Don’t Miss Out on Graitec’s Inventor User Group Day – Only 1 Week Away!

Have you registered your place?

Our Inventor User Group day is a must for any manufacturers who wish to use the latest groundbreaking Autodesk products. 

Graitec's Inventor User Group Graitec’s Inventor User Group is an enjoyable and informative day where you can learn all about the latest features, tips and tricks within key Autodesk manufacturing software such as Inventor 2017 and Nastran In-CAD.

Attend our event and learn an array of useful skills, which can all be implemented into future projects allowing you to further improve workflows and save time.

Moreover, all sessions will be conducted by Autodesk and Graitec technical consultants who are experts within their field, so bring any software or technical questions you have and ask away!

The busy agenda includes What’s New Inventor 2017, Nastran In-CAD, business automation and all the hottest tips and tricks.

Find out all of the details at our event page.

Date: Tuesday 7th June 2016

Time: 9.30am – 3.20pm (Registration open from 8:30am)

Location: The Ageas Bowl, Southampton, UK


Register today before it’s too late and make sure you hit your competitors for six with your software expertise!


BIM 360 UK Tour

Attend Graitec's BIM 360 Tour event in London on the 12th May 2016

Attend GRAITEC’s BIM 360 Tour event in London on the 12th May 2016 and learn all about the future of construction collaboration!

Our BIM 360 tour events are aimed at:

Architects, structural & MEP engineers, main contractors, building owners & operators and the sub contract supply chain.

We have two more stop’s on our BIM 360 UK Tour after London: 

Manchester – 14th June 2016 and Newcastle – 15th June 2016.

Technologies and trends are significantly impacting and disrupting the construction industry today and will continue to do so in the future.

Effective collaboration is becoming crucial as construction cycles are becoming shorter and project stakeholders at all levels demand deeper insight into projects and greater visibility early in the process, driving the need for instant global access to up to date centralised dynamic data.

Join us in London for a BIM 360 Tour event as we help you understand the Future of Project Collaboration, how it can help you and the opportunity you have to help shape the future of construction collaboration.
Topics covered on the day include:

  • Future of making things in construction
  • Technology overview – introduction to the BIM 360 technologies
  • Understanding the challenges of collaboration and delivering to PAS 1192
  • Using BIM 360 technology to address the collaboration challenges of PAS 1192
  • How Can Graitec Help

Furthermore, the person or company who registers the most people who attend the event will be invited to a once in a lifetime trip to San Francisco* to meet Autodesk at Pier 9 and visit the Autodesk gallery.

Click the button below to find out more about the BIM 360 Tour, the prize to San Francisco and to register.

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Make a saving today on the latest Autodesk 2016 products!

Make a saving today on the latest Autodesk 2016 products!

From 31st January next year (2016), new perpetual licenses of most individual Autodesk products will no longer be available for purchase.  From this time, new seats of individual software products will only be available via pay-as-you-go Desktop Subscription options.

You will, however, still be able to continue to use your existing perpetual licenses.  For software on Maintenance Subscription, you will continue to receive ongoing updates and retain access to your benefits by keeping your Maintenance Subscription current.

What are your choices?

Buy perpetual licenses while they are still available* – Add Maintenance Subscription to your perpetual license to maximise the long-term value of your software.  You can even lock in your price by choosing a multi-year contract.

Until 24th July, you can save up to 20% off a new perpetual license when purchased with a 3 year Maintenance Subscription.

Access Autodesk software with new Desktop Subscription options** – Get the same software that you would with a perpetual license, but with lower upfront costs and flexible budgeting that’s easier to manage.  Now available on multi-year terms.

Until 24th July, you can save up to 25% off new Desktop Subscriptions (annual or multi-year) if you have a 2005-2015 perpetual license.


To find out more contact your local Graitec office today, or click the button below to request a quote.


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GRAITEC BIM Tour 2015 kicks off in the UK

This week, global Autodesk Reseller and Platinum Partner GRAITEC, successfully began its European BIM Tour in Newcastle, UK and is continuing the tour in Leeds on Wednesday 15th April, with further dates booked in major cities across the UK over the next few months.

GRAITEC BIM Tour 2015 kicks off in the UK

The GRAITEC BIM Tour will also be visiting key locations across Europe: France, Germany, Poland, Czech Republic, Slovakia, Italy and Romania, bringing expert BIM intelligence and knowledge to industry professionals across Europe.

GRAITEC BIM Tour 2015 kicks off in the UK

Supported by Autodesk and local industry specialists, GRAITEC aims to share years of experience in helping customers develop and implement integrated BIM technology strategies and processes, across all types of industries and environments.

Don’t miss out on these fantastic BIM events across Europe. Register to attend here:
We look forward to seeing you there.


Final Countdown to Upgrade Your Autodesk Software

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Final Countdown to Upgrade Your Autodesk Software

Thinking about getting the latest software? Now is the time.

As of the end of January 2015 you will no longer have the ability to upgrade your software to the latest version unless you are on Subscription. After this date customers who are not on Subscription for such licences will have to purchase a new licence to get current.

So what are the benefits of Subscription?

Autodesk Subscription offers various ways to access the latest software as well as additional technology products and cloud services. This means that you can choose what works best for your budget, your people, and your projects.

Key benefits of adding Maintenance Subscription to perpetual licences:

  • Immediate access to the latest software releases
  • Flexible licencing rights with previous version use
  • Online one-to-one support.

Maintenance Subscription gives you an easy way to manage long-term investment of Autodesk products and helps you to keep upgrade costs lower.

Key Benefits of choosing Desktop Subscription:

  • Lower upfront costs than a perpetual licence
  • Choice between monthly, quarterly or annual licencing terms
  • Scalability to support short term projects or temporary workload increase

Desktop Subscription gives you a flexible choice to meet a variety of business and budget considerations, without an upfront investment.

To find out more on the upgrade discontinuation, just contact your local office today or request a quote!


Riverside House
Brunel Road
SO40 3WX
T: (023) 8086 8947
Quayside House
Salts Mill Road
Shipley, Bradford
West Yorkshire
BD18 3ST
T: (01274) 532919
Chancery Court
Belmont Business Park
County Durham
T: (0191) 374 2020
Sherwood House
Gregory Boulevard
T: (0115) 969 1114
Milton Keynes
Cranfield Innovation Centre
University Way
MK43 0BT
T: (01908) 410026

Register for one of our BIM Events today

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Register for one of our BIM Events today.

We are happy to announce our next series of highly popular BIM Events.

These BIM events are aimed at design specialists and the wider construction industry and will be running during January 2015. We’ll be visiting a city near you! Places are FREE, but limited so make sure you act fast and get yours.

You’ll be able to learn from our highly advanced BIM Team and find out how you can make BIM work for you.


The Agenda:

9.30       Registration & Coffee

10.00     Welcome and Introductions

10.20     What is BIM?

  • What are the drivers behind BIM
  • Where is BIM Going
  • UK BIM Adoption
  • PAS1192 Part 2 and 3
  • Important Reading

10.50     Designing in a Multi-Disc environment

  • Working in an Intelligent Format
  • Extracting Intelligent Information
  • Delivering 2D vs. 3D Information

11.30     Coffee

11.45     Coordinating models in Navisworks

  • Working with Clash Detection & Timeline
  • Using Navisworks for O&M

12.30     What does a successful BIM Deployment look like?

13.00     Lunch

13.30     How will Autodesk evolve with construction?

Introduction to Field and Glue

Other future technologies

14.15     Q&A and Close


Each event will run from 9.30am – 2:30pm with refreshments & lunch provided.


Thursday 22nd January – NEWCASTLE – Newcastle United Football Club

Tuesday 27th January – LEEDS – Village Urban Resorts Leeds South

Wednesday 28th January – DERBY – Hilton East Midlands Airport


All you need to do is visit our Events Form Booking page

and confirm which event you want to book onto.

Learn what Autodesk BIM and Manufacturing Software Can Do For Your Business

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Learn what Autodesk BIM and Manufacturing Software Can Do For Your Business

Make the most of your Autodesk software and discover the revolutionary approaches targeted towards your business with our free informative webinars. 

Working with Intelligent Models using Revit  

This Webinar demonstration will introduce the differences between traditional drawing and intelligent production of drawings. We will cover the fundamentals of creating Architecturally biased drawings, showing efficiency gains and the ability to extract additional information with minimal work.

Date: Wednesday 17th December 2014 

Time: 11:00am to 12:00pm


Introduction to Inventor

Join us for this webinar to discover the pivotal manufacturing software, Autodesk Inventor and how it has aided an array of manufacturing companies to carry out or move into a digital prototyping workflow.

Date:  Monday 22nd December 2014 & Friday 23rd January 2015

Time:  15:00 – 16:00pm    


Vault Workgroup and Professional

Autodesk Vault Professional and Autodesk Vault Workgroup are product data management software tools that can help you track all your design data, enhance your work process and securely share your data with the extended organisation. Learn the advanced functionality and features of this software and learn to improve your design and manufacturing process.

Date: Friday 22nd December 2014 

Time: 10.00-11.00am 


Vault Basic

With Autodesk Vault Basic you can easily organise, manage and track data creation, manufacturing processes as well as engineering and construction teams.

If you are only just entering the world of Product Data Management then you will realise the potential of the software on your data whilst enjoying this webinar from the comfort of home/work place.

Date: Friday 23rd January 2015

Time: 10.00-11.00am


Click here to register and you wont miss out on these free learning tools that will enable you to gain further knowledge for you to implement into your business/industry.

5 Days Of Excellent Christmas Deals From Graitec – Day 5

5 Days Of Spectacular Xmas Offers
Day 5 Offer

Day 2 Christmas Offer - Click to open With some great offers already in the bag here is our day 5 offer bringing you some early festive cheer!

Don’t forget the offers are only available for 7 days or until so please order early to avoid disappointment.

Click On The Box For Today’s Offer
Day 4 Offer

Unlimited training for Architectural or Mechanical Autodesk software users on standard courses throughout 2015.

AutoCAD, Advanced AutoCAD, AutoCAD 3D, Inventor, Inventor Intermediate, Inventor Professional, Revit Architecture Essentials, Revit Architecture Advanced, Revit Structures, Revit MEP, Revit family Creation, 3DS Max, Autodesk Showcase, Navisworks, Sketchbook Designer.

A total of 36 Days training if required on standard Graitec courses to be published in January 2015. There will be multiple courses run over the course of the year for you to choose from.

RRP Value is over £9,000 – Graitec offer £1800 + vat

Day 3 Offer

These brand new Philip LED backlit Monitors are a steal starting from only £86. The perfect treat for you this Christmas! Choose from a 23.6″ monitor for £95 + VAT, 21.5″ monitor for £86 + VAT or a 27″ monitor for £130 +VAT.

 With three years warranty (21.5″ has 2 years) these brand new, high quality monitors are perfect for whatever industry you work in.

Day 2 Offer

Don’t miss out on this one time Christmas deal which is available for a limited time only. When you buy a SpaceMouse Pro you will receive a FREE Bluestork Full HD 1080p Sports Camera for every purchase you make.

The Bluestork Full HD 1080p Sports Camera has waterproof casing for up to 3 meters depth, a windshield suction mount, cigarette lighter charger, helmet mount, usb cable connectivity and a bike handlebar mount.

Day 1 Offer
Thinking of upgrading your old workstation? If you are then this may be the perfect deal for you! Save some cash this Christmas and get an ex rental nearly new HP Z230 workstation for only £995 + VAT, which is definitely a Christmas bargain.Specifications:

  • Mini Tower Case
  • Processor 1 x Intel Core i7 (4th Gen) 4770 / 3.4 GHz (3.9 GHz ) ( Quad-Core )
  • Hyper-Threading Technology, Intel Turbo Boost Technology 2
  • RAM 16 GB (installed) / 32 GB (max) – DDR3 SDRAM
  • Storage Controller SATA ( SATA 6Gb/s )
  • Hard Drive 1 x 1 TB – SATA 6Gb/s
  • Optical Storage DVD±RW (±R DL) / DVD-RAM
  • NVIDIA Quadro K600 1GB Graphics
  • Audio Output Integrated
  • Networking Gigabit LAN
  • OS Provided Microsoft Windows 7 Professional 64-bit Edition
  • Windows 8 Pro 64-bit Edition downgrade – pre-installed: Windows 7
  • Manufacturer Warranty 3 years warranty- on-site

5 Days Of Jaw Dropping Xmas Deals From Graitec- Day 1

5 Days Of Spectacular Xmas Offers
Day 1 Christmas Offer - Click to open
At Graitec we really do believe in Christmas, and as we will not be there to celebrate with you, we thought we might try and bring some early festive cheer!
Over the next 5 days, we will be offering some of our very best deals on productivity tools, hardware and software, especially selected for you – the offers are only available for 7 days, so please order early to avoid disappointment.
Click On The Box For Today’s Offer

Autodesk Desktop Subscription – Pay As You Go Software

Autodesk Desktop Subscription - Pay As You Go Software

Autodesk Desktop Subscription - Pay As You Go Software

With Desktop Subscription you can enjoy pay-as-you-go access, scalable licensing, up to date software and additional cloud and software services.

The changes to Autodesks upgrade policy due to commence the beginning of next year means that Autodesks new desktop subscription option may be more cost effective for your business.

Autodesks Desktop Subscription offers a variety of payment options which allows you to control your costs, and find the right payment plan for the size of your business and/or project.

With monthly equivalent payments starting from as little as £25 + VAT*

Utilising the latest Autodesk technology has never been more affordable.

To find out more on Desktop Subscription contact your local office today or visit our Autodesk Desktop Subscription Page

*Based on an annual term AutoCAD LT 2015 Desktop Subscription cost (payable annually) 

Graitec UK Offices:

Brunel RoadRiverside House
SO40 3WX
T: (023) 8086 8947

Quayside House
Salts Mill Road
Shipley, Bradford
West Yorkshire
BD18 3ST
T: (01274) 532919

Chancery Court
Belmont Business Park
County Durham
T: (0191) 374 2020

Sherwood House
Gregory Boulevard
T: (0115) 969 1114

Milton Keynes
Cranfield Innovation Centre
University Way
MK43 0BT
T: (01908) 410026

Receive a FREE I-Pad Mini 3 with selected Autodesk Suites before 19th December

Receive a FREE I-Pad Mini 3 with selected Autodesk Suites before 19th DecemberReceive a FREE I-Pad Mini 3 with selected Autodesk Suites before 19th December

Until the 19th December buy one of the below licenses and receive a

>>>>>> FREE I-Pad Mini 3! <<<<<< 

New Building Design Suite Premium or UltimateThe perfect design suite for construction, engineering and architecture professionals who want to move beyond 2D CAD drafting methodologies and software.

New Product Design Suite Premium or UltimateThis design suite will help engineers and product design consultants move from the initial design concept stage through to digital prototyping by including a number of 2D and 3D software products.

New Infrastructure Design Suite Premium or Ultimate – This Suite addresses the various facets of infrastructure design from foundational planning through to civil engineering and infrastructure design using BIM (building information modelling) methodologies.

About the I-Pad Mini 3 

  • Wifi
  • 64GB
  • 7.9-inch (diagonal) LED-backlit Multi-Touch display with IPS technology
  • Touch ID
  • Retina Display
  • 2048×1536 resolution
  • Facetime HD Camera: 1.2MP photos, 720p HD video
  • I-sight Camera – 5MP Photos
  • Bluetooth 4.0 technology
  • Next Day Delivery

Original Apple Retail Price = £399

To take advantage of this amazing deal just contact your local office today!

Brunel RoadRiverside House
SO40 3WX
T: (023) 8086 8947

Quayside House
Salts Mill Road
Shipley, Bradford
West Yorkshire
BD18 3ST
T: (01274) 532919

Chancery Court
Belmont Business Park
County Durham
T: (0191) 374 2020

Sherwood House
Gregory Boulevard
T: (0115) 969 1114

Milton Keynes
Cranfield Innovation Centre
University Way
MK43 0BT
T: (01908) 410026

Adris, MicroCAD and Graitec UK become one company Graitec Limited

GRAITEC is pleased to announce the coming together of its 3 UK companies, Adris Ltd, MicroCAD Ltd and Graitec UK Ltd into one company GRAITEC LIMITED.

Following on from the acquisition of MicroCAD Ltd earlier this year and the joining of Graitec UK and Adris it has been decided to formalise these companies into one UK entity named Graitec Ltd.

Combining these three companies will enable us to bring resource and the brands together to provide outstanding customer service to all of our clients across the AEC and MFG space under one umbrella with the Autodesk Platinum Status. Graitec intends to leverage this successful experience and build on its customer confidence to accelerate BIM adoption and MFG expertise across the UK from 5 sites, with Southampton as the Head Office, Milton Keynes, Nottingham, Bradford and Durham.

As a leading specialist in Structural Engineering and BIM technology, Graitec has already started developing complementary productivity tools and add-ons for Autodesk Revit™ to bridge the gap between design and detailing. Advance Steel™ and  Advance Concrete™ will continue under our Autodesk ISV contract. Many productivity tools for Autodesk Inventor™ and Autodesk Vault™ are already available.

Steve Houlder, Graitec Ltd Managing Director adds:This strategy of Graitec to become one brand and one company servicing the needs of all our clients across AEC & MFG business sectors will allow us to offer best in class service from multiple locations across the U.K. As an Autodesk Platinum partner with multiple accreditations and an Autodesk authorized training centre we feel we can support all of our customers’ requirements. It is the culmination of a lot of hard work and we would like to thank all of our customers who have made this possible

As part of the coming together of 3 brands:

The new website will be All telephone numbers and fax numbers remain the same.


For further information, please contact:
Graitec Ltd
Steve Houlder – Managing Director


GRAITEC continues to expand with strategic acquisition in the UK of Autodesk Gold Reseller MicroCAD

GRAITEC has announced a strategic acquisition of Autodesk Gold Reseller MicroCAD (through its UK Subsidiary Adris Ltd.) The addition of MicroCAD to the GRAITEC family stands testimony to the Groups long term commitment and rapid growth strategy.

Adris Ltd, already a highly respected Autodesk Platinum reseller in the UK supplying design software and services continues to grow its UK base, and through this acquisition aims to perpetuate growth by providing sales, support & consulting services across the whole of the UK via five strategic locations ideally placed to offer the best possible service to its customers nationwide.

MicroCAD Ltd is a full service provider for Autodesk products for the Architectural, Construction Engineering and Mechanical industry markets. With nearly 30 years’ experience, MicroCAD has the in depth knowledge to develop tailored solutions and then supply, install, support and provide training and consultancy services to help its customers achieve maximum results.

As a growing company MicroCAD is already an Autodesk Gold reseller and from this acquisition all of MicroCAD’s customers will benefit from coming under the Adris umbrella of being a Platinum Autodesk reseller offering the very best service and support globally.

Francis Guillemard, CEO and founder of GRAITEC commented “The acquisition of MicroCAD will benefit all UK customers needing first class expertise and services around Autodesk products. The acquisition contributes further making GRAITEC a leading Autodesk European partner and significantly reinforces the position of the group on the construction engineering and BIM market“.

Steve Houlder, Managing Director of Adris Ltd, stated “The synergies between the two companies will ensure no matter where the customers location they will never be far away from our five strategic locations, and the high level of customer service will allow for continuity of service. By adding MicroCAD, it affirms our position in the UK as one of foremost providers of Autodesk software and consultancy. We look forward to welcoming all customers and staff into the fold“.

Neil Wright, Sales Director of MicroCAD comments “This is great news for all MicroCAD existing staff and customers. The joining of two of the top UK resellers together will provide an even higher level of service and expertise supporting customers large and small across the whole of the United Kingdom“.

The combined company will have a turnover in excess of £17M with over 70 staff supporting 1000’s of customers across the UK. The companies will continue to trade under their respective brands until the full integration is complete.

Agricultural Buildings Show – 3rd April 2014

Discover the ‘best kept secret’ within the construction industry by meeting the Graitec UK team at the Agricultural Buildings Show 2014

Just 20 minutes of your time now will save you countless time and money in the future!

Graitec UK are excited to be exhibiting at this year’s Agricultural Buildings Show at The Epic Centre, Lincolnshire Showground, Lincolnshire, UK, on Thursday 3rd April. You’ll find us on Stand number 15.

Meet James Flatt and Aleck Giles and see how our easy to use, affordable, steel detailing system can add value to your business whilst meeting necessary new legislation plus saving you time and money in the process.

You have nothing to lose and everything to gain!

If you are unable to attend the show, send an email to and we can arrange a telephone call and/or meeting at your offices.

Agricultural Buildings Show Venue 
Thursday 3rd April 2014
The Epic Centre,
Lincolnshire Showground,
Lincolnshire, UK

Advance Steel UK Drawing Styles update notes

As part of an ongoing project Graitec UK have been working hard to improve the drawing styles in Advance Steel to give better results in more situations. It is a fact that different users desire different things and would draw the same things in different ways. Therefore, some degree of compromise is always required when delivering a set of style for universal use. However, we believe we have now been able to produce a set of styles and related drawing processes that will give clearer drawings in the vast majority of cases meaning far less manual editing is required. Furthermore the process of creating the drawings can be streamlined.

Key Benefits / changes of these styles (in no particular order):-

  • Tried to reduce unnecessary views, including section views
  • Tried to remove duplicate dimensions
  • Tried to reduce unnecessary dimensions
  • Where possible added dimensions that were missing
  • Where possible, improved layout of dimensions to align with parts and not go across views
  • 2 Special styles for Rafters – By default the processes use the style without the top view but there is one with a top view that can easily be selected or set in the process instead
  • 3 Special FRAME styles – One dimensions the edges of beams and plates, one dimensions the system line for beams instead, one allows selection of extra cross-section views. The Assembly processes will use this style for any assembly where the main part has the model role FRAME. Thus things like whole balconies, plant rooms etc. can have a better automatic drawing
  • Special style for Eaves Beam Brackets – Used automatically by Assembly processes
  • Turned off Grid Reference in assemblies
  • Improved clipping and scaling rules to produce better results for parts and assemblies
  • New “All Assemblies A3-A1 Single – BOM” process to draw all assemblies without the need to preselect. (Don’t forget to set UCS for stair assembly views)
  • New “All Parts A4-A1 Single – BOM” process to draw all parts without the need to preselect
  • New Cameras processes – Versions for Anchor type, Overview type and All. Versions for each paper size. Can be used for any type of camera if you simply select the right type in the dialog that comes up after clicking USE in Quick Doc’s
  • New Process Suite for “Everything” that uses “All Cameras Anchor A1”, followed by “All Cameras Overview A1” then “All Assemblies A3-A1 Single – BOM, and finally “All Parts A4-A1 Single – BOM”. Thus with this one process and suitably prepared cameras in your model you get the entire set of GA’s, Assemblies and part drawings in one step without preselecting anything (Don’t forget to set the UCS for Stair assembly views)
  • New previews and descriptions in Quick Docs for the above items
  • Adjusted Cladding style to include end view

Click here to read the full article

Successful Advance Steel User Day in UK

Successful Advance Steel User Day in UKGRAITEC announces another successful Advance Steel User Day organised by its UK office. The event took place at one of the most prestigious locations in the Midlands – the Branston Golf and Country Club, Burton on Trent in Staffordshire.

Carl Spalding, Managing Director of Graitec UK, opened the event by presenting an overview of the global business and concentrating on the expansion and growth locally in the United Kingdom.

Successful Advance Steel User Day in UK

With GRAITEC UK and GRAITEC HQ staff in attendance, the day provided an excellent opportunity to go through detailed demonstrations of the major enhancements the new Advance Steel 2013 release has to offer, all the while re-covering some of the enhancements of previous versions.

The project winners of the Advance Steel 2012 UK User Competition were also announced and presented with their awards whilst other impressive projects completed by number of other clients using Advance Steel were also reviewed.

 Successful Advance Steel User Day in UKSuccessful Advance Steel User Day in UK

The day provided an opportunity to talk about the continued expansion of Graitec UK with the opening of their new office and training facility in Staffordshire, and also Graitec UK’s exciting plans for the future.

The User Day was a big success, with more than 30 attendees battling with snowy conditions to be there! Feedback from the event was extremely positive with everyone looking forward to attending the next UK User Day.

Advance Steel Project: Manchester Road Bridge

Advance Steel project: Manchester Road BridgeManchester Road Bridge in part of the Living Street Project, a lottery-funded project focused on the development of a suitable, convenient and safe route across Manchester Road, which will have the potential to visually enhance this important gateway into the city. This new walkway is a people-orientated, street environment that links up people with places using broad, high-quality, avenue-like routes for pedestrians and cyclists linking up residential areas, schools, shops, health care, parks and town center.

The steel structure of unique design was detailed in ADVANCE Steel by Briton Fabricators Lt.  The building process started in November 2011 and over 10,000 components have been put together to compile the structure. It forms an elevated section of the Living Street and will be a gateway feature for Manchester Road. The bridge is close to a surface level signalized crossing which serves a bus stop on the guided bus route. All bridge ramps are 1:20 gradient, and the bridge 3.7 m in width. Access through the public park is 1:15 gradient.

Advance Steel project: Manchester Road BridgeIt is made of over 350 tonnes of steel, 210 meters long in total with two main spans over Manchester Road of 22 meters and 24 meters.  It is supported by almost 100 piles buried into the ground carefully engineered to avoid underground services and Bradford Beck.  At the central reservation dividing Manchester Road a 17m high rectilinear extension to the column forms a towering central feature which marks the visual centre of the bridge crossing.

The fantastic new bridge links up local communities on either side of the bridge, providing a pleasant route for cyclists and pedestrians, and enabling quick and easy access to the town centre and other essential links, which were missing before. It also offers a more gentle approach to the old footbridge, which was nearly 40 years old and in need of serious maintenance to address time related deterioration. Manchester Road Bridge was built approximately in the same position as the old footbridge and was completed in September 2012. Hundreds of people turned out to see the bridge officially being opened. Although, during an average weekday, 621 people use the surface crossing of Manchester Road, and only 340 the footbridge, for reasons of safety the public authorities encourages everybody to use the new bridge to cross this busy junction.

Advance Steel 2013 User Day in UK

Date: Wednesday 23rd January 2013
Time: 9:30-16:30 (registration from 8:45am)
Location: Branston Golf & Country Club
Theme: What’s New in Advance Steel 2013!!

Don’t forget to book your free place!

Advance Steel 2013 User Day

To celebrate our expansion, this year we are holding our 2013 Advance Steel User Day at one of the most prestigious locations in the Midlands – the Branston Golf and Country Club, Burton on Trent in Staffordshire. Don’t miss this opportunity to see what’s coming in the next version – register to attend now!

Advance Steel UK Project Competition

It’s time to show off your work again and be in with a chance of winning some fantastic prizes!  We know you have produced some excellent, interesting, every-day and some extremely complex projects of all types and sizes using Advance Steel. This is a unique opportunity to show off your work and gain fantastic worldwide PR exposure for your designs, absolutely free!

Enter your projects now! Hurry…..the deadline for submissions is Friday 18th January and winners will be announced at the User Day.

We look forward to showing you what’s in Advance Steel 2013, receiving your projects and seeing you at what promises to be a great User Day!

For further details, please call a member of the Graitec Team on 0844 543 8888 or email

GRAITEC UK continues to expand: new office and training facility in Staffordshire Open

GRAITEC is pleased to announce the opening of a new office and dedicated training suite in Burton-Upon-Trent, Staffordshire, UK. The additional office will complement GRAITEC’s existing headquarters in the South of England, offering the latest in design and analysis software for the construction industry.

The construction industry is a highly competitive sector and it is obvious that businesses in the UK are not just looking to survive but thrive. GRAITEC UK is committed to delivering cutting-edge technology designed to help improve its customer’s productivity and efficiency.
Making our technology and quality services more accessible, to more businesses, gives them the confidence and support they need to invest in our technology and get ahead of the game.

Carl Spalding, GRAITEC UK Managing Director

Carl Spalding, UK Managing Director comments: “This is a very exciting time for GRAITEC UK and our expansion is as a result of our continued growth both in the UK and globally. In addition to the incumbent strength of our Analysis and Design technology, SuperSTRESS, our best seller is our 3D BIM software for steel engineering and detailing, Advance Steel. It is through the demand and success of our Advance Steel software that has enabled us to expand at such a rapid pace and our new office, strategically located in Staffordshire, will provide easy access from all the major road networks and airports.”

Graitec UK is extremely pleased to welcome James Flatt to the team as the Regional Sales Manager heading up the Midlands office. James began his career in the construction industry working as a draughtsman for a large steelwork fabricator. In recent years he has worked for several major software companies supplying 3D modeling and BIM solutions to the market. James’s knowledge and experience will be valuable asset to both GRAITEC and its customers.James Flatt, Regional Sales Manager at GRAITEC UK

James Flatt adds: “I’m absolutely delighted to have joined GRAITEC at such an exciting time for the company. Seeing growth of +45% in 2011 compared to the previous year speaks volumes in terms of the direction in which we are going. The new standalone version of Advance Steel is receiving very good reviews and should be considered a viable option for steelwork fabricators and detailers alike.”

To help support and further develop the fast rate of growth we are experiencing in the UK market, GRAITEC UK has also contracted theconsultancy services of Wayne Rawson through his company – Wayne Rawson Consulting Ltd. Wayne has been in the steelwork industry for over 30 years and has worked at senior level with several large industry-specific software providers. His knowledge of the steelwork industry and steel detailing software solutions in particular is proving a great addition to Graitec team. He has already been instrumental in helping numerous companies with advice and business planning through to software deployment when they are considering an upgrade of their existing CAD software to Advance Steel as their preferred steel detailing software solution.

Wayne Rawson, Wayne Rawson Consulting Ltd. Wayne

Having worked with suppliers of steel detailing solutions over a good number of years, I understand both the capabilities available within the CAD products in the market and what detailers really need from a steel detailing solution. Advance Steel is an excellent 3D multi-material modelling system that offers a very serious alternative for companies using older software systems that are looking for a highly competent and flexible software solution with increased capabilities, backed by a very successful organization growing at an incredible rate

Formally Integer Software Ltd (est. 1984), Graitec UK boasts an integrated range of structural design and analysis software used by 90% of the top 100 UK engineering consultancies and offers a wide range of quality services from professional training to custom software development to ensure customers get the best from us and our software. Importantly its support service is rated extremely highly by its customers and it is imperative that the company ensures this level of service is maintained from our Midlands office. The appointment of James combined with Wayne’s experience and the full backup and support of its established technical team will ensure its quality services are continued.

GRAITEC UK new office in Staffordshire GRAITEC UK new office in Staffordshire

GRAITEC has made the finals for the 2012 Construction Computing Awards

GRAITEC has made the finals for the 2012 Construction Computing AwardsThis year, we are delighted to announce that  GRAITEC has made the finals of the Construction Computing Awards in the following categories:

–> Construction Computing “One to Watch” Company 2012 (companies that are going to make a real impact in the industry) – GRAITEC UK;

–> Construction Computing “One to Watch” Product 2012 (new products in 2012 that are going to become “big” in the next 12 months) – GRAITEC ADVANCE Steel 2012 – Standalone;

–> Structural Design Product of the Year (accurate design of overall products and individual joints, whether working in steel, concrete or other materials) – GRAITEC UK – SuperSTRESS;

–> Product of the Year (the product which has impressed you most throughout 2012) – GRAITEC UK – ADVANCE Steel;.

–> Company of the Year (the company which has impressed you most throughout 2012) – GRAITEC UK.

Featuring more than 20 different categories, the Construction Computing Awards reward the technology, tools and solutions for design, construction, maintenance and modification of commercial buildings, residential and social housing and civil engineering projects of all types and sizes.

Voting started on September 13th, 2012, and will close on November 8th, 2012. You may cast your votes by registering your personal detailsand selecting your favorites here.

The Winners Ceremony will take place at Hotel Russell in London, on November 22nd, 2012.

Stay tuned for more information and don’t forget to show your support for our company and products.