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.

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How to create a BOM of selected elements using the model browser Queries option in Advance Steel 2018


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.

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A civil view from your seat


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.

Read online the full article from AUGI World magazine. (pag. 16)

Written by: Todd Rogers, Customer Success Manager, GRAITEC US

How to create a handrail to an existing stair and anchor it to a concrete wall using the wall rail tool in Advance Steel 2018


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.

How to change the slope dimensions to display in inches or only degree


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.

How to change the piece marks that have an incorrect Phase number


Here is the dilemma, you have created a structure in phases and notice that some elements of the structure don’t reflect the phase. In fact, the piece marks are displaying the wrong phase number in the Model browser and the drawings they were created on.

What do you do, certainly not renumber the entire structure?

Advance steel allows you to remove the numbering and information from the problematic elements using the Toggle switch display SP/MP tool located on the Output tab, Part marks panel.

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Graitec announces the launch of its new Graitec Advance Suite 2018


GRAITEC, an international BIM, Simulation and Fabrication software developer for the AEC industry, and Autodesk® Platinum Partner in US and across Europe, continues its expansion worldwide and is delighted to announce the launch of GRAITEC Advance 2018, providing unrivalled modelling and design software solutions to the AEC and Fabrication markets.

With more than 50,000 customers around the world, Graitec has continuously strived to provide first-rate advancements for innovative software solutions. The recent launch of its new and upgraded 2018 release is no exception, proving they are still top of their game in terms of providing more efficient simulation and fabrication solutions to top-level Construction, Architecture, Engineering and Building Design companies worldwide.

The construction industry is facing a new era of changes where the collaboration on BIM projects will be the key for success. The 2018 release enhances a set of new functionalities which help the user to apply a streamlined structural workflow sharing intelligent BIM data between Autodesk products (Revit®, Advance Steel, BIM 360®) and Graitec products (Advance Design®, BIM Designers®, PowerPack®) and automating modelling, analysis, design, detailing and fabrication tasks.

Several improvements come with this new Graitec Advance 2018 release:

Structural Analysis, Design and Detailing:

  • A new Design Group concept allowing the user to set assumptions, reinforce and detail similar structural members in one shot. This approach allows the user to avoid assumptions/mistakes and to more easily optimize projects.
  • A new Connection module that allows users to design any 2D or 3D connections whatever the geometry or the loading system. The technology is based on an innovative FEM based method.
  • A new Steel Structure wizard allowing the user to model and design steel structures within minutes.
  • More functionalities for Structural Engineers: new US climatic loads generator, new steel decks objects, local bow imperfection management, Slovak Eurocodes appendix…
  • More functionalities for rebar detailers in Revit: views creation, bending schemas in schedules, reinforcement drawing templates, automatic quantities ratios…
  • Tens of additional productivity tools such as a function to clean the architectural background, a tool to automatically join & unjoin geometries, tools dedicated to pipe insulation…

Fabrication

The GRAITEC Advance suite also enhances a new version of Advance Workshop, the Graitec MIS solution for Steel Fabricators with a focus on new functionalities to give the workshop manager complete control over every stage of production:

  • New drivers for the new generation of FICEP machines using PNI files format.
  • Improved IFC-IFCXML-XML files import for better communication with different CAD systems.
  • New purchase order system able to enter data directly, to purchase by weight, to close a row with different amounts, to close an order and refuse certain elements…
  • Multi-stock new features allowing the user to manage the stock sorted depending on the different suppliers.
  • Brand new “Feedback Console” to better monitor the fabrication process: mobile devices, 2D barcodes or QR codes, record production time per worker’s name…

All those new tools are applicable to a large variety of projects, covering all the AEC and Fabrication markets.

This is just a brief outline of the new release; further detailed information can be found here:

Joseph PAIS, GRAITEC Product Director comments:Connected BIM Structural workflows are now a reality that is delivering newfound accuracy and performance. To make the transition to those connected workflows successful, we are convinced that the AEC industry is in need of an innovative technical solution which fits with different workflows for data exchanges. Our Graitec Advance 2018 delivers adaptive and innovative technology which enhances multi-user workflows, relying also on the Autodesk Ecosystem. Our software can easily communicate with Autodesk Revit®, Autodesk Advance Steel® and benefit from the Autodesk BIM 360® platform to visualize and manage all projects and associated documentations in the cloud.

Manuel LIEDOT, GRAITEC CEO adds:In the new era of construction, our customers expect more than just design or detailing tools. They have understood BIM and want collaborative tools working smartly together, helping to better design projects, helping to anticipate and solve issues before they happen in real life, automating repetitive tasks, sharing information with other project staff members, monitoring and keeping track of all changes. This is the main reason why Graitec is building its solutions in the Autodesk Ecosystem and why Graitec is both an Autodesk Solution Associate and a Platinum partner.”

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