During the project process from design to detailing, there are many discussions between engineer, detailer, and fabricator about how to connect the multi-material framing elements like beams, columns, and bracings.
For cases like that, you can place a structural connection to supply information about the desired connection and define the relations between the elements. Beneath several parameters for schedules and tags, it also enables you to store pictures and link to further documentation about the connection, like: connection requirements or design report.
The symbolic connectors can be shown in drawings and use colors based on approval and/or code checking status parameter for an easier review and/or approval workflow. If required, the connection between framing steel elements can be extended with detailed steel connections.
This feature improves workflow between design and detailing within the BIM environment.
We are happy to say that we’ll be back at Autodesk University this year with for our 3rd annual preconference dedicated to mechanical and structural contractors. Held on Monday November 14, the MEP & Structural Fabricators Forum will continue to help you Detail Better, Fabricate Better and Build Better.
We are now accepting proposals for classes! If you are interested in being selected to present during the conference, please consider submitting a proposal here.
What are we looking for?
Classes that highlight design to fabrication to field workflows. Attendees want to hear how you’ve implemented, adopted and used Autodesk fabrication solutions, as well as the success you’ve had on projects. Real world scenarios and workflows with Revit or Advance Steel are also highly requested.
Business Industry Talks (60 minutes in length): A lecture style class for C-level, project managers and decision makers that is focused on industry movements and business benefits of technology such as the Fabrication products or other Autodesk software.
Technical Instructional Demos (60 minutes in length): A technical, lecture style class where you will share your experience and expertise in one or more of the Fabrication products, or products that integrate with the Fabrication products.
Technical Hands-On Labs (60 minutes in length): A technical lab class where attendees will follow you step-by-step on the class computers.
When does Call for Proposals close? May 27th, 2016. We’ll notify chosen speakers in late June.
How do I submit? Use the Call for Proposals link. The AU page has lots of great information on preparing your submission.
Please note, to ensure your submission gets categorized properly, check off MEP & Structural Fabricators Conference when asked if you want to submit to any other conference in the CFP form.
Also note, you are more than welcome to submit more than one presentation. We are looking for classes for the preconference and the full AU conference, so the more presentations we have to choose from the better.
AEC Excellence Awards 2016? Get your projects recognized! Be seen as a pioneer leading the way in changing the world’s building, construction and infrastructure, one project at a time.
Autodesk and HP are hosting the 2016 AEC Excellence Awards. Be awarded over $10,000 in prizes. We are looking for the best use of Autodesk technology and BIM in building, construction and infrastructure projects. There are also categories specifically for small or niche projects, such as: • Fabrication • Communication & Collaboration • Computational Design • Building Construction
Submissions for the awards are due on June 30th, 2016.
If you have any questions, please let us know on here.
Reinforcement connectors are family-based and fully customizable, and each team member can use them according to their needs. Rebar connectors interact with the rebar that they connect to, facilitating change management.
Structural engineers can use schematic connectors to define requirements. Detailers can use them to produce shop drawings. Manufacturers can go into full detail, precisely modeling and representing reinforcement connectors to create installation instructions. You can add the connectors to groups, assemblies, and partitions with unique coupler numbering, and you can export them to various formats.
This feature improves level of details for reinforcement modeling and documentation.
First introduced in 2012 to recognize BIM in Infrastructure projects, this year’s competition now includes Building and Construction categories and will showcase innovative and connected BIM technology use. Categories include 1st and 2nd place for Building, Construction, and Infrastructure projects. There are also categories specifically for small or niche projects, such as fabrication, communication & collaboration, computational design, small & large building construction projects and more.
We will also award a Philanthropic Award that addresses the fields of public interest, social impact, community, humanitarian or sustainable design.
5 reasons to submit your project
1. MARKET YOUR SPECIALTY. There are NINETEEN award categories. Whether you are a small or niche firm, or a large firm that wants to be recognized for a particular capability, such as fabrication, communication, collaboration, computational design, or more, there is a place for your project. Have several projects you’re proud of? No problem. You can submit up to five different projects into five different categories.
2. GET THE RECOGNITION YOU DESERVE. Your project will get recognized publically just by submitting! Your project will be included in a showcase book that will be shared globally once the competition has closed, and may also be considered for an Autodesk success story featured on our website where it will be seen by thousands of visitors. This Showcase Book is easily shareable to your customers and clients.
3. PUBLICITY FOR YOUR PROJECT & COMPANY. There will be promotion and coverage of the AEC Excellence Award winners across Autodesk social media accounts and websites, as well as mentions in AEC industry publications and media coverage of the Awards ceremony at AU Las Vegas 2016.
4. WHO DOESN’T LIKE PRIZES? If your project is chosen, you could win a brand new HP ZBook, a trip to AU Las Vegas 2016 & recognition at the Autodesk University awards ceremony. And, of course, you’ll receive a beautiful trophy you can show off to all of your colleagues and clients once you return.
5. NETWORK WITH PEERS. All winners will receive an invite to the Awards ceremony at AU. This event will provide opportunities for best discussions, networking and collaboration with your AEC industry peers.
Here’s what to do Learn more at www.aecexcellence.com. Second, open/download this pdf as quick reference. Third, share this information with others in your organization because you can submit up to 5 projects. Deadline for submission is June 30 – so don’t delay.
Now you can define more accurate reinforcement for non-standard concrete element shapes by fitting rebar for non-standard geometry with rebar sets that vary along inclined faces.
Because the varying rebar set is dependent on a constraint, the varying distribution follows that path. In polygons with non-perpendicular sides, this may require two or more sets to fill the host.
You can use multi-rebar annotations, customizable numbering settings, and more accurate schedules that display varying lengths.
When you place a rebar set with varying distribution, you can assign the numbering patterns in the Varying Rebar Set section of the Reinforcement Settings dialog.
Number bars individually - Each rebar in the set will be assigned a number. Similar rebar will be matched throughout the project, adhering to the rebar numbering conventions. Number bars as a whole - Each rebar in the set will have the same number. Each rebar is then differentiated by a specified suffix number.
This increases 3D rebar modeling versatility and helps you to define the accurate reinforcement for non-standard shapes of concrete elements.
Autodesk Solution Associate partner IDEA RS attended the steel construction conference NASCC last week in Florida, USA. There they educated hundreds of structural engineers, detailers, fabricators and builders about their BIM-centric steel connection design solution.
Together with Autodesk, they presented a workshop called “Connection design – Reinvented” where they showcased BIM-based steel connection design workflows for today’s structural engineering practice. Integration between IDEA StatiCa Connection and Advance Steel, Robot Structural Analysis and Revit was explained. Learn more here…NASCC news
Yesterday we announced the release of Autodesk® Advance Steel 2017. Built on the familiar AutoCAD platform, Advance Steel helps provide engineering and detailing professionals the tools needed to model the details necessary for their structures. The latest version of Advance Steel adds a host of new features and enhancements that help improve productivity and usability, and allow fabrication documents to be drafted and documented more easily to support BIM enabled workflows.
What’s New in Advance Steel
New & Enhanced Modeling Tools Improved Modeling Efficiency. Advance Steel 2017 provides a new automatic and parametric tool for inserting cold rolled sections (such as purlins and side rails) and their corresponding connections. The macro can be started from the Connection vault and offers various options to select components from one of the five default vendors available. Additional vendors can be added based on your customization and it’s easy to adjust the settings from the properties dialog box. Also included are ready-to-use templates that automatically create bill-of-materials (BOMs) containing bridging components.
Improved modelling efficiency with a new automatic and parametric tool for inserting cold rolled sections and their corresponding connections.
Easy Access to Fabrication Data. We’ve also made it easier to access customized fabrication data. Fabrication data properties can be transferred from assemblies to other assemblies (and with their associated attached parts) by using the match properties command. In addition, all tokens for fabrication data information are available for external BOMs and lists on drawings.
Easier access to customized fabrication data information.
Documentation Improvements Productivity and Appearance. We’ve added a range of new features designed to help you improve productivity and the appearance of your drawings. These include custom clipping symbols, snap points on anchors, grid balloon placement control, repeating your last command, and templates for lists on drawings. Additionally, other improvements allow you to get the beam offset value displayed in labels and improve the display of structural member symbols.
This feature is displayed through the beam label on drawings, and controlled by a token that automatically displays the beam offset value (or position, if the beam is inclined) in the object label in relation to the Plan view on the general arrangement drawing.
Structural members can be displayed as symbols. You have several options to choose from. The Beam symbol is always placed at the end of the line that represents the left side on the assembly drawing of this part.
Bills of Materials (BOMs). BOMs now take advantage of the new flexibility in the templates with user defined formulas such as addition, subtraction, multiplication and division. This helps you add, for example, an extra 5% to your bolt quantity to be shipped at site. In addition, the BOM editor now has a filter tool to help you easily find tokens containing the name or a part of it that you type in the filter cell, and new options for sorting individual tokens within the sorting dialog box.
Take advantage of new flexibility in your bill of materials templates.
Out of the box drawings. It’s also now possible to obtain better drawings out of the box. The drawing styles for engineering drawings have been enhanced and are available within a new category in the Drawing Styles tool palette. Advance Steel 2017 comes with a set of additional drawing styles for creating drawings of miscellaneous steel such as stairs, railings and cage ladders. This feature helps you access drawings and helps reduce clean up as with previous Advance Steel releases.
Improved productivity with better drawings obtained out of the box by using specific drawing styles for engineering drawings and miscellaneous steel.
Streamlined Interoperability Advance Steel Object Enabler. Keeping in mind the importance of workflows, we’ve made changes to Advance Steel that allow you to better access information from other software. For example, the Advance Steel 2017 object enabler gives you the opportunity to open any Advance Steel 2D drawings in plain AutoCAD 2017 or AutoCAD LT 2017. You can’t modify the drawing content; however, you can complete the drawing by inserting AutoCAD dimensions or annotations because you can snap to objects displayed within the drawing. This also means that you can use different Autodesk viewers for drawing revision marks, comments and review, while the drawings are still connected to the Advance Steel 3D model.
Object Enabler lets you view Advance Steel drawings across other Autodesk® software such as AutoCAD 2017 and AutoCAD LT 2017.
Advance Steel 2017 Extension for Revit. You can now better manage changes between Autodesk Revit® and Advance Steel with the “Advance Steel 2017 Extension” for Revit which can be downloaded & installed from the Autodesk App Store website. The 2017 extension comes with a set of various enhancements which offer a higher level of model information exchange, especially with synchronization for Revit models containing steel connections back and forth with Advance Steel. The “Advance Steel 2017 Extension” for Revit is only compliant with Revit 2017.
You can now synchronize steel connections between models created in Revit and/or Advance Steel while still keeping them as intelligent parametric connections.
Availability and More Information Find a comprehensive list of new features and enhancements in Advance Steel 2017 here. Advance Steel is available globally in English, Deutsch, Español, Français, Italiano, Русский, Czech, Polish, Romanian, and Portuguese (Brazilian). Subscribe to Advance Steel alone, with AutoCAD, or as part of the Autodesk Structural Fabrication Suite. Availability, pricing, and related cloud services vary by country. http://www.autodesk.com/products/advance-steel/overview
Preparing the Steel Industry for a Connected Future
Updated Autodesk Structural Fabrication Suite helps advance connected BIM-based steel design and construction workflows
The steel industry is transforming in ways not seen since the industrial revolution. Macroeconomic trends such as globalization, labor shortages, and changing client expectations are contributing to rising business pressures. In addition, advances in technology are revolutionizing how the built environment is designed and constructed. The convergence of these trends is redefining how firms in the structural steel industry will stay competitive in a new, cloud-enabled, connected landscape. To help engineers, detailers, fabricators and erectors work and thrive in this new era of connection, Autodesk is evolving Building Information Modeling (BIM) technologies to help them more seamlessly connect steel design and construction.
Integrated tools for steel design and construction The updated Autodesk Structural Fabrication Suite has been enhanced to support better connected BIM-based steel design and construction workflows. The suite provides structural engineers, steel detailers and fabricators with tools to help streamline the process from design to fabrication with model-based deliverables. The suite, which includes Autodesk Advance Steel, Autodesk AutoCAD, Autodesk Revit and Autodesk Navisworks Simulate software offers tools to better connect structural design to detailing by allowing you to work more collaboratively within a BIM environment. Revit, AutoCAD, and Advance Steel together can help you streamline the detailing process by integrating steel detailing expertise alongside the design. Advance Steel’s model-based environment allows you to produce more accurate detailed shop drawings faster, helping to speed time to fabrication. Navisworks Simulate helps extend fabrication to the field by supporting estimation, coordination, and 4D (project timeline) simulation of steel projects. Models can be easily shared and viewed with contractors, improving coordination and minimizing waste.
Streamline fabrication with more precise model detailing As BIM has become the de facto standard work process for structural engineers, designers, and contractors, many have adopted technology that allows modeling at increasingly higher levels of detail, earlier in the design process. To that end, Autodesk’s new Steel Connections for Revit extension provides access to a variety of parametric steel connections in Autodesk Revit software, enabling connections to be modeled with a higher level of detail. The application also includes a built-in steel connection design engine based on US and European codes. This functionality helps to bridge the gap between design and fabrication as both members and connections can be better synchronized between Revit and Advance Steel for detailing. This extension is now available to current Revit subscription customers globally in English, French, German and Polish.
The new Autodesk® Steel connections for Revit extension enables connections to be modeled with a higher level of detail in Revit.
In addition, Autodesk is announcing the release of Advance Steel 2017*. Built on the familiar AutoCAD platform, Advance Steel supports engineering and detailing professionals with the tools needed to model the details necessary for your structures. The latest release includes extended capabilities that allow you to move even more quickly from design to fabrication while remaining nimble enough to generate design alternatives and respond to changes more dynamically. A few key enhancements include:
1. Synchronize steel connections between models created in Revit and/or Advance Steel.
You can synchronize steel connections while still keeping them as intelligent parametric connections.
2. Use the new user-defined formulas for Bills-of-Materials (BOMs).
Take advantage of new flexibility in your bill of materials templates with user defined formulas including addition, subtraction, multiplication and division. This helps you add, for example, an extra 5% to your bolt quantity to be shipped at site.
3. Get connection location information on single part drawings.
New templates are available to get a list of information about shop connection on fabrication drawings.
Check back on BIM and BEAM tomorrow for a second post providing an in-depth look at the many new and enhanced features we’ve made to Advance Steel 2017.
More Dynamic, Connected Design and Detailing We believe these investments in BIM-centric design, detailing and fabrication can help steel professionals better connect fabrication to design and construction to enable superior collaboration on projects. Autodesk Structural Fabrication Suite and Advance Steel help streamline the detailing process by integrating steel detailing expertise alongside the design. Our goal is to help your team reduce waste and improve productivity as you work to deliver projects to clients faster and respond to changes more dynamically.
Learn more about connecting design to fabrication, and keep up with the latest in steel design, detailing and fabrication here.
Availability and More Information Find a comprehensive list of new features and enhancements in Advance Steel 2017 here. Advance Steel is available globally in English, Deutsch, Español, Français, Italiano, Русский, Czech, Polish, Romanian, and Portuguese (Brazilian). Subscribe to Advance Steel alone, with AutoCAD, or as part of the Autodesk Structural Fabrication Suite. Availability, pricing, and related cloud services vary by country. Visit our website for a full overview of Advance Steel.
* Use of a license to Advance Steel 2017 requires a license to AutoCAD 2017.
IFC Workflow Promises Massive Benefits for Steel Fabricators. Steel Projects and Autodesk introduce first working implementation of the American Institute of Steel Construction (AISC) specified workflow for structural steel fabricators.