BIM transfer between Advance Steel and Advance Design

GRAITEC Advance BIM suite enables users to transfer 3D models between Advance Steel and Advance Design, whether it is standard sections from the software’s library or user sections.

 Choosing elements to transfer from Advance Steel to Advance Design 

Among all their different properties (size, material, length, weight, part mark number, etc.), Advance Steel elements are defined by the “Structural member” property. When importing these elements to Advance Design using the GRAITEC BIM center, elements for which this property is not activated will be ignored (e.g. kickrail of a railing, etc.).

If an element has its “Structural member” property selected, it will be imported in Advance Design.

 BIM transfer between Advance Steel and Advance Design

 Creating a user section in Advance Steel and get it also in Advance Design 

In addition to the standard sections (e.g. I beams, angles, tubes, etc.) that are provided when installing the software, Advance Steel end-users can define (and store in the library) any user sections.
Easily create a new user section in Advance Steel and save it so that it can be available in the drop-down list. This will allow the use of this section in the Advance Steel 3D model.

 BIM transfer between Advance Steel and Advance Design

To have this user section available in Advance Design, start Advance Design and go to Edit > Used cross sections. In the dialog box which appears, click the “Add” button to add a new section. In the Advance Steel category, choose the user section called “Usersection“. Select the section that is previewed in the table.

 BIM transfer between Advance Steel and Advance Design BIM transfer between Advance Steel and Advance Design

Your user section is now available: create a beam in the Advance Design model and choose the user section that you have just imported.
You now just have to apply the different loads on your structure (snow, wind, loads, etc.) and to start the optimization of your structure!


Why is ‘Copy 3D model’ powerful?

With the “Copy 3D model” option, Advance Concrete provides a more rapid and efficient work environment for the user to create reinforcement drawings. To create a complete reinforcement drawing involves not only creating the reinforcement bars, but also creating the symbols and the dimensions lines relative to the formwork.

Using the “Copy 3D model” option the user has the advantage of copying all the specific symbols along with the reinforcement bars. Another advantage is that the copied reinforcement bars are automatically displayed in all the other plan views. Using this option, the user creates a correct 3D model, avoiding many copy errors.

All the reinforcement bars must be created along with all the designated symbols and the formwork dimension lines. The “Copy 3D model” option can be used for all the similar structural elements from the drawing. The user must choose a reference point and then copy the multiple entities for each structural element.

The following figure shows a reinforcement drawing for a wall with an opening. The reinforcement plan contains reinforcements, reinforcement symbols, dimension lines and altitude symbols.

Advance Concrete - Why is 'Copy 3D model' powerful?

For the reinforcement of the walls for the rest of the stories, the “Copy 3D model” option was used. The user selected all the reinforcement bars, reinforcement symbols, dimensions lines and all the altitude dimensions. The 3D copy allows the user to create the 3D reinforcement assembly avoiding all the errors that can occur when using the AutoCAD “Copy” option. In addition, by using this option, the user instantly creates the definition bars and the corresponding distribution bars.

Advance Concrete - Why is 'Copy 3D model' powerful?

In conclusion, by using the “Copy 3D model” option, the user can create reinforcement drawings in a shorter amount of time because the manual insertion of the symbols and dimension lines is avoided. Also the reinforcement 3D model is correctly created.


How does Quick Draw work

Starting with version 2010, Advance Steel provides a setting that, when active, will improve working speed while modeling in shade mode. This option is called Quick Draw and can be found on the Standard toolbar.

It has two settings:

  • Quick Draw OFF. This is the normal shade representation without any speed improvement. All objects or features will be represented normally.
  • Quick Draw ON. When this setting is turned on, Advance Steel will run faster when modeling in shade mode. This is due to two representation modifications made to AS objects, which improve the shade speed, specifically for large models. These modification are:
    • – Holes will no longer be visible on the element. The feature will still be displayed, but the hole will not. This does not affect the detailing, and the bolt even if apparently collides with the plate/beam, it will not, as the hole still “exists”, it simply is not displayed.

How does Quick Draw work

    • – Round surfaces on tubes lose the smooth curved surfaces appearance. See the comparison in the following figure:

How does Quick Draw work
Switching between the two representation of Quick Draw can be done by simply clicking the button, the model does not require a regen, which makes it possible to use this option for fast modeling in shade mode and then switching quick draw off to view the model at the maximum rendering capabilities of AutoCAD.