The GRAITEC Advance suite: launch of the 2010 versions

Paris, France, September 15th, 2009. GRAITEC, an international software developer for CAD and structural analysis solutions for civil engineering, launches GRAITEC Advance 2010, the complete software solution for reinforced concrete and steel structures.

GRAITEC ADVANCE 2010: A 100% BIM SOFTWARE SOLUTION

Version 2010 of the GRAITEC Advance suite implements the Building Information Modeling system (BIM). The BIM technology allows the user to simulate the behaviour of the structure and to automate the production of various documents necessary in the construction process.

The new version provides engineers with the technology to better design and implement their construction projects by optimizing the use of materials, eliminating the inconsistencies between the different parts of the project, reducing the design cycle, ensuring the traceability of information, improving the communication efficiency among the project partners, and so much more…

Thus, the GRAITEC Advance suite allows users to significantly increase their productivity (by eliminating double entries and with automatic updates) and to reduce errors with its numerous control tools.

Moreover, the following features improve the collaborative work process:
-        2D/3D data of Architects/Design offices are reusable (the entire GRAITEC Advance suite is compatible with the Autodesk modeling tools: Autodesk Revit Architecture 2010 and Autodesk Revit Structure 2010). Advance Concrete and Advance Steel are compatible with AutoCAD 2007, 2008, 2009 and 2010.
-        Compatibility with the industry standards (IFC, CIS/2, PSS, SDNF, etc.)
-        The possibility for several users to simultaneously and securely work together on the same model.

Francis GUILLEMARD, CEO of GRAITEC, comments: “In addition to the new specific functionalities that improve our users’ daily efficiency and productivity, the 2010 versions of the GRAITEC Advance suite offer a BIM system that allows an improved collaboration between software applications. This strategic trend contributes to the development of technologies for numerical simulation that aim to optimize the process and the use of materials, and, thus, to provide a long lasting development.”


ADVANCE DESIGN 2010

Advance Design was specifically developed for structural analysis using a powerful FEM analysis engine. It includes various tools for the design of reinforced concrete and steel structures, integrating the latest European design standards (Eurocodes 1, 2 and 3).

The 2010 version includes the latest Eurocodes developments:
-        A load combinations manager (EC0)
-        A 3D climatic generator (EC 1) that takes into account the wind effects on lattice structures (§ 7.11), on awnings (§ 7.2.1) and on outdoor panels (§ 7.4.3), and that also takes into consideration snow accumulation
-        Seismic analysis (EC8)
-        Many other improvements for Concrete (EC2) and Steel (EC3)

With the partnership with ArcelorMITTAL, GRAITEC also ensures the optimization of castellated beams according to EC3. Advance Design 2010 is also compatible with the British standard BS8110 for Concrete design.

Numerous new functionalities are also available: defining calculation points for temporal analysis, management of beam boundary conditions, selection by systems, post-processing of eigenvectors on selections, new diagram types for graphic results, etc.

Joseph PAIS, Advance Design Product Manager comments: “With the implementation of the latest Eurocodes developments, the 2010 version is an Industry leading European version of Advance Design that integrates the national standards from the main E.U. countries; making Advance Design the number 1 choice for Structural Engineers.”

> Version 2010 release date:        September 15th, 2010
> Windows compatibility:        Windows Vista, Windows XP Pro and Windows 2000 Pro
> Standard interfaces:        IFC, CIS/2, PSS, SDNF, DXF


ADVANCE CONCRETE 2010

Advance Concrete automates the creation of construction drawings, reinforcement drawings, BOM and NC files.

In addition to being compatible with AutoCAD 2010, Advance Concrete 2010 has major performance improvements: the calculation time for elevations, sections and isometric views was reduced by a factor of 4 to 6.

Another major optimization is the new ergonomics of the Dynamic Reinforcement, a unique system which allows for the easy placement of the reinforcement cage in the model.

Many other improvements are also available: compatibility with the AutoCAD stretch command for the modification of the reinforcement of an element, new options for frame distribution in beams, new symbols and labels, a better management of the bar marks behaviour, new options to reduce the number of bar marks in the project, an improved bar bending detail representation, etc.

Hervé DELFOSSE, Advance Concrete Marketing Product Manager comments: “The new 2010 version represents an important step in the software. Its new features allow users to improve the efficiency of the reinforcement design process and to reduce costs.”

> Version 2010 release date:         September 15th, 2010
> Windows compatibility         Windows Vista, Windows XP Pro and Windows 2000 Pro
> AutoCAD® compatibility:        AutoCAD® 2007, 2008, 2009 32 et 64 bits, 2010 32 and 64 bits
> Standard interfaces:        DWG, IFC, DXF


ADVANCE STEEL 2010

Advance Steel automates the entire structural CAD process (fabrication, erection drawings, various reports, BOM’s etc) and creates NC fabrication data.

In addition to being compatible with AutoCAD 2010, Advance Steel 2010 significantly increases the productivity for fabrication drawing creation. The time for generating drawings has been reduced by a factor of 2 to 3.
To facilitate the learning process, Advance Steel ergonomics were improved: a new user interface provides improved selection and creation of connections, new options to isolate elements in the model and to work only in 2D, better use of the realistic rendering that allows a better understanding and manipulation of the model, a new Advance Steel Ribbon interface, etc.

Many other improvements are also available: new features for automatic creation of cage ladders, new automatic functionalities for the design of trusses, new options for stairs and railings (slotted holes, new connection types for handrail ends, the option to create loop returns), new connections (haunch on column flange or on column web, tube connections, base plate with sloped stiffeners and cut, new tube end-to-end connections, etc.), unfolding of curved beams and polybeams, a better representation for angle dimensions and slope triangles, optimized ergonomics and new options for the BOMs and lists management.

Philippe BONNEAU, Advance Steel Marketing Product Manager comments: “The new 2010 version of Advance Steel significantly increases productivity and has a new user-friendly interface developed for the optimal use of the software.”

> Version 2010 release date:        September 15th, 2010
> Windows compatibility:        Windows Vista, Windows XP Pro and Windows 2000 Pro
> AutoCAD® compatibility:        AutoCAD® 2007, 2008, 2009 32 et 64 bits, 2010 32 and 64 bits
> Standard interfaces:        IFC, CIS/2, PSS, SDNF, KISS, DSTV, DXF,


About GRAITEC…
Founded in 1986, GRAITEC is a major software developer for civil engineering offering a Building Information Modeling (BIM) system that automates the entire structural process. Used by more than 30,000 professionals worldwide, GRAITEC solutions have helped in creating outstanding projects: Cœur Défense tower, Stade de France stadium, Cairo Subway, Düsseldorf International Airport, Băneasa Shopping City in Bucharest, Milano Fair, etc. The GRAITEC Group has more than 260 employees working in 12 companies (France, Germany, Spain, Czech Republic, Romania, Russia, United Kingdom, Canada and USA). GRAITEC also manages an international network of more than 30 resellers.
For more information, please visit www.graitec.com



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