear calculations – usually when a mechanism state is reached. In this case the results will be available for the calculated steps.

Calculations
The pushover analysis is a list of sequential actions, activated by a dedicated Pushover checkbox control in Calculation sequence dialog.

During the process several steps are performed automatically, including:

· a standard linear static and seismic calculation;
· the design of steel linear elements / design of concrete linear elements (including the real reinforcement);and finally, the main non-linear static calculation for the pushover load cases with incrementing lateral loads and an appropriate activation of plastic hinges.

Results
After successful completion of pushover calculations, a set of different types of results is available.
FEM results
As with normal static calculations, FEM results such as displacements and internal forces are available. The results can be checked as for the non-linear calculations for each of the subsequent calculation steps.

The pushover force-displacement curve
Using a new Pushover results curve command, available on the Results ribbon, a pushover capacity curve can be generated. It displays a relationship diagram of the displacement of the node with respect to the total applied lateral load.

Reports tables
For the results from the pushover analysis a set of new dedicated report tables is available, including:

  • Flexural plastic hinges status by load step
  • Axial plastic hinges status by load step
  • The overstrength ratio (αu/α1)

Graphical results showing the status of hinges at each load step
A new Pushover Results entry is available on the FEM results selection that allows selecting the Hinge status result for linear elements. When activated, it shows the status of defined plastic hinges for selected step of the selected pushover case. The status is displayed by using colors.

Steel Design


Precise and intuitive steelwork functions are the result of over 25 years of experience in structural analysis. When it comes to modeling, analyzing and optimizing steel structures, Advance Design is a high-end solution that integrates all these processes within the same modern and easy-to-use interface.

Available standards

The Steel Design Expert performs an advanced analysis and optimization of steel elements according to the selected standards. The available steelwork standards are CM66 (France), NTC 2008 (Italy), ANSI/AISC 360-10 (USA), CAN/CSA S16-14 (Canada) and Eurocodes 3 with several national appendixes:

  • France
  • United Kingdom
  • Romania
  • Germany
  • Poland
  • Slovakia
  • Czech Republic
  • General

Complete libraries of materials and cross sections

Advance Design provides complete libraries of materials (e. g., EN 10025-2, EN 10210-1, EN 10219-1) according to chapter 3 of EN 1993-1-1 and the possibility to define materials with custom properties. For cross sections, libraries such as European Profiles, Otua, UK Steel Sections and Autodesk Advance Steel Profiles are available. Also, you have the option to define libraries with customized cross-sections and even compound cross sections.

For advanced editing, visualization and calculation of geometrical characteristics of any type of cross section, Advance Design provides a specialized module: Cross Sections. This module can base the calculation (including torsionnal inertias and shear reduced sections) either on analytical formulas or on finite element analysis depending on the complexity of the cross section.

Cross section libraries

Advanced modeling

A large number of CAD functions are available for the easy modeling of steel structures. In addition, it is possible to automatically create trusses, portal frames and vaults which are available in Advance Design libraries. Using the corresponding structure generator, you can define the origin and the dimensions of the structure, the material and cross section of the elements, etc.

Automatically generated portal frame

Since the version 2017, Advance Design includes the Steel Structure Designer. The Steel Structure Designer  incorporates an extensive range of building definitions and tools enabling users to configure complete structures in seconds, from standard building shapes used in industry (platforms, steel halls), to more complex models, such as office buildings or structures with curved roofs, in seconds.

Complete customization of steel elements properties

The properties list for steel elements includes all the required parameters for deflection, buckling and lateral-torsional buckling verification. Castellated beams can be defined and designed with the ACB+ module (Arcelor Cellular Beams).

Detailed calculation assumptions

The calculation assumptions referring to the steel elements attributes can be defined for each element or selection of elements, using the corresponding element(s) properties list.
For a fast definition of the steel elements properties, you can define design templates that can be applied on a selection of elements. Several design templates can be used in the same model. The design templates can be saved as XML files and imported in different projects.

The calculation assumptions referring to the calculation type, the steel optimization, the buckling parameters, the calculation sequences, etc. can be globally defined through a single operation, for all steel elements of the model:

Defining the steel calculation assumptions

The design assumptions can be modified at any time, in the modeling step and in the analysis step (when modifying the assumptions during the analysis step, it is necessary to rerun the steel calculation).

Accurate steel verification

The steel expert performs the steel verification, including the automatic buckling length computation and the automatic classification of cross sections according to Eurocodes 3. It provides access to results concerning the deflections verification, the cross section resistance, the element stability (buckling and lateral-torsional buckling) and the optimization of the steel shapes.

The command line informs about each step of the process. If errors are found during the calculation, the verification messages are displayed on the command line along with the IDs of the elements to which the messages refer.
When the calculation process is completed, you have access to advanced result verification and a multitude of tools for customizing the display of the graphic results in the most suitable way.

Steel elements stability results (Work ratio)

Reliable fire verification

Advance Design can perform the fire verification of steel elements according to §4.2 (simplified method) of EN 1993-1-2 as fire resistance (§4.2.3) and critical temperature (§4.2.4).
The software compares efforts given by frequent combinations with the maximum effort the element can handle at a given temperature.
The definition of the fire verification conditions is a fast and easy process. You only have to:

  • Specify the fire exposure period:
  • Select the number of faces exposed to fire:

When the calculation is completed, the work ratios given by the fire verification are displayed on a specific tab of the shape sheet.

Maximize the efficiency of the materials consumption

The optimization process offers solutions for an efficient management of the materials consumption.
You have full control of the optimization conditions: you can define the optimization mode, the suggestions process, the iteration process, etc.

The Stored shapes command allows you to configure the list of available shapes from which the steel expert may choose the optimal ones.

The steel expert compares the work ratio of the steel elements and suggests (if necessary) more adequate cross sections, that would correspond to the defined conditions.

For better visualization, the elements with a higher / lower work ratio than specified are displayed in red.

Suggested solutions for cross section optimization of steel elements

Advanced calculation reports

The shape sheets command allows you to view all the available results for a selected steel element: cross section properties, deflections, strength, stability, fire resistance and cross section class according to Eurocodes 3 in one dialog box.

You can generate a report with these results starting from the element’s shape sheet. This result is complete with all verifications and also mentions the corresponding article in the Norm.

The steel verification report offers a complete diagnosis of the model in different outputs: tables, texts, graphical post-processing. The report can be customized to suit your requirements.

Advanced calculation reports

Once the report content has been defined, there is no need to recreate the calculation report when the model undergoes any modification. The report content, including post-processing views, automatically updates at each calculation iteration (if specified) while preserving all the settings previously made:

Enabling the reports update when launching a new analysis model

New super-element concept


The release 2021 of Advance Design features a new concept called “super-element”. The super element is a compound object which consists in a set of individual linear elements grouped for a design purpose, for example to check the limit deflection of the rafters beams on a steel frame or the maximal deflection on a continuous column across several levels.

The definition of a super element can be done in many ways, including by using the Create command from the right-click menu or from the ribbon, as well as using the List property, available on the property list of linear elements:

When creating the super element, Advance Design will check several conditions such as materials, cross-section, orientation. Each newly created super element has its own unique ID number. It can be used, among other things, for selection or for displaying on a model view, thanks to the new type of annotation for linear elements and the possibility to display colours per super element:

The super element concept is used for the standard check of steel elements: therefore, several new options are available on design parameters of steel elements. As soon as the user enables the “Super element” verification option is the property list, the corresponding deflection group of properties is available for editing, properties which applies to the entire super element:

The results of the deflection verification can be checked separately for the element and the super element either graphically, using the postprocessing diagrams for deflections, or on the Deflection tab on the Shape sheet dialog:

In a similar way the list of available options for the calculation of the Lateral-torsional buckling length (on the Lateral-torsional buckling dialog) has been updated. Note, that the content on the list depends on whether the dialog is opened for a super element or an element that is not a part of any super element. When opened for a super element, the list contains only two items Auto calc and super element ratio.

You can have more details about this new feature on the technical what’s new document available on your Graitec Advantage account (advantage.graitec.com).

Stresses and Crack Openings


Advance Design BIM system is dedicated to structural engineers who require a comprehensive solution for simulating and optimizing all their projects. It includes a user-friendly structural modeler, automatic load and combination generators, a powerful FEM analysis engine (static, dynamic, time history, non linear, buckling, large displacement analysis, etc.), comprehensive wizards for designing concrete and steel members according to Eurocodes, efficient result post-processing, and automatic report generators.

Some of the features of Advance Design are a new design module for timber frames to Eurocode 5 (German, English, French, Romanian and Czech National Appendices), calculation of cracked inertia for linear and planar elements, implementation of the Baumann method for reinforcement plates to Eurocode 2, verification of stresses and crack openings as a function of the real reinforcement implemented in the element for Eurocode 2 (EN 1992-1-1).

Main information regarding stresses and crack openings

Seismic design of structures is mainly focused on developing a favorable plastic mechanism to render the structure strength, ductility, and stability.

The behavior of a structure regarding the action of a major earthquake is anything but ductile, taking into account the oscillating nature of the seismic action and the fact that plastic hinges appear rather randomly. To achieve the requirements of ductility, structural elements, and thus the entire structural system must be able to dissipate the energy induced by the seismic action, without substantial reduction of resistance.

Both Romanian seismic design code P100-1/2006 and Romanian standard SR EN 1998-1, provide a method for prioritizing structural resilience (“capacity design method”) in order to better choose the necessary mechanism for dissipation ofenergy. Determination of the design efforts and the efforts for elements will be in accordance to the rules of this method.

Discover more technical details here

Design of Flat Slab structures


Flat slabs are more and more used nowadays, given their structural, architectural and MEP benefits. Of course, this comes with a list of design particularities – negligible in typical framing structures (such as punching shear) – that the structural engineer must address in order to achieve safeness and performance.

Some of the main benefits of using flat-slabs:

  •    Reduced manual labour for concrete formwork
  •    Reduced quantities of formwork
  •    Smooth interior surface that serves architects and also mechanical engineers

Discover more technical details here

New RC Design to Detailing process with Advance Design 2021


Discover in this video how easy it is to get and manage reinforcement in concrete elements and prepare drawing documentation using the new interactive drawing mechanism in Advance Design 2021.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HmJPjf_Z4hQ

Automatically calculate 2nd order effects on steel elements, considering the element imperfections and the torsional warping effects


Advance Design offers the possibility to design any steel member with any steel section considering 2nd order effects with imperfections and torsional warping. This kind of verification of verification cannot be done using analytical formulas coming from Eurocodes.

This is why Advance Design includes a powerful method based on 7 dofs finite elements running a modal analysis in order to be able to define automatically all possible Eigen shapes important for this kind of check.

Discover more technical details here

The benefits of BIM in the field of construction


Nick Johns, Head of Digital Production for Graitec UK, gave an interview to the prestigious online magazine PBC Today, in which he explained in detail the issues regarding the adoption of BIM by manufacturers in the construction industry, suggesting the benefits it brings BIM adoption: profitability, efficiency, expanding the market share and win new tenders.

The full article can be read here.

 

Take a sneak peek into the brand new BIM Designers Slab Module


GRAITEC BIM Designers Slab Module provides automatic reinforcement design solutions according to international codes and norms for slabs. The module will be introduced to the public for the first time starting with the official release of the 2020 Graitec Advance Suite.

The reinforcement cages for slabs can be designed using individual bars or fabrics that can be selected from large international libraries. They can also be manually customized based on users’ preferences. The module allows designing reinforcement cages made from a mix of fabrics and bars.

Read the full article here


BIM Designers Wall Module provides automatic reinforcement design and performs the necessary verifications according to international codes for bearing and shear walls. The module will be introduced to the public starting with the official release of 2020 Graitec Advance Suite.

The software also automatically generates drawings, diagrams, and reports. Based on the generated reinforcement cage, the Wall Module generates, with the help of the ”Bill of Materials” command, the necessary quantity of materials as well as their total estimative cost. The prices of the materials are defined by the user per unity.

Read the full article here

 

Take a sneak peek into the brand new BIM Designers Wall Module

New features of BIM Designers 2019 highlighted by Autodesk specialists


Earlier this month, Village BIM – a blog specialized on BIM software solutions – published a review centered upon Graitec BIM Designers, a collection of advanced apps for automating structural design-to-detail BIM workflows developed by Graitec. The review is highlighting the undeniable impact of BIM Desiger’s workflow upon cost reduction.

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Reuse reinforcement cages in Revit with brand new feature of Advance BIM Designers 2019


Good news! The 2019 version of Graitec Advance is coming soon. Until then, we invite you to take a look at the new super-useful feature of the Advance BIM Designers 2019  built to increase productivity and offer a better control while working with reinforced elements in Revit

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5 reasons why the using of pirated software is a waste of time and money in the end


Hello guys! We had notice how many people are searching for bootleg copies of our software and though to tell you why this is hurting the users more than the companies. Often illegal downloads come from sketchy websites filled with viruses. In some cases, the only thing that the user can actually read is the download link. Don’t you think this is just a little bit crazy?

graitec advance design 2018 crack

Tip: If you want to try Graitec Advance Design 2018, just download the trial from our website.

While we had made the research for this article we found the answer of a Reddit user to a question related to the online piracy which saying that the usage of a pirated software is like “sitting on a time bomb without knowing when it will explode”. Maybe the comparison could be considerate a little bit out of the hook those days, but the point remains valid.

If you not getting his point of view right away, take a look of those disadvantages:

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7 types of connections that can be easily design with Steel Connection Designer


Greetings dear fellows engineers! Did you know that Graitec BIM Designer Series has been split into two packages? Starting with 2018 release, the Advance BIM Designer are grouped under two series to meet the specific needs of each industry sector: Concrete Series and Steel Series. Also, the Steel Series contains the following modules: Stair & Railing Designer, Steel Connection Designer and Structure Designer.

Today, we going to focus on Steel Connection Designer*. Part of Graitec BIM Designer, the package ensures the configuration of a seamless solution, with the ability to manage and calculate bolted and welded joints, and with fully detailed design reports that include the calculation formulas and reference to the design code. The software design steel connections to Euro Codes, directly in Advance Design or as a standalone solution.

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GRAITEC acquires Canadian Autodesk VAR PROCAD


Bièvres, France, April 2018 – GRAITEC, an international BIM, Fabrication and Design software developer for AEC, Autodesk® Platinum Partner across Europe and Gold Partner across USA, Canada and Russia announced today that it acquired 100% shares of Procad, Montreal, Canada on Wednesday April 4th . (The terms of the deal have not been disclosed.)

The acquisition of Procad reinforces the position of Graitec in Canada where the company is already operating as (1) Autodesk Gold Partner; (2) developer and reseller of 2 world standard structural analysis & design software: Advance Design and Advance BIM Designers and Advance Workshop, MIS Solution; and (3) as service provider and Research & Development partner for engineering offices and manufacturers.

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Graitec EMEA Win Autodesk Platinum Award for Third Consecutive Year


GRAITEC, an international BIM, Fabrication and Design software developer for AEC, and Autodesk® Platinum Partner across Europe, is delighted to announce winning the  prestigious Autodesk Platinum Award for the third consecutive year, for the “Largest Net New Subscription Growth in Europe, Middle East and Africa (EMEA)”

Winning an Autodesk Platinum award is a spectacular achievement in a very challenging and hotly contested market place. But managing to achieve this accolade three consecutive years in a row is testament to a business that is clearly focussed on growth through its customer centric approach, not only helping clients achieve their own successes, but also assisting them to maximise the return on their Autodesk software investments.

Says Steve Houlder, Graitec COO: We were delighted to achieve a Platinum Award for the second-time last year. Being able to achieve our goal for a third consecutive year however is huge honour, and one that not only reinforces the chosen path for our strategic growth initiative, but also demonstrates the strength and depth of experience of all the Graitec teams across EMEA who’s commitment, professionalism and focus have helped make this achievement possible once more.

 

Says Manuel Liedot, Graitec CEO: “The achievement of this award clearly illustrates our determination and commitment to the goal of becoming a leading global BIM provider and principal Autodesk Partner, as we continue to invest in strengthening our teams, our technology and service delivery. I would like to congratulate all the Graitec teams involved for their hard work and dedication, as well as thanking all our loyal and new customers around the globe for their continued support.”

 

About GRAITEC

Founded in 1986, GRAITEC is an international Autodesk Platinum Partner across Europe including an Autodesk Developer Partner and Autodesk AEC Solution Associate, delivering high-performance BIM solutions, bespoke add-ons and apps for Autodesk key AEC platforms. Operating throughout 38 offices across 11 countries worldwide, GRAITEC offers its clients an extensive range of established software solutions combined with the full portfolio of Autodesk products and BIM suites which help address the most demanding projects needs and maximize productivity, efficiency and performance. With 450 employees amongst which there are 200 BIM consultants, GRAITEC is an innovation focused company whose products are used by more than 50,000 construction professionals worldwide.

Graitec Brings the Future of Making-Rebar in Revit to Autodesk University 2018


GRAITEC, an international BIM and CAD software developer with more than 30 years expertise in AEC, and Autodesk® Platinum Partner is proud to announce that one of its online courses made the short list of trending classes at Autodesk University.

The Future of Making-Rebar in Revit session is among the most viewed course this month, and it provides an in-depth view on automating the modeling, detailing and scheduling of structural elements within Revit in one connected workflow.

The course delivers a both engaging and comprehensive session, showing how intelligent BIM data in a connected workflow can enable structural elements (such as footings, columns, and beams) to be automatically modeled, detailed, and scheduled using Revit software.

The session includes four key learning points:

  • Connected structural BIM workflow
  • Benefits of intelligent BIM data
  • Detailed 3D rebar cages in Revit
  • A more automated finish with the use of default or custom Revit families.

The main focus lies on a more automated creation of designed 3D reinforcement cages in Revit software, with the use of default or custom structural Revit families. The course also explores the configuration of automated drawings, views, bar scheduled and design reports using standard Revit families.

Access the link below to change the way you approach designing rebar in Revit:

Graitec: The Future of Making-Rebar in Revit

Graitec Brings the Future of Making-Rebar in Revit to Autodesk University 2018

 

How to find out the start point and direction a beam was created in advance Steel 2018


While searching the forum, I found an intriguing question and I thought I would create a short video to address the issue.

Here is the dilemma, you are working on many projects simultaneously. While jumping from one project to another, you notice that in some of the drawings, your beam orientation is not as you expected.

It would be great if, in the steel structure, you were able to find out the start point of the beam. Did you create the beam from left from right or right from left?

TIP: Advance Steel allows you to view what direction the beam was created.

Open the Advance Steel Tool Palette and select the UCS category, which is the fourth icon in the first column.  Within that category select the second icon called “Define coordinate system” in the third row.

After selecting the beam in question, you will find a symbol as seen in Figure1. The symbol shows you that this beam was created from right to left and in Figure 2 the beam was created from left to right.

How to find out the start point and direction a beam was created in advance Steel 2018

Figure 1

How to find out the start point and direction a beam was created in advance Steel 2018

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How to have Advance Steel 2018 recognize and use a customized Prototype that was created in the default location


Woah, I’m using the American installation of Advance Steel 2018. I’ve opened the Prototypes folder located in C/ProgramData/Autodesk/Advance Steel 2018/USA/shared/Support/Prototypes.

I copied an existing prototype and created a custom Prototype (Title block), for my company and saved it in this default location of Advance Steel.

I create drawings and Advance steel is using the Prototype, aka Title blocks from the default setup not my customized Prototypes. I get a warning that says “Prototype not found.”

How can I have Advance Steel recognize my custom Prototype?

Advance steel is able to recognize you custom prototype, however you need to map it to the correct Drawing process.

Please watch the video to view the steps to have Advance Steel 2018 recognize and use a customized Prototype that was created in the default location.