Free webinar: how to boost productivity and shorten project life cycles when detailing stairs & railings


Discover how Advance Steel boosts productivity and shortens project life cycles when detailing stairs & railings on our free webinar!

Register today to get an insight into how the software can be utilised for architectural metalwork detailing with a particular focus on using glazed components within the stair structure.

Discover how Advance Steel boosts productivity and shortens project life cycles when detailing stairs & railings on our free webinar!

Join our technical specialist to see how we can use the Advance Steel toolset to add a glazed staircase complete with customised sections for the stringers and glazed panels for the railing components. In this masterclass we will show the key modelling techniques involved and how to get the best from the software.

The webinar will conclude with a Q&A session with our technical specialist.

Webinar Host: Nial Ball
Date: 30th August 2016
Time: 10:00 AM – 11:00 AM

 

Register your place today!

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Export Advance Steel to Navisworks Freedom


Navisworks Freedom enables all construction professionals to review integrated models and data, in order to gain better control over project outcomes, using integration, analysis, and communication tools to help resolve conflicts, and plan projects before construction or renovation begins.

Advance Steel offers bidirectional interoperability with Navisworks and allows the integration of data for a whole-project review and also effective collaboration. Advance Steel models can be exported into Navisworks Freedom software for multidiscipline collaboration, construction simulation, and whole-project analysis, enabling specialists to work more closely and efficiently with other project stakeholders to help reduce the risk of unexpected issues at the job site.

Ultimately, Navisworks Freedom is a free QA tool that can assist in many areas.

  • The user can collaborate with engineers and architects who can view and approve the 3D model;
  • Fabricators can view the model parts and assemblies via. iPad or laptop on the shop floor to analyse and validate complex items in 3D;
  • Installers can quickly locate parts and assemblies on site in relation to compass orientation, grids and levels. The installer can zoom into complex areas and see exactly how the items are assembled reducing the need for complex paper documentation.
  • The 3D design samples can be shared through Navisworks Freedom to better market services to potential client.

To see the full demo, please follow this link

GRAITEC MBS2BIM link helps Steelway Building Systems achieve streamlined BIM workflow between MBS and Advance Steel


Steelway Building Systems is a leading company located in Canada, which manufactures steel building systems, building components and material handling equipment for the commercial, agricultural, recreational and institutional industries, across North America and around the world.

The company has participated in the discussions and checking of the enhanced features in Advance Steel 2014, the MBS2BIM specification, and now has decided to continue with Advance Steel 2015, for better linking, accurate models and fabrication of steel components.

The MBS2BIM link is a specification which provides a converter between the output of the MBS (Metal Building Software, a program that does the complete design, detailing, costing and drafting of steel framed metal buildings.) and Advance Steel product, and converts the MBS files into GTC files. Many of the functionalities of MBS2BIM include importing tapered frames, connecting plates and angles, holes, bolts, welds and marks.

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For Dennis BAK, VP-Engineering at Steelway Building Systems (Canada): “The linking was key for us; it meant being able to have a company that could take what we are currently doing and take our 2D design software and enhance it into a BIM model. With Advance Steel we see a lot of advantages: being able to complete our links in the shop floor and enhance them.

For the complete interview of Steelway Building Systems, please check this video.

 

Custom Connections: Ready to harness the full power of Advance Steel?


Custom Connections: Ready to harness the full power of Autodesk Advance Steel?Advance Steel already comes with a comprehensive library of parametric connections that can be readily adapted to suit a wide variety of standard situations. But where you have a more specific or complex need or want to combine several connections together to create a bespoke connection, the power of creating you very own intelligent Custom Connections library in Advance Steel delivers a whole new level of performance. Why not create your very own intelligent Customer Connection libraries and learn how to:

  • Convert standard elements, such as beams, plates, special parts, folded plates, bolts, welds, features, weld preparations, etc. to intelligent Customer Connections.
  • Combine several parametric joints together to create unique multi-joint situation saving the result to your Custom Connection library for reuse.
  • Build your own bespoke connections from scratch, defining and controlling the parameters of each element, using Advance Steel intelligent ‘bricks’

Learn how to get more performance from your Advance Steel by downloading your free copy of GRAITEC ‘Custom Connections’ tutorial from GRAITEC Advantage customer portal now!

Autodesk White Paper: Exploit your AutoCAD investment with dedicated tools for structural steel detailing


Steel detailing organizations face a difficult business environment with tight schedules, slim margins, and intense competition, more so with Building Information Modeling (BIM)

becoming an expected practice and sometimes a prerequisite for new business!

Autodesk White Paper: Exploit your AutoCAD investment with dedicated tools for structural steel detailing

This Autodesk White Paper explores how Autodesk® Advance Steel enables a more seamless BIM workflow and gives you that competitive edge!

Download Autodesk Advance Steel White Paper    Download your Autodesk Advance Steel free trial

 

Steel-Glass façade for the most inclined Tower of the world


Steel-Glass façade for the most inclined Tower of the worldThe façade of the Capital Gate in Abu Dhabi was constructed by Waagner-Biro Stahlbau AG with Advance Steel, the 3D-Software for steel constructions.

The spectacular skyscraper “Capital Gate” was created directly to the Abu Dhabi National Exhibition Center, the biggest area for trade shows and events in the Middle-East. The Capital Gate is 160m high and has an impressive inclination up to 18 degrees. Therefore it is more inclined than the leaning tower of Pisa that has only an inclination of 4 degrees. In the Guinness Book of Records the Capital Gate is already listed as the most leaning tower of the world. The building was erected between 2007 and 2010. It consists of 40 levels and is used as an office complex. In the 16th upper floors a five-star-Hyatt Hotel is located.

Waagner-Biro AG from Vienna was responsible for the modeling, construction, detailing and assembly of this extraordinary and organic formed steel-glass-facade of the Capital Gate. The tower has a polygonal foundation and the facade is one degree per level sloped and twisted. At the most inclined part the facade leans out more than 24m over the ground floor. The main-load bearing structure consists of a diamond structure.

Waagner-Biro Stahlbau AG

More than 720 diamond elements were field-assembled by triangle sections with the glass and finally mount complete to the main structure. Each of those large-sized elements called “Diamonds” covers two levels and consists of 18 triangular areas and 33 single rods. For the entire facade 23.760 single bars and 12.960 glass panels were used. Because of the complex free formed surface each triangular glass panels and each single bar is unique. All in all more than 1.200 tons of steel and 24.000m2 glass was used for this extraordinary facade.

In order to realize the complex and challenging project in cost and on schedule, the 3D-CAD Software Advance Steel was used for planning. Thanks to its extensive 3D-tools it was easy to model the sculptured surface with nodes, rods and joints between them. Advance Steel processes the entire 3D model data, accelerates all document creation and insures all-around drawing consistency. An in-house programming on top of Advance Steel created all workshop documents (assembly drawings, GA-drawings, BOMs, NC-files) automatically from the 3D model.

Steel-Glass façade for the most inclined Tower of the world

Mr. Gert Weimann, head of engineering and construction department at Waagner-Biro AG, explains: “The project Capital Gate was a big challenge for us especially concerning the geometry, construction, detailing and assembly. Advance Steel increased the productivity in engineering and in the participated departments by more than 50% due to its 3D abilities and its possibilities of a comprehensive programming“.

About Waagner-Biro Stahlbau AG
Waagner-Biro is an international company for steel constructions and has its headquarters in Vienne, Austria. The company was founded in 1854. More than 1.000 employees work for Waagner-Biro in 16 offices in Europe, in South-East Asia and in the Arabic countries. Waagner-Biro is specialized in steel-glass-technology, bridge constructions, stage constructions and special mechanic engineering. Some of their main references are the cupola of the Reichstag in Berlin, the YAS-Marina Project in Abu Dhabi, the new airport terminal in Baku (Azerbaijan) and the Sony-Center in Berlin.

Advance Steel – Stairs and Railings review by CAD Digest Magazine


Advance Steel offers an extensive library of smart objects, automatic joints and specific tools for creating not only standard structures, but also stairs, railing and miscellaneous steel work. CAD Digest, one of the most popular online sources for CAD, CAM & CAE articles and testimonials, reviews the ADVANCE Steel – Stairs and Railings feature set.

For this review, the author created two sets of stairs, one straight andone spiral, describing each step of the process – drawing, editing stairs properties, adding, removing or modifying landings or handrails – highlighting the efficiency and ease-of-use of the software: “I was impressed with how easily Advance Steel creates stairs to my specification, and the ease with which I could modify their properties, along with associated components.

With Advance Steel, it is easy to create, modify and customize all types of stairs, landingsand railings. Using the software’s advanced tools, with a few clicks defining the height, the tread width and the direction, the entire stair can be created.

Other benefits of the stairs and railing feature of Advance Steel include the large library of predefined objects and the automatic creation of all necessary documents (including NC files). “GRAITEC includes a large library of stair tread types, and I had the option to define my own types and save them as templates for future use. I recommend anyone looking for an efficient way to design and document miscellaneous steel projects to consider GRAITEC’s Advance Steel Software.

Read the full article here