June 2018 – GRAITEC, an international BIM, Fabrication and Design software developer for AEC, and Autodesk® Platinum Partner in US and across Europe, is delighted to announce the launch of its new GRAITEC Advance Suite 2019, providing the very best modelling and design software solutions to AEC and Fabrications markets.

GRAITEC is constantly improving their products to provide first-rate advancements for innovative software solutions to its valued customers, and the recent launch of its new and upgraded product range for release 2019 is no exception. Proving Graitec is still top of their game in terms of providing top-level Construction, AEC and Building Design software solutions worldwide.

 

Joseph PAIS, GRAITEC Product Director comments: "With the release 2019 of our Graitec Advance suite, our focus is to increase the efficiency of the daily use of our software, offer advanced design capabilities for steel users and enhance rebar detailing capabilities in Revit®. We are doing our best to deliver innovative and adaptive tools to insure the digital continuity between design and fabrication through a connected BIM workflow”

Advance Design 2019: BIM software for FEM structural analysis

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Advance Design is a mature and easy-to-use FEM Structural Analysis solution dedicated to construction professionals operating in a BIM environment. It fully designs and post processes any type of structure, with any load type, with a combination of concrete, timber and steel materials. It includes major code standards (Eurocodes / North American). Advance Design is part of the GRAITEC Advance suite and provides, together with Autodesk Advance Steel® and Revit®, a dedicated BIM structural workflow.

This version 2019 of Advance Design is enhanced with many new functionalities with several benefits for the end user:

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Advance Design 2019 includes an updated version of the FEM (Finite Element Method) solver supporting the use of multiple processor cores during the calculation. The main benefit of the feature is to allow faster calculations by reducing the computing time.

Advance Design 2019 includes an updated version of the FEM (Finite Element Method) solver supporting the use of multiple processor cores during the calculation. The main benefit of the feature is to allow faster calculations by reducing the computing time.

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Advance Design 2019 includes a new solver for the steel member stability check. This enhanced solver designs and optimizes those structural elements including:

  • The imperfections by introducing a scaled eigenmode as an initial deformation;
  • The torsional warping effects by considering a 7th degree-of-freedom;
  • The eccentricity of the loads by considering the application point on the cross-section;
  • The boundary conditions and lateral restraints by introducing concentric or eccentric nodal and continuous springs along the member;
  • The effects of the deformed geometry by performing a second-order analysis.

 

By increasing the number of available connections, Advance Design has additional modelling capabilities. The possibility to manage and group new connections offers an easier model management.

This new 2019release  of Advance Design comes with several other improvements:

  • Two new types of clip angles connections: continuous beam with two secondary members as well as columns with two beams.
  • Synchronization for buckling lengths of Reinforced Concrete columns in Advance Design to BIM Designers Column;
  • New links for steel connections with BIM Designers Steel Connections
  • Shape optimization of steel elements according to deflection;
  • Improvements to tables with results of steel design, available with the Report generator;
  • Miscellaneous improvements & corrections

Advance BIM Designers Series 2019: Automating structural design-to-detail apps

GRAITEC Advance BIM Designers is a BIM Solution for improving structural projects management. This software helps users to create, design, document, track and control structural members of a BIM project. Works in multiple BIM environments.

The Advance BIM Designers are grouped under 2 series: Concrete Series and Steel Series.

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The Concrete Series of the BIM Designers are proposed in 2 professional packages:
  • Advance BIM Designers - Concrete Series - Rebar Detailing;
  • Advance BIM Designers - Concrete Series - Rebar Design & Detailing.
For the Steel series, 2 packages are available:
  • Advance BIM Designers – Steel Series – Stairs & Railings;
  • Advance BIM Designers – Steel Series – Steel Connection.

Advance BIM Designers – Concrete Series: Concrete Design and detailing

The Reinforced Concrete BIM Designers enable a truly connected and automated structural BIM workflow, leveraging both BIM data and multi-platform integration. The BIM Designer Series introduce radical changes including a high-degree of automation to traditional structural workflows. The Reinforced Concrete BIM Designers for Columns, Beams and Footings are compatible with GRAITEC Advance Design, integrated in Autodesk® Revit® 2019, and also available as a standalone solution.

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This release 2019 comes with several new functionalities and improvements for beams; columns and footings. We can highlight some of them as:

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Advance BIM Designers 2019 allows to export and import load combination definitions using the Excel spreadsheet. This feature is useful in many situations, especially when it is necessary to quickly modify a large number of combinations or when the user desires using thier own combinations when calculating different elements.

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The new version of the BIM Designer Footing module provides additional geometrical criteria for shape sizing, with the possibility to keep the initial ratio of dimensions when optimizing the footing. The benefit of this feature is to provide a greater control allowing footing shape size optimization considering new types of constraints.

 

The definition of the buckling lengths

The definition of the buckling lengths has been improved for columns. This feature brings a greater flexibility to the user with the possibility to impose buckling length values manually and a better experience on the user interface.

The icons have been redesigned showing more explicit diagrams and presenting the associated buckling coefficient

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An important functionality which was requested by several users is the possibility to lock an existing reinforcement cage to perform verifications on a portion of the structure and a design on other portion. This new option is extremely useful in cases of existing buildings

A lot of users’ benefits come with the release 2019 of the BIM Designers Concrete series:

  • Exchange data of multiple elements with the ETO files
  • Better control thanks to the possibility to access more parameters and modify or lock their values
  • Work faster thanks to a direct access to loads definitions and values
  • Greater flexibility with the possibility to fine tune design assumptions
  • Enhanced capabilities with load definition on multi-span beams
  • Faster access to results thanks to the possibility to generate reports in the background
  • More design scenarios covered

Advance BIM Designers – Concrete Series: Detailing functionalities

The release 2019 of the BIM Designers enhances Revit detailing capabilities. Using the BIM Designers on Revit 2018 or 2019, the user has the possibility to:
  • Group single-span beams into a multi-span beam
                                      One three-span beam                                                                           Three single-span beams
  • Define parametric 3D rebar cages and save templates to be applied on further Revit models
 
  • Generate automatically Revit native rebar schedules including bending schemas
  • Renumber the bars on selected elements or the full model
  • Design shared parameters for single elements or groups of elements

Advance BIM Designers – Steel Series: Design & detailing modules for steel constructions

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Steel Connection Designer is an interactive connection designer for calculating common steel connections including Base Plates, Moment End Plates and Apex Haunches to Eurocode EC3. Supporting international design codes, the Steel Connection Designer is compatible with Advance Design 2019.

The release 2019 of the Steel Connection Designer comes with 2 new connection categories: Gable wall end plate andsplices.

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Several improvements come with this new version:

  • Improvements to the block tearing calculations
  • Improvements to the verification of web of main beam on double sided clip angle connections
  • Improvements to Load & Combination dialogs
  • Possibility to calculate preloaded bolts on shear connections
  • New list of straight anchors with plate
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Stairs & Railing Designer 2019 is fully compatible with Autodesk® Advance Steel 2019 and sees enhancements such as:

  • New staircase types
  • Stairs from single to multiple flights
  • Flexible stairs geometry
  • New types of stringers
  • Possibility to place stairs between 2 levels
  • Define different widths for treads
  • Save treads size
  • New connection for treads
  • New corner connections
  • Connections for post base
  • Options to define galvanizing holes

PowerPack for Revit® 2019: Productivity Add-on for Revit®

GRAITEC PowerPack for Revit® is an add-on for Autodesk Revit® packed with improved localization content and tools that deliver more functionality, better control and more automation for Revit® users across all industries.

 

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The release 2019 brings interesting novelties to the productivity tools of link to excel, element lookup, family manager… It is compatible with both 2018 and 2019 versions of Autodesk Revit®. This also includes the BIM Connect plug-in, which can be installed separately from the PowerPack.

The Element Lookup

The Element Lookup command has now an additional functionality: it lets users Save the set of search results as a Selection Set, which later can be used to define visibility filters. Users can now look for an element using filter rules (=, !=, <, <=, >, >=) and save the Selection Set.

The Link to Excel tool from 2019 version gives users more control over data management, from Excel spreadsheets to Revit and vice-versa.

While importing an Excel file back to Revit various options regarding changed data and actions to be taken are available (i.e if user wants to keep changes made in Excel or keep Revit® data). In addition to this, it allows users to modify values in Revit, Excel or both, as required.

The Element Lookup
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Starting with the 2019 version of GRAITEC PowerPack for Revit®, a brand-new Section Box tool is available under 3D Views tab, allowing users to swiftly manage the section box extends in real-time, by simply scrolling with the mouse.

Other improvements come with this new release of Graitec PowerPack for Revit®:
  • New updates to the Family Manager allow users to save and load the desired Family Configurations as XML files.
  • Now the users can easily define the default line style for the command, which can be filtered and controlled in the Visibility/Graphic

Advance Workshop 2019: MIS solution for Steel Fabricators

Advance Workshop is a purpose-built, easy-to-use Steel Fabrication Management Information System (MIS) designed to give steel fabricators complete control over every stage of production. Manage stock, traceability, labour and CNC processes to increase efficiency and reduce costs - ultimately optimizing your total business performance. It is 100% compatible with worldwide biggest machinery manufacturers and ready for Industry 4.0

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Following several requests, new drivers have been developed:

  • Driver for new generation Laser machine BLM in IFC format
  • Driver for Rush Scortegagna
  • Driver for press break

One benefit of these new drivers is more integration with CNC machines, especially with new generation 3D machines.

 

A new big improvement is now present in Advance Workshop: availability in a Terminal Server version. It is possible to install all Advance Workshop packs on only one server (with the right prerequisites) and work with Advance Workshop from a terminal server connection. This allows eliminating all network issues, like firewall, Antivirus, bad connection, etc. Furthermore, this enhancement enables Advance Workshop to work much faster and more efficiently.

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Advance Workshop database

With its new inventory database, it is now possible to save, in Advance Workshop database, part or an entire steel structure to re-use in production. With this new feature, it is possible to build a new order with saved structure to send in production. This is a huge benefit for companies in electric tower market who will have the possibility to save works or part of them to send them back to production several times.

Several other improvements are in Advance Workshop 2019 as:

  • New tool to edit and import order. This simoplifies the creation or modification of an order, and to sort an order in different production phase.
  • Connected to the database, it is now possible to manage the inventory in the stock. It gives the possibility to manage, in the warehouse, structures like kits in the catalog to be produced and sold several times.
  • Advance Workshop allows now to sell commercial elements in a new separate environment. It’s now easier to create and manage commercial orders that don’t enter in production.
  • New commands are available in the CAD system, make it possible to create folds in plates manually.
  • New functions implemented for the console to detect a job and work center time. This helps to control all inner work activities.
  • Following some costumer requests, a new feature for associating plate parts in a stock plate sheet has been added in Advance Workshop. This function allows creating a fast plate nesting without having a nesting software.

PowerPack for Advance Steel 2019: Productivity add-on for Autodesk Advance Steel®

GRAITEC Advance PowerPack for Advance Steel® is an add-on for Autodesk Advance Steel® packed with improved localization content and tools that deliver more functionality, better control and more automation for Advance Steel® users across Steel industry.

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  • The release 2019 introduces a wide selection of exclusive joints, tools and utilities for Advance Steel users.Among the new joints, we have:
    • Back to back connection with plates joint.
    • Back to back connection with profiles joint. These two first joints are designed for compound, back-to-back beams.
    • “Threaded rod connection” joint: this creates a rod with round or square cross-section between two elements (beams, plates, gratings, etc.).

Steel Structure Designer: Extensive range of Building definitions and tools

The PowerPack includes the Structural Designer modules which allow the Advance Steel user to generate a parametric 3D frame in a few clicks! Including the tapered beams and the mezzanines management.

The Steel Structure Designer allows the user to quickly configure complete steel structures in a wide variety of shapes and is fully compatible with Autodesk® Advance Steel and GRAITEC Advance Design.

There are several new options available in the Frames tab, under the Portal Frame Definition, that improves the tapered beams’ configuration:

  • “Fixed” checkbox for segment length;
  • New tabs, “Top special” and “Bottom special”, with specific layout (“Continuous” and “Splice”) and extension (start/end) options for top and bottom flanges
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BIM Connect 2019: Bidirectional intelligent BIM model sharing

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This powerful, free plugin for Autodesk® Revit® from GRAITEC provides bi-directional, intelligent Structural Building Information Modeling (BIM) model sharing, including the transfer of FEM results data, between GRAITEC engineering and fabrication solutions (Advance Design, Arche, SuperSTRESS, Advance Workshop, etc) and Autodesk® Revit® and Autodesk® Advance Steel products.

BIM Connect 2019 is fully compatible with Revit® 2019 and continues to provide BIM functionalities such as synchronization control, retaining materials when section changes, definitions of circular sections by the radius or diameter and more. Important enhancements bring way to improved transfer method of forces from Advance Design to Revit® as well as ways to manage stacked walls, which are no longer exported from the Revit® model, creating seamless structural BIM workflows.

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