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Advance Steel 2018 - Detailed description

3D modeling software for steel detailing


Advance Steel detailing software is built on the familiar AutoCAD platform. Structural engineering professionals use the software to help accelerate design, steel detailing, steel fabrication, and steel construction.

Subscribe to Advance Steel alone, with AutoCAD, or as part of the Autodesk Structural Fabrication Suite. Designed to help you better connect structural design to detailing, the suite includes Advance Steel, AutoCAD, Revit, and Navisworks Simulate.

Note: To use Advance Steel 2018, you must subscribe to AutoCAD 2018.
 

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Features

 

Complete toolset for structural steel design


 Advance Steel detailing software offers structural engineers and detailers a large library of intelligent parametric structural elements, steel connections, and plates.
 

Steel modeling

 

Fabrication data information

Fabrication data information

Get access to fabrication data information.

Repeat Last command

Repeat Last command

Save productivity and clicks.

Intelligent structural objects

Intelligent structural objects

Model faster with an object library and wizards.

Parametric steel connections

Parametric steel connections

Extensive parametric connections library.

Built-in connection design engine

Built-in connection design engine

Check steel connection design in real time.

Stairs, railings, and cage ladders

Stairs, railings, and cage ladders

Model miscellaneous steel work more quickly.

Sheet metal and folded plate work

Sheet metal and folded plate work

Quickly create folded elements of any shape.

Weld definition properties

Weld definition properties

User-defined or automatic weld symbols.

Select and view parts of a model

Select and view parts of a model

Isolate and display selected elements.

Model-based approval workflow

Model-based approval workflow

Color-code objects based on approval status.

Structural engineering drawings

 

Beam offset information in label

Beam offset information in label

Get the beam offset value displayed in labels.

Snap points on anchors

Snap points on anchors

Dimension anchors more efficiently.

Grid balloon placement control

Grid balloon placement control

Improve the appearance of your drawings.

Structural member representation

Structural member representation

Improved display of structural member symbols.

Custom clipping symbols

Custom clipping symbols

Gain greater control of clipping symbols.

General arrangement drawings

General arrangement drawings

Produce clearer drawings for erection at site.

List on general arrangement drawings

List on general arrangement drawings

Insert general arrangement drawing lists.

 

Detailing & documentation

 

User-defined formulas in BOMs

User-defined formulas in BOMs

Take advantage of new flexibility in templates.

Templates for lists on drawings

Templates for lists on drawings

Get connection location information on single-part drawings.

Versatile numbering

Versatile numbering

Select from multiple numbering methods.

Steel shop drawings

Steel shop drawings

Generate more accurate drawings for fabrication.

Labels in dimension lines

Labels in dimension lines

Affix automatic or manual dimension line labels.

Create more accurate BOMs

Create more accurate BOMs

Automatically generate BOMs based on design data.

NC data

NC data

Generate data for CNC workshop machines.

Document Manager

Document Manager

Control your documentation.

Integrated revision control

Integrated revision control

Use revision clouds to manage drawing edits.

 

Interoperability

 

Steel connections synchronization

Steel connections synchronization

Synchronize between Revit or Advance Steel models.

View native drawings in AutoCAD

View native drawings in AutoCAD

Object enabler lets you view Advance Steel drawings.

Open and flexible API

Open and flexible API

Extend and enhance the use of Advance Steel.

Bidirectional link with Revit

Bidirectional link with Revit

Help speed time to fabrication with model synchronization with Revit.

AutoCAD Plant 3D interoperability

AutoCAD Plant 3D interoperability

Integrate real-time workflow.

Robot Structural Analysis interoperability

Robot Structural Analysis interoperability

Optimize your structure with bidirectional links.

Navisworks interoperability

Navisworks interoperability

Integrate data for quantification, simulation, and whole-project review.

MIS software interoperability

MIS software interoperability

Export data via KISS, XML, or IFC with MIS software.

Work-sharing

Work-sharing

Several users can work on the same project at once.

Status tracking information

Status tracking information

Color-code 3D models using shop and field status.


What’s New in Autodesk Advance Steel 2017

 

Modeling tools

Advance Steel 2017 reportedly will have a handy new tool for inserting intelligent cold-rolled sections like purlins and side-rails, along with any necessary connections. This tool can be started from the Connection vault in the software and will let users pick from default or custom vendors to create a bill of materials (BOM).



Advance Steel's new tool for inserting cold-rolled sections promises improved efficiency. (Image courtesy of Autodesk.)

The update also lists improved access to customized fabrication data as one of its new features. Users will be able to transfer fabrication data properties between assemblies using the Match Properties command. Tokens for this data will also be available for BOMs and lists on drawings. 



Users will be able to access and transfer fabrication data. (Image courtesy of Autodesk.)

Documentation

The BOM templates for Advance Steel have gotten an update with the new version. Users will be able to define formulas in order to adjust the amount of a given part that they wish to order. Users will also be able to filter the BOM to find tokens containing a given term.



New templates for BOMs in Advance Steel 2017. (Image courtesy of Autodesk.)

The new version also includes an updated set of out-of-the-box tools for engineering drawings, available in the Drawing Styles palette. This includes tools for drawing stairs, railings and cage ladders.




The new drawing tools allow for creation of miscellaneous steel structures. (Image courtesy of Autodesk.)
 
Interoperability

Advance Steel 2017 has a few tools that make for easier interoperability with other Autodesk software offerings. Among them is the object enabler, which lets users open 2D drawings from Advance Steel in AutoCAD 2017 or AutoCAD LT 2017. Users won’t be able to edit these drawings in AutoCAD, however.

It also includes the new Steel Connections for Revit extension, which allows users to synchronize parametric steel connections between Revit and Advance Steel. It includes a built-in steel connection design engine based on US and European codes. 
Steel Connections for Revit is available to current Revit subscribers across the globe.



Autodesk Steel Connections for Revit in Revit 2017. (Image courtesy of Autodesk.)


Advance Steel 2017 will be available as part of the Structural Fabrication Suite or as an individual subscription within AutoCAD. The full list of features is available on the Autodesk website.


 
System requirements for Autodesk Advance Steel 2018
Operating system
  • Microsoft® Windows® 10
  • Microsoft Windows 8.1 with Update KB2919355
  • Microsoft Windows 7 SP1
CPU Type 1 gigahertz (GHz) or faster
RAM

8 GB RAM

Usually sufficient for an average model size and comfortable use of multiple applications in parallel. Individual models will vary in their use of computer resources and performance characteristics. For larger models, more RAM memory is recommended.

Display Resolution

1360x768 (1920x1080 recommended) with True Color

High Resolution 4K Displays:

Resolutions up to 3840x2160 supported on Windows 10, 64-bit systems (with capable display card)

Free Disk Space
  • 7 GB
  • 1 GB additional free disk space is recommended for disk cache

Note: The system temporary folder requires up to 12 GB of additional free space during download installation.

 

Pointing Device MS-Mouse compliant
Media
  • Install Now (WI)
  • Installation from USB (IMG)
  • Download / Browser (DLM)
Browser Internet Explorer® 11 or later
.NET Framework .NET Framework Version 4.6
Additional Requirement Internet connectivity for license registration
Additional requirements for Large Datasets, Point Clouds, and 3D Modeling
  • 8 GB RAM or more
  • 6 GB free hard disk available not including installation requirements
  • 1920x1080 True Color video display adapter, 128 MB VRAM or greater, Pixel Shader 3.0 or greater, Direct3D® capable workstation class graphics card
Additional requirement for Model Documentation and Point Clouds 64-bit (x64) processor