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 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 change the slope dimensions to display in inches or only degree


Here is the issue, you have created a drawing which have sloped dimensions on it. You want the dimensions to display in inches rather than feet. Perhaps you have a client that wants to have the slope dimensions displayed in degrees rather than inches. How do you accomplish this in Advance steel?

This can be done locally on each drawing sheet, however, what if you have the same scenario on hundreds of sheets?

Not to worry. You can make the changes globally and have the changes reflect the created sheets after updating the database and using the force Update for the drawing or by updating the drawing in question.

How to change the piece marks that have an incorrect Phase number


Here is the dilemma, you have created a structure in phases and notice that some elements of the structure don’t reflect the phase. In fact, the piece marks are displaying the wrong phase number in the Model browser and the drawings they were created on.

What do you do, certainly not renumber the entire structure?

Advance steel allows you to remove the numbering and information from the problematic elements using the Toggle switch display SP/MP tool located on the Output tab, Part marks panel.

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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!

The 4th Annual Advance Steel Academy 2017 in US is a Success!


Thank you to everyone who made our Annual Advance Steel Academy a success! We are already planning ahead for next year’s event in Baltimore!

The 4th Annual Advance Steel Academy 2017 in US is a Success!

GRAITEC, Autodesk® Platinum Partner, hosted its fourth edition of Advance Steel Academy, an advanced training focused on Autodesk® Advance Steel. This event took place in San Antonio on March 20-22, just before the NASCC, and we welcomed 50 Advance Steel users (this number has doubled from last year!). “The objective of the Advance Steel Academy is for all attendees to develop their Advance Steel skills, learn about trends within the building and construction industry and network with other industry professionals.” Hugo Michaud, Sales Director Americas, Graitec Group.

The first day was met with a buzz of excitement at the historical Menger Hotel as we anxiously awaited our guests’ arrival.

This was my first Advance Steel Academy to attend, and I will continue attending in the future. I learned new tips, tricks and technics on most all seminars. Networking and socializing with fellow Advance Steel users and the tech team proved to be quite beneficial as well. I recommend it to all Advance Steel users!” Lewis Moreland, Owner, EZDrawLLC

The GRAITEC team welcomed Autodesk Advance Steel users with different backgrounds. Steel and Precast Detailers, Steel Erectors, Steel & Precast Fabricators, Structural Engineers, Contractors, etc. gathered for in-depth workshops, technical sessions and networking.

For the third consecutive year, we were joined by Autodesk partners. Michael Gustafson, Industry Strategy Manager for Structural Engineering at Autodesk, talked about Autodesk’s vision for the Future of Structure & BIM. He adds: “Graitec’s Advance Steel Academy event was a big success. I’ve attended this event for three years now, and it has steadily attracted more customers each year. It was a great week having the opportunity to meet with Advance Steel customers at Graitec’s event as well as at NASCC.

The 4th Annual Advance Steel Academy 2017 in US is a Success!

Udo Haedicke, Advance Steel Product Manager, gave an exclusive preview of the new 2018 features. He comments: “What a nice event. Thank you for getting the chance to promote the new features of Advance Steel and the opportunity to chat with so many great customers!

This was my second Advance Steel Academy and it was great. The perfect opportunity to discuss problems, learn new tricks, exchange ideas and share solutions with the Advance Steel experts as well as other users.” Matt Steiger, Detailer/CAD Manager, Mountainview Steel Detailing

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Video | How to Reference Connections Created by Camera to a Key Plan View


Using Advance Steel Cameras at node tool, it is easy to create drawings of connections in your structure and reference them to a plan view.

 

 

First define the camera symbol presentation. How do you want the camera symbol to be displayed on drawings?

This can be done from the (ASMT) Advance Steel Management Tools by selecting the Defaults category. Use the filter option and type “Camera in the field.”

Select the detailing camera representation type from Drawing-Presentation sub category > General.

Place the UCS at the level where your connections are located, “Create cameras(s) at node” tool and define the camera direction.

By using the Drawing Process, “Cameras”, you have the option of “Selected cameras” or “All Cameras”.

Choose your required sheet size and the details are automatically created.

From the Drawing style GA Plans, Elevations/Sections category you can choose a ready-made template.

Select the elements you want included on the plan view and the drawing is created with the camera referenced to the plan view.

Advance Steel Academy 2017


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Our annual Advance Steel Academy (formerly Advance Steel User Group) is coming up March 20-22, 2017 in San Antonio, TX. For new Advance Steel users who may not have attended in the past, and those who want to know what’s new for this year’s event, have a look at the agenda!

  • Learn features within Advance Steel software that will add great value to your steel detailing process
  • Learn from experts and learn more about the industry than just your day-to-day operations
  • Network with others in the industry, including notable Autodesk leaders
  • A full-day focus on customizing your output (drawing styles)
  • The event takes place the same week and location as the NASCC. Get a free pass!

Learn more and register

GRAITEC upcoming construction & BIM webinars


Autodesk Advance Steel & Plant 3D workflows, Revit Lt Vs. 2D, BIM for Infrastructure and Revit 360 collaboration – Register today!

 

Advance Steel and Plant 3D Workflow Webinar

This webinar will focus upon the interaction between Autodesk Advance Steel and Autodesk Plant 3D. Learn how existing plant structures can be used as a reference and then transferred to Advance Steel for additional steelwork to be added.

Explore the options to link your Advance Steel model with your plant project.

Webinar Host: John Bennett

Date: 21st September 2016

Time: 4:00 PM – 5:00 PM BST

Click here to find out more and to register!

 

Revit LT vs. 2D Webinar

This webinar will introduce users to working in a more intelligent way. Replacing lines, and circles with ‘real-world’ components that interact with its surrounding environment.

We will also look at the benefits of modelling the whole building rather than working on isolated areas, which can introduce potential errors.

Webinar Host: Simon Dickinson

Date: 22nd September 2016

Time: 10:00 AM – 11:00 AM

Click here to find out more and to register!

 

BIM for Infrastructure Webinar

This session will look at the workflows between early concept through to finished design; as well as focusing on the advantages of using Infraworks and Civil3D.

Ian Robinson will highlight the ease of looking at different design options using real-world data such as georeferenced data. This will allow the user to consider potential issues such as flooding.

Webinar Host: Ian Robinson

Date: 23rd September 2016

Time: 10:00 AM – 11:00 AM

Click here to find out more and to register!

 

Revit 360 Collaboration Webinar

This webinar will look at the new cloud subscription service that enables users to centralise their models via. The cloud.

The tool will keep all parties connected in real time using the communicator tool.

Webinar Host: Simon Dickinson

Date: 28th October 2016

Time: 10:00 AM – 11:00 AM

Click here to find out more and to register!

GRAITEC Delivers Autodesk Advance Steel Detailing Software Training During its Annual User Group


Each year GRAITEC hosts a North America advanced training focused on Advance Steel, Autodesk’s structural steel detailing software. This year the User Group took place in Orlando, Florida on April 26-28.

GRAITEC User Group welcomed Autodesk Advance Steel users from US and Canada and from all areas of the building and construction industry, including Steel and Precast Detailers, Steel Erectors, Steel & Precast Fabricators, Structural Engineers and Contractors. This 3 day event included in-depth workshops, technical sessions and networking.

The objective of the User Group is for all attendees to develop their Advance Steel skills, learn about trends within the building and construction industry and network with other industry professionals.Hugo Michaud, Graitec General Manager Americas.

For this second edition, GRAITEC was pleased to welcome once again Michael Gustafson, P.E. Autodesk Industry Strategy Manager, Structural Engineering who talked about the Future of Advance Steel, and presented all the new features available in the 2017 version.

The User Group attendees explored the extensive portfolio of GRAITEC and Autodesk latest advanced BIM technology. Indeed, GRAITEC experts gave intense training on various topics: Management Tools Database, Connectors & Special Parts, Custom Connection, Project Management & Mutli User, Plateworks, Drawing Styles Customization etc.

I liked seeing the capabilities of Advance Workshop, GRAITEC’s Steel Fabrication Management Information SoftwareBill Wellman, NCI Buildings Systems

This event allowed GRAITEC to introduce Advance Workshop, its steel fabrication management information software. One-on-One sessions took place in order to discuss about its BIM workflow with Advance Steel, its ERP Systems integration, its real-time material traceability and more. GRAITEC demonstrated how Advance Workshop enables companies to drive increased efficiency and improved profitability.

The Drawing Styles session revealed many hidden features!Tim Schroder, Enginuity Engineering & Design

Professionals of the industry learned about the latest BIM solutions which will help them win and complete more projects with even greater accuracy and efficiency such as:

  • Autodesk Structural Fabrication Suite, the new Autodesk complete toolset for structural engineers and fabricators which combines Navisworks Simulate, AutoCAD, Revit and Advance Steel).
  • The new version of the extension PowerPack for Advance Steel which delivers additional tools and unique value to users. This version introduces more automation and functionality enabling them to boost their output and improve quality.
  • GRAITEC Advance BIM Designers collection of applications for Structural Design, Modeling and Documentation which run on multiple platforms including Revit, Advance Design, Advance Steel enabling flexible and intelligent structural BIM workflows.

It was a great pleasure meeting with Advance Steel users and hearing how they plan to prepare for a more connected future in steel fabrication.Michael Gustafson, Autodesk P.E. Industry Strategy Manager, Structural Engineering

The success and positive feedback of this event consolidated GRAITEC’s confidence in its BIM and CAD solutions and clearly strengthen its professionalism and position as an international BIM provider and Autodesk’s partner in North America.

This training was very beneficial, especially the session on PowerPack 2017. We discovered new features that we haven’t used yet that will help our detailing processes. The course on Management Tools Database also offered useful information presented to help with the proper management of Advance Steel.Magnus Rovillos, Steelway Building Systems

Read more about the agenda graitec.com/us/user_group.asp

Advance Steel 2017 & Advance Concrete 2017 now available


GRAITEC, an international BIM and CAD software developer for AEC, and Autodesk® Platinum Partner in US and across Europe, is pleased to announce that Autodesk® Advance Steel 2017 and Autodesk® Advance Concrete 2017 are now available from Autodesk.

GRAITEC, an international BIM and CAD software developer for AEC, and Autodesk® Platinum Partner in US and across Europe, is pleased to announce that Autodesk® Advance Steel 2017 and Autodesk® Advance Concrete 2017 are now available from Autodesk.

Autodesk® Advance Steel 2017 provides new features and enhancements to help improve productivity and usability whilst creating your fabrication documents more easily with tools to support a connected BIM workflow.

With new connections and profiles for international suppliers, more tools for cleaner documentation, options to manage Fabrication status data, and the ability to synchronise not just the structure but also the fully parametric steel connections with Revit, not to mention the ability to publish, share and collaborate with BIM360 using native Advance Steel drawing format – and whilst remaining connected to the source Advance Steel 3D model, Autodesk® Advance Steel 2017 delivers a more mature solution to create better coordinated designs and documentation.

Whilst Autodesk® Advance Concrete 2017 provides a more robust environment for completing and detailing concrete projects with links to Autodesk® Revit® for enhanced BIM centric workflow that supports an end-to-end solution.

Advance Steel is complimented with the GRAITEC PowerPack adding more functionality and further automating common repetitive tasks. PowerPack for Advance Steel can be downloaded directly from the Autodesk App Store as a free trial.

Other complementary solutions for Advance Steel available from GRAITEC include:

  • Steel Structure Designer – Create, adjust and configure complete structures of all shapes and sizes in minutes.
  • Ball Post Railing Designer – Adding ball post railings in Advance Steel is quick and simple with this dedicated ball post railing app.

Complimentary Reinforced Concrete design and detailing tools from GRAITEC include:

  • PowerPack for Revit – over 40 new tools dedicated to reinforced concrete modelling, editing and documentation.

Carl Spalding, Product Strategy Director comments:It is clear BIM is transforming how teams collaborate and build their projects across the globe. The Autodesk 2017 products are certainly ahead of the curve in delivering solutions to support their user’s needs for BIM centric workflows. This is evident from the harmonised structural steel workflows possible between Revit and Advance Steel dramatically reducing the initial design and rework effort for steel modelling and detailing.

Carl continuesBut this is just the tip of the iceberg. The biggest trend we are experiencing comes from the concrete sector frantically looking to replace traditional 2D detailing systems, which often break the BIM to fabrication workflow causing inevitable bottlenecks, with practical BIM-centric reinforced concrete solutions. The new reinforcement capability in Autodesk 2017 products, combined with complementary Add-ons and Apps from Graitec, demonstrate our commitment to delivering every-day reinforced concrete tools that support a BIM workflow. Looking ahead users can benefit from robust structural BIM workflows which promote the reuse of engineering BIM data, otherwise ignored when transferring project models, to enable structural projects to be completed more efficiently directly within Revit.

Boost your productivity with PowerPack for Advance Steel!


Boost your productivity with PowerPack

Download the Advance PowerPack now >>>

This Week Feature: Explode Details & Drawings

• Explode drawings from the Document Manager to .dwg format
• Instantly transforms Advance Steel dimensions into AutoCAD dimensions
• Dimensions retain their intelligence enabling editing in AutoCAD
• Select individual or multiple drawings

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!


Boost your productivity with PowerPack

Download the Advance PowerPack now >>>

This Week Feature: Curved Element Cut

  • Greater control and curved element cut options
  • Cut a straight tube, plate or folded beam by a curved tube
  • Fully control the cut contour
  • Easy to set and amend:
    • Number of points
    • Weld type and thickness
    • Cut offset
    • Contour shape

 

The GRAITEC PowerPack is a powerful extension to Autodesk® Advance Steel, designed to boost the user’s capability, productivity and efficiency. This PowerPack builds on the strength of the marketing leading Autodesk® Advance Steel by introducing a set of unique tools, templates and connections intentionally designed to enhance and speed up project delivery.

Boost your productivity with PowerPack for Advance Steel!


Boost your productivity with PowerPack

Download the Advance PowerPack now >>>

This Week Feature: Corrugated Beams

Create corrugated beams with this new feature
• Easily create a beam with an undulated web
• Use either a beam from the catalogue or user defined
• Control all dimensions that define the beam

PowerPack for Advance Steel - Corrugated-Beams

More tools in the new release of GRAITEC Advance PowerPack for Autodesk® Advance Steel 2016


GRAITEC, international BIM and CAD software developer for AEC and all round structural industry specialist, is delighted to deliver even more tools in the latest version of the Advance PowerPack for Autodesk® Advance Steel 2016.

 

Advance PowerPack for Autodesk® Advance Steel 2016

 

The new version of GRAITEC’s Advance PowerPack for Autodesk® Advance Steel includes a wealth of functionality and productivity tools to ensure customers achieve a true competitive advantage when using Autodesk® Advance Steel 2016.

The latest version, which is in addition to all previous tools, introduces several new connections, tools for setting out complex helical stair stringers, links with cloud services and a suite of commands for transforming Advance Steel drawings into AutoCAD compatible versions, whilst retaining intelligent scaled and editable dimensions.

Summary of new tools include:

GRAITEC customers receive the PowerPack for Advance Steel as a complimentary addition to their Autodesk® Advance Steel subscription and service contract, or it is available to purchase separately from GRAITEC or one of our global partners.

 

Download a free five day trial from the GRAITEC website.

 

Carl Spalding, GRAITEC Product Strategy Director comments:Initially the PowerPack was a way for us to deliver additional tools and unique value to customers. The rapid adoption by users around the world and the incredibly positive response has been very impressive. Each version introduces more tools, more automation, and more functionality enabling customers to boost their output and improve quality. It is encouraging to see how the tools we provide can make such a massive difference and it is no wonder the PowerPack is quickly becoming the must-have tool of a busy and competitive design office.

Boost your productivity with PowerPack for Advance Steel!


Boost your productivity with PowerPack

Download the Advance PowerPack now >>>

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

BIM Workflow – Autodesk® Advance Steel > Autodesk® A360 Drive


Jonathan Hand, Software Application Engineer at GRAITEC, speaks about exporting an Advance Steel model to A360…

Autodesk A360 enables design and engineering centric project teams to work efficiently together in one central workspace.

A360 online viewer allows you to combine and connect data to better create, view, analyze, share, and manage information on your structural projects By exporting a completed Advance Steel model to ACIS we can upload the project to A360.

 

Check out my screencast video showing whats possible with the new features in A360. With every model uploaded you will now have a 2D view and also use the section tools to cut the model in any required axis.

 

 

You can follow the link bellow to see the video:
https://screencast.autodesk.com/Embed/50579b5e-3826-47c8-819f-1d42c8bbc91b

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Feature: Cell Beam

Create and amend Castellated and Cellular Beams
• Increase beam depth and strength with no additional material
• Reduce weight and space without compromising strength
• Ultimate flexibility when creating castellated or cellular beams
• Create from catalogues, or user defined for full modification
• Add, adjust and control cellular beams