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Tips and Tricks for using Autodesk Advance Steel from AU2016 (Part II)

Philippe Bonneau
January 20, 2017

In my last post I summarized some of the Advance Steel tips for modeling that I covered during my class at Autodesk University last fall. This post picks up where that one left off and describes the software features Advance Steel has for helping you create and manage documentation more effectively.

Here we go!

1. Getting access to your customized templates

You can easily switch between templates delivered out of the box when installing Advance Steel (from the Advance branch) and templates from the User branch (which contains your customized templates) with the “User” icon located at the top of the palette. The same behavior applies for the drawing styles, drawing processes and BOM templates tool palettes.

Advance Steel tips for customized templates
Advance Steel tips - getting access to customized templates

2. Increasing column size on anchor bolt plan

You can get details bigger on your anchor bolt plan by modifying the view scale and changing the clipping values along X and Y. This makes anchor plan drawings easier to read, and ensures steel details are more practical with enlarged information for the columns shape and orientation, but also the base plates layout.

Advance Steel Tips for increasing column size on anchor bolt

3. Finding information on used prototypes

Drawing prototypes are blank drawing sheets that are used to create the shop drawings and general arrangement drawings. An easy way to find which prototype has been used for a drawing is to look on the Document Manager, the information is available in the “Prototype” column.

Advance Steel Tips on finding information on used prototypes

4. Customizing shop drawing file name

When creating the shop drawings, it is a good practice to use a drawing process which will step through all of the selected objects, selects a suitable drawing style, creates the shop drawing of the object, and moves on to the next object. In this way many drawings of many objects can be created quickly and easily. The drawing process manager offers the possibility to customize the shop drawing name according to your needs.

Advance Steel tip on customizing shop drawing file name

5. Creating a bill-of-material based on a query

You can create a query (e.g. search for Advance Steel objects which model role is “Column”) and by saving it, the query will become available in the Project Explorer so that you can run it at any time. What is great is that you can use this query to generate a BOM only for elements selected by this query.

Advance Steel tip on creating a BOM queryAdvance Steel tip on creating a BOM query

If you’re interested in watching the full class on-demand, visit Autodesk University online here:

For more tips on using Advance Steel, check out these previous blog posts:

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Philippe Bonneau

Philippe Bonneau is the Technical Marketing Manager for Advance Steel software at Autodesk. Prior to joining Autodesk, Philippe spent 20 years filling various roles in the structural industry, including working in steel engineering & detailing companies and then acting as a product manager for Advance Steel at Graitec SA. Philippe attended the University du Maine in Le Mans, France, and he is a mechanical engineer. He is based in Paris, France.