Advance Steel SDNF export – how and where to create new entries?


Recently this question came up from a colleague on how and where you find the Database entries behind the SDNF Export from Advance Steel.   So, this is what is behind todays idea for the blog.  

Within Advance Steel there are many different types of Export/import options, the core one of these is the SMLX options for transfer from Advance steel to Revit to Advance Steel, but sometimes over more traditional export formats are needed, in this case the SDNF format (Steel detailing neutral format) was being used to link to a Steel and piping software, the user was using Advance steel to complete their steel process but wishes to update within their piping platform. The simple answer is that the SDNF export uses the Databases called the GTC mapping, but which one, as there are two locations and then which tables, as there are several within the database. So, with this goal in mind, we looked into the actual database and more importantly which table and how the entries in the table are completed.   The conclusions of this and approach is explained in the attached document link, but the summary is that for the export process the GTC mapping database, that is located under the Advance folder of Autodesk within your program files, is where you need to look and it is using the table called the ‘Profile Export conversions’, under the Advance Steel type. Also, the entries for the table can be created using the ‘Autodesk one to one mapping’ or can use the ‘expression format’ that is common within the database entries.

Advance Steel SDNF Export Mapping

Using Advance Steel 2021 version and the for the Export to SDNF option via the ribbon, we look at how to make a section group into the Export systems.

Which Database

For the SDNF mapping the database is the GTC mapping.MDB database, this is found under the Advance\data folder of Autodesk within your program files.

C:\ProgramData\Autodesk\Advance\Data

Note: to see this you may have to enable hidden files and folders under the windows explorer options.

The data base is an Microsoft access database, the best way to edit this is with ‘Access’.

Which Table/s

So the heading says which tables, for good reason, the system actually uses the Profile Export conversion table:

Although if you are creating entries via the mapping dialog that appears in the software, if it finds a beam type not mapped previously, in that case it creates two entries, with the other being in the GTC profile conversion.  If you do create entries manually, you can go in and remove these, as they are not used.

How to find an entry in the table.

For the Access field , you can filter this down by checking the box under the column filter to show only those elements:

In this case just uncheck select all, then scroll the list and check for example HEB

You will see several listings for HEB, some with different GTC standard and export applications listed.

But actuall none of these may be any good to export exactly what you need.  For example the line 1011 would look good for this export to SDNF,  but trying this it is not doing what you would expect.

The issue is coming from the  GTC standard, this does not have the correct reference that is aligned to the entry in the profile master table. That is the tynename text used in the profile master table, under the astorprofiles database.

The HEB reference is using the other table, and obsolete one.

The solution

The easiest way round this is to create a new table reference, to reflect the correct string and references,  so you can either manually do this, or maybe just take a few sections and map them, and look for the entries in the DB table,  they should start with prefix of 20000.

By mapping these manually, the GTC standard is created , so you can use this to form the string required.

If you have Excel this is an ideal platform in which to do this and create them and copy and paste back into Excel.

So, this is the simple way to create a line entry, then copy it out, then use the functions of Excel and expand the entries to cover all the sections from the profile table.  This can take some time to create, but more importantly they add lots of entries to the main DB.

But there is another way to reduce this input.

Single line entry using Expressions

Within the GTC database, the user will notice there are entries, which appear to use a code abbreviation, a formula so to speak.

 These expressions come from a format called regular expressions and there is some good information on this via this website link:  ‘learn RegEx Experssion  this website very useful, very good step by step tutorial.  Take note there are many websites that explain this concept so feel free to google it and suggest others.’

This example the HEB beam mapping.

So from the previous entry in the profile export conversion table we can see the expression elements used in the line, so whilst in Access you can copy the line and paste it into Excel changing the key value to a more suitable entry, then comparing this to the manual lines, we can create a combined entry and paste it back into the Access table.

So with this line pasted back into the Access database, then close any open session of AS, close the access Database, Open the Profile export conversation table, then paste in the new entry, copied from excel.

Using this/ testing.

Create a simple model of the sections in question, then with new session of Advance steel open,  run the process for using these new entries. Select the SDNF button and process the HEB thorough the new table entries. If this is understood correctly and we run the export and the Advance steel mapping is present the process should complete within out the need for one-by-one map process.

The output

Checking the SDNF file format and naming etc, your notepad of notepad ++, you can view the file and see the names created in the listing.

All this from one line in a table, this is the process used, beyond the manual mapping of sections, it is also used for the Revit transfer of objects via the SMLX format, again using these expressions to map multiple entries.  Please see the Autodesk University class that I had the privilege to present, over the Revit AS workflow, you see the same in this class for Revit and AS.

https://www.autodesk.com/autodesk-university/class/Steel-Fabrication-Transfer-Revit-Advance-Steel-Under-Hood-2019

Graitec PowerPack – Reinforce and Design Multispan Beams in Revit


As a very common assumption for numeric models made In Revit, multispan beams are modelized as a series of colinear individual beams.

Thus, it’s make it easier for users to produce the formwork drawings, especially when placing beam tags which could include a mark number. This mark number (visible on the identity data in Revit Properties windows) could be set as unique per element, depending the codification rules of the project. It is possible to place the same value for several objects but in this case, the number indicated in the tag will be the same for all objects containing the same mark number.

Figure 1 – Mark Number filled in Revit

In addition, for quantity take off, bill of materials trough Revit schedules, it is more practical and accurate to create several single beams for each span in Revit, rather than one single very long beam.

Figure 2 – Example of multispan beams, with two different mark numbers.

Graitec PowerPack propose through the Main bars command, a powerful wizard dedicated to reinforce structural elements such as columns, footing, walls or beams. This wizard proposes advance settings to define directly a full and complete 3D rebar cage instead of placing the bars one per one.

Figure 3 – Main bars command interface applied to beam.
Figure 4 – Example of reinforced beams generated with Main bars command

Nevertheless, to be reinforced as multispan beams, colinear beams should be consider as one, especially for the connection between to beams if we want to generate the appropriate reinforcement including a good management of the area connecting the two beams.

So, at this stage, users are often dealing with a dilemma between having on one hand a right formwork model composed of individual beams (enabling a good numbering identification for tags and good formwork quantities) and the other hand, having a long single beam for all the spans (which will be closer better to prepare the reinforcement part and not practical for the formwork model management).

To satisfy all requirements for having a good formwork model and a good model, compliancy with our tools to generate the appropriate rebar cage, Graitec PowerPack propose a specific command named MultiSpan Beam.

Figure 5 – MultiSpan Beam command

This command will create a specific shared parameter (named “G.Beam Continuity Group”) to all individual beams supposed to be part of the same multispan serie.

It will assign the same value for this shared parameter so that the Main bar command (dedicated to create the rebar cage) will understand that this group of beams as to be consider as one multispan beam. Users just have to launch the command and select the beam belonging to the same multispan serie.

Figure 6 – MultiSpan Beam name in Revit properties

Once the selection of beam is done and validated, we can see in the dialog box all the beams which are going to be group in a reinforcement point of view. The Mark Number is indicated as well, and it is still possible to adjust the selection by removing elements or adding new ones.

Figure 7 – Multispan Beam definition

With this command, users could keep continue to model beams as individual beams and then, will be able to use our Main Bar command as a 3D rebar cage generator. The reinforcement of a selection of beams will be then consider as multispan. Main Bar will automatically detect the spans and users could switch to one span to another one, to define the reinforcement for each span individually.

Figure 8 – Main bar command launch on a multispan beam

With this command, the right reinforcement will be then generated for the extremities of the span and for each connections of the intermediate beams composing the span.

Figure 9 –Multispan beam reinforced with Main bars command

This notion could be also use for Graitec structural Design engine embedded in Revit, centralized in the ribbon PowerPack Design. The purpose of those tools is to launch design directly in Revit.

Figure 10 – Geometry command from PowerPack Design tab

The command Geometryopen a dialog bow where each span corresponding to each individual beam are visible and recognized correctly by the software. Here, users could change section and control the geometry of each span without affecting and modifying the whole span. Thanks to this, after selecting just one beam and using the Calculate command from the PowerPack Design tab, the software will calculate the complete multispan beam with the adapted reinforcement assumptions and generate the full rebar cage.

Figure 7 – Reinforcement for multispan beam, generated by design input and calculate command from PowerPack Design tab

Multispan Beam is a very practical command, easy to implement in your current workflow and which will really speed up the 3D rebar cage reinforcement generation based on your custom formwork model.

The benefits of BIM in the field of construction


Nick Johns, Head of Digital Production for Graitec UK, gave an interview to the prestigious online magazine PBC Today, in which he explained in detail the issues regarding the adoption of BIM by manufacturers in the construction industry, suggesting the benefits it brings BIM adoption: profitability, efficiency, expanding the market share and win new tenders.

The full article can be read here.

 

Presizing reinforced concrete footings directly in Advance Design


An important advantage of the innovating multi-platform Advance BIM Designers collection of apps that allow automatic generation of 3D reinforcement for reinforced concrete elements is the possibility of direct integration into the interface of the Advance Design calculation software.

One of the many benefits of this integration is a more efficient footing presizing process, after the structure is modelled and a FEM analysis is performed directly in Advance Design.

Presizing reinforced concrete footings directly in Advance Design

Advance BIM Designers reuses all information related to material, size or forces in a support and automatically generates reinforcement cages, drawings and reports, based on user-defined reinforcement assumptions.

Presizing reinforced concrete footings directly in Advance Design

Clic HERE if you would like to know more about the Advance BIM Designers or the 30 days free software trial period!

Reinforced Concrete BIM Designers Webinars


Two upcoming FREE webinars exploring RC BIM Designers for Revit® and how they use BIM data to design 3D reinforcement.

Webinar | Next-gen Reinforced Concrete BIM Designers for Revit

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”

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!

Learn about the benefits of BIM in your Construction Industry Sector!


BIM for Housebuilders

This webinar will focus on the benefits of using BIM in the residential industry, including how government mandates may affect this sector. We will also look at a pilot project that shows the benefits achieved on a small scale housing development. The session will include a presentation and live demonstrations.

Key areas of focus include:

  • Understanding the Government mandate for 2016 and 2025
  • Key drivers of BIM
  • Automated information
  • Intelligent modelling
  • Working with the supply chain.

Date: 21st March 2016
Time: 10:00 AM – 11:30 AM

Register your place today!

BIM for Infrastructure

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.

This web demonstration will cover:

  • Early design with Infraworks
  • Looking at different initial options for roads, plots, and bridges
  • Understanding the workflow between Infraworks and Civil3D
  • Working with real-world design rules for roads
  • Automating data and live sectioning

Date: 1st April 2016
Time: 10:00 AM – 11:30 AM

Register your place today

BIM in Local Governments

This webinar will focus on the government mandate, and how this affects local governments. Gareth Spencer will talk about working internally on products (discipline to discipline), as well as working with external consultants/contractors. In this session he will also introduce the documentation required from local government to external consultants.

Topics covered will include:

  • Understanding the Government mandate for 2016 and 2025
  • Working with central models within Local Government
  • Sharing data with external consultants
  • Achieving repetition work internally
  • Automated information
  • Working with external consultants

Date: 11th April 2016
Time: 10:00 – 11:30 AM

Register your place today!

Comprehensive Range of Reinforcement Tools Now Available in the GRAITEC PowerPack for Revit®


GRAITEC, international BIM and CAD software developer for AEC, and Autodesk® Platinum Partner in US and across Europe, is delighted to announce the next instalment of the popular add-on for Autodesk® Revit®, GRAITEC Advance PowerPack, which now includes a considerable range of tools for reinforced concrete modelling and management.

Comprehensive Range of Reinforcement Tools Now Available in the GRAITEC PowerPack for Revit®

The PowerPack for Revit® includes many tools that generally aid daily practices making it very attractive for any Revit® user looking to save time and improve their experience, but the latest version of the PowerPack for Revit® includes even more general productivity tools aimed at improving every-day use that make it extremely hard for the even the most experienced Revit® user to ignore.

The biggest difference in this release however, is the introduction of an impressive range of practical tools and functionality around reinforced concrete modelling and documentation. GRAITEC clearly aims to strengthen its presence in the structural sector and, by delivering essential tools to manage rebar in Revit®, entice both users of traditional 2D RC systems and their Autodesk® Advance Concrete users to migrate seamlessly to Revit®.

Carl Spalding, GRAITEC Product Strategy Director, comments: “Revit® is widely recognised as the go-to product for BIM modelling and is fast becoming a robust multi-industry BIM platform. GRAITEC strategy is to become a leading worldwide BIM technology provider, combining our and Autodesk technologies to deliver real benefits to customers and accelerate BIM adoption around the world. These latest additions to the PowerPack for Revit® will bring speed and efficiency to modeling rebar in Revit® and make the world of BIM for reinforcement considerably more accessible to the market and Revit® community”.

In its short time, the PowerPack for Autodesk® Revit® from GRAITEC, has quickly become a well-established add-on, adopted by thousands of Revit® users worldwide and it is clear GRAITEC is committed to providing tools that hone in on the needs of Revit® users from all industries. Here are a few examples:

  • A slick window arranger which allows all active window views to tiled, easily adjusted and all views cantered.
  • Simple dialogue to change the visibility state showing or hiding reinforcement in an element.
  • Expand area reinforcement to slabs of any irregular shape in one operation.
  • Quickly create, explode, adjust and divide Rebar sets
  • Project browser allows you to quickly show or hide elements in the model by instance or category.
  • Password protect your Revit® families with a secure watermark with the Watermark Manager.
  • And many more…

More over the PowerPack tools are conveniently grouped into categories and saved on their own ribbon which can be easily accessed by switching between Ribbons using the dropdown menu “Ribbon Customization”.

PowerPack for Revit® ribbon showing Reinforcement tools

PowerPack for Revit® ribbon showing General Modeling tools

Click here to view the full range of tools available in the PowerPack for Revit®.

A free trial version of the GRAITEC Advance PowerPack for Revit® is available to download from the GRAITEC PowerPack web page, and an updated trial version will also soon be available on the Autodesk Exchange App Store.

A full license of the PowerPack for Revit® can be purchased directly from your local GRAITEC office or representative and from the Autodesk Exchange App Store – when approved, or included as a no-cost benefit to customers who purchase or renew their Revit® subscription contracts through GRAITEC.

An array of AEC and MFG webinars taking place at Graitec!


Protect your benefits - renew your Autodesk Maintenance Subscription today!

Graitec Ltd are running a number of free informative online webinars during October which all last approximately 90 minutes. If you are in the AEC or MFG industry then join us for one or more of these and bring along any software questions you may have.

To find out more on each webinar, head over to GRAITEC UK website and take a look at the events page.

Manufacturing Webinars

Autodesk Vault Professional 

Become an expert on everything to do with ‘bills of materials’ aka BOMs in Autodesk Vault Professional.

-> Date: 1st October 2015, 10 – 11:30am

-> Date: 27th October 2015, 10 – 11:30am

Autodesk Inventor 

Learn all about the advance shape description tool set (T-Spline technology) in Autodesk Inventor.

-> Date: 1st October 2015, 3 – 4:30pm

-> Date: 27th October 2015, 3 – 4:30pm

Autodesk Product Design Suite

Find out about the different Autodesk software programmes in the Product Design Suite and how they
fit in with Digital Prototyping.

-> Date: 16th October 2015, 3 – 4:30pm

-> Date: 19th October 2015, 3 – 4:30pm

Nastran In – CAD

Register for our Nastran In-CAD webinar and learn about simulation using design optimisation.

-> Date: 16th October 2015, 10 – 11:30am

Architectural, Engineering and Construction Webinars

Vehicle Tracking for BIM

Learn about key tools and features of the Autodesk Vehicle Tracking Software and how this can help you with comprehensive transportation analysis and design.

-> Date: 23rd October 2015, 3 – 4:30pm 

Infraworks 360 for BIM

Create, view, analyse and manage information using Infraworks 360. Learn about the tools and features of this software and how it integrates and assists with BIM.

-> Date: 23rd October 2015, 10 – 11:30am 

Revit Energy Analysis

Revit Energy Analysis is a cloud service where you can compare estimated energy and lifecycle costs. Learn all about this service in our free webinar.

->Date: 26th October 2015, 3 – 4:30pm 

Navisworks for BIM

We will be going over BIM Co-ordination, interoperability enhancements, real time navigation, measurement tools and much more in our Navisworks for BIM demo.

-> Date: 26th October 2015, 10 – 11:30am

BIM Software

Join us for this exclusive webinar and learn how the impressive breadth and depth of the Autodesk AEC Portfolio can help with the BIM Process.

-> Date: 19th October 2015, 10 – 11:30am 

(BIM) Building Information Modelling

BIM is transforming the way organisations work. In this webinar learn all about building information modelling, as well as the 2016 UK Government BIM Strategy.

-> Date: 21st October 2015, 3 – 4:30pm

Cross Industry Webinar

AutoCAD

In this webinar we will be going over numerous features of AutoCAD as well as what’s new in the 2016 software.

-> Date: 21st October 2015, 10 – 11:30am

 

Register your place on one of Graitec’s webinars today by clicking the button below and filling out the events form. 

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GRAITEC launches PowerPack for Revit®


GRAITEC, an international BIM and CAD software developer for AEC and Autodesk® Platinum Partner across Europe, is delighted to announce its new complementary extension to Autodesk® Revit® – Advance PowerPack 2016 for Autodesk® Revit® 2016.

Advance PowerPack for Revit

This impressive new application from GRAITEC for Autodesk® Revit®, provides a set of unique tools and functionalities for significantly increasing productivity and efficiency of Revit® users across all industries.

Advance PowerPack for Revit® is a powerful supplement incorporating a wide range of modeling commands and controls designed to complement and enhance your Revit® experience, including practical, everyday utilities focused on speeding up modeling, simplifying family management and predefining annotations, dimension and drawing views to better automate processes and documentation. Similar to the Advance PowerPack for Autodesk® Advance Steel, GRAITEC plans to release several updates to the 2016 version throughout the year building-in more and more functionality. To name a few, the 2016 version of Advance PowerPack for Revit® 2016 also offers the following commands:

  • Create exploded 3D level views for project models
  • Automatically divide complete ducts and pipes runs into defined lengths
  • Bidirectional information link between Revit model and Excel
  • Export Revit sheets to .dwg files
  • Display elevation values of lintels, sills, slabs and beams

GRAITEC Autodesk® Revit® subscription customers will benefit from complimentary access to the Advance PowerPack 2016 as part of their subscription contract, taken or renewed with GRAITEC, whilst others are able to purchase the Advance PowerPack for Revit® directly from GRAITEC or from one of their extensive partners worldwide. The Advance PowerPack 2016 for Revit® is available to download with a five day free trial, directly from the GRAITEC website.

Carl Spalding, GRAITEC Product Strategy Director comments:The strategy of GRAITEC is to become a global BIM provider, combining both Autodesk and GRAITEC technologies. The new Advance PowerPack for Revit® is a key product for GRAITEC. It allows us to introduce some of our powerful tools in bite-sized chunks, delivering real benefits to existing clients and reaching new customers around the world.

GRAITEC at ONE TEAM EXTENSION


GRAITEC ranked most progressive partner at ONE TEAM EXTENSION

Wednesday May 27th

From 20th to 22nd May Autodesk European partners’ conference, ONE TEAM EXTENSION was organized in Berlin.

GRAITEC ranked most progressive partner at ONE TEAM EXTENSION

 

Keynote speakers were: Steve Blum (Senior Vice President, Worldwide Sales and Services, Autodesk. Inc.), Andrew Anagnost (Senior Vice President, Industry Strategy and Marketing) and Roland Zelles (Vice President, EMEA Territory Sales, Autodesk, Inc.).

GRAITEC ranked most progressive partner at ONE TEAM EXTENSION

 

Autodesk outlined further strategies for development and introduced new technologies that already help users practice today. A number of important meetings were also held during the conference.

GRAITEC ranked most progressive partner at ONE TEAM EXTENSION

 

A large number of companies were praised by Mr. Andrew Anagnost, who in his presentation ranked GRAITEC as the most progressive partner of Autodesk.

GRAITEC ranked most progressive partner at ONE TEAM EXTENSION

GRAITEC BIM Tour 2015 kicks off in the UK


This week, global Autodesk Reseller and Platinum Partner GRAITEC, successfully began its European BIM Tour in Newcastle, UK and is continuing the tour in Leeds on Wednesday 15th April, with further dates booked in major cities across the UK over the next few months.

GRAITEC BIM Tour 2015 kicks off in the UK

The GRAITEC BIM Tour will also be visiting key locations across Europe: France, Germany, Poland, Czech Republic, Slovakia, Italy and Romania, bringing expert BIM intelligence and knowledge to industry professionals across Europe.

GRAITEC BIM Tour 2015 kicks off in the UK

Supported by Autodesk and local industry specialists, GRAITEC aims to share years of experience in helping customers develop and implement integrated BIM technology strategies and processes, across all types of industries and environments.

Don’t miss out on these fantastic BIM events across Europe. Register to attend here: www.graitec-bim.eu
We look forward to seeing you there.

GRAITEC BIM Tour 2015

GRAITEC announces European BIM Tour 2015 across 18 cities in 8 countries


GRAITEC, an international BIM, CAE and CAD software developer, Autodesk Platinum Partner in seven countries across Europe and global Autodesk reseller and developer, announces a first-of- a-kind European BIM Tour across 18 cities in 8 countries.

GRAITEC announces European BIM Tour 2015 across 18 cities in 8 countries

Kicking off with the first event in Newcastle, UK on the 14th April 2015, the GRAITEC European BIM Tour will visit eight countries; France, UK, Germany, Poland, Czech Republic, Slovakia, Italy and Romania, in eighteen major cities over a four month period, reaching thousands of industry professionals in the construction, infrastructure and manufacturing space.

GRAITEC European BIM Tour attendees can expect to discover industry proven ‘best BIM practices’ whilst exploring an extensive portfolio of the latest advanced BIM technology. GRAITEC will also explain how customer-centric advice, development and support services can help businesses who are new to BIM define a strategy to rapidly and efficiently adopt BIM successfully,whilst simultaneously identifying key praxis to refine mature BIM environments.

GRAITEC aimsto share years of experience in helping customers develop and implement integrated BIM technology strategies and processes, across all types of industries and environments. GRAITEC has extensive practical experience and those present will receive an honest account of valuable lessons learned including ‘time-consuming and expensive pitfalls to avoid’ and ‘proven and successful practices to consider’enabling them to make informed and intelligent business decisions.

GRAITEC European BIM Tour, delivered across all the GRAITEC Autodesk Platinum Partner regions, is supported by Autodesk, as well as local industry specialists and GRAITEC customers, who will share their experience of BIM Implementation. To learn more about the GRAITEC European BIM Tour, which cities will be visited or register to attend, please visit www.graitec-bim.eu

For further information, please contact:
 
GRAITEC INNOVATION SAS

Carl SPALDING – Product Strategy Director 
Riverside House
Brunel Road, Totton
Southampton, SO40 3WX
United Kingdom
Phone: +44 (0)23 80 527571
E-mail: carl.spalding@graitec.com

Advance BIM Designers – Positive feedback at Autodesk University 2014


GRAITEC’s presentation at the 2014 Autodesk University, this December in Las Vegas, was a great success, where almost 100 participants attended the class.

Key speakers for the class were:

  • Carl Spalding – Group Product Strategy Director, GRAITEC Innovation
  • Joseph PAIS – Analysis & Design Product Line Manager, GRAITEC Innovation

The main focus of the presentation was to emphasize the power of automation possible for Reinforced Concrete Structures from a BIM model in Revit that contains not just the analytical model but also the design and results data. Advance BIM Designers, GRAITEC’s new range of Revit performance extensions is set to disrupt the traditional workflow engineering and is positioned as the next-generation software for analysis, intuitive modelling, automatic drawing and report creation directly from Revit.

Although the product is scheduled to be released next year, the announcement of Advance BIM Designers was received with excitement, many attendees being very impressed with the level of automation and the design driven reinforced requirements of the product.

GRAITEC customers already have big expectations for the BIM Designers enabling them to harness the potential of a true BIM workflow centred around Revit, meaning Revit will not only be a 3D CAD tool, but a real BIM platform,which also includes analysis to manage the whole project.

Stay tuned for more updated for GRAITEC Advance BIM Designers.

You can also subscribe, for more details: graitec.com/bimdesigners.

GRAITEC Advance User meeting in Czech Republic


GRAITEC announces the User Meeting organized by its Czech subsidiary on December 11th, for the Advance users from Czech Republic, Slovak Republic, Serbia, Croatia and Slovenia. The meeting will take place at hotel VIVALDI, Jihlava, Czech Republic.

GRAITEC Advance User meeting in Czech Republic

The purpose of this meeting is to present customers with the new functionalities and improvements of Advance SteelAdvance Concrete, Advance Design and other Graitec products. And most importantly, to demonstrate the concept of BIM data exchange between architecture, steel and concrete structures and MEP.

Throughout the meeting, customers will be able to consult with our experts regarding the future of all products, and even find out about our current special offers.

More than 500 Advance customers were invited to this event and an online version of the meeting will be available, for anyone that cannot attend.

Prior registration is not required.

The itinerary for the meeting will be as followed:

  • 09:30 : Advance – Present and Future
  • 10:30 : Advance Steel
  • 11:30 : Advance Design and ISV
  • 12:45 : Advance Concrete
  • 13:30 : Advance BIM

For more information contact Graitec CZ.

BIM Breakfast with Autodesk in Prague


On 5th of November companies Graitec and Autodesk organized an event for leading architectural and engineering companies focused on BIM. The event took place on the premises of the ancient Brevnov monastery in Prague.

Mr. Patrik Minks, Autodesk Territory Sales Executive, opened the event with short summary of the terminology and benefits of BIM in the construction industry. Mr. Miroslav Vyčítal, main site manager at SKANSKA, introduced the audience to the construction company’s experience in the implementation of BIM processes in their projects in Czech Republic. On projects of customers using Advance Steel and Advance ConcreteMr. Tomáš Huml, Graitec Local Product Manager, demonstrated the exchange data between individual professions, with focus on steel and concrete constructions. The participants appreciated the international know-how in the field of BIM delivered by Graitec.

Mr. Miroslav Kohout, Graitec country manager, highlights:Succeeding in the strong competition on the market means for our customers the sophisticated implementation of modern technology with the support of the GRAITEC professionals.

GRAITEC is preparing similar events in other European countries.

BIM breakfest with Autodesk in Prague BIM breakfest with Autodesk in Prague

Be Part of the BIM Revolution


Don’t miss the unique opportunity to experience the newly-released Graitec & Autodesk 2015 versions!

Attend our presentation on 14 October 2014 starting at 13.00 at Ramada Sofia Hotel – Maria Luiza 131 Blvd, Sofia, Bulgaria

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Autodesk Advance Steel: 3D modeling software for steel detailingAdvance Design: BIM software for FEM structural analysis including international Eurocodes

Autodesk Advance Concrete: Concrete design and detailing software

Why Advance Steel 2015?
– Increased Productivity with the automatic 3D modeling tools
– Precise and automatic creation and updating of construction documents
– BIM and collaborative work
Why Graitec Advance Design 2015?
– Powerful modeling system dedicated to engineers
– Advanced analysis features
– Latest versions of Eurocodes implemented
– “Result Memory” technology
– BIM and Collaborative work
Why Advance Concrete 2015?
– Efficient structural 3D modeling
– Unique reinforcement modules
– User customizable
– BIM and collaborative work

GRAITEC MBS2BIM link helps Steelway Building Systems achieve streamlined BIM workflow between MBS and Advance Steel


Steelway Building Systems is a leading company located in Canada, which manufactures steel building systems, building components and material handling equipment for the commercial, agricultural, recreational and institutional industries, across North America and around the world.

The company has participated in the discussions and checking of the enhanced features in Advance Steel 2014, the MBS2BIM specification, and now has decided to continue with Advance Steel 2015, for better linking, accurate models and fabrication of steel components.

The MBS2BIM link is a specification which provides a converter between the output of the MBS (Metal Building Software, a program that does the complete design, detailing, costing and drafting of steel framed metal buildings.) and Advance Steel product, and converts the MBS files into GTC files. Many of the functionalities of MBS2BIM include importing tapered frames, connecting plates and angles, holes, bolts, welds and marks.

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For Dennis BAK, VP-Engineering at Steelway Building Systems (Canada): “The linking was key for us; it meant being able to have a company that could take what we are currently doing and take our 2D design software and enhance it into a BIM model. With Advance Steel we see a lot of advantages: being able to complete our links in the shop floor and enhance them.

For the complete interview of Steelway Building Systems, please check this video.

 

Autodesk White Paper: Exploit your AutoCAD investment with dedicated tools for structural steel detailing


Steel detailing organizations face a difficult business environment with tight schedules, slim margins, and intense competition, more so with Building Information Modeling (BIM)

becoming an expected practice and sometimes a prerequisite for new business!

Autodesk White Paper: Exploit your AutoCAD investment with dedicated tools for structural steel detailing

This Autodesk White Paper explores how Autodesk® Advance Steel enables a more seamless BIM workflow and gives you that competitive edge!

Download Autodesk Advance Steel White Paper    Download your Autodesk Advance Steel free trial