Take a sneak peek into the brand new BIM Designers Slab Module

GRAITEC BIM Designers Slab Module provides automatic reinforcement design solutions according to international codes and norms for slabs. The module will be introduced to the public for the first time starting with the official release of the 2020 Graitec Advance Suite.

The reinforcement cages for slabs can be designed using individual bars or fabrics that can be selected from large international libraries. They can also be manually customized based on users’ preferences. The module allows designing reinforcement cages made from a mix of fabrics and bars.

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BIM-Centric Solutions for Reinforced Concrete

In his article, BIM For Reinforced Concrete – It’s In The Details, Pawel Piechnick points to the delay in adopting Building Information Modeling (BIM) in the concrete industry, due mainly to the fragmented supply chain, involging the collaboration of several designers and suppliers for final product delivery.

With varied demands coming from Autodesk users regarding BIM-centric solutions for concrete – gaining more engineering information while coordinating with local building code requirements (engineers and designers), maximizing production and delivery while minimizing time spent with detailing and coordination with the field (fabricators), and planning optimization through access to accurate quantities in early project phases (contractors) – it is becoming clear that the industry is ready for a big change.

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Pawel goes on to say that Autodesk’s strategy for reinforced concrete involves integrating steel reinforcement detailing with the structural design process, as well as the detailing process, resulting in more accurate documentation, as well as connected, end-to-end workflows. Autodesk Revit is a clear example, as a model authoring platform supporting BIM workflows for any discipline or trade.

Autodesk’s strategy is completed by partnerships with technical partners who have a record in delivering rebar design-to-detailing-solutions for users in the concrete industry still working with traditional 2D CAD platforms. Software developers such as SOFiSTiK, aSa and Graitec are providing Revit based tools adapted to local standard requirements, process automation, and advanced productivity requirements, and are rebuilding on Revit so they can provide their customers and future reinforced concrete partners a more collaborative BIM environment.

Carl Spalding, GRAITEC Product Strategy Director, thinks that the concrete industry is about to change “thanks to the global adoption of BIM, advances in software technology and countless lessons learnt”.

The main advantages of BIM-centric solutions for the concrete industry:

  • combining 2D documentation versatility with the higher level of fidelity and accuracy of 3D modeling of steel reinforcement and concrete accessories;
  • reducing clashes both in the preconstruction and site execution project phases (through detailing with clash prevention);
  • transitioning from design to detailed models, following local code requirements and automating the process of making changes;
  • and increasing transparency and model information quality from bidding to procurement.

Read full article “BIM For Reinforced Concrete – It’s In The Details”

Online presentation: ADVANCE Concrete – the high-end concrete detailing software !

Reinforcement Concrete Detailers, Structural Engineers:
Discover the high-end concrete detailing software !
Thursday, May 31st, 2012,
from 9:00 to 9:30 CEST or 17:00 to 17:30 CEST
Register online for this webinar
Advance Concrete: BIM software for structural concrete engineering, detailing and fabrication


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


Advance Concrete: BIM software for structural concrete engineering, detailing and fabrication
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 drawing quality, while reducing the risk of errors. Perfectly integrated in AutoCAD®, Advance Concrete® accelerates the design phase (single or multi-user mode) by offering an extensive library of structural and reinforcement elements. It generates all construction drawings using intelligent drawing tools automatically controlling dimensions, symbols and drawing layout.Advance Concrete® is part of the GRAITEC structural BIM solution, automating the entire structural design process, from engineering design to detailing and fabrication.

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

With Version 2012, significant work was done reworking the software architecture and optimizing performance. This results in a significantly higher ease of use and increased efficiency for users.

Version 2012 also improves rebar detailers efficiency with improved tools for placing rebars and fabrics in identical elements, new options for visual representation and better control of elements as well as new Bill Of Material options.

Advance Concrete 2102 also has much better interoperability thanks to several new features such as DWG export in batch and improved DWF export.

Discover the version 2012 new features on Thursday, May 31st, 2012

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