The 4th Annual Advance Steel Academy 2017 in US is a Success!

Thank you to everyone who made our Annual Advance Steel Academy a success! We are already planning ahead for next year’s event in Baltimore!

The 4th Annual Advance Steel Academy 2017 in US is a Success!

GRAITEC, Autodesk® Platinum Partner, hosted its fourth edition of Advance Steel Academy, an advanced training focused on Autodesk® Advance Steel. This event took place in San Antonio on March 20-22, just before the NASCC, and we welcomed 50 Advance Steel users (this number has doubled from last year!). “The objective of the Advance Steel Academy is for all attendees to develop their Advance Steel skills, learn about trends within the building and construction industry and network with other industry professionals.” Hugo Michaud, Sales Director Americas, Graitec Group.

The first day was met with a buzz of excitement at the historical Menger Hotel as we anxiously awaited our guests’ arrival.

This was my first Advance Steel Academy to attend, and I will continue attending in the future. I learned new tips, tricks and technics on most all seminars. Networking and socializing with fellow Advance Steel users and the tech team proved to be quite beneficial as well. I recommend it to all Advance Steel users!” Lewis Moreland, Owner, EZDrawLLC

The GRAITEC team welcomed Autodesk Advance Steel users with different backgrounds. Steel and Precast Detailers, Steel Erectors, Steel & Precast Fabricators, Structural Engineers, Contractors, etc. gathered for in-depth workshops, technical sessions and networking.

For the third consecutive year, we were joined by Autodesk partners. Michael Gustafson, Industry Strategy Manager for Structural Engineering at Autodesk, talked about Autodesk’s vision for the Future of Structure & BIM. He adds: “Graitec’s Advance Steel Academy event was a big success. I’ve attended this event for three years now, and it has steadily attracted more customers each year. It was a great week having the opportunity to meet with Advance Steel customers at Graitec’s event as well as at NASCC.

The 4th Annual Advance Steel Academy 2017 in US is a Success!

Udo Haedicke, Advance Steel Product Manager, gave an exclusive preview of the new 2018 features. He comments: “What a nice event. Thank you for getting the chance to promote the new features of Advance Steel and the opportunity to chat with so many great customers!

This was my second Advance Steel Academy and it was great. The perfect opportunity to discuss problems, learn new tricks, exchange ideas and share solutions with the Advance Steel experts as well as other users.” Matt Steiger, Detailer/CAD Manager, Mountainview Steel Detailing

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Advance Steel Academy 2017

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Our annual Advance Steel Academy (formerly Advance Steel User Group) is coming up March 20-22, 2017 in San Antonio, TX. For new Advance Steel users who may not have attended in the past, and those who want to know what’s new for this year’s event, have a look at the agenda!

  • Learn features within Advance Steel software that will add great value to your steel detailing process
  • Learn from experts and learn more about the industry than just your day-to-day operations
  • Network with others in the industry, including notable Autodesk leaders
  • A full-day focus on customizing your output (drawing styles)
  • The event takes place the same week and location as the NASCC. Get a free pass!

Learn more and register

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!

GRAITEC Delivers Autodesk Advance Steel Detailing Software Training During its Annual User Group

Each year GRAITEC hosts a North America advanced training focused on Advance Steel, Autodesk’s structural steel detailing software. This year the User Group took place in Orlando, Florida on April 26-28.

GRAITEC User Group welcomed Autodesk Advance Steel users from US and Canada and from all areas of the building and construction industry, including Steel and Precast Detailers, Steel Erectors, Steel & Precast Fabricators, Structural Engineers and Contractors. This 3 day event included in-depth workshops, technical sessions and networking.

The objective of the User Group is for all attendees to develop their Advance Steel skills, learn about trends within the building and construction industry and network with other industry professionals.Hugo Michaud, Graitec General Manager Americas.

For this second edition, GRAITEC was pleased to welcome once again Michael Gustafson, P.E. Autodesk Industry Strategy Manager, Structural Engineering who talked about the Future of Advance Steel, and presented all the new features available in the 2017 version.

The User Group attendees explored the extensive portfolio of GRAITEC and Autodesk latest advanced BIM technology. Indeed, GRAITEC experts gave intense training on various topics: Management Tools Database, Connectors & Special Parts, Custom Connection, Project Management & Mutli User, Plateworks, Drawing Styles Customization etc.

I liked seeing the capabilities of Advance Workshop, GRAITEC’s Steel Fabrication Management Information SoftwareBill Wellman, NCI Buildings Systems

This event allowed GRAITEC to introduce Advance Workshop, its steel fabrication management information software. One-on-One sessions took place in order to discuss about its BIM workflow with Advance Steel, its ERP Systems integration, its real-time material traceability and more. GRAITEC demonstrated how Advance Workshop enables companies to drive increased efficiency and improved profitability.

The Drawing Styles session revealed many hidden features!Tim Schroder, Enginuity Engineering & Design

Professionals of the industry learned about the latest BIM solutions which will help them win and complete more projects with even greater accuracy and efficiency such as:

  • Autodesk Structural Fabrication Suite, the new Autodesk complete toolset for structural engineers and fabricators which combines Navisworks Simulate, AutoCAD, Revit and Advance Steel).
  • The new version of the extension PowerPack for Advance Steel which delivers additional tools and unique value to users. This version introduces more automation and functionality enabling them to boost their output and improve quality.
  • GRAITEC Advance BIM Designers collection of applications for Structural Design, Modeling and Documentation which run on multiple platforms including Revit, Advance Design, Advance Steel enabling flexible and intelligent structural BIM workflows.

It was a great pleasure meeting with Advance Steel users and hearing how they plan to prepare for a more connected future in steel fabrication.Michael Gustafson, Autodesk P.E. Industry Strategy Manager, Structural Engineering

The success and positive feedback of this event consolidated GRAITEC’s confidence in its BIM and CAD solutions and clearly strengthen its professionalism and position as an international BIM provider and Autodesk’s partner in North America.

This training was very beneficial, especially the session on PowerPack 2017. We discovered new features that we haven’t used yet that will help our detailing processes. The course on Management Tools Database also offered useful information presented to help with the proper management of Advance Steel.Magnus Rovillos, Steelway Building Systems

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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!