Service Pack 2 of Advance Steel 2012 is released!


Advance Steel: BIM software for structural steel engineering, detailing and fabricationWe are pleased to announce the release of Service Pack 2 of Advance Steel 2012!

Service Pack 2 has a set of enhancements and provides the following advantages to users:

  • International catalogs additions: Advance Steel libraries have been extended for profiles such as Zed and C Australian sections.
  • More efficient modifications: The user can now modify all anchors in fewer clicks using the multi-edit function which now also works with anchors.
  • Detailing of complex beams: Polybeams (such as beams created from polylines) can be automatically detailed with an unfold representation and the correct display of holes and bolts which are part of them.
  • BOM on drawing enhancements: Service Pack 2 provides more choices to define the BOM on drawing template with new options such as creating formulas with divisions (“/”).
  • GRAITEC Advance manager: The tool which helps users to control all global settings and have a direct access to the databases of the software has been enhanced concerning the table editor.
  • General reliability: performance and stability updates.

Any customer under maintenance contract can download Service Pack 2 from the GRAITEC Advantage web site: www.graitec.com/advantage

ADVANCE Design 2012 Service Pack 2 is here!


Advance Design: BIM software for FEM structural analysis including international eurocodesADVANCE Design 2012 Service Pack 2 is now available, offering users more than 46 improvements and corrections. See here the main features of this service pack.

Any customer under maintenance contract can now download Service Pack 2 from the GRAITEC Advantage website, or by directly accessing one of the following links:

–          Download SP2 for 64-bit operating systems

–          Download SP2 for 32-bit operating systems

The second service pack should be installed on the Advance Design 2012 SP1 version.

For more information, please contact your local GRAITEC representative!

GRAITEC Advance 2012 Service Pack 1 is here!


Service Pack 1 of the GRAITEC Advance 2012 suite comes with a set of enhancements and provides a series of advantages to end-users. Any customer under a maintenance contract can now download Service Pack 1 for Advance Design, Advance Steel or Advance Concrete from the GRAITEC Advantage web site.

The first Service Pack for Advance Design 2012 offers more than 150 improvements and corrections. The main features of this service pack are for:

  • General corrections: exporting to Melody Attaches and Effel Structure;
  • Corrections and improvements to finite elements results post-processing;
  • Corrections and improvements to Eurocodes 1, 2, 3 and 5.

You can now download SP1 for Advance Design 2012 Here, according to your operating system (32 bits or 64 bits).

Advance Steel: BIM software for structural steel engineering, detailing and fabricationService Pack 1 of Advance Steel 2012 comes with a set of enhancements, regardless of the CAD platform you are using, and provides the following advantages to end-users:

  • Improvements and updates for BOM and NC files;
  • Several corrections for joints and joint design;
  • Powerful set of enhancements for fast and efficient modeling.

You can now download SP1 for Advance Steel 2012 Here.

Advance Concrete: BIM software for structural concrete engineering, detailing and fabricationFor Advance Concrete 2012, more than 370 corrections and issues were analyzed and fixed with Service Pack 1, some of them sent by users. The main features of this service pack are:

  • Correction for modeling and drawings/layouts issues;
  • Several corrections for reinforcement options: representation style manager, reinforcement bars, bending details, etc;
  • Improvements to the Materials quantity Manager.

You can now download SP1 for Advance Concrete 2012 Here

Service Pack 2 of Advance Steel 2011 is released!


Service Pack 2 of Advance Steel 2011 comes with a set of corrections and enhancements and provides the following advantages to end-users:

Advance Steel: Professional Steel Detailing Software Solution for AutoCAD

  • More efficient modeling: Service Pack 2 brings a powerful set of enhancements with various automated and parametric connections provided by default within Advance Steel. Such enhancements help users to model their 3D models faster. Enhanced update of all documents
  • Enhanced update of all documents:  As a core functionality of Advance Steel, a modification in the 3D model automatically updates all documents affected by the modification. Service Pack 2 improves the management of user modifications done directly on the drawings before the automatic update completes. Productivity and drawing consistency are consequently improved.
  • Better collaboration: Advance Steel delivers the highest level of communication with other solutions in a BIM environment. Service Pack 2 extends possibilities of BIM exchange thanks to a set of new formats requested by our worldwide community of users.

Any customer under maintenance contract can download Service Pack 2 from the GRAITEC Advantage web site: www.graitec.com/advantage

Advance Design Service Pack 1


Advance Design® BIM system is dedicated to structural engineers who require a comprehensive solution for simulating and optimizing all their projects. It includes: a user-friendly structural modeler, automatic load and combination generators, a powerful FEM analysis engine (static, dynamic, time history, non linear, buckling, large displacement analysis, etc.), comprehensive wizards for designing concrete and steel members according to Eurocodes, efficient result post-processing and automatic report generators.

Service Pack 1 of Advance Design 2011 has been released and includes many corrections and enhancements for the implementation of the Eurocodes:

 Eurocode 1 

Improvements to combination management: option to group several load cases, Psi coefficients in the property list of families, option to define several live load types in the same model…

Advance Design 2011 Service Pack 1

More detailed clause references in the “Description of climatic loads” report:

Advance Design 2011 Service Pack 1

The “exceptional snow fall” field is now automatically activated when set on A2, B1, B2, C2 and D snow areas (see 1.1 (3) from French National Annex) (Ref. 11381).

Advance Design 2011 Service Pack 1

 Eurocode 2 

Improvement: ADVANCE Design can return values for both concrete stresses and steel stresses.

Advance Design 2011 Service Pack 1

A new option has also been added in order to compute stresses according to French “Recommandations professionnelles”:

Advance Design 2011 Service Pack 1

When activated, ADVANCE Design will use the same αe value for the three SLS combinations (characteristic, frequent, quasi-permanent):

Advance Design 2011 Service Pack 1

A new field, “Equivalent diameter Φeq”, has been added in the concrete properties of linear and planar elements.

Advance Design 2011 Service Pack 1

After the calculation, the values for Sr,max, ξsm-ξcm or wk can be displayed.

Advance Design 2011 Service Pack 1

The crack width is calculated taking into account the theoretical reinforcement value for the reinforcement ratio calculation. In the Advance Design 2012 release this feature will be improved with the option to define the reinforcement bars on linear and planar elements.

Improvement: The Young’s modulus for concrete materials is computed with the formula from EN1992-1-1 (Ref. 11617).

Advance Design 2011 Service Pack 1

Service Pack 1 of Advance Steel 2011


Service Pack 1 of Advance Steel 2011 provides the following to end-users:

• Compliancy of Advance Steel 2011 with AutoCAD® 2012
• Various enhancements

 SP1 makes Advance Steel 2011 compliant with AutoCAD® 2012 and AutoCAD Architecture® 2012 

Advance Steel - Compliancy with AutoCAD® 2012 and Autodesk® Architecture 2012


AutoCAD® 2012 enables the quick creation of documents from a variety of modeling formats, helping to reduce manual documentation workarounds. Capture and import as-built information to jump-start your design process. Plus, you’ll find a wide range of timesaving enhancements to the features you use most. AutoCAD® 2012 delivers the powerful tools you need to participate in smooth 3D design workflows, helping drive your projects to completion more quickly than ever before.
Advance Steel - Compliancy with AutoCAD® 2012 and Autodesk® Architecture 2012
With new and expanded workflows for 3D conceptual design, model documentation, and reality capture, AutoCAD® 2012 helps design professionals maximize productivity.
To get AutoCAD® 2012 compliancy, Advance Steel users can download Service Pack 1 from the GRAITEC website:www.graitec.com/advantage

 Service Pack 1 has different enhancements such as: 

  Shim plates in base plate joints can be created with or without a leveling plate.

Shim plates in base plate joints can be created with or without a leveling plate

  New option to define the front/view of profiles such as RHS in NC-DSTV files.
  Scribing within NC-DSTV files can be created as a partial line (e.g. each line longer than 20mm will be split into several lines with a length of 10mm).
  The functionality to connect railing handrails works between straight and curved railings.
connect railing handrails works between straight and curved railings  The libraries have been extended with some additional sections and bolts.