GRAITEC Acquires ERA3 (Italy)

GRAITEC, an international software developer of BIM, CAD and structural analysis solutions across the AEC sector, and global Autodesk Reseller is pleased to announce the acquisition of ERA3, based in Italy, and its well established Fabrication Information Management software E3Workshop and E3DSTViewer.

This strategic step for GRAITEC builds on an already strong position in the steel market place offering steel customers, with or without 3D steel detailing software, an integrated fabrication management solution to manage all aspects of production, be it NC-automated or manually carried out procedures.

GRAITEC Acquires ERA3 (Italy)

GRAITEC continues to strengthen its dominant position in Construction technology solutions across Europe and the ambition of both companies is to provide superior manufacturing management software for steel construction, and also expand development to address the worldwide market. This acquisition sees Graitec establish itself as one of the only software players able to provide a global solution for steel fabricators and detailers, addressing their detailing challenges with Advance Steel®, and now E3Workshop for optimized fabrication management and an end-to-end streamlined workflow.

For 4 years, ERA3 Italy has been developing, installing and customizing its software for fabrication and workshop management to meet the needs of its customers in an extremely competitive and time sensitive market sector. Working with all leading CNC machines providers and all compatible with all major 3D Steel detailing software systems, ERA3 software is available in English, Italian, Portuguese, Spanish and French (soon German) and has been used successfully by customers in these respective regions.

Francis Guillemard, GRAITEC CEO, comments:The acquisition of ERA3 allows the Group to strengthen its leading position in the steel market. Being able to deliver fabrication management software that goes one step deeper, addressing time, labor and cost challenges faced by all steel related companies not only compliments our wide customer base but also provides a solution to all steel manufacturing businesses, whether they use 3D software or not, who need easy and quick tools to optimize production.

Mauro De Paolis, founder and CEO of ERA3 Italy, adds:Our management team is excited about the opportunity to join a global technology leader like GRAITEC, and we have high expectations about this powerful combination. Like ERA3, GRAITEC shares our passion for innovation and reliability, so we are absolutely thrilled with this opportunity. We will continue on our innovation path and to increase investment in our core products, professional services, and go-to-market channels. Our customers will be supported by a team of steel software professionals that is unmatched in the industry.

Founded in 1986, GRAITEC is a leading global AEC solutions developer and provider, delivering dedicated localised BIM software technology and services to construction industry specialists to maximise productivity, efficiency and performance with a high level of expertise in structural engineering, fabrication and detailing. Used by more than 40,000 professionals worldwide, GRAITEC solutions helps in creating outstanding projects: Coeur Défense tower, Stade de France stadium, Cairo Subway, Düsseldorf International Airport, Băneasa Shopping City in Bucharest, Milano Fair, etc. The GRAITEC Group employs more than 210 highly qualified construction specialists working in 14 locations and subsidiaries (France, Germany, Italy, United Kingdom, Czech Republic, Romania, Russia, Singapore, India, Canada and USA). GRAITEC also delivers its solutions with the support and collaboration of more than 40 international Value Added Resellers.
For more information, please visit

About ERA3
Founded in 2011, ERA3 is an innovative company based on the talent and experience of its members in the software development, steel construction, engineering and workshop management. Over the years, ERA and its research team have brought several innovations to the industrial sector of the steel structures with some real technological milestones for the industry. ERA3 offers advanced software products and services for the steel construction Companies providing an added value to the customers and a set of complete solutions for an efficient production management of steel structures.
For more information, please visit


GRAITEC presents an in-depth look of Advance Steel

Autodesk Advance Steel: 3D modeling software for steel detailingGRAITEC presents an in-depth look of Advance Steel, Autodesk’ complete BIM solution for structural steelwork, at SCAL (Singapore Contractors Association) and Autodesk’s joint 4 BIM seminar focusing on BIM for fabrication and pre-construction. Come and learn how BIM for offsite fabrication is helping the industry drive down costs and errors whilst optimizing materials and increasing performance. Click here to join Autodesk and GRAITEC at the Singapore Contractors Association Ltd on 28 August 2014 (Thursday), 2.00pm to 5.00pm.

Graitec International User Contest Winners

We are delighted to announce you the prize list of the winner of the International User Contest.


This competition was opened to all users who completed a project using one or more software proposed by GRAITEC. Participating projects will be evaluated based on specific criteria, such as project size and type, technical sophistication, social importance, innovation, testimonial used metrics, etc.



   Advance Design category   

Project: Fondation Jérôme Seydoux-Pathé à Paris
Design office: OMNIS Bâtiment (Neyron) for the modeling and all the reinforced concrete calculations of the hull
Architecture office: Renzo Piano Building Workshop
Projet manager & Engineering design : VP&Green

Fondation Jérôme Seydoux-Pathé à Paris         Fondation Jérôme Seydoux-Pathé à Paris

  Autodesk® Advance Steel category  

Project: Capital Gate in Abu Dhabi (United Arab Emirates) – Waagner-Biro Stahlbau AG (Vienna)
Client: ADNEC (Abu Dhabi National Exhibition Centre)
Architecture office: RMJM Dubai

Capital Gate in Abu Dhabi         Capital Gate in Abu Dhabi

  Autodesk® Advance Concrete category  

Project : IQ Ostrava in Ostrava, Czech Republic – ARPS (Projet, Ing. Pavel Němeček)
Architecture office : Studio acht, Ing. Václav Hlaváček
Contracting authority : CTP Invest

IQ Ostrava in Ostrava         IQ Ostrava in Ostrava

Thanks to all the participants and hope to see you in the next edition!

Graitec announces Advance Design 2015

Advance Design: BIM software for FEM structural analysis including international EurocodesGRAITEC, European BIM software developer for the construction industry, announces the release of Advance Design 2015 dedicated to structural engineering.

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 to specific design standards (Concrete, Steel or Wood).

Advance Design 2015 is articulated around 3 main subjects:

  • Concrete deflection calculation: new options for the reinforced concrete design according EC2
  • New starting screen for easier use
  • The implementation of the new NTC2008 Italian codes
  • And also: numerous improvements and adjustments

ADVANCE DESIGN 2015: concrete deflection calculation

Graitec announces Advance Design 2015

When designing a reinforced concrete structure, engineers must check limit deflections, especially on beams and floors. This is achieved by taking into account the cracked inertia of the reinforced concrete section. However, in FEM calculation, this leads to specific modelling and iterative processes which are tedious and time-consuming tasks for engineers.
Advance Design 2015 now automatically performs concrete deflection calculation based on theoretical or real reinforcement computed by the software.

Process: Successive design steps are performed, with concrete inertia being automatically calculated at each iteration. Concrete inertia is actually given by interpolation between a fully cracked state and a non-cracked state, in accordance with article 7.4.3 from EN1992-1-1.
Graphical results and reports allow for a quick and easy post-processing of all intermediate values: cracked inertia, non-cracked inertia, interpolated value, deflection for each mesh…

ADVANCE DESIGN 2015: New starting screen for easier use

Graitec announces Advance Design 2015

In order to simplify (for the new users) the first steps with Advance Design, the 2015 release comes with a brand-new starting wizard from where the user can access many types of information:
Several project samples for each type of structure: the user can open the models he is interested in to see how to model, define the main assumption, assign design templates…

Several other help tools are available: online videos, Graitec Web pages, quick access to the documentation, software configuration… All those tools are specific to each country, depending on the configuration settings.


ADVANCE DESIGN 2015: entering the Italian market

Graitec announces Advance Design 2015Advance Design 2015 now features the NTC 2008 Italian codes for:

  • Actions combinations automatic generation
  • Seismic loads
  • Climatic loads (Wind & Snow)
  • Reinforced concrete design
  • Steel members design.

ADVANCE DESIGN 2015: and also…

The 2015 version brings a number of new features and adjustments based on feedback from thousands of users:

  • New solver option for improved torsor calculation on walls using T6-Q9 elements
  • Uniform diagrams for linear support actions for easier post-processing
  • Improved export of a meshed model through a .TXT file format
  • Update of the SRSS modal summation method for faster seismical analysis on simple models.

Advance Design 2015 is part of the GRAITEC Advance 2015 Suite that also consists of GRAITEC Advance BIM Connect 2015 and Advance CAD 2015.

  • GRAITEC BIM Connect 2015 allows sharing and synchronization with Autodesk Revit® 2015 models.
  • Advance CAD 2015 is a 2D / 3D CAD software that enables engineers and detailers to modify or create DWG drawings. The 2015 version brings many functional enhancements such as new toolboxes, angular dimensions on dynamic blocks, new dimension styles… as well as improved performance.


GRAITEC is exhibiting at NASCC 2014

NASCC 2014 : Discover Advance Steel

Advance Steel solution for structural detailing and fabrication will be launched at NASCC in Toronto on March 26-28.

On site, GRAITEC team is available to describe the great benefits of Advance Steel on your business, join us at NASCC 2014

This event is also the opportunity to follow live presentation organized :

Thursday, March 27
Metro Toronto Convention Centre
Room 712

Visit Graitec at booth #1215

Agricultural Buildings Show – 3rd April 2014

Discover the ‘best kept secret’ within the construction industry by meeting the Graitec UK team at the Agricultural Buildings Show 2014

Just 20 minutes of your time now will save you countless time and money in the future!

Graitec UK are excited to be exhibiting at this year’s Agricultural Buildings Show at The Epic Centre, Lincolnshire Showground, Lincolnshire, UK, on Thursday 3rd April. You’ll find us on Stand number 15.

Meet James Flatt and Aleck Giles and see how our easy to use, affordable, steel detailing system can add value to your business whilst meeting necessary new legislation plus saving you time and money in the process.

You have nothing to lose and everything to gain!

If you are unable to attend the show, send an email to and we can arrange a telephone call and/or meeting at your offices.

Agricultural Buildings Show Venue 
Thursday 3rd April 2014
The Epic Centre,
Lincolnshire Showground,
Lincolnshire, UK

GRAITEC will be exhibiting at BuildTechAsia 2013 in Singapore on July 31-August 2, 2013

Singapore – July 22nd, 2013. The GRAITEC Advance suite team is pleased to announce that they will be exhibiting at BuildTechAsia, International Building Technology Expo at Singapore EXPO on July 31-August 2, 2013.

GRAITEC announces Reseller Agreement with VR CAM Technologies in Malaysia

The GRAITEC Team will be demonstrating Advance Steel 2013, the powerful and user-friendly 3D structural steel detailing and fabrication software that automatically creates drawings, BOMs and NC files, and that communicates with Autodesk® Revit® among other systems.

GRAITEC will also be offering free Product Presentation on Day 2, Thursday August 1st at 12:00-12:20 in the Yellow Zone.

Come see us at booth #P07, in the IT Pavilion.

Graitec Asia-Pacific


BuildTechAsia is a part of:

GRAITEC announces Reseller Agreement with VR CAM Technologies in Malaysia

Last minute deal! 1 Day Essentials CAD Training Course in Southampton on Tuesday 23rd July

Do you need basic CAD training?CAD Training Course

This course offers users that are new to the CAD environment a fantastic opportunity to understand the fundamental principles of using a 2D CAD system.

Spaces are limited so book now!

FORUM 8’s Virtual Design World Cup

GRAITEC partnership to FORUM 8's Virtual Design World CupGRAITEC, a leading software developer for CAD and structural analysis solutions, is supporting FORUM 8, its Value Added Reseller operating in Japan, by providing free Advance Steel and Advance Concrete licenses to the participants of FORUM 8’s 3rdStudent BIM and VR Contest open to students worldwide.

The theme of this year’s contest is “Sustainable Station Front in Global Metropolis“. The 2013 VDWC challenges students to devise a proposal of a new environmentally friendly urban space, which will most likely become one of Tokyo’s significant stopping off points for people transferring from one transport mode to another, which radiates from a new train station in Tokyo’s harbor district.

This is a contest open to students worldwide in which they compete amongst each other in designing their original model using BIM and Virtual Reality (VR) software for their chance to win a grand prize.

Work by each and every contestant will be uploaded on FORUM8’s cloud server, VR-Cloud® server, to be judged on its logistics, technical and design aspect, as well as its creativity, architectural aspect, and how innovative and environmentally friendly it is. They will be using Forum 8’s in-house developed software UC-win/Road, 3D interactive visualization tool, as a mandatory software and their choice of at least one other software to help them design and model cities. GRAITEC will provide free Advance Steel/Concrete licenses to all students taking part in this competition.

GRAITEC partnership to FORUM 8's Virtual Design World Cup

UC-win/Road, also known as VR-Design Studio, is the latest Japanese 3D Visual Interactive Visualization Technology for improved urban, transport, emergency & security planning, drive simulation, public consultation and human factors research and is ideal for visualizing BIM and VR models that portray various civil works.

The Award for the winner is a grand prize worth approximately US$3,000 including World cup Trophy and award certificates. Twenty-two other lucky winners will receive other prizes and every contestant will of course win a participation reward for their work. Applicants have until September 30th to register online. Once they have registered and created their VR model, they will need to submit their work including scripts during the period from October 1st to October 10th, and once they have submitted their work, they will be notified of the webpage on FORUM8’s VR-Cloud(R) server to which they can access to browse and test their submitted model, along with their login ID and password. FORUM 8 and special guest judges will come to a decision and determine the winners on November 21st and the best works will be awarded at the Awards Ceremony.

This contest provides a great opportunity for students to get a hands-on experience with FORUM8’s UC-win/Road as well as Advance Steel/Concrete/Design to learn all the great features and technology they have to offer.

If you are a student due to graduate in 2013 or later go to this webpage and register today!

For more information on the contest please click here.

For any inquiries, please contact: 
Europe, The Middle East, Americas, & Africa:
Asia, Australia, New Zealand, & Oceania and all other general inquiries:

Check out last year’s winners here.

About FORUM 8
FORUM8, the Japanese 3D software specialist, produces state-of-the-art 3D VR and engineering software, in particular VR, FEM, Web, CAD solutions and services. Founded in 1987, FORUM8 is at the forefront of 3D Visual Interactive Simulation (3D VIS) technology and provides 3D VIS capabilities to specialists from various professions, including transportation, engineering, planning, emergency training, architecture, road safety and many more. The company’s premier product UC-win/Road is simply the best tool with the utmost 3D VIS capabilities that allows you to model your own 3D environment in which a highly accurate real-time simulation can be run quickly and easily. UC-win/Road interactive 3D environments can also be controlled remotely using FORUM8’s state-of-the-art cloud computing technology VR-Cloud® that enables the 3D environments to be broadcast over the cloud and accessed and interacted with by anyone with a PC or Android system anywhere at any time, thanks to VR-Cloud®’s underlying technology, the a3S cloud system, which allows data to be transmitted between client and server very quickly. FORUM8 obtained a patent for VR-Cloud®, defined as “Driving simulation equipment, server and program” that enables ‘driving simulation within the 3D VR environment using a computer keyboard’ from the Japanese patent office [Patent No. 5149426]. VR-Cloud(R) is by far the best solution for winning tenders or exploring alternative options in any kind of civil design project.
For more information, please visit

Successful User Club 2013 meetings in Poland

Successful User Club 2013 meetings in PolandOn April 16th and 17th, 2013, Datacomp Sp. z o.o., GRAITEC’s authorized reseller from Krakow, Poland organized GRAITEC Advance user meetings in Gdansk and Warsaw.

The growing interest in GRAITEC Advance solutions was confirmed by the high attendance at both meetings, in which a total of 65 people participated. It was a great opportunity to get to know the GRAITEC Advance suite and exchange experiences between users.

The meeting began with the general presentation of Datacomp and Graitec, as well as media partners who acquired their patronage of these events. After a brief introduction to the Graitec Advance package, the first block of presentations began, during which new features of 2013 versions of Advance ConcreteAdvance Design and Advance Steel were discussed.

Successful User Club 2013 meetings in Poland

This section was concluded by showing selected users’ projects done in the Graitec Advance suite from Poland and across the world. The last part of the meeting was opened with the presentation of GRAITEC BIM, during which the methods of exchanging data between the Graitec Advance suite and other software brand such as Revit®, ArchiCAD®, Robot (ARSA®), PDMS® were demonstrated. In addition, participants gained insight into the correct use of the BIM technology and its benefits.

Another highlight of the event was the first presentation of Advance CAD, the latest software in the Graitec Advance package. Advance CAD is a program for simple flat drawing and 3D modeling functions according to the native DWG® format. The meeting ended with the announcement of an international competition for the best project done in GRAITEC Advance suite.

User Club 2013 meetings in Poland have shown that Graitec is solid and reliable partner and choosing its solution for BIM design is the next step in developing and expanding your design office.

GRAITEC will exhibit at BACE EXPO

GRAITEC will exhibit at BACE EXPO (Building Architectural Construction  And Engineering) Trade Show in Kochi, India on 24-26 May:

Come and visit us at Booth No 5.

GRAITEC will exhibit at BACE EXPO

GRAITEC continues its expansion with the opening of a new office in California, USA

GRAITEC Group : CAD and Analysis Software for the Construction Industry

GRAITEC, the fastest growing global structural analysis and detailing software vendor, announces the opening of a new sales and support office in California, USA and the appointment of Pierre M. Geoffrion as Business Development Manager.
This new office reinforces GRAITEC’s North American operations with the aim to deliver cutting-edge technology designed to help improve customers’ productivity and efficiency.

The US construction industry is a highly competitive market where the players are currently seeing their margins becoming thinner and thinner. The need for BIM technology that has a quick and reliable return on investment is critical and GRAITEC’s BIM solution perfectly fulfills this need. GRAITEC’s vision for the North American market is to become one of the key players, by offering easy to use, cost effective and powerful solutions with smart and sharp local technical support.

Alexandre Tartas, GRAITEC COO, comments: “GRAITEC continues its fast market shares acquisition. After 2 fantastic years of rapid growth in North America, we decided to extend our coverage and opened this new sales office. Pierre and his team will be able to work closely with our North American customers based in the western area. Our solutions for the North American market and business are recognized by a growing user community; this office is one step forward in our accelerated market penetration.

Pierre M. Geoffrion was promoted to Business Development Manager for the west coast office and will report to Hugo Michaud. Pierre M. Geoffrion has been with GRAITEC for over a year as Account Manager for the analysis solution in North America with great results. The new office will cover the US west coast and south west US, a large territory with some great opportunities and many challenges.

Pierre M. Geoffrion teams up with Julio Alfaro as the new Advance Steel Application Specialist. Julio Alfaro has spent over 15 years of steel detailing and was recently the drafting department manager for Metal Supply and Allied Modular Building Supply. Julio’s professional background will be a real asset for our company and our customers.

Hugo Michaud, Graitec North America Sales Director adds: “I’m very excited by this new adventure. After a 344% increase in sales in the past 3 years for Advance Steel, it is a natural milestone to complement this growth by having a local presence in the US. Strategically this local presence will make us available in all North America time zones and closer to our market.

GRAITEC at NASCC Conferences in St-Louis, USA

From April- 17th 2013 GRAITEC presented its Structural BIM Solutions “Advance Steel” and “Advance Design” at the NASCC Conferences in St-Louis, USA. The highlight was the presentation of the new 2013 versions of Advance Steel.

The NASCC takes place every year and it is the most important fair for the steel construction industries in the USA and one of the biggest fairs The Americas.

The GRAITEC team is very satisfied with the result. They had interesting discussions with GRAITEC customers and established contact with many new qualified prospects.

GRAITEC to attend the following events

GRAITEC will exhibit at India Warehousing Show 2013 in New Delhi, India on 02-04 May:

Visit us a Booth No D 41 A.

-	GRAITEC will exhibit at India Warehousing Show 2013 in New Delhi


AppliCAD, GRAITEC’s Business Partner in Thailand, will exhibit at ARCHITECT EXPO Bangkok 2013, Thailand on April 30- May 5:

AppliCAD will exhibit at ARCHITECT EXPO Bangkok 2013


GRAITEC will exhibit at BACE EXPO (Building Architectural Construction  And Engineering) Trade Show in Kochi, India on 24-26 May:

Please visit us at Booth No 5.

GRAITEC will exhibit at BACE EXPO


And in the recent past, GRAITEC exhibited at: INDIA STEEL 2013 on April 11 – 13 at Bombay  Exhibition Centre, Mumbai:

GRAITEC exhibited at INDIA STEEL 2013

GRAITEC is proud to announce International User Projects Contest!

Are you using one or more GRAITEC Advance software in designing your projects? Now it’s the time to show us, and others, how you used Advance SteelAdvance Concrete orAdvance Design in your projects!


Beside the attractive awards that we have for you, all projects will be presented on the GRAITEC website and all our social media networks. This will lead to anincreased visibility of your projects and your business.


About the contest
The contest is open to all GRAITEC customers that have completed a project using one or more GRAITEC Advance software, version 2012 or 2013. Participating projects will be evaluated based on specific criteria, such as project size and type, technical sophistication, social importance, originality, testimonial used metrics, etc.

GRAITEC is proud to announce International User Projects Contest!

Contest rules

The project submitted must have been created with at least one of the GRAITEC software products: Advance SteelAdvance Concrete or Advance Design.

For each participating project the following documents must be submitted:

Incomplete applications will not be considered.

Each participant can submit more than one project. Each submitted project will be evaluated separately and has its chances of winning.


You can send us your projects to If the package intended for submitting is too big, you might consider using a free internet file transfer website, such as or to the same email address.

Deadline for submission is September 15th, 2013.


Take part and win!

Advance Steel: BIM software for structural steel engineering, detailing and fabrication1 year free maintenance or 1 free upgrade


Advance Concrete: BIM software for structural concrete engineering, detailing and fabrication1 year free maintenance or 1 free upgrade


Advance Design: BIM software for FEM structural analysis including international Eurocodes1 year free maintenance or 1 free upgrade


BONUS: Top 12 artistic photos will be part of the annual GRAITEC 2014 calendar. You can see here the projects presented in the 2013 annual calendar.

GRAITEC is proud to announce International User Projects Contest! GRAITEC is proud to announce International User Projects Contest! GRAITEC is proud to announce International User Projects Contest! GRAITEC is proud to announce International User Projects Contest! GRAITEC is proud to announce International User Projects Contest! GRAITEC is proud to announce International User Projects Contest!

For more information or questions, please don’t hesitate to contact us at

GRAITEC Advance 2013 – Official release of Advance CAD 2013

Launched at the end of February 2013, BIM GRAITEC ADVANCE is the global CAD / Analysis & Design solutions for the construction engineering field. Advance CAD is part of the GRAITEC structural BIM solution and a newcomer in the GRAITEC Advance suite.

GRAITEC’s Advance CAD is fully compatible DWG® CAD software. It provides its users a simple, natural and economical solution to the frequent requirements of drawing creation and modification. Advance CAD creates all 2D entities (lines, poly-lines, arcs, circles, polygons, etc.) and associates all desired colors, line styles and shading. Concepts such as “layers”, “snap points”, “windows” are available as well as all navigation features (zoom, pan, orbit, etc.). Advance CAD can also create and handle 3D solids (cubes, spheres, cylinders, etc.) and perform Boolean operations.

GRAITEC Advance 2013 – Official release of Advance CAD 2013

In the complete 2D/3D CAD environment of the software, you can find all the common CAD tools and features, several innovative features meant to enhance user productivity, but also 3D modeling tools for drawing 3D solids, functions that allow face editing for 3D elements, all these wrapped up in a user-friendly, simple and intuitive interface.

The user interface is designed to get you familiarized fast with all the software elements and functionalities: quick access toolbar manager, ribbon tabs, customizable menus, keyboard shortcuts, auto-completion of commands, selection filters. It also offers you the possibility to customize general settings such as display, paths/files, user preferences, crosshairs or profiles.

GRAITEC Advance 2013 – Official release of Advance CAD 2013

Advance CAD provides full compatibility with AutoCAD®, using most of the same file formats including those for drawings (.DWG files), commands, line types, hatch patterns, and text styles. Advance CAD reads and writes .DWG files in their native format without data loss, from AutoCAD® 2012 and going all the way back to Version 2.5, including AutoCAD LT®. Because Advance CAD uses Autodesk® DWG™ format as its native file format, no conversion is required.

Advance CAD offers users all the professional 2D and 3D modeling tools and functionalities and at the same time it is cost effective.

You can download the DWG sample files from here.

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Free Webinars by GRAITEC US

Free webinars by GRAITEC US

Complete a Set of Drawings for Stairs and Railings under 20 minutes March 4
12:00 EDT
Advance Steel Quick Learning Curve for AutoCad® Users March 7
12:00 EDT
Graitec Structural BIM Vision – Synchronize Revit®Advance DesignAdvance Steel March 11
12:00 EDT
Complete a Set of Drawings
for Complex Plate Work
under 20 minutes
March 14
12:00 EDT
Create a Complete Set of Drawings for Curved Stairs and Railings under 20 minutes March 18
12:00 EDT
Master Structural Steel Design with Advance Design March 21
12:00 EDT
Create a Custom Connections Template in Advance Steel March 25
12:00 EDT

>> Register online here
Register online

Ease of use, Power and BIM… the key words of the Graitec Advance 2013 release

GRAITEC, European software developer for modeling and drawing creation for the construction industry, announces the release of the GRAITEC Advance 2013 suite.

Driven by sustainable development challenges, the increasing complexity of projects, time constraints and smaller budgets, construction professionals have no other choice than to make the leap to innovation. GRAITEC, a player in dynamic innovation, dedicates a signifi cant portion of its Research & Development investments in Digital Modeling or BIM (Building Information Modeling), in particular in its GRAITEC Advance suite.

This technology associates each real object to its virtual equivalent in the digital model and offers users the ability to simulate the behavior of the real structure, to automate the creation of technical documentation of their projects, to maintain consistency through the changes to the project and facilitate technical collaboration with all project stakeholders.

GRAITEC Advance has more than 15,000 users and 7 new users join the community every day. The uniqueness of GRAITEC Advance is to offer a solution that is very effi cient because it is dedicated to building professionals: design, calculation and creation of fabrication drawings, easy training, and provides a rapid return on investment, usually from the fi rst project.

The GRAITEC Advance suite consists of software products dedicated to the BIM structure: Advance DesignAdvance Concrete and Advance Steel and Advance CAD, a new drawing tool that completes the suite.

Version 2013 has many improvements and strengthens its position: simplicity and power.

  • Simplicity because Advance Steel and Advance Concrete work as well as standalone as they do on AutoCAD, the choice is the user’s. In addition to the economic advantage, this innovation allows the release of AutoCAD licenses for other uses within the design office. Simplified installation, getting started faster, optimized interface, in short simplicity.
  • Power because of features such as custom connections in Advance Steel, advanced management of bar marks in Advance Concrete or “Capacity Design” calculation in Advance Design bring greater efficiency to users.

For Francis Guillemard, CEO of the GRAITEC Group:In 2012, the GRAITEC Advance suite saw sustained growth of 35% in a market where the average growth rate was 8%.
The user community has almost doubled in 3 years. It is truly a sign that the profession is looking for solutions that offer the best compromise of Power/Simplicity and obviously at a low cost. This positioning ensures the growth of GRAITEC Advance. We contribute to the democratization of BIM in construction and make it very practical for our users.

Advance Steel 2013: The best ease of use / power compromise

Advance Steel 2013: The best ease of use / power compromise

Independent of the AutoCAD® platform since Version 2012, Advance Steel 2013 improves its ergonomics and ease of use by providing a new user interface element, the “palette”, which contains animated buttons and tooltips.

It has many new innovations: first, the ability to create custom connections allowing users to define, store and reuse custom connections in their projects and thus easily adapt to all types of situations.

The new release also adds new connections for cold rolled profiles. Many other features are also available such as the option to create welding lines in drawing and a new recognition technology of “notable points” that applies to manual dimensions that are updated automatically by Advance Steel 2013.

Advance Concrete 2013: CAD platform freedom

Advance Concrete 2013: CAD platform freedom

Advance Concrete 2013 main focus is to offer users the freedom to use Advance Concrete with or without AutoCAD. Advance Concrete 2013 includes its own graphics engine allowing the user to select the desired CAD platform.

Advance Concrete 2013 provides greater control and better coordination with the “External drawing technology” allowing the user to place each new view and each new layout in a separate DWG. This results in smaller DWG files and better performance.

A new bar mark management functionalities is also available.
Version 2013 also improves user efficiency and productivity thanks to the new, redesigned Ribbon arrangements and the new Graitec tool palettes.

Advance Design 2013: High simulation exigency and Eurocode expertise

Advance Design 2013: High simulationexigency and Eurocodeexpertise

Advance Design 2013 goes further than ever in helping engineers to optimize the design of concrete, steel and timber structures according to the Eurocodes and North American codes.

Among the many new functionalities in regards to Eurocodes: major 3D climatic generator improvements for EC1 (more accurate wind parameters definition, better management for isolated roofsadditional fields for CsCd calculation), several improvements on the EC2 engine (possibility to place real reinforcement on linear and planar elements, new slab punching verification, availability of a detailed design report including a reinforcement sketch for concrete beams, etc.), EC3 engine improvements (accurate lateral torsional buckling calculation considering intermediate restraints and load application point,buckling check for circular hollow sections of class 4, new joints and improved user interface for the steel connection module, etc.), EC5 improvements (residual area in case of fire verification, improvement of deflection check in the detailed report, etc.).

One main new functionality is dealing with the “Capacity design” implementation helping users to optimize members design according to seismical requirements (especially for EC8).

Advance CAD 2013: NEW!!

Advance CAD 2013: NEW!!

Advance CAD is a new comer in the Graitec Advance suite. It is a fully compatible DWG® CAD software. It provides its users a simple, natural and economical solution to the frequent requirements of drawing creation and modification. With a modern easy-to-use interface, Advance CAD creates all 2D entities (lines, polylines, arcs, circles, polygons, etc.) and associates all desired colors, line styles and shading. Concepts such as “layers”, “snap points”, “windows” are available as well as all navigation features (zoom, pan, orbit, etc.). Advance CAD can also create and handle 3D solids (cubes, spheres, cylinders, etc.) and perform Boolean operations.

Graitec BIM Connect 2013: A smooth BIM connector to Revit

With GRAITEC BIM Connect, Autodesk Revit Architecture 2013 and Autodesk Revit Structure 2013 users quickly connect their Revit models to the GRAITEC Advance suite and then optimize the design of their structures in accordance with U.S. and Eurocode standards, produce effective and error-free general arrangement drawings, fabrication drawings, BOMs, and NC files both for steel and concrete structures. Release 2013 provides key improvements such as extended profile mapping and ACIS solids transfer.

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Successful Advance Steel User Day in UK

Successful Advance Steel User Day in UKGRAITEC announces another successful Advance Steel User Day organised by its UK office. The event took place at one of the most prestigious locations in the Midlands – the Branston Golf and Country Club, Burton on Trent in Staffordshire.

Carl Spalding, Managing Director of Graitec UK, opened the event by presenting an overview of the global business and concentrating on the expansion and growth locally in the United Kingdom.

Successful Advance Steel User Day in UK

With GRAITEC UK and GRAITEC HQ staff in attendance, the day provided an excellent opportunity to go through detailed demonstrations of the major enhancements the new Advance Steel 2013 release has to offer, all the while re-covering some of the enhancements of previous versions.

The project winners of the Advance Steel 2012 UK User Competition were also announced and presented with their awards whilst other impressive projects completed by number of other clients using Advance Steel were also reviewed.

 Successful Advance Steel User Day in UKSuccessful Advance Steel User Day in UK

The day provided an opportunity to talk about the continued expansion of Graitec UK with the opening of their new office and training facility in Staffordshire, and also Graitec UK’s exciting plans for the future.

The User Day was a big success, with more than 30 attendees battling with snowy conditions to be there! Feedback from the event was extremely positive with everyone looking forward to attending the next UK User Day.

December free webinars

Structural Engineers, Steel and Concrete Detailers…

…Discover our Structural BIM suite!

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

Advance Steel

Advance Steel® is specifically designed for steel professionals who require easy-to-use BIM structural steel software for automating drawing creation, documentation and fabrication.

1/ General overview: discover the software in 30 minutes

Thursday, December 6th, 2012

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⇒ 9:00 AM CET to 9:30 AM CET – Metric

⇒ 6:00 PM CET to 6:30 PM CET – Imperial

2/ StruCad® switchover to Advance Steel

Discover a number of the features and enhancements in Advance Steel that StruCad® customers require

Thursday, December 13th, 2012

⇒ 9:00 AM CET to 9:30 AM CET

⇒ 6:00 PM CET to 6:30 PM CET

Thursday, December 27th, 2012

⇒ 9:00 AM CET to 9:30 AM CET

⇒ 6:00 PM CET to 6:30 PM CET

3/ Multi user mode

We will show how the Advance Steel multi-user mode can speed up the modeling of your projects of steel structures and how several users can work at the same time on the same project with security.

Thursday, December 20th, 2012

⇒ 9:00 AM CET to 9:30 AM CET

⇒ 6:00 PM CET to 6:30 PM CET

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

Advance Design: BIM software for FEM structural analysis including international eurocodesAdvance Design

Advance Design® is specifically dedicated to structural engineers who require professional and easy-to-use BIM solution for simulating and optimizing all their projects according to international design codes (latest European standards, American standards ACI and AISC).

1/ General overview: discover the software in 30 minutes

Tuesday, December 4th, 2012

⇒ 9:00 AM CET to 9:30 AM CET

⇒ 6:00 PM CET to 6:30 PM CET

2/ Dynamic and non-linear analysis in Advance Design

During this ½ hour presentation, you will discover all the possibilities of Advance Design to run advanced analysis on real projects, from the assumptions definition to the results postprocessing step: time history analysis, modal buckling, non-linear analysis, 2nd order effects…

Tuesday, December 18th, 2012

⇒ 9:00 AM CET to 9:30 AM CET

⇒ 6:00 PM CET to 6:30 PM CET

Advance Design free webinar                 Advance Design free webinar

Advance Concrete: BIM software for structural concrete engineering, detailing and fabricationAdvance Concrete

Advance Concrete® is specifically designed for structural engineers and reinforced concrete detailers who require professional and easy-to-use BIM software that automates the production of drawings, BOMs and NC files. Advance Concrete® drastically increases productivity and drawings quality, while reducing the risk of errors.

1/ Advance Concrete customization for your office standards

We will show you the ways to change the defaults of Advance Concrete according to your company standards: user preferences, project settings, representation styles for model elements, drawings and reinforcement objects (colors, hatches, line styles, …), fabrics and bars library, modify / create rebar and formwork symbols, modify rebar list templates, modify dimension styles, re-use the settings in new projects.

Wednesday, December 5th, 2012

⇒ 9:00 AM CET to 9:30 AM CET

⇒ 6:00 PM CET to 6:30 PM CET

2/ General overview: discover the software in 30 minutes

Wednesday, December 12th, 2012

⇒ 9:00 AM CET to 9:30 AM CET

⇒ 6:00 PM CET to 6:30 PM CET

Advance Design free webinar                 Advance Design free webinar