Autodesk Previews Enhancements for Advance Steel and Steel Connections for Revit at NASCC 2017
By Udo Haedicke and Michael Gustafson
Autodesk Revit and Advance Steel better connect structural design and fabrication
Since acquiring Advance Steel in 2013, Autodesk continues to work towards better support for BIM-centric workflows for structural steel design and detailing. For instance, we have been working to strengthen the interoperability between Autodesk Revit design software and Autodesk Advance Steel software. In advance of tomorrow’s opening day of the NASCC conference, we’re happy to announce that the forthcoming Advance Steel 2018 release next month will now offer seamless consumption of LOD350* Revit models.
This exciting news means that engineers can deliver more accurate designs and bills of materials to the detailer and fabricator. And for the detailer, it means they can more quickly respond to design changes while delivering the files needed to drive steel fabrication. This interoperability will help steel detailers and fabricators take full advantage of the steel design model—a notable benefit for the industry.
What’s more, the Autodesk’s Steel Connections for Revit 2018 release will include several major updates including over 130 parametric steel connections! These connections may be transferred to the Revit model to help improve design coordination between engineers and fabricators. The update will also have custom made framing Revit families for custom sections—a major feature that current users have been asking for—and the ability to transfer code check for customized parameters.
Figure 1: Steel Connections for Revit 2018 now includes over 130 parametric steel connections that may be transferred to the Revit model to help improve design coordination between engineers and fabricators. Image courtesy of Autodesk.
This improved BIM-centric functionality will help structural engineers, steel detailers, and fabricators work more collaboratively within a common BIM-based environment. Customers across the globe are already reaping the benefits supported by this functionality. Recently, TSI Structures, a fabricator in the UK, used Advance Steel along with the engineer’s Revit model to help reduce their project schedule by 20%. Learn more.
Improved ease of use to help streamline the user experience
This year’s release includes several enhancements designed to improve usability. For instance, Advance Steel 2018 has been fully integrated into the AutoCAD platform so users will now have one simple installation and one licensing mechanism for their software. In addition, settings from one version of Advance Steel to the next can now be easily transferred with one simple interface to help users spend less time moving to a new version.
Figure 2: Settings from one version of Advance Steel can now be easily transferred with one simple interface to help users spend less time moving to a new version. Image courtesy of Autodesk.
Better control over detailing output
Advance Steel 2018 also includes updates that allow users to better control documentation and customized model information. These new features include:
- Model views combined with cameras help to simplify the process of creating general arrangement drawings.
- Customized model information in DWG to communicate more effectively your designs to other stakeholders.
- Blow-up Details – Callouts to help users save time on drawing creation.
Figure 3: Model views combined with cameras help to simplify the process of creating general arrangement drawings. Image courtesy of Autodesk.
Figure 4: Blow-up Details – Callouts to help users save time on drawing creation. Image courtesy of Autodesk.
Autodesk now makes it easy to invest in its BIM to Fabrication offerings
To make things easier for steel construction professionals as they embrace new processes and technologies for BIM to fabrication workflows, Autodesk has packaged the powerful software tools needed to support steel projects in the Autodesk industry collection for architecture, engineering and construction such as Autodesk Revit and Autodesk Navisworks Manage software. When paired with Advance Steel, project teams now have access to a powerful set of BIM-based tools that support the entire steel project lifecycle from design to detailing to fabrication.
In addition, Autodesk has made subscribing to the industry collection and Advance Steel more affordable and flexible.
Autodesk Advance Steel 2018 is expected to be available globally starting on April 1, 2017 in English, German, Spanish, French, Italian, Russian, Czech, Polish, Romanian, and Portuguese (Brazilian). For pricing and availability information click here. Autodesk Steel Connections for Revit 2018 is expected to be available starting April 14, 2017 in English, German, French, and Polish.
* The Level of Development (LOD) Specification is a reference that enables practitioners in the AEC Industry to specify and articulate with a high level of clarity the content and reliability of Building Information Models (BIMs) at various stages in the design and construction process. For LOD350 the Model Element is graphically represented within the Model as a specific system, object, or assembly in terms of quantity, size, shape, orientation, and interfaces with other building systems. Non-graphic information may also be attached to the Model Element.