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.
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
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.
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.
GRAITECBIM 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.
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.
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.
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
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?
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:
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.
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.
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.”
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, 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:
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.
You want to create a BOM based on certain elements in a structure or certain selected elements. This video will show how to accomplish this.
You can create a querie in Advance Steel of certain criteria in your structure based on your selected preference in the Search filter. The Search filter is located on the Advance Steel Management Tools Palette, selection category.
You can create queries based on the object type, Common properties, Number and object Partmarks along with naming, model role, Lot/Phase etc. You can then export the customized BOM in various formats and save it to the automatically created BOM folder of the structure.
During the ‘suites’ era, many companies upgraded from a single license of Civil 3D, or another vertical product, because the upgrade was offered for free. However, not many used the products offered in the suites.
Now that 2016 has come and gone, and so have the suites, we now have the Autodesk Collections. These Collections offer much more than the suites did.
This article will take you through a workflow for using your collection (or suite), to bring your Civil project from a bland, 2-dimensional visual to a realistic 3D animated model. You will need a good understanding of InfraWorks and Civil 3D in order to follow these instructions.
The software used for this workflow is Civil 3D, InfraWorks and Civil View, which is a plug-in inside of 3ds Max. You don’t have to be a 3ds Max expert to do this. You don’t even need to know how to use 3ds Max at all.
With Advance Steel 2018, you can now create a wall rail on concrete.
The wall rail tool is located on the Extended Modeling tab, Structural Elements panel. This video will show how to accomplish this.
Simply move the UCS to the face of the concrete, position the orientation of the X and Y axis accordingly, use the view on UCS tool and turn on your 2d snaps located on the Quick views category of the Advance steel tool Palette.
Create a line where you want the wall rail to be. In this video the system line of the stringer and landing was used.
Use the wall rail tool to create and customize the rail. Tweak the railing using the options located on the General, Wall Plates, Connections and Rail Segments panels. You can then save the customized railing in the library located on the Properties panel for later use.
Here is the issue, you have created a drawing which have sloped dimensions on it. You want the dimensions to display in inches rather than feet. Perhaps you have a client that wants to have the slope dimensions displayed in degrees rather than inches. How do you accomplish this in Advance steel?
This can be done locally on each drawing sheet, however, what if you have the same scenario on hundreds of sheets?
Not to worry. You can make the changes globally and have the changes reflect the created sheets after updating the database and using the force Update for the drawing or by updating the drawing in question.