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With a passion for building & technology, and how it can make consumers life easier; I am a creative designer with clear strategic vision, strong communication and implementation skills, combined with a passion for delivering optimised design and management projects on time. Within Graitec im focused primarily in the areas of BIM, engineering and new design techniques to support an ever-changing world.
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Adding Trusses using Revit Extensions

Adding Trusses using Revit Extensions
The Revit Extensions add-on extends the capabilities of Revit software in key areas, including structural analysis, modelling, reinforcement, interoperability and construction documentation. Using the dialog box you can configure the settings for truss type, rafter and chord sizes along with settings for wallplates, gable ladders & spandrel panels. In the below video I show you how to downlo...
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Creating Advance Steel renders in Fusion360

Creating Advance Steel renders in Fusion360
Do you need to create some quick renders of your Advance Steel projects? If it’s for a client to showcase the project or marketing purposes, then this blog is for you. In the below tutorial video, I show how you can create very quick and simple renders of your projects using Autodesk Fusion360. With minimal knowhow of Fusion360 it’s a few simple clicks before you can start rendering. Outlined in...
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Advance Steel 2018 Hotfix 1

Advance Steel 2018 Hotfix 1
Autodesk have released Hotfix 1 for Advance Steel 2018. The hotfix has concentrated mainly on issues regarding manual dimensioning and labelling, along with some other changes and updates. For a full list of fixes, please click Here The hoxfix can be accessed via the Autodesk Desktop App & Autodesk Account. To install from Autodesk Account, simple download the install file and follow the onsc...
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Installing the Precast Add-on for Revit 2018

Installing the Precast Add-on for Revit 2018
The new structural precast extension for Revit 2018 now gives users the ability to model and detail precast elements within their Revit projects. In the below video guide, I show how to download and install the Add-on to your Revit Software. This new add-on offers a range of tools for modelling and detailing precast elements. Driven by a range of predefined parameters, users can automatically ...
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Add a gradient background to a 3D view in Revit

Add a gradient background to a 3D view in Revit
Did you know that in Revit, you can add a background gradient color to a 3D view?. The gradient will be a blend between the horizon color and the sky or ground color. This can be configured by following the below simple steps:1. Open the 3D view from the Project Browser.2. Click the View tab > Graphics panel- (Graphic Display Options). This can also be accessed by the Keyboard shortcut (GD) 3...
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First Look – New ‘Header Beam Connection’ from the GRAITEC PowerPack for Advance Steel 2018

First Look – New ‘Header Beam Connection’ from the GRAITEC PowerPack for Advance Steel 2018
New in the 2018 version of the Graitec PowerPack is the addition of the Header Beam Connection. This new joint allows Advance Steel users to automatically add a connection to their model with dynamic controls for adding plates, bolts & stiffener components. As ever the joint can also be saved to the Advance Steel library so your individual company configurations can be loaded from a single c...
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The strange language of Revit explained!

The strange language of Revit explained!
Having used Revit for several years now, I sometimes forget that the language used within Revit is quite obscure and a bit geeky. For those new to Revit I have created a quick blog explaining 11 key terms. Annotation CropAn annotation crop region fully crops annotation elements when it touches any portion of the annotation element, so that no partial annotations are drawn. The annotation crop can ...
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Structural Analysis Toolkit for Revit 2018

Structural Analysis Toolkit for Revit 2018
In line with the release of Revit 2018, comes the Structural Analysis Toolkit as one of the best add-ons for Revit. It provides a suite of tools that supports the Building Information Modelling (BIM) process and allows structural engineers and technicians to analyse and check your structure from within the Revit environment. Using this toolkit structural designers and engineers can optimize their...
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Advance Steel for Timber Framing - Adding Beam Packers

Advance Steel for Timber Framing - Adding Beam Packers
Did you know that Advance Steel can also incorporate timber components to the model? In the below video, we show how you can add timber beam packers to structural steel beams. Advance Steel can have all the required timber sizes added to its vast database range which can then be utilised by the timber beam command on the Home > Objects Ribbon. As you will see in the video we show how to add ti...
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WoodEngine Add-On for Advance Steel 2017

WoodEngine Add-On for Advance Steel 2017
Using the Advance Steel API the guys over at Mitek WoodEngine have developed an add-on for Advance Steel that helps the workflow between timber frame and steel work detailing. The Add-On in Advance Steel allows you to convert the WoodEngine structural members to Advance Steel Beams thus reducing the need to remodel the entities. Also, included in the Add-on are extra display controls to show all ...
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