Advance Steel 2015 – Laser Point Cloud Demo


The demo utilizes a laser scanned – point cloud survey in Advance Steel 2015 / AutoCAD 2015 to create a highly accurate structural / mechanical 3D model and also the related automated parametric documentation.

Advance Steel 2015 - Laser Point Cloud Demo

Some of the advanced techniques which were covered in this demo are:

  • Switching the ribbon interface to unlock the power of AutoCAD 2015;
  • Utilising Point Filters
  • Using Custom Connections;
  • Quickly importing a complex 3D solid from a crane vendor by converting the 3D solid into a native Advance Steel ‘Special Part’.

The mechanical Special Part works with Advance Steel Clash Check, documentation and BOM lists.

The laser point cloud is parametrically XREFerenced into the Advance Steel general arrangement drawing to create a hybrid view. The complete drawing package is batch plotted in a couple of clicks.

To see the full demo, please follow this link.

Advance Steel UK Drawing Styles update notes


As part of an ongoing project Graitec UK have been working hard to improve the drawing styles in Advance Steel to give better results in more situations. It is a fact that different users desire different things and would draw the same things in different ways. Therefore, some degree of compromise is always required when delivering a set of style for universal use. However, we believe we have now been able to produce a set of styles and related drawing processes that will give clearer drawings in the vast majority of cases meaning far less manual editing is required. Furthermore the process of creating the drawings can be streamlined.

Key Benefits / changes of these styles (in no particular order):-

  • Tried to reduce unnecessary views, including section views
  • Tried to remove duplicate dimensions
  • Tried to reduce unnecessary dimensions
  • Where possible added dimensions that were missing
  • Where possible, improved layout of dimensions to align with parts and not go across views
  • 2 Special styles for Rafters – By default the processes use the style without the top view but there is one with a top view that can easily be selected or set in the process instead
  • 3 Special FRAME styles – One dimensions the edges of beams and plates, one dimensions the system line for beams instead, one allows selection of extra cross-section views. The Assembly processes will use this style for any assembly where the main part has the model role FRAME. Thus things like whole balconies, plant rooms etc. can have a better automatic drawing
  • Special style for Eaves Beam Brackets – Used automatically by Assembly processes
  • Turned off Grid Reference in assemblies
  • Improved clipping and scaling rules to produce better results for parts and assemblies
  • New “All Assemblies A3-A1 Single – BOM” process to draw all assemblies without the need to preselect. (Don’t forget to set UCS for stair assembly views)
  • New “All Parts A4-A1 Single – BOM” process to draw all parts without the need to preselect
  • New Cameras processes – Versions for Anchor type, Overview type and All. Versions for each paper size. Can be used for any type of camera if you simply select the right type in the dialog that comes up after clicking USE in Quick Doc’s
  • New Process Suite for “Everything” that uses “All Cameras Anchor A1”, followed by “All Cameras Overview A1” then “All Assemblies A3-A1 Single – BOM, and finally “All Parts A4-A1 Single – BOM”. Thus with this one process and suitably prepared cameras in your model you get the entire set of GA’s, Assemblies and part drawings in one step without preselecting anything (Don’t forget to set the UCS for Stair assembly views)
  • New previews and descriptions in Quick Docs for the above items
  • Adjusted Cladding style to include end view

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GRAITEC is a “Compatibility Partner” with FABSUITE


We are pleased to announce that GRAITEC (and Advance Steel) is a “Compatibility Partner” with FABSUITE.

GRAITEC Group : CAD and Analysis Software for the Construction IndustryFABSUITE

Founded in 2000, FABSUITE is a software development company headquartered in Williamsburg, Virginia, which offers solutions for every step of the fabrication process, from production and shipment, to purchasing, inventory control, and cost accounting.

FABSUITE is a Steel Fabrication Management Software designed to interact and exchange data with partnering companies, such as GRAITEC. It includes a set of comprehensive features for estimating, BOM import and project management, production control, inventory control, purchasing and order entry.

The partnership between the two companies and the compliancy between the two software solutions means that customers can now benefit from a complete package, in the true sense of the word, for steel detailing and also for steel fabrication. Users can now take advantage of cutting-edge products, which can increase productivity, enhances work efficiency and lower the total costs of production.

In addition to this, like GRAITEC, FABSUITE also offers customizable features to meet customers’ needs at every stage of the fabrication process.

For more information, you can visit the official FABSUITE website

GRAITEC is partner with PEDDINGHAUS


Established in 1903, Peddinghaus Corporation is the acknowledged global leader providing innovative machine tool technology for structural steel and plate fabrication. From Anvils and Bench Vises to Technologically Advanced Structural and Plate Fabrication Systems, Peddinghaus has served the Steel Construction, Heavy Plate Fabrication, and related Metal Working Industries for more than 100 years.

Being committed to the industry for such a long time, Peddinghaus turned to GRAITEC’s ADVANCE Steel, because of its ability to automatically generate bills of materials and NC files. With ADVANCE Steel, there is a direct link from the model to the Peddinghaus machine tool. Basically, CNC machines can be programmed by advanced design software, enabling the manufacture of products that cannot be made by manual machines, even those used by skilled designers or engineers. Modern design software allows designers to simulate the manufacture of their ideas. There is no need to make a prototype or a model. This saves both time and money, while providing the most accurate, productive, and profitable parts or products.

ADVANCE Steel creates all fabrication drawings and offers a large selection of tools for automatic detail creation, dimensions, annotations, and accelerates the creation of general arrangement drawingsfabrication drawingslist of materials and NC files: complete library of structural elements, parametric and customizable connections, wizards for miscellaneous steel (stairs, railing), materials library, sections, bolts, and others.

Needless to say, the advantages of combining computer aided manufacturing (CAM) and computer aided designing (CAD) are many: reduced cycle time and non-production time, jobs can be set up more quickly, improved accuracy, reduction of scrap and lower scrap rates.

Webinar “Discover Advance Steel 2012” planned for May 3rd 2012


Steel detailers, Structural Engineers: 
Discover Advance Steel 2012: The Powerful and Affordable Steel Detailing Software

on Wendsday, May 3rd, 2012 from 9:00 to 9:30 am CET or 5:00 to 5:30 pm CET

Register online to this webinar

Advance Steel® is specifically designed for professionals who require an easy-to-use 3D structural steel detailing software that automates the production of drawings, BOMs and NC files.

Advance Steel® is part of the GRAITEC structural BIM solution, automating the entire structural design process, from engineering design to detailing and fabrication.

Advance Steel TOP 5 benefits:

Advance Steel: BIM software for structural steel engineering, detailing and fabrication

1 – More Productivity with the flexible and efficient 3D modeling automatic tools: complete international catalogs, library of parametric joints, single or multi-user mode, etc.

2 – Short learning curve: reduces new employee ramp up time

3 – Specific features for miscellaneous steel and sheet metal: automatic functions for all type of stairs and railings, automatic tools for sheet metal creation, folded and twisted plates, etc.

4 – Precise and automatic creation and updating of construction documents: BOMs automatically created from the 3D model, revision control, revision clouds, drawing presentation template, automatic drawing scaling, paper formats and views, etc.

5 – BIM and collaborative work: DXF / DWG / Revit imports, multi-user technology, interoperability with major industry leading detailing / fabrication / engineering / MRP packages (CIS/2, SDNF, DSTV, KISS, etc.), etc.

Advance Steel: Professional Steel Detailing Software Solution for AutoCAD

Historically based on the AutoCAD® platform, Advance Steel® 2012 allows users to use their software with or without AutoCAD®. In fact, the product includes its own graphics engine, and the user can select the desired CAD platform. Regardless of the selected platform, all the essential functionality of the software is retained, as well as DWG® compatibility.
This major change has also allowed GRAITEC to simplify the user interface by focusing on and organizing the industry specific functionality of the software.
Another major impact for users: the overall cost of the solution and the ease of installation and deployment. The return on investment for the current version is improved by 30%.

The versatility of Advance Steel can help you realize projects out of the ordinary!


With Advance Steel, our users can create amazing projects.  Our American users understand this and have created incredible structures with it.  Tuckerman Steel Fabricators Inc. were able to harness the power of Advance Steel to create their latest project, something special that was launched on 11/11/2011 and captured on video.  Check it out at Boston Tea Party Ships and Museum-Launching 11 11 2011!

The project shown is a steel barge supporting a 3 story building consisting of shops, a museum, and restaurants, including ballast compartments, stair wells, elevator compartments, watertight doors, gangway support platforms and pile guides. The barge had to be pre-fabricated in panels – deck panels, bottom panels, bulkheads, side panels, and very often panels that included over 150 parts. Accordingly to Ilko Dimitrov, Project Manager at Tuckerman Steel Fabricators Inc., Advance Steel increased the productivity and the accuracy of the drawings: “The software was very helpful in detailing the panel drawings and all the interior framing and stairs as well”.

Also, the designers of the barge noticed that Advance Steel is very well designed to optimize drawing layout by eliminating empty spaces between members, and has the option to create running dimensions from left to right and vice versa, and the option to switch between absolute and relative or both types of dimensions. The scaling of objects is very easy. Placing labels, part marks, material type and basically all necessary information is very handy. Creating and updating BOM is fast and accurate.

Tuckerman Steel Fabricators, Inc. based in Boston, MA is incredibly proud of the results obtained with Advance Steel.  The week after they were trained on Advance Steel they were able to model and detail the entire barge.  They were able to meet their fabrication and shipping deadlines without any errors!

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Advance Steel 2011 compliant with AVEVA PDMS


GRAITEC announces the compliancy of Advance Steel with AVEVA PDMS. This technology partnership will allow interoperability between the two software products and will increase productivity of engineers by offering an integrated solution from design to fabrication.

Advance Steel 2011 compliant with AVEVA PDMS

Advance Steel 2011 successfully completed the validation and testing with AVEVA PDMS through AVEVA’s OpenSteel interface. OpenSteel supports tightly integrated 2-way exchange of intelligent data with Advance Steel that includes modification and updating of the PDMS model. The combined solution reduces design time, rework and project cost by streamlining collaboration between 3D plant layout and steelwork detailing.

Part of the GRAITEC Advance BIM solution, Advance Steel is specifically designed for structural engineers and steel detailers who require professional and easy-to-use BIM software dedicated to structural detailing , miscellaneous steel modeling and automatic creation of drawings, BOMs and NC files. Advance Steel drastically increases productivity and drawing quality, while reducing the risk of errors.

AVEVA PDMS is the most powerful and productive 3D plant design software available, PDMS is the solution of choice in most of the world’s power and plant industries. It supports projects of all sizes, from the smallest upgrade to new-build installations of unlimited complexity, and offers valuable collaboration opportunities and an extensive pool of skilled users.

AVEVA PDMS                 Advance Steel 2011

Advance Steel 2011 compliant with AVEVA PDMSAdvance Steel 2011 compliant with AVEVA PDMS

Example of a pylon model shared between AVEVA PDMS and Advance Steel 2011.

For Paul Cooper, VP Partnerships and Strategic Alliances at AVEVA: “This agreement demonstrates AVEVA’s continued commitment to interoperability. The AVEVA OpenSteel interface has been developed to enable effective integration between PDMS and 3rd party steel detailing applications and we are delighted to welcome GRAITEC into our global partner network.

For Manuel Liedot, Chief Technical Officer at GRAITEC SA: “The main benefits of this AVEVA PDMS / Advance Steel compliancy is the ability to identify and avoid collisions (e.g., identifying ductwork running into structural members or railings), and the creation of an interactive and complete 3D model which can produce detailed drawings for accurate fabrication and construction of the project.