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3D BIM software for steel modeling and detailing

Advance Steel detailing software helps accelerate design, steel detailing, steel fabrication, and steel construction. Intelligent 3D modeling tools help you accelerate design and detailing processes. Speed time to fabrication and construction with tools that automatically generate shop drawings and deliverables. Autodesk Advance Steel detailing software is built on the AutoCAD platform. Interoperability with Revit and Advance Design Building Information Modeling (BIM) software supports a more connected workflow.


What's new

Steel modeling

  • NEW

    Get access to fabrication data information


    Fabrication data information

    Get access to fabrication data information.

  • NEW

    Save productivity and clicks with the Repeat Last command


    Repeat Last command

    Save productivity and clicks.

  • Use libraries and wizards for faster steel modeling


    Intelligent structural objects

    Model faster with an object library and wizards.

  • Model faster with a parametric connections library


    Parametric steel connections

    Extensive parametric connections library.

  • Validate connections in real time


    Built-in connection design engine

    Check steel connection design in real time.

  • Use wizards to create stairs, railings, and cage ladders


    Stairs, railings, and cage ladders

    Model miscellaneous steel work more quickly.

  • Quickly create complex sheet metal designs


    Sheet metal and folded plate work

    Quickly create folded elements of any shape.

  • Weld definition properties


    Weld definition properties

    User-defined or automatic weld symbols.

  • Select and view steel modeling parts


    Select and view parts of a model

    Isolate and display selected elements.

  • Color-coded model-based approval workflow


    Model-based approval workflow

    Color-code objects based on approval status.


Structural engineering drawings

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    Get the beam offset value displayed in labels


    Beam offset information in label

    Get the beam offset value displayed in labels.

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    Work with snap points to more efficiently dimension anchors


    Snap points on anchors

    Dimension anchors more efficiently.

  • NEW

    Control the placement and size of grid balloons on drawings


    Grid balloon placement control

    Improve the appearance of your drawings.

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    Improved display of structural member symbols


    Structural member representation

    Improved display of structural member symbols.

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    Gain greater control of clipping symbols in Detail view


    Custom clipping symbols

    Gain greater control of clipping symbols.

  • Produce drawings with automatic dimensions and labels


    General arrangement drawings

    Produce clearer drawings for erection at site.

  • Insert drawing lists


    List on general arrangement drawings

    Insert general arrangement drawing lists.


Detailing & documentation

  • NEW

    User-defined formulas in BOMs gives you added flexibility


    User-defined formulas in BOMs

    Take advantage of new flexibility in templates.

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    Get connection location information on single-part drawings


    Templates for lists on drawings

    Get connection location information on single-part drawings.

  • Choose a numbering method that works for you


    Versatile numbering

    Select from multiple numbering methods.

  • Generate more accurate steel shop drawings


    Steel shop drawings

    Generate more accurate drawings for fabrication.


  • Affix manual or automatic dimension lines


    Labels in dimension lines

    Affix automatic or manual dimension line labels.

  • Create more accurate bills of materials


    Create more accurate BOMs

    Automatically generate BOMs based on design data.

  • Output compliant NC files


    NC data

    Generate data for CNC workshop machines.

  • Document Manager


    Document Manager

    Control your documentation.

  • Integrated revision control


    Integrated revision control

    Use revision clouds to manage drawing edits.



  • NEW

    Synchronize between Revit or Advance Steel models


    Steel connections synchronization

    Synchronize between Revit or Advance Steel models.

  • NEW

    Object enabler lets you view Advance Steel drawings


    View native drawings in AutoCAD

    Object enabler lets you view Advance Steel drawings.

  • NEW

    Extend and enhance the use of Advance Steel with included API


    Open and flexible API

    Extend and enhance the use of Advance Steel.

  • Advance Steel is interoperable with Revit


    Bidirectional link with Revit

    Help speed time to fabrication with model synchronization with Revit.

  • AutoCAD Plant 3D interoperability


    AutoCAD Plant 3D interoperability

    Integrate real-time workflow.

  • Advance Steel is interoperable with Robot Structural Analysis software


    Robot Structural Analysis interoperability

    Optimize your structure with bidirectional links.

  • Advance Steel is compatible with Navisworks project review software


    Navisworks interoperability

    Integrate data for quantification, simulation, and whole-project review.

  • Export model data to MIS software


    MIS software interoperability

    Export data via KISS, XML, or IFC with MIS software.

  • Several users can work on the same project at once



    Several users can work on the same project at once.

  • Advance Steel interoperability features include color-coded status tracking


    Status tracking information

    Color-code 3D models using shop and field status.

Complete toolset for structural steel detailing

Advance Steel : BIM software for structural steel engineering, detailing and fabrication
Graitec demonstration videos illustrate the structural steel design tools in Advance Steel; features include a library of intelligent parametric structural elements, steel connections, and plates. Model custom elements and custom connections. Automatically generate shop and general arrangement drawings, create bills of material (BOMs), and produce DTSV CNC files directly from your designs.


Advance Steel: Bidirectional link with Revit Advance Steel: Navisworks compatibility Advance Steel: What’s New in 2015 Advance Steel Brochure
Bidirectional link with Revit
Speed time to fabrication with Revit design data.
Navisworks compatibility
Integrate data for a whole-project review and effective collaboration.
What’s New in 2016
See the latest Features of Advance Steel 2016.
Advance Steel Brochure
Download a copy of the Advance Steel Brochure.

Structural Modeling

Advance Steel will subsequently generate all the construction and workshop drawings based on the 3D model

Model courtesy from PKD (Czech Republic)

Advance Steel will subsequently generate all the construction and workshop drawings based on the 3D model

Model courtesy from STRUBAT Ingénierie (France)

Advance Steel provides the user with a large library of structural elements

Model courtesy from DANTU Drafting (South Africa)

Advance Steel : Steelwork - stairs, railings, ladders, etc.

Model courtesy from Ets J-C FASSLER (France)

All the tools are designed for fast and efficient modelling, creating a precise BIM model to enable Advance Steel to subsequently generate all project documents (drawings, lists, NC files) from the model.

Advance Steel provides the user with a large library of structural elements and design functions such as:

  • Generic industry components such as Frames, Bracings, Concrete Footings, etc.
  • Common Profiles and Sections
  • Various Roof systems
  • Miscellaneous Steelwork (stairs, railings, ladders, etc., including joints)
  • Complex folded plates (e.g., conical or twisted)
  • Welded, tapered and curved beams
  • Powerful Plate manipulation tools

Advance Steel works in 2D or 3D depending on the user’s preference and the type of structure being modeled. Advance Steel supports all basic and widely adopted CAD concepts and functions (snap points, grip points, copy, etc.) promoting rapid adoption.

Advance Steel offers libraries of customizable automatic jointsAdvance Steel comes with a comprehensive library of customizable automatic joints (more than 300 joints), which increase the speed and efficiency of modeling connections.

In addition to the default library, Advance Steel also offers the possibility to create specific custom connections using a wide range of tools:

  • Polygonal cuts on plate and beam (cope, along centreline, polygonal, on the UCS, with an angle)
  • Placement of bolts, holes and shear studs
  • Welded connections

All custom connections, from simple to extremely complex, can be saved, previewed and reused from within the Connection template explorer, and even modified to suit other needs.

Advance Steel offers libraries of customizable automatic jointsAdvance Steel - the Connection Vault

Model courtesy from SST-Ing.-Buro (Germany)

The enhanced Connection Vault streamlines workflow with the following features:

  • All connections in one place
  • Create and save favourites
  • Connection previews of possible combinations
  • Choose a connection and use it directly from the connection vault!

Advance Steel assigns automatic part marks to the entire model which can also be based on user defined numbering prefix method, starting number and increment. The powerful model checking tools is Advance Steel for element collisions, tool access (buildability), and consistency of element marks (fabrication, delivery and assembly) ensure accuracy and quality are maintained.

Knowledge Engineering: Advance Steel integrates a new adaptive technology that automates and significantly accelerates joint creation. When creating a joint, Advance Steel analyses its environment and recognizes if a similar situation has occurred in the past. The software then suggests the optimal joint in the desired category while taking into account its structural integrity. (*Only available for certain types of joints and standards.)

Joint designed with Advance engine. Click on the image to see the video.

New Joint Design Engine

Advance Steel can now automatically design common joints within the user interface. To create a joint the user specifies the forces (kip) and Advance Steel quickly designs the joint. The correct type and quantity of bolts, plate thickness, etc., are automatically inserted in the model and a full design report is created!

Click above for a streaming video on Advance Steel

Joint designed with Advance engine.


Read GRAITEC technical article Learn more about connection design according to Eurocodes 3 in Advance Steel…

Sheet and plate metal work

Autodesk Advance Steel is the only CAD software for steel structures that easily models sheet metal work. It only takes a couple of clicks to create a complex element, for example, a conical shape from two CAD entities (circle, square, etc.) or between two profiles with different diameters.

The drawings for these shapes are automatically obtained along with their unfolded representation.

Advance Steel : automatic creation of workshop and general arrangement drawings, automatically labeled and dimensioned in a fully customizable layout

Model courtesy from PlanungsburoHeuer (Germany)

Advance Steel : automatic creation of workshop and general arrangement drawings, automatically labeled and dimensioned in a fully customizable layout

Model courtesy from Solespam (France)

Multi-user collaboration

With the “Model Share” technology, Advance Steel users can work in a real multi-user mode to accelerate projects.

Advance Steel : multi-user collaboration

Advance Steel offers unrivalled, flexible and secure multi-user functionality offering:

  • Speed improvements to model a big project (multiple users working on the same DWG file)
  • Display performances (tools to display only selected elements)
  • Flexibility (joints can be created between elements modeled by different users)
  • Security (an element being used by one person cannot be modified by another)
  • Information (real-time information of model changes)

Automated drawing creation

Advance Steel : automatic creation of workshop and general arrangement drawings, automatically labeled and dimensioned in a fully customizable layout

Once the design is completed, Advance Steel offers a wide range of automated functions to create all the fabrication and general arrangement drawings. A large range of formats (e.g. A4 to A0) and different page layout templates are available. Each detailed drawing is created as an individual DWG file. The details are automatically labeled and dimensioned. Templates are available for a wide range of uses and countries and the drawing layout may be customized with user specific requirements using the Drawing Style Manager.

Automatic creation of isometric views, 2D drawings, elevations, ...

Model courtesy from DANTU Drafting (South Africa)

General Arrangement drawings

  • Automated creation of an isometric view from the project, with many different label possibilities.
  • 2D drawings, such as elevation, anchor or roof plans are automatically labeled and dimensioned.
  • Function for automated view creation on the drawing for special situations such as a complex detail or a base point with the foundation.
  • Flexibility in the choice of the presentation rules for the details.

Fabrication drawings

  • Creation of individual fabrication drawings for single and assembly parts
  • Automated drawing creation by processes
  • All parts automatically dimensioned and labeled with the required information
  • Dimension lines can be presented as Relative, Running or Ordinate
  • Function for part unfolding and tube templates
  • Required cuts from the main view will be created automatically

The Final Touch

  • Automated creation of a view in the drawing when adding a section/cut line or other similar detail
  • Ability to change scale, clipping and presentation within the drawing
  • Additional dimension lines (e.g. Arc, Angle….) can be created and modified
  • Quick additional label insertion by selecting the information directly from the model


Automatic creation of workshop drawings Automatic creation of workshop drawings
Model courtesy from Konstruktoriu cechas (Lithuania) Model courtesy from Marshall Stairs (UK)
Automatic creation of workshop drawings Automatic creation of workshop drawings
Model courtesy from Heurtey Petrochem (Romania) Automatic unfold of a spiral stairs tread

Document management

Other features and provided solutions: lists of materials, lists, NC file... All of them fully customizable.

Once the drawings are completed,bills of material lists and NC files can be created. The user can select from different predefined or custom formats: content definition, insertion of logos, customizable sorting, etc.

Advance Steel Document Manager is a powerful yet user-friendly centralized time saving tool to check drawings, sort out details and print bills of materials.

Advance Steel automatically creates revision clouds in drawings for modifications compared to the previous status of the drawing. This considerably helps users have better control on changed elements after an automatic update of the drawings with a revision number and removes a high degree of risk.

Customer Project References


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Advance Steel Documentation

Learn about main features of Advance Steel 2015 2016.


Frequently Asked Questions about the 2015 release of Autodesk Advance Steel and Advance Concrete

General product information

Why is Autodesk releasing new versions of Advance Steel and Advance Concrete?

Earlier this year, Autodesk communicated our intent to expand BIM workflows into structural detailing and fabrication by introducing Advance Steel 2015, AutoCAD with Advance Steel 2015, and Advance Concrete 2015. Since the initial product releases, Autodesk has made development efforts to improve and expand the functionality of those products to better meet the needs of our customers. We are releasing new versions of Advance Steel and Advance Concrete to put new capabilities into our user’s hands right away to help them benefit from greater workflow and productivity gains.

Who is entitled to access this software release?

Current Autodesk Maintenance Subscription customers of Advance Steel, AutoCAD with Advance Steel, and Advance Concrete are eligible to receive this release as part of their Subscription benefits. Going forward, customers who purchase licenses of Advance Steel, AutoCAD with Advance Steel, and Advance Concrete will receive the 2015.1 release, and licenses for the 2015 version will no longer be sold.

How do Autodesk Subscription customers access the software release?

Autodesk Advance Steel 2015.1 and Advance Concrete 2015.1 can now be downloaded from the Autodesk Subscription Center.

In which languages are the 2015.1 releases available?

The 2015.1 release is available for all languages in which the 2015 release is currently available: Czech, Dutch, English, French, German, Italian, Polish, Portuguese, Romanian, Russian, and Spanish.

Where can I find out what is new in the Autodesk Advance Steel 2015.1 release?

You can get information on this release on One Team Source. Users can learn about new features and enhancements from Autodesk Advance Steel Help.

Compatibility and interoperability

Is the Advance Steel 2015.1 release compatible with other versions of Advance Steel?

The Advance Steel 2015.1 release is fully compatible with the 2015 version and does not have a file format change. The Advance Concrete 2015.1 release has a new file format, and is not compatible with prior releases.

Is Advance Steel 2015.1 compatible with AutoCAD Plant 3D?

Yes. With the new Advance Steel Object Enabler, you can place Advance Steel objects, including their properties, in Autodesk® AutoCAD® Plant 3D models. Orthographic drawings created with Plant 3D will display both Plant 3D and Advance Steel objects. The Object Enabler can be downloaded from the Autodesk Knowledge Network.

What is the Advance Steel plug-in for Autodesk Revit? Where can I access the plug-in?

The Advance Steel plug-in for Autodesk® Revit® software enables Revit users to export, import, and synchronize BIM data from their models with Advance Steel for structural analysis and detailing. A new version of the plug-in to support the 2015.1 releases is available on the Autodesk Exchange App Store for Autodesk Subscription customers.

Are Advance Steel 2015.1 and Advance Concrete 2015.1 compatible with Advance CAD?

Yes, the new releases are compatible with Graitec’s Advance CAD software. However, future releases of Advance Steel and Advance Concrete will no longer support Advance CAD. Customers using Advance CAD should contact their local area Graitec Reseller to determine the best solution for their needs going forward.


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