GRAITEC acquires Total CAD Systems, Inc., US Autodesk Platinum Partner

GRAITEC, an international software developer of BIM, CAD and structural analysis solutions, and global Autodesk Reseller across AEC and MFG sectors, announced today that it acquired 100% shares of Total CAD Systems, Inc., Houston, Texas, USA on Wednesday September 30th for an undisclosed price.

GRAITEC acquires Total CAD Systems, Inc., US Autodesk Platinum Partner

The acquisition of Total CAD Systems, Inc., stands testament to the Group’s long term commitment to its customers and widely publicized rapid growth strategy. GRAITEC Group is now uniquely the only Autodesk Platinum Partner operating across United States and Europe.

Total CAD Systems, Inc. brings with them over 200 years of collective industry knowledge and has a proven track record of delivering first class quality service and high customer satisfaction. This outstanding customer service and their affiliations with the Texas Society of Architects, Structural Engineers Association of Texas and American Society of Civil Engineers remain a priority at GRAITEC and Total CAD Systems, Inc. Customers can be assured this will continue as the team remains unchanged and new staff are brought on board.

Now with the full support of a major international group, Total CAD Systems, Inc. will gain an extended capacity to deliver a new range of professional services around BIM and deliver more value to customers with an extended portfolio of unique complementary products. An increased investment capacity will, in time, enlarge the operational area and expand focus to include advanced simulation and fabrication management systems to better serve current and new customers.

Total CAD Systems, Inc. will continue to operate in the US under its own brand, maintaining its strong position as an Autodesk Platinum Partner (VAR) while GRAITEC continues to operate across the US and Northern America as an Autodesk ISV partner for Advance Steel.

Roger Padamada, owner of Total CAD Systems, Inc. comments:The ambition of Total CAD Systems is to consistently offer a high level of technical expertise. Our dedicated staff is passionately committed to providing the highest quality customer service. We were impressed and immediately attracted by the vision and strategy of GRAITEC and are extremely happy to be part of a highly professional and customer focused company. We are confident the company and our customers are in very good hands.

Francis Guillemard, GRAITEC CEO adds:GRAITEC has a long standing history as an Autodesk partner and is currently one of the fastest growing international Autodesk VAR. Our expansion in the US market is testament to our continued growth strategy and reaction to the growing demand for our BIM technology and services in America. This acquisition is very exciting and reflects our strong motivation to become a major VAR player in the US and strengthens our global BIM technology and service offering.

About Total CAD Systems, Inc.
Total CAD Systems, an Autodesk Platinum Partner, was founded over 18 years ago by experienced industry professionals. Driven by the founding principles of Integrity, Professionalism and Dependability, Total CAD offers a variety of Autodesk Solutions and services, including: consultation, implementation, training, and technical support. Since its inception, Total CAD Systems’ innovative approach has been to proactively focus on our clients’ dynamic needs with flexibility and resourcefulness. Total CAD Systems’ loyalty to our clients and our tenacious desire to become creatively involved in their success embodies our core business values and has established our reputable leadership in the industry For more information, please visit


GRAITEC announces Reseller Agreement with VR CAM Technologies in Malaysia

GRAITEC announces Reseller Agreement with VR CAM Technologies in MalaysiaGRAITEC, a leading worldwide software developer for CAD and structural analysis solutions has signed a new business partnership withVR CAM Technologies Sdn Bhd, a company located in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. The cooperation agreement signed between the two companies entitles VR CAM Technologies to promote, sell and support GRAITEC’s 3D BIM Steel Detailing Software, Advance Steel, in Malaysia.

Changing demographics such as an annual population growth of about two percent, migration and socio-economic growth are resulting in the building construction market expansion, as these changing demographics increase demand for new buildings and refurbishment of existing ones. In Malaysia, construction of non-residential and residential buildings contributed between 40 to 55 percent of the total construction market between 2006 and 2009. The market revenues for building construction reached approximately $7.21 billion in 2008 and $6.67 billion in 2009, and it will potentially hit the $9.00 billion mark by 2015. (Source: Asia Pacific Environmental & Building Technologies Practice, Frost & Sullivan).

VR CAM Technologies Sdn Bhd is a solution provider for the Civil and Structural engineering disciplines, with focus on structural analysis and design for steel concrete and post-tensioned structures. Since 1996 VR CAM Technologies has grown from strength to strength and is now a formidable organization where the key focus in meeting client interest and offering professional training services is the core ideal. VR CAM Technologies service the Education, Government, Construction, Power and Oil and Gas Industries, with main focus being on Malaysia and minor focus on South East Asia.

VR CAM Technologies’ engineers and specialists have experience in structural design for steel and concrete, including post-tensioned/pre-stressed Building and Bridge structures. Their engineers and specialist consultants have up to 15 years design experience and when it comes to training, they provide their clients with training on best practices and on the efficient use of the software they distribute.

Pascal Bergougnou, Managing Director of GRAITEC Pte Ltd (Singapore, Asia Pacific), comments: “I am pleased to welcome VR CAM Technologies into GRAITEC’s network. There are many Malaysian companies doing steel structural shop drawing and that are still looking for the right solution.

Sundram Narendra, Managing Director at VR CAM Technologies Sdn Bhd adds: “We are particularly excited by our latest business relationship with Graitec who will be filling in an important hole in our software portfolio. Graitec now provides us and our clients an excellent steel detailing and fabrication solution Advance Steel that will allow us to compete and increase market share for a solution worthy to be positioned as the BEST!

About VR CAM Technologies Sdb Bhd
VR-CAM Technologies Sdn Bhd is a privately owned engineering software distributor that was formed in 1996 to service the Construction Industry by way of structural and infrastructure analysis and design software. We have expanded our scope to include the fabrication, power, and oil and gas industries. Our state of the art solutions for drafting, modeling, analysis, design and detailing for multi-material structures including steel, reinforced concrete, and post-tensioned structures are by far the most widely used in the world. We stand by our products and offer support services which are renowned for timely delivery and accuracy. For more information, please visit

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.
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GRAITEC announces a Reseller Agreement with novaCITYNETS in Singapore

New reseller in Singapore with novaCITYNETSGRAITEC has signed a new business partnership with novaCITYNETS Pte Ltd, a company located in Singapore. The cooperation agreement signed between the two companies entitles novaCITYNETS Pte Ltd to promote, sell and support GRAITEC’s 3D BIM Steel Detailing Software, Advance Steel, in Singapore.

Singapore is a gateway to key markets in Asia. From commercial to residential, new development to upgrade, retrofits to restorations, Asia is the engine of growth. The Singapore construction sector has enjoyed robust growth with building contracts worth S$25.7 billion, representing an annual increase of 14% in recent years. To further propel this growth, the Singapore Government and the Building & Construction Authority (BCA) have been steering the construction industry to achieve higher productivity through the buildable design legislation. This has gained great momentum with the introduction of the S$250 million Construction Productivity and Capability Fund (CPCF). Funds from the CPCF are allocated to firms seeking to improve productivity through technology adoption, re-engineering. We are beginning to see builders adopting productive technologies like construction IT and Building Information Model (BIM); such as the ones provided by GRAITEC.

novaCITYNETS began as a pioneer in developing and implementing specialized building and construction solutions, consultation services to various government and private sectors locally and overseas. In 2007 with the rise in Building Information Modeling (BIM), novaCITYNETS started a business unit, novaBIM to embarked on a fully focused BIM solution where BIM consultation and implementations are tailored and customized to the individual company’s needs, thus, assisting numerous companies with ground zero knowledge to be BIM ready for future projects. Today, novaBIM is the leading solutions and service provider of design and technology for the Architecture, Engineering and Construction (AEC) industry, with works spanning across many notable and iconic developments both locally and regionally including Reflection in Keppel Bay, Garden by the Bay, Tanjong Pagar Tower, V in Shenton, Bedok Residence, The River in Bangkok, Al Najaf in Iraq (400 Bed Educational Hospital in Iraq), Al Ain Hospital in Abu Dahbi and Anglier Hydroelectric Dam in Canada. Currently with offices in Singapore, Malaysia, Taiwan and Philippines, our staffs from both architecture and engineering background bring about invaluable knowledge to the field.

The choice of a promising partnership between GRAITEC and novaCITYNETS in Singapore has clearly been driven by the aforementioned market opportunities and mutual fields of complementary skills and expertise.

Pascal Bergougnou, Managing Director of GRAITEC Pte Ltd (Singapore, Asia Pacific), comments: “Today, BIM managers, architects, engineers, detailers, draftsmen and fabricators want compelling products, which include not only the software, but the services, dedicated industrial applications and customer support that bring value and increase productivity. GRAITEC and novaCITYNETS will combine their strengths to deliver an end-to-end lifecycle environment to our Clients in Singapore and beyond.

Eddy Tan, Vice President & Head Virtual Construction at novaCITYNETS Pte Ltd adds: “We are excited about this partnership with GRAITEC. Our customers thrive when fueled by innovation and strong local presence support. This partnership provides incredible scale, vast expertise in best practice processes and software innovation and a proven ability to execute projects.

About novaCITYNETS Pte Ltd
novaCITYNETS Pte Ltd is the leading Solution and Service Provider of Design Technology for Building & Construction industry in Asia. For the past 20 years, novaCITYNETS has been partnering with some of world renowned AEC application software developer and involved in numerous prestigious projects with its solutions and services. NovaCITYNETS, a member of BuildingSMART Alliance Singapore Chapter, is actively promoting Building Information Modeling (BIM) and Industry Foundation Classes (IFC) for the benefit of AEC/FM industry to improve the communication, productivity, delivery time, cost, and quality throughout the design, construction, operation and maintenance life cycle of buildings.
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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 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

Lantek expands its technological partnership base with GRAITEC

Lantek, a world leader in sheet metal and structural steel manufacturing solutions, and GRAITEC, specialists in BIM (Building Information Modelling) are collaborating to integrate their software solutions to provide a seamless design and manufacturing solution for the structural steel industry. Furthermore, the partnership will allow both companies to expand and consolidate their businesses in new markets.  

Lantek expands its technological partnership base with GRAITEC  Lantek expands its technological partnership base with GRAITEC

Lantek develops and markets world class CAD/CAM/MES/ERP software solutions for the sheet metal and structural steel industry and, with the announcement of the signing of a collaborative agreement with GRAITEC, aims to develop its extended technical innovation programme. The alliance will enable both companies to offer clients a single, integrated and technologically advanced system. The partnership signifies the start of a professional relationship for the two companies, enabling them to consolidate their position in the sheet metal and steel construction industry at an international level.

Lantek expands its technological partnership base with GRAITEC

GRAITEC  is a pioneer in the development and marketing of software dedicated to structural design and engineering for the construction industry.

It has more than 25 years of experience in this market, 12 branch offices dotted around Europe, North America and Asia-Pacific, a team of 260 employees and more than 40,000 users worldwide.

With a turnover of more than 25 million Euros in 2011, GRAITEC is currently the only supplier able to offer a complete and integrated range of design and structural analysis solutions for the steel, concrete and wood construction industries.

GRAITEC offers innovative BIM technology, which increases productivity and safety through automation, integrated design and process control. Its software has the capacity to intelligently exchange data, making collaboration between professionals in construction design and those in the construction sector simpler and more flexible by facilitating sound, intelligent and fluid communication.

Lantek expands its technological partnership base with GRAITEC

As part of the collaborative agreement, the two companies are working on a bi-directional integration process between the GRAITEC Advance BIM software and the Lantek Steelworks solution. This will bring together both technologies, by sharing the models designed in GRAITEC Advance Steel. As a result, a structural steel project will be able to be managed in Lantek Steelworks and its progress fed back into Advance Steel, providing users with a flexible and simple management process. The benefit is a more powerful and rapid solution, which makes it possible to dynamically generate and manage structural project information, substantially reducing the time and resources spent on design and construction.

As part of the collaboration the two companies will coordinate the innovation process and reserve the necessary technical and human resources to achieve their goals in such a way as not to affect their normal product development schedules. As part of this process, Lantek has implemented a training programme for its technical team in GRAITEC’s products to speed up and effectively manage the integration.

Lantek intends to integrate with all structural design software applications on the market,” says Alberto Martínez, CEO at Lantek. “This initiative enables Lantek, once again, to manifest its desire to develop integral, dynamic and ultra-efficient solutions which are at the forefront of technology and adapted to the needs of users, enabling them to increase their competitive edge“.

GRAITEC, just like Lantek, is an innovative and flexible company which focuses on globalisation and technical collaboration in order to enrich its solutions, particularly within the framework of structural construction,” says Alexandre Tartas, managing director at GRAITEC.

We are very pleased about this initiative, as it means working with a company renowned in the industry. It allows us to enhance our Advance Steel solution from a functional and technical point of view, and gives us the means to respond efficiently to the challenges which face companies and structural engineers.

In addition, the partnership between the two companies will give them both the opportunity to tap into new fast-emerging markets and increase their presence in other countries such as the United Arab Emirates and Asia for GRAITEC, and Canada and Romania, Eastern Europe for Lantek.

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

Successful Advance Steel road-show in Brazil

Our reseller ARKISOFT organized in August 2012 different roadshows to promote Advance Steel in the capitals of 10 different states of Brazil. The events were met a great success with a total of more than 400 participants (e.g. 100 participants in Natal, 80 participants in Salvador, and also many interested ones in the cities of Vitoria, Fortaleza, Cuiaba, Campo Grande, Goiania, São Luis, Curitiba and Palmas).

Successful Advance Steel road-show in Brazil Successful Advance Steel road-show in Brazil

All these seminars were supported by CREA (Conselho Federal de Engenharia, Arquitectura e Agronomia, which means Regional Council of Engineering and Agronomy) and took place in the auditorium of the CREA local offices.

Successful Advance Steel road-show in Brazil Successful Advance Steel road-show in Brazil

The audience was very impressed with the capabilities of Advance Steel for its automatic detailing to get high-quality drawings together with the easy-of-use and possibility to get all documents automatically updated in case of modifications in the 3D model.

Successful Advance Steel road-show in Brazil Successful Advance Steel road-show in Brazil

Alexandre Miranda, managing director at ARKISOFT says: “This partnership with GRAITEC is providing technologies with competitive advantages for the steel construction in Brazil, enabling a significant increase competitiveness and satisfaction to Architecture, Engineering and Construction Overview professionals.

ARKISOFT will organize other Advance Steel road-shows in October 2012 in different cities of the São Paulo state.

GRAITEC signed a new partnership for China with DMS Software

GRAITEC announces a new business partnership with DMS Software Co Ltd, a company located in Beijing, China. The partnership agreement signed between the two companies entitles DMS Software Co Ltd to promote, sell and support GRAITEC’s 3D BIM Steel Detailing Software, Advance Steel, in China.

GRAITEC pays attention to the Chinese market regarding its abilities and services in the steel industry and the increasingly major role that China plays on the international scene. GRAITEC upholds granting means and energy toward the Chinese market to achieve goals with higher efficiency and trust in the software used.

GRAITEC is partnering with DMS Software Co Ltd in China for promoting the innovative solution Advance Steel

DMS Software Co. Ltd is the only nationwide authorized reseller for Autodesk plant software and services which establish the company legitimacy in the precise field of steel detailing, BIM solution and Building operation. Over the years, DMS Software Co Ltd has built its network thanks to a dedicated staff, numerous contacts throughout the country and a solid background making it a respected company that can count on client satisfaction.

This new partnership between GRAITEC and DMS Software Co Ltd. has promising business opportunities and growth in China, as well as substantial investments from GRAITEC to develop the industry.

GRAITEC and DMS Software Co. Ltd share the goal of bringing to the market competitive technology solutions that will increase their customer productivity for steel structural design, modeling and detailing.

Pascal Bergougnou, Managing Director of GRAITEC Asia Pacific, comments: “We have been working constantly this past year to expand our partner network and reach. With the appointment of DMS Software in China, our Value Added Reseller program is enriched with a company that combines the knowledge and contacts within their local markets with a comprehensive appreciation of our technology solutions.

Zhao YANG, Marketing Specialist of DMS Software Co., Ltd adds: “We see many very positive benefits in GRAITEC’s products that we believe will be very attractive to our Chinese customers. Based on our experience in steel we are convinced that Advance Steel is the leading steel detailing software and an important step towards a BIM Structural process.

DMS Software Co Ltd is dedicated to the Plant and BIM industries to serve as a complete solution provider and consultant who meets all the needs from the customer. It focuses on introducing or developing the most suitable software solutions to the Chinese customers and thus consequently pushes forward the development of the quality and efficiency of the industry in China. From its knowledge DMS can provide services such as technical support, consulting, training and implementation and software customization. DMS offers a complete combination of digital plant solutions, including process simulation, P&ID designing, instrumentation, electrical designing, drawing and journal sheet generating, 3D simulation and conflict detection, project content management, and facility maintaining and management systems.
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AEC Day 2012 – Presentation of BIM GRAITEC Advance suite

AppliCAD was founded in 1994 by a team that decided to penetrate the Windows based CAD/CAM market after experience in UNIX-CAD/CAM with SUN Workstation for 4 years. The company started its business with Plant Design Management Software and expanded the product line. Presently, AppliCAD is highly committed to offering customers the best solutions for their requirements. Thereby, it is recognized as The Best Design Technology Expert in Thailand.

AEC Day 2012 – Presentation of BIM GRAITEC Advance suite

With over 15 years of experience, AppliCAD Thailand is a “GRAITEC ADVANCE Authorized Reseller” enriching our Value Added Reseller program. It provides mechanical solutions, architecture engineering and construction solutions, rapid prototype and 3D scan solutions and also plant solutions for a wide range of customers in Asia Pacific.

For the 2012 AEC Day, AppliCAD presented the BIM GRAITEC Advance suite as a complete solution for architects, engineering offices, detailers and fabricators which require global CAD / Analysis & Design solutions.  AppliCAD highlighted the GRAITEC Transfer Center (GTC) which allows all the models created with GRAITEC software to be synchronized, with no data loss and no need for data reentry. The GTC is an important step in creating and handling a BIM (Building Information Model).

The main subject of the presentation, however, was ADVANCE Steel and Concrete software, as an advanced modeling and detailing system, easy to use, time saving and cost effective.

You can watch the presentation below, and although it is in Thai, the above summary describes its content.


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.

GRAITEC becomes an Intel® Software Registered Partner

May 4th 2012, GRAITEC joins the Intel® partnership and becomes an Intel® Software Registered Partner.

GRAITEC becomes an Intel® Software Registered Partner

The key activity of GRAITEC is to design, develop and sell software products allowing construction engineers and draftsmen to optimize their productivity, minimize design mistakes and improve collaboration. The flag ship product suite, called GRAITEC Advance is a Building Information Modeling (BIM) system that automates the entire structural design and construction documentation process from engineering design and structural analysis to member optimization, detailing and fabrication.

The product suite deals with 3D modeling, Finite Element calculation, real time rendering, automatic creation and management of thousands of documents.
It therefore requires high performance from the computer it is running on, in terms of CPU and graphic usage.

The Intel® partnership will help GRAITEC build optimized software that provides better performance and better value to GRAITEC customers.

For Manuel LIEDOT, Chief Product Officer for GRAITEC: “GRAITEC is really pleased and excited to join the Intel® partnership. It will facilitate GRAITEC’s access to the right tools, techniques and support from Intel® for providing always more efficient and effective software to our customers.

Partnership with ROBOBAT Morocco and roadshow in Casablanca

On March 2nd, GRAITEC and ROBOBAT Morocco organized in the seminar room of the “Le Royal Mansour Meridien” hotel in Casablanca (Morocco) a half-day presentationof the GRAITEC Advance BIM solution and particularly Advance Steel (BIM 3D steel detailing software).

Partnership with ROBOBAT Morocco and roadshow in Casablanca Partnership with ROBOBAT Morocco and roadshow in Casablanca

The half-day started with a presentation done by Mr.Soufiane SMAILI (Managing director of ROBOBAT Morocco) of the solutions and partnerships proposed by ROBOBAT Morocco on the Moroccan market.

This event provided the opportunity to announce the partnership between GRAITEC and ROBOBAT Morocco allowing ROBOBAT Morocco to promote and sell Advance Steel on its local market.

Mr. Francis GUILLEMARD (CEO founder of the GRAITEC group) then presented the GRAITEC group and its presence all over the world; he explained the strategic aspect of the partnership and the importance of the Moroccan market for GRAITEC.

Partnership with ROBOBAT Morocco and roadshow in Casablanca Partnership with ROBOBAT Morocco and roadshow in Casablanca

Mr. Babacar CISSE (Business Development Manager for Africa at GRAITEC) then detailed which partners have recently joined GRAITEC to promote the GRAITEC Advance solution on the African continent. Mr.CISSE insisted on the importance to have local motivated and well-trained partners allowing support and proximity assistance.

Partnership with ROBOBAT Morocco and roadshow in Casablanca Partnership with ROBOBAT Morocco and roadshow in Casablanca

The Advance Steel software was demonstrated in detail by Mr. Philippe BONNEAU (Advance Steel Marketing Product Manager) with a “live” presentation of the new release of Advance Steel 2012, an explanation of the benefits and advantages provided to the user and also a focus on the interoperability with the other solutions present on the market (e.g. the successful import of a model from the analysis Robot software into Advance Steel).

Partnership with ROBOBAT Morocco and roadshow in Casablanca Partnership with ROBOBAT Morocco and roadshow in Casablanca

This seminar was a great success with more than 90 Moroccan engineering offices and construction companies, and gave the opportunity of different exchanges during brunch.

Mr. Babacar CISSE comments: “In the direct continuation of the geographical expansion of the solutions developed by the GRAITEC Group, Morocco is part our strategy and we are very happy to welcome ROBOBAT Morocco in our distribution channel of partners.

User club 2012 and conference organized by DATACOMP in Poland

The User club 2012 user meeting was organized in Katowice on February 16th 2012 with an attendance of GRAITEC users and prospects that came from all over the Poland. The agenda of the meeting included presentations of new features in the 2012 release of the GRAITEC Advance suite (Advance SteelAdvance Concrete andAdvance Design). The main event of the meeting was the successful presentation of Advance Steel 2012 working on its own platform. The user meeting was highlighted by the presentation of projects done by GRAITEC users from Poland and all over the world.

Slawomir Wozniak (GRAITEC Sales Manager in Poland) reports: “The meeting of GRAITEC users and prospects was a great opportunity to share experiences and knowledge. Thanks to the demonstration of all new features within the 2012 release, we clearly see that GRAITEC is a great and solid partner and its products are currently the best choice in the market.

User club 2012 and conference organized by DATACOMP in Poland User club 2012 and conference organized by DATACOMP in Poland

The third edition of the “Modern hall systems” conference, organized on January 25th 2012 in the city of Poznan, gathered almost 200 attendees from all over the Poland who are committed to the steel construction industry – steel manufacturers, investors, detailers, designers, scientists and software engineers. DATACOMP, gave a public lecture in the conference room about “Interactive documentation for steel constructions” lead by Slawomir Wozniak (GRAITEC Sales Manager in Poland) and Pawel Mikurda (Advance Steel Local Product Manager) in which the topic of interactive documentation was described through Advance Steel as a perfect solution for it. The biggest interest was shown after the lecture when many attendees came to the GRAITEC/Datacomp booth, which lead to further discussions, meetings with GRAITEC users and new contacts.

User club 2012 and conference organized by DATACOMP in Poland User club 2012 and conference organized by DATACOMP in Poland

New partnership for Australia signed with Beyond 3D

 GRAITEC  announces a new strategic authorised consulting agreement with Beyond 3D, a company located in Melbourne, Victoria. The partnership agreement signed between the two companies entitles Beyond 3D to promote and sell the Advance Steel software solution as well as provide training and support in Australia. 

Combining 18+ years prior industry experience across a wide range of drafting disciplines – Beyond 3D delivers value and lateral insight into the most challenging of projects.

As a “GRAITEC Authorised Consultant”, Beyond 3D offers their customers and clients the option to purchase GRAITEC Advance Steel 3D/2D CAD software, for unrivalled large scale structural steel & mechanical, design and shop detailing – backing up GRAITEC’s software products with comprehensive customer support and training options.

GRAITEC’s Advance Steel software natively incorporates Australian Standards, combined with Beyond 3D’s insight and knowledge of Australia’s best industry practices, Advance Steel positions itself as the leading steel detailing solution in Australia.

GRAITEC and Beyond 3D share the goal of bringing to the market competitive technology solutions that will increase their customer productivity for steel structural design, modeling and detailing.

Pascal Bergougnou, Managing Director of GRAITEC Asia Pacific, comments: “I am glad to welcome Beyond 3D into the eco-system of GRAITEC. We are confident that the Australian market has endless opportunities and that Beyond 3D will accelerate our development in this region thanks to its deep knowledge and experience of local standards and practices.

Max Frederick, Director of Beyond 3D adds: I am honored to be welcomed into the friendly team at GRAITEC. For years I have been a consumer of compromised CAD software products delivered with average customer support. Given my experience and my evaluation of the GRAITEC product and company, I believe that Advance Steel will become “the” leading detailing software in Australia. 

Drafting – Software – Training Broad practical experience of the Australian Industry, combined with comprehensive knowledge of the Graitec product, to provide the customer with a trusted comprehensive solution.
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GRAITEC expands into Australia and New Zealand markets

 GRAITEC  announces a new strategic distribution agreement with CIM Solutions, a premier engineering software solutions company located in Sydney, New South Wales. The partnership agreement signed between the two companies entitles CIM Solutions to promote, distribute and support the Advance Steel product line in Australia and New Zealand. 

 CIM Solutions (Computer Integrated Manufacturing Solutions) has been involved in the CAD/CAM/CAE marketplace since 1986 and has been working extensively with both mechanical and construction software companies since its first involvement in steel detailing.

With the appointment of CIM Solutions, our Value Added Reseller program is enriched with a company that combines the knowledge of structural design and civil engineering, and contacts within their local markets with a comprehensive appreciation of GRAITEC’s technology solutions.

GRAITEC and CIM Solutions share the goal of bringing to the market competitive technology solutions which will increase their customer productivity for steel structural design, modeling and detailing. This new relationships will greatly improve the engineering value chain and act as a win-win for both the companies and the customers.

Pascal Bergougnou, Managing Director of GRAITEC Asia Pacific, comments: “I am very pleased to welcome CIM Solutions into our VAR channel. This is an exciting time for GRAITEC as we keep expanding across Asia-Pacific. Australian and New Zealand markets represent endless opportunities, as the construction industries and the mining industry are major drivers of activity in this region. With our new partnership we are given the opportunity to target these segments and continue our leadership in the BIM market.

Steve Thomas, Sales Director of CIM Solutions adds: We see many positive benefits in GRAITEC’s products that we believe will be very attractive to our customers. GRAITEC has obviously put an enormous amount of research into giving the industry exactly what it needs and we are proud to work with them in the Australian and New Zealand markets. We look forward to many years of mutually beneficial association.

The people at CIM Solutions have been involved in the CAD/CAM industry for over 20 years. They have experience as both users and suppliers and that gives them a unique perspective on what the customers actually want. Their goal is to supply and support the best possible engineering solutions for our customers. For more information, please visit

GRAITEC R&D center acquires Microsoft Gold Independent Software Vendor status

GRAITEC is pleased to announce that its subsidiary GRAITEC Romania received the status of Gold Independent Software Vendor.

GRAITEC R&D center acquires Microsoft Gold ISV

At the beginning of June 2011, the R&D center of the GRAITEC Group, GRAITEC Romania, has renewed its status as a partner for Microsoft, by receiving the Gold Independent Software Vendor competency.

Of the 640,000 organizations included in the Microsoft Partner Network, only 1% of them have a Gold diploma. Therefore, GRAITEC is part of a very short list of partners around the world, who have achieved this high degree of competency.

This certification comes as an addition and also an acknowledgment of the expertise, experience and performance of GRAITEC software solutions, based on recent Microsoft technologies. GRAITEC Advance software solutions passed the compatibility tests for Microsoft Windows 7 since October 2010, obtaining the compliancy logo: “Compatible with Windows 7”.

As a Certified Microsoft Gold Partner, GRAITEC proves once again the exceptional technical skills, and continuing concern to ensure and increase customer satisfaction. Through the collaboration with Microsoft, GRAITEC aims to offer its customers significant benefits to support its business development and provide a genuine competitive advantage.

Ionel DRAGU, GRAITEC R&D Director, comments: We received the Gold ISV certification because our software pack is fully compatible with the Microsoft platform. This achievement acknowledges once again the quality of our products based on Microsoft technology

Manuel LIEDOT, GRAITEC Chief Product Officer, comments: Since the success of any company is provided by its ability to adapt to market requirements, this certification proves that our products and services are capable to keep up with new trends. Our mission is to provide a comprehensive and integrated solution to ensure the best performance in building design and civil engineering.