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Autodesk Releases Advanced Steel for Structural Detailing

By Damien Jovica
Email: djovica@redstack.com.au
Phone: 1300 667 263 

Parametric Connections, NC File Support, Revit & Robot Structures Interoperability plus more.

3D ModelBuilt on top of AutoCAD, Autodesk Advanced Steel brings a range of features and functionality that has been missing in Autodesk’s portfolio of design products. Anyone who has used AutoCAD Structural detailing will be aware of it’s limitations. This new product is a big step in the right direction and addresses many of those limitations.

When you get Advanced Steel you also get the full version of AutoCAD, which already has great direct editing 2D/3D design tools and superior detailing and annotation capabilities, with features that many CAD packages lack, let alone structural detailing packages.

Advance Steel builds on that with parametric connections (members, plates, joints, joists, etc.), an extensive customisable library with almost any standard, NC file  support for Beam Line Machines and etching/scribing, clash detection, project/document management, bill of materials and interoperability with Revit (import, Export, Synchronise), Navisworks (The export to Autodesk Navisworks contains all Advance Steel objects and their tokens), Robot Structures, import/export IFC, CIS/2, SDNF, PSS, STD and export KISS and PML along with all the other major formats that AutoCAD supports.

3D Modeling

connectionsGetting started is as simple as clicking on the grid, selecting your origin and dimension it out. Choose your structural member. You can use the auto-connection tool, input your own connection or build one up.

In addition to structural steel, the program also has tools and library for stairs, railing, cage ladders, joists, sheet metal and folded plate work.

2D Detailing

Drawing2Advanced Steel includes the full version of AutoCAD, which already has great 2D/3D design features with superior detailing and annotation 
capabilities. Advanced Steel builds on the standard AutoCAD features with specific detailing tools for structural steel detailing.

It has One-Click buttons for a Bill of Materials with a report editor to customise or use existing templates. The same goes for generating NC files.

Management Tools


Mgmt toolsAutodesk has put in a Management Tools Console, to customise sizes, standards, bolts, shear studs, anchors and editing in the way of tables and converting existing databases too, which is a nice addition.

Advantages Over Other Structural Detailing Packages

This software does what you would expect from a modern structural detailing package, with the added benefits of AutoCAD’s capabilities, compatibility with DWG, Revit and Navisworks, being able to analyse the model in Autodesk Robot Structures, sending it to Showcase or 3ds Max for stunning visualisation or to the cloud where you can use AutoCAD 360 and BIM 360′s design and collaboration tools.

To access your free 30-day trial click here. Click on these links for the Getting Started and User Guide 

 
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