BIM manufacturer diversifies product line to target steel sector
Autodesk recently announced the launch of the first product developed through this acquisition, called ‘Autodesk Advance Steel 2015’. The BIM manufacturer had acquired technologies from Graitec, a structural engineering design solutions group based out of France in October 2013 .
The new software is expected to benefit structural steel detailers, fabricators, engineers and contractors with 3D modeling tools that support BIM processes.
“The introduction of Advance Steel 2015,” said Joy Stark, senior industry marketing manager, Autodesk, “which will be available for purchase soon, is an example of Autodesk’s commitment to support the AEC industry with technology that provides end-to-end BIM workflows for building projects.”
Advance Steel will automatically generate shop and general arrangement drawings, create bills of materials and produce CNC files directly from designs, leading to quicker fabrication activities. Its interoperability with other variants by Autodesk and other BIM software products is expected to further the software’s effectiveness during design and construction stages.
Other features of Advance Steel include model view enhancements, flexible main settings’ management and improved documentation processes. Additionally, CNC data will be extended to complex parts, such as curved beams and poly beams to make Advance Steel a holistic BIM solution for the steel industry, Stark revealed in a press release.