GRAITEC Launch Advance PowerPack for Autodesk® Revit® 2018


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 Advance PowerPack for Autodesk® Revit® 2018, compatible with both Autodesk® Revit® 2017 and 2018.

GRAITEC is constantly improving its products to provide first-rate productivity tools for its valued customers, and the recent launch of the PowerPack for Autodesk® Revit® 2018 is no exception to this rule, as it delivers a set of new powerful tools, as well as several improvements to the existing toolset to help boost productivity in Revit®.

In version 2018 of the PowerPack, cleaning up your architectural background files before linking them to structural or MEP models has never been easier with the new Prepare Background Model command in the Files group.

The Link Background Model function is another powerful new tool, that links the architectural background file in the MEP or Structural model, allows users to transfer project standards from the linked file, enables copying scope boxes from the background file and make the link room-bounding.

The third new addition to the Files group is the Create Views command, which rapidly and efficiently creates views based on view templates, allowing multiple levels/view templates selection.

GRAITEC Launch Advance PowerPack for Autodesk Revit 2018
Prepare Background Model
GRAITEC Launch Advance PowerPack for Autodesk Revit 2018
Link Background Model
GRAITEC Launch Advance PowerPack for Autodesk Revit 2018
Create Views

One of the major changes in this version is the migration of the Reinforcement panel from PowerPack for Revit ribbon to the Reinforced Concrete BIM Designers application, as a result of users demand for a more compact reinforcement package, that includes calculation, cage generation, drawings, reports and detailing, from a single set of tools.

GRAITEC Launch Advance PowerPack for Autodesk Revit 2018

Another ribbon-related change involves the addition of the new category of structural modeling tools, used for verifying and correcting the analytical model of Revit projects and obtaining correct FEM results after exporting them into Advance Design.

The new tools in the set are used for resetting manual adjustments of analytical models (Reset Analytical Models), automatically trimming/extending the extremities of close objects (Trim or Extend), stretching the closest extremities of selected elements to a reference point (Stretch to Node), or indicating elements that seem to be connected but from a calculation point of view are not (Detect Errors).

GRAITEC Launch Advance PowerPack for Autodesk Revit 2018

Version 2018 also comes with two new modeling tools: Join & Unjoin Geometry, which automatically joins, unjoins or switches the join order of selected element categories, and Pipe insulation, which automatically assigns insulation to the systems based on parameters such as the outer or inner diameter, or assigns a specific value.

Other important improvements and news include the new interface in Russian, as well as the custom installation packages, which allow individual installation of certain PowerPack functionalities, such as Family manager, Link to Excel and Watermark Manager.

GRAITEC Launch Advance PowerPack for Autodesk Revit 2018

GRAITEC Launch Advance PowerPack for Autodesk Revit 2018

A full overview of Revit PowerPack 2018 new functionality can be found in the PowerPack for Revit 2018 What’s New document.

Joseph Pais, GRAITEC Products Director adds:We are constantly encouraged by the excellent feedback and productivity gains reported by Revit PowerPack users around the globe.
The latest enhancements and new functionality that Revit PowerPack 2018 delivers stem from the proactive and rapidly growing community of users. Our vision match with our customers will help make Graitec Revit PowerPack the most powerful set of productivity tools available for Revit users in keeping with our strategy to become a global leading BIM provider and combining Autodesk and GRAITEC technologies to deliver real benefits to customers
“.

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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“.

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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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!

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.

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GRAITEC delivered new tools and solutions for BIM and steel fabrication during NASCC 2016


GRAITEC, international BIM and CAD software developer for AEC and Autodesk® Platinum Partner in US and across Europe, delivered new tools and solutions for BIM and steel fabrication during the NASCC Steel Conference in Orlando, FL on April 13-15 2016.

GRAITEC delivered new tools and solutions for BIM and steel fabrication during NASCC 2016

The NASCC Steel Conference is an annual event put on by the American Institute of Steel Construction (AISC). It’s designed as a forum for engineers, fabricators and detailers to learn about structural steel design and construction.On April 13, GRAITEC experts showcased five new and enhanced products focused on BIM and fabrication: two productivity extensions for Autodesk Revit and Autodesk Advance Steel; a new release of the structural analysis solution, Advance Design; a new Steel Fabrication Management Information System (MIS) called Advance Workshop and Autodesk® Advance Steel 2017, 3D BIM software for steel modeling and detailing.

Autodesk® Advance Steel, Structural Steel Detailing Software

Advance Steel 2017 - Add Formula to BOM Reports

Advance Steel 2017 – Add Formula to BOM Reports

Autodesk as a launch-pad for the new version of Advance Steel, Autodesk’s easy-to-use and comprehensive software for structural steel detailing. At their booth, GRAITEC experts gave live demonstrations of the 3D modeling software for steel detailing based on AutoCAD®. Advance Steel is a leading edge steel construction application designed for steel professionals. Its model based environment allows to produce accurate detailed general arrangement and shop drawings faster, helping to speed time to erection and fabrication. The various improvements, new features and Autodesk Revit and GRAITEC solutions’ interoperability help overcome challenges thanks to a better BIM workflow.

GRAITEC delivered new tools and solutions for BIM and steel fabrication during NASCC 2016

Advance PowerPack, add-on for Autodesk® Advance Steel

Advance PowerPack for Advance Steel Create beam stiffeners (watch the video)

Advance PowerPack for Advance Steel Create beam stiffeners (watch the video)

GRAITEC’s powerful add-on introduces a wealth of localised manufacturer profiles and more predefined default settings. New tools are developed to easily define spirals, helices using different combinations between start, centre and end point and radius or angle. This extension also introduces cloud connectivity and integrates bi-directional links with Advance Workshop, GRAITEC’s newly launched Steel Fabrication MIS solution, enabling Advance Steel users to retrieve and graphically display colour-coded production statuses in their models.

Advance Workshop, Steel Fabrication Management Information Software

Advance Workshop Production planning controlled with live information on demand through a simple graphical interface (watch the video)

Advance Workshop
Production planning controlled with live information on demand through a simple graphical interface (watch the video)

GRAITEC’s versatile, well-rounded fabrication management solution (MIS) is perfect for optimising, controlling and managing every aspect of the process with high levels of accuracy and quality. It is similar to an enterprise resource management (ERM) system, although Advance Workshop links directly to Autodesk Advance Steel. It allows the system to access and use 3D data from the detailing software. This helps increase production and lower costs.

GRAITEC delivered new tools and solutions for BIM and steel fabrication during NASCC 2016

Advance Design, BIM software for FEM Structural Analysis

Advance Design New cross library for Precast Concrete Bridge Beams  (watch the video)

Advance Design
New cross library for
Precast Concrete Bridge Beams
(watch the video)

Meanwhile, the new release of Advance Design, GRAITEC’s FEM structural analysis solution, was also showcased. It comes with a new ‘ergonomic’ ribbon-based user interface designed to make it easier to navigate and access tools more efficiently. This version offers more than 140 improvements and corrections. The bi-direction link between Advance Design and Autodesk Revit has also been updated to enable the sharing of BIM models containing building performance data, including support for transferring the actual FEM results to the Revit environment.

GRAITEC delivered new tools and solutions for BIM and steel fabrication during NASCC 2016

Advance PowerPack, add-on for Autodesk Revit

A powerful extension was also demonstrated during the event. This new application for Revit users of all disciplines. It offers tools for more efficient modeling, controlling annotations and dimensions, importing data from Excel, exporting to .DWG format and the ability to share BIM models between Autodesk Revit and Advance Design.

Advance PowerPack for Autodesk Revit Define the set of elements to be included in the legend unit, then create, modify, copy and filter legend parameters (watch the video)

Advance PowerPack for Autodesk Revit
Define the set of elements to be included in the legend unit, then create, modify, copy and filter legend parameters
(watch the video)

NASCC visitors particularly appreciated all these new innovations, BIM-oriented solutions which all optimize security and productivity. Based on this success, GRAITEC has already booked his place for the next NASCC on March 22-25, 2017 – San Antonio, Texas. We look forward to seeing you there!

GRAITEC delivered new tools and solutions for BIM and steel fabrication during NASCC 2016