Advance Steel Software
Advance Steel was specifically developed for industry professionals that require a comprehensive and completely integrated package in AutoCAD®. Advance Steel is affordable user-friendly software that automates the entire structural CAD process (fabrication, erection drawings, various reports) and creates NC fabrication data in AutoCAD®.
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Perfectly embedded in AutoCAD®, Advance Steel is a modeling package that accelerates the creation of general arrangement drawings, fabrication drawings, list of materials and NC files: complete library of structural elements, parametric and customizable connections, wizards for miscellaneous steel (stairs, railing, etc.), materials library, sections, bolts, etc.
From the model, Advance Steel creates all fabrication drawings and offers a large selection of tools for automated detail creation, dimensions, annotations, symbols and drag and drop printing layouts.
All the tools are provided for fast and efficient modeling. Creating a precise model is important since Advance Steel will subsequently create all project documents (drawings, lists, NC files) from this model.
In the first step, Advance Steel provides the user with a large library of structural elements and design functions such as:
Common Industry Frames, Bracings, etc.
Steelwork (stairs, railings, ladders, etc., including joints)
Complex folded plates (e.g., conical or twisted)
Welded, tapered and curved beams
Plates management 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 AutoCAD® concepts and functions (snap points, grip points, copy, etc.).
In the second step, Advance Steel has libraries of customizable automatic joints (more than 300 joints) and offers the possibility to create specific joints using a wide range of tools:
Polygonal cuts on plate and beam (cope, along centerline, polygonal, on the UCS, with an angle)
Placement of bolts, holes and shear studs
Advance Steel assigns automatic part marks. Through dialog boxes, the user can define the numbering prefix, method, starting number and increment. Advance Steel will then proceed to final checking: element collisions, tool access (buildability), and consistency of element marks (fabrication, delivery and assembly).
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.)
New Joint Design Engine
Advance Steel can now automatically design common joints within the user interface. To create a joint the user specifies the efforts (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!
Joint designed with Advance Engine. Click on the image to see the video.
Advance Steel is the only CAD software for steel structures that easily models sheet metal work. It only takes two clicks to create an element, for example, a conical shape from two AutoCAD entities (circle, square, etc.) or between two profiles with different diameters.
The drawings for these shapes are automatically obtained along with their unfolded representation.
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. The drawing layout may be customized with specific requirements using the Drawing Style Manager.
General Arrangement drawings
Automated creation of an isometric view from the project, with many different label
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.
Creation of individual fabrication drawings for single and assembly parts
Automated drawing creation by processes
All parts are 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
The Final Touch
Automated creation of a view when adding a cut line or other detail
Ability to change scale, clipping and presentation of the details within the drawing
Additional dimension lines (e.g. Arc, Angle….) can be created and modified
Quick additional label insertion by selecting the desired information directly from the model