Advance Steel – Training folder

Advance Steel – Training Tutorials

1. Advance – Icon guide

2. Advance Tutorial: Grid

3. Advance Tutorial: Beams
4. Advance Tutorial: Plates
5. Advance Tutorial: Connection Elements

6. Advance Tutorial: Joint Example

7. Advance Tutorial: Intelligent Connections

8. Advance Tutorial: User section

9. Advance Tutorial: Numbering and drawings

10. Advance Tutorial: Lists

11. Advance Tutorial: BOM editor

12. Advance Tutorial: Prototypes

13. Token for Title Block

14. Advance Tutorial: Management Tools

15. Advance Work Flow
Advance Steel Icon Guide

ADVANCE STEEL ICON GUIDE 1

STANDARD 2
CREATE OBJECTS 3
JOINTS 4
STAIRS AND RAILINGS 5
LISTING & CHECKING 5
NUMBERING, DRAWING 6
USERS SECTIONS 7
ADDITIONAL ADVANCE STEEL 7
DESIGN ASSISTANCE 8
CLADDING FOR WALLS AND ROOF 8
STANDARD
UCS at object..………………… ____________________________
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Rotate UCS around X………… ____________________________
Rotate UCS around Y………… _ ___________________________
Rotate UCS around Z………… _ ___________________________
View on UCS………………….. _ ___________________________
Quick draw………………….. _ ___________________________
2D/3D Snaps………………….. _ ___________________________
Advance Steel View……..…… _ ___________________________
Define Model View……………. _ ___________________________
Standard layer………………… _ ___________________________
Create Camera………………… _ ___________________________
Change presentation type…… _ ___________________________
Standard Presentation……….. _ ___________________________
Selected object on/off………… _ ___________________________
Filter selected objects………… _ ___________________________
Sub – Selection……………….. _ ___________________________
Filter database………………… _ ___________________________
Select Advance Steel-objects.. _ ___________________________
Reverse selection…………….. _ ___________________________
Clear marked objects………… _ ___________________________
Select all marked objects……. _ ___________________________
Sub - Marking content……….. _ ___________________________
Search filter…………………… _ ___________________________
Search marked object……….. _ ___________________________
Advance Steel properties…….. _ ___________________________
Model browser………………… _ ___________________________
Document manager…………... _ ___________________________
Definition of the project data…. _ ___________________________
Compass…. _ ___________________________
Country settings………………. _ ___________________________
Start the Management Tools… _ ___________________________
Help to command……………… _ ___________________________

Advance Tutorial: Icon Guide
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CREATE OBJECTS

Sub – Axis Grid………………… ____________________________
Sub – Structural element……… ____________________________
Insert beam cross section…….. ____________________________
Sub – Section classes………… ____________________________
Sub – Compound Section…….. ____________________________
Sub – Welded Beams…………. ____________________________
Sub – Cold Rolled Profile……… ____________________________
Sub – beam…………………….. ____________________________
Sub – Process Section………… ____________________________
Sub – Section Contour………… ____________________________
Sub – Plate……………………… ____________________________
Sub – Create folded plate……… ____________________________
Sub – Plate Cuts……………….. ____________________________
Sub – Plate Contour…………… ____________________________
Sub – Plate Contour UCS…….. ____________________________
Sub – Plate Chamfer………….. ____________________________
Sub – Plate Corner……………. ____________________________
Exact cross section……………. ____________________________
Switch bolts/holes/studs………. ____________________________
Sub – Bolt Hole Patterns……… ____________________________
Sub – Weld Patterns…………… ____________________________
Sub – Connections…………….. ____________________________
Sub – Check Connection……… ____________________________

Advance Tutorial: Icon Guide
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JOINTS

Sub – Joint utilities……………. ___________________________
Sub – Quick connections…….. ___________________________
Beam to Column joints …………… ___________________________
Cantilever Column to Beam ……… ___________________________
Beam End to End joints ….. ___________________________
Plate joints ……… ___________________________
Clip Angle joints ……………………… ___________________________
Moment joints.………………. ___________________________
General Bracing joints ………………. ___________________________
HSS and Flat bracing joints ………… ___________________________
Base Plate joints ….. ___________________________
Stiffener joints ………………. ___________________________
Tube brace joints …………………. ___________________________
Turnbuckle bracings ……………… ___________________________
Purlin joints ………….. ___________________________
Pylon joints ……………………. ___________________________
Punch Marks …………………….. ___________________________
Template connection………………… ___________________________

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STAIRS AND RAILINGS

Straight stair…………………….. ___________________________
Hand-railing…………………….. ___________________________
Saddled stair……………………. ___________________________
Spiral stair………………………. ___________________________
Vertical Ladder…………………. ___________________________
Bent/Trim hand railing…………. ___________________________
Stair footing…………………….. ___________________________
Endplate with coping…………… ___________________________
Shear plate……………………… ___________________________
Platform splice………………….. ___________________________
Angle connection………………. ___________________________
Railing Anchorage……………… ___________________________
Bolted Endplate………………… ___________________________

LISTING & CHECKING

Lists……………………………… ___________________________
Sub – Export…………………….. ___________________________
AdvanceSteel special part…….. ___________________________
Sub – Proxy…………………….. ___________________________
Sub – Checking………………… ___________________________
Display clash checking results.. ___________________________
Display clash checking again… ___________________________
Update bolts……………………. ___________________________
Center of gravity, total weight… ___________________________
Assembly weight information…. ___________________________
Update defaults………………… ___________________________

Advance Tutorial: Icon Guide
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NUMBERING, DRAWING

Single Parts / Assemblies…….. ___________________________
Sub – Numbering……………… ___________________________
Sub – Display POS……………. ___________________________
Sub – POS check……………… ___________________________
Sub – AP MP…………………… ___________________________
Sub – Drawing Management…. ___________________________
Sub – Drawing 3D-View………. ___________________________
Sub – Drawing Node…………… ___________________________
Sub – Drawing Elevation……… ___________________________
Sub – Drawing Single line……. ___________________________
Sub – Drawing Singlepart…….. ___________________________
Sub – Drawing Tie beam……… ___________________________
Sub – Drawing Column……….. ___________________________
Sub – Drawing Main part……… ___________________________
Sub – Drawing Structural parts. ___________________________
Sub – Drawing Stairs/Railings… ___________________________
Sub – Autopage………… ___________________________
Sub – Process A0………… ___________________________
Sub – Process A1………… ___________________________
Sub – Process A2………… ___________________________
Sub – Process A3…………… ___________________________
Sub – Process A4………… ___________________________
Sub – Label & Dimensions……… ___________________________
Sub – Finishing…………………. ___________________________

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Advance Tutorial: Icon Guide
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USERS SECTIONS

Number of classifications……… __________________________
Change current layer…………... __________________________
Tools…………………………….. __________________________
Add coordinates………………… __________________________
Add Reference axes…………… __________________________
Generation……………………… __________________________

ADDITIONAL TOOLS

Delete all AS objects…………... __________________________
Load Lisp-Tools………………… __________________________
Lisp Tools……………………….. __________________________
Import/Export GTC…………….. __________________________
Import/Export Tools…………….. __________________________
Import/Export Tools…………….. __________________________
Analysis nodes…………………. __________________________
Place center mark……………… __________________________
Circular plate…………………… __________________________
Convert AS drawings………….. __________________________
Crossbracing………….. __________________________

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Advance Tutorial: Icon Guide
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DESIGN ASSISTANCE

Extend Audit checking………… __________________________
Audit checking………………….. __________________________
Clash Check……………………. __________________________
Display clash results…………… __________________________
Create by template…………….. __________________________
Advanced copy…………………. __________________________
Copy and rotate, 2D…………… __________________________
Copy and rotate, 3D…………… __________________________
Copy and mirror, 2D……………. __________________________
Copy and mirror, 3D…………… __________________________
Copy and mirror, 3D…………… __________________________
Copy with adjustment…………. __________________________
Copy, rectangular array…………. __________________________
Copy, polar array……………….. __________________________

CLADDING FOR WALLS AND ROOF

Define cladding area………….. __________________________
Define cladding opening……….. __________________________
Create claddings………………. __________________________

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2. Advance Tutorial: Grid lines
Table of Content

Grid lines ......................................................................................................................3
Creating a rectangular building grid ................................................................ 3
Changing the building grid .............................................................................. 5
Moving grid lines ............................................................................................ 6
Cutting grid lines............................................................................................. 7
Deleting and inserting grid lines from a group................................................. 8
Creating an individual building grid................................................................. 9
Labeling grid lines individually ...................................................................... 10
Grid lines example........................................................................................ 11

Advance Tutorial: Grid lines
Tutorial 2 – page 2
Grid lines

Creating a rectangular building grid

• Click Building grid on the Advance Create objects toolbar.
• Enter the coordinates for the grid origin at 0,0,0 and @9000, 9000, 0 for the second point.

• Select a grid line parallel to the X-direction (left mouse button) and select Advance Properties on
the right click context menu, or double click the grid line.

Advance Tutorial: Grid lines
Tutorial 2 – page 3
• The Axes, Parallel dialog box appears. Change the Label type to Capital letters. Enter A for
Label start and 2 for Label prefix.

• The labels are changed to capital letters and a prefix is added to the labels.

Advance Tutorial: Grid lines
Tutorial 2 – page 4
Changing the building grid
• Select a grid line parallel to the Y-direction and select Advance Properties on the context menu.
• The Axes, Parallel dialog box appears. Select the Group tab and change Number to 3. The
number of grid lines parallel to the Y-direction is changed to 3 and the distance between them is
automatically changed from 3000mm to 4500mm.

• Select a grid line parallel to the X-direction and select Advance Properties on the context
menu.
• The Axes, Parallel dialog box appears. Select the Group tab and change Number to 5. The
number of grid lines parallel to the X-direction is changed to 5 and the distance between them
is automatically changed from 3000mm to 2250mm.

Advance Tutorial: Grid lines
Tutorial 2 – page 5
Moving grid lines
• Select a grid line parallel to the X-direction and select Advance Properties on the context menu.
• The Axes, Parallel dialog box appears. Click the Representation type tab, and select Single
axes.
• Select the grip in the middle of the grid line 2B and enter the value @0,600 on the command line.
The grid line is moved by 600mm in the Y-direction.
• Move the grid line 2C by 300mm and the grid line 2E by –750mm in the Y-direction.
• Verify the new distances in the Axes, Parallel dialog box using the Group index.

Advance Tutorial: Grid lines
Tutorial 2 – page 6
Cutting grid lines
The building grid was shortened by 750mm. As a result the grid lines in the Y-direction are too long
and need to be shortened. There are two methods to achieve this:

Method 1:
Zoom in on the corner 2E-1. Select the grid lines in the Y-direction and select the grip at the
protruding end point of grid line 1. Drag the grip to the end point of grid line 2E.

Method 2:

Click Trim Axes, then select grid line 2E as the boundary object and confirm (right click).
To cut the grid lines, select grid line 1 and confirm, then repeat for grid line 2 and 3 (it is similar to the
AutoCAD® Trim command).

Advance Tutorial: Grid lines
Tutorial 2 – page 7
Deleting and inserting grid lines from a group
• Click Delete Axes. Select the grid line 2D and confirm.

• Click Add Axes. Select grid line 2 (grid line after which to insert the new one) and confirm.

• Enter 1 for the number of inserted grid lines (axes) and 1200mm for the distance. The building grid
is enlarged by 1200mm. To keep the original width of the building grid, select grid line 4. Select
the grip in the middle of grid line 4 and drag it to the end point of grid line 2D.

Advance Tutorial: Grid lines
Tutorial 2 – page 8
Creating an individual building grid
• Start a new drawing and click Grid with groups by distance.

• Enter the coordinates 0,0,0 to define the start point and, with the Polar on, select a point in the X
or Y direction. If a point in the X direction is selected, a grid parallel with the X direction is created.
If a point in the Y direction is selected, a grid parallel with the Y direction is created. For the
purpose of this tutorial X is selected for the end point.
• Select a point between the X and Y direction of the current UCS to define the group direction.
• Enter the first distance 5000 and confirm (Enter). Next, enter the distances 3000 (Enter), 5000
(Enter) and 4000(Enter). Since 4000 is the last value, press Enter.
• Next, create a sequence in the Y direction. Since the X direction is created, it can be used for the
start and end points. Snap the end point of grid line 1 (0,0) for the start point and the end point of
grid line 5 (0,17000) for the end point.
• Select a point between the X and Y direction of the current UCS to define the group direction.
• Enter the first distance 3000and confirm (Enter). Next, enter the distances 3500, 2500 and 3000.

Advance Tutorial: Grid lines
Tutorial 2 – page 9
Labeling grid lines individually
• Select a grid line in the Y-direction and select Advance Properties on the context menu.
• Uncheck the box Automatic label.
• Click on the Single axis tab. The first grid line is marked in red as the current line. Change the
name to 1a and press the up arrow. The next grid line is red. Enter the name 1b for this line. Label
the rest of the grid lines with 3, 3a and 104.

• The labels are changed.

Advance Tutorial: Grid lines
Tutorial 2 – page 10
Grid lines example

• Dimensions do not have to be drawn in the model

Advance Tutorial: Grid lines
Tutorial 2 – page 11
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Advance Tutorial: Grid lines
Tutorial 2 – page 12
3. Advance Tutorial: Beams
Table of Contents

Beams and Beam Features ........................................................................................ 3

Creating a beam ............................................................................................. 3
Shortening a beam ......................................................................................... 4
Notch at a beam end ...................................................................................... 5
Circular contour .............................................................................................. 7
Splitting / merging beams ............................................................................... 9

Modifications ............................................................................................................. 11

Displaying beam features (processing)......................................................... 11
Modifying / deleting beam processing........................................................... 12
Shortening / stretching a beam..................................................................... 12
Changing / rotating beams ........................................................................... 14
Moving a circular contour ............................................................................. 15
Creating an additional notch ......................................................................... 16

Advance Tutorial: Beams
Tutorial 3 – page 2
Beams and Beam Features

Creating a beam
• Select the Advance Create objects toolbar on the Advance – Steel suite toolbar.

• Set the (AutoCAD®) Ortho to ON (F8).
• Click Rolled I sections on the Create objects toolbar.
• Set the beam starting point at 0,0,0.
• Move the cursor in the X direction of the current UCS and enter 1000 to define the beam length.
The beam is created and the Beam dialog box appears.

Advance Tutorial: Beams
Tutorial 3 – page 3
Shortening a beam
Shorten the beam (reference, angle).

• Click Shorten on the Create objects toolbar.

• Select a point near the beam end to process. The green contour of the shortening feature is
displayed and the Shorten beam dialog box appears.

• Enter a Reference value of 75.

• Click the Angle tab. Define a Y-angle of 25 degrees.

Advance Tutorial: Beams
Tutorial 3 – page 4
• A sloped shortening is created.

Notch at a beam end
• Insert a notch at the other beam end, length of the notch is 200mm, depth of the notch is 75mm.

• Click Notch on the Create objects toolbar.

• Select a point near the beam end to modify. The green contour of the shortening feature is
displayed and the Notch dialog box appears.

Advance Tutorial: Beams
Tutorial 3 – page 5
• Enter 200 for Width and 75 for Depth.

• The notch is created.

Advance Tutorial: Beams
Tutorial 3 – page 6
Circular contour
Create an inner contour in the middle of the section with a 100mm radius. The contour is placed using
the XY-Plane of the current UCS.

• Click UCS at object on the Advance Standard toolbar.

• Select the beam. Six coordinate system lines appear. Each of them represents a possible positive
Z-direction of the UCS.
• Select the green horizontal coordinate system line (e.g., the left line). The corresponding
coordinate system appears.

Advance Tutorial: Beams
Tutorial 3 – page 7
• Click Circular contour, center on the Create objects toolbar.

• Select the beam to process.
• Set the contour center by entering the coordinates 0,0,0.
• A standard circular contour is created and the Contour processing dialog box appears.
• Enter a radius of 100.

• The radius of the circular contour is changed to 100mm.

Advance Tutorial: Beams
Tutorial 3 – page 8
Splitting / merging beams

• To split the beam, click Split beams on the Create objects toolbar.

• Select the beam and right-click to confirm. Enter 2 on the command line for the gap between the
split beams. Select a split point and confirm.
• The beam is split. Both of the beams keep their processings.

Advance Tutorial: Beams
Tutorial 3 – page 9
• To merge the beams, click Merge beams on the Create objects toolbar.

• Select the beams to merge and press Enter to confirm.
• The beams are merged and all processing is retained.

Advance Tutorial: Beams
Tutorial 3 – page 10
Modifications

Displaying beam features (processing)

• Select the beam and select Advance properties on the context menu. Click the Representation
type tab.
• Select Features.

• All beam features are displayed in green.

Advance Tutorial: Beams
Tutorial 3 – page 11
Modifying / deleting beam processing
• Use the grips to shorten the beam by 100mm. Activate the (AutoCAD®) Ortho setting.
• Move the UCS at object.
• Select the shortening. The grips are shown in blue.
• Select the grip point close to the feature center and it will turn red.
• Set the move direction by dragging the red grip with the left mouse button. Then enter 100 on the
command line.
• Next, copy the beam by 750mm (in the Y-direction).
• To delete the shortening of the original beam, select the green processing contour and press
Delete.

Shortening / stretching a beam
• On the second beam, select the green processing contour and select Advance Properties on the
context menu.
• Shorten the second beam without rotation by entering 0 on the Angle tab of the Shorten beam
dialog box.

Advance Tutorial: Beams
Tutorial 3 – page 12
• To stretch the section by 60mm, enter a Reference value of –60 on the System tab.

• The cut is straight and the beam is stretched.

Advance Tutorial: Beams
Tutorial 3 – page 13
Changing / rotating beams
• Change the beam to a HEA400. Select the beam and select Advance properties on the context
menu . The dialog box Beam appears.

• Select HEA for Section class on the Section tab.
• Select HEA400 for Section on the Section tab.
• To rotate the section by 90 degrees, click the Position tab and enter 90 for Angle.

Advance Tutorial: Beams
Tutorial 3 – page 14
• The beam is rotated by 90 degrees.

Moving a circular contour
To move the circular contour by 50mm to the left side:

• Activate the (AutoCAD®) Ortho setting.
• Use the UCS on Object tool to place the USC in the contour plane.
• Select the Contour so that the grips are shown in blue.
• Select the middle grip (it will turn in red).
• Set the move direction by dragging the red grip with the left mouse button and enter 50 on the
command line.

Advance Tutorial: Beams
Tutorial 3 – page 15
Creating an additional notch
• Create an additional notch at the same end of the beam as before but on the other flange.
• Click Notch on the Create objects toolbar.

• Select a point near the beam edge without a notch.
• The green contour of the processing is displayed and the Notch dialog box appears. The notch is
created with the previously entered values.

Advance Tutorial: Beams
Tutorial 3 – page 16
4. Advance Tutorial: Plates
Table of Contents

Plates, Plate Processing and Plate Contours .............................................................. 3
Creating / changing plates .............................................................................. 3
Corner feature / Chamfer................................................................................ 5
Rectangular contour ....................................................................................... 6
Modifications .................................................................................................. 7
Second plate .................................................................................................. 8
Polygon plate.................................................................................................. 8
Vertical plate................................................................................................... 9
Modifications ................................................................................................................. 10
Splitting / merging plates .............................................................................. 10
Shrinking / extending a polygon plate ........................................................... 11

Advance Tutorial: Plates
Tutorial 4 – page 2
Plates, Plate Processing and
Plate Contours

Creating / changing plates
• Create a plate at 0,0 of the user coordinate system (UCS), length: 250mm, width: 200mm.

• Click Create Object on the Advance Steel Suite toolbar.

• Click Rectangular plate, center on the Create Objects toolbar and enter 0,0 as center point of
the plate.

• The Plate dialog box appears.

• Click on the Shape tab and enter 250 for the width X and 200 for the length Y.

Advance Tutorial: Plates
Tutorial 4 – page 3
• Next, change the plate thickness from 10 (default setting) to 20 on the Plate thickness tab. If
necessary, select the plate and open the dialog box by selecting Advance properties on the
context menu.

The plate thickness is changed to 20mm.

Advance Tutorial: Plates
Tutorial 4 – page 4
Corner feature / Chamfer
• Create a chamfer of 95mm by 60mm.

• Click Chamfer, one point on the Create objects toolbar.

• Enter a Width X of 95 and a Length Y of 60.

The default chamfer is modified with the new values.

Advance Tutorial: Plates
Tutorial 4 – page 5
Rectangular contour
• Create a rectangular contour of 90mm by 60mm.

• Create a plate contour at 0,0 of the current UCS by clicking Rectangular contour, center on the
Create objects toolbar.

• Select the plate and enter the starting point of the plate (0,0,0).

• Enter a Width X of 90 and a Length Y of 60 in the Contour processing dialog box.

Advance Tutorial: Plates
Tutorial 4 – page 6
Modifications
• Activate the world coordinate system (WCS).

• To show the plate features, select the plate and open the Plate dialog box by selecting Advance
properties on the context menu.

• Select Features on the Representation Type tab.

• Activate the (AutoCAD®) Ortho setting.

• The plate can be enlarged by 25mm in +X-direction and in +Y-direction using its grips.

Advance Tutorial: Plates
Tutorial 4 – page 7
Second plate

• Copy the plate by 500mm in the +Y-direction using the AutoCAD® copy command.

• Make the second plate smaller by 75mm on the right side (in the –X-direction). Verify that the
(AutoCAD®) Ortho setting is active.

• Select the plate, activate one of the blue grips, drag it in the –X-direction and enter 75 on the
command line.

• Delete the chamfer of the second plate. Select the Features Representation type in the Plate
dialog box. Next, select the chamfer and delete it.

Polygon plate
• Click UCS at object. Select the top of a plate to change the coordinate system to this plane.

• Create a polygonal plate between the two existing plates. Click Polygon plate on the Create
Objects toolbar.

• Set the corner points of the polygon. The plate is created and the Plate dialog box appears. Set
the justification to 0.00 and increase the thickness to 20mm on the Plate thickness tab.

Advance Tutorial: Plates
Tutorial 4 – page 8
• The plate thickness is changed to 20mm and the plates are perfectly aligned.

Vertical plate

• Rotate and move the current UCS so that the X axis of the coordinate system is parallel to the
longitudinal edge of the first plate and the Y axis points upwards.

• Create a plate by clicking Rectangular plate, two points on the Create Objects toolbar.

• Enter the first of two diagonal corner points at the lower edge of the plate at the chamfer. The
length of the plate is 600mm and the width is 150mm. The plate thickness is 15mm and the
justification is 0.00.

Advance Tutorial: Plates
Tutorial 4 – page 9
Modifications

• Enlarge the chamfer of the first plate by 50mm in both directions using its grips.

• Fit the vertical plate to the new chamfer.

• Stretch the plate up to the end of the second plate.

• Move the rectangle contour of the copied plate into the plate center. Activate the coordinate
system in the middle of the plate using the command UCS at object. Move the cut with the grip
point.

Splitting / merging plates

• To split a plate by two points, click Split plates by 2 points on the flyout SUB – Plate of the Create
Objects toolbar.

Advance Tutorial: Plates
Tutorial 4 – page 10
• Set the plate and the two split points, which form the split line. Enter 0 on the command line for the
gap between the two split plates.

• The plate is split into two plates.

• To merge two or more plates, click Merge plates on the flyout SUB – Plate of the Create Objects
toolbar.

• Select the plates to merge.

The plates are merged.

Shrinking / extending a polygon plate
• To shrink / extend a polygon plate, click Shrink/extend polygon plate on the Create Objects
toolbar.

• Select the plate(s) and confirm. Enter a factor: a negative value shrinks the plate whereas a
positive value increases the plate.

Advance Tutorial: Plates
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5. Advance Tutorial:
Connection elements
Table of Contents

Advance Tutorial: Connection elements, bolts, welds ................................................3

Creating beams and plates............................................................................. 3
Creating a bolt connection.............................................................................. 4
Creating a welded connection ........................................................................ 5
Verifying connections ..................................................................................... 7
Modifications .................................................................................................. 8

Advance Tutorial: Connection elements
Tutorial 5 – page 2
Advance Tutorial: Connection
elements, bolts, welds

Creating beams and plates
Target:
Plate 1

Plate 2

Plate 3

Steps:
• Create a HEA260 beam with a length of 1000mm.

• Create the plates 1, 2, 3 as shown in the figure:

Plate 1 is placed on the beam flange, with a size of 400 x 260 x 16.
Plate 2 is placed at the beam end. The height corresponds to the beam
height plus 12mm. The width is the same as the beam and the thickness is 20mm.
Plate 3 is placed on plate 2. It has the same thickness as plate 2 and the size on all sides
is 12mm less than plate 2.

Advance Tutorial: Connection elements
Tutorial 5 – page 3
Creating a bolt connection
Target:

Steps:
• Within Advance there are a range of options to create and modify bolts. The bolts automatically
create holes, which are visible by default. The holes can be changed on the Bolts dialog box.

• Place the UCS on the plate with the command UCS at object. Bolts and holes can be created in
any plane.

• Create a bolt pattern with 6 bolts ∅ 16 on plate 1 by clicking Rectangular, 2 points on the
Create Objects toolbar. The edge distance from the side is 40mm and the edge distance from the
end is 50mm.

• Identify the connected elements beam and plate. Then define the rectangular area for the bolt
pattern by selecting two diagonal points.

• The bolts and holes will be created and the Bolts dialog box appears.

• Change the diameter to 16mm on the Definition tab, the amount X to 3 on the Size tab, and
change the edge distances for X and Y on the Distance tab.

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The bolt pattern will change using the new settings.

Creating a welded connection
Target:

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Steps:
• Connect the beam and plate 2 (at top and bottom) with a weld point by clicking Weld point on the
Create Objects toolbar.

• Identify the connected elements and select the middle point for the weld.
• The weld point is created and the Weld dialog box appears where additional settings can be
specified (e.g., set type to Fillet weld and thickness to 6mm).

• Next, weld plate 2 and plate 3 with a fillet weld and a thickness of 6mm. Repeat the same steps
and set the weld thickness to 6mm.

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Verifying connections
• Display the connected objects by clicking Display connected elements on the Create Objects
toolbar.

• Select an object; all connected parts will be marked red.

• Clear the markings by clicking Clear marked objects on the Advance Standard toolbar.

• Display the objects that are connected in shop by clicking Display objects connected in shop.

• Clear the markings by clicking Clear marked objects on the Advance Standard toolbar.

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Modifications
Create an additional bolt pattern
• Delete the weld between plate 2 and plate 3 and insert a bolt connection. Do not forget to set the
UCS with the command UCS at object to the plate plane.

Create a bolt pattern on a gauge line
• Delete the bolts on plate 1 and insert a new bolt pattern on the gauge line of the beam.

• First, change the presentation of the beam to Exact on the Representation type tab in the beam
properties.

• Set the UCS to the plate plane and select, for example, the red top coordinate line.

• Next, create a bolt pattern with one point and, after selection of the elements, select the start point
at the intersection of the gauge line with the flange.

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6. Advance Tutorial: Joint example
Advance Tutorial: Joint exemple 2
Advance Tutorial: Joint exemple 3
Advance Tutorial: Joint exemple 4
Advance Tutorial: Joint exemple 5
Advance Tutorial: Joint exemple 6
7. Advance Tutorial:
Intelligent Connections
Table of Contents

Intelligent connections ...............................................................................................3
Base plate connection .................................................................................... 3
Copying a connection ..................................................................................... 6
Saving a standard connection to the library.................................................... 6
Accessing the joint properties......................................................................... 8
Changing the Column Section ........................................................................ 8
Shear Plate connection .................................................................................. 9

Checking Tools......................................................................................................... 10
Clash checking ............................................................................................. 10
Finishing connections in the model............................................................... 12

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Intelligent connections

Base plate connection
• A base plate connection to a column will be created. The column will automatically be shortened
by the thickness of the base plate and the option not to shorten or to shorten by a certain value will
be available.

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• First, display the column on screen.
• Click Zoom Window on the AutoCAD® Standard toolbar.
• Define a window by entering two opposite points to zoom to the base point of the column axis A1.
• To create a base plate at the lower end of the column, click the Corner Base Plate on the Sub-
Joint Column Base flyout of the Advance Joints toolbar.

SUB – COLUMN BASE Flyout

CORNER BASE PLATE

• Select the column and right mouse click to confirm the selection.

• A message box appears, which states that no predefined joint for the selected profile has been
found in the connection table. Click OK.

• The base plate is inserted at the end of the column and both the column and plate are welded.
The Corner Base Plate dialog box appears.

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• Enter the correct value for the rotation angle on the Plate Alignment tab.
• Enter 20 for Plate Thickness.

• Select the layout (Column, Middle or Edge) on the Bolt distance leg 1 and Bolt distance leg 2
tabs.
• Select the layout (projections or distances) on the Plate layout tab.

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Copying a connection
• The current corner base plate will be used as a template. It will be copied with all its properties
and adjusted to the new situation.
• Click Create by Template on the Joints toolbar.

JOINT UTILITIES

CREATE BY TEMPLATE

• To copy a base plate, select one element of the base plate (Plate, weld, bolt, grey box). The
chosen connection object is used as a template.

• Next, select the column on which it shall be copied. Select column C1 and right mouse click.

• The corner base plate is created on the specified column and modified to the new geometric
situation. If, for example, the next column has a different size then the used plate dimensions from
the edge are automatically modified accordingly. When a joint is copied, all the properties and
logic relations are copied. Thus the values for joints are only entered once. The rotation of the
connection or the distance of the bolt may need to be adjusted depending on how the connection
was created (e.g., if the bolt layout is from the center of the column it might need to be readjusted
for a bigger/smaller column).

Saving a standard connection to the library
• A base plate connection was copied with the Create by template function in Advance. Another
way of reusing a specific joint is saving its parameters in a library. When creating a joint with
identical sections, the values are automatically loaded from this library.
• First create a base plate connection on Column A2 by clicking Base plate with shear section
and stiffener.

SUB – COLUMN BASE Flyout

BASE PLATE WITH SHEAR SECTION AND STIFFENER
• To store the base plate parameters in the library, select the Library tab in the Base Plate Extend
dialog box and click Save values.
• A new line is created in the library.

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• Click Edit to open the library.

• Click the Comment field of the last line and enter any pertinent text for this connection.
• Click the Section field and select RHS 150x8.

• Click OK to store the values in the library.
• Exit the dialog box.

• Zoom to the base point of column C2.
• Click Base plate with shear section and stiffener to create a second base plate.
• This time the Attention message box does not appear and the base plate is automatically created
with the same settings as the first column.
• Exit the dialog box.

• Tip: With many connections, a connection template can be saved in the library with the name
“Default” in the Comment field. This connection will be used if no other connection applies.

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Accessing the joint properties
• The joint properties are accessed by selecting an object on the joint and selecting Advance Joint
Properties on the context menu.

• Alternatively, double click the GRAY BOX around the intelligent connection.

Changing the Column Section
• The connection object properties can be modified, at any time, using Advance Properties or
Advance Joint Properties. When a column section is changed, all other elements related to the
modification are automatically changed.
• Select the column A2 and right click to select Advance Properties.
• The Beam dialog box appears. Select the Sections tab and change the column section to RHS
180x8.
• The beam changes and the base plate is automatically modified to the new configuration.
• Exit the dialog box.
• Look at the result of the base plate connection by selecting the base plate and selecting Advance
Joint Properties. The projection on the Base plate tab is still the same. It can be seen that the
projection is good by verifying the distance. (A list of the plate can be done.)
• The same applies if the profile is moved or stretched; for example, the column is shortened with
the grip point of 2 feet and the connection readjusts to the new column location.

Undoing a Command
• To undo a command, click Undo (or type U on the command line).
Click Undo on the AutoCAD® Standard toolbar until changes to the RHS 180x8 column section
are undone.

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Shear Plate connection
• A shear plate connection on the first floor between the beam and column at A1 will be created.
Click Shear Plate on the Plate Joints flyout of the Joints toolbar.
• Select the column A1 and right click. Select the beam on the first floor between A1 and B1 and
right click.
• The Shear Plate dialog box appears. Select the Horizontal bolts and the Vertical bolts tabs and
set the preferred edge distances.
• Set the vertical bolt distance to 75mm and change the quantity to 3 bolts.
• After all the settings are done, save the connection in the library and exit the dialog box

Creating a Collision
• Open the connection properties and change the number of vertical bolts to 4 to create a collision
between the shear plate and the “K” distance of the beam.

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Checking Tools

Clash checking
• The clash check verifies model interferences. Object interferences may be caused by various
modifications made to plates, bolts, members and their connections. This tool finds all interference
cases so that the model can be fixed before drawing creation.
• The Advance Clash Check function checks selected elements or the entire model. Any
interference will be displayed as a red collision solid and listed in a text window. In this example,
the shear plate connection will be checked for interferences and if bolts can be inserted and
removed.
• Select the shear plate connection with the connected elements (column and beam) by crossing a
window in AutoCAD®.
• Select the Listing & Checking toolbar from Advance - Steel Suite toolbar.

ADVANCE – STEEL SUITE
LISTING & CHECKING

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• To start the clash check, click Clash Check on the Sub – Checking flyout of the Listing &
Checking toolbar.

SUB – CHECKING Flyout

CLASH CHECK

• Open the text window by pressing F2.
The AutoCAD® text window appears and a list of all collisions is displayed.
• Check the collision of the entire model by simply selecting nothing.

• To find a collision from the list, record the collision number.
Then click Display Clash Checking Results and type the collision number.

DISPLAY CLASH
CHECKING RESULTS

• The collision will appear in red.
• For better visibility of the collision, click Searched Marked Objects on the Standard toolbar.

SEARCH MARKED OBJECTS

• Notice that the pointer will not be visible with some AutoCAD® shade representations.

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Finishing connections in the model
• Assign all connections to the model as in the figure below.
• For all connections that are not specified in the isometric view, use any other useful connection.
• Also try Splice connections, clip angle skewed or any other useful connection after modifications
are made to the model (beam in skew, in slope, spliced, and more).

-Clip angle
-Clip angle skewed
-Double side clip angle
-Seated beam shear connection
-Joist Seat
-Endplate
-Double side endplate with safety bolts
-Shear plate
-Through plate
-Splice connection
-Moment connections

-Gabble wall

-Cap plate
-Stiffener UCS
-Stiffener perpendicular

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8. Advance Tutorial: User section
Table of Contents

User section Creation ..................................................................................................... 3
Creating a user section................................................................................... 3
Creating a frame and contours ....................................................................... 4
Adding a section class and name ................................................................... 5
Adding system coordinates and a references axis.......................................... 6
Generating a section ...................................................................................... 7
Using the new section in the model .............................................................................. 8

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Tutorial 8 – page 2
User section Creation

Creating a user section

• Open a new DWG file and set the Top view from the AutoCAD® View toolbar.

• Click on the User Sections icon on the Advance Steel toolbar.

On the User Sections toolbar, the following different Flyouts are used to create user sections:

• Change current layer Flyout:
This Flyout is for selecting the appropriate layer to assist through the different steps.

• Tools Flyout:
This Flyout contains helpful AutoCAD® tools.

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Creating a frame and contours

• Click Frame icon to activate the section frame layer:

Click the Rectangle icon on the Tools Flyout and specify the start and end points for the rectangle to
define the frame. This is the working space in which all information is created.

• Click the Outer contour icon to activate the section Outer contour layer:

Use the icons on the Tools Flyout to draw the contour. It must be a closed polyline.

The outer contour defines the standard representation of the section in the model, and should not
include too many details to avoid a complex representation in the model.

• Click the Exact outer contour icon to activate the Exact outer contour layer:

The exact outer contour defines the exact outline of the section that is used for clash checking,
drawings and weight calculation.

If the exact outer contour is different from the outer contour, you can draw it using a closed polyline or
copy the Outer Contour, and make the required modifications.
You can use the AutoCAD® toolbars to modify the exact contour, e.g., create a chamfer or fillet.
Then move the Exact Outer Contour so that it is aligned with the outer contour.

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• Click the Inner contour icon to activate the Inner contour layer:

The inner contour is necessary, for example, to create hollow sections.
By using the same tools as for the outer contour, define the inner contour inside the exact outer
contour.

• Click the Exact Inner contour icon to activate the Exact Inner contour layer:

The exact outer Inner defines the exact presentation of the hollow section used for clash checking,
drawings and weight calculation.

If the exact Inner contour is different from the Inner contour, you can draw it using a closed polyline or
copy the Inner Contour, and make the required modifications.
You can use the AutoCAD® toolbars to modify the exact contour, e.g., create a chamfer or fillet.
Then move the Exact Inner Contour so that it is aligned with the outer contour

Adding a section class and name

• Click the Section class icon to define the Section class:

Use the one-line Text icon from the Tools Flyout to define the section class name that will appear on
the section Tab in the Advance properties of the object (see Using the new section in the model, p.8).
Some special characters such as period, coma, and exclamation mark should not be used.

• Click the Section name icon to define the section name:

Use the same tools as for the section class.

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• You can define many section names in the same section class.
• For example, if the section class is named Bent Plate, you can define the section names as
BP 25x25x5; BP 30x30x6, etc.

Adding system coordinates and a references
axis

• Click the Add coordinates icon to add the system coordinates that are displayed when using the
UCS at object:

The coordinate system is inserted when selecting one face from the outer contour; the z-axis will be
placed along that face.

• Add the reference axis to the Outer contour.

Click the Reference axis left-top icon, snap to the left-top corner of the outer contour using the grip
point to insert the left-top reference axis. Repeat for all points.

The reference axis position is used to move the section around the reference line on the Position Tab
in Advance objects properties.

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Generating a section

• Generating a section:

Now the section is ready to be generated, see below an example of the section used in this tutorial.
Make sure that the section contours, class and name are drawn inside the section frame before using
the generating tool.

Click Generate selected section and select a section frame:

Click Generate all section and all section are selected:

The section is then saved in a new table called USR_sectionclass in the AstorProfiles database.

Now the section is ready for use in the model. Close the file after saving it.

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Using the new section in the
model

• In the model file, click other sections on the sub – Section classes toolbar.

• Select the insertion point of the beam.

• Click AdvanceSteel properties and select the beam. On the Section Tab, select the Section
class and the Section for the user section previously added. In the display, you can see the
exact outer contour of the section.

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9. Advance Tutorial:
Numbering and Drawings
Table of Contents

Numbering in Advance Steel ......................................................................................... 3

Prefix settings................................................................................................. 3
Numbering methods ....................................................................................... 4
Single part / Assembly numbering .................................................................. 5
Post numbering solution ................................................................................. 6
Standard part template ................................................................................... 7
Numbering by phase ...................................................................................... 8

Drawing creation ............................................................................................................. 9

Processing a detail drawing............................................................................ 9
Opening and modifying a drawing ................................................................ 12
Drawing update after model modifications.................................................... 14
Alternative Detail Style ................................................................................. 15
View ............................................................................................................. 15
Elevation ...................................................................................................... 18

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Tutorial 9 – page 2
Numbering in Advance Steel

Prefix settings
• Click Prefix Settings on the Advance Numbering, drawing toolbar.

• The Prefix configuration dialog box appears.

• Selecting “Use prefix” activates the prefix settings.

Prefixes can be defined in the user tree based on the model roles (e.g., beam).
They can be set by single part (attached part) or by assembly (main part of this assembly).

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Numbering methods
• Click Numbering on the Advance Numbering, drawing toolbar.

Available numbering methods

The first two numbering methods assign fixed numbers to objects. There will not be a link between the
assigned element number and the drawing the piece is detailed on.

The numbering method “With drawing number” assigns an “internal” number to each object. During the
detail creation the internal number will be changed to the drawing number the piece is detailed on.

Important: Detail the single parts first and the assembly parts afterwards.

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Single part / Assembly numbering

Each object in Advance Steel has two part marks, a Single Part number and an Assembly Part
number.
The numbering will detect identical pieces and will assign the same piece mark to them.

The numbering can be done for both, single part and assembly numbering, in one step by selecting
two check boxes.

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Post numbering solution

There are currently four “post numbering” methods available.
These settings will influence the single part marks of an assembly.
The numbering runs the single part detection, then the assembly part detection. If there is a setting for
the “Post Numbering Method” then there is an additional iteration to equate the single part marks to
the assembly marks according to the settings.

None:
No special setting.

SP Number (for main part) = Assembly Number:
This setting will assign the same mark for the single part mark and assembly mark of the main
assembly piece.
E.g., the biggest piece in an assembly is the main piece; this piece will get the same number
information for single part and assembly.

SP Number (for standalone part) = Assembly Number:
Assembly pieces that have nothing welded to them in shop will get the same piece mark as the single
part and assembly number.
This applies only to the standalone pieces and not to other assembly pieces.

Assembly Group:
This setting will assign the single part marks in relation to the assembly part.
The single part mark will include the assembly number and refers to the assembly where it was first
detailed.
E.g., an attached plate of Column C1 gets the piece mark pa-C1.

Important: Detail the assembly parts first and the single parts afterwards.

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Standard part template

Advance links standard pieces to the current project. Parts from the current project get the same piece
mark as defined in the standard part template if the properties are matched.

Creating a standard part template
Simply copy the elements from the project into a new dwg file. Set the model role of the pieces to
“none” and define the required piece mark.

Select the Standard part template tab in the Numbering dialog box and check “Single Part”.
This standard part template will then be used during the numbering in the project.

The standard part template can be reused for any other project or new standard part templates can be
created if necessary.

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Numbering by phase

• Part marks will be created for the first phase starting at 1000 (single parts) and 100 (main parts)
and for the second phase starting at 2000 (single parts) and 200 (main parts).

• After creating the phases in the object properties, select the first phase using the Search Filter.

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Search filter
1. Select the complete model on the General tab.
2. Select Section on the Object tab.
3. Select Lot/phase on the Property tab.
4. Enter the sequence name.

The requested phase is highlighted in red. To select it, click Select marked objects on the Standard
toolbar.

Select all marked objects.

This tool can be used to change all the properties at the same time by right clicking anywhere on the
screen and selecting Advance Properties.

After creating phases in the object properties, select the first phase using the Search Filter.
Do the numbering. Make sure to select proper start values for single part marks (1000) and
main part marks (100).
Create the first phase drawings.
Next, select the second phase and do the numbering. Do not forget to change the start
values for the single part marks (2000) and main part marks (200).
Create the second phase drawings.
Follow the same procedure for all subsequent phases.

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Drawing creation

Processing a detail drawing

• Once everything has been numbered, 2D fabrication drawings can be created.

• If the “Assembly Group” method was selected, detail the main part first.
If the “With drawings numbers” method was selected, detail the single parts first.

• To detail the parts, use one of the automatic processes offered on the Drawings User toolbar.

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• On the Drawings User toolbar, select the sheet format on which to create the drawing. (The sheet
size can be changed from the drawing.)

Process A0 841mm x 1189mm
Process A1 594mm × 841mm
Process A2 420mm × 594mm
Process A3 297mm × 420mm
Process A4 210mm x 297mm

• For this example, select the single part on an A1 sheet.
The drawing can be created using a selection (for a lot/phase) or for all single parts.

The icons on the left side of the separator are for “all” and the ones on the right side are for “selected”.
To work with a lot/phase, the “selected” icons should be used.

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This example illustrates the difference between a main part and a single part: for a Column, the base
plate, the welded angle, the cap plate, the column itself are single parts; but all of them together are
considered as a main part or an assembly.

The first 4 icons are different single part (SP) processes: All SP plate processes, for example, would
detail only plates which are considered as SP.

• Click All single parts (the first icon).

• The Process properties dialog box appears. Click OK.

• Then, when the process is done, all the single part drawings will also be done.

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• Select the main part on an A3 detail sheet.
The drawing can be created using a selection (for a lot/phase) or for all main parts.

The next 4 icons are main part (MP) processes: All MP plate processes, for example, would detail only
plates which are considered as MP.

• Click All Main parts (the fifth icon).

• The Process properties dialog box appears. Click OK.

• Then, when the process is done, all the main part drawings will also be done.

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Opening and modifying a drawing

• The built-in Document Manager controls all created drawings and their status.
• Open the Document Manager by clicking Document Manager on the Advance Numbering,
drawing toolbar.

• The Document Manager appears.

• Browse the created drawings by selecting a detail in the tree on the left side. The tabs on the right
provide the drawing properties or a preview.

• In addition, the Document Manager updates drawings, assigns revisions, creates a batch plot, etc.

• To open a drawing, close the Document Manager and click Open in AutoCAD®. All the drawings
are located in a subfolder "Details" in a folder with the exact same name as the model.

• Select one of the single part drawings and open it.

It may look like an AutoCAD® drawing but it is still part of Advance. The 2D drawing is related to the
model such that modifications in the model update the drawing, but not the other way around.

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There are two green frames around the detail. Double clicking on the smaller frame will display
available options. Double clicking a dimension or a label will also display available options. A
dimension or label can be moved by selecting the grip points and moving them to the new location.

A new dimension point or dimension chain can be created or removed using the Sub label and
dimensioning flyout of the Numbering and drawing toolbar. Additional functions include inserting
new labels, inserting weld symbols, etc.

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Drawing update after model modifications
Often modifications in a project are required and they have an effect on the dependent drawings.
Through the Document Management a link between the model and dependent drawings exists and
Advance knows which elements are part of which drawing.

Change section properties
• Double click the column at grid C1.
• The Beam dialog box appear where modifications can be entered.
• Change the column material to something else on the Material tab and exit the dialog box.
• Open the Document Manager by clicking Document Manager on the Numbering, drawing
toolbar.

The tree Update required is shown on the left side.

To update Details:
• Click on the tree Update required. All included drawings are selected.
• Click Update labels.

The drawing and the list on the drawing are updated and become current. The details once again
correspond to the model.

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Alternative Detail Style
Processes are not always the best choice; there are exceptions where it is advised to use specific
drawing styles. Different drawing styles are available for: Stair –Railing – Bent plate – Tubular
development – Frame and many more.

The drawing style can be tested for specific situations.

View
Advance provides different styles for isometric views that differ in the labeling. A style without any
label will be used.
The viewpoint depends on the active user coordinate system (UCS). The view direction is against the
Z-direction of the UCS.

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• To create an isometric view, place the UCS in the plane of the screen. Click View UCS on the
AutoCAD® Standard toolbar.

• Next, click 3D-VIEW 1 on the Sub-Drawing User flyout of the Advance Drawing User toolbar.

The Drawing type dialog box appears where changes can be made to the scale, title, etc.
• Change the title text to “Isometric view south east”.

• Click OK to exit the dialog box.

The Select Destination File dialog box appears.
• Select the file ASDETPROTO-A1.dwg in the Prototype (template) field.
• Enter a path for a separate DWG in the File name field, which contains the detail (e.g., -E-1.dwg).

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• Click OK.
The drawings are quickly created and saved as DWG.
The Document Manager controls all dependent details and lists all information. More than one detail
can be stored in a single DWG file and the Document Manager's tree structure displays the details that
are in each DWG file.
The link between the model and the drawings is managed automatically. Advance detects the details
that are changed due to model modifications.

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Elevation
In this step a model elevation is created. The elevation plane corresponds to the XY-plane of the
current user coordinate system. Depth limits can be defined for the dependent drawings.
There are different styles for elevations that differ in labeling and dimensioning.
The viewpoint for elevations depends on the user coordinate system. The view direction is against the
Z-direction.

Set the User Coordinate System
• Set the coordinate system – and thus the elevation plane – at the column axis A1. Click World
UCS on the AutoCAD® UCS toolbar.
• To set the coordinate system in the same direction as shown in the figure, click Rotate UCS by X
on the Advance Standard toolbar.
• Next, click Elevation 4 on the Sub-Drawing Elevation flyout of the Advance Drawing User
toolbar.

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The Drawing type dialog box appears where changes can be made to the scale, title, etc.

Click OK and a dialog box will open.

• Click OK to exit the dialog box.

The Select Destination File dialog box appears.

• Select the file ASDETPROTO-A1.dwg in the Prototype (template) field.
• Enter a path for a separate DWG in the File name field, which contains the detail (e.g., -E-2.dwg).
• Click OK and the drawing will be created.
• To look at the views, open the Document Manager (Sub-Document Manager flyout of the
Advance Numbering, drawing toolbar or from the Standard toolbar). The view can be checked,
updated and, if necessary, deleted.

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10. Advance Tutorial: Lists
Table of Contents

Inserting a list in a drawing ........................................................................................3
Updating a list................................................................................................. 5

External Lists ...............................................................................................................6
External lists ................................................................................................... 6
Creating an extract ......................................................................................... 7
Creating a list ................................................................................................. 9
Saving a list .................................................................................................. 11
Reusing an extract........................................................................................ 12

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Inserting a list in a drawing

In Advance, external lists and lists on drawings can be created in several different formats. Several
lists on the same drawing can also be created, e.g., a bolt list and a material list.

• Open one of the detail drawings.

• Click Insert a list on the Sub-Finishing flyout of the Advance Numbering, drawing toolbar.

SUB - FINISHING Flyout

INSERT A LIST

• For the first point, select the top right corner point of the page frame. For the second point,
select any lower left point to define a window.

• The List dialog box appears. Define two fixed points of the list. This will specify the required
width. Points for the height should not be selected since it would block the list from extending
as more material is added.

• Select the top right and left corner field.

• Click the Template tab and select the list layout. This example will use the Drawing -
Structural List layout in the User template tree.

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• Close the dialog box.

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Updating a list

To update the field content of the list, click Update lists on the Sub-Finishing flyout of the
Numbering, drawing toolbar.

SUB - FINISHING Flyout

UPDATE LISTS

The list is automatically updated with the information from the model.

• Many different lists can be inserted in the same drawing by repeating this operation.

• Save and close the drawing.

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External Lists

External lists
• In this step, an extract of the model will be created and used to create different kinds of external
lists such as a material list, saw list, shipping list, and more.

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Creating an extract

• Create an extract by selecting the Listing & checking toolbar from the Advance Steel suite
toolbar.

Listing & checking

SUB-BOM

LISTS

• The Selection of model objects for the list dialog box appears.
• Select the information to be reflected in the lists.

- For this example, the list will be created using the complete model.
- “Based on Assembly” provides complete information for the secondary pieces
(E.g., this secondary piece is part of that assembly)
- “Include created project documents” provides information concerning the sheets (dwg files).

• Click Apply.
• Click Next.

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• The Select destination file dialog box appears. Enter the name of the extract such as the name
of the selected item (e.g., sequence 1) or the date it was created (default).

• Click Create lists.
• The Template Editor will open to the list report.

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Creating a list

• The Template Editor tree is split between user (customizable lists) and Advance (default lists).
• The tree is divided into three groups:
o Part lists: lists based on single parts
o Assembly lists: lists based on assemblies
o Derived documents: lists based on created drawings and their status

• Select from the “User” tree the list to use. The “Material List Summary” from the Part list sub group
is used in this example.

• In the Template Editor, information can be changed and saved to the lists. The left toolbar is used
to save, copy and delete templates. All the settings for units and printing preferences are
accessible on this screen. The attributes can be changed or added. Their properties (i.e., size,
color, etc.) can be modified. Images can also be added.

• All positioning and alignment is available on the top toolbar.

• After saving the lists, they will be available in the future with all the modifications.

• Click Use to select the extract to use for the list creation.

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The list is completed.

• The tree on the left hand side is sorted by material size and the top bar provides page navigation.

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Saving a list

• At the top of the screen is the icon for saving a list.

o The Save function saves the list as a RDF file (BOM viewer). It automatically selects the
BOM subfolder in the model folder.
o The Export function saves the list as a desired format (e.g., Excel, PDF, Word, etc.).

The list can be saved to more than one file.

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Reusing an extract

To reuse the same extract to create multiple lists, close the “material list summary” and repeat the
same operation starting from the selection of the template list and the extract.

To reuse an extract after the Template Editor has closed, select the Listing and checking toolbar
and click the BOM editor Icon.

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11. Advance Tutorial:
BOM Editor
Table of Contents

BOM Editor....................................................................................................................... 3
Introduction..................................................................................................... 3
BOM Editor Components................................................................................ 3
Template customization ................................................................................................. 8
Template preview components....................................................................... 8
Template editing ........................................................................................... 10

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BOM Editor

Introduction

Advance Steel has a powerful module for reports: material lists, plate lists, cut lists, assembly lists, bolt
lists etc. The preset templates for these reports are available in the BOM Editor.
In this tutorial, we will describe the BOM Editor components and we will explain how to customize
your templates for content and format.

BOM Editor Components
Click the Listing & checking icon on the Advance Steel suite toolbar and click the BOM Editor icon
on the Sub – Lists flyout to display the BOM Editor window.

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The present templates tree for material reports is in the left panel of the BOM Editor window. The tree
is divided into three groups of templates:

- Advance Template: includes all BOM templates available in Advance, their properties
cannot be modified.

- User Template: includes a copy of all the BOM templates from Advance that can be
modified.

- Project Template: can be used to copy templates for project specific modifications.

Each group is divided into three categories:

- Drawing Index: these lists are related to the created drawings and their status. The following
lists are available:

Drawing index list
List of drawings with sections
List of objects by drawings
Structured lists of drawings

- External lists: These lists are for quantity take-off, material loading or shipping. They are
based on single parts for Part lists or on assemblies for Assembly lists.
The available lists for the External lists group are:

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Assembly Lists: Part Lists:

Assemblies with parts reference list Article list
Compound section list Beam list
Shipping list Bolt list
Structured list Cladding list
Structured list – bolts Curved beam list
Structured list – exploded bolts Exploded bolt list
Material list
Material list summary
Plate list
Saw list
Shear stud list

- Lists on drawings: these reports are the BOMs inserted in the drawings.

The extracted reports can be printed or exported in different file formats such as PDF, XLS and
others.

• The right panel of the BOM Editor window displays the selected components in the template tree.
When you select, for example, Material list, the template preview of this list is displayed.
The toolbar on the left side of the BOM editor contains different functions for template management:

Save template: save modifications to the edited template.

Copy template: copy an existing template to the user / project database within the same category.

Delete selected template.

Template units: set up the units for the template

Setup of Page: opens the Report settings dialog box for page and printer setup, and styles. Other
settings for report printing can be modified.

Reports content: when a template is selected, it displays the list of objects
whose related information from the Model is used in the report.

For example, for Plate list, only the ’’Plates’’ option is selected as only
information regarding plates are used in this list.

Import templates: *.temp files can be imported as templates.

Export templates: selected templates can be exported as *.temp files

Zoom In: zoom in the template preview.

Zoom Out: zoom out the template preview.

The three buttons at the bottom of the BOM Editor window have the following functions.

Use the selected template, the BOM Editor closes, and the list creation begins.

Save any modifications and exit the BOM Editor.

Exit the BOM Editor without saving any modifications.

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The BOM Editor window contains other toolbars for template customization:

Most of the icons are for text formatting and alignment, and for insertion of:

Label

Textbox

Pictures for the company logo

Lines

Barcode for report identification

Other icons on these toolbars have the following functions:

View Grid: turn On/Off the grid lines used to align cells inside the template.

Field content: open the following window:

The field content can be a user text or an attribute from the list whose values are taken from the model.

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Template customization

Template customization can be easily done by modifying an existing template. We will explain the
template preview components, how to edit the template for format and content modifications, and as an
example, how to insert a new logo in the report header.

Template preview components

The template preview represents how and what type of information is displayed in the report. Figure 14.3
shows an example of a template preview that has the following blocks:

1. ReportHeader and ReportFooter: the ReportHeader displays the company and project
information, while the ReportFooter summarizes some of the data included in the report such as
the total weight.

2. PageHeader and PageFooter: the PageHeader represents the header line that is displayed at
the beginning of each page. It contains User text describing the data listed in the report. The
PageFooter displays the page number.

3. GroupHeader1 and GroupFooter1: the GroupHeader1 displays the title of the group data that
are described in the next level.
For example, for Structured list, the GroupHeader1 displays the Assembly main part name for the
single parts that are listed in the next level.

4. Detail: the Detail contains the attributes for the data that is listed in the report according to the
header line of the PageHeader block.

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• The data inside the Detail block can be listed based on selected criteria, which means, for
example, if sorting is based on Weight, the heaviest piece is listed first in the report.

To establish your own criteria, right click over the Detail block and select Sorting from the list to
display the Template sorting window:

You can select the sorting criteria from the Source panel and move them to the Result panel with the
arrow icons. You can also modify the sorting order with these icons.

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Template editing
Template blocks contain fields that can be edited for content and format. A field is an area inside the block
that can have a user text or attribute tag. When you click a field, its properties are displayed in the bottom
left panel of the BOM window. Select the Categorized presentation as shown below.

Categorized presentation

Contextual description

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The field properties are divided into six categories:

• Appearance: this property is used to edit the field content for alignment, font, color and style.

Click, for example, the Font property Icon as shown below to display the Font dialog box:

• Behavior: this property is used to adjust the field content regarding the field dimension.

For example, the MultiLine variable shown below can have one of two values:

True: if the field content is longer than the field dimension, then the content in the
report is shown in multi-lines to fit inside the field.
False: only part of the content is shown if it is longer than the field dimension.

• Data: this property describes the content and the text format.
• Design: this property is used for field identification.
• Layout: this property identifies the field location and size in the report.
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Location provides the field coordinates (X, Y) at the top-left corner.

Size provides the field dimensions.

If two fields have to be aligned horizontally, for example, their X coordinates should be equal.
Therefore, the field location is very important to have a correct presentation of the report.

• Summary: this property sets function type and parameters for the selected field.

After editing the field content and format, you can edit the borders by right clicking a field, and selecting
Borders from the list:

The Format Border window is displayed:

To add or edit a field border, select a line style from the Line Styles list or use the available Presets.

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• How is a new logo inserted in the report header?

Click the Picture icon in the toolbar on the left side of the
BOM Editor window.

Select a start point and end point in the ReportHeader to
insert the picture field.

Picture field

Select the picture field and go to the field properties. First, adjust the field location and layout
to have the same size as the logo, and then click the Open icon in the Image field in Data.

The Open window is displayed:

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Select the image file and click Open to insert the image.

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12. Advance Tutorial:
Prototypes
Table of Contents

Prototypes for drawings in Advance Steel................................................................... 3
Advance Steel Prototypes .............................................................................. 3
Prototypes ...................................................................................................... 3
Prototype files location ................................................................................... 4
Modifying Prototypes ...................................................................................... 5
Generating other Prototype files ................................................................... 10
Using Prototypes .......................................................................................... 11

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Prototypes for drawings in
Advance Steel

Advance Steel Prototypes

Advance Steel prototypes are template files already set up for drawing creation. As with AutoCAD®
templates, they have standards drawing formats: ANSI, ISO. They also include title blocks, material
lists, revision table and any additional information. Also, they can be created for a particular style:
dimension, texts…upon client’s requirements.

In this tutorial, we introduce Advance prototypes files already set up, explain where to find them and
how to customize them to your specific needs.

Prototypes
• Advance Steel can use two types of prototypes for drawing creation:

American formats: prototypes file names start with mm_ ASDETPROTO

European formats: prototypes file names start with ASDETPROTO

Then, the file name is followed by the sheet format for General Arrangement drawings. For fabrication
drawings, it is followed by:
Single-sheet format for single part drawings
Assembly-sheet format for assembly drawings.

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The following is the list of the prototypes already set up in Advance:

Important:
The prototypes file names should be kept so that they are recognized by Advance.
Sub-folders can be created for imperial and metric prototypes for easy access.

Prototype files location
• Prototypes files can be in two locations:

The default location is:

C:\..\Graitec\AdvanceSteel\Shared\Support\Prototypes

Or the location can be overwritten by project if the Prototypes are in the model folder
that is created automatically by advance.

E.g., if the model file name is drawing1.dwg and saved in:

C:\….\MyDocuments\Project\ClientA\Model1.dwg

Prototypes are located in:

C:\… \My Documents\Project\ClientA\Model1\Prototypes

The second option allows having different prototypes for different projects.
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Modifying Prototypes

• Open Windows explorer and go to the prototypes default location.

• Open one of the ASSEMBLY-List prototype files with Advance.

In this file, there are two existing blocks:

HYPERSTEELPAGEFRAME block: represents the drawing border.

HYPERSTEELPAGEHEADER block: represents the drawing title block.

There is also a material list: Drawing - Structured list, see figure below:

In this tutorial, we start by modifying the header block by following these steps:

• Explode the block HYPERSTEELPAGEHEADER and then purge it.

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• Modify the header, as required, by adding and moving around the different attribute
tokens available for the title block. See the table below for the available tokens. The
values are taken from the model.

Attribute Description Attribute Description

PROJECT Project Name SCALE Scale used for detail

PROJECT_NO Project No. MATERIAL Material of the object

CLIENT Client Name REVISION_INDEX Revision index

BUILDING Building Name REVISION_AUTHOR Revision created by

BUILDING_LOCATION Location of the Building REVISION_DATE Revision date

CONTRACTOR Contractor Name REV_COMMENT Revision description

DATE_ORDER Date of Order COATING Coating of the object

DATE_CONSTR Date of construction PHASE Phase / Lot of the object

DESIGNER Checked by USERPROJATTR1 Project user attribute 1

DETAILER Detailed by USERPROJATTR2 Project user attribute 2

MODEL_DWG Name of model.dwg USERPROJATTR3 Project user attribute 3

DRAWING_NO Drawing number USERPROJATTR4 Project user attribute 4

POS_NUM Piece mark of object USERPROJATTR5 Project user attribute 5

DATE_DRAW Date of created drawing

In addition to the attributes used by Advance, text and AutoCAD® attributes can be used inside the
title block.

• Recreate the title block by using the same name:

HYPERSTEELPAGEHEADER

Make sure that everything is fully included in the selection.

• Add additional information to be displayed in the drawings such as notes.

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To modify the border, follow the same steps with the HYPERSTEELPAGEFRAME block; make sure
that the frame is inside the dashed line. Perform the following steps:

• Open the Page setup manager from the File menu:

• Click New to define a new page setup, or click Modify to modify the existing one.

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In this dialog box, select the name of the printer/plotter, and then select the paper size for your
drawings. You can also set up the plot style for better appearance of your drawings.

• After closing the page setup manager, check if the border is inside the plotting area defined by
the dashed line.

• To edit or insert a material list on the prototype, refer to Tutorial 9.

• For the revision table, you can edit the existing one (if exists) or insert a new one from:

When double clicking the revision list, the following dialog box appears:

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• On the Columns Tab, you can add/remove and change the position of the column
with the Arrow Icons.
• In the Column format and Heading, you can set up the text format for the
heading and for the text that is displayed in the revision table.
• The Layout Tab is used to define the number of rows and the heading position in
the table.

You can also set up a dimension style for the prototypes. Open the Dimension Style Manager,
Advance is using per default the DSC_DIM_STYLE1 dimension style. This style is applied to the
dimensions and labels included in your drawing. To create your own style, make sure to keep the
same name used by Advance.

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Generating other Prototype files

To generate GA and single part drawings, you do not have to perform the same modifications as for
the Assembly drawings; suppose you have modified the one for the A4 size, you just have to do
perform the following steps:

Copy your ASDETPROTO-Assembly-List-A4.dwg.

Rename it to ASDETPROTO- SP-List-A4.dwg.

Apply the changes (e.g., change the Drawing - Structured list for a SP Destination).

Repeat for ASDETPROTO-A0.dwg, and remove the list(s), as GA drawings do not contain
material lists. Maybe some special notes are inserted as well.

Repeat the same process for the other formats.

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Using Prototypes
The dialog box below appears when creating drawings (see tutorial 8). In this dialog box, you can
select the appropriate prototypes from the model folder or the default location.

Notice that all the steps shown in this tutorial consider that you modified the already existing
prototypes files from Advance.

You can also start with your own AutoCAD® file that you were using. You have to make sure that all
the steps explained above are used in your files (e.g., the names used for the file, the block and the
dimension style).

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Tokens for the Title block

Attribute Description Note

PROJECT Project Name
PROJECT_NO Project No.
CLIENT Client Name
BUILDING Building Name
BUILDING_LOCATION Location of the Building
CONTRACTOR Contractor Name
DATE_ORDER Date of Order
DATE_CONSTR Date of construction
DESIGNER Checked by
DETAILER Detailed by
MODEL_DWG Name of model.dwg
DRAWING_NO Drawing number
POS_NUM Piece mark of object
DATE_DRAW Date of created drawing
SCALE Scale used for detail
MATERIAL Material of the object
REVISION_INDEX Revision index
REVISION_AUTHOR Revision created by
REVISION_DATE Revision date
REV_COMMENT Revision description
COATING Coating of the object
PHASE Phase / Lot of the object
USERPROJATTR1 Project user attribute 1
USERPROJATTR2 Project user attribute 2
USERPROJATTR3 Project user attribute 3
USERPROJATTR4 Project user attribute 4
USERPROJATTR5 Project user attribute 5

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14. Advance Tutorial:
Management Tools
Table of Contents

Management Tools......................................................................................... 3
Author............................................................................................................. 6
Preferred sizes ............................................................................................... 8
Convert database ......................................................................................... 10
Units ............................................................................................................. 10
Table editor .................................................................................................. 11
Database contents........................................................................................ 12
Conclusion.................................................................................................... 13

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Management Tools

• “Management Tools” (also referred as MT) is the configuration tool used by Advance to modify
default information for modeling, drawing creation, database management as well as many other
management settings.

• To open the Management Tools, click the MT icon on the Advance Steel “Standard toolbar”.

• In this chapter, we provide information on how the default values can be customized.

• The following icons are described in this tutorial:

Units
Convert database
Author
Preferred size

Table editor

Defaults

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Defaults

• In “Defaults”, information is available for modeling and drawing creation. The most important
values are presented in this document. The values can be found using several methods.

Search in one of the groups, for example, “Beam”, “Default sections”, “General”, etc.
Using the filter, select the “Use filter” option and enter a keyword.

• Using the filter is faster because it displays only the defaults that include the keyword.
• A brief explanation is displayed in the description field explaining the use of the default.
• To modify a default, change the value in the “Value” field and press “Enter”. This changes the
“Current” field value.
• Once a value is modified, it can be changed back to the default value by copying the value from
the “Original in Advance” field and pressing “Enter”.

• Once a modification is made in the Management Tool, it must be loaded to be available in
Advance Steel. To load modifications, click the “Load settings in Advance” icon on the top toolbar.

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Group Default Explanation
Beam Beam Coating Coating for beams. Possible values are available from the
'Coating' table from AstorBase.mdb
Beam Material Material for beams. Possible values are available from the
'Material' table from AstorBase.mdb
Collision Control Minimum volume of the Minimum volume of the collision solid that is recognized in
collision solid a collision check [mm3]. If this value is small, all the
collisions are shown in a collision check report. If the value
is large, the volumes of collision under this value are not
shown in the collision report.
Compass East axis text for compass Text shown in the compass in the model and in the
drawings.
North axis text for compass Text shown in the compass in the model and in the
drawings.
Connecting elements Bolt assembly Parts of a bolt assembly (e.g., "Na2W" means nut and two
washers)
Bolt/Anchor name General name of a bolt (e.g., used on drawings and in lists)
High strength bolt diameter Standard high strength bolt diameter of all manually
created bolts
High strength bolt type High strength bolt type or standard. Possible values are
available from the "Sources" table.
Hole tolerance The hole tolerance for all bolts and anchors
Representation type of the Bolt representation during the first creation in the model
bolts
Treat special parts as normal Treat special parts as normal objects for the bolt length
objects calculation.
Drawing-Dimensioning Dimension style in details. Name of the AutoCAD dimension style used in details
Ordinate dimensions show Ordinate dimensions show negative dimensions relative to
negative values the RD point
Ordinate dimensions: Replacement for the <Name> symbol of ordinate
Replacement for the <Name> dimensions
symbol
Drawing-Dimensioning Dimension style in details Name of the AutoCAD dimension style used in details,
which should be in the prototypes
Drawing-Labeling Cut View Name View name for detail section views (Section A-A)
Default diameter for the Diameter for standard holes (20)
standard holes
Do not display labels for Do not display labels for holes with standard diameter
standard holes (diameter specified by the “Default diameter for the
standard holes” default).
Reference length for the slope Reference length for the slope triangle (100)
triangle
Drawing-Presentation Color of visible lines Color of visible lines in drawings
Color of hidden lines Color of hidden lines in drawings
Color of system lines Color of system lines in drawings
General Color for marked objects Color for marked objects (e.g., due to a search filter)
Layer assignment Beam layer Layer for beam objects
Plate layer Layer for plate objects
Plate Mapping Mapping Pl to FL
Plate name General name of a plate, used on drawings and in lists

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Author

• The author is a signature applied to all databases when changes are saved. It is used to
differentiate the user modification from the original settings.

• The author is also called “Owner” in some databases.

• Most of the changes that are done in Advance Steel have a signature.

• The signature is used when the user updates to newer releases of Advance Steel. The signature
is recognized and transferred to the new installation. Having an author currently in use simplifies
the update process in the future.

• To create an “Author”, select an existing author from the list and rename the Name and Text with
your information.

• For example, select the “My Company” author and rename it to your name and company

• Then click the save button to confirm your entry.

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• You should then see your new created Author available in the list. You can select it and click the
“Set selected author as current” icon.

• To verify that your new created author is current, it is listed at the bottom left corner of the MT.

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Preferred sizes

• The preferred sizes is a customizing tool used in the selection of favorite values.

• Once the values are selected, throughout the modeling process some of the options or values are
hidden for an easier selection. This is a more productive modeling process.

• Based on the installation, a different country group might be used (with the English America
installation the group is: USA —> Canada). In each group, the same sub-groups are available as
shown above (e.g., Beam, Bolt, Plate, Shear Studs and Weld).

• For the next example, the section class is used.

• In the model, click the “Rolled I Section” icon and create a beam. The available choices for the
section class are exactly the same as shown in the preferred size

• Once the sub-group in the “preferred size” tool is located, the preferences can be viewed and
changed.

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• Only the selected values are shown in the section class in the model.
• The other values are still available, if necessary (e.g., China I). To access them, select the “All”
option at the end of the section class:

• Many preferences can be changed. Go through all the different types and make sure your
preferences are selected.
• To save use the following icon:

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Convert database

• “Convert database” is a tool that merges the user modifications from a previous version of
Advance Steel to the current version.

• All settings are kept from version to version without redoing the same customization.

• For in depth information about converting databases, refer to page 23 of the “User’s guide” on the
Documentation CD.

Units

• All the units from the Management tool are defined using the “Units” tool.

• Note that modifying the units do not affect your work in Advance Steel but only affect the units in
the MT.

• Precision should be selected to at least two decimals for metric and to 1/32 for imperial.

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Table editor

• “Table editor” is a tool that opens and edits the Advance Steel databases.
Microsoft Access can also be used.

• To open a database, click the “MDB” icon and browse for the database to open. Select a database
and click Open. All the tables included in the database are displayed. To open a table, double click
it.

• You can also refer to the second part of the “Open AS Database.avi” FAQ video. (Provided by
your technical support department)

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Database contents
• In Advance Steel, the databases are Microsoft Access files (.mdb files). Some of the most
important databases are presented and their location and content is described.

• Some of the values included in the databases can be manually edited to better suit your needs.

• The database content is important to know to standardize databases used between colleagues.
You will know which database was affected by someone’s changes and be able to use that same
database including the new changes on everyone’s computer.

• It is also very useful when assistance is needed from the technical support team. You will know
what the technical support team needs to help you and thus save time to get a quicker answer.

AstorBase.mdb is located in:
C:\Documents and Settings\All Users\Application Data\Graitec\AdvanceSteel\8.1\Steel\Data

In AstorBase, the following information is available:

• Authors: The author is a signature applied to all databases when changes are saved. It is
used to differentiate the user modifications from the original settings. More
information is available in the “Author” section of this tutorial.

• Bolts, Stud, Anchor and plate: Modifications to an existing bolt, stud, anchor or plate or
creation of new ones are saved (e.g., creation of a new plate thickness preference
in the Plate tool from the MT).

• Coating: A new coating can be created to match your requirements.

• Material: A new material can be created to match your requirements.

• Scale: Two tables include the available scales in Advance Steel.

o “Scale” (currently in use) includes all imperial standard scale values. A new entry can
be created if required.
o “Scale All” (not used) includes all imperial and metric scale values. To activate the
table, it must be renamed to “Scale”. All imperial and metric scale values are then
available in your detail drawing. A new entry can also be created if required.

• Welds: Symbols are saved in the installation and they correspond to the different weld types
in this table. Modification to the symbol drawing or creation of a new weld can be done
using this table.

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AstorRules.mdb is located in:
C:\Documents and Settings\All Users\Application Data\Graitec\AdvanceSteel\8.1\Steel\Data

Information about connections is available in AstorRules. Every time connections are saved in a
library, they are saved in AstorRules.

AstorSettings.mdb is located in:
C:\Documents and Settings\All Users\Application Data\Graitec\AdvanceSteel\8.1\Steel\Data

All “Defaults” values from the Management Tool are saved in AstorSettings.

AstorProfiles.mdb is located in:
C:\Documents and Settings\All Users\Application Data\Graitec\Data

All profiles from Advance Steel are saved in AstorProfiles.

• User Section: All created user section profiles are saved in AstorProfiles.

AstorAddIn.mdb is located in
C:\Documents and Settings\All Users\Application Data\Graitec\AdvanceSteel\8.1\User2\Data

All user customizable information is located in AstorAddIn. Everywhere the “Advance”, “User” and
“Project” options are available, the values in the “User” groups are saved in AstorAddIn.

In AstorAddin, the following information is available:

• Quick Connections: All saved information in the “Configure Quick Connection” tool

• Drawing style: All saved information in the “Drawing style and process manager” tool

• Explode settings: All saved information in the “Detail exploded settings” tool

• Numbering Prefix: All saved information in the “Prefix Settings” tool

• Lists: All saved information in the “BOM Editor” tool

• Necessary view: All saved information in the “Necessary view wizard” tool

Conclusion
Many tables are not explained in this document, as well as other databases and files that are
important for Advance Steel. If in depth explanation is needed, the technical support team can assist
you in your proprietary customization.

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ADVANCE STEEL WORK FLOW

o Set up the drawing prototypes
o Select a template
o Save the drawing
o Select the correct osnap

o Management Tools – Drawing Presentation

Colors / Dim Style / Font / General look and feel of drawings

o Job Setup – Project data
Set all project information and units

o Open Project – Begin Modeling

1. Set UCS to world
2. Draw grid lines – start @ 0,0,0 – use grid by distance
3. Place required Level Symbols
4. Create a Compass symbol
5. Copy grid lines up to 0,0, TOS of next level if necessary
6. Use the frame tool to draw a column and a beam in a frame plan; or
create them from the beam flyout
7. Set beam shape and position
8. Create all connecting beams between frames – Save
9. Create bracings - Save
10. Set the required “model roles” to all profiles
11. Check all information in the Model Browser
(Material, Coating, Lot/Phase, Model Role, etc.)

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12. Start connections
13. Base plates all columns – Save (Grout / Anchor holes)
14. Cap plate if required -Save
15. Beam to column – Save
16. Beam to beam - Save
17. After all the connections are made – run collision check
18. Check the collision report, if errors
19. Check, locate and fix collision - Save
20. Audit checking
21. Assign welds – if additional are required – Save
22. Shade, rotate, check & review
23. Check the prefix settings
24. Number the model with the numbering tool – Save
25. Begin drawings – single part
26. Do all single part or by selection with filter if necessary
27. Begin assembly drawings
28. Do all main part drawings
29. Or by selection for Column, Beams, Misc.
30. Or by selection of phase
31. Create elevations view – Save
32. Create plan view - Save
33. Create anchor bolt plan - Save
34. Create 3D view and node as required
35. Details of bolts
36. Clean up drawings
37. Create external project lists
38. Create NC files
39. Batch plot / Explode drawings

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