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Aleck Giles

Autodesk Advance Steel – Captive Nuts

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Certain industries and structure types seem to use a lot of Captive Nuts in their structures. Whether these are inside RHS or on the back of thin sheet metal or in other hard to reach areas they all n...
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Level Symbols in Autodesk Advance Steel

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It is often desirable to put a Level Symbol in a General Arrangement drawing to indicate the height of a point above sea level or similar. This can be useful for planning purposes and such like. Howev...
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Graitec Advance Steel Model Competition 2020

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As part of the Graitec UK Advance Steel User Day held online on 2 & 9 September 2020 we decided to run a Model Competition. Customers were invited to submit up to 5 models per company. Graitec sta...
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Advance Steel - Setting a Default Library Entry for Joints

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Would you like to control the default configuration for an Advance Steel joint? Read on for how to do so. In Advance Steel, whenever you place a joint from the Connection Vault the system looks in the...
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Advance Steel – Make the most of your Base Plates on Foundation Plans

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One of the first drawings that is often needed from any structure you model in Advance Steel is likely a foundation layout showing the positions of base plates relative to the grid. The suggested draw...
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Losing Weight With Advance Steel

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Having used Advance Steel to model your structure in 3D you would expect to be able to find the weights of things. You certainly can, but there are a number of details to consider if you want to get a...
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How To Use 2D Drawings As Underlays In Advance Steel

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When modelling in Advance Steel it is often nice to be able to use an architect’s layout or similar as a reference to model to. Similarly, it might be nice to show on your arrangement drawings that th...
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How To Spot Changes Easily With DWG Compare In Advance Steel

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Changes to our Advance Steel models are a constant factor in life. However, it is not always easy to keep track of all the differences. Perhaps your architect has sent you a new layout to work from af...
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A Guide To Advance Steel Custom Model Templates

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There are certain tasks or operations that need to be done in pretty much every Advance Steel project. You can save time by having the required elements already existing in your model rather than sett...
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How To Use Advance Steel Project Specific Prototypes

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Many Advance Steel users work for sub-contract detailers who have many clients with different logos or entirely different drawing frames. It is nice and sometimes necessary that drawings are provided ...
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