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

GRAITEC becomes an Autodesk AEC Solution Associate

GRAITEC, an international BIM and CAD software developer for AEC, and Autodesk® Platinum Partner in the US and across Europe, is delighted to announce its appointment as an Autodesk AEC Solution Associate.

As part of its commitment to delivering innovative practical solutions to the industry, and building on its long-standing collaborative partnership with Autodesk, GRAITEC is now acknowledged by Autodesk as an AEC Solution Associate in the following industry sectors: Structural Engineering, Structural Fabrication, Construction, Architecture, MEP Engineering, Infrastructure, Plant, Manufacturing and Reinforced Concrete.

As an international Autodesk Platinum Partner across Europe and United States, Independent Software Vendor (ISV) specializing in Advance Steel and Concrete solutions, and Autodesk Developer Partner delivering bespoke add-ons and apps for Autodesk key AEC platforms and now Autodesk AEC Solutions Associate, GRAITEC is rapidly redefining what a traditional Autodesk Reseller looks like and setting an innovative standard as a new-generation business partner.


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Francis Guillemard, GRAITEC CEO comments:Being recognised as an Autodesk AEC Solution Associate is the culmination of years of collaboration in providing key integrated and interoperable industry solutions. It not only assures our customers of our continued commitment in delivering high-performance AEC solutions and services tuned to their local needs, but reaffirms our long-standing and continued, multi-level collaboration with Autodesk. It was a very natural step for both companies“.

GRAITEC becomes an Autodesk AEC Solution Associate

GRAITEC continues to develop industry specific software products, add-ons and apps integrated seamlessly to compliment Autodesk® Revit® and Advance Steel platforms, whilst introducing advanced interoperability with synchronized BIM workflows, tools and functionalities supported by geographically localized content. The business is actively focused on delivering technology that harnesses the power of BIM and constructability engineering data, expected in a connected BIM workflow, to automate design to documentation processes.
This is evident in its new cutting-edge Reinforced Concrete BIM Designer range with its ability to instantly create design-driven 3D reinforcement and automate documentation of reinforced concrete elements in Revit.

Francis Guillemard, GRAITEC CEO concludes:In the bigger picture, Autodesk AEC Solution Associate partner changes very little for GRAITEC. Of course, it is great to be recognized for the quality of work that we are involved in and to reflect this in the market place. In real terms, it is a reflection of what we have been doing and will continue to do, for the past three decades; utilizing our extensive knowledge to develop and provide practical solutions to meet the ever-changing needs of our clients.
Businesses in the AEC sector face significant skills and technology challenges and are expecting more assurance and higher levels of confidence from a partner who is not only able to provide off-the-shelf software products but able to support them across every aspect of their business.
GRAITEC continues to invest heavily in the integration and interoperability of our software portfolio with Autodesk AEC products. Working very closely with Autodesk, whilst simultaneously expanding the range of industry-specific technology solutions and customer-centric services we offer, is part of our strategy to strengthen the relationship with our customers and deliver a unique business-model that supports the ever-growing needs of the AEC sector.


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Autodesk Perpetual Licenses Ending for Design and Creation Suites

Deadline fast approaching – After the 29th July 2016 Perpetual Licenses for Autodesk Design and Creations Suites will no longer be available.

Back in January, Perpetual Licenses for individual software products were discontinued and the time is fast approaching for Design and Creation Suites to follow the same suit.

After the above date you will no longer be able to purchase a perpetual licenses of the followings suites:

  • Autodesk Building Design Suite
  • Autodesk Factory Design Suite
  • Autodesk Infrastructure Design Suite
  • Autodesk Plant Design Suite
  • Autodesk Product Design Suite
  • Autodesk 3ds Max Entertainment Creation Suite Standard
  • Autodesk Entertainment Creation Suite Ultimate
  • Autodesk Maya Entertainment Creation Suite Standard

Please note that a number of perpetual licenses for additional individual products will also be unavailable after this date.

What are your options?

  • Purchase perpetual licenses of suites before they are discontinued.
  • Add maintenance subscription to your perpetual licenses to get an array of benefits such as software updates.

Buy a Design or Creation Suite on Subscription and then switch to an industry collection at a later date. Find out about industry collections here.

To discuss your current licenses, Industry Collections and to find out more on the discontinuation of perpetual licenses for design and creation suites, just contact your local Graitec office today.

***** Please place any orders by Friday 29th July 2016 to allow for order processing. 

Autodesk Announces Autodesk Industry Collections

In a bold move Autodesk today announced the release of Autodesk Industry Collections to deliver users even more value and full access to industry specific selections of software.

Autodesk Announces Autodesk Industry Collections

Industry collections will consist of a mixture of selected software titles and cloud services geared to the needs of particular industry sectors to enable customers to have access to a much wider mixture of the most commonly used and essential software titles and leave them free to focus on project delivery as opposed to which version of a suite is the right one.

Initially collections available from the 1st August 2016 will be the:

*    Architecture, Engineering & Construction Industry Collection

*    Product Design Industry Collection

*    Media & Entertainment Collection 

Contact your local GRAITEC office to find out more

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!


Protect your benefits – renew your Autodesk Maintenance Subscription today!

Protect your benefits - renew your Autodesk Maintenance Subscription today!

By the 1st February 2016, all subscriptions, including Maintenance must be renewed ‘on-time’. You will no longer have the opportunity to be able to ‘late renew’ your subscription.

If you do not renew your subscription ‘on-time’ you will lose subscription benefits and will also have to purchase a new licence.

‘On-time’ = As of February 1st you will get 30 days to renew expired subscriptions, not the current 364 days.

Late Fee Waiver Offer

Autodesk customers with expired Maintenance Subscription contracts that are 31 to 364 days past expiration may renew their maintenance subscription and Autodesk will waive the Autodesk per seat late fee.

By renewing you will continue to get the many benefits of Maintenance Subscription:

  • New releases of software
  • Product enhancement’s
  • Previous version of software
  • Home use rights
  • Global use rights
  • Technical support
  • Clouds credits
  • Entitles cloud services
  • 25GB of cloud storage

This offer is available for a limited time only though, so renew your licences before it’s too late – August 7th to October 31st 2015.

Remember, being on subscription is the most cost effective way to stay current!

To find out more contact your local Graitec office today, or click the button below to request a quote.

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Perpetual License Changes New Offers!

Last 7 days to make a saving on the latest Autodesk 2016 products!

Save up to 25% on the Latest 2016 Products!

From 31st January next year (2016), new perpetual licenses of most individual Autodesk products will no longer be available for purchase.  From this time, new seats of individual software products will only be available via pay-as-you-go Desktop Subscription options.

You will, however, still be able to continue to use your existing perpetual licenses.  For software on Maintenance Subscription, you will continue to receive ongoing updates and retain access to your benefits by keeping your Maintenance Subscription current.

What are your choices?

  • Buy perpetual licenses while they are still available* – Add Maintenance Subscription to your perpetual license to maximise the long-term value of your software.

Until the 23rd October, you can save up to 10% off a perpetual new license SRP when purchased with a 3-year Maintenance Subscription agreement.

  • Access Autodesk software with new Desktop Subscription options* – Get the same software that you would with a perpetual license, but with lower upfront costs and flexible budgeting that’s easier to manage. 

Until the 23rd October, Customers with an eligible 2005-2015 perpetual license can save up to 25% when they purchase a new 3-year Desktop Subscription or 15% when they purchase a new annual or 2-year Desktop Subscription.

To find out more contact your local Graitec office today, or click the button below to request a quote.

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There’s never been a better time to choose what works best for your budget, your people, and your projects.