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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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

 

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GRAITEC reports 46% year on year growth at 68,7M€


GRAITEC, international BIM and CAD software developer for AEC, and international Autodesk® Platinum Partner in US and across Europe, is delighted to report extremely positive results for the fiscal year ending 31st December 2015 with turnover reaching 68.7 million Euros. This figure represents an impressive growth in turnover of 46%, supported by an EBITDA ratio of 8%. This progress was mainly achieved through organic growth across all GRAITEC offices and supported by a new range of GRAITEC product developments.

Francis Guillemard, GRAITEC CEO comments:We had an amazing year in 2014 with a record increase as a result of organic growth and acquisitions of four companies. I am pleased GRAITEC has continued this progression throughout 2015 with the highest recorded revenue and EBITDA in the history of the company. We have more than doubled our revenue in 2 years. This is a clear sign that customers support our strategy and value the unique services we provide. They trust our products and appreciate the high level of professionalism delivered by our local experts.

2015 key facts

International Autodesk Platinum Partner covering:

  • Europe: UK, France, Germany, Italy, Poland, Czech Republic, Slovakia, Romania.
  • USA

Strategic acquisitions:

  • TotalCAD in Houston, TX, USA – Autodesk Platinum Partner
  • StorCAD, Bratislava, Slovakia – BIM technology provider and Autodesk Gold Partner
  • New GRAITEC office in Florence, Italy, after acquiring assets from an Autodesk VAR

New products launched:

GRAITEC Apps and add-ons available to try and purchase from the Autodesk Exchange App Store

Product performance compared with previous year:

  • GRAITEC products up by 21%
  • Advance Steel and Advance Concrete up by 16%
  • Autodesk products up by 70%

Expansion of GRAITEC Group:

  • Now operating from 29 offices globally in 12 different countries
  • 370 employees including over 150 engineers and 70 developers
  • Providing technical support across all industries

Francis continues:GRAITEC is now the only international Autodesk Platinum VAR operating in the US and across Europe. This is a first for any Autodesk partner and clearly sets GRAITEC apart and places us on the path to achieving our strategy to deliver Autodesk and GRAITEC technologies worldwide. From a financial perspective, we expect to grow again in 2016, despite the business model transformation recently introduced by Autodesk which sees customers switch from a perpetual license model to a rental model via Desktop Subscription, GRAITEC has a robust and well-established plan that has already resulted in us leading the market in DTS sales, but of course we will also continue to grow the GRAITEC Group through additional acquisitions worldwide.

Outlook

GRAITEC reports 46% year on year growth at 68,7M€GRAITEC strategy is to become a global leading BIM provider, combining Autodesk and GRAITEC technologies in order to provide real benefits to customers. The recent acquisitions of StorCAD in Slovakia and TotalCAD in the USA have promoted GRAITEC to the unique position of a truly international Autodesk Platinum Partner across two continents covering the United States and Europe. With the inclusion of a new office in Florence, Italy, GRAITEC Group now operates from 29 offices in 12 different countries worldwide and is well on the path to achieving its ambition and sending a strong message to the market.

GRAITEC has continued its investment in R&D throughout 2015 and strengthened its offering to its Revit®customers, and refocusing once again on its structural roots. The PowerPack for Revit® 2016 (a productivity add-on pack with over 70 tools and 1000s of Revit families), adds even more functionality and introduces a wide range of reinforced concrete tools, whilst the release of two BIM Designers focuses on its Advance Steel customers with the Ball Post Railing Designer and Steel Structure Designer.

GRAITEC has a clear strategy to grow its customer base and offering the PowerPack free to its subscribed customers is a major incentive, incomparable to any other Autodesk Partner, and is set to change the way customers view and value what is offered by their partner. The PowerPack for Revit® and PowerPack for Advance Steel are also available to purchase separately and can be downloaded as a either a free trial or full version from the Autodesk Exchange App Store, however GRAITEC customers who hold a valid subscription of either product will receive the PowerPack as a loyalty benefit.

Simultaneously, GRAITEC has begun to establish itself in the MIS industry with its new development of Advance Workshop, Steel Production Management System, targeted at SME and Enterprise, multi-national steel fabricators and steel service centers, for optimizing and controlling all aspects of their process workflow.

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Last few days to buy Perpetual Licenses for most individual products


Last few days to buy Perpetual Licenses for most individual products

GRAITEC have announced the discontinuation of perpetual licenses a few times now due to the potential financial impact this could have for any of our clients that miss this deadline, but we would just like to reiterate the importance of the final date for most individual products.

After Friday perpetual licenses for individual Autodesk products will no longer be for sale, and you will only be able to purchase Autodesk Software via desktop subscription.

Last ordering date is Friday 29th January. Please place any outstanding orders before mid-day to allow for order processing.   

Contact your local GRAITEC office today to find out more!