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Graitec Announces the Launch of its New Graitec Advance Suite 2020

June 2019 – GRAITEC, an international BIM, Simulation, Fabrication and Data Management software developer for the AEC industry, and Autodesk® Platinum Partner across Europe, with new locations in Spain and Portugal joining the group in 2019, adding to our additional locations across the US, Canada and Russia, continues its expansion worldwide and is delighted to announce the launch of the Graitec Advance 2020 suite, providing unrivalled modelling, design & detailing software solutions to the AEC and Fabrication markets.

Graitec Advance offers a set of software extending the life of Autodesk BIM models through the whole workflow, Graitec products are split into 4 sections, to help our customers perform initial concept to fabrication:

  • DESIGN : Using Autodesk products and enhanced with Graitec PowerPacks
  • SIMULATE : Run advanced FEM simulations and optimize your designs according to construction codes
  • FABRICATE : Take design intent through the finished fabricated product and site delivery
  • MANAGE : Manage all your company W.I.P. data and I.P. before collaborating with external CDEs

Graitec Advance Release 2020

With 100 000+ customers around the world, Graitec has continuously strived to provide best in class advancements for innovative software solutions. Graitec Advance 2020 is a major step forward with hundreds of new features on different domains, proving this suite is top of its game for assuring the continuity of the digital information through BIM workflows and providing efficient simulation and fabrication solutions to top-level Construction, Architecture, Engineering and Building Design companies worldwide.

Advance Design Graitec Simulate

Mature and easy to use 3D FEM BIM Structural analysis solution dedicated to structural engineers operating in a BIM environment. It fully designs any type of structure, with any kind of loads, mixing concrete, timber and steel members. It includes major code standards (Eurocodes / North American).

BIM Integration: Advance Design has a deep integration with Autodesk Revit® and Autodesk Advance Steel® with the possibility to import/export/synchronize any 3D geometry. With the release 2020, it’s also possible to store seismic forces and theoretical reinforcement values in Revit®.

Enhanced numerical capabilities: new RITZ method for modal analysis x10 faster, time history analysis with accelerograms, automatic number of eigen modes, full body deformations, ...

Function Editor

Best in class 3D Climatic generator compliant with EN1991-1-4 & ASCE 7-10, usable of any kind of opened structures: trusses, pipe-racks, petrochemical structures, transmission towers, L shapes buildings...

3D Climatic generator

Advanced Steel Design functionalities: graphical definition of constrains for Lateral Torsional Buckling checks, steel optimization based on different criteria’s (weight, height of the section, inertia...), 7 Dof advanced stability solver for any kind of steel sections, new HSS bracing steel connection...

 Advanced Steel Design functionalities

Embedded Shear Walls design: able to design single or groups of shear walls including seismic forces and all constructive rebar dispositions.

Graitec BIM Designers 2020 Graitec Simulate and Graitec Design

The GRAITEC Advance BIM Designers includes a wide range of apps for structural processes that introduce a high degree of design-driven modeling and documentation automation across multiple structural workflows. Those apps are able to run on multiple platforms which include Advance Design, Autodesk Advance Steel® and Autodesk Revit® enabling flexible progressive adoption of intelligent structural BIM workflows.

Graitec BIM Designers – Concrete Series:

    BIM Integration with Autodesk Revit®: RC design and detailing tools able to run in Autodesk Revit® and enrich the BIM 3D model with intelligent engineering data.

    New module to design shear walls, groups of shears walls running inside Advance Design, as standalone or within Autodesk Revit®

    Dedicated Autodesk Revit® module to design reinforced concrete slabs with automatic intelligent bars and fabrics generation.

    Several new rebar detailing functionalities to power-up Autodesk Revit for rebar projects: Automatic bars split, bars and Fabrics schedules, continuous foundations rebar generation...

    Precast beams and corbels

    BIM Designer Concrete Series

    Graitec BIM Designers – Steel Series

      BIM Integration with Autodesk Advance Steel: Steel modelling and detailing tools able to run in Autodesk Advance Steel® and enrich the BIM 3D model.

      New types of connection and new GUI in the BIM Designer Steel connection module: reduced base plate connection, HSS Bracing connection with multiple members.

      New improved Stairs & Railings module including an algorithm to rapidly creates stairs into the user-predefined architectural plan considering all geometrical constrains.

       Graitec BIM Designs Steel Series

      Advance Powerpack Graitec Design

      The GRAITEC PowerPack provides a broad suite of unique commands and functionality to significantly increase productivity when working with Autodesk Revit® or Autodesk Advance Steel®.These practical, every-day utilities focus on speeding up modeling, simplifying family management, predefining annotations and enhanced external data-links for a dramatically improved BIM workflow.

      PowerPack for Autodesk Revit®:

      Several improvements in the BIM Connect module for a better integration between Autodesk and Graitec solutions.

      Among more than 50 daily tools, the release 2020 of the PowerPack for Revit enhance a new Work tracker in Revit able to generate statistics of time spent working on local files by multiple users.

      PowerPack for Autodesk Revit

      PowerPack for Advance Steel®:

      3D PDF export of the model, new tools palette grouping the 29 specific connections, a new special parts manager, new creation criteria’s for platform and floor cover.

      PowerPack for Advance Steel

      Advance Workshop Graitec Fabricate and Graitec Manage

      GRAITEC Advance Workshop is a purpose-built, easy-to-use Steel Fabrication Management Information System (MIS) designed to give steel fabricators complete control over every stage of production. Manage stock, traceability, labour and CNC processes to increase efficiency and reduce costs - ultimately optimizing your total business performance.

      The Graitec Advance suite also enhances a new version of Advance Workshop, the must have MIS solution for Steel Fabricators, especially those involved in BIM workflows, with a brand new CAD pre-processor:

      Smart conversion and object detection from mechanical formats (STEP, IGES, Solidworks®...)

      3D conversion of 2D drawings to recreate the initial geometry.

      Automation of all the parts to be fabricated from a 3D geometry.

      Easier and faster parts processing.

      Graitec Opentree - Cabinet Graitec Manage

      EDM Solution for Contractors, Architects and Engineers delivering a world-class WIP document management system, priding ourselves on unparalleled service and support.

      Graitec purchased Opentree in 2019, and continues its development, adding the international BIM Standard ISO19650 workflows. Customers use Cabinet to manage their W.I.P (work in progress) data management from the start of a project to the release of data to a CDE (common data environment) such as Autodesk BIM360.

      All those new tools are applicable to a large variety of projects, covering all the AEC and Fabrication markets.

      Graitec Opentree Cabinet

      This is just a brief outline of the new release; further detailed information can be found here:

      Advance Design
      BIM Designers

      Our Product specific web pages available from here.

      The release 2020 can be downloaded from here.

      Joseph PAIS, Graitec Product Director comments: “The release 2020 of Advance Design is a major one with hundreds of improvements in different areas such as BIM integration, FEM capabilities, Concrete & Steel design and Fabrication process enhancements. Thanks to those improvements, Advance Design 2020 position itself as being the right tool for professional who want to combine the power and the efficiency of proven simulation and fabrication solutions and BIM Connected workflows”.

      Manuel LIEDOT, Graitec CEO adds: “For over 30 years Graitec has continually helped construction and manufacturing professionals digitize and connect their processes to maximize investment return from software technologies. Graitec Advance 2020 is a major step forward in helping our users to DESIGN – SIMULATE – FABRICATE and MANAGE their data in this new BIM world.

Graitec Wins Prestigious Autodesk Platinum Award for the Fourth Consecutive Year

February 2019 – GRAITEC, an international BIM, Fabrication and Design software developer for AEC, and Autodesk® Platinum Partner across Europe, is delighted to announce winning the  prestigious Autodesk Platinum Award for the fourth consecutive year, for the “Top Reseller in Net Subscription Growth in EMEA” 

Winning an Autodesk Platinum award is a spectacular achievement in a very challenging and hotly contested market place. But managing to achieve this accolade four consecutive years in a row is testament to a business that is clearly focussed on growth through its customer centric approach, not only helping clients achieve their own successes, but also assisting them to maximise the return on their Autodesk software investments. 

Says Steve Houlder, Graitec COO: We were delighted to achieve a Platinum Award for the third-time last year. Being able to achieve our goal for a fourth consecutive year however is huge honour, and one that not only reinforces the chosen path for our strategic growth initiative, but also demonstrates the strength and depth of experience of all the Graitec teams across EMEA who’s commitment, professionalism and focus have helped make this achievement possible once more. 

Says Manuel Liedot, Graitec CEO: The achievement of this award clearly illustrates our determination and commitment to the goal of becoming a leading global BIM provider and principal Autodesk Partner, as we continue to invest in strengthening our teams, our technology and service delivery. 

I would like to congratulate all the Graitec teams involved for their hard work and dedication, as well as thanking all our loyal and new customers around the globe for their continued support. 

Graitec acquires Autodesk VAR Lineis

Bièvres, France, February 2019 – Graitec, an international BIM, Fabrication and Design software developer for AEC, Autodesk® Platinum Partner across Europe and Gold Partner across USA, Canada and Russia announced today that it acquired 100% of the shares of Lineis on Wednesday February 20th. (The terms of the deal have not been disclosed.)

The acquisition of Lineis reinforces the position of Graitec in France where the company is already operating as (1) Autodesk Platinum Partner; (2) software editor of world class standard structural analysis & design software: Advance Design and Advance BIM Designers, Advance Workshop, and Arma+ software; and (3) as service provider and Research & Development partner for engineering offices and manufacturers. Lineis brings with them a team of BIM experts as well as over 30 years of presence and customer commitment in the French market. 

Now with the full support of a major international group, Lineis will gain an extended capacity to deliver a new range of professional services around BIM. This in turn will deliver more value to customers with an extended portfolio of unique complementary products, an example of which, is that all Graitec subscribers to Autodesk Revit receive a complimentary Graitec PowerPack with over 50 bonus tools to increase their productivity.

Lineis will be merged within Graitec France in the coming weeks and both teams will combine their strengths to better serve customers and develop the business of Graitec in France. 

François Tabusse, Lineis CEO comments: “The ambition of Lineis is to consistently offer an unparalleled level of technical expertise. Our dedicated staff is passionately committed to providing quality customer service. We were impressed and immediately attracted by the vision and strategy of GRAITEC and are extremely happy to be part of a truly professional and customer focused company. We are confident the company and our customers are in very good hands.” 

Francis Guillemard, GRAITEC President adds: “We look forward to welcoming Lineis customers to the Graitec family and helping them meet today’s industry challenges supported by a strong base of Graitec technology. The Lineis acquisition builds on our existing presence in the French markets and adds an increased depth of experience, while demonstrating our commitment to growth and the delivery of world class solutions, services and support to our expanding customer base.  

About Lineis

The company Lineis started in 1989.

Operating through 3 offices in France, Lineis is delivers first class BIM professional services and technologies to companies who want to improve their design and production process in the AEC space. As an Autodesk Reseller and Autodesk Training Centre, Lineis trains, integrates and consults on all Autodesk Solutions, such as Revit, AutoCAD, 3DSMax and all the Autodesk BIM360 cloud services. Known today for their huge expertise in BIM (Building Information Modelling) helping Architects, Owners, Engineering digitalize their design processes. Lineis advises and helps its customers to successfully achieve their business challenges through innovative solutions and services.

For more information, please visit www.lineis.fr

Graitec Acquires Spanish Autodesk VAR 2aCAD

Bièvres, France, February 2019 – Graitec, an international BIM, Fabrication and Design software developer for AEC, Autodesk® Platinum Partner across Europe and Gold Partner across USA, Canada and Russia announced today that it acquired 100% of the shares of 2aCAD, Spain on Thursday February 14th. (The terms of the deal have not been disclosed.)

2aCAD Logo

The 2aCAD Spanish acquisition strongly reinforces the position of Graitec in Europe, where the company is already operating with branches in the United Kingdom, France, Germany, Italy, Czech Republic, Slovakia, Poland and Romania.

The acquisition of 2aCAD in Spain strongly reinforces the position of Graitec in Europe where the company is already operating as (1) an Autodesk Platinum Partner; (2) a developer and reseller of several world standard software solutions in the Structural Analysis and Fabrication Management space with Advance Design, Advance BIM Designers, Advance Workshop and Arma+ software; and (3) as a service provider and research & development partner for engineering offices and manufacturers.

2aCAD brings with them a team of BIM experts as well as over 30 years of presence and customer commitment in the Spanish market, clients will experience an absolute continuity of service as 2aCAD will continue to operate as before the acquisition.

With the full support of a major international group 2aCAD will also gain an extended capacity to offer a new range of professional services around BIM, which in turn will deliver more value to customers through an extended portfolio of unique complementary products, an example of which is that all Graitec subscribers to Autodesk Revit will receive a complimentary Graitec PowerPack with over 50 bonus tools to increase their productivity.

An increased investment capacity will also in time, allow for the enlargement of the current operational area and an expansion of market focus to include advanced simulation and fabrication management systems to better serve current and new customers.

Javier Beltran, 2aCAD CEO comments: “I am pleased to join the Graitec Group. We are thrilled with the vision of building a strong international group together. We are very excited and looking forward to start bringing the deep knowledge and expertise to the Graitec Group and join forces to fulfil customer’s needs, maintaining quality and services for them. The company and our customers are in very good hands.”

Francis Guillemard, GRAITEC President adds: We look forward to welcoming 2aCAD customers to the Graitec family and helping them meet today’s industry challenges supported by a strong base of Graitec technology. The 2aCAD acquisition builds on our existing European presence and adds an increased depth of experience, while demonstrating our commitment to growth and the delivery of world class solutions, services and support to our expanding customer base.

About 2aCAD
The company 2aCAD started in 2008 from the merge of ADA Computer and ApliCAD, two leading companies in graphic software with more than 35 years of experience in the sector. In 2013 it became part of the ADA Group.

Operating through 10 offices in Spain and Portugal, 2aCAD offers to their customers, increased productivity through the implementation and development of global and integrated graphics solutions, based mainly on the complete portfolio of the manufacturer Autodesk, for continuous improvement and competitiveness through personalized attention. 2aCAD helps its customers successfully achieve their business challenge through innovative solutions and services.

2aCAD is accredited by Autodesk in the sectors of Architecture, Engineering and Construction, Manufacturing and Multimedia.

For more information, please visit www.2aCAD.es

GRAITEC ACQUIRES Opentree – Publisher of Cabinet EDM solution for Document Lifecycle Management

16th January 2019 – GRAITEC, an international BIM, Fabrication and Design software developer for AEC, and Autodesk® Platinum Partner across Europe, is delighted to announce the acquisition of Opentree, a U.K based company that provides EDM solutions for the management of the entire document lifecycle of projects, and conforms to BIM standards and BS1192 workflows.

At a time when there is increasing industry complexity especially around BIM projects and delivery, the need to effectively manage internal W.I.P (Work in progress) project documentation from the outset is becoming increasingly important across all AEC sectors.

Practices and businesses with a further requirement to publish project data externally to a hosted environment are then often faced with the challenge of interfacing with multiple CDE (Common Data Environment) vendors , as the choice for construction and manufacturing professionals is vast, but with Opentree you can effectively manage all of your internal documentation and model information locally throughout the project lifecycle and then publish to the CDE of your (or the principal contractors) choice as and when a particular project dictates.

Francis Guillemard, GRAITEC President comments: “With Graitec’s recent acquisitions, coupled to the fact that we are an extremely large Autodesk partner, and a software developer in the BIM area. Our solutions in the BIM arena provide many ’000,000’s of models, documents and ancillary information, this acquisition will be pivotal in helping our customers with the day to day management of their project documentation from initial conception and tender, through to project delivery!

Andrew Frank, OPENTREE Managing Director comments: “By joining Opentree and Graitec, our customers will further benefit from being owned by a company with a long history in design & collaboration, who have the skills and expertise to push Opentree even further into the market of W.I.P management, We see this a key strategy for all customers to manage this process better than they do today.

Steve Houlder, GRAITEC COO comments: “The BIM market and the BIM for Manufacturing market is growing at a rapid rate in many countries. One of the major difficulties faced by our customers at all levels from housing development through to capital projects, is the management of data from project conception to the start of the collaboration phase, ensuring data consistency and adherence to standards being one of the most important topics. With Opentree we can address this growing issue for many of our customers, aligning, Graitec and Autodesk technologies.

Graitec will now offer Data Management and W.I.P management to all our customers who have been trying to solve the problem by various means for a long time. By helping customers to adhere to data standards, deliver consistency, conform to both BS1192 and the upcoming ISO19650 BIM standards, Graitec are at the forefront of helping customers manage their data and projects effectively enabling them to achieve time and cost savings, as well as improving internal and external data quality processes.

About Opentree
The company was established in 1992 as tsaADVET Ltd selling networked PC based CAD solutions from Intergraph, Bentley and Autodesk. The focus was on large engineering companies who had hundreds of thousands of drawings to control across very large facilities. We introduced a third party Electronic Document Management Software (EDMS) system (Falcon/DMS) which we sold and supported to enable the tight management of the CAD data. This included management of CAD Reference/XRef files which are vital to ensure data integrity of the drawings.

As the business continued to grow, we soon realised that the EDMS product was not meeting all of our customers’ needs. So in 2000, we developed our own EDMS, CAB-i-NET (now Cabinet).

Since it was first adopted by Tata Steel (formerly British Steel) and Siemens (formerly Westinghouse Rail Systems) in 2003, we’ve never looked back. Thanks to our partnership approach with various multinational blue chip companies, Cabinet evolved to manage all forms of office documents as well as CAD drawings.

Following a decade of success, a management buyout enabled the company to strategically plan for its future growth. This resulted in the opening of a dedicated development office in Sheffield, followed by a complete rebrand to Opentree in 2014.

For more information, please visit www.opentree.co.uk

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