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

Graitec Workshop - Register now
GRAITEC Workshop
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

 

GRAITEC announces the release of the new BIM Structural version: GRAITEC Advance 2014


GRAITEC, European software developer and vendor for modeling and drawing creation for the construction industry, announces the release of the GRAITEC Advance 2014 suite.

GRAITEC Advance 2014

Designed for structural engineers and professionals in the construction industry, GRAITEC Advance Structural BIM solution provides a complete environment for the development, design and production of all drawing and materials for steel, concrete, and wood structures.

GRAITEC Advance is a unique solution provider in the BIM field since it allows users to complete the entire structural process in a consistent environment, from finite elements analysis, to design according with the latest norms (Eurocodes, ACI, AISC…) and automated documentation production required for the fabrication: drawings, bills of materials and NC files.

GRAITEC Advance consists of three main structural software solutions: Advance DesignAdvance SteelAdvance Concrete, completed with Advance CAD.
The “BIM GRAITEC” main characteristic feature is related to its capability to perform structural analysis and fabrication documents under the same concept. More than 10000 users, working daily with GRAITEC Advance, are involved in the design process of various structures such as towers, stadiums, civil engineering works, industrial buildings, stairs, etc.

For Francis Guillemard, CEO of the GRAITEC Group: “An accelerated growth of over 30% in the last two years and more than 10000 new users who joined our community means that GRAITEC Advance is the reference of the BIM Structural field. An innovative, technology, that helps engineers and construction professionals, to design and build their projects within time constraints and increasingly stringent quality.

 

Advance Steel Release 2014

ADVANCE STEEL 2014: TAPERED BEAMS & IMPROVED ERGONOMICS

Advance Steel® is specifically designed for steel professionals who require an easy-to-use 3D, powerful structural steel detailing software for automating drawing production, BOMs and NC files.

Among all new functionalities of version 2014, two major developments stand out: significant enhancement of tapered beams in Advance Steel and the continuous investment in the ergonomics and ease of use refinements of Advance Steel.

ADVANCE STEEL 2014: WELDED TAPERED PLATE BEAMS

ADVANCE STEEL 2014: WELDED TAPERED PLATE BEAMSOn a continuous growing market in the emerging countries that invest more and more in their infrastructure, the use of tapered elements for steel structures increased, especially for portal frames having large spans. However, without dedicated tools to complete large and complex steel projects, the design process can take longer. Advance Steel 2014 provides valuable assistance to all designers with a very comprehensive set of features: a new object, “tapered beam”, which allows the user to define elements having a variable cross section, including the possibility to combine different constraints on each segment (fixed or variable lengths, parallel flanges or not, etc.).

Moreover, the user has the possibility to define tapered elements having a hollowed cross section with many options: continuous web or flanges, automatic welding features, etc.

All automatic connections work together with this new object – tapered beam. Thus, with Advance Steel 2014 users will obtain quickly all required drawings, BOMs and NC files for these steel members.

ADVANCE STEEL 2014: FOCUS ON ERGONOMICS

ADVANCE STEEL 2014: FOCUS ON ERGONOMICS

GRAITEC continues its efforts to improve the ergonomics and ease of use of its software solutions. The Tool Palette has now a variable design: its content can be changed interactively, and a “Favorites” category can contain the frequently used commands. The same principle is used for the management of assemblies and collision checks commands which are still accessible even when the user performs other operations.

More simplification: the fusion of all features (holes, notches, cuts etc.) which can be applied on profiles, plates or concrete elements. Likewise, all functionalities used to define structural elements (portal frames, purlins, bracings, connections etc.) were grouped into a new dedicated page in the Tool Palette.

ADVANCE STEEL 2014: MORE ENHANCEMENTS…

Advance Steel 2014 also provides many other features designed to extend the possibilities for design and improve user efficiency:

  • Improved BIM Interface (IFC, Revit)
  • Improved performance and functionality of integrated CAD platform
  • New automatic connections (Overlapping bolted purlin joint)
  • New special features used in the custom connections
  • Enhancements to the weld preparations
  • Possibility to define the detailing direction
  • New options for the camera presentation
  • Creation of XML DStV files for controlling welding robots, etc.

For Dennis BAK, VP-Engineering at Steelway Building Systems (Canada): “Specializing in the design, detailing and fabrication of Pre-Engineering Buildings, which extensively utilizes many types of welded tapered plate beams, we participated in the discussions and checking of the enhanced features in Advance Steel 2014. We were impressed by the number of useful plate features and true parametric connections achieved and we now believe we have the best 3D CAD software for modeling, detailing and manufacturing of welded tapered plate beams“.

 

Advance Concrete Release 2014

ADVANCE CONCRETE 2014: PERFORMANCE & ENHANCED PROFESSIONAL EXPERTISE

Advance Concrete® is specifically designed for structural engineers and reinforced concrete detailers who require professional and easy-to-use 3D BIM software for automating drawings creation.

With increased performance, Advance Concrete 2014 improves the user efficiency experience, especially when it is used on its integrated CAD platform. It also provides several functional changes in response to user requests.

ADVANCE CONCRETE 2014: IMPROVED PERFORMANCE

ADVANCE CONCRETE 2014: IMPROVED PERFORMANCETwo of the key features of Advance Concrete (Multi File data storage and multi CAD platform) have been at the heart of version 2014. Performance and robustness have been brought in these two areas: the time to create new views and updating of existing views, has been largely optimized. More improvements in performance, which are very significant, are available: faster reinforcement elements renumbering in complex cases faster “3D Copy” feature which allows the users to copy the 3D reinforcement of an element in all corresponding views with its identification, symbols and associated dimension lines. Lastly, required corrections were made in Advance Concrete, with the target to deliver more stability and significantly higher robustness for Advance Concrete 2014.

 

ADVANCE CONCRETE 2014: MORE ENHANCEMENTS

Advance Concrete 2014 has many improvements in response to the feedback and different requests Graitec collected from Advance Concrete users:

  • Improved BIM exchange with Revit: all objects are now imported in Advance Concrete, without limitation in terms of geometry. Steel elements are also imported.
  • Improved modeling capabilities: evolution of the “Adjust” command for circular elements, adding new functionalities to handle the control surfaces (roofs and ramps), etc.
  • Improved functionality for reinforcement: changes in pattern recognition algorithm for the renumbering of reinforcement bars and meshes, new options for submitting bending details for bars and meshes, etc.
  • Improved localization for the Czech market (grades, symbols, labels, representation styles, etc.).

 

Advance Design Release 2014

ADVANCE DESIGN 2014: BIM AND EXTENDED DESIGN

Advance Design® is specifically dedicated to structural engineers who require a professional and easy-to-use BIM solution for structural FEM simulation and optimization according with specific design standards (Concrete, Steel or Wood).

Advance Design 2014 has many new features and improvements, mainly focused in two directions: BIM and the enrichment of design capabilities.

ADVANCE DESIGN 2014: BIM SIMPLIFIED EXCHANGES

ADVANCE DESIGN 2014: BIM SIMPLIFIED EXCHANGESIn a context where all structural designers are increasingly receptive to the BIM concept and its associated gains in terms of productivity and safety, Advance Design 2014 provides a set of new features designed to facilitate the BIM exchange in the design offices structure or between the architects and the design offices. The model which is used for structural simulation by the engineer can be a variation of the geometrical model produced by the architect which, in the end, can be significantly different: the elements are coplanar, intersecting axes, the elements extremities which are to closed are merged, small details of the facade are not modeled, etc.

Advance Design 2014 offers a range of tools that allows the engineer to greatly simplify the processing of geometrical models into analytical models.

The principle: a first audit function identifies non-intersecting axes or nodes which are too close and presents an interactive list of errors. The software then provides automatic adjustment features (magnetic modes, quick projection onto a plane, axis adjustment, etc.) which facilitate the correct geometrical conversion of the models provided from different partners.

After the calculation of the structure, when the elements are optimized, Advance Steel and Advance Concrete can retrieve all changes which took place in Advance Design (synchronization mechanism) and update the assembly plans or fabrications drawings. With Advance Design 2014, the aim is to enable the engineer to save a significant amount of modeling time by reusing the information through BIM expertise, while keeping in control the necessary adjustments to achieve the analytical model.

 

ADVANCE DESIGN 2014: ENRICHMENT OF ENGINEERING EXPERTISE

ADVANCE DESIGN 2014: ENRICHMENT OF ENGINEERING EXPERTISE

Another development for Advance Design 2014,the enhancement and enrichment of the design engines: automatic calculation of the support rigidity based on the properties of the soil layers, considering of real transverse reinforcement for columns (Eurocode), many changes regarding the steel connection design, 2D climatic generator for a quick design study (New !), possibility to post-process results on a pre-defined grid for planar elements allowing designers to achieve full gantry and quick study, able to post-process the results of an independent grid mesh element.

 

ADVANCE DESIGN 2014: MORE ENHANCEMENTS

Advance Design 2014 has many changes and other adjustments:

  • Extensions in the time history analysis option
  • New options for post-processing results
  • New options for reports
  • New options for the element’s display
  • Ability to export just the support reactions and reuse in another calculation

GRAITEC BIM Connect available on Autodesk Exchange for Autodesk Revit


GRAITEC BIM ConnectGRAITEC, the fastest growing global structural analysis and detailing software vendor, announces the availability of the new GRAITEC BIM Connect 2014 release as well as its availability in the Autodesk Exchange for Autodesk Revit.

With GRAITEC BIM Connect, Autodesk Revit Architecture and Autodesk Revit Structure users quickly connect their Revit models to the GRAITEC Advance suite and then optimize the design of their structures in accordance with North American and Eurocode standards and produce effective and error-free general arrangement drawings, fabrication drawings, BOMs, NC files for both steel and concrete structures.

GRAITEC BIM Connect available on Autodesk Exchange for Autodesk Revit

  From Revit Structure to Advance Design for structural analysis

Essentially based on customer experience feedback, the new GRAITEC BIM Connect 2014 release focuses on details and performance. The new release provides full bidirectional transfer to GRAITEC Advance of any kind of building, regardless of the geometry complexity, starting from the simplest geometries to the most complex ones. This is achieved even if the structure contains custom profile shapes or random solid bodies, with no shape limitation. From common element sections to curved walls with various openings, curved foundations, any hole shape in structural members, stairs, curved ramps and roofs or sloped slabs, all these are perfectly transferred and allow a smooth data transfer between Revit and GRAITEC Advance, with an immediate effect on the time spent on the projects.

GRAITEC BIM Connect available on Autodesk Exchange for Autodesk Revit

From Revit Structure to Advance Steel for Steel detailing

More than that, the entire library of the Revit families was mapped to their correspondent profiles in the Advance Steel and Concrete library, leading to an accurate profile exchange.

GRAITEC BIM Connect was also reviewed by Autodesk and is now available for free in the Autodesk Exchange for Autodesk Revit for all Revit users.
The release is also available on www.graitec.com/revit.

For Manuel Liedot, Chief Product Officer at Graitec: “The partnership with Autodesk is key in the Graitec strategy to deliver BIM to structural engineers and detailers. Construction professionals now have powerful tools for going from structural engineering with Revit to structural analyses, design and detailing with Advance DesignAdvance Steel and Advance Concrete.

GRAITEC BIM Connect available on Autodesk Exchange for Autodesk Revit

From Revit Structure to Advance Concrete for concrete detailing