One of the benefits of the Railing macros, available in PowerPack for Advance Steel, is that the library of profiles used to create the railing can be extended.
In other words, the user can add any section to the Railing macros from the Stairs and Railing Vault.
This feature is available starting with version 2021.1 of PowerPack for Autodesk Advance Steel.
All the Graitec railing macros can be configured to use records from the Autodesk Advance Steel AstorRules database – JointsGUIAllowedSections table. This behavior is like some Advance Steel standard joints.
This flexibility of the macros offers the users to go beyond existing restrictions and extend the list of available sections in the profile selection controls, for each type of main railing element such as:
To make this work, the following strings (names) for the JointName and JointControl columns in the table, for each railing macro and each main element type inside the macros, must be used:
How it works?
Open the Table Editor from MANAGEMENT TOOLS – AstorRules database – JointsGUIAllowedSections table.
Create a new table entry for the desired user section.
Add a new entry inside JointsGUIAllowedSections table:
Example: add half round solid sections to be used for the top handrail inside the Standard railing macro
Update the database and reload it in Advance Steel using the Reopen database option. Next time the Standard Railing macro is opened, the new type of profile section can be used inside the railing:
As a very common assumption for numeric models made In Revit, multispan beams are modelized as a series of colinear individual beams.
Thus, it’s make it easier for users to produce the formwork drawings, especially when placing beam tags which could include a mark number. This mark number (visible on the identity data in Revit Properties windows) could be set as unique per element, depending the codification rules of the project. It is possible to place the same value for several objects but in this case, the number indicated in the tag will be the same for all objects containing the same mark number.
In addition, for quantity take off, bill of materials trough Revit schedules, it is more practical and accurate to create several single beams for each span in Revit, rather than one single very long beam.
Graitec PowerPack propose through the Main bars command, a powerful wizard dedicated to reinforce structural elements such as columns, footing, walls or beams. This wizard proposes advance settings to define directly a full and complete 3D rebar cage instead of placing the bars one per one.
Nevertheless, to be reinforced as multispan beams, colinear beams should be consider as one, especially for the connection between to beams if we want to generate the appropriate reinforcement including a good management of the area connecting the two beams.
So, at this stage, users are often dealing with a dilemma between having on one hand a right formwork model composed of individual beams (enabling a good numbering identification for tags and good formwork quantities) and the other hand, having a long single beam for all the spans (which will be closer better to prepare the reinforcement part and not practical for the formwork model management).
To satisfy all requirements for having a good formwork model and a good model, compliancy with our tools to generate the appropriate rebar cage, Graitec PowerPack propose a specific command named MultiSpan Beam.
This command will create a specific shared parameter (named “G.Beam Continuity Group”) to all individual beams supposed to be part of the same multispan serie.
It will assign the same value for this shared parameter so that the Main bar command (dedicated to create the rebar cage) will understand that this group of beams as to be consider as one multispan beam. Users just have to launch the command and select the beam belonging to the same multispan serie.
Once the selection of beam is done and validated, we can see in the dialog box all the beams which are going to be group in a reinforcement point of view. The Mark Number is indicated as well, and it is still possible to adjust the selection by removing elements or adding new ones.
With this command, users could keep continue to model beams as individual beams and then, will be able to use our Main Bar command as a 3D rebar cage generator. The reinforcement of a selection of beams will be then consider as multispan. Main Bar will automatically detect the spans and users could switch to one span to another one, to define the reinforcement for each span individually.
With this command, the right reinforcement will be then generated for the extremities of the span and for each connections of the intermediate beams composing the span.
This notion could be also use for Graitec structural Design engine embedded in Revit, centralized in the ribbon PowerPack Design. The purpose of those tools is to launch design directly in Revit.
The command Geometryopen a dialog bow where each span corresponding to each individual beam are visible and recognized correctly by the software. Here, users could change section and control the geometry of each span without affecting and modifying the whole span. Thanks to this, after selecting just one beam and using the Calculate command from the PowerPack Design tab, the software will calculate the complete multispan beam with the adapted reinforcement assumptions and generate the full rebar cage.
Multispan Beam is a very practical command, easy to implement in your current workflow and which will really speed up the 3D rebar cage reinforcement generation based on your custom formwork model.
GRAITEC, an international BIM and CAD software developer for AEC, and Autodesk® Platinum Partner in US and across Europe, is delighted to announce the launch of Advance PowerPack for Autodesk® Revit® 2018, compatible with both Autodesk® Revit® 2017 and 2018.
GRAITEC is constantly improving its products to provide first-rate productivity tools for its valued customers, and the recent launch of the PowerPack for Autodesk® Revit® 2018 is no exception to this rule, as it delivers a set of new powerful tools, as well as several improvements to the existing toolset to help boost productivity in Revit®.
In version 2018 of the PowerPack, cleaning up your architectural background files before linking them to structural or MEP models has never been easier with the new Prepare Background Model command in the Files group.
The Link Background Model function is another powerful new tool, that links the architectural background file in the MEP or Structural model, allows users to transfer project standards from the linked file, enables copying scope boxes from the background file and make the link room-bounding.
The third new addition to the Files group is the Create Views command, which rapidly and efficiently creates views based on view templates, allowing multiple levels/view templates selection.
Prepare Background Model
Link Background Model
One of the major changes in this version is the migration of the Reinforcement panel from PowerPack for Revit ribbon to the Reinforced Concrete BIM Designers application, as a result of users demand for a more compact reinforcement package, that includes calculation, cage generation, drawings, reports and detailing, from a single set of tools.
Another ribbon-related change involves the addition of the new category of structural modeling tools, used for verifying and correcting the analytical model of Revit projects and obtaining correct FEM results after exporting them into Advance Design.
The new tools in the set are used for resetting manual adjustments of analytical models (Reset Analytical Models), automatically trimming/extending the extremities of close objects (Trim or Extend), stretching the closest extremities of selected elements to a reference point (Stretch to Node), or indicating elements that seem to be connected but from a calculation point of view are not (Detect Errors).
Version 2018 also comes with two new modeling tools: Join & Unjoin Geometry, which automatically joins, unjoins or switches the join order of selected element categories, and Pipe insulation, which automatically assigns insulation to the systems based on parameters such as the outer or inner diameter, or assigns a specific value.
Other important improvements and news include the new interface in Russian, as well as the custom installation packages, which allow individual installation of certain PowerPack functionalities, such as Family manager, Link to Excel and Watermark Manager.
Joseph Pais, GRAITEC Products Director adds: “We are constantly encouraged by the excellent feedback and productivity gains reported by Revit PowerPack users around the globe.
The latest enhancements and new functionality that Revit PowerPack 2018 delivers stem from the proactive and rapidly growing community of users. Our vision match with our customers will help make Graitec Revit PowerPack the most powerful set of productivity tools available for Revit users in keeping with our strategy to become a global leading BIM provider and combining Autodesk and GRAITEC technologies to deliver real benefits to customers“.
With BIM adoption in full swing in the UK and America and emerging mandates across Europe gearing towards Building Information Modelling, we are pleased to announce that our Graitec Advance PowerPack for Revit review on the Engineering.com website has been voted at 4th place in the top 10 Revit content 2016 by Revit News.
As an established international software developer of a variety of BIM tools, Construction software and Structural Design Analysis solutions, the Graitec Advance PowerPack for Revit has been made available with support in multiple languages and has been designed to deliver Revit users with powerful tools that enhance productivity for many day to day design and modelling tasks for example a Revit to Excel Link, Batch Export to DWG facility, Revit Family Manager, Renaming and numbering tool and so much more.
Achieving independent recognition for our software is very welcoming indeed as it shows we are continuing to provide productive solutions that meet our clients daily needs.
The Advance PowerPack for Revit is available free of charge for Graitec’s subscribers or can be purchased if required.
As you may know, having the ability to bi-directionally link a schedule from Revit to Excel has always been extremely difficult and limited.
But with the linking tool in Revit, the user can now export a schedule from Revit and maintain a link to the file, giving the user the ability to make non-dimensional changes to the excel sheet and have the Revit parameters automatically update.
Join us on the 13th January 2017 at 3:30pm for a free webinar and learn about the Link to Excel feature and more in the GRAITEC PowerPack for Revit.
AUGIWorld is the official magazine of Autodesk User Group International (AUGI), distributed on a monthly basis to all AUGI members around the world.
In the June 2016 edition, Gareth Spencer, BIM Consultant working for GRAITEC and certified professional in Revit Architecture and Structure, presents the advantages of using GRAITEC Advance PowerPack for Revit for enhancing concrete detailing. Gareth explains the necessity of modeling reinforcement in the 3D Revit model, and introduces the GRAITEC Advance PowerPack for Revit as a versatile add-on for Revit, which can help users work more efficiently.
Gareth presents some of the most useful tools in PowerPack, such as:
Rebar Visibility, used for changing the view’s visibility state, so as to show rebar unobscured and/or as solids in 3D views, or for hiding certain elements;
Copy Rebar, allowing users to select element rebar, and then copy it to an identical or similar element with no reinforcement assigned;
Transversal Distribution, which automatically generates transversal rebar sets with multiple spacing for linear elements.
Trim/Extend, used for adjusting the created reinforcement to the shape and particularities of the host element, in a quick and intelligent manner.
These useful new tools are complemented by several commands and functionalities for increasing productivity while working in Autodesk Revit:
Family Manager, used for managing Revit families (by searching, selecting or filtering family lists to select the desired families to be imported in a project), either on a local computer, or in a company network;
Family Exporter, allowing users to select and export all families at once, or select desired families from the list;
Auto Section Box, which automatically creates a 3D view of the selected elements, and even duplicates it;
Dimension Annotations, a set of tools for automatic generation of dimension lines for overall dimensions, grids, external geometry, structural, and openings.
GRAITEC, international BIM and CAD software developer, announced today that following the rapid success of the PowerPack for Revit®, which has seen more than 3000 licences delivered worldwide in just over one year, GRAITEC has opted to reduce the annual subscription price of the PowerPack for Revit® to below $150 per user. This move comes as an effort to make the PowerPack for Revit® more accessible to a wider Revit® user-base and to further accelerate uptake of its Revit® add-on worldwide.
Carl Spalding, GRAITEC Product Strategy Director comments: “The PowerPack for Revit® has proven more successful than we could have predicted. Our initial objective was to offer the PowerPack for Revit® as a loyalty benefit exclusively for our Revit® subscription customers. This remains the case today and continues to differentiate GRAITEC from other Autodesk resellers. However the demand from users outside the territories in which we operate – and those from where we do operate but are perhaps locked into contracts preventing them from switching their subscription – quickly identified that we were missing an opportunity to address the needs of a much wider user-base.”
The current version of the PowerPack for Revit® offers over 60 practical tools covering a broad spectrum of basic and advanced everyday user-needs. With tools for browsing and loading families graphically, converting libraries of 3D CAD files to Revit® Families, quickly placing and displaying rebar in concrete elements, even password protecting your personal Revit® Families and so much more. Now every Revit® user across the board can easily identify one or more PowerPack tools that will address a laborious process.
Customers who have already purchased the PowerPack for Revit® will also benefit from the change as they will see their subscription fee reduced to the new price on the anniversary of their contract renewal.
GRAITEC Product Strategy Director continues: “Revit® users from all disciplines are constantly looking for tools to help them become more productive. After trawling the web and narrowing the possible options to a handful, the final decision often comes down to price. We are confident that no other tool-kit for Revit®, or any combination of individual tools for the matter, comes close to the value offered by our PowerPack, not only in terms of its deliberately low price but more importantly, because of the variety and practicality of the quality tools offered.”
Carl concludes: “GRAITEC is well known for its ambitious growth strategy and the PowerPack for Revit® is another example of how disrupting traditional practices and adding more emphasis on the value of customers is helping us move closer to our goal. Our aim is to deliver unrivalled solutions to real-world challenges, and in a way that we believe is almost impossible to replicate. The decision to revise the price of the PowerPack for Revit® will enable us to address the needs of more Revit® users and increase recognition of the GRAITEC brand worldwide. The new annual subscription fee of the PowerPack makes it a no-brainer for any Revit® user, regardless of the size, type or location of their company.”
As an approved Autodesk developer partner, GRAITEC has created a wide range of add-ons for Autodesk products for over 25 years.
Discover what others are saying about the PowerPack for Revit®:
Autodesk® Advance Steel 2017 provides new features and enhancements to help improve productivity and usability whilst creating your fabrication documents more easily with tools to support a connected BIM workflow.
With new connections and profiles for international suppliers, more tools for cleaner documentation, options to manage Fabrication status data, and the ability to synchronise not just the structure but also the fully parametric steel connections with Revit, not to mention the ability to publish, share and collaborate with BIM360 using native Advance Steel drawing format – and whilst remaining connected to the source Advance Steel 3D model, Autodesk® Advance Steel 2017 delivers a more mature solution to create better coordinated designs and documentation.
Whilst Autodesk® Advance Concrete 2017 provides a more robust environment for completing and detailing concrete projects with links to Autodesk® Revit® for enhanced BIM centric workflow that supports an end-to-end solution.
Ball Post Railing Designer – Adding ball post railings in Advance Steel is quick and simple with this dedicated ball post railing app.
Complimentary Reinforced Concrete design and detailing tools from GRAITEC include:
PowerPack for Revit – over 40 new tools dedicated to reinforced concrete modelling, editing and documentation.
Carl Spalding, Product Strategy Director comments: “It is clear BIM is transforming how teams collaborate and build their projects across the globe. The Autodesk 2017 products are certainly ahead of the curve in delivering solutions to support their user’s needs for BIM centric workflows. This is evident from the harmonised structural steel workflows possible between Revit and Advance Steel dramatically reducing the initial design and rework effort for steel modelling and detailing.”
Carl continues “But this is just the tip of the iceberg. The biggest trend we are experiencing comes from the concrete sector frantically looking to replace traditional 2D detailing systems, which often break the BIM to fabrication workflow causing inevitable bottlenecks, with practical BIM-centric reinforced concrete solutions. The new reinforcement capability in Autodesk 2017 products, combined with complementary Add-ons and Apps from Graitec, demonstrate our commitment to delivering every-day reinforced concrete tools that support a BIM workflow. Looking ahead users can benefit from robust structural BIM workflows which promote the reuse of engineering BIM data, otherwise ignored when transferring project models, to enable structural projects to be completed more efficiently directly within Revit.“
GRAITEC, international BIM and CAD software developer for AEC, and Autodesk® Platinum Partner in US and across Europe, is delighted to announce the next instalment of the popular add-on for Autodesk® Revit®, GRAITEC Advance PowerPack, which now includes a considerable range of tools for reinforced concrete modelling and management.
The PowerPack for Revit® includes many tools that generally aid daily practices making it very attractive for any Revit® user looking to save time and improve their experience, but the latest version of the PowerPack for Revit® includes even more general productivity tools aimed at improving every-day use that make it extremely hard for the even the most experienced Revit® user to ignore.
The biggest difference in this release however, is the introduction of an impressive range of practical tools and functionality around reinforced concrete modelling and documentation. GRAITEC clearly aims to strengthen its presence in the structural sector and, by delivering essential tools to manage rebar in Revit®, entice both users of traditional 2D RC systems and their Autodesk® Advance Concrete users to migrate seamlessly to Revit®.
Carl Spalding, GRAITEC Product Strategy Director, comments:“Revit® is widely recognised as the go-to product for BIM modelling and is fast becoming a robust multi-industry BIM platform. GRAITEC strategy is to become a leading worldwide BIM technology provider, combining our and Autodesk technologies to deliver real benefits to customers and accelerate BIM adoption around the world. These latest additions to the PowerPack for Revit® will bring speed and efficiency to modeling rebar in Revit® and make the world of BIM for reinforcement considerably more accessible to the market and Revit® community”.
In its short time, the PowerPack for Autodesk® Revit® from GRAITEC, has quickly become a well-established add-on, adopted by thousands of Revit® users worldwide and it is clear GRAITEC is committed to providing tools that hone in on the needs of Revit® users from all industries. Here are a few examples:
A slick window arranger which allows all active window views to tiled, easily adjusted and all views cantered.
Simple dialogue to change the visibility state showing or hiding reinforcement in an element.
Expand area reinforcement to slabs of any irregular shape in one operation.
Quickly create, explode, adjust and divide Rebar sets
Project browser allows you to quickly show or hide elements in the model by instance or category.
Password protect your Revit® families with a secure watermark with the Watermark Manager.
And many more…
More over the PowerPack tools are conveniently grouped into categories and saved on their own ribbon which can be easily accessed by switching between Ribbons using the dropdown menu “Ribbon Customization”.
A free trial version of the GRAITEC Advance PowerPack for Revit® is available to download from the GRAITEC PowerPack web page, and an updated trial version will also soon be available on the Autodesk Exchange App Store.
A full license of the PowerPack for Revit® can be purchased directly from your local GRAITEC office or representative and from the Autodesk Exchange App Store – when approved, or included as a no-cost benefit to customers who purchase or renew their Revit® subscription contracts through GRAITEC.
Updated Glass Panels
• Insert multiple glass panels at once
• Use any profile shape or material
• Easily define single and multi-layered glass
• Create a reusable library for windows, railings and structural glass
Cut a straight tube, plate or folded beam by a curved tube
Fully control the cut contour
Easy to set and amend:
Number of points
Weld type and thickness
The GRAITEC PowerPack is a powerful extension to Autodesk® Advance Steel, designed to boost the user’s capability, productivity and efficiency. This PowerPack builds on the strength of the marketing leading Autodesk® Advance Steel by introducing a set of unique tools, templates and connections intentionally designed to enhance and speed up project delivery.
The new version of GRAITEC’s Advance PowerPack for Autodesk® Advance Steel includes a wealth of functionality and productivity tools to ensure customers achieve a true competitive advantage when using Autodesk® Advance Steel 2016.
The latest version, which is in addition to all previous tools, introduces several new connections, tools for setting out complex helical stair stringers, links with cloud services and a suite of commands for transforming Advance Steel drawings into AutoCAD compatible versions, whilst retaining intelligent scaled and editable dimensions.
GRAITEC customers receive the PowerPack for Advance Steel as a complimentary addition to their Autodesk® Advance Steel subscription and service contract, or it is available to purchase separately from GRAITEC or one of our global partners.
Carl Spalding, GRAITEC Product Strategy Director comments: “Initially the PowerPack was a way for us to deliver additional tools and unique value to customers. The rapid adoption by users around the world and the incredibly positive response has been very impressive. Each version introduces more tools, more automation, and more functionality enabling customers to boost their output and improve quality. It is encouraging to see how the tools we provide can make such a massive difference and it is no wonder the PowerPack is quickly becoming the must-have tool of a busy and competitive design office.“
Improved Beam Commands for faster, smarter working
• Draw continuous beams the same way as a poly line
• Add and adjust rotation angles
• Adjust all beams at once
• Simple selection and fine tuning of parameters
• Add continuous beam sections in a single session
• Easily define and adjust all sections from the dialog box
Work faster and smarter
• Speed up loading of families in Revit® projects
• Choose families and types to be loaded
• Includes new GRAITEC library of families
• Just a few clicks to download and view family libraries
GRAITEC, an international BIM and CAD software developer for AEC, and Autodesk® Platinum Partner across Europe, is delighted to announce its Advance PowerPack for Autodesk® Revit® 2016, now available to try and buy on the Autodesk Exchange App Store.
GRAITEC Advance PowerPack for Autodesk® Revit® is packed with a wide range of powerful tools and utilities that deliver increased productivity and efficiency for Revit® users across all industries.
The Autodesk Exchange App Store (also accessible from within the Autodesk product) is an extensive online market place for third-party add-ons and extensions to Autodesk products.
GRAITEC Advance PowerPack for Autodesk® Revit® is available as a free trial and to purchase as a 12 month desktop subscription from the Autodesk Exchange App Store. 24 and 36 month subscription options can be purchased directly from GRAITEC. Revit users can access a free trial of the PowerPack from the Autodesk Exchange Store here.
Carl Spalding, GRAITEC Product Strategy Director comments: “Since its launch in early 2015, the Advance PowerPack for Autodesk® Revit® has continued to impress Revit® users worldwide with its unparalleled and unique array of tools. Now available directly from the Autodesk Exchange App Store, in English, Czech, French, German, Italian, Polish and Romanian, GRAITEC Advance PowerPack for Autodesk® Revit® is readily accessible to millions of Revit users worldwide.“
GRAITEC customers (who hold a current Revit product subscription with GRAITEC) are advised to contact their GRAITEC office directly in order to get access their free PowerPack as part of their standard subscription contract.
Create and amend Castellated and Cellular Beams
• Increase beam depth and strength with no additional material
• Reduce weight and space without compromising strength
• Ultimate flexibility when creating castellated or cellular beams
• Create from catalogues, or user defined for full modification
• Add, adjust and control cellular beams