Graitec Releases Version 2023 of Advance PowerPack
May 30th, 2022 – GRAITEC, an international BIM, Fabrication, and Design software developer for AEC, and Autodesk® Platinum Partner across Europe, the USA and Gold Partner in Canada, is delighted to announce the 2023 release of the PowerPack for Revit, PowerPack for Advance Steel, PowerPack for Inventor and PowerPack for Vault.
The Graitec PowerPacks are powerful plugins for Autodesk software that enhance productivity and streamline workflows on day-to-day projects and the 2023 versions are now even more valuable, containing multiple improvements and new commands.
With Advance Powerpack 2023, Graitec delivers to Autodesk users highly valuable tools to increase their productivity and efficiency when using Autodesk solutions such as Advance Steel®, Revit®, Inventor® or Vault® with 00’s of new features in different areas.
PowerPack for Revit
Link to Excel
Support for sheets has been added to the “Link to Excel” Option. Therefore, it is now possible to obtain a schedule of sheets for your project directly into Excel, edit the schedule with Excel, and import it back into Revit. When adding a new link to excel, select the “sheets” category.
After selecting the desired fields that you wish to appear in the schedule, you can modify it, update sheet parameters, and import these changes back into Revit with the Link to Excel tool.
Family Type Creation
Before, creating a family in Excel was an overly complicated and time-consuming process. Since the user had to export the family types as a text file, then open it as a CSV file in Excel to modify it, then reverse the process to import the new family back into Revit. Now, this process is simplified and automated as the link to Excel allows this task to be done.
To use this new Link to Excel feature, the user must create a new table of type "Type"(1) and add at least the parameters "Family Name" (2) and "Type Name" (3). Those three conditions are mandatory. The user can also add the parameters they wish to view or modify in the link settings.
A tool that was already a top customer feature has been enhanced with a new smarter interface and the ability to add families to a new favourites section. Searching and Views have been improved. It is now possible to save your configuration for use by other users.
In this release, most of the icons (except for the <- and -> for switching pages) have been moved to the top of the window.
Users now have a new section where they can enter, view, and manage preferred families. This section is in the library panel, which has been divided into two sections:
- Library View with two categories: Graitec Libraries (predefined Graitec families) and User Libraries (user-added families)
- Favorites (2) (favored families).
Families can be added to the default folder of Favorites by clicking on the hollow star icon “☆”. Another option to add families is by right-clicking on the family in the library section and choosing “Add to Favorites”. It is important to note that these families will not disappear from its original categories.
This tool has been updated to be compatible with the new approach to analytical modeling in Revit 2023. In which the analytical model is independent of the physical model to increase its versatility and autonomy. This results in four new possibilities:
The physical model exists without an analytical part.
The physical model exists associated with an analytical part.
The physical model exists non-associated with an analytical part.
The analytical model exists without a physical part.
The BIM connect tool will work regardless of the type of the analytical model. In addition, a list of the non-associated object is now automatically generated in the export report.
Rebar Schedule Word Export
It is now possible to export a schedule to a Word document using the “Export Schedule” option. This feature allows a structural engineer to create a bar schedule in Word that can be attached to different documents. The Word Template used can be customized by the end-user user to maintain their standards. The title block and dimensions of it can be modified in Word to add the project name, address, client, designer's name, verifier's name, and other information.
If the schedule includes bending details, the images are automatically inserted into the word document.
The Batch Export tool has a new interface that has been modified to be more user friendly. It is now also possible to select this tool with no active project in Revit.
Users have several new functions to filter and sort the list of views or sheets according to their preference. In addition, there is a search bar that allows users to search and filter the views by parameter. The columns are fully configurable from the Options tab.
Sets are a new feature that allows users to create a customized list of items to be used on multiple occasions. It can be created for both views and sheets at the same time. Users can browse and select a set in View/Sheet set option.
PowerPack for Advance Steel
Line to Grid tool
Convert lines to Advance Steel grids, combined with Model Views and Camera creation, for parallel and non-parallel source lines, creating grid grouping and labelling. The tool allows for selection of multiple lines and then grouping and grid length control, with options to select single or all model views and cameras for automatic arrangement drawing creation.
The operation is command line or Dynamic menu, creating Standard Grids with Advance steel properties, allowing user productivity in modelling, and drawing output.
Multi Grid and Level tool
Multi Grid Level tool allows the user to quickly create grid lines and levels within the Advance Steel model space, combining also with options to create model views and cameras within those model views, maintaining a macro dialog. The tool combines several standard Advance Steel Features, to allow easier user interaction for that initial Structural Steel modelling, that initiates with a Grid.
The addition of Levels, grid replication or projected grid features, propagates into the project explorer to allow for features such as element attachment, for building type of multiple storeys, combining the inbuilt camera of model views drive user productivity into drawing creation.
Camera Creator’ is designed to allow users to quickly create a series of new cameras within the model space, it allows the user to remain within the dialog and change the parameters for each camera placed.
The Camera Creator allow for placement of multiple cameras within a model to allow for the detailing of area’s that are not linked to Grids or Standard model views, with the inbuild orientation of the camera, combined with all the standard functions seen within an Advance Steel camera, the user can quickly set and place and repeat at different orientations around a focal point of the model.
With the option for Camera counter that can be introduced into the description field for easy of sequencing and reference.
Stairs Stringer Total plate width control
For straight stair tools is the ability to control the Stringer Width for plate type arrangements, this is by realignment of the user interaction with the controls and parameters. The dialog changes allow users to better align with Standard Flat plate widths for ease of detailing and production, typically even profiled plates are created to standard sizes to allow for easier production and assembly. The feature is found under the Stringer Tabs, within the main dialog, with several options to control both flight and landing interactions.
Stairs, Stringer Mitre control
For Straight Stairs, a new feature tab to control the mitre between Flight and Landing Stringer elements, located upon the main Stringer Tab, the user can see the 'Mitre cut' option to split plate Stringer between flight and landing.
With the combinations between inner and outer, with Top and Bottom, the user can
decide the best logistical position to split for processing and Fabrication of the stair stringers. Bringing flexibility to the design.
PowerPack for Inventor
Read Inventor Version
The “Read Inventor Version” is the tool to identify the files version and update them too latest, because up to date Inventor files are important for stable and performant CAD. The tool offers a fully automatic process to search the project, generate a dialog for review and filtering.
Upon filtering the user can proceed to the migration operation. With the operation reporting upon the migration status of the files upon completion. Therefore, offering the users a fully migrated project, allowing for efficient processing and modelling.
Remove iLogic Rules
The Remove iLogic rules command has been created to help all designers who have worked with iLogic previously, within components and now wish to remove those previous rules within a reuse of the component.
The command is an automatic project search process that is accessible under multiple ribbon locations, with the results being schedule within a dialog, followed by multiple filtering options to allow for file selection to rule removal, via dialog driven commands.
This allows for quick project clean up and reuse of existing components, assemblies and drawings within new projects, thus reducing the task considerable.
Border Frame Swap
The Border frame tool allows the user to easily change the Drawing Border frame, within a created drawing, via the user of pre-configured Template selection. The tool is ribbon based and is associated with the Title Block Swap tool, offering user the ability to change out those border frame along with title blocks, giving greater flexibility to reuse existing details for different internal and external documentation requirements.
PowerPack for Vault
The Email notification tool, automatically informs Administrators of the Job processor status, being offline, so that job queues do not overrun. To achieve this there is a Windows Service that automatically sends the email, when the Job processor is offline, this service is configurable via an XML file to allow the intervals and enablement and the various settings for email distribution.
Migration of Inventor files
This command allows the user to search within the Vault for selected folders/sub folders, migrating files that are require to the latest version. The tool performs this as background process. The functions are included, within the context menu for folders and files, to migrate the files using the Job Processor, user can select multiple folders and files for this processing.
Vault Configuration Report
This tool allows the user to create Vault configuration reports, that has several selectable options and containing information about the Vault environment. The report format is in HTLM format, for ease or review and reuse by Administrators.
Execution of the command, the following dialog appears. To build the Vault configuration report, multiple options are available. The most essential elements for export are the file-related object as the options in the dialog are shown, with User selection of the information to be displayed within the final HTML Report. This is combined with more general information over the vault environment, as well as user defined properties.
Sample HTML Report
GUI for Custom Jobs
The command allows the user to configure the jobs directly from the Vault Explorer by provision of a GUI, instead of editing directly the two XML files (Export.Config.xml & InventorConvert.xml). using the Configure jobs command, the user is greeted with a GUI interface with a main tab and several sub tabs for different parameters and outputs, each being configurable. This tool allows for multiple configurations that reduces the administration of the required outputs with this inbuild configurability of the tool.
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Stevens CHEMISE, Product Line Manager – Autodesk Ecosystem : “Thanks to this new 2023 version, Graitec continues its strategy of digitizing processes for both AEC and MFG industries, based on high integration between Graitec and Autodesk solutions. With plenty of users requests implemented, this 2023 version offers a series of improvements and new functions to improve productivity, the use of advanced BIM workflow and optimized use of digital model data.”
Founded in 1986, GRAITEC is an international group (13 countries worldwide – 48 offices) helping construction and manufacturing professionals to successfully achieve their digital transformation by providing BIM and Industry 4.0 software and consultancy. GRAITEC is a developer of high-performance BIM applications as well as an Autodesk Platinum Partner in Europe and Gold Autodesk Partner in North America. With more than 650 employees including 200 BIM consultants, GRAITEC is an innovation-focused company whose products are used by more than 100,000 construction professionals worldwide.
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