Graitec Advance Concrete was officially launched as a world class Concrete modeling and detailing solution based on an AutoCAD platform and was a further development of the very powerful and widely respected hyper Concrete software platform after Graitec acquired the German developer of this popular Concrete engineering and detailing platform.
Functionality wise Advance Concrete detailing software has everything you would expect from a specialist Structural Concrete detailing package with a feature set that is comparable to those expensive software and a quick peek at the customer examples on the Graitec website will show that this Concrete design and detailing software is more than capable of giving its established rivals a severe run for their money.
However, as you would expect from a leading technology developer such as Graitec they clearly have no intention of merely being comparable to the competition and the software actually outclasses that of it established rivals in a number of key areas.
Ease Of Use:
Given the familiarity of the user interface the fact that the learning curve is far shorter than that of its rivals, any 2D or 3D AutoCAD users will find the transition to a specialist modeling package far easier than the reported steep learning curves from others expensive software.
As well as having class leading import and export capability to industry standard file formats, being based on dwg format interoperability with other Autodesk platforms is simply second to none. This is proving invaluable to companies that roundtrip design data to both structural engineers and architects as almost all of these will already have .dwg file compatibility. In addition to the .dwg format Graitec have also developed an exceptional plug in for Autodesk’s emerging Revit software.
Companies involved in any manner of Concrete engineering or engineering design containing high levels of Concrete that are using other generic 3D modeling packages can also benefit hugely from Advance Concrete as well.
GRAITEC’s software development team have done an excellent job of developing specialized sub programs (affectionately known as macros) for a number of detailing and design functions for example Column, Beams, Wall, Footing, Isolated Footing, cladding, stair design and railings and balustrades to name but a few, that are simply second to none.
In addition Advance Concrete's macro's remain dynamic (unless you want to break them) so any design changes are very quick indeed and don't require the user to start again from scratch for each design iteration.
Detailed drawing output is exceptionally flexible and can be tailored to suit literally thousands of different requirements. Given its .dwg roots its ability to easily generate complex GA's, Layouts etc and the ease of adding of additional details (which is pretty much the norm these days when detailing with structural engineers or architects) is first class and can be done within the Concrete detailing software.
• Intelligent and Parametric RCC structural modeling
• Automatic creation of Formwork drawings,
• Creation of Reinforcement drawings with BBS
• ReBAR Detailing
• Dynamic Rainforcement style,
• Allows to work in 2D or 3D environment
• Real time model consistency check, Clash check
• Automatic generation of Section and Floor Plan views
• Associative Dimensioning and Annotations
• Definition and distribution of meshes
• Stairs and Railings modeling
• Automatic drawing generation for the Layout, GA, Plan view section view etc..
• Material Estimation with Costing
• Exporting material lists in NC files: aSa, Soule and SteelPAC
• Export material lists to XLS and DOC format
• Layer naming standards definition
• Structural elements: Column, Beam, Slab, Isolated footing, Continuous footing, Pile etc…
• Sections from libraries: AISC, OTUA, Euro Profile
Anyone considering investing in a more productive solution for their Concrete Modeling, Concrete detailing or Concrete engineering business would be well advised to ensure that GRAITEC’s Advance Concrete solution is high on the shortlist. Especially given its excellent pedigree, technology platform functionality, low cost of ownership and the outstanding return on investment it gives.
Additionally, If you prefer a solution based around AutoCAD Concrete detailing software from Graitec will undoubtedly be the only logical choice..