Select and view parts of a model
Isolate selected elements in a work area to improve performance when working with complex models. Quickly choose selected elements in a work area and view them in the current visual style. Background data gets a much lower LOD (with only the beams axis shown).
Model-based approval workflow
Improve the review and approval process of your project by color-coding objects based on their approval status, or assign approval status manually to a document or drawing. Control the status of your project through specific parameters available for assemblies and steel connections.
Weld definition properties
User-defined or automatically generated, weld symbols using automatic steel connectors contain information in the model and on drawings, including effective throat, root opening, and more. Display them based on ISO standards automatically. Customize them to your preferences by adjusting a DWG™ file containing parameters specific to the welds.
Intelligent structural objects
Model faster using a large library of intelligent parametric structural objects, or use tools to easily create custom structural elements. Quickly model standard objects, such as trusses, bracings, purlins, and portal frames, by using wizards that guide you through each step of the creation process.
Parametric steel connections
Reduce design and modeling time with an extensive library of ready-to-use parametric steel connections. The connections in the library are parametric; changes to any structural member’s size automatically adjust the connection’s size.
Built-in steel connection design engine
Validate connections by checking compliance with American Institute of Steel Construction (AISC) or Eurocodes 3 (EC3) standards. Obtain a printable report of calculations based on the formulas used.
Stairs, railings, and cage ladders
Use wizards to generate more accurate straight and spiral stairs, straight and curved railings, and cage ladders. Then, easily modify their properties by using a large selection of customizable parameters.
Sheet metal and folded plate work
Use dedicated commands to create complex sheet metal designs such as folded, twisted, or conical metal plates. Create unfolded shop drawings, complete with folding line, bending direction, folding angles, and dimensions, that include CNC data for fabrication.
Select the numbering method that works best for you. Choose between numbering methods and various parameters, such as the phase of the project or the project name, to define the format.
Labels in dimension lines
Both automatic and manual dimension lines can be affixed with a text label entered by the user or filled automatically by using available attributes. Generate dimensions on drawings based on AISC standards. Labels in dimension lines may help for defining tolerances. Overwrite the dimension value if necessary.
List on general arrangement drawings
Insert a drawing list of your general arrangement drawings and fill it automatically using a customized or ready-to-use template.
Steel shop drawings
Use customizable templates to generate more accurate part and assembly drawings that are labeled and dimensioned to your specifications.
General arrangement drawings
Produce drawings, including 2D and 3D views, with automatic dimensions and labels. Use customizable drawing styles to generate clearer, more accurate general arrangement drawings with isometric, top, elevation, and anchor views.
Bills of Materials (BOMs)
Create more accurate Bills of Materials (BOMs) using predefined or custom formats, and help avoid material waste. Advance Steel automatically generates BOMs by using templates that extract information directly from data within the 3D model. This helps reduce creation time and improve accuracy. Advance Steel can also export BOMs to different file formats, such as XLS and PDF, so that other team members can also view the information.
Output compliant CNC files that are compatible with most machine manufacturers. Advance Steel automatically generates DSTV-compliant files for CNC workshop machines, including welding robots, to enable direct data transfer from the 3D model to fabrication.
Help save time with a centralized document management system that enables you to visually track files.
Integrated revision control
Advance Steel can automatically create revision clouds in drawings, highlighting changes made since the previous version of the drawing.
Status tracking information
Update models with current status information from fabrication and shipping for integrated steel fabrication management. More easily round-trip model information using MIS Software with a bidirectional link. Color-code the data in a 3D model based on its status.
AutoCAD Plant 3D interoperability
The Advance Steel object enabler lets AutoCAD Plant 3D plant design software users see the model objects, directly retrieve property data, and snap to the objects.
Bidirectional link with Revit
Interoperability between Advance Steel and Revit building design software helps provide a seamless BIM workflow from design to fabrication. Steel connections are automatically added when you import Revit models into Advance Steel. Use the resulting model to help generate documents for fabrication.
Robot Structural Analysis interoperability
Integrate design and analysis with Robot Structural Analysis Professional with bidirectional links.
More effectively coordinate, construct simulations, and perform whole-project analysis with Navisworks project review software.
MIS software interoperability
Export model data using KISS or XML file formats to Management Information System software for faster and more accurate design fabrication. Advance Steel links to MIS software applications such as Fabtrol, Fabsuite, StruMIS, and EJE.
Collaboration features in Advance Steel enable several users to work on the same project at the same time.