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


Successful Advance Steel User Group in Salt Lake City

From June 09 to 11, GRAITEC’s First North American Advance Steel User Group held in Salt Lake City was an impressive success.

This first edition gave GRAITEC the unique opportunity to gather the core group of its Advance Steel customer base and to develop strong relationship with them. Hugo Michaud, GRAITEC General Manager Americas welcomed all attendees and shared the main objective of this event which was to “offer the most advanced training with our high experienced AS specialists.” Indeed, 30 attendees from 25 companies based in 16 states across the US and Canada came to the User Group to learn more about Advance Steel features and GRAITEC team was ready to face this challenge.

It has strengthened customer confidence in the company and Autodesk Advance Steel. All participants gave excellent feedback of the event, particularly the high level of GRAITEC experienced speakers and were very pleased to meet Autodesk representatives.Hugo Michaud, General Manager Americas at GRAITEC

Hugo Michaud was pleased to welcome Autodesk’s team during this event. Michael Gustafson (Industry Strategy Manager, Structural Engineering) gave a presentation about Autodesk Vision and talked about the future of Autodesk Advance Steel in the industry. Then, he was followed by David Naylor (Advance Steel Technical Specialist) who held a complete training about Advance Steel 2016 new features and Stairs & Railings. Their presence and active participation strengthened GRAITEC’s customer confidence in the software.

During three days, Olivier Gervais (CAD Technical Supervisor) and Tommy Moussis (Technical Specialist) held advanced training on other topics: Management tools database, Custom connection, Plateworks etc… Question and Answer sessions also gave the attendees the opportunity to bring their drawing samples and discuss about their specific needs or issues.

Very impressive event you all. It had a very personal touch to it. Great job.Michael Gustafson, Strategy Manager, Structural Engineering at Autodesk

Many clients were eager to learn more about Drawing Style Customization. To meet their needs, GRAITEC specialists held advanced training on how to be more efficient with Drawing Styles. Creation of labelling strategies, views and object presentations, dimension strategies and association of dimension strategies & the drawing styles were all covered.

GRAITEC was excited to introduce its new Steel Fabrication Management Information System (MIS) – Advance Workshop 2016. Pascal Beauregard, GRAITEC Local Product Manager, held a presentation about this extremely versatile, well-rounded fabrication management solution. Then, attendees had the opportunity to learn more about the new features of GRAITEC Advance PowerPack, the powerful extension for Autodesk® Advance Steel.

Thank you for organizing this successful conference, it was very nice meeting the whole GRAITEC team, and hope to see you next year!Khaled Aboughanem, CAD Manager at JNE Consulting

This successful event clearly shows their enthusiasms toward the solution and GRAITEC professionalism. Mathieu Binette GRAITEC Regional Manager, Western America comments: “The user group objective was to offer an advanced training in order to meet all clients’ needs. Through this success, GRAITEC is now considered as the Advance Steel specialist partner in North America!

All attendees gave excellent feedback of the event and they are waiting for the next year edition!

GRAITEC’s First North American Autodesk® Advance Steel User Group

From June 09 to 11, 2015, GRAITEC is organizing its first North American Autodesk® Advance Steel User Group in Salt Lake City, Utah.

GRAITEC’s First North American Autodesk® Advance Steel User Group

Supported by Autodesk and local industry specialists, the User Group aims to provide an advanced training to all GRAITEC Advance Steel customers. They will assist to technical presentations and experience Autodesk® Advance Steel and GRAITEC solutions 2016 versions. It will help them go deeper in some of the major functions and tools, get a clear understanding of the software’s full potential and interact with other industry professionals.

From June 09 to 11, 2015, the User Group will address a wide range of topics including:

  • Autodesk® Advance Steel 2016
  • Drawings Styles Customization
  • Management tools database
  • Stairs and Railings
  • GRAITEC Advance Workshop, the new MIS Solution for Steel Fabricators integrated with Autodesk® Advance Steel
  • GRAITEC PowerPack for Autodesk® Advance Steel, the powerful extension designed to boost the user’s capability, productivity and efficiency.

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We look forward to seeing you there.

GRAITEC continues its expansion with the opening of a new office in California, USA

GRAITEC Group : CAD and Analysis Software for the Construction Industry

GRAITEC, the fastest growing global structural analysis and detailing software vendor, announces the opening of a new sales and support office in California, USA and the appointment of Pierre M. Geoffrion as Business Development Manager.
This new office reinforces GRAITEC’s North American operations with the aim to deliver cutting-edge technology designed to help improve customers’ productivity and efficiency.

The US construction industry is a highly competitive market where the players are currently seeing their margins becoming thinner and thinner. The need for BIM technology that has a quick and reliable return on investment is critical and GRAITEC’s BIM solution perfectly fulfills this need. GRAITEC’s vision for the North American market is to become one of the key players, by offering easy to use, cost effective and powerful solutions with smart and sharp local technical support.

Alexandre Tartas, GRAITEC COO, comments: “GRAITEC continues its fast market shares acquisition. After 2 fantastic years of rapid growth in North America, we decided to extend our coverage and opened this new sales office. Pierre and his team will be able to work closely with our North American customers based in the western area. Our solutions for the North American market and business are recognized by a growing user community; this office is one step forward in our accelerated market penetration.

Pierre M. Geoffrion was promoted to Business Development Manager for the west coast office and will report to Hugo Michaud. Pierre M. Geoffrion has been with GRAITEC for over a year as Account Manager for the analysis solution in North America with great results. The new office will cover the US west coast and south west US, a large territory with some great opportunities and many challenges.

Pierre M. Geoffrion teams up with Julio Alfaro as the new Advance Steel Application Specialist. Julio Alfaro has spent over 15 years of steel detailing and was recently the drafting department manager for Metal Supply and Allied Modular Building Supply. Julio’s professional background will be a real asset for our company and our customers.

Hugo Michaud, Graitec North America Sales Director adds: “I’m very excited by this new adventure. After a 344% increase in sales in the past 3 years for Advance Steel, it is a natural milestone to complement this growth by having a local presence in the US. Strategically this local presence will make us available in all North America time zones and closer to our market.

GRAITEC at NASCC Conferences in St-Louis, USA

From April- 17th 2013 GRAITEC presented its Structural BIM Solutions “Advance Steel” and “Advance Design” at the NASCC Conferences in St-Louis, USA. The highlight was the presentation of the new 2013 versions of Advance Steel.

The NASCC takes place every year and it is the most important fair for the steel construction industries in the USA and one of the biggest fairs The Americas.

The GRAITEC team is very satisfied with the result. They had interesting discussions with GRAITEC customers and established contact with many new qualified prospects.

Free Webinars by GRAITEC US

Free webinars by GRAITEC US

Complete a Set of Drawings for Stairs and Railings under 20 minutes March 4
12:00 EDT
Advance Steel Quick Learning Curve for AutoCad® Users March 7
12:00 EDT
Graitec Structural BIM Vision – Synchronize Revit®Advance DesignAdvance Steel March 11
12:00 EDT
Complete a Set of Drawings
for Complex Plate Work
under 20 minutes
March 14
12:00 EDT
Create a Complete Set of Drawings for Curved Stairs and Railings under 20 minutes March 18
12:00 EDT
Master Structural Steel Design with Advance Design March 21
12:00 EDT
Create a Custom Connections Template in Advance Steel March 25
12:00 EDT

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