Advance Design


#Structuralanalysis #Design #BIM

The easiest to use simulation
BIM software for structural engineers

Advance Design is a mature and easy to use FEM Structural Analysis solution dedicated to structural engineers operating in a BIM environment. It designs any type of structure, with any kind of loads, mixing concrete, timber and steel members. It includes major code standards (Eurocodes / North American).

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Advance Design helps structural engineers to manage and operate projects better, safer and in more cost-effective way!​


1 The best-in-class Revit integration


2 Designed by engineers for engineers


3 The fastest adoption for new users: 2 days to be productive


4 Handles multiple elements in a single platform (steel, concrete, timber)


5 Interoperability with Autodesk software, Revit and Advance Steel

5 Key benefits of Advance Design

Save 20% of time on your structural projects | GRAITEC CANADA
Empower your FEM analysis and structural optimization | GRAITEC CANADA
Open BIM software and fully integrated with Autodesk Revit and Advance Steel | GRAITEC CANADA
Easy to use and Easy to learn system, be productive superfast! | GRAITEC CANADA
Regular updates with numerous customer driven enhancements | GRAITEC CANADA
  • Complete library of structural elements, advanced wizards and automatic loads generators (climatic loads, seismic loads, traffic loads…). Generate automatic reinforcement drawings for Beams, Columns, Footings, Walls, Shear Walls and Slabs

  • Powerful multicore FEM engine, post-processing tools and reports. Achieve a new level of computer aided engineering with Advance Design!

  • Advance Design acts as a structural BIM platform and guarantees the digital continuity of engineering data.

  • Take your projects to the next level with its advanced computational capabilities: non-linear calculation, push over, stage calculations.

  • Stay ahead of the curve by utilizing the latest features and improvements in your design workflow. Access expert support from GRAITEC and benefit from regular software updates.

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New features in Version 2024

Carbon emission estimations

Your path to designing a more sustainable future just got easier with the new CO2 emission calculator in Advance Design 2024.

Defining carbon factors | GRAITEC CANADA
  • Assign specific carbon factors to individual materials or structural elements. You control the process by specifying the list of data sets for CO2 estimation.

  • Streamline your workflow with calculation results shown in graphical form and report tables. Track cost and carbon emission graphical results from the Results ribbon.

Cost estimations

Make better choices on structural elements and construction materials with the new Advance Design Cost Calculator. Better assess the economic impact of your design decisions.

Defining unit prices | GRAITEC CANADA
  • Your decisions can be more straightforward with the dedicated Unit Prices Manager. You control the process with a list of data sets and unit prices.

  • Streamline your workflow with calculation results shown in graphical form and report tables. Track cost and carbon emission graphical results from the Results ribbon.

New features in Version 2024.1 Advance Design

Advance Design 2024.1 comes with significant enhancements and improvements to improve your efficiency. You can check your structures according to Canada’s NBC 2020 building code, get more productive with the project explorer when designing multi-story buildings, benefit from a quicker visual understanding of critical steel components, and create easier-to-read presentations with more control at your fingertips.

Check your structures against Canada's NBC 2020 code. | GRAITEC CANADA
Get more efficient when designing multi-story buildings. | GRAITEC CANADA
Save time when defining linear releases. | GRAITEC CANADA
Produce a safe design with the Reduced Stress Method. | GRAITEC CANADA
Get a quicker understanding of components at risk. | GRAITEC CANADA
Create easier-to-read drawings. | GRAITEC CANADA
  • Take advantage of the National Building Code of Canada (NBC) 2020 implemention to optimize your design of buildings according to the latest Canadian code.

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  • Easily duplicate a level to the top, or copy and paste entire systems from one level to others, with new options available in the contextual menu within the project explorer.

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  • Improve efficiency using a single command to create linear releases on planar elements and using it for multiple edges to reduce the number of clicks.

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  • Verify steel members with longitudinal stiffeners using the Reduced Stress Method from the EN 1993-1-5.

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  • Use new Max Work Ratio options to display results colorized and easier-to-read

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  • Get more readable drawings in design modules by accessing dedicated options to control text height and more.

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2024 New Features

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2024.1 New Features


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Advance Design key features

Discover now how Advance Design can perfectly match your projects.
Our team of experts explains all and if you need a demo, please contact us.

BIM Workflows

Advance Design provides an outstanding BIM experience.
It enables intelligent model-based workflows for Engineers and construction professionals. Advance Design acts as a BIM platform and guarantees the continuity of geometric and analytical data through model transfers all along the design cycle.
Analysis results are also stored in the Digital Model and are part of the BIM process. For instance, they can be used to start a rebar design or a steel connection process directly from Revit.

These options open new disruptive opportunities.
Connected Structural Workflow
Autodesk Revit and Advance Steel integration
IFC compliancy
Analytical model management


Advance Design is probably one of the easiest to learn and use structural package. Modelling is intuitive thanks to a complete library of structural elements, advanced wizards and automatic loads generators. These easily customisable elements and wizards adapt to any situation: numerical eccentricities, braces, ties with initial pre-stressing, complex loading systems, like:
Dynamic views
Level management
Property templates
Multi viewports
Coordinates system (Global, local, user).
Rendering display
3D animation on the model and results

Advanced FEA methods

Advance Design features a powerful mesh and multicore FEM analysis engine, automated post-processing tools and detailed smart reports, automatically updated after every iteration. Achieve a new level of computer aided engineering with Advance Design:
Advanced mesh capabilities
Non linear analysis
General Buckling
Time Hsitory analysis
Pushover analysis
Construction stages

Concrete Design

Advance Design performs a global reinforced concrete design that computes theoretical and real reinforcement, crack design, interpolated cracked inertia, deflection checks, and more. All these results are available for all elements in detailed reports.
Advance Design modules also provide detailed design intent and reinforcement drawings. Advance Design includes design and detailing modules for the main structural elements: reinforced concrete beams, columns, footings, RC bearing walls and shear walls, RC slabs allowing to go deep into the level of details. Advance Design modules also provide detailed drawings required for the construction site.

Steel and Timber members design

Advance Design performs an advanced analysis and optimisation of steel elements according to the selected standards. Design templates, shape and deflection optimisation through automated calculation cycles, a wizard for steel structures and a detailed global report including all design checks and graphical results makes Advance Design a high-end solution to design steel structures.
Timber is getting more and more traction in the construction space, and timber design has become more complex with the application of recent codes. Advance Design also performs a complete analysis and optimisation of timber elements.


Complete your structural analysis with the design modules

Use integrated design modules to make detailed design checks, generate detailed reports and get automatically detailing drawings.

Shear Walls

With the integrated design module, you can desigh RC shear walls or groups of shear walls, generate corresponding 3D rebar cages and automatically receive the final drawing.

RC Slabs

Apply specific methods to design and reinforce a RC slab, using strips method for example, reinforce the element using bars and fabrics and automatically receive the final drawing.

Steel Connections

Use the integrated module to design Steel connections from the 3D model and get automatically design reports and drawings

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