advance steel suite : professional steel detailing software solution for autocad




advance steel: autocad based steel detailing software

advance steel is specifically developed for industry professionals that require a comprehensive and completely integrated package in autocad�. advance steel is an affordable user friendly software that automates the entire structural cad process (fabrication, erection drawings, various reports) and creates nc fabrication data in autocad�.









a software package 100% dedicated to steel construction and detailing


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 customisable connections, wizards for miscellaneous steel (stairs, railing�), materials library, sections, bolts�

from the model, advance steel creates all fabrication drawings and offers a large selection of tools for automatic detail creation, dimensions, annotations, symbols and drag and drop printing layouts.

advance steel : modeling under autocad

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advance steel : a structural design and detailing software package

advance steel will subsequently generate all the construction and workshop drawings based on the 3d model

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).

in the first step, advance steel provides the user with a large library of structural elements and design functions like:

   common industry frames, bracings�
   common profiles
   common roofs
   steelwork (stairs, railings, ladders...including joints)
   welded, tapered and curved beams
   plates management tools

advance steel works in 2d or 3d according to the user's habits and the type of structure being designed. advance steel supports all basic autocad� concepts and functions (snap points, grip points, copy...)


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
   welded connections

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)...

advance steel offers libraries of customizable automatic joints

knowledge engineering: advance steel integrates a new adaptive technology that dramatically automates and 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.)

joint design thanks to omnitech partnership

thanks to the partnership omnitech / graitec, advance steel can now automatically design common joints. create your joint in advance steel, just indicate the efforts (kip) and advance steel will use the descon engine to design the joint. the right number of bolts, plate thickness, etc. are automatically set in advance steel and a calculation report is available!

joint design thanks to omnitech partnership

joint designed with omnitech descon. click on the picture to see the video

joint designed with omnitech descon. click on the picture to see the video



automated drawing production

advance steel : automatic creation of workshop and general arrangement drawings, automatically labeled and dimensioned in a fully customizable layout

once the design is finished, advance steel offers a wide range of automatic functions to create all the fabrication and general arrangement drawings. the user can choose from a large range of formats (e.g. a4 to a0) and different page layout templates. each detailed drawing is created as an individual dwg file. the details are automatically labeled and dimensioned. the user can customize the drawing layout according to special requirements with the drawing style manager.


automatic creation of isometric views, 2d drawings, elevations, ...

general arrangement drawings

   automatic 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
   function for automatic view creation on the drawing for special situations, like a complex detail       or a base point with the foundation.
   flexibility in the choice of the presentation rules for the details.


automatic creation of workshop drawings

fabrication drawings

  creation of individual fabrication drawings for single and assembly parts
  automatic 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

  automatic creation of a view when adding a cut line or other detail
  possibility 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




documents management is done internally by advance steel

once the drawings are completed, bills of material (bom), lists and nc files can be created. the user can choose among different predefined or custom formats: content definition, insertion of logos, customizable sorting...


other features and provided solutions: lists of materials, lists, nc file... all of them fully customizable.



advance steel has a build-in document manager

advance steel document manager is a user friendly centralized time saving tool to check drawings, sort out details and print bills of materials.





graitec is an active member of the dstv standard association and our software generates nc code

graitec is an active member of the dstv standard association and our software creates nc code that is 100% compatible to most north american (and worldwide) machinery manufacturers. the following manufacturers have confirmed their full compliance to the dstv standard and are cooperating with us to further streamline the design to fabrication process.

daito usa

peddinghaus corporation

kaltenbach, inc.


advance steel projects


autocad 2007 compliant

adt 2007 compliant

100% autocad� ! advance steel uses objectarx to it's fullest. this advanced autodesk technology provides users with professional objects such as beams, columns, bars perfectly integrated to autocad� on which most standard functions can be applied (copy, paste, extend, trim, stretch...). the native file format of advance suites is a 100% autodesk compliant dwg file that any autocad� station can interact with.
graitec is adn (autodesk application developer) since 1997 and uar (unique application reseller) since 2001.


discover how advance steel is compatible with autodesk revit structure.

discover how advance steel is compatible with autodesk revit structure.


products carrying this logo are not necessarily autodesk products and as such are not warranted by autodesk. autodesk, the autodesk logo, autocad and autodesk architectural desktop are registered trademarks of autodesk, inc.




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