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GRAITEC launches next-gen Reinforced Concrete BIM Designers with its 2017 R2 product release


GRAITEC, an international BIM and CAD software developer for AEC, and Autodesk® Platinum Partner in US and across Europe, is excited to announce the international availability of it Reinforced Concrete BIM Designers, integrated with Revit®, among the mid-term R2 release of its Advance 2017 products.

GRAITEC launches next-gen Reinforced Concrete BIM Designers with its 2017 R2 product release

Carl Spalding, GRAITEC Product Strategy Director comments:Some of the key features of the GRAITEC Advance 2017 R2 range of products sees the implementing of user wish list requests, supporting more international and regional standards and the introduction of new reinforcement BIM solutions to support the migration to BIM of the concrete sector.

Carl, adds:The new Reinforced Concrete BIM Designers represent the first in a series of next generation technology that redefine how BIM data will be utilized more frequently to automate intelligent downstream processes, what we tend to refer to as ‘information-driven industry-automation’. Years of industry knowledge and real-world experience have been embedded directly into the technology. This enables extremely complex tasks to be automated, such as creating a 3D rebar cage designed to the regional codes and based on the actual FEM results or producing detailed design reports, views and drawings, all to local standards. Being multi-platform, the Reinforced Concrete BIM Designers offer a state-of-the-art BIM solution for reinforcement that is flexible enough to be adopted at any stage of the design process, supporting both simple and complex workflows, and bridging the workflow gap between structural engineers and technicians.

Advance BIM Designers: Apps for Structural Design, Modeling and Documentation

GRAITEC Advance BIM Designers is a collection of apps dedicated to streamlining structural BIM workflows, automating traditional design and modeling processes and speeding the production of technical documents.

Already available in the Advance BIM Designers Collection are:

All have been enhanced in 2017 R2 introducing functionality based on user feedback.

    New to the Advance BIM Designer Collection are:

  • Reinforced Concrete BIM Designers (for Autodesk® Revit®, Advance Design, Arche and standalone/OMD)
  • Steel Connection Designer (for Advance Design & OMD)

Reinforced Concrete BIM Designers 2017 R2

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The Reinforced Concrete BIM Designers are an innovative rebar detailing and modeling solution which utilize engineering BIM data, and work to numerous international standards, automate the design and creation of 3D rebar cages and produce related documentation – design reports, drawings and schedules – for common concrete Column, Beam and Footing elements.

1. 3D rebar cages to US / EU codes
GRAITEC Reinforced Concrete BIM Designers 2017 R2
2. Design Reports
GRAITEC Reinforced Concrete BIM Designers 2017 R2
3. Detailed drawing views
GRAITEC Reinforced Concrete BIM Designers 2017 R2

Another unique feature of the Reinforced Concrete BIM Designers is its multi-platform compatibility – seamlessly integrating with Autodesk® Revit®, Advance Design, GRAITEC OMD and even operated as a standalone platform – offering a practical solution that simplifies the workflow between structural engineers and technicians. Discover more…

Steel Connection Designer 2017 R2

GRAITEC Advance BIM Designers | Steel Connection Designer 2017

Introducing a new addition to the GRAITEC Advance BIM Designer Collection, the Steel Connection Designer – for quick and easy design of a large variety of steel connections and integrated into Advance Design. Welded and bolted Moment End Plate, Apex and Haunch connection types are supported, simple to create and extremely detailed. Using the new ‘enable weld’ option quickly converts the joint to fully welded with verifications completed according to EN 1993-1-8 standards.
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Steel Structure Designer 2017 R2

GRAITEC Advance BIM Designers | Steel Structure Designer 2017

The Steel Structure Designer works on both Advance Design and Autodesk® Advance Steel enabling an extensive range of building definitions to be configured in seconds. Several new options and commands have included to adjust the position of the reference axis in relation to elements, to accommodate both analysis and detailing, connecting all elements at the nodes. This also applies for purlins, side rails, roof bracings and side bracings. Users can now control the precise set-out positions of openings by aligning the frame elements to a reference point or system line. Finally new parameters have been introduced for a more accurate control of purlin and side rail distribution.
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Stair and Railing Designer 2017 R2

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Fast and flexible stair and railing modeling for Autodesk® Advance Steel. New options have been included for anchors and connector types, when detailing with straight or curved concrete support elements. When designing standard handrails, there is a new option to create the top handrail in a single element (polybeam) for accurate documentation, set-out and scheduling.
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All product downloads are available from the GRAITEC customer portal here. A free trial can be accessed here and GRAITEC apps and add-ons are also available as a free trial or to buy from the GRAITEC store.

Advance Design 2017 R2

Advance Design: BIM software for FEM structural analysis and design according to international codes

This version of GRAITEC Advance Design 2017 includes enhancements to ensure Advance Design works seamlessly with GRAITEC Advance BIM Designers, including the automatic transfer of geometry to BIM Designers. Settings can now be customized for local areas – set your own country, language and standards – to simplify the transfer of project information (project name, address, user data) from Advance Design together with any elements designed using Advance BIM Designers. A new addition to the Advance Design ribbon is the Bill of Materials button which automatically calculates an estimated quantity of materials and costs for your project.
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Advance Workshop 2017 R2

Advance Workshop: Steel fabrication production management software

A new Fast Order Input table offers a quick and simple way to create new orders by entering data (eg; section, material, length, name and cut type) directly into a tabular format or copy directly from an Excel spreadsheet, to create standard parts. Advance Workshop performs error checking and transforms the list into an order ready to be sent to production. To assist with internal management, it is now possible to manually add, remove or adjust planning stages as well as change, rename or replace all part and assembly names from the Edit Order function. Additional fields have been added to the ‘New Order’ dialog to ensure the most precise information is collated and orders can now be easily filtered for quick loading and referencing.
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PowerPack for Advance Steel

PowerPack: Productivity set of tools, templates and connections for Autodesk Advance Steel

The PowerPack for Autodesk® Advance Steel already encompasses a wide selection of exclusive joints, tools and utilities for Advance Steel users, and earlier this year, introduced a range of new profiles for worldwide Cold Rolled systems manufacturers with a range of intelligent parametric Cold Rolled joints that automatically adapt to the selected suppliers preference for purlins, apex-ties and anti-sag systems. This range has been expanded. A new single command for 2017 R2, enables the creation of NC files in Advance Steel and exports them in an SMLX file which transfers seamlessly into Advance Workshop.
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PowerPack for Revit

PowerPack for Revit Dynamic vertical application provided by GRAITEC for Autodesk Revit users

Delivering more tools for architects, MEP and structural engineers, the 2017 R2 version includes improvements to the Numbering wizard with position tolerances that enhance the way elements positions such as grids are managed. The Pipe Openings tool for automatically inserting an opening where MEP elements interest structural elements, includes advanced searching and sorting. The rebar copy tool supports differing size elements, and the Bending Detail command now creates multi-rebar tags for rebar sets with multiple spacing in one single operation. Whilst ‘Clean and Refresh’ updates bending details to reflect changes in Revit® project. The Family Watermark Manager can manage multiple families at once, the Category Visibility tool can be used to switch on and off the visibility of either all categories or any elements in the current selection of the project. 3D View for each level creates views only for selected levels.
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Carl Spalding, GRAITEC Product Strategy Director concludes:Following on from the successful release of the GRAITEC 2017 product range, we wanted to ensure this version delivers everything our customers have been asking for, taking into account feedback and requests. Another consideration is looking to the future and the considerable shift by the whole AEC industry, moving away from manual and 2D processes – either through influence from external forces, newly available technology or downsizing within organisations. This is where GRAITEC products, apps and add-ons can significantly enhance customers’ working environments – introducing new, innovative, time-saving, BIM-centric technologies which provide solutions specifically designed to automate workflows and procedures.

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GRAITEC is Proud to Sponsor the MEP & Structural Fabricators Forum at AU2016


GRAITEC, an international BIM and CAD software developer for AEC, and Autodesk® Platinum Partner in US and across Europe, is delighted to announce its sponsorship of the annual MEP & Structural Fabricators Forum in Las Vegas including an instructive seminar entitled ‘Design-To-Fabrication Structural BIM Workflows’.

GRAITEC is Proud to Sponsor the MEP & Structural Fabricators Forum at AU2016

Detail better. Fabricate better. Build better.

The third annual MEP & Structural Fabricators Forum will be held at the Venetian Hotel, Las Vegas on Monday 14th November 2016, one day before Autodesk University 2016 kicks off. This focused forum and exhibition will be attended by many industry leading businesses and has been specifically tailored for contractors, designers, engineers, details, estimators and fabricators. It is a fantastic chance to network with peers, get the low-down on the latest industry trends and check out the latest software solutions and programs not yet available anywhere else.

Delegates are able to attend a wide variety of focused seminars delivered by business owners and industry professionals, ensuring they come away armed with relevant information and techniques that can be applied to improve their business. Event sponsors will also be on hand throughout the day so there will be plenty of opportunities to discuss and learn more about technology solutions specifically designed for your industry.

Top five reasons to attend the MEP & Structural Fabricators Forum:

  1. Access to the latest industry trends
  2. Meet suppliers who understand your business
  3. Increased knowledge of BIM workflows
  4. Connect with leading industry experts
  5. Network with peers to learn from successes

As a major supplier to the structural sector, GRAITEC will once again be a key sponsor of the MEP & Structural Fabricators Forum. This year, the food hall will feature an exhibition area, open at key times throughout the day and into the evening, which will allow more time for visitors to mingle with peers, meet key sponsors and explore future technologies. Visitors can meet the GRAITEC experts at the exhibition stand between classes to discuss their needs and discover the new range of cutting-edge solutions.

In addition GRAITEC will be presenting an informative class, looking at ‘Design to Fabrication Structural BIM Workflows for Mixed Concrete and Steel Projects‘ at 4:15pm. This session will explore structural workflow optimization, automation and detailing for steel and concrete and adapting to last-minute changes to create openings for MEP services.

Carl Spalding, Product Strategy Director comments:After the enormous success last year we are delighted to be invited back to sponsor the event again. The MEP & Structural Fabricators Forum is a key event in our and our client’s calendars. It presents a unique opportunity to connect with like-minded people all striving to share knowledge and ideas that determines the trends and technology of tomorrow.

Carl adds:A key focus this year is reinforced concrete design and detailing. As this industry looks to migrate from 2D to take advantage of BIM, we will be sharing our knowledge and ideas on this subject. We are also very excited to be featuring a new range of Reinforced Concrete BIM Designers which calculate and design 3D reinforcement cages and automate documentation production directly from Autodesk® Revit®“.

GRAITEC is Proud to Sponsor the MEP & Structural Fabricators Forum at AU2016

Plan your day with the MEP & Structural Fabrication Forum agenda – listing all available classes

GRAITEC is Proud to Sponsor the MEP & Structural Fabricators Forum at AU2016

The Future of Making Things at Autodesk University 2016
The MEP & Structural Fabrication Forum is immediately followed by the hugely successful Autodesk University 2016. Attendees of AU 2016 can join GRAITEC for a forward looking class covering ‘The Future of Making…Rebar in Revit®‘.
Click here for more information on AU2016 and registration details

GRAITEC becomes an Autodesk AEC Solution Associate


GRAITEC, an international BIM and CAD software developer for AEC, and Autodesk® Platinum Partner in the US and across Europe, is delighted to announce its appointment as an Autodesk AEC Solution Associate.

As part of its commitment to delivering innovative practical solutions to the industry, and building on its long-standing collaborative partnership with Autodesk, GRAITEC is now acknowledged by Autodesk as an AEC Solution Associate in the following industry sectors: Structural Engineering, Structural Fabrication, Construction, Architecture, MEP Engineering, Infrastructure, Plant, Manufacturing and Reinforced Concrete.

As an international Autodesk Platinum Partner across Europe and United States, Independent Software Vendor (ISV) specializing in Advance Steel and Concrete solutions, and Autodesk Developer Partner delivering bespoke add-ons and apps for Autodesk key AEC platforms and now Autodesk AEC Solutions Associate, GRAITEC is rapidly redefining what a traditional Autodesk Reseller looks like and setting an innovative standard as a new-generation business partner.

 

Visit the GRAITEC website to read more about GRAITEC as Autodesk AEC Solution Associate

 

Francis Guillemard, GRAITEC CEO comments:Being recognised as an Autodesk AEC Solution Associate is the culmination of years of collaboration in providing key integrated and interoperable industry solutions. It not only assures our customers of our continued commitment in delivering high-performance AEC solutions and services tuned to their local needs, but reaffirms our long-standing and continued, multi-level collaboration with Autodesk. It was a very natural step for both companies“.

GRAITEC becomes an Autodesk AEC Solution Associate

GRAITEC continues to develop industry specific software products, add-ons and apps integrated seamlessly to compliment Autodesk® Revit® and Advance Steel platforms, whilst introducing advanced interoperability with synchronized BIM workflows, tools and functionalities supported by geographically localized content. The business is actively focused on delivering technology that harnesses the power of BIM and constructability engineering data, expected in a connected BIM workflow, to automate design to documentation processes.
This is evident in its new cutting-edge Reinforced Concrete BIM Designer range with its ability to instantly create design-driven 3D reinforcement and automate documentation of reinforced concrete elements in Revit.

Francis Guillemard, GRAITEC CEO concludes:In the bigger picture, Autodesk AEC Solution Associate partner changes very little for GRAITEC. Of course, it is great to be recognized for the quality of work that we are involved in and to reflect this in the market place. In real terms, it is a reflection of what we have been doing and will continue to do, for the past three decades; utilizing our extensive knowledge to develop and provide practical solutions to meet the ever-changing needs of our clients.
Businesses in the AEC sector face significant skills and technology challenges and are expecting more assurance and higher levels of confidence from a partner who is not only able to provide off-the-shelf software products but able to support them across every aspect of their business.
GRAITEC continues to invest heavily in the integration and interoperability of our software portfolio with Autodesk AEC products. Working very closely with Autodesk, whilst simultaneously expanding the range of industry-specific technology solutions and customer-centric services we offer, is part of our strategy to strengthen the relationship with our customers and deliver a unique business-model that supports the ever-growing needs of the AEC sector.

 

Browse the range of GRAITEC software available here

GRAITEC upcoming construction & BIM webinars


Autodesk Advance Steel & Plant 3D workflows, Revit Lt Vs. 2D, BIM for Infrastructure and Revit 360 collaboration – Register today!

 

Advance Steel and Plant 3D Workflow Webinar

This webinar will focus upon the interaction between Autodesk Advance Steel and Autodesk Plant 3D. Learn how existing plant structures can be used as a reference and then transferred to Advance Steel for additional steelwork to be added.

Explore the options to link your Advance Steel model with your plant project.

Webinar Host: John Bennett

Date: 21st September 2016

Time: 4:00 PM – 5:00 PM BST

Click here to find out more and to register!

 

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.

Webinar Host: Simon Dickinson

Date: 22nd September 2016

Time: 10:00 AM – 11:00 AM

Click here to find out more and to register!

 

BIM for Infrastructure Webinar

This session will look at the workflows between early concept through to finished design; as well as focusing on the advantages of using Infraworks and Civil3D.

Ian Robinson will highlight the ease of looking at different design options using real-world data such as georeferenced data. This will allow the user to consider potential issues such as flooding.

Webinar Host: Ian Robinson

Date: 23rd September 2016

Time: 10:00 AM – 11:00 AM

Click here to find out more and to register!

 

Revit 360 Collaboration Webinar

This webinar will look at the new cloud subscription service that enables users to centralise their models via. The cloud.

The tool will keep all parties connected in real time using the communicator tool.

Webinar Host: Simon Dickinson

Date: 28th October 2016

Time: 10:00 AM – 11:00 AM

Click here to find out more and to register!

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GRAITEC Showcases the 2017 version at Metalcon


GRAITEC Showcases the 2017 version of its BIM Solutions for the Steel Construction Industry at Metalcon.

GRAITEC, an international BIM and CAD software developer for AEC, and Autodesk® Platinum Partner, is pleased to announce that the North American team will be exhibiting at Metalcon in Baltimore, MD on October 26-28, 2016. The new 2017 version of BIM and steel fabrication suite of products will be showcased at Booth 1827.

GRAITEC Showcases the 2017 version of its BIM Solutions for the Steel Construction Industry at Metalcon

The METALCON, conference and exhibition for the metal construction industry, returns to Baltimore on October 26 – 28, 2016. This 26th annual event, sponsored by The Metal Construction Association, is uniquely focused on the application of metal in residential, commercial, industrial and institutional construction. This year at booth 1827, GRAITEC experts will showcase the 2017 version of top-level AEC software and steel fabrication suite of products.

GRAITEC Showcases the 2017 version of its BIM Solutions for the Steel Construction Industry at Metalcon

GRAITEC Showcases the 2017 version of its BIM Solutions for the Steel Construction Industry at Metalcon

The GRAITEC team will be demonstrating Advance Workshop 2017, tailor-made Steel Fabrication Production Management Information System. The rapid uptake and high demand of this easy-to-use solution has seen GRAITEC accelerate development to significantly improve the native interoperability with Tekla and Autodesk Advance Steel.
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GRAITEC Showcases the 2017 version of its BIM Solutions for the Steel Construction Industry at Metalcon

GRAITEC will also be demonstrating Autodesk Advance Steel 2017, the user-friendly 3D structural steel detailing and fabrication software that automatically creates drawings, BOMs and NC files, and that communicates with Autodesk® Revit® among other systems. Advance Steel is based on AutoCAD software, but its latest iteration allows for better building information modeling (BIM) workflows.
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GRAITEC Showcases the 2017 version of its BIM Solutions for the Steel Construction Industry at Metalcon

Visitors will particularly appreciate the new version of the exclusive add-on PowerPack 2017compatible with Autodesk® Advance Steel 2017. The PowerPack now includes new profiles for worldwide Cold Rolled systems manufacturers with a range of intelligent parametric Cold Rolled joints that automatically adapt to the selected suppliers’ preferences for purlins, apex-ties and anti-sag systems.
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GRAITEC Showcases the 2017 version of its BIM Solutions for the Steel Construction Industry at Metalcon

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Book a demonstration with our team info.americas@graitec.com or contact Estelle Marodon at 1-800-724-5678 #300

Free webinar: how to boost productivity and shorten project life cycles when detailing stairs & railings


Discover how Advance Steel boosts productivity and shortens project life cycles when detailing stairs & railings on our free webinar!

Register today to get an insight into how the software can be utilised for architectural metalwork detailing with a particular focus on using glazed components within the stair structure.

Discover how Advance Steel boosts productivity and shortens project life cycles when detailing stairs & railings on our free webinar!

Join our technical specialist to see how we can use the Advance Steel toolset to add a glazed staircase complete with customised sections for the stringers and glazed panels for the railing components. In this masterclass we will show the key modelling techniques involved and how to get the best from the software.

The webinar will conclude with a Q&A session with our technical specialist.

Webinar Host: Nial Ball
Date: 30th August 2016
Time: 10:00 AM – 11:00 AM

 

Register your place today!

GRAITEC helps bridge the gap between analysis, design and fabrication


Synchronization of structural model from Autodesk Advance Steel to Advance Design America

 

GRAITEC technology ensures a more connected BIM workflow and helps bridge the gap between analysis, design and fabrication.

This video shows how to synchronize a structural model from Advance Steel, Autodesk ‘s structural steel detailing software (based on AutoCAD platform) to Advance Design America, Graitec’s structural analysis and design software.

Using the GTCX file format, the user can transfer the model from Autodesk Advance Steel to Advance Design America and perform the analysis and design procedure. It is also possible to modify the geometry or sections to optimize the structure.

Then the model in Advance Design America can be easily sent back to Autodesk Advance Steel including all the internal forces coming from the load combinations. The user will be able to design or verify the connection design and detailing based on the forces coming directly from analysis and design software.

 

Watch the video on YouTube: https://youtu.be/MyD3C6xIeuI

If you need any information regarding Advance Design America or Autodesk Advance Steel, please call Graitec on 1-800-724-5678

Email us at info.americas@graitec.com or fill out the form here

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New and Updated 2017 Software Solutions Now Available from GRAITEC Group


GRAITEC, an international BIM and CAD software developer for AEC, and Autodesk® Platinum Partner in US and across Europe, is delighted to announce the launch of its new GRAITEC Advance Suite 2017, providing the very best modeling and design software solutions to the Architecture, Engineering and Construction market.

GRAITEC has continuously strived to provide first-rate advancements for innovative software solutions to its valued customers, and the recent launch of its new and upgraded product range for 2017 is no exception, proving they are still top of their game in terms of providing top-level Construction, AEC and Building Design software solutions worldwide.

Francis Guillemard, GRAITEC CEO enthuses:Our 2017 product range introduces practical functionality across all products to address the daily needs of our customers, whilst helping us meet the growing demands of our expanding markets. Providing our customers with more choice, better value and improved technological solutions to everyday challenges is a key part of our commitment.Mr Guillemard continues:BIM is also challenging software developers to rethink the way their technology is applied to project design challenges and accessed across globally dispersed teams. GRAITEC is constantly improving how we engage with our customers and continually pushing the technology boundaries to deliver real value to our users and this is reflected in the 2017 product range.

Mr Guillemard concludes:This year we decided to include a preview version of our highly anticipated range of Reinforced Concrete BIM Designers. We wanted to introduce the structural market to the next-generation structural technology that is making it possible to transition to a connected BIM workflow, and use BIM data to provide a high-degree of automation across structural design to detailing cycles, all without having to radically change what they are already doing. It is clear that customer are expecting more from their software and their loyalty will lie with technology that works harder to deliver what they need. We are confident our new range of Reinforced Concrete BIM Designers will set new standards for future BIM technology.”

Advance Design 2017

New and Updated 2017 Software Solutions Now Available from GRAITEC Group

GRAITEC’s flagship Finite Element Design and Analysis solution, Advance Design, has been enhanced to include full integration with the new GRAITEC Advance BIM Designer collection. The Steel Connection BIM Designer, Reinforced Concrete BIM Designers and the Steel Structure Designer integration enables advanced structural BIM workflows and next-gen process automation across disciplines and multiple platforms including Revit®. With a committed focus on improvements in managing steel projects, further updates include the use of Excel to enable tabular access and grid control as a way to easily modify the properties of structural elements, the ability to enable or disable structural objects for calculation, new load groups added to the Moving Load Generator and the possibility to create a rigid element with a single click without having to manually define a rigid section or material, resulting in a highly simplified workflow.

Commencing with the 2017 version, North American users can benefit from a set bundle comprising Advance Design 2017 and Advance Design America 2017. Advance Design America includes the same expert structural analysis and design software, in-line with North American norms and standards. Users are able to install and use either Advance Design or Advance Design America. For further information, please contact one of our GRAITEC offices.

Advance Workshop 2017

Advance Workshop: Steel fabrication production management softwareNew and Updated 2017 Software Solutions Now Available from GRAITEC Group

After the successful launch of Advance WorkshopSteel Fabrication Management Information System last year, the rapid uptake and high demand has seen GRAITEC accelerate development to significantly improve native interoperability with Tekla and Advance Steel. Through embedding its BIM linking software – BIM Connect – advanced connected BIM workflows can be supported and connected to the fabrication process whilst Advance Steel users benefit from an extended profile management, which links directly with Autodesk® Advance Steel databases.

A wider range of CAM Manufacturer’s new machine ranges are supported, whilst provision for smart phone integration can enable cost-effective rapid delivery and tracking of production, using bar codes. The support of Unicode characters and new languages expands the natural market for the product. Users can also manually tweak planning sequencing to improve project management. Additional features comprise new algorithms for importing irregular plate shapes, advanced waste-reduction nesting calculations, stock optimization, material traceability and Time Reader reports for utilization analysis, plus many new features to assist sales and management.

PowerPack for Revit® 2017

PowerPack for Revit Dynamic vertical application provided by GRAITEC for Autodesk Revit users

The GRAITEC Advance PowerPack for Revit® 2017 is compatible with both Autodesk® Revit® 2016 and 2017 and comes with a range of tools dedicated to improving and speeding up the user’s daily experience when using Revit® software. New to this version, the BIM Data Link tool, which links Revit® and Excel, introduces new ways to share and reuse project data whilst uniquely retaining any colours, formatting, filtering and sorting applied in either platform. Two additional exciting new tools, highly requested by users of the PowerPack for Revit® are the Numbering tool and Impact Views Manager.

New and Updated 2017 Software Solutions Now Available from GRAITEC Group

The Numbering tool is incredibly powerful as it can be applied to any Revit® category or family detected in the active project, allowing the created numbering to be further used for tagging everything from rooms to doors and windows to MEP services to grids and everything in between. The numbering tool breaks the traditional boundaries, enabling combinations of active type parameters, prefixes and suffixes as well as grouping to be applied together with user interactive selection sequences or predetermined context sensitive algorithm-paths.

The Impact Views Management tool enables complex views to be created which display both the active elements together with any hidden ‘impact-elements’ or load-bearing elements which may, for example, be above and/or below a selected slab. More unlike traditional workarounds which create static views that do not update, views created with the Impact Views Manager remain connected to the model and update to reflect any changes.

Additional, notable MEP tools include Pipe Opening which detects all clashes between MEP services and Structural elements and allows openings to be applied in all instances on the fly or globally, based on user preferences. The tool monitors all clashes and manages the relationship throughout the project. Other MEP tools include a variety of pipe tags for naming and thickness. Enhancements have also been made to a number of existing tools such as the Family Manager, with the option to add network folders and many more.

GRAITEC is an Autodesk® Platinum Partner in Europe and America and continuously develops its PowerPack to provide significant value to its Revit® customers worldwide.

PowerPack for Advance Steel 2017

PowerPack: Productivity set of tools, templates and connections for Autodesk Advance SteelNew and Updated 2017 Software Solutions Now Available from GRAITEC Group

Compatible with Autodesk® Advance Steel 2017, the GRAITEC Advance PowerPack for Advance Steel introduces a wide selection of exclusive joints, tools and utilities for Advance Steel users. The PowerPack now includes new profiles for worldwide Cold Rolled systems manufacturers with a range of intelligent parametric Cold Rolled joints that automatically adapt to the selected suppliers preferences for purlins, apex-ties and anti-sag systems. These joints combine the functionality of over 15 individual joints to simplify the process of adding cold rolled systems to your projects, or even switching suppliers. Users are also able to select folded or flat plate cleats, stays or sleeves between two purlins. Other improvements can be seen in the commands to export parts to ACIS models and the folded plate extender which adds plates and folds along any selected edge of a plate.

Advance BIM Designers Collection 2017

Advance BIM Designers: Apps for Structural Design, Modeling and Documentation

GRAITEC Advance BIM Designers are a collections of apps dedicated to streamlining structural BIM workflows, for automating the traditional design and modelling processes and the production of technical documentation, and are capable of working on multiple platforms. In this release GRAITEC expands its Advance BIM Designers Collection to include Reinforced Concrete BIM Designers and Foundation BIM Designers, both of which are available as a preview-release and expected to be commercially available after the summer.

 

 

Structural BIM Designers

GRAITEC Advance BIM Designers | Steel Structure Designer 2017

Steel Structure Designer 2017

New and Updated 2017 Software Solutions Now Available from GRAITEC Group

The Steel Structure Designer allows the user to quickly configure complete steel structures in a wide variety of shapes and is fully compatible with Autodesk® Advance Steel and GRAITEC Advance Design. The 2017 version now enables curved roofs to be created in either direction, with purlins that automatically align to the curvature of the roof – a notoriously tricky task to manage manually. This version also sees the introduction of a library feature, with save/load options, and predefined building configurations that instantly create structural buildings complete with bracing, railings, floor beams, platforms, door and window openings, and cladding in a few seconds.

With options for controlling all aspects of setting out or designing a steel structure including column placement, floor management, bracing types, gables walls, openings, and even side rails and roofing systems, including cladding – which is instantly trimmed to the area and around openings and should alone save hours – and the ability to save and load your designs on the fly adding to the library, the Steel Structure Designer is a powerful building configurator that reduces modelling time to a fraction of the time compared with standard modelling practices.

Steel BIM Designers

GRAITEC Advance BIM Designers | Stair & Railing Designer 2017

Stair & Railing Designer 2017

New and Updated 2017 Software Solutions Now Available from GRAITEC Group

Steel Railing Designer 2017 (formerly Ball Post Railing Designer) is fully compatible with Autodesk® Advance Steel 2017 and sees enhancements to the existing Ball Post Railing systems, whilst introducing new railing types including standard railing and wall railing. One of the new key features of the Railing Designer is the ability to now place any railing along a simple line or polyline or even by fixed points, rapidly expanding the flexibility and capability of the system. The Ball Post module supports various user-defined or manufacturer-specific ball post railing systems, with the flexibility to create and modify kickrails, post lengths, handrail parameters, distance between posts, connections and more applies in all cases. The wall mounted railings will be a welcome feature by many users.

GRAITEC Advance BIM Designers | Steel Stair Designer 2017

Steel Stair Designer 2017

New and Updated 2017 Software Solutions Now Available from GRAITEC Group

New to the collection is the Steel Stair Designer which introduces the ability to configure Balanced and Saddled Stairs systems. These new additions to the BIM Designers Collection offer a glimpse of expected future capability and offer new levels of productivity for Autodesk® Advance Steel users. Traditionally, these are very complex or time-consuming stair configurations. Options for the balanced stair include single, double or central stringers from plate, flat or sections, automatically calculated winders with manual override, multiple tread types and complete control over the fixing. Equally applicable to the saddled stair: users can switch between double support stringers from section profiles, to saw-tooth plate stringers with cantilevered treads.

GRAITEC Advance BIM Designers | Steel Connection Designer 2017

Steel Connection Designer 2017 **Preview-Release**

New and Updated 2017 Software Solutions Now Available from GRAITEC Group

New to the BIM Designer Collection, the Steel Connection Designer is an interactive connection designer for calculating common steel connections including Base Plate, Moment End Plate and Apex Haunch to Eurocode EC3. Supporting international design codes, the Steel Connection Designer is compatible with Advance Design 2017 and available as a preview release. 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 Steel Connection Designer introduces a higher degree of accuracy.

Reinforced Concrete BIM Designers

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RC Column Designer / RC Beam Designer / RC Footing Designer 2017 **Preview Release**

New to the BIM Designer Collection, and introducing radical changes including a high-degree of automation to traditional structural workflows, the Reinforced Concrete BIM Designers for Columns, Beams and Footings are compatible with, and integrated in Autodesk® Revit® 2016 and 2017, GRAITEC Advance Design and also available as a standalone solution.

New and Updated 2017 Software Solutions Now Available from GRAITEC Group

Working to EC2 standards, the Reinforced Concrete BIM Designers enable a truly connected and automated structural BIM workflow, leveraging both BIM data and multi-platform integration:

  • Multi-platform integration: One platform that works across Revit® and Advance Design and as a standalone solution
  • Use FEM results to design 3D rebar: FEM engineering results are utilized to produce design-driven 3D cages based on the defined assumptions and can be instantly updated as the project develops
  • Detailed Design Reports: Fully detailed customizable design reports can be produced from any platform at a single click which include detailed calculation formulas with references to the code for rapid validation
  • Documentation: Country specific, user configurable templates enable fully dimensioned and annotated drawing views and sections to be produced automatically, complete with bar schedule and the option to also create a drawing sheet

The Reinforced Concrete BIM Designers can be applied at any stage of the process to support multiple workflows from completely isolated process to a fully connected BIM. For example, the reinforcement generator which uses the FEM results to calculate the rebar, can be used to simply generate rebar cages based on user input. Equally, the user can apply estimated forces and use the Reinforced Concrete BIM Designers to produce the reinforcement cages for the entire project’s columns, beams and footings.

Reinforced Concrete BIM Designers have been localized for Europe and are available as a preview-release, expected to be commercially available after the summer.

If you would like try out the preview-release of the Reinforced Concrete BIM Designers please contact your local GRAITEC office or click here to request access.

BIM Connect 2017

GRAITEC BIM ConnectNew and Updated 2017 Software Solutions Now Available from GRAITEC Group

This powerful, free plugin for Autodesk® Revit® from GRAITEC provides bi-directional, intelligent Structural Building Information Modeling (BIM) model sharing, including the transfer of FEM results data, between GRAITEC engineering and fabrication solutions (Advance Design, Arche, SuperSTRESS, Advance Workshop, etc) and Autodesk® Revit® and Autodesk® Advance Steel products.

BIM Connect 2017 is fully compatible with Revit® 2016 and 2017 and comes with improvements to synchronization control, retaining materials when section changes, definitions of circular sections by the radius or diameter and more. Important enhancements see improved transfer method of efforts from Advance Design to Revit® as well as ways to manage stacked walls, which are no longer exported from the Revit® model, creating seamless structural BIM workflows.

 

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Autodesk Perpetual Licenses Ending for Design and Creation Suites


Deadline fast approaching – After the 29th July 2016 Perpetual Licenses for Autodesk Design and Creations Suites will no longer be available.

Back in January, Perpetual Licenses for individual software products were discontinued and the time is fast approaching for Design and Creation Suites to follow the same suit.

After the above date you will no longer be able to purchase a perpetual licenses of the followings suites:

  • Autodesk Building Design Suite
  • Autodesk Factory Design Suite
  • Autodesk Infrastructure Design Suite
  • Autodesk Plant Design Suite
  • Autodesk Product Design Suite
  • Autodesk 3ds Max Entertainment Creation Suite Standard
  • Autodesk Entertainment Creation Suite Ultimate
  • Autodesk Maya Entertainment Creation Suite Standard

Please note that a number of perpetual licenses for additional individual products will also be unavailable after this date.

What are your options?

  • Purchase perpetual licenses of suites before they are discontinued.
  • Add maintenance subscription to your perpetual licenses to get an array of benefits such as software updates.

Buy a Design or Creation Suite on Subscription and then switch to an industry collection at a later date. Find out about industry collections here.

To discuss your current licenses, Industry Collections and to find out more on the discontinuation of perpetual licenses for design and creation suites, just contact your local Graitec office today.

***** Please place any orders by Friday 29th July 2016 to allow for order processing. 

Gareth Spencer, on the GRAITEC Advance PowerPack for Revit in AUGIWorld


AUGIWorld is the official magazine of Autodesk User Group International (AUGI), distributed on a monthly basis to all AUGI members around the world.

In the June 2016 edition, Gareth Spencer, BIM Consultant working for GRAITEC and certified professional in Revit Architecture and Structure, presents the advantages of using GRAITEC Advance PowerPack for Revit for enhancing concrete detailing. Gareth explains the necessity of modeling reinforcement in the 3D Revit model, and introduces the GRAITEC Advance PowerPack for Revit as a versatile add-on for Revit, which can help users work more efficiently.

Gareth Spencer, on the GRAITEC Advance PowerPack for Revit in AUGIWorld

Gareth presents some of the most useful tools in PowerPack, such as:

  • Rebar Visibility, used for changing the view’s visibility state, so as to show rebar unobscured and/or as solids in 3D views, or for hiding certain elements;

Gareth Spencer, on the GRAITEC Advance PowerPack for Revit in AUGIWorld

  • Copy Rebar, allowing users to select element rebar, and then copy it to an identical or similar element with no reinforcement assigned;
  • Transversal Distribution, which automatically generates transversal rebar sets with multiple spacing for linear elements.
  • Trim/Extend, used for adjusting the created reinforcement to the shape and particularities of the host element, in a quick and intelligent manner.

These useful new tools are complemented by several commands and functionalities for increasing productivity while working in Autodesk Revit:

  • Family Manager, used for managing Revit families (by searching, selecting or filtering family lists to select the desired families to be imported in a project), either on a local computer, or in a company network;

Gareth Spencer, on the GRAITEC Advance PowerPack for Revit in AUGIWorld

  • Family Exporter, allowing users to select and export all families at once, or select desired families from the list;
  • Auto Section Box, which automatically creates a 3D view of the selected elements, and even duplicates it;
  • Dimension Annotations, a set of tools for automatic generation of dimension lines for overall dimensions, grids, external geometry, structural, and openings.

Read the full review here, on page 14

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Don’t Miss Out on Graitec’s Inventor User Group Day – Only 1 Week Away!


Have you registered your place?

Our Inventor User Group day is a must for any manufacturers who wish to use the latest groundbreaking Autodesk products. 

Graitec's Inventor User Group Graitec’s Inventor User Group is an enjoyable and informative day where you can learn all about the latest features, tips and tricks within key Autodesk manufacturing software such as Inventor 2017 and Nastran In-CAD.

Attend our event and learn an array of useful skills, which can all be implemented into future projects allowing you to further improve workflows and save time.

Moreover, all sessions will be conducted by Autodesk and Graitec technical consultants who are experts within their field, so bring any software or technical questions you have and ask away!

The busy agenda includes What’s New Inventor 2017, Nastran In-CAD, business automation and all the hottest tips and tricks.

Find out all of the details at our event page.

Date: Tuesday 7th June 2016

Time: 9.30am – 3.20pm (Registration open from 8:30am)

Location: The Ageas Bowl, Southampton, UK

 

Register today before it’s too late and make sure you hit your competitors for six with your software expertise!

Autodesk Announces Autodesk Industry Collections


In a bold move Autodesk today announced the release of Autodesk Industry Collections to deliver users even more value and full access to industry specific selections of software.

Autodesk Announces Autodesk Industry Collections

Industry collections will consist of a mixture of selected software titles and cloud services geared to the needs of particular industry sectors to enable customers to have access to a much wider mixture of the most commonly used and essential software titles and leave them free to focus on project delivery as opposed to which version of a suite is the right one.

Initially collections available from the 1st August 2016 will be the:

*    Architecture, Engineering & Construction Industry Collection

*    Product Design Industry Collection

*    Media & Entertainment Collection 

Contact your local GRAITEC office to find out more

Discover how the latest Autodesk technology can help you increase productivity


Discover how the latest Autodesk technology can help you increase productivity

Come and join us and your peers at one of our FREE annual Autodesk AEC 2017 Product Launch Events to:
See the benefits of the latest Autodesk technology to help improve your project workflows.

This year will see a deeper dive into workflows including a design brief, feasibility study and conceptual design through to collaboration.

Network with your peers, pick up valuable productivity tips and get a first-hand overview of new features and functionality.

If you’ve ever been to one of our annual launch events, you’ll know how popular and beneficial they are, so booking early is recommended as places are already starting to book up!

We hope to see you at one of our events!

Here are the locations where you can find us in May:

May 24th Oberhausen
Germany
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May 26th Nottingham
United Kingdom
The Nottingham Belfry DETAILS
May 31th Salzburg
Austria
Veranstaltungszentrum im Techno-Z DETAILS

GRAITEC Delivers Autodesk Advance Steel Detailing Software Training During its Annual User Group


Each year GRAITEC hosts a North America advanced training focused on Advance Steel, Autodesk’s structural steel detailing software. This year the User Group took place in Orlando, Florida on April 26-28.

GRAITEC User Group welcomed Autodesk Advance Steel users from US and Canada and from all areas of the building and construction industry, including Steel and Precast Detailers, Steel Erectors, Steel & Precast Fabricators, Structural Engineers and Contractors. This 3 day event included in-depth workshops, technical sessions and networking.

The objective of the User Group 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, Graitec General Manager Americas.

For this second edition, GRAITEC was pleased to welcome once again Michael Gustafson, P.E. Autodesk Industry Strategy Manager, Structural Engineering who talked about the Future of Advance Steel, and presented all the new features available in the 2017 version.

The User Group attendees explored the extensive portfolio of GRAITEC and Autodesk latest advanced BIM technology. Indeed, GRAITEC experts gave intense training on various topics: Management Tools Database, Connectors & Special Parts, Custom Connection, Project Management & Mutli User, Plateworks, Drawing Styles Customization etc.

I liked seeing the capabilities of Advance Workshop, GRAITEC’s Steel Fabrication Management Information SoftwareBill Wellman, NCI Buildings Systems

This event allowed GRAITEC to introduce Advance Workshop, its steel fabrication management information software. One-on-One sessions took place in order to discuss about its BIM workflow with Advance Steel, its ERP Systems integration, its real-time material traceability and more. GRAITEC demonstrated how Advance Workshop enables companies to drive increased efficiency and improved profitability.

The Drawing Styles session revealed many hidden features!Tim Schroder, Enginuity Engineering & Design

Professionals of the industry learned about the latest BIM solutions which will help them win and complete more projects with even greater accuracy and efficiency such as:

  • Autodesk Structural Fabrication Suite, the new Autodesk complete toolset for structural engineers and fabricators which combines Navisworks Simulate, AutoCAD, Revit and Advance Steel).
  • The new version of the extension PowerPack for Advance Steel which delivers additional tools and unique value to users. This version introduces more automation and functionality enabling them to boost their output and improve quality.
  • GRAITEC Advance BIM Designers collection of applications for Structural Design, Modeling and Documentation which run on multiple platforms including Revit, Advance Design, Advance Steel enabling flexible and intelligent structural BIM workflows.

It was a great pleasure meeting with Advance Steel users and hearing how they plan to prepare for a more connected future in steel fabrication.Michael Gustafson, Autodesk P.E. Industry Strategy Manager, Structural Engineering

The success and positive feedback of this event consolidated GRAITEC’s confidence in its BIM and CAD solutions and clearly strengthen its professionalism and position as an international BIM provider and Autodesk’s partner in North America.

This training was very beneficial, especially the session on PowerPack 2017. We discovered new features that we haven’t used yet that will help our detailing processes. The course on Management Tools Database also offered useful information presented to help with the proper management of Advance Steel.Magnus Rovillos, Steelway Building Systems

Read more about the agenda graitec.com/us/user_group.asp