Advance Design key features

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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

MODEL IMPORT/EXPORT CAPABILITY
The program provides several data exchange formats such as. .ifc, .sdnf, .gtcx, .gtc, .smlx, .stp (cis2, pss) or .dxf which allows to work with any environment

FULL COMPATIBILITY WITH AUTODESK REVIT
Possibility of bi-directional exchange of geometry and results with synchronization thanks to dedicated BIM Connect tool delivered with the program with advanced exchange settings and section mapping

FULL COMPATIBILITY WITH AUTODESK ADVANCE STEEL
Possibility of bi-directional model exchange and synchronization thanks to .smlx and .gtcx formats. Accurate exchange is guaranteed, among other things, by the implemented profile database of Advance Steel in Advance Design program

DESCRIPTIVE AND ANALYTICAL MODEL
Advance Design is distinguished by having 2 dependent models – a descriptive geometric model and the analytical model created on its basis, which is the key to correct cooperation with other environments

POSSIBILITY TO DIVIDE AND COMBINE MODELS
The program allows for arbitrary splitting and merging of separate files into one common model, which provides a variety of work scenarios

Modeling

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 (climatic loads, seismic loads, traffic loads…). These easily customisable elements and wizards adapt to any situation: numerical eccentricities, braces, ties with initial pre-stressing, complex loading systems…
Dynamic views
Level management
Property templates
Multi viewports
Coordinates system (Global, local, user).
Rendering display
3D animation on the model and results

INTUITIVE AND EASY MODEL DEFINITION
Very intuitive tools for model creation, with the ability to cut, extend and split elements. Plane-based drawing with the ability to set locate, trace, ortho and other modes

2D AND 3D STRUCTURE GENERATOR
Ability to insert parameterized structures such as trusses, frames and entire 3D halls/buildings using the powerful generator

FLOOR AND SYSTEM MANAGEMENT
Easy management of multi-story structures and grouping of elements due to any characteristics

DYNAMIC VIEWS
Benefit from parameterized dynamic views of structures, which can be simultaneously attached to calculation reports

SUPERELEMENTS
Ability to combine separate linear elements and slabs into a single superelement

COORDINATE SYSTEMS
Analysis of results and definition of elements possible in different coordinate systems (global, local, user)

MODEL RENDERING
Easier analysis of the model, thanks to the ability to create realistic visualizations of the object

ANIMATION OF THE MODEL AND RESULTS
Create animations for model presentation and animation of FEA results.

PRESENTATION OF SYMBOLS AND MARKINGS ON STRUCTURAL ELEMENTS
Possibility to display on all or selected elements the indicated symbols ( releases, bracing, etc.) and markings (cross-section, material, ID, etc.) for wide and easy control of the model

EASY DEFINITION AND MODIFICATION OF ELEMENT PARAMETERS
Easy definition of parameters using the properties window. Adjust dimensioning parameters individually, in a group or through a template.

WORKING IN MULTIPLE WINDOWS
Easy model control by working in multiple windows and model views

Loading

AUTOMATIC GENERATION OF CODE COMBINATIONS
Ability to create combinations manually or automatically based on the matrix of case relations

ADVANCED 3D CLIMATE LOAD GENERATOR
3D wind and snow loads for typical and complex geometries. Snow bag determination capability for complex building geometry.

MOVING LOAD GENERATOR
Load patterns for multiple lanes, pedestrian routes, bicycle paths. Input of load patterns and determination of result envelopes

CRANE LOAD GENERATOR
Possibility to create a single or double-rail crane path with any number of cranes moving along it simultaneously. Crane loads are determined automatically based on parameters specified by the user

SEISMIC LOAD GENERATOR
Generation of seismic spectra according to American and European standards

LOCAL AND GLOBAL IMPERFECTIONS
Automatic determination of equivalent loads (consideration of 2nd order effects) for local and global imperfections; analysis of steel member elements taking into account imperfections

IMPORT AND EXPORT OF LOADS
Ability to export support reactions and import them as loads for another model, which allows for a variety of scenarios working with separated parts of the structure

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

POWERFUL MULTITHREADED MES SOLVER
Static and dynamic analysis, temporal, seismic, geometric nonlinearities, large displacements, stability, pushover analysis, rigid links….

STAGE CALCULATIONS
The ability to define structural stages with the assignment of elements and loads to the indicated stage.

NONLINEAR SUPPORTS AND EDGE RELEASES
Complex supports for which it is possible to define any nonlinear work function or with predefined characteristics (gap, force limit, compression/tension). In addition, it is possible to define edge releases for panels working on one side (e.g. compression only, tension only).

MODEL VERIFICATION AND CORRECTION TOOLS
Built-in tools for the correction of the calculation model and user control at each stage of the calculation by displaying relevant warnings

ANALYTICAL NODE CONNECTIONS AND DIAPHRAGMS
Easy introduction of analytical connections between nodes, definition of stiffeners / diaphragms, master to slave node connections, supports and elastic releases

SCISSOR JOINTS
Definition of nominal or elastic releases between continuous elements, which will allow to faithfully reproduce the work of secondary elements such as purlins, rafters or grid beams.

FAST AND ACCURATE FE MESH GENERATOR
The program generates a finite element mesh in a very fast and accurate way. The user has many possibilities to influence the shape and density of the mesh.

Postprocessing

RESULTS TABLES
Presentation of FEA results for linear, surface, node and support elements in tabular form with dynamic filtering and sorting of values.

PRESENTATION OF RESULTS IN GRAPHICAL FORM
Several methods of postprocessing are available: graphical presentation of results on the model, diagrams of results, stress diagrams, intersection diagrams. The user has a wide range of possibilities for adjusting display parameters.

RESULTS ON A GRID
Post-processing grid for surface elements with user parameters independent of grid size.

RESULTANT FORCES
Automatic generation of resultant forces for structural elements including wall group

ADVANCED REPORT GENERATION
A wide set of predefined tables in reports. Fully customizable note templates: styles, tables and screenshots, title page, user-entered texts, links to related documents, etc.

Concrete Design

Advance Design performs a global reinforced concrete design that computes theoretical and real reinforcement, crack design, interpolated cracked inertia, deflection checks, etc. 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 in the level of details such as openings, depressions, precasts, flanges, 3D reinforcement cages… Advance Design modules also provide detailed drawings required for the construction site.

NATIONAL STANDARDS FOR CONCRETE DESIGN
Designing of reinforced concrete elements according to European standards with national annexes, Canadian and American standards

DESIGN TEMPLATES
Definition of templates with sets of standard parameters to speed up the process of design calculations

DEFLECTION AND CRACKING ANALYSIS
Calculation and verification of deflections of reinforced concrete beams and slabs also in the cracked condition with the possibility of correction of reinforcement to the crack

CALCULATION OF THEORETICAL AND REAL REINFORCEMENT
Determination of theoretical and real reinforcement in linear and surface elements

AUTOMATIC SMOOTHING IN SLAB-TO-COLUMN LAYOUTS
Smoothing of results and consideration of stiffness of slab-to-column connection using automatic rigid constraints for any cross sections

CONSIDERATION OF SLAB-BEAM INTERACTION IN DESIGN
Automatic consideration of beam stiffness and dimensioning of T-section with effective width of slab

DETAILED CALCULATION OF SLABS FOR PUNCHING SHEAR
Verification of the punching resistance of concrete and determination of the required reinforcement in the perimeters

VISUALIZATION AND VERIFICATION OF 3D REINFORCEMENT
Generation of actual rebar layout in 3D with full editing and verification capabilities

REAL SLAB REINFORCEMENT
A module for slabs that allows you to automatically and manually define the real reinforcement of the floor slab. The theoretical reinforcement can be the result of calculations based on forces from FEM or the strip method.

GENERATION OF ELEMENT REINFORCEMENT DRAWINGS
Generation of editable drawings in beams, columns, footings, footings ,walls and slabs along with a rebar schedule

SHEAR AND GRAVITATIONAL WALLS
Analysis and design of gravitational and shear walls, also as group of walls

DETAILED CALCULATION REPORTS
Automatic generation of calculation documentation with details of the analyses carried out

Steel members and connections design

Advance Design performs an advanced analysis and optimisation of steel elements and connections 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.

DIMENSIONING OF COLD-FORMED PROFILES
Detailed calculation according to EN 1993-1-3 for thin-walled cold-formed sections such as Z, C, E, etc.

ADVANCED LATERAL TORSIONAL BUCKLING ANALYSIS OF STEEL MEMBERS (LTB)
Advanced analysis method based on a model with 7 degrees of freedom taking into account section warping

STEEL ELEMENT OPTIMIZATION
Optimization of steel elements based on strength and stiffness criteria, with sorting according to various parameters like dimensions, weight….

DETAILED AND TRANSPARENT CALCULATION REPORTS
Verification of the dimensioning process based on detailed calculation notes containing verification formulas

INTEGRATED CONNECTION ANALYSIS MODULE
Analysis of typical steel connection schemes, also in a group, with advanced calculation notes

EXTENSIVE CROSS-SECTION LIBRARY
Speed up the modeling and analysis process by being able to use a rich database of single and compound steel profiles and create user cross sections

ADVANCED TORSIONAL LENGTH DEFINITION OPTIONS
Intuitive definition of lateral torsional buckling restraints based on approaching elements or user-defined points

PARAMETRIC DEFINITION OF COLD-FORMED PROFILES
Possibility of defining typical cold-formed profiles in a parametric way specifying characteristic dimensions.

CALCULATING THE PLASTIC FACTOR FOR A USER SECTION
The section calculator allows you to define also the plastic coefficient for any user section.

SUPERELEMENT CONCEPT
Combination of multiple separate elements into a single superelement for modeling and calculation purposes

COOPERATION WITH IDEA StatiCa CONNECTION
Possibility to export structure elements with forces to an additional program for dimensioning complex steel connections using the CBFEM method

Timber

Timber is getting more and more traction in the construction space and timber design has become more complex with the application of the Eurocode 5. Advance Design also performs a complete analysis and optimisation of timber elements.

OPTIMIZATION OF TIMBER COMPONENTS
Optimization of wooden elements based on strength and stiffness criteria, with sorting according to various parameters such as dimensions, mass…

DETAILED AND TRANSPARENT CALCULATION REPORTS
Verification of the dimensioning process based on detailed calculation notes containing verification formulas

DESIGN IN FIRE SITUATION
Verification of elements in a fire situation including protection by strength reduction and section reduction methods

Foundations

KTZ GROUND STIFFNESS CALCULATOR
Ability to define elastic supports with automatic determination of ground stiffness for point, linear and surface supports

ANALYSIS AND OPTIMIZATION OF PUNCTUAL AND LINEAR FOOTINGS
Possibility of geotechnical analysis for direct foundations in terms of bearing capacity of multilayer foundation, sliding, overturning, compression surface, eccentricity and settlement in conditions with and without drainage

VERIFICATION FOR MULTILAYER SOIL
Ability to calculate bearing capacity under the foundation base for single and multilayer soils by the method indicated by the user

CALCULATION OF THEORETICAL AND REAL REINFORCEMENT IN FOUNDATIONS
Calculation of reinforcement and verification for shear/punching of foundations with selection of real reinforcement

WIDE RANGE OF FOUNDATION SHAPE
Possibility of calculations for rectangular, trapezoidal and socket footings. Calculation of continuous foundations reinforced and without reinforcement

DATABASE OF SOILS WITH THE POSSIBILITY OF CREATING USER SOILS
Extensive library of soils with required parameters that can be supplemented with new user soils

AUTOMATIC REINFORCEMENT DRAWING
Generation of detailed drawing for foundations based on user drawing template

Masonry

DESIGN CALCULATIONS OF MASONRY WALLS
Possibility of design calculations of masonry walls according to the detailed and simplified method (EN 1996-1-1 and EN 1996-3 with national annexes including Polish, Czech, Slovakian, French, English, Romanian and Italian NTC standard) for vertical loads, under concentrated loads, for bending and shear as well as basement walls subjected to soil pressure loading

SIMPLIFIED CALCULATIONS OR BASED ON FORCES FROM FEM
Ability to run the module as a standalone with manual definition of geometry, external loads and determination of bending moments according to Annex C, among others. In addition, the ability to design walls defined in the FEM model based on reduced forces in pillars

WIDE RANGE OF WALL SECTIONS
Calculation of one- and two-layer walls, walls stiffened by pillars and cavity walls made of ceramic, silicate, aggregate concrete, cellular concrete and stone masonry elements. The wall cross-section can be saved for use in subsequent projects.

ANALYSIS OF MULTIPLE PILLARS SIMULTANEOUSLY
Verification of all pillars formed in the wall by door and window openings, carried out for a complex load condition (all verifications are carried out simultaneously – vertical loads, bending, shear and verification under concentrated forces without the need to define multiple calculation positions).

DETAILED CALCULATION NOTE
Basic calculation results are available immediately after the calculation in the results panel. A detailed note with the entire calculation flow is available in pdf and docx formats and can be configured by the user.

EASY DEFINITION OF GEOMETRY AND LOADS
Intuitive and easy definition and change of wall geometry using dialog boxes or directly from the graphical interface. All options are provided with graphical prompts and descriptions.

MASONRY ELEMENTS DATABASE
Full library of masonry materials and mortars according to Eurocode, with the possibility to add your own catalogs.