How to find out the start point and direction a beam was created in advance Steel 2018


While searching the forum, I found an intriguing question and I thought I would create a short video to address the issue.

Here is the dilemma, you are working on many projects simultaneously. While jumping from one project to another, you notice that in some of the drawings, your beam orientation is not as you expected.

It would be great if, in the steel structure, you were able to find out the start point of the beam. Did you create the beam from left from right or right from left?

TIP: Advance Steel allows you to view what direction the beam was created.

Open the Advance Steel Tool Palette and select the UCS category, which is the fourth icon in the first column.  Within that category select the second icon called “Define coordinate system” in the third row.

After selecting the beam in question, you will find a symbol as seen in Figure1. The symbol shows you that this beam was created from right to left and in Figure 2 the beam was created from left to right.

How to find out the start point and direction a beam was created in advance Steel 2018

Figure 1

How to find out the start point and direction a beam was created in advance Steel 2018

Figure 2

How to have Advance Steel 2018 recognize and use a customized Prototype that was created in the default location


Woah, I’m using the American installation of Advance Steel 2018. I’ve opened the Prototypes folder located in C/ProgramData/Autodesk/Advance Steel 2018/USA/shared/Support/Prototypes.

I copied an existing prototype and created a custom Prototype (Title block), for my company and saved it in this default location of Advance Steel.

I create drawings and Advance steel is using the Prototype, aka Title blocks from the default setup not my customized Prototypes. I get a warning that says “Prototype not found.”

How can I have Advance Steel recognize my custom Prototype?

Advance steel is able to recognize you custom prototype, however you need to map it to the correct Drawing process.

Please watch the video to view the steps to have Advance Steel 2018 recognize and use a customized Prototype that was created in the default location.

How to create a BOM of selected elements using the model browser Queries option in Advance Steel 2018


You want to create a BOM based on certain elements in a structure or certain selected elements. This video will show how to accomplish this.

You can create a querie in Advance Steel of certain criteria in your structure based on your selected preference in the Search filter. The Search filter is located on the Advance Steel Management Tools Palette, selection category.

You can create queries based on the object type, Common properties, Number and object Partmarks along with naming, model role, Lot/Phase etc. You can then export the customized BOM in various formats and save it to the automatically created BOM folder of the structure.

Watch the video for more info

How to create a handrail to an existing stair and anchor it to a concrete wall using the wall rail tool in Advance Steel 2018


With Advance Steel 2018, you can now create a wall rail on concrete.

The wall rail tool is located on the Extended Modeling tab, Structural Elements panel. This video will show how to accomplish this.

Simply move the UCS to the face of the concrete, position the orientation of the X and Y axis accordingly, use the view on UCS tool and turn on your 2d snaps located on the Quick views category of the Advance steel tool Palette.

Create a line where you want the wall rail to be. In this video the system line of the stringer and landing was used.

Use the wall rail tool to create and customize the rail. Tweak the railing using the options located on the General, Wall Plates, Connections and Rail Segments panels. You can then save the customized railing in the library located on the Properties panel for later use.

Video | How to change multiple elements through the model browser


This video shows how to add a model role to multiple elements using the model browser.

The model browser is a powerful tool that allows you to browse, filter, check, and edit your model. You can select certain elements in the browser and isolate them, only these elements will be visible in the structure.

Through the model browser, you can see if a part has been numbered or if it has been assigned a model role.

Add columns for specific criteria regarding Main and single part mark, Main and single part prefix, material, coating.  It is possible to add coating or change Section sizes by putting a check in the Edit properties located in the upper left corner of the window.

Video | How to create claddings in Advance Steel


It is easy to create claddings to a specified area of a structure using the Advance Steel cladding tools, located on the Extended Modeling tab, Structural elements panel. Similar standard panels can also be used for decking.

Simply place the UCS accordingly then define the cladding area using the “Define cladding area tool” once the area is defined create any cut outs or openings using the “Define cladding opening tool”.

Once these parameters are defined you can now create the claddings using the “Create cladding tool”.

Within the properties dialog box, you will find an extensive library of cladding and decking sections where you can adjust the orientation and finishing properties as well as the placement offset, cut per slope and much more!

Video: Advance Steel Interoperability with Graitec Advance Workshop


This video shows how to quickly and accurately round trip fabrication information between Autodesk Advance Steel and Graitec Advance Workshop software. You will see:
– what information is exchanged between the two products
– how Advance Workshop utilizes this information in fabrication management
– how changes are synchronized and visualized using colorization of the 3D model in Advance Steel

Boost your productivity with PowerPack for Advance Steel!


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This Week Feature: Beam Commands

Improved Beam Commands for faster, smarter working
• Draw continuous beams the same way as a poly line
• Add and adjust rotation angles
• Adjust all beams at once
• Simple selection and fine tuning of parameters
• Add continuous beam sections in a single session
• Easily define and adjust all sections from the dialog box

Video: GRAITEC PowerPack 2015.1 – Highlighted Features


GRAITEC Advance PowerPack is a powerful time-saving extension to Autodesk Advance Steel that boosts everyday capability, productivity and efficiency.

This new version, GRAITEC Advance PowerPack 2015.1, extends the functionality of existing content and introduces industry-dedicated performance tools such as:

Curved Element Cut

Accurately cut any a straight or folded plate, section or tube to fit the profile of a curved tube

 

Glass Panel Utility

Define and drawglass panels, windows and facades (c/w material list template)

 

Platform Cover Creator

Automatically creates a grating or plate platform based on the selected supporting members

Graitec Bridge Information Modelling


Bridge engineering is moving towards BrIM (Bridge Information Modelling) and looking to capitalise on the potential time and monetary savings already being realised through use of BIM in Construction. This brief overview shows how models can be transferred between disciplines (Design and Analysis in Advance Design through to Situational representation in Autodesk Revit to a Detailed version in Advance Steel) – using a single model from Analysis to Build.

GRAITEC BIM CONNECT – From Advance Design to REVIT


Graitec BIM Connect is the latest BIM technology available from Graitec enabling structural models created in GRAITEC BIM software to be exported to Autodesk REVIT applications.

In this example a Reinforced Concrete structure with several steel members, was created in  ADVANCE Design. The structural elements are organized into different groups, each one representing a different level. This model also contains a number of different load cases which are also grouped by their load type.

Notice that all the frames, slabs and walls are concrete while the vertical bracings are defined with steel cross sections.

Using the standard transfer functions available in all Graitec Software, this structural model will be exported using our unique Graitec BIM *.gtcx format; a light-weight file  which can be shared with other systems using our free GRAITEC BIM Connect technology.

With Graitec BIM Connect installed in Autodesk Revit Suite and available under in the Add-Ins Tab you can see that the same file can be quickly transferred to Revit.

After the transfer is complete the structural model is imported preserving all its original geometry. Especially important to notice is that all the sections have been automatically converted to their corresponding Revit families defined in the Autodesk Revit Suite, creating a true Revit model. The loads & load cases have also been fully transferred.

Graitec BIM Connect allows model data to be shared in both directions so an Autodesk REVIT model can also be imported into any GRAITEC Advance Software.

Even more powerful is the unique ability to synchronize these models across different applications – only possible with Graitec BIM Connect.

Video: Direct link between Advance Steel and BIM – Review from AceCAD


GRAITEC and AceCAD offer a direct link so that a 3D model done in Advance Steel can be successfully imported in BIMReview and then StruMIS.
This movie demonstrates how users may take advantage of this link by exporting the Advance Steel model to a *.gtcx file format and how this fully detailed model is imported and can be viewed & manipulated like any other BIMReview model.
As you can see with this movie, GRAITEC Advance Steel is fully BIM compliant allowing easy and seamless data sharing with BIMReview for easy project collaboration.

Discover how you can easily create a gutter formed from a folded plate with Advance Steel!


This movie shows how you can easily create rectangular & polygonal plates for the all the different sides of a gutter and then use an automatic tool to get a gutter formed from a folded plate.
As a result, this gutter can be automatically displayed unfolded in the modeling as a preview but also within NC files and workshop drawings for fabrication.

Concrete Design according to Eurocode 2 – Video


Discover in few minutes the EC2 implementation in Advance Design 2012.
This video demonstrates the EC2 design capabilities in Advance Design: real reinforcement definition on beams-columns and plates and cracking detailed analysis. See also how you can get a detailed report with all intermediate values and formulas.

Get the workshop drawings of a truss – Video


This movie shows a truss (created with the Advance Steel automatic macro) and explains how to run the numbering, control which parts are shop-welded, and then start the creation of single part and assembly drawings of the truss.

AEC Day 2012 – Presentation of BIM GRAITEC Advance suite


AppliCAD was founded in 1994 by a team that decided to penetrate the Windows based CAD/CAM market after experience in UNIX-CAD/CAM with SUN Workstation for 4 years. The company started its business with Plant Design Management Software and expanded the product line. Presently, AppliCAD is highly committed to offering customers the best solutions for their requirements. Thereby, it is recognized as The Best Design Technology Expert in Thailand.

AEC Day 2012 – Presentation of BIM GRAITEC Advance suite

With over 15 years of experience, AppliCAD Thailand is a “GRAITEC ADVANCE Authorized Reseller” enriching our Value Added Reseller program. It provides mechanical solutions, architecture engineering and construction solutions, rapid prototype and 3D scan solutions and also plant solutions for a wide range of customers in Asia Pacific.

For the 2012 AEC Day, AppliCAD presented the BIM GRAITEC Advance suite as a complete solution for architects, engineering offices, detailers and fabricators which require global CAD / Analysis & Design solutions.  AppliCAD highlighted the GRAITEC Transfer Center (GTC) which allows all the models created with GRAITEC software to be synchronized, with no data loss and no need for data reentry. The GTC is an important step in creating and handling a BIM (Building Information Model).

The main subject of the presentation, however, was ADVANCE Steel and Concrete software, as an advanced modeling and detailing system, easy to use, time saving and cost effective.

You can watch the presentation below, and although it is in Thai, the above summary describes its content.

Advance Steel: Effective use of Joint Tables


Watch this video tutorial on how to set up joints to be configured automatically so you don’t need to constantly adjust settings.