More doors open to Advance Steel


With the shocking Strucad announcement, Strucad users are now faced with a difficult decision – or is it?
For anyone involved in Structural Steelwork, the way GRAITEC UK sees it, there is a clear and easy choice, Advance Steel 2012!

Advance Steel 2012 offers:

– Proven track record with more than 10,000 seats worldwide

  •  Trusted market confidence

– Rapid adoption rate resulting in +50% growth in licenses in 2011 – 

  • Tried and tested solution

– Increased functionality / productivity 

  • New tools for all market sectors: BIM, Structures, Off-shore, Bridges, Architectural, Sheet-metalwork…

– Works as a standalone application or with AutoCAD – 

  • Flexibility for users to choose platform to that suits them – no need to have AutoCAD

– Low initial financial outlay 

  • A fantastic GRAITEC UK ‘Switch-offer’

– Quick and easy deployment

  • Set up company drawing borders in minutes

– Interoperability 

  • DSTv NC files in all versions, IFC, SDNF, CIS2, Graitec BIM, KISS, PSS…

– Support and Helpdesk service rated 98% excellent or good by users  

  • Dedicated team ready to help you by phone, email or remote assistance


The GRAITEC UK branch has never received so many phone calls and enquiries from people looking for an alternative solution to Strucad, and the feedback from those that have already moved to Advance Steel was “easy to use” and “very capable”.

If you have been affected and would like to see more about Advance Steel why not visit www.graitec.co.uk/advance_steel_2012.html or contact one of the Graitec UK team on 0844 543 8888 or email your enquiry to sales@graitec.co.uk

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Movable overland tripper detailed with Advance Steel


Clinton Dantu, the CEO of Dantu Drafting cc. (South Africa), explains why Advance Steel was the right tool to handle this complex project and for creating all detailed drawings.

Dantu Drafting cc. is a registered company formed five years ago to meet the high demand for an independent drawing office not affiliated to any particular Consulting or Engineering firm. We entered the market with many years of experience in Materials Handling, Process plants and Heap Leach layouts. We added detailing to our résumé as we found managing the drawing work from layout to fabrication gives us the edge over any of our competitors and speeds up the completion time of the job as a whole. We have been using Advance Steel for the past four years and we are really impressed with its 3D modelling capabilities and the speed with which one can complete any project.

Movable overland tripper successfully detailed with Advance Steel

The Movable overland tripper (mot) is a hydraulic driven and steered machine. We used wheel mounted Bonfiglioli 713 c3b with brake and disengagement planetary 142:1 gearboxes. The mot will be used in Zambia at Luanshya copper mine, to feed a heap leach system. The total mass of the machine is 45 tons with a total length of 38 meters and a total height of 9 meters. The mot is needed to be an all-wheel drive machine, as it runs above a 900 wide overland conveyor over uneven terrain.

Movable overland tripper successfully detailed with Advance Steel

We used Advance Steel for this project so we could do all our layout work in 3D and still easily supply the client and designers with 2D AutoCAD® drawings from which we could all sit around a table to discuss the concept. After our meetings we could update our 3D model to suit any comments and so update our 2D AutoCAD® drawings in time for the next meeting. Having the model proved to be a great tool in getting any new parties involved up to speed with the project, just by showing them the model they would get an immediate insight in to the project. Once the mot’s concept was approved and the design was complete we could continue with creating the connections and then the shop detail drawings. With a certain amount of input we could update our shop drawings to suit our fabricators requirements.

Movable overland tripper successfully detailed with Advance Steel

Using Advance Steel for this project helped us speed up the design time for the mot as we had a constantly updated model to keep all involved with the project informed of our progress and ideas. By using Advance Steel as the 3D steel detailing application, productivity gains of over 25% were realized, compared to using regular AutoCAD®.

Movable overland tripper successfully detailed with Advance Steel

Engineering office: Dantu Drafting cc (South Africa) – http://dantudrafting.com/
Project: Heap leach project
Client: Luanshya copper mine
Location: Muliashi Copper Mine (Zambia)

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.

ParkerSteel highlights the benefits of using NC files in the steel industry


Advance Steel automates the production of drawings, BOMs and NC filesParkerSteel, the largest privately owned steel stockholders in England, employing over 450 people, and one of the major firms bringing employment to the Canterbury area, is promoting ADVANCE Steel as one of the standard “100% error free” solutions used for producing NC files.

“[…]it has become apparent that all parts of the steel supply chain are benefiting from the increased use and speed of NC files to exchange information for quotation and production purposes.”

One of the main benefits of ADVANCE Steel is, automatically generating NC files from the model, used to directly control the CNC machinery. As a result, using NC files can improve productivity, minimize the cost of errors, speed up production and finally, make the business more competitive.

Advance Steel is compliant with Voortman machinery


Advance Steel is compliant with Voortman machineryDuring the NASCC 2011 steel conference, GRAITEC and VOORTMAN specialists had the opportunity to run a test session of the DSTV-NC files created by Advance Steel.

After the test session ended, the team could conclude the full compliancy of Advance Steel DSTV-NC files with the VOORTMAN machines.

Advance Steel is specifically designed for structural engineers and steel detailers who require a professional and easy-to-use 3D structural steel detailing software that automates the creation of workshop drawings, general arrangement drawings, reports and files for CNC machines.

VOORTMAN has developed over more than 40 years to be one of the world’s leading single source supplier of CNC-controlled machinery for the steel processing industry.