Growth for GRAITEC Group During 2017 with Expansion Throughout Germany


GRAITEC, an international BIM and CAD software developer for AEC, and Autodesk® Platinum Partner in US and across Europe, is delighted to announce that it acquired 100% shares of B&L CAD Systemhaus GmbH, Hannover, Germany on Friday March 31th. This will significantly enhance the GRAITEC Group presence especially inside the DACH region and strengthens the European Platinum partnership with Autodesk.

Founded in 1997, B&L is based in Hannover with 35 employees and six regional offices throughout Germany: Hannover, Kiel, Hamburg, Bremen, Siegen and Essen. B&L is an Autodesk Gold Partner and is active in both the Manufacturing sector as well as the growing AEC market place. B&L has over twenty years’ experience in the sale and implementation of CAD and BIM solutions, is an authorized Autodesk Training Center (ATC) and is also part of the Autodesk Developer Network (ADN).

GRAITEC has had an established market presence in Germany since 2002 through its subsidiary “GRAITEC Innovation GmbH” and is a key player with a strong focus on the Steel Industry market sector selling Autodesk Advance Steel software, as well as providing Advance Steel training, support consultancy and development services.

GRAITEC has purchased B&L to reinforce its position in the BIM market and contribute to its considerable growth throughout the Autodesk VAR network and DACH market region covering Germany, Austria and Switzerland.
This move will provide significant benefits to B&L customers with the addition of the GRAITEC product line, most specifically the GRAITEC PowerPack for Revit – an extensive range of unique tools and functions designed to improve productivity when working with Autodesk® Revit®. PowerPack for Revit available exclusively from GRAITEC.

GRAITEC acquired 100% of B&L shares on March 31th 2017. The price of the acquisition has not been disclosed. For the time being, B&L will continue to operate under the B&L brand, maintaining its working principles for clients and partners. In a second phase, it is planned to merge the two German operations under the single Graitec brand.

Stephan Banjac, B&L CEO comments:We are very excited about becoming part of an international group who share B&L’s projected vision about BIM. Through GRAITEC, B&L will become part of one of the top 5 Autodesk resellers in the world and will also benefit from access to a completely new product portfolio, previously unavailable to our customers. These new developments will provide an immediate benefit to all B&L customers, especially when the importance of Building Information Modelling has been evaluated at the state level.

Francis Guillemard, GRAITEC President adds:This acquisition is the second one during 2017, reinforcing the GRAITEC strategy to become a global leading BIM provider and delivering real benefits to customers whilst accelerating BIM adoption around the world. Complementing the existing GRAITEC office in Germany, the purchase of B&L and its regional offices, will significantly strengthen GRAITEC’s position in the DACH countries.

About B&L
B&L CAD Systemhaus GmbH, an Autodesk Gold Partner, was founded 20 years ago by experienced industry professionals. Driven by the founding principles of Integrity, Professionalism and Dependability, B&L offers a variety of Autodesk Solutions and services, including: consultation, implementation, training, and technical support. Since its inception, B&L’s’ innovative approach has been to proactively focus on our clients’ dynamic needs with flexibility and resourcefulness. B&L’s’ loyalty to our clients and our tenacious desire to become creatively involved in their success embodies our core business values and has established our reputable leadership in the industry.
For more information, please visit www.blcad.de

The 4th Annual Advance Steel Academy 2017 in US is a Success!


Thank you to everyone who made our Annual Advance Steel Academy a success! We are already planning ahead for next year’s event in Baltimore!

The 4th Annual Advance Steel Academy 2017 in US is a Success!

GRAITEC, Autodesk® Platinum Partner, hosted its fourth edition of Advance Steel Academy, an advanced training focused on Autodesk® Advance Steel. This event took place in San Antonio on March 20-22, just before the NASCC, and we welcomed 50 Advance Steel users (this number has doubled from last year!). “The objective of the Advance Steel Academy is for all attendees to develop their Advance Steel skills, learn about trends within the building and construction industry and network with other industry professionals.” Hugo Michaud, Sales Director Americas, Graitec Group.

The first day was met with a buzz of excitement at the historical Menger Hotel as we anxiously awaited our guests’ arrival.

This was my first Advance Steel Academy to attend, and I will continue attending in the future. I learned new tips, tricks and technics on most all seminars. Networking and socializing with fellow Advance Steel users and the tech team proved to be quite beneficial as well. I recommend it to all Advance Steel users!” Lewis Moreland, Owner, EZDrawLLC

The GRAITEC team welcomed Autodesk Advance Steel users with different backgrounds. Steel and Precast Detailers, Steel Erectors, Steel & Precast Fabricators, Structural Engineers, Contractors, etc. gathered for in-depth workshops, technical sessions and networking.

For the third consecutive year, we were joined by Autodesk partners. Michael Gustafson, Industry Strategy Manager for Structural Engineering at Autodesk, talked about Autodesk’s vision for the Future of Structure & BIM. He adds: “Graitec’s Advance Steel Academy event was a big success. I’ve attended this event for three years now, and it has steadily attracted more customers each year. It was a great week having the opportunity to meet with Advance Steel customers at Graitec’s event as well as at NASCC.

The 4th Annual Advance Steel Academy 2017 in US is a Success!

Udo Haedicke, Advance Steel Product Manager, gave an exclusive preview of the new 2018 features. He comments: “What a nice event. Thank you for getting the chance to promote the new features of Advance Steel and the opportunity to chat with so many great customers!

This was my second Advance Steel Academy and it was great. The perfect opportunity to discuss problems, learn new tricks, exchange ideas and share solutions with the Advance Steel experts as well as other users.” Matt Steiger, Detailer/CAD Manager, Mountainview Steel Detailing

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Video | How to Reference Connections Created by Camera to a Key Plan View


Using Advance Steel Cameras at node tool, it is easy to create drawings of connections in your structure and reference them to a plan view.

 

 

First define the camera symbol presentation. How do you want the camera symbol to be displayed on drawings?

This can be done from the (ASMT) Advance Steel Management Tools by selecting the Defaults category. Use the filter option and type “Camera in the field.”

Select the detailing camera representation type from Drawing-Presentation sub category > General.

Place the UCS at the level where your connections are located, “Create cameras(s) at node” tool and define the camera direction.

By using the Drawing Process, “Cameras”, you have the option of “Selected cameras” or “All Cameras”.

Choose your required sheet size and the details are automatically created.

From the Drawing style GA Plans, Elevations/Sections category you can choose a ready-made template.

Select the elements you want included on the plan view and the drawing is created with the camera referenced to the plan view.

Presizing reinforced concrete footings directly in Advance Design


An important advantage of the innovating multi-platform Advance BIM Designers collection of apps that allow automatic generation of 3D reinforcement for reinforced concrete elements is the possibility of direct integration into the interface of the Advance Design calculation software.

One of the many benefits of this integration is a more efficient footing presizing process, after the structure is modelled and a FEM analysis is performed directly in Advance Design.

Presizing reinforced concrete footings directly in Advance Design

Advance BIM Designers reuses all information related to material, size or forces in a support and automatically generates reinforcement cages, drawings and reports, based on user-defined reinforcement assumptions.

Presizing reinforced concrete footings directly in Advance Design

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Graitec Launch – New Advance Workshop Console


The Workshop Console is a fantastic new tool that is now part of the Advance Workshop family. The new console adds additional sought after functionality which will be of great benefit to Steel fabrication and structures companies looking to improve tracking, control and productivity.

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Essentially the new console gives you the ability to save and monitor production activities that form part your daily workflow through a simple tool based on a QRcode/Bar-code management system.

Deployment options are flexible allowing companies to install the console in the best way that suits their existing IT structure. Advance Workshop Console can be installed directly on a server that then acts as a remote application for mobile devices, such as smartphones or tablets. Alternatively, it can also be installed directly on a local PC installed close to your existing work centers.

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The main features and benefits of console are:

  • Useable on mobile device
  • Useable on Personal Computer
  • Easy and intuitive user interface
  • Use with 2D bar-code or QRCode
  • Production time registration with worker name
  • Product registration elements such as parts, assemblies and nesting
  • Discharge of stock items such as bolts and screws
  • Association of welding materials to assemblies for traceability
  • Printing of drawings/labels directly from reading the bar-code

An industrial PDA is used for tracking materials, Parts, EN1090 weld material and workshop personnel identification.

The QR code is readable from an in-house PDA via a program installed on the server to link the GRAITEC Advance Workshop database. You then just scan the code to see its contents. The QR code can include text, an address on the server, a storage address for plans and the content can then be transferred, printed. It is free to use.

With all these advantages and ease of use, using QR code for tagging is increasingly of interest to more and more industrial companies for reading and collection of critical information, collecting the data required for EN1090 processes or even the time recording of operators, welders.

About GRAITEC Advance Workshop

Advance Workshop: Steel fabrication production management software

GRAITEC Advance Workshop is a purpose-built, easy-to-use Steel Fabrication Management Information System (MIS) designed to give steel fabricators complete control over every stage of production. Manage stock, traceability, labour and CNC processes to increase efficiency and reduce costs – ultimately optimizing your total business performance.

GRAITEC Advance Workshop manages CNC Machinery and individual workforce alike making it adaptable to the needs of steel fabricators of all sizes and maturity. Read more…

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GRAITEC EMEA Wins Consecutive Autodesk Platinum Award


GRAITEC, an international BIM and CAD software developer for AEC, and Autodesk® Platinum Partner in US and across Europe, is delighted to announce winning the highly coveted Top Reseller in Net Subscription Growth Platinum Award for the second consecutive year.

The Autodesk Platinum club awards are hotly contested by the top echelons of Autodesk Resellers around the globe and winning resellers not only need to have a proven and successful business strategy but more importantly need to be aligned to their customers’ needs and requirements.

Says Steve Houlder, Graitec COOWinning the Platinum award for the second consecutive year is a fantastic achievement and one that is testament to our committed teams across the U.K, France, Germany, Italy, Poland, Slovakia and the Czech Republic. Our teams are all dedicated to delivering outstanding customer success, support and sales performance in an often challenging environment, so this award is dedicated to our staff and also our customers across the regions.

We are delighted to again be recognised as a leading Autodesk global partner and will continue to invest across the group in our teams, structure and strategy to further support our clients successfully adoption and deployment of Autodesk technologies to fuel their own business growth.

Manuel Liedot, GRAITEC CEO adds:GRAITEC’s aims of becoming a global leading BIM provider are being realised and winning this award demonstrates our commitment and goal of delivering real benefits to customers whilst accelerating BIM adoption around the world.

The Graitec EMEA success is a result of the teams hard work and dedication under the guidance of a highly experienced management team, and I would like to congratulate all members of the team on this excellent achievement“.

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Advance Steel Academy 2017


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Our annual Advance Steel Academy (formerly Advance Steel User Group) is coming up March 20-22, 2017 in San Antonio, TX. For new Advance Steel users who may not have attended in the past, and those who want to know what’s new for this year’s event, have a look at the agenda!

  • Learn features within Advance Steel software that will add great value to your steel detailing process
  • Learn from experts and learn more about the industry than just your day-to-day operations
  • Network with others in the industry, including notable Autodesk leaders
  • A full-day focus on customizing your output (drawing styles)
  • The event takes place the same week and location as the NASCC. Get a free pass!

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Growth for GRAITEC Group During 2017 with Expansion Throughout Russia


GRAITEC, an international BIM and CAD software developer for AEC, and Autodesk® Platinum Partner in US and across Europe, is delighted to announce the acquisition of the Russian engineering and consulting company PSS. This will significantly enhance the GRAITEC Group worldwide portfolio and its focus on developing software for streamlining BIM workflows.

Founded in 1994, PSS is based in Saint Petersburg with 43 employees and three regional offices throughout Russia: Tula, Krasnodar and Novosibirsk. PSS specialises in implementation and expert technical support for BIM solutions in the design and construction, has over twenty years’ experience of PDM implementation in the AEC Industry and is also an Autodesk Silver Value Added Reseller (VAR).

GRAITEC was already operating in Russia since 2009 through its subsidiary “GRAITEC Russia” with a focus on the Steel Industry market segment, especially by selling and servicing the Autodesk Advance Steel Product. As of December 2016, GRAITEC has purchased PSS to reinforce its position on the BIM market and contribute to its considerable growth throughout the VAR network and CIS market covering Russia. This move will provide significant benefits to PSS customers with the GRAITEC product line, most specifically the GRAITEC PowerPack for Revit – a range of unique commands and functionalities designed to improve productivity when working with Autodesk® Revit®, exclusively available from GRAITEC.

GRAITEC has acquired 100% of PSS shares on December 29th 2016. The price of the acquisition has not been disclosed. For the time being, PSS will continue to operate under the PSS brand, maintaining its working principles for clients and partners.

Alexey Kukin, PSS CEO comments:We are very excited about becoming part of an international group who share PSS’s projected vision about BIM. Through GRAITEC, PSS will become part of one of the top 5 Autodesk resellers in the world and will also benefit from access to a completely new product portfolio, previously unavailable to our customers. These new developments will provide an immediate benefit to all PSS customers, especially when the importance of the information modelling has been evaluated at the state level.

Francis Guillemard, GRAITEC CEO adds:These acquisitions reflect a very positive start to 2017, reinforcing the GRAITEC strategy to become a global leading BIM provider and delivering real benefits to customers and accelerating BIM adoption around the world. Complementing the existing GRAITEC offices in Eastern Europe, the purchase of PSS and its regional offices, will significantly strengthen GRAITEC’s position in Russia and CIS countries.

About PSS
Founded in 1994, engineering and consulting company PSS specializes in the development and implementation of the integrated automation projects as well as in the enhancing performance of the construction, management and development companies, design institutes, architectural and design bureaus. Focus of the company is BIM, CAD and PDM implementation services for construction and design industries. PSS has authorized training centres where you can take courses for all product families of Revit, BIM, Civil 3D, etc. Representative offices are located in Novosibirsk, Krasnodar, and Tula. For more information, please visit www.pss.spb.ru

CE Marking Control and EN1090 – What Now?


As the CE marking control regulations have been in force in the UK for a good while now, it’s probably a good time to look back and see what it has changed for Steel Fabricators and Stockholders. I think most people now agree that although the process of getting accredited was tedious and bureaucratic, in the end it was actually quite useful for the majority of companies.

I think most people now agree that although the process of getting accredited was tedious and bureaucratic, in the end it was actually quite useful for the majority of companies.

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Graitec Revit PowerPack Review Voted in Top Ten Content for 2016


Advance PowerPack for RevitWith BIM adoption in full swing in the UK and America and emerging mandates across Europe gearing towards Building Information Modelling, we are pleased to announce that our Graitec Advance PowerPack for Revit review on the Engineering.com website has been voted at 4th place in the top 10 Revit content 2016 by Revit News.

As an established international software developer of a variety of BIM tools, Construction software and Structural Design Analysis solutions, the Graitec Advance PowerPack for Revit has been made available with support in multiple languages and has been designed to deliver Revit users with powerful tools that enhance productivity for many day to day design and modelling tasks for example a Revit to Excel Link, Batch Export to DWG facility, Revit Family Manager, Renaming and numbering tool and so much more.

Achieving independent recognition for our software is very welcoming indeed as it shows we are continuing to provide productive solutions that meet our clients daily needs.

The Advance PowerPack for Revit is available free of charge for Graitec’s subscribers or can be purchased if required.

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Free webinar: Link to Excel from Revit


Discover how you can bi-directionally link a schedule from Revit to Excel with the GRAITEC PowerPack for Revit!

As you may know, having the ability to bi-directionally link a schedule from Revit to Excel has always been extremely difficult and limited.

But with the linking tool in Revit, the user can now export a schedule from Revit and maintain a link to the file, giving the user the ability to make non-dimensional changes to the excel sheet and have the Revit parameters automatically update.

Join us on the 13th January 2017 at 3:30pm for a free webinar and learn about the Link to Excel feature and more in the GRAITEC PowerPack for Revit.

Find out more and register

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GRAITEC December AEC Webinars


Increase productivity and learn a number of key features that can be implemented into new year project workflows.

Graitec Revit PowerPack – Link to Excel Webinar – With the Linking tool in Revit, the user can now export a schedule from Revit and maintain a link to the file, giving the user the ability to make non-dimensional changes to the excel sheet and have the Revit parameters automatically update. Join us on this this webinar to learn about this feature and more.

Date: 16th December 2016
Time: 10:00 AM – 11:00 AM

Date: 16th December 2016
Time: 4:00 PM – 5:00 PM

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BIM for Housebuilders – Revit LT vs. 2D Webinar – This webinar will introduce users to working in a more intelligent way. Replacing lines, and circles with ‘real-world’ components that interact with its surrounding environment. We will also look at the benefits of modelling the whole building rather than working on isolated areas, which can introduce potential errors.

Date: 16th December 2016
Time: 2:00 PM – 3:00 PM

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Architectural Metalwork Masterclass in Advance Steel (Webinar) – Register today to get an insight into how Advance Steel can be utilised for architectural metalwork detailing with a particular focus on using glazed components within the stair structure.

Date: 21st December 2016
Time: 2:00 PM – 3:00 PM

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Click here to head over to our events page and discover what upcoming webinars are taking place in January.

GRAITEC took on Las Vegas during the Autodesk University and Fabtech


GRAITEC, an international BIM and CAD software developer for AEC, and Autodesk® Platinum Partner in US and across Europe, took on Las Vegas during the Autodesk University and Fabtech.

After an exciting week at Las Vegas this past month, the Graitec team came home with full minds! As the exhibitors and attendees of Autodesk University and Fabtech packed up and headed for home, so did the Graitec team following a full week of inventive ideas and latest technology. We had a chance to make the most of this week!

GRAITEC took on Las Vegas during the Autodesk University and Fabtech

First off, we were happy to share our booth with SigmaTEK at Fabtech, the North America’s largest metal forming, fabricating, welding and finishing event. Our partner was showcasing SigmaNEST X1, the popular sheet metal CAD/CAM system, offering improved functionality for CNC punch, laser, and plasma machines. We recognized how enthusiastic our potential and current customers were throughout the exposition. We enjoyed showing off demo after demo what our software can do and how Advance Steel, Autodesk® structural detailing software, Advance Workshop, our steel fabrication management solution and SigmaNEST can streamline fabrication workflow. Casual conversations turned into discovering someone’s need for BIM solutions.

Graitec is also excited to have taken involvement in Autodesk University 2016 to a new level in many exciting ways.

GRAITEC took on Las Vegas during the Autodesk University and Fabtech

As a major supplier to the structural sector, Graitec was once again a key sponsor and exhibitor of the MEP & Structural Fabricators Forum. Throughout the day and into the evening, we were meeting with our peers as attendees were exploring future technologies. Visitors met Graitec experts at the exhibition stand between classes to discuss their needs, discover the new range of cutting-edge solutions and ask for usb drives with Graitec classes material.

Graitec was very involved in Autodesk University. Indeed, five of our brightest employees were covering hot industry focused topics at both MEP & Fabricators Forum and Autodesk University. Their recordings are now online and you can take a moment to review their classes.

As we reach out to our potential customer’s following Fabtech and Autodesk University, we want to open the door for any and all to have a casual discussion with us about your needs and how our BIM solutions can help. Thank you to everyone who made our shows a success and remember, Be part of the BIM revolution!

Keep up with all things Graitec do by contacting us, visiting our events page, signing up for our monthly newsletter or joining us on LinkedIn. We want to connect with you!

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Reinforced Concrete BIM Designers Webinars


Two upcoming FREE webinars exploring RC BIM Designers for Revit® and how they use BIM data to design 3D reinforcement.

Webinar | Next-gen Reinforced Concrete BIM Designers for Revit

BIM-Centric Solutions for Reinforced Concrete


In his article, BIM For Reinforced Concrete – It’s In The Details, Pawel Piechnick points to the delay in adopting Building Information Modeling (BIM) in the concrete industry, due mainly to the fragmented supply chain, involging the collaboration of several designers and suppliers for final product delivery.

With varied demands coming from Autodesk users regarding BIM-centric solutions for concrete – gaining more engineering information while coordinating with local building code requirements (engineers and designers), maximizing production and delivery while minimizing time spent with detailing and coordination with the field (fabricators), and planning optimization through access to accurate quantities in early project phases (contractors) – it is becoming clear that the industry is ready for a big change.

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Pawel goes on to say that Autodesk’s strategy for reinforced concrete involves integrating steel reinforcement detailing with the structural design process, as well as the detailing process, resulting in more accurate documentation, as well as connected, end-to-end workflows. Autodesk Revit is a clear example, as a model authoring platform supporting BIM workflows for any discipline or trade.

Autodesk’s strategy is completed by partnerships with technical partners who have a record in delivering rebar design-to-detailing-solutions for users in the concrete industry still working with traditional 2D CAD platforms. Software developers such as SOFiSTiK, aSa and Graitec are providing Revit based tools adapted to local standard requirements, process automation, and advanced productivity requirements, and are rebuilding on Revit so they can provide their customers and future reinforced concrete partners a more collaborative BIM environment.

Carl Spalding, GRAITEC Product Strategy Director, thinks that the concrete industry is about to change “thanks to the global adoption of BIM, advances in software technology and countless lessons learnt”.

The main advantages of BIM-centric solutions for the concrete industry:

  • combining 2D documentation versatility with the higher level of fidelity and accuracy of 3D modeling of steel reinforcement and concrete accessories;
  • reducing clashes both in the preconstruction and site execution project phases (through detailing with clash prevention);
  • transitioning from design to detailed models, following local code requirements and automating the process of making changes;
  • and increasing transparency and model information quality from bidding to procurement.

Read full article “BIM For Reinforced Concrete – It’s In The Details”

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