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BIM software for structural steel engineering, detailing
and fabrication

Steel Detailing Software for the Steel Fabrication

Advance Steel is a Dedicated Steel detailing package, the Software tool is a 3D modelling environment that then translates into a document management system.

The 3D model consists of intelligent structural objects such as  Beams, Plates, Bolts and Welds,  with these combined together using the Parametric Connection tools that can be propagated within the model via connection copying tools,  the model then becomes the hub for the creation of General Arrangements, Shop Assembly and Part drawings to allow for fabrication.

Dedicated Steel Detailing Tools

These tools also extend into platework with ability to create complex folded plate details for flat pattern development drawings for shop use.   Tools for creating steel frameworks from intelligent macros that allow for adjustments to the overall frame dimensions, section profile selection, this combined with the Parametric connection’s tools for standard connections types, with the ability to create custom connection details for bespoke situations.

The primary system uses a profiles library, that is specific to the country standards enter, this is typical set via the language settings, English has several types listed, they refer to USA, Australia, UK and international.    These enable the preferences for each installed countrification.

Graitec Powerpack for Advance Steel

Graitec offers its own PowerPack for Advance Steel, which has several additional section libraries and connections macros, expanding the ability of Advance Steel into specialist area’s such as Stairs and Railings with dedicated tools for these operations, offering Ball post, Key Clamp, glass infill types, Wall Rail along with tools for Steel Frame generation via the Structural Designer macro.

Autodesk Advance Steel can be purchased on a subscription basis as a standalone product or as part of the  Architecture, Engineering & Construction Collectiondepending on your workflow needs.




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With all our software solutions we offer a Graitec Advantage Maintenance Contract. This maintenance contract is the solution to perpetuate your investment with the following benefits:

All product updates and upgrades are available during the term of the agreement. These updates can be minor or major versions.

By phone, e-mail or remote access our dedicated team will assist you for all your questions around our solutions simplifying your daily tasks.

Access to a dedicated customer portal with a personal user account. Tutorials, documentaions, downloads are available in this area.

All the tools are designed for fast and efficient modelling, creating a precise BIM model to enable Advance Steel to subsequently generate all project documents (drawings, lists, NC files) from the model.

Advance Steel provides the user with a large library of structural elements and design functions such as:

  • Generic industry components such as Frames, Bracings, Concrete Footings, etc.
  • Common Profiles and Sections
  • Various Roof systems
  • Miscellaneous Steelwork (stairs, railings, ladders, etc., including joints)
  • Complex folded plates (e.g., conical or twisted)
  • Welded, tapered and curved beams
  • Powerful Plate manipulation tools

Advance Steel works in 2D or 3D depending on the user's preference and the type of structure being modeled. Advance Steel supports all basic and widely adopted CAD concepts and functions (snap points, grip points, copy, etc.) promoting rapid adoption.

Autodesk Advance Steel - BIM software for structural steel engineering, detailing and fabrication
GRAITEC Autodesk Advance Steel | Structural modeling

Advance Steel comes with a comprehensive library of customizable automatic joints (more than 300 joints), which increase the speed and efficiency of modeling connections.

In addition to the default library, Advance Steel also offers the possibility to create specific custom connections using a wide range of tools:

  • Polygonal cuts on plate and beam (cope, along centreline, polygonal, on the UCS, with an angle)
  • Placement of bolts, holes and shear studs
  • Welded connections

All custom connections, from simple to extremely complex, can be saved, previewed and reused from within the Connection template explorer, and even modified to suit other needs.

The enhanced Connection Vault streamlines workflow with the following features:

  • All connections in one place
  • Create and save favourites
  • Connection previews of possible combinations
  • Choose a connection and use it directly from the connection vault!

Advance Steel assigns automatic part marks to the entire model which can also be based on user defined numbering prefix method, starting number and increment. The powerful model checking tools is Advance Steel for element collisions, tool access (buildability), and consistency of element marks (fabrication, delivery and assembly) ensure accuracy and quality are maintained.

Knowledge Engineering: Advance Steel integrates a new adaptive technology that automates and significantly accelerates joint creation. When creating a joint, Advance Steel analyses its environment and recognizes if a similar situation has occurred in the past. The software then suggests the optimal joint in the desired category while taking into account its structural integrity. (*Only available for certain types of joints and standards.)

GRAITEC Autodesk Advance Steel | Structural modeling

New Joint Design Engine
Advance Steel can now automatically design common joints within the user interface. To create a joint the user specifies the forces (kip) and Advance Steel quickly designs the joint. The correct type and quantity of bolts, plate thickness, etc., are automatically inserted in the model and a full design report is created!

GRAITEC Autodesk Advance Steel | Structural modeling

Autodesk Advance Steel is the only CAD software for steel structures that easily models sheet metal work. It only takes a couple of clicks to create a complex element, for example, a conical shape from two CAD entities (circle, square, etc.) or between two profiles with different diameters.

The drawings for these shapes are automatically obtained along with their unfolded representation.

GRAITEC Autodesk Advance Steel | Sheet & plate metal work

Specific joints and macros are provided in Advance Steel for modeling Cold Rolled. GRAITEC are working with cold rolled suppliers to update the ranges and joint settings in Advance Steel to make the process as efficient as possible.

Joints for purlins

These joints can be applied on supporting beams and plates (eg: cap plate on the top of a column) and offer many options, for example, the creation of stays.

The tools for connecting purlins to rafters are grouped in the Purlins & Cold Rolled category of the Connection Vault in Advance Steel.

Draw the beam manually and simply select the CR supplier from the Section drop down list in the Advance Properties box.

Alternatively, icons are provided to directly draw beams.

GRAITEC Autodesk Advance Steel | Cold Rolled Steel
GRAITEC Autodesk Advance Steel | Cold Rolled Steel
GRAITEC Autodesk Advance Steel | Multi-user collaboration

With the “Model Share” technology, Advance Steel users can work in a real multi-user mode to accelerate projects.

Advance Steel offers unrivalled, flexible and secure multi-user functionality offering:

  • Speed improvements to model a big project (multiple users working on the same DWG file)
  • Display performances (tools to display only selected elements)
  • Flexibility (joints can be created between elements modeled by different users)
  • Security (an element being used by one person cannot be modified by another)
  • Information (real-time information of model changes)

Once the design is completed, Advance Steel offers a wide range of automated functions to create all the fabrication and general arrangement drawings. A large range of formats (e.g. A4 to A0) and different page layout templates are available. Each detailed drawing is created as an individual DWG file. The details are automatically labeled and dimensioned. Templates are available for a wide range of uses and countries and the drawing layout may be customized with user specific requirements using the Drawing Style Manager.

GRAITEC Autodesk Advance Steel | Automated drawing creation
GRAITEC Autodesk Advance Steel | Automated drawing creation| General Arrangement drawings

General Arrangement drawings

  • Automated creation of an isometric view from the project, with many different label possibilities.
  • 2D drawings, such as elevation, anchor or roof plans are automatically labeled and dimensioned.
  • Function for automated view creation on the drawing for special situations such as a complex detail or a base point with the foundation.
  • Flexibility in the choice of the presentation rules for the details.

Fabrication drawings

  • Creation of individual fabrication drawings for single and assembly parts
  • Automated drawing creation by processes
  • All parts automatically dimensioned and labeled with the required information
  • Dimension lines can be presented as Relative, Running or Ordinate
  • Function for part unfolding and tube templates
  • Required cuts from the main view will be created automatically
GRAITEC Autodesk Advance Steel | Automated drawing creation| Fabrication drawings

The Final Touch

  • Automated creation of a view in the drawing when adding a section/cut line or other similar detail
  • Ability to change scale, clipping and presentation within the drawing
  • Additional dimension lines (e.g. Arc, Angle….) can be created and modified
  •   additional label insertion by selecting the information directly from the model
GRAITEC Autodesk Advance Steel | Automated drawing creation| The Final Touch
GRAITEC Autodesk Advance Steel

Once the drawings are completed, bills of material (BOM), lists and NC files can be created. The user can select from different predefined or custom formats: content definition, insertion of logos, customizable sorting, etc.

Advance Steel Document Manager is a powerful yet user-friendly centralized time saving tool to check drawings, sort out details and print bills of materials.

Advance Steel automatically creates revision clouds in drawings for modifications compared to the previous status of the drawing. This considerably helps users have better control on changed elements after an automatic update of the drawings with a revision number and removes a high degree of risk.

GRAITEC Autodesk Advance Steel | Document management

GRAITEC Autodesk Advance Steel | BIM Workfliow

BIM Connect

Link Advance Steel projects with Autodesk Revit®.

Download the free BIM Connect app here

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Advance Steel also offers interoperability with Revit and GRAITEC Advance Design software to support a more connected BIM workflow. These tools allow for Interoperability/collaboration between Revit, Robot Structural Analysis, Plant3D and Graitec Advance Design. Advance Steel also has its own object enabler to allow for viewing of native drawings and models in an Autodesk platform like P3D, AutoCAD and BIM360.
Advance Steel has additional Extension options for Dynamo, MIS solutions supporting formats of KISS, XML, IFC, SFR and Graitec Advance Workshop.

Manufacturing and Fabrication Compatibility

GRAITEC software is 100% compatible with worldwide machinery manufacturers. We work with the following manufacturers to further streamline the design to fabrication process:

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Furthermore, with the GRAITEC Advance PowerPack app for Autodesk Advance Steel users can access a set of fabrication commands which provide a link with Advance Workshop, GRAITEC's software for steel fabrication management.

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