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Graitec Delivers New Tools for BIM and Steel Fabrication

 

Graitec has launched four new and enhanced products focused on BIM and fabrication: two productivity extensions for Autodesk Revit 2016 and Autodesk Advance Steel 2016, a new release of the structural analysis solution, Advance Design and a new Steel Fabrication Management Information System (MIS) called Advance Workshop.

The Advance PowerPack 2016 for Autodesk Revit 2016 toolset is designed to deliver increased functionality, better control and more automation for Revit users across all industries – structural, architecture and MEP.

It is said to include practical, everyday utilities focused on speeding up modelling, simplifying family management and predefining annotations, dimension and drawing views to better automate processes and documentation.

The Advance PowerPack 2016 for Autodesk Advance Steel 2016 introduces what Graitec describes as a wealth of localised manufacturer profiles and more predefined default settings. New tools for creating splines of complex helical stair stringers are said to expand the toolset for high-end stair manufacturers, while tools for automatic creation of floor coverings, based on standard grating sizes, are more focused on Graitec’s plant users.

The 2016 version also introduces cloud connectivity and integrates bi-directional links with Advance Workshop, Graitec’s newly launched Steel Fabrication MIS solution, enabling Advance Steel users to retrieve and graphically display colour-coded production statuses in their models.

 

Advance Workshop 2016 is described as a versatile, well-rounded fabrication management solution (MIS), perfect for optimising, controlling and managing every aspect of the process with high levels of accuracy and quality.

It is designed to give steel fabricators complete control over every stage of production including inventory management, traceability for quality control, human resources and CNC processes to increase efficiency and reduce costs.

Advance Workshop manages digital manufacturing and production data, derived directly from the BIM model and uses this to simulate a "virtual workshop" helping ensure all aspects of the production process are optimised.

This software has the ability for full integration with high-end ERP systems and is said to support all major 3D steel BIM software including Autodesk Advance Steel, with built-in drivers for major equipment manufacturers to support a BIM to fabrication workflow.

Meanwhile, the new 2016 release of Graitec’s structural analysis solution, Advance Design comes with a new ‘ergonomic’ ribbon-based user interface designed to make it easier to navigate and access tools more efficiently.This version also introduces US, Canadian and Polish design codes together with a EC8 German appendix expanding the reach of Advance Design to additional global markets.

New design tools have been added for rigid diaphragms for slabs and reinforced concrete ribs design. The bi-direction link between Advance Design and Autodesk Revit has also been updated to enable the sharing of BIM models containing building performance data, including support for transferring the actual FEM results to the Revit environment.

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