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Table of Contents

Table of Contents
Table of Contents ........................................................................................................................................ i
Chapter 1 – Introduction ............................................................................................................................ 1
1.2 Text Conventions ............................................................................................................................. 3
1.3 Main Practice.................................................................................................................................... 4
Chapter 2 - Starting a Project ................................................................................................................. 13
2.1 Template Files................................................................................................................................ 14
2.2 Project Data .................................................................................................................................... 16
2.3 File Structure .................................................................................................................................. 17
Create a Project File ............................................................................................................................ 18
Chapter 3 - Working in 3D CAD ............................................................................................................. 19
3.1 Common CAD Commands........................................................................................................... 20
3.2 Mouse View Commands for 3D................................................................................................... 21
3.3 Viewpoints....................................................................................................................................... 22
3.4 Visual Styles ................................................................................................................................... 23
View Manipulation ................................................................................................................................ 24
Chapter 4 – The Advance Steel User Interface................................................................................... 25
4.1 Selecting Objects ........................................................................................................................... 26
4.2 Advance Properties ....................................................................................................................... 27
4.3 Advance Joint Properties ............................................................................................................. 29
4.4 Joint Boxes ..................................................................................................................................... 30
4.5 Deleting Objects............................................................................................................................. 32
4.6 Undo ................................................................................................................................................ 33
4.7 Object Snaps .................................................................................................................................. 34
4.8 2D/3D Osnap.................................................................................................................................. 35
Chapter 5 – Coordinate Systems........................................................................................................... 36
5.1 3D Coordinates .............................................................................................................................. 37
5.2 World Coordinates ......................................................................................................................... 38
5.3 User Coordinate System .............................................................................................................. 39
5.4 When to Use a UCS ...................................................................................................................... 43
Chapter 6 – Building Grids ...................................................................................................................... 44

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6.1 Creating a Building Grid ............................................................................................................... 45
6.2 Grid Properties ............................................................................................................................... 49
6.3 Modifying Grids .............................................................................................................................. 51
6.4 Level Symbols ................................................................................................................................ 53
Drawing Grids ....................................................................................................................................... 55
Chapter 7 – Basic Structures ................................................................................................................. 56
7.1 Structural Frames .......................................................................................................................... 57
Draw a Portal Frame............................................................................................................................ 61
7.2 Placing Sections ............................................................................................................................ 62
7.3 Beam Properties ............................................................................................................................ 67
Draw Beams and Sections ................................................................................................................. 73
Chapter 8 – Simple Editing ..................................................................................................................... 74
8.1 Overview ......................................................................................................................................... 75
8.2 Layer Management ....................................................................................................................... 76
8.3 Common Basic CAD Editing Commands ........................................................................... 78
8.4 Transform Elements ...................................................................................................................... 80
8.5 Advance Copy/Rotate/Array ........................................................................................................ 83
8.6 Advance Trim/Extend .................................................................................................................... 84
Chapter 9 – Automatic Joints ................................................................................................................. 86
9.1 Connection Vault ........................................................................................................................... 87
9.2 Joint Properties .............................................................................................................................. 89
9.3 Repeating Joints ............................................................................................................................ 93
9.4 Joint Library .................................................................................................................................... 96
9.5 Joint Groups ................................................................................................................................... 99
Add joints ............................................................................................................................................. 103
Chapter 10 – Beam Features ............................................................................................................... 104
10.1 Introduction ................................................................................................................................. 105
Open the Drawing .............................................................................................................................. 106
10.2 Coping or Notching Beams ...................................................................................................... 107
Use a Shorten on a Beam................................................................................................................. 108
10.3 Shorten at UCS .......................................................................................................................... 109
Shorten at UCS ................................................................................................................................. 110
10.4 Cut at Object .............................................................................................................................. 111

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Cut at Object ...................................................................................................................................... 112
10.5 Cope ............................................................................................................................................ 113
Cope and Cope, Skewed ................................................................................................................. 116
10.6 Parametric Cope – Joint ........................................................................................................... 117
Create a Parametric Cope – Joint .................................................................................................. 120
10.7 Beam Clearance ........................................................................................................................ 121
Beam Clearance................................................................................................................................ 122
10.8 Contour Features....................................................................................................................... 123
Experiment with Contours ................................................................................................................ 128
10.9 Editing Features......................................................................................................................... 129
10.10 Miter .......................................................................................................................................... 131
10.11 Splitting and Joining Beams .................................................................................................. 132
Modify Columns ................................................................................................................................. 133
Chapter 11 - Plates ................................................................................................................................ 134
Open the Drawing ............................................................................................................................. 135
11.1 Flat Plates ................................................................................................................................... 136
11.2 Plate Properties ......................................................................................................................... 139
11.3 Folded Plates ............................................................................................................................. 140
11.4 Gratings....................................................................................................................................... 146
Remodel Ducting and Add Plates................................................................................................... 149
Chapter 12 – Plate Features ................................................................................................................ 150
12.1 Contour Features....................................................................................................................... 151
12.2 Contour Processing Properties ............................................................................................... 155
Ducting ................................................................................................................................................ 157
12.3 Plate Contour Non UCS Features .......................................................................................... 158
12.4 Chamfers and Fillets ................................................................................................................. 159
12.5 Dividing and Joining Plates ...................................................................................................... 161
Chapter 13 – Connection Elements .................................................................................................... 163
13.1 Bolts ............................................................................................................................................. 164
13.2 Bolt Properties ........................................................................................................................... 167
13.3 Anchors ....................................................................................................................................... 169
13.4 Welds .......................................................................................................................................... 170
13.5 Edit Connected Objects ............................................................................................................ 173

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Add Bolts and Welds ........................................................................................................................ 174
Chapter 14 – Custom Connections ..................................................................................................... 175
14.1 Introduction ................................................................................................................................. 176
14.2 Modeling the Custom Connection ........................................................................................ 178
14.3 Building Bricks ........................................................................................................................... 179
14.4 Creating a Connection Template ............................................................................................ 181
14.5 Insert a Connection Template ................................................................................................. 184
Chapter 15 – Structural Elements........................................................................................................ 186
15.1 Bracing ........................................................................................................................................ 187
15.2 Stairs ........................................................................................................................................... 189
Create Stairs ...................................................................................................................................... 196
15.3 Hand Rails .................................................................................................................................. 197
Add Railings ....................................................................................................................................... 203
15.4 Cage Ladders............................................................................................................................. 204
Add a Cage Ladder ........................................................................................................................... 206
15.5 Cladding ...................................................................................................................................... 207
15.6 3D Drawing Tips ........................................................................................................................ 210
Add Decking ....................................................................................................................................... 213
Chapter 16 – Other Model Objects ...................................................................................................... 214
16.1 Concrete Objects ....................................................................................................................... 215
Create Concrete Foundations ......................................................................................................... 217
16.2 Special Parts .............................................................................................................................. 218
Insert the Tank ................................................................................................................................... 220
Chapter 17 – Project Explorer .............................................................................................................. 221
17.1 Introduction ................................................................................................................................. 222
17.2 Levels .......................................................................................................................................... 223
17.3 Work Planes and Columns ...................................................................................................... 228
Create Levels ..................................................................................................................................... 230
17.4 Model Views ............................................................................................................................... 231
Create a Model View ........................................................................................................................ 241
17.5 Queries........................................................................................................................................ 242
Saved Query ...................................................................................................................................... 247
17.6 Groups ........................................................................................................................................ 248

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Create a Group .................................................................................................................................. 252
17.7 Show All Objects ....................................................................................................................... 253
17.8 Structures ................................................................................................................................... 254
Chapter 18 – Validating a Structure .................................................................................................... 255
18.1 Clash Check ............................................................................................................................... 256
18.2 Object Marking ........................................................................................................................... 259
18.3 Technical Check ........................................................................................................................ 260
18.4 Model Check .............................................................................................................................. 262
18.5 Joint Design................................................................................................................................ 263
Chapter 19 - Numbering ........................................................................................................................ 266
19.1 Model Role ................................................................................................................................. 267
Assign Model Roles ........................................................................................................................... 271
19.2 Numbering .................................................................................................................................. 272
Numbering .......................................................................................................................................... 280
Chapter 20 – Creating Drawings ......................................................................................................... 281
20.1 Quick Documents Palettes....................................................................................................... 281
20.2 Drawing Styles ........................................................................................................................... 285
20.3 Drawing Processes ................................................................................................................... 290
20.4 Cameras ..................................................................................................................................... 294
20.5 Summary of Drawing Procedure ............................................................................................. 298
20.6 View Orientation ........................................................................................................................ 299
20.7 Setting up Documents Palettes............................................................................................. 300
Chapter 21 – Editing Drawings ............................................................................................................ 304
21.1 Document Manager................................................................................................................... 305
21.2 Manipulating Drawings ............................................................................................................. 310
21.3 Drawing Labels and Dimensions ............................................................................................ 319
21.4 Object Properties ....................................................................................................................... 332
Chapter 22 - Lists ................................................................................................................................... 334
22.1 BOM Templates Palette ........................................................................................................... 335
22.2 RDF Viewer ................................................................................................................................ 338
22.3 Selective Lists ............................................................................................................................ 340
22.4 Managing Lists ........................................................................................................................... 348
Chapter 23 – Other Documents ........................................................................................................... 349

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23.1 NC Files ...................................................................................................................................... 350
23.2 DXF Files .................................................................................................................................... 352
23.3 Sharing Models and Drawings ................................................................................................ 354
23.4 Data Exchange .......................................................................................................................... 361
Appendix A – Drawing Prototypes ....................................................................................................... 364
A.1 Editing a Prototype ...................................................................................................................... 365
A.2 Title Block ..................................................................................................................................... 366
A.3 Drawing Frame ............................................................................................................................ 369
A.4 BOMs on Drawings ..................................................................................................................... 370
A.5 Revision Table ............................................................................................................................. 372
A.6 Other Information ........................................................................................................................ 374
A.7 Printing Setup .............................................................................................................................. 375
Appendix B – BOM Template Editors ................................................................................................. 379
B.1 Introduction................................................................................................................................... 380
B.2 Element Properties ..................................................................................................................... 381
B.3 Tokens .......................................................................................................................................... 383
B.4 Formatting .................................................................................................................................... 384
B.5 List Structure ................................................................................................................................ 385
B.6 Report Contents .......................................................................................................................... 386
Appendix C – Advance Steel Options ................................................................................................. 388
C.1 Defaults......................................................................................................................................... 389
Appendix D – User Sections................................................................................................................. 396
D.1 Introduction .................................................................................................................................. 397
D.2 Layers and Basic Elements ....................................................................................................... 398
D.3 Key Points .................................................................................................................................... 400
D.4 Generate Sections ...................................................................................................................... 403
Appendix E – Basic CAD Practice ....................................................................................................... 407
Course Preparation ........................................................................................................................... 408
Appendix F – Training Outline .............................................................................................................. 409
F.1 Suggested Four Day Outline ..................................................................................................... 410
F.2 Optional Topics or Further Training ...................................................................................... 415
F.3 Autodesk Links to Forums, Support and FAQ Pages......................................................... 418

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Introduction Chapter 1 – Introduction This chapter contains the following topics:  Overview  Text Conventions  Main Practice 1 .

1 Overview This training guide is only provided to users who have attended an approved Autodesk® Advance Steel training course. This training guide can be referred to for alternate commands and extra information. Not all of the Advance Steel commands are included and not all of the options in the included commands are covered. different versions might not match this training guide.  This training guide is written using the Autodesk® Advance Steel 2018 software. Therefore.Autodesk Advance Steel 2018 Essentials – Metric 1. 2 . Not all content of this training guide is necessarily covered during the training course. Instead it focuses on the recommended workflow and the most common commands and options. It is intended to give an overview of all of the basic commands that are required to create structures and associated documentation using the Autodesk® Advance Steel software.

Tool Palette category. which is surrounded by a gray border. However. For example. 3 .  When describing the location of a command or icon in the Ribbon. For example. Command Name. it is written as Tool Palette Name. but this indicates the most common or easiest way. prompts you to click the Connection Vault icon in the Extended Modeling panel in the Home tab in the Ribbon.  Practices are placed in their own sections and identified by Practice #x and the practice title (e. Introduction 1. it can also indicate that there might only be one way to do a task.g.2 Text Conventions This training guide uses the following conventions for formatting text.  Recommended workflow and important points are displayed in a hint box. Autodesk® Advance Steel commands are indicated by bold text. Follow the instructions to practice and test your skills. it is written as Ribbon tab > Ribbon panel. There might be several ways of achieving the required outcome.. but that the task is very important.  Margin notes are used to provide extra tips or information that is useful but not essential. click (Select All Marked Objects). click (Connection Vault).  When describing the location of a command or icon in a Tool Palette. <image> (Command Name).  Prompts in the Autodesk® Advance Steel Command Line are indicated by italic text. in the Selection category. Practice 1a Opening a Drawing). in the Advance Steel Tool Palette. Home tab > Extended Modeling panel.

all of the user practices in this training guide refer to this training project. This structure is not intended to be an exemplary design. but a representative structure that demonstrates how to use a broad range of Autodesk® Advance Steel commands in a realistic setting. Dimensions or properties that are not defined in the drawings are not critical and can be selected by the user. Unless otherwise stated.3 Main Practice To provide a coherent plan for the training. All of the important information has been provided in the following drawings.Autodesk Advance Steel 2018 Essentials – Metric 1. the following structure has been created as a training practice. Figure 1-1 4 .

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Staring a Project Chapter 2 .Starting a Project This chapter contains the following topics:  Template Files  Project Data  File Structure  Create a Project File 13 .

you new tab when you expand the templates option. Autodesk Advance Steel 2018 Essentials – Metric 2. For and settings to suit the Autodesk® Advance Steel software. example.1 If you are using the US It also automatically lists the available templates (according to the English installation of language that was selected when the software was installed) on the the software. etc. 14 . when you click (New) (in the Quick Access Toolbar or in the DO NOT change the Application Menu > New > Drawing). This file is created with typical layers as needed.dwt template to template for metric start your metric modeling project. when you start a new project or file you template to some extent should start with a template file. the Autodesk® Advance Steel change the background software automatically locates the storage location of the templates and layer colors. you can set a new Home View or As part of a standard installation.dwt template for imperial modeling projects. Figure 2.dwt  You should always select the ASTemplate.1 Template Files You can modify the As with most applications. should use the mm_ASTemplate. layers or any other settings. modeling projects and the ASTemplate.

Staring a Project Figure 2-2 15 .

A list of property groups called Tabs is displayed on the left. click (Project Settings). You can usually accept the default settings on the other tabs. 16 .2 Project Data It is recommended that you identify the project in which the file is going to be used and set some basic settings at the start of any project. There are many settings that you can customize or properties that you can complete for any project. This information is used to complete the title blocks on drawings and the headings on lists later in the project. For most projects you need to complete as much as possible in the Project Info 1 and Project Info 2 tabs. Figure 2-3 The style of this dialog box and all of the other Autodesk ® Advance Steel dialog boxes is the same. In the Home tab > Settings panel.Autodesk Advance Steel 2018 Essentials – Metric 2. Selecting any of them changes the page of settings that is displayed on the right. The Project data dialog box opens.

Program Files. Documents and As the project continues and you create drawings or other outputs.3 File Structure Ensure that you store The file that you just opened contains the model of the structure for your projects in a this project. It is location that all users recommended that you create a sub-folder that is named after this can access and NOT project in the location in which all of your projects are going to be under My Documents. Figure 2-4 17 . more sub-folders are created as required for Details (drawings). Settings. This is the master file for the entire project. stored. the same location as your master file. The software creates a new folder next to the model file with the same name. or any other the Autodesk® Advance Steel software creates many more files in user or system folder. Data. Calculations. etc. You should then save the model drawing in the new sub- Desktop. In that folder. The resulting structure is as follows. Program folder and with the same name. NC files. BOMS. Staring a Project 2.

Start a new file using the ASTemplate. Set up a new Project file for the training structure. US English installation of the software.dwt template.  Project = Advance Steel Training  Project Number = T123  Client = your company name  Designer and Detailer = your name  Contractor = Autodesk 18 . you 2. modeling projects.dwt template for metric folder. should use the 3.Autodesk Advance Steel 2018 Essentials – Metric Practice 2a Create a Project File If you are using the 1. Complete the project data and save the file in the required ASTemplate.

Working in 3D CAD This chapter contains the following topics:  Common CAD Commands  Mouse View Commands for 3D  Viewpoints  Visual Styles  View Manipulation 19 . Working in 3D CAD Chapter 3 .

For example. This training guide is written assuming that you are already familiar with and competent using most typical 2D CAD commands. and Layers. Rectangle. Move. Zoom. Plot.Autodesk Advance Steel 2018 Essentials – Metric 3. Extend. Polyline. All of the basic 2D CAD commands and functions are available to Autodesk® Advance Steel users at all times. Pan. you should be comfortable using the following as a minimum: Line. Circle. Ortho. Arc. 20 . Copy. Grips. Object Snaps (running and single click). to effectively use the Autodesk® Advance Steel software.1 Common CAD Commands The Autodesk® Advance Steel software contains many similarities to other CAD systems. Trim. Edit Polyline.

and Orbit can be used at any time.  Pan (middle mouse button): Press and hold down the mouse wheel or middle button while moving the mouse as is done in 2D. If objects in the model are selected while rotating in this way.  Zoom Extents (double-click on the middle mouse button): To zoom to extents or display the entire model on screen you can double-click on the middle mouse button. It is generally recommended that you use the mouse shortcuts to manipulate your 3D view as follows:  Zoom (mouse wheel): To zoom in or out.  Orbit (<Shift> + middle mouse button): To rotate the model freely in 3D you can hold down <Shift> while pressing the middle mouse button or wheel and moving the mouse. If you have not done this before. 21 . you cannot control the point that is selected. and extra tools are also available. When you release the buttons or wheel. such as in the middle of a command or when an Advance Steel dialog box is open. only the selected objects remain visible during the movement. the zooming stops and you return to the same point in the command. the normal Pan and Zoom commands remain available. scroll the mouse wheel back (to zoom out) or forward (to zoom in) as is done in 2D. The model then orbits about an arbitrary center point. Zoom.2 Mouse View Commands for 3D When working in 3D. Pan. Working in 3D CAD 3. Unfortunately. you might need to practice to get used to orbiting the model as needed.

select the required view in the View tab. you can select various points on the View Cube to change the view angle of the model. The Isometric views provide the best overall view of your structure. Figure 3-1 22 . to display the entire structure) can cancel any active command. Selecting any of the common views that includes zooming to extents (e. Additionally. View Manager panel > or in the top left corner of the model space.g.Autodesk Advance Steel 2018 Essentials – Metric 3..3 Viewpoints To move around in the model and display it from a common viewpoint.

Welds can only be displayed in 2D Wireframe. The Autodesk® Advance Steel software can display the model in several different ways called Visual Styles. However. Unless specified. a solid shaded view is preferred by most users. you can work in any visual style.4 Visual Styles When working with a 3D model it can be helpful to change the way in which the model is displayed. For example. This training guide only specifies the visual style to use if it is important for the effective use of a command. Sometimes more information can be displayed using a 2D Wireframe visual style. Working in 3D CAD 3. 23 . a wireframe style can become confusing when a model is more complex. You can select and change the current visual style at any time using the options in the View tab > Visual Styles drop-down list or in the top left corner of the model space. It corresponds to the Realistic visual style. Figure 3-2 For most purposes.

24 .Autodesk Advance Steel 2018 Essentials – Metric Practice 3a View Manipulation 1. 2. Try all of the commands in the lecture material to manipulate the view in each of the different visual styles until you are comfortable using them.dwg in the C:\Advance Steel Essentials - Metric Class Files folder. Open ViewModel-3A.

The Advance Steel Interface Chapter 4 – The Advance Steel User Interface This chapter contains the following topics:  Selecting Objects  Advance Properties  Advance Joint Properties  Joint Boxes  Deleting Objects  Undo  Object Snaps  2D/3D Osnap 25 .

but the top prompt was for a single beam. You should select the Main Beam (i. to understand which objects the Autodesk® Advance Steel software wants you to select. the prompt is Please select the main beam: Select objects:. Therefore. you frequently need to read the Command Line above the prompt.e. you can use some common methods and commands that apply to all of the objects. you should only select one item and then right-click or press <Enter> to accept and move on in the command.) 26 . the beam that is not shortened by the joint). However. such as selecting an object on screen. etc.1 Selecting Objects Regardless of what you are modeling or editing. For example. At these points you can use any valid method of selection.. when placing a Single Sided End Plate joint.Autodesk Advance Steel 2018 Essentials – Metric 4. The software might seem to permit you to select more than one object. The Autodesk® Advance Steel software often prompts you to Select Objects: in commands. (If you select more than one item only the last selected object counts. using selection windows.

Then  Double-click on the object that you want to edit. The Advance Steel Interface 4. which you can access and edit as needed (in the Properties palette).  Ensure that nothing is selected (if in doubt.2 Advance Properties All special Autodesk® Advance Steel objects have special properties beyond ordinary CAD objects. press <Esc> twice to clear any existing selections). such as a beam or grid. you should do the following: First  Ensure that no commands are active (prompt = Command:). all of the special Autodesk® Advance Steel properties must be accessed using Advance Properties commands. Figure 4-1 27 . such as color and layers. Or  Select the object that you want to edit. However.  Right-click and select Advance Properties. Autodesk® Advance Steel objects have basic CAD properties. such as lines. To access the properties of an individual item.

Figure 4-2 This opens the required Properties dialog box for that single object. displayed. in the Tools category. Note: When changing the value of a text or number box. You can close the dialog box when ready by clicking the X icon in the top right corner. All of the changes made in the Advance Properties dialog box take effect immediately. If you do not do so. click (Advance Steel Tool Palette) in the Home tab > Extended Modeling panel.Autodesk Advance Steel 2018 Essentials – Metric Or  Select the object that you want to edit. If the Advance Steel Tool Palette is not click (Advance Steel Properties). press <Tab> or <Enter> or select another field in the dialog box to indicate to the software that you have finished making the change. Figure 4-3 Most Autodesk® Advance Steel dialog boxes do not have OK or Apply buttons. 28 .  In the Advance Steel Tool Palette. your change might not be applied.

 Ensure that nothing is selected (if in doubt.  Right-click and select Advance Joint Properties. Eaves Haunch.3 Advance Joint Properties The Autodesk® Advance Steel software includes many commands that create or control multiple objects at the same time with intelligent relationships. press <Esc> twice to clear any existing selection). The Advance Steel Interface 4. Straight Stair. etc. 29 . these could be Portal Frame.  Select any object in the group that you want to edit. Figure 4-5 The properties in these dialog boxes are divided into tabs and then grouped into categories. Figure 4-4 The related macro dialog box for that group of objects opens. To edit the properties of any such group of objects you must set the following Advance Joint Properties:  Ensure that no commands are active (prompt = Command:). As you select a different category on the left in the dialog box. the tab displayed changes to be the first in that category. For example.

they become independent items. However.  In the Advance Steel Tool Palette. the joint box is displayed. It is important that you do not delete these boxes. If a joint box is deleted the objects within it remain in the model. The joint box is not normally displayed when the objects are first created. Instead.  In the Advance Steel Tool Palette.5 Deleting Objects).4 Joint Boxes All of the groups of objects that are created by a macro are enclosed in a gray box called a joint box. To clear the display.  Clear all of the selections (press <Esc> twice). 30 . This box might not be displayed. double-clicking on the joint box opens the Joint Properties dialog box for that group. but no longer have an intelligent link to each other or behave like a joint. click (Selected objects off).Autodesk Advance Steel 2018 Essentials – Metric 4. if the Joint Properties dialog box is opened after the initial creation. the joint box can be hidden as follows:  Clear all of the object selections (press <Esc> twice). but must exist for the objects to be a recognized with Joint Properties. in the Quick Views category. If the joint box encloses the required objects. in the Selection Filters category. Figure 4-6 The joint box contains the intelligent link between the objects. click (Joint Boxes). Models can very quickly become cluttered with many joint boxes on display. It is possible to delete the joint box without deleting the objects that it controls (see 4.

if you deleted an object as your next action you would delete every joint box in your model. This can cause problems. If this is not done the joint boxes remain selected even though they are hidden. removing the intelligence from every joint in the project. For example. 31 . The Advance Steel Interface Note: It is very important to clear the object selection at the end of the command.

32 . Figure 4-7  Select objects: Select the objects that you want to delete and press <Enter> to complete the command. Groups: If an object is created as part of an intelligent group (such as an angle cleat in a joint or a post in a railing). Therefore. press <Esc> twice to clear any existing selections). if you want to erase the group you do not need to select every element of the group.  Press <Delete>.. Or  In the Command Line.Autodesk Advance Steel 2018 Essentials – Metric 4. type E and press <Enter> to start the AutoCAD Erase command.  Ensure that nothing is selected (if in doubt. Any related members that are affected by the deleted group are restored as required (e. you can just select and delete any member of the group.g. fixing bolt holes that have been removed). selecting the single object and pressing <Delete> deletes the entire group of objects.5 Deleting Objects To Erase or Delete objects in the Autodesk® Advance Steel software you can do the following: Either  Ensure that no commands are active (prompt = Command:).  Select the items that you want to delete.

The software commands often perform several operations at the same time. by typing U and pressing <Enter> in the Command Line. Therefore. The Advance Steel Interface 4. you frequently need to perform several Undo commands to reverse one Autodesk® Advance Steel command. or by pressing <Ctrl>+<Z>. you need to be careful because there is NO REDO in the Autodesk® Advance Steel software. Undo can be accessed in the Quick Access Toolbar. Figure 4-8 33 .6 Undo As with most applications an Undo command is available in the Autodesk® Advance Steel software. However.

Node snap active for running objects snaps A Center snap is placed in the geometric center of a plate and use object snaps overrides (regardless of its shape).  Grid Intersection: Finds the point at which two Autodesk® Advance Steel grid lines cross (ignoring any other object types). Autodesk® Advance Steel software. either end of every grid line.Autodesk Advance Steel 2018 Essentials – Metric 4. Figure 4-9 To use them. (<Shift>+right-click) for any other The following two Object Snap types are only available in the requirements. 34 . and the reference point you only have the of every beam or plate feature. you must press <Shift>+right-click and select the required snap in the overrides menu or right-click on Osnap in the Status Bar to set the Osnap options.7 Object Snaps As you use the Autodesk® Advance Steel software. For this reason it is A Node snap is placed at either end of every system line. note that it automatically places specific Object Snaps at useful points. every recommended that corner of a plate.  Flange Middle: Finds the midpoint of the outer edge of a beam flange.

All object snaps select full 3D locations. To help with this the Autodesk ® Advance Steel software includes a toggle for 2D or 3D snaps.8 2D/3D Osnap When working in 3D so many snap points can be available that it can be difficult to ensure that you have selected the correct one on the plane on which you are working. The Advance Steel Interface 4. click (2D Snaps off). The icon and name always display as the same and the mode that you are activating is displayed in the Command Line. in the Quick Views category.  2D snaps on: While in this mode. This is indicated on the screen by a yellow symbol displaying the point that you are actually selecting in addition to the Osnap symbol at the point that you are picking. the Z-coordinate is ignored and replaced with zero (the current UCS).  2D snaps off: This is the normal mode of operation. It is located in the Advance Steel Tool Palette. regardless of the selected snap point.  In the Advance Steel Tool Palette. 35 .

Autodesk Advance Steel 2018 Essentials – Metric Chapter 5 – Coordinate Systems This chapter contains the following topics:  3D Coordinates  World Coordinates  User Coordinate System  When to Use a UCS 36 .

0 Z). type an extra comma and the distance. In 3D you need to add the Z-direction. These directions are labeled X. 10. Coordinate Systems 5. Y and Z.1 3D Coordinates To locate points in space. such as 20. you can enter a Z- coordinate if it is not zero. To do so. 20 X..e. the distance from a fixed point is measured in three directions corresponding to the three dimensions of the world. 40 Y. 50 Z) or 30. Figure 5-1 When typing coordinates into the Autodesk® Advance Steel software. 40 (30 X. When working in 2D CAD you only use X and Y. 37 . rather than selecting a point on screen. 10 Y. 50 (i.

This is not changeable and forms a permanent fixed reference. Y-.2 World Coordinates When a file is created. This is called the World Coordinate System or WCS. Figure 5-1 38 .Autodesk Advance Steel 2018 Essentials – Metric 5. a point is identified as the origin or 0. and Z-directions are set. 0. 0 point (called the origin) and the X-. If you have set a UCS you can return to the WCS at any time using the UCS World icon in the UCS category in the Advance Steel Tool Palette.

39 . In these commands the objects are often placed on an imaginary plane between the X. When you do this. When coordinates are entered they are always measured using the current user coordinate system. the new setting is called a User Coordinate System or UCS. Figure 5-3 The Autodesk® Advance Steel software provides a range of commands in the UCS Tool Palette for easy control of the UCS. to be more convenient for the current task. Many commands in the Autodesk® Advance Steel software depend on the UCS position and orientation to determine how to create objects.and Y-axes (called the XY plane). The three axes are always at right angles to each other. Coordinate Systems 5.3 User Coordinate System It is possible to change the origin point and direction of the three axes at any time. It might help you to imagine the XY plane as a piece of graph paper on which you are going to draw while the Z-axis is the pencil.

0. click (Move UCS). Y. The designated axis does not change. click (Rotate UCS around Y). click (Rotate UCS around X). The axes are also aligned according to the object.Autodesk Advance Steel 2018 Essentials – Metric Move UCS This command moves the current origin to a new location. 0>: Select a new origin point on the screen or enter the coordinates of the required new position. A number of triads (3D cross-hairs) display in different colors. UCS at Object Use this command to place the UCS on the surface of an existing object in the model. but the other two axes are rotated 90° clockwise about the selected axis. Click the command repeatedly until the required orientation is achieved.  Please identify object: Select a single Autodesk® Advance Steel object on the screen. click (Rotate UCS around Z). or Z These three commands all rotate the UCS without changing its current position.  In the Advance Steel Tool Palette. in the UCS category.  In the Advance Steel Tool Palette. Each triad represents a possible position for the UCS. in the UCS category.  In the Advance Steel Tool Palette.  In the Advance Steel Tool Palette. Rotate the UCS about X. in the UCS category.  Specify a new origin point <0. in the UCS category. It is not possible to go anti-clockwise.  In the Advance Steel Tool Palette. in the UCS category. click (UCS at object). 40 .

When selecting the object at the first prompt. The longest line pointing away from the surface becomes the positive Z-direction. if the entire object is displayed on the screen. center of either surface of the web. the triads are placed around the entire object on key surfaces and points. center of the bottom surface of the bottom flange. in an I beam this would be the center of the top surface of the top flange. and center of each end. six triads are displayed around the exact point that you select. For example. Coordinate Systems  Please Select CS: Select ONE of the displayed triads and right-click. Figure 5-5 41 . Figure 5-4 Alternatively. if the object is only partially displayed on the screen. The origin is placed at the point of the triad. The medium length line becomes the X- direction and the shortest line becomes the Y-direction.

Autodesk Advance Steel 2018 Essentials – Metric UCS View This command sets the UCS so that it matches the current view. Then  In the Advance Steel Tool Palette. in the UCS category. 42 . This is useful to know when using the Autodesk® Advance Steel software to create isometric views in drawings. click (UCS View). First  Orientate the model on the screen as needed. The UCS is rotated so that the Z-axis points straight out of the screen at the viewer and the X-axis points to the right.

(However. the plate. or similar you usually need to use the WCS for this command. the UCS must always be set before using the other command. grating. Coordinate Systems 5..4 When to Use a UCS There are three main options for setting the UCS depending on which Autodesk® Advance Steel command you are using.... or similar. although it might still have an influence over the outcome of the command.. read the tooltip that displays when you hover over the icon.in the UCS plane.. To identify how to set the UCS appropriately for the command you are about to use.  If the tooltip displays ... Figure 5-6  If the tooltip displays . When relevant. and feature commands still operate in the current XY plane.) Figure 5-7 43 . the objects are always drawn in the current XY plane and you should ensure that it is set correctly before starting the command.  If the tooltip does not mention the UCS it is generally not critical what the current UCS is. However. there are a few exceptions that you learn about in this training guide.UCS Z axis should be vertical.

Autodesk Advance Steel 2018 Essentials – Metric Chapter 6 – Building Grids This chapter contains the following topics:  Creating a Building Grid  Grid Properties  Modifying Grids  Level Symbols 44 .

18000>: Select a point or enter coordinates for the opposite extreme of your grid. 45 . Start point: Select a point or enter coordinates for the start of your line.  Command finished. Grid This command creates two sets of four grid lines that are parallel with the current X.  In the Objects tab > Grid panel. it is generally recommended that you draw a grid (and level symbol) at each floor level.  In the Objects tab > Grid panel. origin: Select a point or enter coordinates for the first corner of your grid. Building Grids 6. Single Axis This command creates a single grid line in any direction on the current XY plane.  End point: Select a point or enter coordinates for the end of your grid line.  Please define end points of the grid line.  Second point :_< 18000.1 Creating a Building Grid One of the first pieces of information that is often provided to a steelwork designer is a building grid to help layout the structure. The Autodesk® Advance Steel software has various tools for creating intelligent building grids rather than using generic AutoCAD lines. click (Building Grid). The lines are equally spaced over the total size entered.  The line is drawn and the Grid Properties dialog box opens. These special Grids are recognized and handled appropriately in Autodesk® Advance Steel drawings.and Y-axes respectively and on the current XY plane. click (Single Axis). If you want to ensure that a grid is drawn on each floor plan.  Please define two diagonal points for grid.

 Direction and length of the group: Select a point or enter coordinates. All of the lines are parallel and of an equal length.Autodesk Advance Steel 2018 Essentials – Metric Grid with 4 Axes This command creates a set of four parallel grid lines in one direction only. 46 . 0.  The grid is drawn and the Grid Properties dialog box opens. The lines are equally spaced. Start point: Select a point or enter coordinates for one end of the first grid line.  Please define end points of the grid line.  In the Objects tab > Grid panel. but this is not necessarily the end of the line. For example. Start point: Select a point or enter coordinates for the start of your first grid line. The distance measured from the selected point perpendicular to the first grid line is the overall size of the grid. It can be in any direction in the current XY plane. Grid With Groups By Distance This command creates as many grid lines as required in one direction only. enter 0.  End point: Select a point or enter coordinates for the other end of the first grid line. click (Grid with 4 axes).  In the Objects tab > Grid panel. Spacing between grid lines can vary as needed. The last grid line goes through the defined point.  End point: Select a point or enter coordinates for the end of your first grid line. The grid lines are on the selected side of the first grid line.  Direction of the group: Select a point anywhere on the side of the first grid line on which you want further grid lines to be added. click (Grid with groups by distance).  Please define end points of the grid line. This can be in any direction in the current XY plane.

Building Grids

 Distance between grid lines (0.00): Enter the spacing between
the first two grid lines (e.g., 4000 for lines ABCD in the training
structure).

 Distance between grid lines (4000.00): Enter the spacing
between each pair of grid lines as you progress. The number
in brackets is the total cumulative distance (not the default
entry). Repeat as often as needed until the full grid has been
defined.

 Distance between grid lines (20000.00): Once you have
reached the correct overall distance, press <Enter> without
entering a number to finish the grid.

 The grid is drawn and the Grid Properties dialog box opens.

Sequence of selecting points
Figure 6-1
Curved Grid Line
This command creates a single curved grid line in the current XY
plane.
 In the Objects tab > Grid panel, click (Curved Grid with
single axis).

 Start point: Select a point or enter coordinates for the start of
your grid line.

 End point: Select a point or enter coordinates for the end of
your grid line.

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 Circle point: Select a point or enter coordinates for a point
between the first two that the grid line arc should go through.

 The line is drawn and the Curved Grid Line Properties dialog
box opens.

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6.2 Grid Properties
Regardless of the way they are created, all grids of parallel lines have
the same properties and the same dialog box is used to control them.
This dialog box is often automatically opened at the end of the
command that creates the grid.

Figure 6-2

 Total tab:
o Use the dimensions to change the overall size of the grid.
The spacing of the last grid line(s) is reduced if the size is
reduced and extra lines are added if the size is increased.

o Use the Automatic Label options to control the default
labeling of the lines in this grid.

 Group tab: The grid is divided into groups of lines with equal
spacing.

o Group index selects the group to edit.

o Number and Distance indicate how many lines are in the
group and the spacing between them.

 Single axis tab: Controls the options for individual lines.

o Grid Line Index selects which grid line’s properties are
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o Name: Enter a new label for the grid line. It does not have
an effect if Automatic Label is still selected in the Total
tab.

o Secondary axis: Select side 1 or side 2 to create an extra
grid line related to the main line. Complete the label and
distance options as needed.

Grid labels are not The only type of Grid Line that has different properties is a curved
ordinary text, but are Grid Line. The Total tab of the properties is replaced by a Curved tab
special objects. They that is very similar, but displays the radius of the line rather than the
resize automatically as overall grid size. The other options in this tab work as they do for
you zoom in and out of straight grid lines. The Sequence and Single Grid Line tabs do not
the model. The size of exist.
the text in the model is
not the same as the
size in a finished
drawing view.

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6.3 Modifying Grids
Apart from the Grid Properties, there are several commands that
enable you to edit grids after they have been drawn.

Delete Axis
This command removes a single grid line from a group of lines
without affecting the spacing of the remaining lines.
 In the Objects tab > Grid panel, click (Delete axis).

 Please select the grid line to be deleted: Select one existing
grid line and accept. The selected line is deleted and the
labels for other lines in the group are updated accordingly.
Add Axis
Adds a number of grid lines into a group. The other lines in the group
are moved up by the total size of the new lines.
 In the Objects tab > Grid panel, click (Add axis).

 Please select the grid axis after which the group is to be
inserted: Select an existing grid line. The new line(s) are
added after the selected line.

 Number of grid lines: Enter the required number of new lines.

 Distance between grid lines: Enter the space that is required
between the new grid lines.

The new lines are drawn at the specified spacing. The existing lines
are moved up by the total overall size of the new lines (e.g., 3 lines
at 1500 = 4500) and the full grid gets larger.

Trim Grid Lines
Similar to the AutoCAD Trim command, but used for grid lines, it cuts
the end from a grid line back to the selected cutting edge. You cannot
cut a section from the middle of a grid line.
 In the Objects tab > Grid panel, click (Trim axis).

 Please select boundary objects: Select existing lines, curves,
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single grid line, but can select more than one AutoCAD
elements.

 Select grid line that is to be cut: Select the portion of the grid
lines that you want to cut off and accept. The lines are only
cut after you accept.

Extend Grid Lines
Similar to the AutoCAD Extend command, but for grid lines, it adds
length to an existing grid line to have it meet the selected boundary
element.

 In the Objects tab > Grid panel, click (Extend axis).

 Please select boundary objects: Select the lines, curves, or
grid lines to which to extend and accept.

 Select grid line that is to be extended: Select the grid lines to
which to add length and accept. The lines are only extended
after you accept.

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6.4 Level Symbols
Another type of object that is often closely associated with grids is a
Level Symbol. These are used to identify the elevation of a point
according to a specific datum (often sea level).
The Advance Steel Level Symbols enable you to define a global
datum level. This is added to all of the measurements so that your
model is kept at the AutoCAD WCS.
Level Symbol
The level symbol inserts a small symbol into the model to identify the
correct height at a specific reference point.

 In the Objects tab > Grid panel, click (Level Symbol).

 Please define the insertion point for the level symbol: Select a
point at which to place the symbol.

The level symbol is placed and the Properties dialog box opens.

Figure 6-3

 Current tab

o Absolute Level: Global Datum Level plus Relative Level.

o Relative Level: Height above the WCS origin (Z-
coordinate).

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 Global tab

 Datum Level: Set the nominal height of the AutoCAD
WCS origin.
For example, if your site zero is at 17350 above Sea Level, you would
enter 17350 as the global datum level. If you then place a level
symbol on some beams 4500 above the site zero the
Relative Level is 4500 and the Absolute Level is 21850.

All of the level symbols in a model share the same Global Datum
Level.

General Arrangement type drawings often automatically place level
symbols or dimensions in the drawings where you have included
level symbols in your models.

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Building Grids Practice 6a Drawing Grids 1. and labeling in the drawings. 55 . Draw the grids in the structure. Grid A1 is at the WCS origin. directions. Ensure that you match the position. Draw the main building grid and the different grid for the mezzanine.

Autodesk Advance Steel 2018 Essentials – Metric Chapter 7 – Basic Structures This chapter contains the following topics:  Structural Frames  Draw a Portal Frame  Place Sections  Beam Properties  Draw Beams and Sections 56 .

Many buildings are based on or include one of three common types of frame. The frame can be non-symmetrical if required. click (Portal / Gable Frame). Figure 7-1 57 . The Portal Frame Properties dialog box opens. Therefore.  Please select base point for the first column: Enter coordinates or select a point for the base of one of the columns in the frame.  In the Home tab > Extended Modeling panel. Basic Structures 7. the building grid) you can create the basic structure. before starting to draw individual beams. A symmetrical frame is created with a default height. you can use the macros included in the Autodesk® Advance Steel software to automate the modeling of the common types.1 Structural Frames Once you have laid out the basic reference information (e.. Portal Frame This macro creates four beams that are arranged as a Portal frame based on several input points.  Please select top point for the second column: Enter coordinates or select a point for the position of the other column in the frame.  Please enter point for the apex height or <A>ngle: Press <Enter> or right-click.g.

. you should enter -500 here. Changing it adjusts the rafter beams. Span of the frame: Should correspond to the coordinates of the first and second points selected. other specific options are disabled. 58 . but the foundations and base plates were actually at level -500. The Eaves haunch joint commonly used at such locations enables you to add a stub here and that is usually more correct.Autodesk Advance Steel 2018 Essentials – Metric  Set out tab o Symmetrical roof: Clear the option if you want to create a non-symmetrical frame. Eaves Level 1: The height of the top of the rafter directly above a column. When creating a symmetrical frame. o Rafter Size: Select the appropriate section from the library from which you want to create the rafters. Changing it adjusts the height of the columns. For example.  Sections tab o Column Size: Select the appropriate section in the library from which you want to create the columns. but generally you would not do so. Note: The images in the dialog box help to clarify the available options.  Position tab: Use the options to control the position of the columns and rafters relative to the selected points. if you selected points on a grid at level 0. Level of Base Plate: If point one was not at the final base plate level of the frame you can adjust for it here. Total Height: The height of the apex where the rafters meet. . . . o Projections: You can add values here for an eaves overhang. If you change this value column 2 moves to suit.

first create a Portal frame. and position of the extra gable posts. size.  Gable distances tab: Set the number and spacing of any extra gable posts that are required. Figure 7-3  Gable sections tab: Set the section. 59 .  To create a Gable Frame. Basic Structures Figure 7-2 Gable Frame A gable frame is a Portal frame with extra columns across its width.  In the Properties tab in the Portal Properties dialog box change the Type option to Gable Frame. Two extra tabs display in the dialog box.

as in the Portal frame.  Sections tab: Select the section sizes and eaves projections for the frame.  In the Home tab > Extended Modeling panel.Autodesk Advance Steel 2018 Essentials – Metric Mono-pitch Frame A Mono-pitch frame has a single rafter spanning the entire width rather than two rafters meeting at an apex. click (Mono- Pitch Frame).  Please select base point for the first column: Select a point or enter coordinates for the base of the first column. Note: It is not usually necessary to set a projection here because the Eaves Haunch joint typically used in these locations includes options for a stub to be added. The frame is drawn with a horizontal rafter and the Mono pitch Properties dialog box opens.  Please select top point for the second column: Select a point or enter coordinates for the top of the second column. Figure 7-4 60 .  Position of frame tab: Control the position of the columns and rafter relative to the selected points.  Set Out tab: Set the frame width and column heights as needed.

Basic Structures Practice 7a Draw a Portal Frame 1. Ensure that you match the sections and dimensions to the structure. Draw the frame between grids A1 and A3. Draw the first Portal frame for the structure. Continue working in the model that was created in the previous practice. 61 . 2. 3.

Autodesk Advance Steel 2018 Essentials – Metric 7. Straight Beam For a straight beam the method is the same no matter what section type you want to create. but there are different icons for each generic family of sections. Figure 7-5  Please locate start point of system axis: Select a start point for the beam.2 Placing Sections After drawing any of these frames as needed you need to draw the rest of the structure by placing individual members. You can select the required section from a list.  Select the required family of sections in the Home tab > Objects panel. When drawing beams it is recommended that you use object snaps at logical design points and have the system lines meet each other. The Autodesk® Advance Steel software has an extensive library of standard sections of all types from all over the world. 62 . expanding the Rolled I Section drop-down list.

The command stops if you press the <Esc> or <Enter> keys or if you click the right button on your mouse.  A straight beam is drawn between the two points and the Beam Properties dialog box opens. Figure 7-5 When you finish the command. click (Continuous Beam). Basic Structures  Please locate end point of system axis: Select an end point for the beam. a dialog appears. 63 .  In the Objects tab > Beams panel. Changes made in the properties dialog apply to all sections created in the current command instance. The beam and column creation commands allow you to create multiple sections without being interrupted by the properties dialog after creating each object. showing the common properties for the sections created in the last instance of the command. The commands continue until you press the <Esc> or <Enter> keys or click the right button on your mouse Continuous Beam The Continuous Beam Command allows you to create linked beams continuously.

If you selected polylines. you might find it convenient to lay out all of the beam paths with ordinary AutoCAD elements and then convert them into beams. Any AutoCAD Line.  In the Home tab > Objects panel. lines. click (Curved Beam). This display is for performance purposes.  End point: Select a point for the other end of the beam. Curved beams display as faceted on the model. An additional Radius option is located in the Positioning tab. enter N for No. Beam from Line If you need to create many beams. otherwise enter Y for Yes.  Circle point: Select a point between the other two points for the beam to go through. The Beam Properties dialog box opens enabling you to select the section and other required properties. Arc.  Start point: Select a point for one end of the beam. click (Beam from line).Autodesk Advance Steel 2018 Essentials – Metric Curved Beams A curved beam of any section can be placed as follows:  In the Home tab > Objects panel. and then accept. The beam is created in the last section type used. each segment of the polyline is an independent beam (compare this with Beam from Polyline). 64 .  Please select lines/arcs: Use normal AutoCAD techniques to select as many arcs. but are always recognized as true curved beams in the drawings. and polylines as required. or Polyline can be converted into a beam. The selected elements are all converted into individual beams with the same properties.  Delete selected objects [Yes/No]? <N>: If you want to keep your construction lines.

The Sections tab is used to set the type and size of each individual member. Although made from several members these beams are treated as a single object as opposed to modeling several individual members with the straight beam commands. Figure 7-6 These create common configurations of beams that are created using flats (welded beams) or sections (compound beams).  In the Home tab > Objects panel. otherwise enter Y for Yes. enter N for No.  Please select one or more 2D or 3D polyline(s) to transform into beam(s): Select the polyline(s) that you want to convert. Basic Structures Beam from Polyline If you want to model a beam that has been bent into a shape (other than a simple arc) you need to use the Beam. Compound Beams and Welded Beams The Home tab > Objects panel contains two additional drop-down lists: Welded Beams and Compound Beams. 65 . and welded together to form new profiles. polyline command. These work like normal Straight beams with a slight change in the Properties dialog box. The Compound Beam Class and Compound Beam Type options in the Sections & Material tab enable you to select the required configuration of members.  Delete selected objects [Yes/No]? <Y>: If you want to keep your construction lines.  Please specify start point or select [Polyline(s)]: Select the Polyline option. click (Beam. Each polyline is converted into a continuous bent beam made from one piece. polyline).

but the rest of the functionality is the same as any other straight beam.Autodesk Advance Steel 2018 Essentials – Metric Cold Rolled Sections A large range of sections from specific cold rolled suppliers are also available. Figure 7-7 Each icon pre-selects the stated manufacturer. These are located in the Slide-out in the Objects tab > Beams panel. 66 .

Autodesk representative for o Material: Enables you to select the material from which more information. or JIS H) and the third drop- customize them to down arrow enables you to select the size of the beam in suit your the selected section class. scope of this training guide.. The first drop-down is the type of material (e. you can IPE. The system called first drop-down arrow enables you to select the family of Preferred Sizes. 67 . all members that are created from standard sections have many common properties available.g. Steel or Concrete) and the second drop- down is the exact material of the selected type (e. o Coating: Select the required coating/finish for the beam (e. S275JR or St37-2). displays a list of recently selected sections for quicker re- Contact your selection.. the beam is to be made..g.3 Beam Properties No matter how they are created.g. Figure 7-8 The list of entries  Section & Material tab displayed in the short list is controlled by a o Section: Select the required section type and size.g. the second drop- Although outside the down arrow selects the section class in the family (e. The fourth drop-down arrow requirements..g.. Basic Structures 7. Channel. UK Universal Beam. sections (e. or Round). I. Iron Oxide Primer or Galvanised).

Autodesk Advance Steel 2018 Essentials – Metric Note: Each of these drop-down lists is filtered to only display options that are common in your location (depending on the language selected during the installation). The image of your beam such as Channels. Always draw the system line between your nominal design points and enable the Autodesk Advance Steel software to determine the detail. Normally vertical middle of each side line up with the center members. NOT in the middle of that side. Selecting it displays the full list of all of the entries that are included in the Autodesk Advance Steel software. the middle of sections. relative to the selected points. When a beam is first placed the 68 . It is called the System Line and does not move when you select these position offsets. Select the dot corresponding to 45° increments or enter the required value in the box. the the four sides. Horizontal members. and the center. If the required option is not displayed in the short list. and T these positions represent the four corners. Nine of Angles. type has 10 positions from which you can select. The beam moves around the line.  Positioning tab Figure 7-9 Warning: For non. o Angle: Rotates the section about the system line. Note: A line is drawn between the two selected points. are therefore are often typically placed using the Top Middle position. such as floor beams. you can use the All option at the bottom of the list. The tenth dot represents the positions in the Centre of Gravity of the section. such as columns. are placed using the Center of gravity and position. o Offset: Select how you want the beam to be positioned symmetrical sections.

If the box next to single part is checked. the appropriate model role is assigned automatically. such as Beam. Rafter. it indicates that the part is the main part of the assembly. set the UCS Model Role. such as lot/phase and to enter. Figure 7-10 o Single Part/Main Part: There are boxes to the left of the Single Part Number and Main Part Number. The flanges align automatically. Basic Structures If you want to align top flange is parallel with the current UCS XY or YZ plane. This is selected in the drop-down list. or Railing Post Landing. one beam with The angle setting always displays zero when the dialog another at an box is first opened and this corresponds to the current unknown angle (such position of the section. it indicates that the part is a single part. When an object is created by an Advance Steel macro. End Plate. Column. If the box next to Main Part is checked. o Model Role: To identify what part a specific object plays in the structure and to assign an appropriate number prefix. the object needs to have a Model Role assigned. 69 . you must manually assign the model role.  Naming tab: Displays the Single Part and Assembly numbers rather than trying to find the correct angle of the part plus additional identification. to match the other beam (UCS at Object) before placing this beam. as having roof beams align with rafters). When you create an object manually.

depending on the project state. The Autodesk® Advance Steel software can then recognize the type of beam so that it is drawn and identified appropriately for manufacture. You might need to manually specify a Cambered Beam drawing style to benefit from this feature. Only straight beams can be cambered. gratings. plates.) and Assemblies (groups of elements joined by certain criteria) have different fabrication information available in the model.Autodesk Advance Steel 2018 Essentials – Metric  Camber Properties tab: If you design a cambered beam you can enter the properties on this tab. 70 . Figure 7-11  Fabrication data tab: Model Objects (beams. etc.

Approval comment . The Assembly Fabrication Data is defined on assembly and is identical for all the assembly components. Shipped date .delivery note number . Basic Structures Figure 7-12 o Assembly properties . Load number . Approval status code and Approval comment mark the modeling status of an assembly. Approval status. Supplier 71 . o Object properties . Delivery date Assembly Fabrication Data is available only after you define the assembly (by numbering or using Define as main part from the element properties dialog in the Naming tab). Carrier . Fabrication station . Approval status code . Approval status .

an identification coupon number that is stamped on a material plate after it is removed from the ladle and rolled at a steel mill. Heat number . PO number . . Object Fabrication Data is always available and is defined on each object.Autodesk Advance Steel 2018 Essentials – Metric .identifier code that is used to reference a particular requisition. even if some objects have the same Part Mark.Purchase Order Number . 72 . Requisition number .

2. 73 . Carefully orient and position each beam on the outside platform correctly. Basic Structures Practice 7b Draw Beams and Sections 1. Draw the remaining members of the structure. Model all of the remaining beams and sections in the structure (except the bracings).

Autodesk Advance Steel 2018 Essentials – Metric Chapter 8 – Simple Editing This chapter contains the following topics:  Overview  Layer Management  Common Basic CAD Editing Commands  Transform Elements  Advance Copy/Rotate/Array  Advance Trim/Extend 74 .

Copy with Adjustment.1 Overview For convenience. They also use the last setting of the Include additional connections option in the Transform Elements dialog box. Figure 8-1 Although these commands each have an icon they behave as they would when using the command in the Transform Elements command and dialog box. Advance Trim/Extend It is not always easy to model objects correctly the first time. Rectangular Array. and Polar Array. rotate. the common Autodesk® Advance Steel editing commands are located in the Advance Steel Tool Palette. 75 . You might want to move. Copy & Mirror 2D. if you have a number of similar objects it might be easier to make one and copy it rather than modeling each one individually. or change the length of a section. Copy & Mirror 3D. Alternatively. Copy & Rotate 2D. Copy & Rotate 3D. Simple Editing 8. They are Copy.

regardless of their type. freeze. hidden. it is recommended that you work on the layer Standard. When you work on this layer. 76 .Autodesk Advance Steel 2018 Essentials – Metric 8. You can move objects to different layers as needed using the AutoCAD Properties palette. However. When working in the Autodesk® Advance Steel software. it is only for convenience. The layer on which an object is placed does not matter to the Autodesk® Advance Steel software. This enables you to control the display by easily identifying objects that are displayed differently and to only hide and display selected objects. Normally. You can hide.2 Layer Management In CAD it is recommended that you organize the objects in your model onto separate layers. objects that are created by the software are automatically placed on different layers depending on their object type. Doing so activates the Autodesk® Advance Steel automatic layer management. plates on Plates. You can create custom layers using the AutoCAD Layer Properties in the Home tab>Layers panel. the layer on which an object is placed matches the type so that all of the sections are placed on the layer Beams. bolts on Bolts. and lock layers as needed. If you change the current active layer to anything other than Standard all of the objects are placed on the current layer. etc. or locked layers cannot be edited. objects on frozen.

To toggle this option on. click (Management Tools) in the Home tab > Settings panel. Figure 8-2 77 . All of the members of a Railing are then placed on the layer Railings. Objects with their Model Role set to None are placed on the original layers. In the Advance Steel Management Tools dialog box. rather than on Beams and Plates. expand Defaults > Layer assignment and select the Default layers used for AS objects based on object role option. Simple Editing Note: Further automatic layer management can be set up based on an object’s Model Role if it is assigned by a macro.

(Move)  Rotate a plate that is not connected to anything.) 78 . (Drag the grip at the end. (Use Transform Elements.Autodesk Advance Steel 2018 Essentials – Metric 8. the following operations can be performed using the standard CAD commands:  Move a beam that does not have any joints or without changing its joints. For example. (Match Properties)  Move an object to another layer. (Copy)  Move the end of a beam when you missed the snap point during creation. use an Autodesk ® Advance Steel command to do the edit. However.)  Make a pattern of columns with base plates. (Properties) The following operations should be done using Autodesk ® Advance Steel commands:  Copy an entire Portal frame with joints.3 Common Basic CAD Editing Commands All of the basic editing commands that are common to CAD programs remain available (in the Modify palette). It is recommended that you use the basic CAD command if the resulting object does not require any intelligent handling during the operation. If the operation would benefit from the Autodesk® Advance Steel software’s extra intelligence.g. so they might not always be the best option. these commands do not recognize the extra intelligence of Autodesk ® Advance Steel objects. Rotate only permits angles in the XY plane). (Rotate)  Copy a column that does not have any joints to many locations..)  Change one beam size to match another. (Use Transform Elements. Some of the basic CAD commands are also not very suitable to 3D (e.

to the surface of another beam. 79 . including the system lines. Simple Editing  Extend/trim beams. (Use Advance Trim/Extend.) It is recommended that you always use an Autodesk® Advance Steel command because it can handle the extra intelligence of the Autodesk® Advance Steel objects properly.

g.  In the Transform elements dialog box. the Portal frame) and you want the result to be part of a joint rather than individual elements (i. If the objects are part of a joint (e. in the Tools category. click (Select Objects) and select the objects that you want to manipulate using normal techniques.. rather than many beams) ensure that you select the joint box as part of the operation.e. Copy. three more Portal frames. It covers operations that are equivalent to the Move. Figure 8-3 80 . and Mirror commands..4 Transform Elements A number of common editing operations have been combined into one intelligent Autodesk® Advance Steel command called Transform Elements. click (Advanced Copy). but with the extra power and intelligence that is relevant to Autodesk ® Advance Steel objects.Autodesk Advance Steel 2018 Essentials – Metric 8. After accepting the selection you are returned to the dialog box.  In the Advance Steel Tool Palette. Stretch.  Ensure that no objects are selected (press <Esc> twice). Array.

 Click the Preview button. click the Cancel button and everything is restored to before Transform.  A prompt might display. any relationships between the selected elements and others are ignored.  If the result is correct.  Select the required operation in the lower left area of the dialog box. such as Select corresponding entity [Skip]:. If you want to include joints between beams in the operation. but do not select another command. Any joints created maintain their full intelligence. C.  If the result is wrong. The edits are done. All of the new objects that have been created during transform are independent of the originals. Different operations enable and disable different options in the rest of the dialog box. if you do so the intelligence is lost. and D. Repeat this for all of the prompts. and pan as needed to inspect the result. note the highlighted object in the selected objects. If you follow the prompt. Simple Editing  Select Include additional connections. rotate. to copy the complete Portal frame with joints from grid lines A to B. Always select the operation before attempting to complete any other options because the values change when you change the operation.  Complete all of the other options in the dialog box as needed (all of the coordinates are according to the current UCS). click the Modify button to return to the dialog box and adjust the settings. Identify the corresponding object in the new location and select it. If you cannot identify the correct object you can skip it by pressing <Enter> without selecting anything. just select the beams that are between the joints and ensure that this option is selected. Therefore. However. do not select every member of the joint. You can zoom.  If the result is not correct. If it is not selected. click the OK button in the Preview bar. you would need to do the following: 81 .

 Set the coordinates at the top by clicking the button next to the values and selecting A1 and then B1 (one pitch).  Select Include additional connections.  Set the number of copies to 3.  If the results are correct. If you do need to undo a transformation. in the Tools category. and have it relate to your operation.  Select Objects: Select the joint box around the Portal frame and the four main beams of the frame and accept.  In the Advance Steel Tool Palette. 82 . a number of Undo commands are required.  Click Preview. click the OK button. Always test your entries using the Preview button rather than clicking OK immediately. This way you can achieve the correct value according to the current UCS.  Set the action to Copy. In each case the Transform Elements dialog box has buttons that enable you to select points or offsets on screen using object snaps. click (Advanced Copy).Autodesk Advance Steel 2018 Essentials – Metric  Clear any selection (press <Esc> twice).  Select the corresponding elements as prompted (3 x 4 = 12 selections).

Copy & Rotate 2D. Copy & Mirror 3D. Rectangular Array. Simple Editing 8. Copy with Adjustment. They are Copy. the common Autodesk® Advance Steel editing commands are located in the Palette. 83 . Copy & Rotate 3D. they behave the same as when using the command in the Transform Elements command and dialog box. and Polar Array. They also use the last setting of the Include additional connections option in the Transform Elements dialog box. Copy & Mirror 2D. Figure 8-4 Although these commands each have an icon.5 Advance Copy/Rotate/Array For convenience.

Each beam is modified immediately. click (Advanced Trim/Extend). (Note that this prompt is over two lines. In the following example.  Please select option [System/Centre/Face/Line] <System>: You can trim or extend to either the system line of another beam. Do not forget to read both lines if the prompt displays Select Objects:).Autodesk Advance Steel 2018 Essentials – Metric 8. The result with 84 . select Trim. All of the changes in one Advanced Trim/Extend command are combined into one undo. or the nearest face of another beam.  Please select operation mode [Trim/Extend/Auto] <Auto>: If you only want to trim.6 Advance Trim/Extend The standard AutoCAD Trim and Extend commands cannot work on Autodesk® Advance Steel sections. If you use the Trim mode. the side of the boundary object that is the shortest is the end that is cut off.  Clear any selection (press <Esc> twice). If you only want to extend. Edits take place immediately as you proceed. The brown beam is selected to cut at the point at which the cursor is displayed. To trim or extend them you must use the Advanced Trim/Extend command. the blue beam is the cutting boundary. select Extend.  In the Advance Steel Tool Palette. select Auto. the center line of another beam. the beam is cut on the side of the boundary object that you select.  Please select boundary objects :~> Select objects: Select the beam(s) or line(s) to which you want to extend or trim and accept. Enter the required option. or you can select an ordinary line.  Right-click when finished. in the Tools category. regardless of the side that you select. The end nearest to the pick point is changed. If you want to do a mixture of both.  Select the member to be Trimmed or Extended: Select the beams to trim or extend near the end that you want to move. You can select individual beams or use a window selection to select multiple beams. If you use the Auto mode to trim a beam.

However. although it is preferable if it is close. you do not need to use this command very often. the joint automatically adjusts the length of both beams as required. Simple Editing Auto mode is shown in the middle. The result with Trim mode is shown on the right. or even cross: when a joint is placed it adjusts the lengths of the beams (not the system lines) to suit. The Autodesk® Advance Steel software does not actually need the system lines or beams to meet each other. if the system line is noticeably different from the finished beam length it could have a negative effect on drawing quality. Figure 8-5 When drawing beams. it is recommended that you use object snaps at logical design points and have the system lines meet each other. 85 . fall short of each other. If one of the members is subsequently edited. Therefore. You do not need to edit the system lines to the exact length of the finished machined member.

Autodesk Advance Steel 2018 Essentials – Metric Chapter 9 – Automatic Joints This chapter contains the following topics:  Connection Vault  Joint Properties  Repeating Joints  Joint Library  Joint Groups  Add Joints 86 .

Figure 9-1 The vault has three panes. Sometimes a joint can be unique. various joints must be designed between them. Rather than repeatedly modeling all of these objects individually. the beams must meet and be shaped around each other as needed. but usually an engineer selects one of the many standard types of joints. The Connection Vault interface is used to organize all of the types of available joints. bolts. and welds are also usually required. The pane on the left contains a list of the many types of joints in a category type structure. Select a joint name to display images of examples of the joint in the top right pane. To place a new joint. the Autodesk® Advance Steel software has intelligent tools for creating a huge range of recognized joints. Additional plates. Automatic Joints 9.1 Connection Vault To attach the beams. To make a joint. Use the category symbols to expand and collapse the groups of related joints. it is recommended that you always start with the connection vault. 87 . (These previews are only examples and not an exhaustive representation of what can be achieved.) The lower right pane displays a description of the joint and some additional information.

88 . Please identify column: or Please identify rafter:) There can also be a third prompt for some joints. the secondary beam transfers its load onto the main beam.  Please select the main beam ~> Select objects: Select the beam that is NOT going to change length. Take defaults of the connection. The exact prompts vary depending on the joint that you have selected (e. click (Connection Vault).Autodesk Advance Steel 2018 Essentials – Metric Making a Connection An intelligent connection is made between two or three beams as follows:  In the Home tab > Extended Modeling panel. Note: This information might appear in the command line. After selecting the inputs. Figure 9-2 The joint is created and the joint box is displayed. depending on the default. In engineering terms.g.  Please select the secondary beam: Select the beam that is going to be adjusted and shaped around the first. when placing a joint. a small alert box might open prompting you that Template values were not found.  Select the required category on the left. These are generic prompts.  Click the required joint type. This is for information only. Click the OK button to proceed..

The property options in that tab have corresponding numbers. a large number of options are displayed in a large number of grouped tabs. if the overall length of the end plates is dimension 3 you need to adjust it using the value in the 3. fields 4 and 5 are valid and the overall length is calculated. Length: field. Field 3 becomes available. enabling you to enter the required length. Find the numbered dimension in the image and enter the required value in the field with the same number. due to the complexity of the joints and the number of parameters that can be varied.2 Joint Properties Every type of joint in the Connection Vault has a different version of the Joint Properties dialog box. Length is disabled because End Plate Length Type is set to Projection. In this option. Therefore. Therefore. This is often because of the way in which another option has been set. Automatic Joints 9. To help you to identify the option or parameter that you need to set to adjust a specific dimension or position. you might need to change the settings on the other tabs to enable a specific option on a specific tab. Note that various options might be disabled. In the example. In each case. this training guide provides an overview of some of the common options or properties. Field 4 or 5 is disabled and calculated as needed. It would be overwhelming to try and list every option. you need to change End plate length type to Exact Value from Top or Exact Value from Bottom. each tab in the Properties displays an image of the various numbered dimensions. 3. If you would rather set the overall height of the plate. Sometimes the options interact over several tabs in the Properties dialog box. Figure 9-3 89 . For example.

the plate size does not update but remains at the set size. the joint updates automatically to maintain the bolt positions relative to the new section size and the plate size relative to the bolt positions. the Top and Bottom could be swapped when manipulating a joint on a Channel type section. a UK Universal Beam 254 x 146 x 43 actually measures 259.3. if you use dimensions that can be constructed from standard Flat sections. the overall size is not the same as the nominal size.  By Bolts: This option lays out the bolts according to distances from the sections used in the joint. In most cases it is preferred. the finished plate would measure 359. such as Channels or Angles.3. You might want to select Projections or By Bolt so the joint updates when a section changes size. there might be problems. In most cases the required result can be achieved by trying different options and settings. These are not good dimensions to which to manufacture. depending on the section orientation.  Projections: With this option set you can control the amount by which the plate overhangs the section on each side. In many standards. Therefore. in this example. For example.Autodesk Advance Steel 2018 Essentials – Metric Sometimes certain types of joints can have unexpected results when applied to non-symmetrical sections. If you add a 50 Projection to this. The plate size is then calculated based on the overall bolt spacing. plates measuring 250 wide could be cut 360 long from a Flat 250 x 90 .6 x 247. If the section is edited later.6 x 147. The sizes of the end plates or other plates that are created by a joint can be set in several ways. If the section is edited and changed later.  Total Size: If you use this option you can directly set the overall size of the plate. the plate size and the spacing in the joint change automatically to maintain the same projection dimensions. Plate and Bolt Sizes and Projection Option The various parameters of the plates and bolts are usually on tabs that are grouped together under General or Plates and Bolts. Most standard sections do not have a convenient overall size. and cheaper to manufacture. For example. If the section to which the plate is fixed changes. However.

6 x 197. such as 309.3. Figure 9-4 For Bolt spacing. Select the Bolt Type. In general there is a set of options for Notches that enable you to control the clearances that are required for each case. 91 . rather than having bolt centers. such as XOX or Set Screw. and washers and you can only select one of them. Each type of bolt has specific combinations of nuts and bolts (such as Standard or Nut and 2 Washers) that are valid and you must select one of them in the Bolt Assembly box. Automatic Joints 10 and a setting of Total sizes of 360 and 250 would be preferred to projections. For example. The Autodesk® Advance Steel software has pre-defined combinations of nuts. The Bolt type and diameter can be set in the Bolts and Holes tab. The options and dimensions controlling the plate sizes in joints are often located in the same tabs as those for the bolts. Other Options Most joints have options for cutting the plates created and/or the beams involved around other members. in a Single Sided End Plate Joint the plate sizes are on the Horizontal Bolts and Vertical Bolts tabs along with the bolt options. The bolt diameter can be set in the Diameter field. the equivalent of the Projection option would be the From Section option or a similar option. bolts. It is often recommended that you use another option and set the round dimension for the spacing. The bolt length is automatically selected from a list of standard bolt lengths that have been defined in the software.

The first option on the tab is generally a tick box to enable the option.Autodesk Advance Steel 2018 Essentials – Metric Figure 9-5 In most cases the plates or other sections that are created as part of a joint are welded to one or another member of the joint. For example. Many joint types enable extra plates to be welded in to strengthen the joint. Depending on the type of joint there might be extra options that are unique to that type of joint. a Base Plate can have a Shear Anchor or Leveling Plates and an Eaves Haunch can have an Additional Rafter to create wider eaves. although this might be located on another tab. The sizes of these welds might need to vary to suit the section and loading and this can be done in the Welds tab. 92 . These options typically have an extra tab in the Joint Properties dialog box. These plates follow fixed rules and are controlled by sets of options on tabs called Stiffeners.

you can use the Create by template command. Joint Copy If you want to add another joint with the same type and parameters as an existing joint to your model. Rather than having to create each joint and repeatedly set all of the parameters individually. you can use the Repeat Rule command instead of using the Connection Vault again. click (Create by template). you can use the Autodesk® Advance Joint Properties to alter its parameters later. click (Repeat Rule). between sections of the same sizes.3 Repeating Joints In a specific structure it is common to repeat the same joint.  Select connection part: Select any member of the existing joint that you want to copy and accept.  Please identify column: The prompts from the original placement of the joint type are repeated and should be followed. there are several ways to efficiently repeat a joint. Repeat Rule If you want to create another joint of the same type. This places the joint and opens the Joint Properties dialog box I which you can set the required parameters. Regardless of the method used to create a joint. in the Tools category. All of the joints remain independent of each other. and with the same parameters in many locations.  Proceed per the normal Joint command as though you have clicked a joint type in the Connection Vault. Automatic Joints 9. but not necessarily with the same parameters.  In the Advance Tools Tool Palette.  In the Extended Modeling tab > Joint Utilities panel.  Please identify rafter: Follow the prompts to select the members in the new location. When all of the required 93 .

You should select all of the main beams for all of the required locations to which you want to copy the joint and then accept. multiple). in the Tools category. on a Double Sided End Plate the first of the three inputs was the Main Beam. When you have placed all of the required copies.Autodesk Advance Steel 2018 Essentials – Metric members have been selected. and places as many copies of the joint as needed (one at a time).  Please select beams corresponding to the source joints input (1/3) ~>Select objects: You must know the first input for the selected type of joint. Joint Copy.  Please select source joint: Select any member of the joint that you want to copy and accept. 94 .  Please select beams corresponding to the source joints input (2/3) ~>Select objects: You must know the second input that is required for the type of joint. you are prompted for the third input as well.  Please select beams corresponding to the source joints input (3/3) ~>Select objects: If the joint type requires it. multiple command. For example. As with the first and second input.  In the Advance Tools Tool Palette. You should select one secondary beam in each location to which you want to copy the joint and then accept. the joint is placed with identical parameters to the copied joint. For example. in a Double Sided End Plate it is one of the secondary beams. select the appropriate members in each location to which you want to copy the joint and then accept. Multiple If you have many identical or similar situations in which you want to repeat a joint (such as 25 Cold Rolled Floor Beams to the Hot Rolled Supporting Beam). click (Create by template. The Joint Properties dialog box does not open  Please identify column: The command loops. press <Enter> or right-click without selecting a member. you can use the Create by template. repeating the prompts to select members.

Automatic Joints The Autodesk® Advance Steel software analyzes your selection and places joints at every possible location in your selections (many at the same time). All of the joints that are placed have identical parameters to the one copied. 95 . Note: Be careful when using this with double-sided joints. While the command is good at identifying different orientations or configurations. Note: Do not try to place too many of variations in one move. because it might result in two copies of the joint in the same location. if you include too many in one command. problems can occur. The joint box is not displayed.

multiple because these commands are designed to copy the same It is possible to turn parameters as the selected example joint. values are not found. Figure 9-6 Each time a joint is placed. select any line in the Library and the Tools). in does not match a pre-defined configuration. If no match is found in the Library. This is not an error. and clear locate the required entry in the Library. In each case the table includes columns stating the class and size of the member(s) on which the joint was placed and a comment or name for the entry. the Home tab > Setting panel.) off the Template values not found If there is more than one possible match in the Library for the current alert box so that the joint. you do not need to set multiple parameters each time you place the joint.4 Joint Library To avoid having to set multiple parameters when you use a joint you can store preferred configurations in the Library for quick recall or Automatic placement. click If you want to apply a different set of parameters than the Library (Management entry selected by the software. It is information that your joint instead.. It includes columns for every parameter in the joint. Comment or Section) by selecting the heading of that box when template column. (The software does not search the table when you are using Create by template or Create by template. The selected line in the table is normally highlighted in blue. To do so. If it finds a match. To help you Defaults. The Library is located on a tab in the Joint Properties dialog box. the Autodesk® Advance Steel software applies the first match message displays in it finds in the table.Select corresponding parameters are applied immediately. the Autodesk® Advance Steel software searches for the same combination of member sizes in the Library. it applies the settings stored with that entry in the Library. prompting you: Template values not found Take defaults of Command Line the connection. you can sort the table by any General > Message column (e.g.Autodesk Advance Steel 2018 Essentials – Metric 9. 96 . an alert box the AutoCAD displays. Therefore.

97 . Automatic Joints There can be a recognized standard for providing set dimensions and sizes that have been defined for a specific load on a specific joint type.  Select the Library tab in the Joint Properties dialog box. etc. The Library is the ideal place in which to define these parameters. For example.in the Comment column. Therefore. These recognized pre-defined settings have been stored in the Library as part of the standard installation. you can override any setting without affecting any other joints or the table. Once applied. Figure 9-7  Your settings are added to the table with a dash . The table editor displays..  Click the Edit button. so they can be used easily. there is no link between the joint parameters and the Library. To add a custom entry to the joint Library:  Place the joint that you want to store and set all of its parameters as required. in the UK. the British Constructional Steelwork Association (BCSA) publishes a set of standards (commonly called the Green Book because of the color of its cover) defining plate sizes. bolt positions. for several load ranges on many member sizes and many types of joints.  Click the Save values button.

minimize similar entries. You can also set the preferred default values that can be used when a better match is not found by creating a Default entry in the table. New entries display a dash in the Comment column. at the bottom of the table. New entries are usually.  Close the Joint Properties dialog box. which remains available of the Table and to for all of the projects and users on that PC. you can use the % (percent) symbol as a wild card in the section columns. The Library is stored on a specific PC. Ask your Autodesk representative for more information. These are outside the scope of this training guide.Autodesk Advance Steel 2018 Essentials – Metric Figure 9-8  Locate your entry in the table. but not always. To maximize the The Library entry is now available for use in any future joints of that power and flexibility type.  Select the Comment box for your entry and enter a recognizable name.  Click the OK button. 98 .

the joint is placed with identical parameters to the copied joint.  Please identify column: The prompts from the original placement of the joint type are repeated and should be followed. except that any new joints that are created are slave joints in a joint group.5 Joint Groups When you use the Create by template commands. one joint is the master and the others in the group are slaves and must always match the master. the joints created are all independent from each other. in the Tools category. they all change together and continue to match. When joints are in a joint group. This is not changed and the new joints are added to the same group and linked to the same master. In this case you can use the joint group commands.  Select connection part: Select any member of the existing joint that you want to copy and accept.  Please identify rafter: Follow the prompts to select the members in the new location as normal.  Please identify column: The command loops. Any changes to the master joint are immediately applied to all of the slave joints. repeating the prompts to select members. but they are all grayed out and disabled to prevent editing. If you open the Advance Joint Properties dialog box for a slave joint you can note all of the settings for the options. Sometimes. Create a Joint in a Joint Group This command operates in the same way as Create by template. click (Create joint in a joint group). In the first example. you might need to link a number of joints together so that if one changes. the selected joint is already a slave or master joint. and places as many copies of the joint as needed (one at a time). Automatic Joints 9. When you have placed all of 99 . If the sample joint is not a master or slave joint it becomes the master of a new group. The Joint Properties dialog box does not open.  When the required members have been selected.  In the Advance Steel Tool Palette.

in a Double Sided End Plate it is one of the secondary beams. 100 . the first of the three inputs was the Main Beam. in the Tools category. You should select all of the main beams for all of the required locations to which you want to copy the joint and then accept. you are prompted for the third input as well. select the appropriate members in each location to which you want to copy the joint and then accept.  Please select beams corresponding to the source joints input (1/3) ~>Select objects: You must know the first input for the selected type of joint. on a Double Sided End Plate.Autodesk Advance Steel 2018 Essentials – Metric the required copies.  In the Advance Steel Tool Palette. For example. Create Joint in a Joint Group. press <Enter> or right-click without selecting a member. For example. This command is useful if you have many identical situations in which you want to repeat a joint (such as 25 Cold Rolled Floor Beams to the Hot Rolled Supporting Beam).  Please select source joint: Select any member of the joint that you want to copy and accept. multiple).  Please select beams corresponding to the source joints input (2/3) ~>Select objects: You must know the second input that is required for the type of joint. If the original joint was not in a group. All of the joints that are placed are added to the same group as the original joint. click (Create joint in a joint group. multiple. Multiple This is the Joint group equivalent of Create by template. The Autodesk® Advance Steel software analyzes your selection and places joints at every possible location in your selections (many at the same time). You should select one secondary beam in each location to which you want to copy the joint and then accept. As with the first and second inputs. it becomes the master of the new group.  Please select beams corresponding to the source joints input (3/3) ~>Select objects: If the joint type requires it.

enabling it to be edited independently.  Select connection part: Select any part of the connection that you want to remove from the joint group and accept. the new joint is added to the same group. You can only add ONE joint at a time with this command. If so. you might not know which joint is the master. in the Tools category. in the Tools category. click (Add joint to a joint group).  In the Advance Steel Tool Palette. click (Remove Joint from a joint group). Automatic Joints Remove a Joint from a Joint Group If you have a joint that is a member of a group but needs to be different from other members of the group you can remove it from the group. Upgrade to Master When you want to change the configuration of joints in a group you must edit the master joint because all of the editing of the slave joints is disabled. However. Or 101 . you have several options:  You can use the Search Filter to search for a joint that is a master. If the joint is already in a group.  Select Master Joint: Select any member of a joint that you want to link to and accept.  In the Advance Steel Tool Palette. Add a Joint to a Joint Group If you have independent joints that you want to make into a group you can use this command to do so. The selected joint becomes an independent joint again. If the second joint is not already in a group it becomes the master of the new group.  Select Joint: Select any member of the joint that you want to add to the group and accept.

enabling you to edit any of the properties in the current Joint Properties dialog box. the current joint becomes the master of the joint group.Autodesk Advance Steel 2018 Essentials – Metric  You can use the joint properties of any joint in the group and select the Upgrade to Master option on the front page of the Properties dialog box. Figure 9-9 When you select Upgrade to Master. 102 .

Add joints to the training project. 2. Double Sided End Plate with Safety Bolt on all the horizontal beams Eaves. The project uses the following joint types:  Base Plate: Enter the name Base Type A in the Joint Name field and make all of the base plates a joint group.  Single Sided End Plate.  Haunch to Flange and Apex Haunch on all of the rafters. 103 . Add all of the required joints to the training project. Automatic Joints Practice 9a Add joints 1. Introduction. Ensure that all of the joints match the dimensions in drawings G100 and G113 from Chapter 1.  The Library might sometimes include a matching entry for the joint. 3.

Autodesk Advance Steel 2018 Essentials – Metric Chapter 10 – Beam Features This chapter contains the following topics:  Introduction  Coping or Notching Beams  Shorten at UCS  Cut at Object  Cope  Parametric Cope – Joint  Beam Clearance  Contour Features  Editing Features  Miter  Splitting and Joining Beams 104 .

this results in many sections clashing at their intersections. However. 105 . Beam Features 10. beams might need to be shaped around obstacles or each other without forming a joint. This is done by creating Beam Features that modify the shape of the beam. the sections are shaped around each other to avoid clashes and space is made for the connection plates. Additionally. Although the Autodesk® Advance Steel software includes an extensive range of these intelligent joints. When you place joints from the Connection Vault. it is recommended that it is drawn between easy design points.1 Introduction When a section is first drawn. sometimes an automatic joint cannot be used in specific situations. In these cases you need to create custom Beam Features.

Autodesk Advance Steel 2018 Essentials – Metric Practice 10a Open the Drawing 1.dwg in the C:\Advance Steel Essentials . 106 . Open Feature Practice.Metric Class Files folder. Figure 10-1 This file has been created to enable you to practice Beam Features and to demonstrate specific points.

 Z: Enter a value (in degrees) to rotate the cut about the Z-axis of the section (zero = perpendicular to the section). etc. To adjust the length of a section:  In the Advance Tools Tool Palette. click (Shorten). in the Features category. Beam Features 10. It creates a straight cut across the end of a section and the system line does not change in length. The section immediately changes length and the Shorten Properties dialog box opens.2 Coping or Notching Beams Shorten The simplest Beam Feature is one that only changes the length of the beam.  Please select the beam at a reference end: Select the section near the end where you want to modify the length. Figure 10-2 This is not intended to  Reference: The amount to remove from the beam length change the nominal (enter a negative number to increase the length). This is done using the Shorten command. which can also add length to a beam. 107 . length or end point of a beam. but only to  Y: Enter a value (in degrees) to rotate the cut about the Y-axis adjust the end by a of the section (zero = perpendicular to the section). relatively small amount to allow for joint plates.

Try a Shorten on the exposed ends of the brown beams. 108 .Autodesk Advance Steel 2018 Essentials – Metric Practice 10b Use a Shorten on a Beam 1.

click (Shorten at UCS). Use UCS at Object or other appropriate command to move the UCS XY plane to the required position and orientation. To overcome this you can use the Shorten at UCS command. entering the correct value in the Y or Z fields in a Shorten command would be difficult. in the Features category. The beam is cut off immediately at the UCS XY plane. 109 .3 Shorten at UCS Beams do not always meet at convenient angles and you might not know the exact angle at which you want to cut off at the end of the beam. the exact amount to cut off to meet another section perfectly is not always obvious (section sizes are not round numbers).  Please identify the object which is to be modified: Select the beam near the end that you want to cut off and accept. Regardless of the angle. Therefore. Beam Features 10.  In the Advance Tools Tool Palette.

Use Shorten at UCS to cut one of the red beams where it meets the blue beam.Autodesk Advance Steel 2018 Essentials – Metric Practice 10c Shorten at UCS 1. 110 .

It is a one step process rather than two steps and also has other more powerful options. The second section is cut back to where it meets the flange o the first beam and the Properties dialog box opens. rather than the edge of the section. Figure 10-3  Properties tab (Type): If you want to cut to the web of a section. 111 .4 Cut at Object The Cut at Object command is easier than the Shorten at UCS command. in the Features category. click (Cut at object).  Section to cut against: Select the beam to which you want to cut and accept.  Cut tab (Create Weld): Select this if you want the two sections to be welded together with a standard fillet weld. Beam Features 10.  Section to cut: Select the section that you want to cut and accept.  In the Advance Tools Tool Palette. you need to use Saw cut – Web.

Use Cut at Object where a brown beam meets the blue beam. Use Cut at Object where the other red beam meets the blue beam.Autodesk Advance Steel 2018 Essentials – Metric Practice 10d Cut at Object 1. 112 . 2.

in the Features category. cut. 113 . This notch is always o Boring Out: Change the type of relief in the corner of the square to the section. However. click (Cope). The cope is immediately applied and the Cope Properties dialog box opens. Figure 10-4  Shape tab o Width X: Set the amount to cut off the length of the section. You can use the Cope command to do so. o Depth: Set the distance down the beam that is to be cut (measured from the outside surface of the section).5 Cope The previous commands all cut straight across the section. such as when notching around another beam.  Please select the beam at a reference end: Select the flange of the section that you want to cut near the end to be cut.  In the Advance Tools Tool Palette. you often need to be able to only cut a corner from a section. Beam Features 10.  Corner Finish tab o Radius: Set the fillet radius for the corner of the cut.

Figure 10-5  Shape tab o Width X: Set the amount to be cut from the length of the section. o Distance from Axis: Set the distance from the system line of the beam at which the cut should stop.Autodesk Advance Steel 2018 Essentials – Metric Cope.  Please select the beam at a reference end: Select the flange of the section that you want to cut near the end to be cut. skewed). skewed If you need a notch that is not square to the section you can use the Notch.  In the Advance Tools Tool Palette. o Z: Set the angle of rotation about the section’s Z-axis. The cope is applied immediately and the Cope Properties dialog box opens. o X: Set the angle of rotation about the section’s X-axis. click (Notch. skewed command. in the Features category. 114 .

Beam Features o Axis: Set the angle of rotation about the section’s Y-axis. if the system line is on the o Boring Out: Select the type of relief in the corner of the outside face of the cut. beam (most floor beams have the system line in the top center) you need to enter a negative number for the depth. Therefore. o Radius: Set the fillet radius for the corner of the cut. Distance from Axis  Corner Finish tab is measured from the system line. 115 .

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Practice 10e Cope and Cope, Skewed
1. Use Cope and Cope, Skewed on the points where the brown
and red beams meet the blue beam.

2. Compare this with a Cope, Skewed on the bottom flange of
the green beam.

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10.6 Parametric Cope – Joint
As with Shorten, it is not always easy to determine the ideal size and
angle of a cope to shape one section around another. This tool is
designed to create an ideal cut.

 In the Advance Tools Tool Palette, in the Features category,

click (Parametric Notch – Joint).

 Passing main beam ~> Select objects: Select the beam to
which you want to cut (it is not going to be altered) and accept.

 Secondary beam to connect ~> Select objects: Select the
beam that you want to cut and accept.

The coping is applied immediately and the Parametric Cope
Properties dialog box opens.

Figure 10-6

 Use the options in the Parameters tab to set the gap between
the two members in each direction. You can also add corner
relief for the cuts.

 In the Welds tab you can select the option to weld the two
beams together.

This creates a shortening and two copes (and other cuts for the
corners if needed). These individual features are combined into the
Parametric Cope joint.

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Element Contour - Rule
Another way to completely shape one member around another is to
use Element Contour - Rule.

 In the Advance Tools Tool Palette, in the Features category,

click (Element Contour Rule).

 Please select the beam to be modified at a reference end:
Select the beam that you want to cut near the end to be cut
and then accept.

 Please select the cutting beam: ~> Select objects: Select the
beam that you want to cut around and accept.

The beam is cut immediately and the Element Contour Rule
Properties dialog box opens.

Figure 10-7

 Parameters tab

o Welding: Select this option to create a weld between the
two members.

o Contour Shape: Select this option if you want your cut to
match:

- The exact shape of the passing beam (including
corner radii and tapers).
- The standard shape of the passing beam (simplified
to parallel flanges and no fillet radii).

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- Casing (a box around the passing beam).

o Create Shortening: If this option is selected, the end of
the beam is cut off completely. If not selected, the end of
the

This creates a single shaped cut through the modified beam (and a
shortening if that is selected). This joint has more power than the
Parametric Cope joint and is the preferred option in most cases.

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Practice 10f Create a Parametric Cope – Joint
1. Use Parametric Cope – Joint and Element Contour – Rule
where the brown, red, and blue beams meet.

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10.7 Beam Clearance
Beams often need to have a specific clearance between them. You
can use the Beam Clearance command to move a beam along a
main beam to the required distance.

 In the Advance Tools Tool Palette, in the Features category,

click (Beam clearance).

 Select main beam: Select the beam that you do not want to
move and press <Enter>.

 Select second beam: Select a second beam to measure from
and press <Enter>.

 Select beam to move: Select the beam that should be moved
and press <Enter>.

 Enter distance: Type the clearance distance in the Command
Line.

The beam moves along the main beam.

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Practice 10g Beam Clearance
1. Use Beam clearance to move the second brown beam so
that it is within 300 units of the first brown beam.

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10.8 Contour Features
In addition to shaping one beam around another, you might want to
create other cut outs in beams to avoid clashes, etc. A variety of
additional features can be used to achieve this.

Essentially, they all work in the same way. The UCS XY plane must
be parallel to the face that you want to cut (the web or flange of the
section).

Rectangular Contour, Centre
It enables you to create a rectangular cut out using a single reference
point to define the location.

 Set the UCS as needed.

 In the Advance Tools Tool Palette, in the Features category,

click (Rectangular Contour, Centre, UCS).

 Please identify the object which is to be modified: Select the
beam that you want to cut.

 Please select the center of the beam cope: Select a point to
position the cut out.

The cut is placed immediately at a default size and the Contour
Processing Properties dialog box opens.

Rectangular Contour, 2 Points
It enables you to create a rectangular cut out using two reference
points to define the location and size.

Set the UCS as needed.

 In the Advance Tools Tool Palette, in the Features category,

click (Rectangular Contour, 2 points, UCS).

 Please identify the object which is to be modified: Select the
beam that you want to cut.

 Please define two diagonal points for rectangular contour, first
point: Select a point for one corner of the cut out.

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2 points. The cut is placed immediately at the defined size and the Contour Processing Properties dialog box opens.  Please select the center of the beam cope: Select a point for the center of the cut out. The cut out is placed immediately at a default size and the Contour Processing Properties dialog box opens. in the Features category. click (Circular Contour. 2 Points It enables you to create a circular cut out using two reference points to define the location and size. UCS).  Circle radius: Select a point for the radius of the cut out.  Set the UCS as needed. UCS). Centre It enables you to create a circular cut out using a single reference point for the location. Centre.  Please select the center of the beam cope: Select a point to position the cut out.  In the Advance Tools Tool Palette. Circular Contour.  In the Advance Tools Tool Palette. Circular Contour. The cut is placed immediately at the defined size and the Contour Processing Properties dialog box opens.Autodesk Advance Steel 2018 Essentials – Metric  Second point: Select a point for the opposite corner of the cut out. 124 . in the Features category.  Set the UCS as needed.  Please identify the object which is to be modified: Select the beam that you want to cut.  Please identify the object which is to be modified: Select the beam that you want to cut. click (Circular Contour.

 Please select point or [<A>rc/<C>lose]: When you have drawn all of the shape except the last edge.  Please identify the object which is to be modified: Select the beam that you want to cut.  Please specify start point or select [Polyline(s)]: Select a point for any corner of the required shape. in the Features category. Select points to define the arcs as required.  Please select point or [<S>econd Point/<L>ine/<C>lose]: If you want to return to drawing straight edges. 125 . The edges of the shape can be straight lines or arcs. UCS). enter L for the Line option.  Please select point or [<A>rc/<C>lose]: After at least three points have been defined.  Please select point or [<A>rc]: Select subsequent points to define the shape.  In the Advance Tools Tool Palette. enter P for Polyline and select the polyline to cut the predefined shape out of the beam. At the Please specify start point or select [Polyline(s)]: prompt. select the Close option and the software automatically connects the last point to the first point. If you want to have an arc for an edge of the shape.  Please select point or [<S>econd Point/<L>ine/<C>lose]: When drawing arcs. if you prefer. this prompt displays. enter A for the Arc option. The shape that you have defined is cut through the beam and the Contour Processing Properties dialog box opens. Beam Features Polygon Contour It enables you to create a shaped cut out in a beam. Each arc is tangential to the previous segment. this prompt displays. click (Polygon Contour. You can draw the required shape as a polyline before using this command.  Set the UCS as needed.

 Contour tab o Gap width: It is often easier to select the corners of objects that you need to cut around than to select points with clearances. o For Polygon contours. This option enables you to set the clearance after defining the shape. this tab is not available. set the Width X and Length Y values to set the size of the cut out. o For rectangular or circular contours you can set the position of the cut out relative to the first selected point. o For a circular contour.Autodesk Advance Steel 2018 Essentials – Metric Contour Processing Properties The Contour Processing Properties dialog box is very similar. 126 . set the Radius value for the size of the cut out. Enter a value to expand the shape by that distance in every direction. Figure 10-8  Shape tab o For rectangular contours. but you have created the shape.  Positioning tab o This tab does not exist for Polygon Contours.

start with 20). 127 . use the By center option to create the cut out and then change the position in the Positioning tab. If not selected. if the system line is on an outer edge of the section (such used to create the as the top center of a floor beam) both flanges are on the same side rectangular or circular of the system line. be set in the Position tab. which command was Therefore.g. When a contour is created it is usually infinitely deep in both directions (Side 1 and Side 2 are not selected).  Corner Finish tab: Set the radii in the corners of the cut out. The effect of the depth is more selected point can still apparent if your cut crosses the web of a section. this does not matter. The Position flange nearest to the system line. It does not matter The depth is measured from the system line of the section. the cut is infinitely deep in that direction. if you need a cut out but only know one reference point (such as that the middle of one end of the rectangle must line up with the node at the end of a beam). It is not easy to determine the direction of Side 1 or Side 2. so you have to experiment.g.. -20). If you are working on the flange of a section the cut goes through both flanges. you need to select one of the Side 1 or Side 2 options and enter a depth (e. When working on the web of a section. To only have the cut go through one flange. Beam Features o Side 1 and Side 2: Select the option to limit the depth of cut in that direction to the value that is displayed in the box. Therefore. In this case to prevent the cut going through the contour.. you need to select one of the sides relative to the and enter a negative depth (e.

Try cutting the flange of the green beam where the blue beam cuts it. 2. Try cutting the flange of the blue beam where the yellow beam cuts it.Autodesk Advance Steel 2018 Essentials – Metric Practice 10h Experiment with Contours 1. 128 . 3. Ensure that you only cut one flange. Try using each of the contour features.

129 . you must select the green shape and select Advance Properties or Advance Joint Properties when editing an Element Contour – Rule or Parametric Cope – Joint. there might be many green shapes in the display and you might want to hide them. To return to the feature properties and edit them.9 Editing Features When features are created they are represented in the model b green shapes. Presentation Type The green shape is often not displayed. Alternatively. To edit the feature you must display the shape first. Then  Right-click and select Advance Properties. in the Tools category. Beam Features 10. regardless of whether the green shape is displayed or not. select Standard to hide the features or Features to display the green shapes. click (Advance Steel properties). In the Display Type tab. The cut out in the beam is always displayed. Several options are available for changing the display of the features: First  Select the beam with the feature. Figure 10-9 Or In the Advance Steel Tool Palette.

click (Beam features). in the Quick Views category. If you want to hide all of the beam features in the model you can do the following:  Ensure that nothing is selected. click (Change presentation type) repeatedly to cycle through the five possible states until the required display state is achieved. in the Quick Views category. Or If you want to hide the features you can click (Standard presentation) in the Advance Steel Tool Palette.  In the Advance Tools Tool Palette. in the Quick Views category.  In the Advance Tools Tool Palette. 130 . in the Selection Filters category. click (Selected objects off).Autodesk Advance Steel 2018 Essentials – Metric Figure 10-10 Or  In the Advance Steel Tool Palette.

in the Features category. The beams are cut at the bisecting angle and the Miter Properties dialog box opens. click (Miter). 131 . Figure 10-9  Section to cut against: Select the first beam that you want to edit and accept. Beam Features 10. in the Miscellaneous Joints category. Or  In the Connection Vault.10 Miter Another available joint type is to miter two beams together.  In the Advance Tools Tool Palette. click (Miter).  Section to cut: Select the second beam that you want to edit and accept. This cuts the beams straight across at a bisecting angle and then optionally welds them together. If you want the beams to be welded together you must select Create Weld in the Cut tab.

click (Merge beams).11 Splitting and Joining Beams Split Beams  In the Objects tab > Beams panel. and be of the same section.  Select beam: ~> Select objects: Select all of the beams that you want to make into one and accept. 132 .  Select split point or [Gap]: Select a point at which to cut the beam. If they meet end to end.  Select split point: Continue selecting points at which to cut or press <Enter> or right-click when finished.  Select beam_~>Select objects: Select the beam that you want to cut. meet end to end.Autodesk Advance Steel 2018 Essentials – Metric 10. the beams are converted into a single object.  In the Objects tab > Beams panel. The beams must be in line. The cuts are made and you are returned to the Command Prompt. click (Split Beams). Merge Beams It joins two or more beams into one.

as shown in the drawings. Modify the tops of the top of the RHS columns on grid C4 and D4 ready for the joint. 133 . Modify Columns C4 and D4 in the training structure. 2. Beam Features Practice 10i Modify Columns 1.

Autodesk Advance Steel 2018 Essentials – Metric Chapter 11 .Plates This chapter contains the following topics:  Flat Plates  Plate Properties  Folded Plates  Gratings 134 .

135 . Continue working in Feature Practice File.dwg for practicing with plates. Plates Practice 11a Open the Drawing 1.

Unless otherwise stated. The Plate Properties dialog box opens. A single plate is created with its corners on the selected points. Therefore. Rectangular Plate. A single plate is created on the XY plane at the selected location with the default dimensions. click (Rectangular Plate. Centre)  Please define the center of the plate to be created: Select a point to position the plate. Rectangular Plate. Rectangular Plate. The Plate Properties dialog box opens. 136 . you need to set the UCS as required first. the Autodesk® Advance Steel has many tools for creating plates of all types according to your needs. Centre It enables you to create a rectangular plate using a single reference point for its position. click (Rectangular Plate. all structures include many plates.1 Flat Plates Virtually. 3 Points It enables you to create a rectangular plate at any angle to the XY plane using three points to define its position and size. either as parts of joints or as members. 2 Points It enables you to create a rectangular plate using two points to define its position and size.  In the Objects tab > Plates panel.Autodesk Advance Steel 2018 Essentials – Metric 11.  Please define the end point of the plate's diagonal line: Select a point for the opposite corner of the plate.  Please define the start point of the plate's diagonal line: Select a point for one corner of the plate. Therefore. 2 Points).  In the Objects tab > Plates panel. these commands create a flat plate in the XY plane of the current UCS.

A plate is created using the defined shape.  Please specify points that define the contour of the plate: Select a point for the first corner of the plate. 137 .  Please specify third point to define the plate plane and Y dimension: Select a third point anywhere in empty space to define the third corner of the plate (diagonally opposite the first corner) and the plate’s angle to the XY plane. Polygon Plate It enables you to create a plate of any shape with straight edges. Plate at Polyline It enables you to create a plate of any shape (including curved edges).  In the Objects tab > Plates panel. Plates  In the Objects tab > Plates panel. 3 Points). and the Plate Properties dialog box opens.  Please specify second point to define the plate X direction and dimension: Select a point for the next corner of the plate to define the first edge (on the XY plane).  Polygon vertex 4: Continue selecting the corners of the plate in sequence as needed.  Please specify first point of the plate contour: Select a point for the first corner of the plate (on the XY plane). click (Polygon Plate). the size is defined. by converting a standard AutoCAD Polyline. A plate is created between the three points and the Plate Properties dialog box opens. When you are finished selecting all the required corners (at least three).  Polygon vertex 2: Select a point for the next corner of the plate.  Polygon vertex 3: Select a point for the third corner of the plate. click (Rectangular Plate. press <Enter> or right- click to join the last corner to the first.

 In the Objects tab > Plates panel. 138 . The plate that is created is a square plate with plate features for creating the curved edges and hole as required. click (Plate at Polyline). and Thickness as needed and click the OK button.  The Create Circular Plate dialog box opens. Inner Diameter. Figure 10-1 Your plate is created with its center point at the current UCS origin. A plate is created matching the shape of the polyline and the Plate Properties dialog box opens.  Select polyline: Select the polyline that you created and accept. click (Create Circular Plate). Circular Plate If you want to create a circular or ring-shaped plate. you can do so with this command. Set the Outer Diameter.  In the Objects tab > Plates panel.Autodesk Advance Steel 2018 Essentials – Metric  Create an AutoCAD Polyline forming a closed shape for the plate as needed.

 Positioning tab o Offset: Regardless of the method used to create the plate you can adjust its position relative to the points selected using these options. Figure 11-2  Shape and Material tab o Width X and Length Y: Only used for rectangular plates. or equal to both sides of the plane on which it has been drawn. 139 . o Coating: Select the required coating or finish for the plate. Use the icons for the three basic options or enter a value in the field if another position is required.2 Plate Properties Regardless of how they are created. below. flat plates all use a similar Properties dialog box. o Material: Select the required material for the plate. o Justification: Decide whether the plate is above. Set the length and width of the plate as needed. o Thickness: Set the plate thickness as needed (you can select from the list or enter a value). Plates 11.

Therefore.  Please identify the plate to connect to: Select the plate that is not going to move when folded.  Please identify the plate to be connected: Select the plate that is going to move when folded. the software is not a sheet metal package. click (Folded Plate with position adjustment). the fold is modeled as a tear. A folded plate is considered a single object for drawing and manufacturing purposes.  Create the required flat plate pieces.Autodesk Advance Steel 2018 Essentials – Metric 11. The second plate is moved and rotated so the selected edges are joined and the plates do not have to be touching at the start. Folded Plate with Position Adjustment It joins any two plates together into a folded plate.3 Folded Plates In addition to being able to model simple flat plates.  In the Objects tab > Plates panel. A fold is modeled between the plates and the Folded Plate – Fold Line Properties dialog box opens.  In the Objects tab > Plates panel.  Create individual flat plates representing each flat face of your finished object. Any plate features that already exist in the individual pieces of plate are preserved and remain in the correct position relative to the piece of plate. a bend relief is not modeled. Folded Plate without Position Adjustment Convert two neighboring plates into a folded plate. Corner reliefs are not modeled at any time either. click (Folded plate without position adjustment). the software can model plates that are folded into complex shapes. If a fold does not cover an entire edge. Although very powerful. 140 . These plates should be positioned with the joined edges touching in the required location.

141 . The command can merge any two shapes together.  Angle: Enter the required fold angle.  Please identify the plate to be connected near an edge: Select the plate that is going to move near the edge to be joined. When setting the sizes of individual plates remember to allow for the plate thickness in your required final dimensions. Figure 11-3 Create Conical Folded Plate It creates a folded plate between any two closed polyline shapes. The individual plates on the left are aligned before the fold is applied.  Create two closed polyline shapes above each other on different Z planes. This was originally used for hoppers or ducting type shapes in which rectangles are converted into round sections. The second plate is moved so that the midpoints of the selected edges touch and is then be tilted to the specified angle. Any plate features that already exist in the individual pieces of plate are preserved and remain in the correct positions relative to the piece of plate. The Folded Plate – Fold Line Properties dialog box opens. Plates  Please identify the plate to connect to near an edge: Select the plate that is not going to not move near the edge that should be joined to the other plate.

 Select start shape type [Contour/Beam] <C>: Select the Contour option. merging the two selected shapes.Autodesk Advance Steel 2018 Essentials – Metric  In the Objects tab > Plates panel. Create Twisted Folded Plate It creates a twisted.  Click the OK button when you have set the required options. A shaped folded plate is created. folded plate between any two lines. arcs.  Select contour: Select the polyline for the bottom of the cone and accept. Figure 11-4 o Facets per corner/quadrant: How many flat segments are used to convert a sharp corner into a curve? o Plate thickness: How thick should your plate be? o Plate Justification: Select whether the shapes you drew were the inside or outside edges of the plate or between the two. Complete the required options before continuing.  The Conical Folded Plate dialog box opens.  Select contour: Select the polyline for the top of the cone and accept. or polylines. 142 .  Select end shape type [Contour/Beam] <C>: Select the Contour option. click (Create conical folded plate).

 The Twisted Folded Plate Properties dialog box opens. and splines) close to the end from where the creation of the folded plate should begin. merging the selected elements as its edges. click (Create twisted folded plate). Plates  Create the lines. If the two elements 143 .  Please select the second entity: Select the element for the other edge of your plate near the same end. polylines. A folded plate with flat facets is created to go between the two selected edges. ~> Please select the first entity: Select the element for one edge of your plate near one end. o Radius Factor: The fold radius is set to this value multiplied by the plate thickness. arcs.  Please select two entities (arcs.  In the Objects tab > Plates panel. or polylines that represent the edges of the plate. lines. o Justification: Set the side of the selected elements on which the plate should be located. A shaped folded plate is created. Complete the required settings before continuing. If the shape can be created using fewer facets than you set in the Properties dialog box it is done. Figure 11-5 o Number of division points: How many folds should be used to create the finished plate? o Plate Thickness: Set the thickness of your plate.  Click the OK button when you have set the required values.

outside surface. All of the features in the plate are preserved in the plate segment. Fold Line Properties After it has been created. 144 . o Radius: Enter the required bend radius. The polylines can include straight or arc segments. or Helixes to create the folded plate. or 3D Polylines. If you change the angle the associated plate moves to suit. Selecting Advance Properties opens the Plate Properties or Fold Line Properties dialog box.Autodesk Advance Steel 2018 Essentials – Metric selected are coplanar. Splines. If you select a flat piece of plate and select Advance Properties the normal Plate Properties dialog box opens. but you cannot use a curved polyline (one that uses the Fit or Spline options). Figure 11-6 o Angle: Enter the angle of fold according to the image. Arcs. Polylines. If you select the curved portion of plate between two flats and select Advance Properties the Fold Line Properties dialog box opens. the folded plate is treated as a single object. With this command you can select Lines. the result is a single flat plate (no facets) of the required shape. depending on what was selected. o Justification: Set whether the fold radius should be measured on the inside surface. After creation you cannot return to the Conical Folded Plate Properties dialog box. or between the two.

If you select the fold between two flat segments of plate and press <Delete>. 145 . If no message is displayed. Once you have finished with the unfolded outline you can remove it from the display by clicking (Clear Marked Objects) in the Advance Steel Tool Palette.  Display unfolded representation [Yes/No] <Y>: Yes A green outline of the developed plate is displayed. If the plate cannot be unfolded safely the following prompt displays before the Display unfolded representation [Yes/No] <Y>: prompt: Selected folded plate cannot be correctly unfolded! Display unfolded representation [Yes/No] <Y>: If you enter Yes a preview of the theoretical unfolded outline displays. Plates Deleting Folded Plates If you select a flat segment of a folded plate and press <Delete> the entire folded plate is deleted. Check Unfolding When creating folded plates it would be possible to model something that could not be developed into one sheet of material. enabling you to identify where the overlap would occur. the fold is deleted and the flat segments are no longer joined. in the Selection category.  In the Objects tab > Plates panel. the plate can be safely developed into a flat pattern.  Please select folded plate: Select the folded plate that you want to check. you can use the Check Unfolding command. click (Check unfolding). To ensure that you have not done so.

but after creation it can be modified.  Pick a point to locate the grating: Select a point for the center of the grating panel. but are visually distinguished by the hatch pattern that is applied to one surface. click (Standard Grating).Autodesk Advance Steel 2018 Essentials – Metric 11. A default grating panel is created and the Standard Grating Properties dialog box opens. Standard Grating It creates a model of a standard grating panel. etc. 146 .  In the Objects tab > Grating panel. select the required grating. in the same way as any other plate.4 Gratings In the Autodesk® Advance Steel software. a Grating is special kind of plate. The details of the hatch pattern are representative and do not match the exact specification of the grating. Gratings are modeled as a flat plate shape. Figure 11-7 In the Shape and Connector tab. There are special commands for drawing the grating..

Plates Variable Grating. click (Variable Grating.  Please define the end point of the grating's diagonal line:  Select a point for the diagonally opposite corner of your grating.  In the Objects tab > Grating panel. A grating is modeled with the straight edges of the shape you have defined and the Variable Grating Properties dialog box opens. Variable Gating.  In the Objects tab > Grating panel. 147 . Polygonal It creates a piece of grating of any size and shape. A rectangular piece of grating is modeled between the selected points and the Variable Grating Properties dialog box opens. Rectangular)  Please define the start point of the grating's diagonal line: Select a point for one corner of your grating. Polygonal). click (Variable Grating. Select the required grating specification in the Shape and Connector tab. Rectangular Create a rectangular piece of grating of any size.  Polygon vertex 2: Select a point for the second corner of your grating.  Please specify points that define the grating's contour: Select a point for the first corner of your grating.  Polygon vertex 3: Select a point for the third corner of your plate.  Polygon vertex 4: You can continue to select as many points as needed. When you have selected at least three points you can finish the grating by pressing <Enter> or right-click to connect the last point to the first.

Span Direction The span direction of the grating (the direction of the largest sections) is indicated by the direction of the hatch pattern and a symbol in the middle of the hatch. 148 . a span direction that is parallel to the UCS X-axis is set. When created. if required. the span direction is always parallel to the shortest edge of the panel.Autodesk Advance Steel 2018 Essentials – Metric Set the grating specification as required in the Shape and Connector tab. For a Variable Grating you can set a custom span direction.  Locate the Span direction symbol near the center of the grating.  Select the variable grating.  Move the grip until the required span direction is indicated and click again.  Locate the grip at the end of the symbol and select it. Figure 11-8 For a Standard Grating. You can modify this setting.

Plates Practice 11b Remodel Ducting and Add Plates 1. Remodel the magenta ducting on the end of the brown duct. 2. Add Plates to Platform joints to the training structure. Add plates to the top of the RHS columns on grid C4 and D4. This requires that the four plates be turned into a folded plate and then a conical folded plate be created based on the yellow polyline and circle provided. 5. 3. Recreate the ducting in the Feature Practice file. 149 . 6. Change the AutoCAD layer state to Plate Practice. as shown in the drawings. Figure 11-9 4.

Autodesk Advance Steel 2018 Essentials – Metric Chapter 12 – Plate Features This chapter contains the following topics:  Contour Features  Contour Processing Properties  Plate Contour Features – Non UCS  Chamfers and Fillets  Dividing and Joining Plates 150 .

Therefore. click (Rectangular contour. In each case. UCS). They are located at the bottom of the palette. Contour features create cut outs of a closed shape anywhere on your plate. Centre. These features work in the same way as the UCS versions.  Please select the center of the cope: Select a point to position the cut out.  Please identify the object which is to be modified: Select the plate that you want to cut. As with beams.  A rectangular cut out is placed in your plate at the selected point and with a default size. in the Features category. you always need to ensure that the UCS is set correctly first (usually on top of your plate). Plate Features 12. you might need to cut holes or shapes into plates.  Ensure that the UCS XY plane is on your plate. the contour shape is drawn in the current UCS.  In the Advance Tools Tool Palette.1 Contour Features The Advance Steel Tool Palette. but the direction of the cut is always perpendicular to the surface of the plate. Rectangular Contour. This is done using Plate Features. center. Rectangular Contour. The Contour Processing Properties dialog box opens. UCS It enables you to create a rectangular cut out in a plate using two points to define its position and size. in the Features category contains plate feature commands that do not include UCS in their names. UCS It enables you to cut a rectangular shape through a plate based on reference point for the position. 2 Points. 151 .  Ensure that the UCS XY plane is on your plate.

2 Points. UCS Creates a circular cut out in a plate using a center point and radius to control its position and size.  Please identify the object which is to be modified: Select the plate that you want to cut. in the Features category.  Please identify the object which is to be modified: Select the plate that you want to cut. UCS It enables you to place a circular cut out in a plate using one reference point for the position. Circular Contour. A circular cut out is created at a default size and centered on the selected point. Centre. Circular Contour. click (Rectangular Contour. 2 Points.  Ensure that the UCS XY plane is on your plate.  Please select two diagonal points for rectangular contour. click (Circular contour. click (Circular contour.Autodesk Advance Steel 2018 Essentials – Metric  In the Advance Tools Tool Palette. in the Features category. Centre. 2 points. UCS). A rectangular cut out is created in the plate between the two selected points and the Contour Processing Properties dialog box opens. UCS).  Ensure that the UCS XY plane is on your plate  In the Advance Tools Tool Palette. first point: Select a point for the first corner of your cut out. 152 .  In the Advance Tools Tool Palette. The Contour Processing Properties dialog box opens.  Please select the center of the plate cope: Select a point for the center of your cut. UCS). in the Features category.  Second point: Select a point for the diagonally opposite corner of your cut out.

 Please select point or [<S>econd Point/<L>ine/<C>lose]:  Pick a point for the end of the arc. UCS). in the Features category. enter A for the Arc option. UCS It creates a cut out of any shape using lines and arcs for edges.  Please select point or [<A>rc/<C>lose]: If you want to draw an arc for an edge.  Please select point or [<A>rc]: Select a point for the second corner of your shape. Polygon Contour. enter L for the Line option. Plate Features Please identify the object which is to be modified: Select the plate that you want to cut. A circular cut out is created at the specified position and size and the Contour Processing Properties dialog box opens.  Circle radius: Select a point to define the radius of your cut out.  Please select point or [<S>econd Point/<L>ine/<C>lose]: To return to straight edges.  Please select point or [<A>rc/<C>lose]: Continue selecting points and drawing edges as needed. The arc is tangential to the last segment.  In the Advance Tools Tool Palette.  Ensure that the UCS XY plane is on your plate. 153 .  Please select the center of the plate cope: Select a point for the center of your cut out. click (Polygon contour.  Please specify start point or select [Polyline(s)]: Select a point for one corner of your cut out.  Please identify the object which is to be modified: Select the plate that you want to cut.

 Please identify the object which is to be modified: Select the plate that you want to cut. enter P for the Polyline option and select the polyline. Alternatively. A cut out of the specified shape is created and the Contour Processing Properties dialog box opens. Your predefined shape is cut out of the plate.Autodesk Advance Steel 2018 Essentials – Metric  Please select point or [<A>rc/<C>lose]: After you have selected at least three points you can finish the shape by pressing <Enter> or right-click to join the last point with the first. UCS).  Please identify the object to cut to: Select the section to cut around. click (Element Contour. At the Please specify start point or select [Polyline(s)] prompt. in the Features category.  In the Advance Tools Tool Palette. Element Contour It makes a cut through a plate around a section. 154 . you can draw the required shape as a polyline before using this command. The cut is created matching the shape of the selected section and the Contour Processing Properties dialog box opens.

o Straight Cut: If the contour is not parallel to the surface of the plate.  Contour tab o Gap Width: If your shape is drawn to match another object (such as an Element Contour) this can be used to create a minimum clearance. o Side 1 and Side 2: If selected. the depth of cut on that side of the XY plane is limited to the stated distance. Figure 12-1  Shape tab o Width X and Length Y: Only used for rectangular cut outs. Set the size of the cut out. Note that the green contour for the cut is drawn on the XY plane of the current UCS. selecting this option adjusts the cut in the plate so the edges are perpendicular to the surface of the plate 155 .2 Contour Processing Properties Regardless of the contour command that is used to create the shape. the Properties dialog box is basically the same. Plate Features 12. This distance measures from the green shape. o Radius: Only used for circular cut outs.  Positioning tab o Offset: Regardless of which method you used to define the cut out. Set the size of the cut out. you can adjust the position of the cut out relative to the selected points.

or if using Element Contour and the section is not perpendicular to the surface of the plate. However. If the UCS is not parallel to the surface of the plate. for manufacture it is easier to have the edges of the cut perpendicular to the plate surface. so the Straight Cut option is intended to be used in this situation.Autodesk Advance Steel 2018 Essentials – Metric while ensuring that the specified shape remains clear all of the way through. 156 . The cut is still the defined shape and avoids a clash with the other members. the shape is not square to the plate.

Cut the Duct around the blue beam in the Feature Practice drawing. 157 . cut a contour around the blue beam with a 5mm clearance. At the end of the ducting in Feature Practice file. Plate Features Practice 12a Ducting 1. 2.

These features work in the same way as those above. Figure 12-2 158 .3 Plate Contour Non UCS Features Note that the bottom of the palette has plate feature commands that are very similar to those above but do not include UCS in their names. but the direction of the cut is always perpendicular to the surface of the plate.Autodesk Advance Steel 2018 Essentials – Metric 12.

The distances are measured from the corner along the edge of the plate.  Please identify the plate to be modified near the edge towards that which should be cut: Select the other edge of the plate for the Chamfer to go to. Corner Cut Cuts a corner from your plate by selecting near the corner that you want to cut.  Please select the plate near the corner for the fillet creation: Select the plate that you want to cut near the corner of the required chamfer.  In the Advance Tools Tool Palette. click (Corner cut). in the Features category.  Convex: Rounds off the corner of a plate with a convex curve (external fillet). Set the required size for the chamfer or type of the fillet. Plate Features 12.  Concave: Rounds off the corner of a plate with a concave curve (internal fillet). The UCS position is not important. Figure 12-2 159 .4 Chamfers and Fillets Chamfer and Fillet features cut the edges from your plate and can only be placed on an edge. The cut is placed at a default size and the Edge Processing Properties dialog box opens.  Straight: Cuts off the corner with a straight line at the angle and distances set.

 Please identify object: Select the plate edge that you want to remove. click (Bevel cut).  In the Advance Tools Tool Palette. Note that Weld preparations are not usually displayed on the model in shaded views. A chamfer is placed along the edge and the Weld Preparation – Bevel Properties dialog box opens. Enter the required angle and leg length(s) for the chamfer or select the fillet type. in the Features category. Figure 12-3 160 .Autodesk Advance Steel 2018 Essentials – Metric Bevel Cut It Cuts a chamfer along one of the long edges of the plate. If you want to display them you must set the Display Type of the plate to Exact with Weld Preparations.

The plate is immediately cut into two pieces along the selected line(s). click (Split plate at lines).  Draw the required cut on the surface of your plate using AutoCAD lines.  Select second point of split line: Select a point at the other end of the cut.5 Dividing and Joining Plates Additional commands are available for dividing a plate into several pieces or joining several plates into one. Split Plate by Two Points It cuts a plate into two pieces with a straight cut between two defined points.  Select plate ~> Select objects: Select the plate that you want to cut and accept. or polylines. The plate is immediately divided into two pieces with the specified cut.  Select first point of split line or [Gap]: Select a point at one end of the cut. Split Plate at Lines It cuts a plate into two pieces with a cut that is created by AutoCAD elements. arcs.  Select line or [Gap]: Select the AutoCAD lines.  Select plate: Select the plate that you want to cut. arcs. or polylines that you want to use for the cut and accept. 161 .  In the Home tab > Objects panel.  In the Home tab > Objects panel. click (Split plate by 2 points). Plate Features 12.

Note that each plate must share at least one edge with one of the other selected plates. The plates immediately become one single plate. click (Merge Plates).  Select plate ~> Select objects: Select the plates that you want to combine and accept.  In the Home tab > Objects panel.Autodesk Advance Steel 2018 Essentials – Metric Merge Plates It combines multiple plates with common edges into a single plate. 162 .

Connection Elements Chapter 13 – Connection Elements This chapter contains the following topics:  Bolts  Bolt Properties  Anchors  Welds  Edit connected Objects 163 .

the holes to be used by the bolts are created automatically. or Shear Studs. Empty Holes. click (Rectangle.  Lower left corner: Select a point for one corner of your bolt pattern. A pattern of bolts is placed and the Bolts Properties dialog box opens. Various tools can be used to create them in your Autodesk® Advance Steel models.  Please select the parts to be connected ~> Select objects: Select all of the parts that you want to bolt together and accept.  Upper right corner: Select the diagonally opposite corner of your bolt pattern. The type of object that is currently placed depends on the setting of the switch. In the Objects tab > Switch panel. Rectangle.Autodesk Advance Steel 2018 Essentials – Metric 13. The icon next to the switch indicates which mode is active. 2 Points Places a rectangular pattern of bolts based on two points that define the position and spacing.  In the Objects tab > Connection Objects panel. It is recommended that you ensure that the UCS XY plane is on the surface of the objects that you want to join before using these commands. 164 . When a bolt pattern is created. 2 Points). The commands for placing Bolts are also used to place Anchors. click (Switch Bolts/ Anchors/Holes/Shear Studs) repeatedly until Bolts is the active mode.1 Bolts To connect separate objects together when manufacturing or assembling structures welds and bolts must be used.

 In the Objects tab > Connection Objects panel.  Central point: Select a point for one corner of your bolt pattern. Center Point).  In the Objects tab > Connection Objects panel. Centre Point)  Please select the parts to be connected~>Select objects: Select all of the parts that you want to bolt together and accept. Corner Point). A pattern of bolts is placed and the Bolts Properties dialog box opens. Centre Point Places a rectangular pattern of bolts based on a center point to define the position and spacing.  Centre of circle: Select a center point for the bolt pattern.  Please select the parts to be connected~>Select objects:  Select all of the parts that you want to bolt together and accept. 165 . Corner Point Places a rectangular pattern of bolts based on one corner to define the position and spacing. A pattern of bolts is placed and the Bolts Properties dialog box opens.  Start point: Select a point for one corner of your bolt pattern. click (Rectangle. click (Rectangle. Centre Point Places a circular pattern of bolts based on a center and radius.  Please select the parts to be connected ~> Select objects: Select all of the parts that you want to bolt together and accept. Rectangle. click (Circular.  In the Objects tab>Connection Objects panel. Circular. Connection Elements Rectangle.

click (Shift Bolts / Holes).  Please select the bolt/hole pattern you want to move: ~> Select objects: Select the bolt pattern that you want to move and accept.Autodesk Advance Steel 2018 Essentials – Metric  Radius of circle: Select a radius for the bolt pattern.  In the Objects tab > Connection Objects panel. depending on how the sections were created. A circular pattern of bolts is placed and the Bolt Properties dialog box opens. a bolt pattern might display in the wrong flange of a section. Shift Bolts/Holes Sometimes. This can be corrected using this command. The bolts immediately move to the correct flange.  Please select the element (beam or plate) that defines the reference area: Select the correct flange for the section. 166 .

o Hole Tolerance: Set the required general hole clearance. o Diameter: Select the nominal diameter of the bolt. Connection Elements 13. o Inverted: Select this option to switch the bolt and nut so that the head of the bolt is at the other side of the connection. a 20mm bolt with 2mm tolerance = a 22mm diameter hole. Washer & Nut or N+2W = Bolt. Washer. or Nut. Washer. 167 . For example. Figure 13-1  Definition tab o Type: Select the required type of bolt connection. such as Standard = Bolt.2 Bolt Properties Regardless of how it is placed. o Bolt Assembly: Select the required set of objects. o Grade: Select the required bolt grade. similar properties are available for a bolt group.

but there is no center o Total Length and Total Width: The size of the area that point to snap to.Autodesk Advance Steel 2018 Essentials – Metric o Finish Calculation at Gap: Usually selected so that a bolt only goes through one flange in a section. Rectangle. One bolt is added to the middle of the o Changing one value recalculates the others. For RHS sections this can mean that the bolt heads or nuts can be in inaccessible places. 1. You have to recognize and ignore o Part: Select the part in which you want to change the hole. 168 . Checks. that the correct thread is displayed on the  Size tab: Only used for Circular patterns. You would not normally want to change the For threaded holes. place the bolt and set the Number X and o Edge Distance X and Y: The distance from the edge of Number Y values to the selected area to the first bolt. The selected part is highlighted in red in the model. middle of an area. a Number of Bolts. zero clearance hole displays as a clash  Hole Definition tab: Overrides the general hole tolerance and during Collision hole type for a specific member of the joint. a Total sizes. Total Length area. Set the Radius and drawings. = (Number X * Intermediate Distance X) + (2 * Edge Distance X). Select the corners of the area in o Intermediate Distance X and Y: The space between the which you want to bolts in each direction.  Distance tab: Only used for rectangular patterns. these clashes. Set these other options to suit your needs. However. but can use the other values to create the hole tolerance of zero must be set to ensure required bolt pattern in the specified area. Clear the option to have the bolt go through the section so that the Head or Nut are easily accessible on the outside of the section. use you have defined. 2 Points instead. If you want to place a o Number X and Number Y: Sets the number of bolts in single bolt in the that direction. o Type: Select the required type of hole.  Depending on the type of hole selected different options are available for controlling.

169 .  Use one of the bolt placement commands. When using a Base Plate type joint. click (Switch Bolts/ Anchors/Holes/Shear Studs) repeatedly until Anchors is the active mode. You can place anchors directly as with bolt groups:  In the Objects tab > Switch panel. they can be located when you do a Technical Check. Connection Elements 13. your model. If you have bolts or The range of Anchors includes hooked anchors of various shapes.3 Anchors Anchors work in the same way as bolts. welds that do not To control the direction in which the hook is added you can edit the connect to anything in Anchor group and change the setting in the Orientation tab. Anchors are placed automatically instead of bolts.

 In the Objects tab > Connection Objects panel.  Please define insertion point of the weld: Select a point on the correct edge of your parts. Figure 13-2 170 . The selected point is used in the drawings to locate the weld note. use the Weld Point command. A weld is placed and the Weld Properties dialog box opens.Autodesk Advance Steel 2018 Essentials – Metric 13. They are only displayed in the 2D Wire Frame visual style.4 Welds Although the weld beads are not actually modeled it is vital that welds are identified correctly in the model to be able to add the correct information to drawings and to identify fabricated assemblies. click (Weld Point). Welds are identified in the model by pink crosses.  Please select the parts to be connected ~> Select objects: Select all of the parts that you want to weld together and accept. Weld Point  To insert a weld manually.

Connection Elements

 Weld main tab: Defines the symbol for a weld placed on the
arrow side.

o Main weld type: Select the required type of weld.

o Weld thickness and Weld length: Set the size of the
weld.

o Pitch: specify distance between centers of intermittent
welds.

o Weld text: Set a user custom text.

o Weld location: Select Site or Shop to indicate where the
weld is to be created.

o Continuous checkbox: Select this box to toggle on the
All Round symbol on the weld symbol in drawings.

o Surface Shape: Select the required shape for the top of
the weld bead.

o Weld Preparation: Select the required weld preparation.

o Root opening: set the root opening size.

o Effective throat: Set the groove weld size.

o Preparation depth: Set the depth of bevel.

o Prefix: Allows users to indicate a weld dimension with a
letter.

 Weld double tab: Defines the symbol for a weld placed on the
far side of the arrow.

o Double weld Type: Cannot change this if a double-sided
weld is selected in the Upper Weld – Weld Type box. Set
to None if a lower weld is not required.

o Distance from upper: Thickness of the material being
welded on both sides (e.g., gap between the upper and
lower bead)

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 Additional data tab

o Text Module: Enter any extra comments or notes in the
text box and they are displayed in the drawings.

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13.5 Edit Connected Objects
If your bolt or weld does not currently connect the required objects
you can adjust the included objects using these commands.

Add Connection Objects
It adds additional objects to a connection. If the connection is a bolt
group the grip is adjusted to include the new object(s).

 In the Objects tab > Connection Objects panel, click
(Connection, add objects).

 Please select connecting element (bolt or weld): ~> Select
objects: Select the bolt group or weld to adjust and accept.

 Select the parts (beam or plate) of the connection to be
inserted or removed ~> Select objects: Select the object(s)
to add to the join and accept.

The connection is immediately adjusted to suit.

Remove Connection Objects
Removes selected objects from a connection. If the connection is a
bolt group the grip is adjusted accordingly.
 In the Objects tab>Connection Objects panel, click
(Connections, disconnect objects).

 Please select connecting element (bolt or weld): ~> Select
objects: Select the bolt group or weld to adjust and accept.

 Select the parts (beam or plate) of the connection to be
inserted or removed. ~> Select objects: Select the object to
remove from the connection and accept.

The connection is immediately adjusted to suit.

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Practice 13a Add Bolts and Welds
1. Add Bolts and Welds to the top joints of columns C4 and D4.

2. Add the required Bolts and Welds to the joints at the top of the
RHS columns on grid C4 and D4, as shown in the drawings.

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Chapter 14 – Custom Connections

This chapter contains the following topics:

 Introduction
 Modeling the Custom Connection
 Building Bricks
 Creating a Connection Template
 Insert a Connection Template

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14.1 Introduction
It is not always possible to use a joint from the Connection Vault for
your situation. However, while the situation might be uncommon in
the industry, you might want to use that configuration many times.
To do so you can create a Custom Connection to suit your needs.

For example, a conservatory manufacturer wants to have concealed
connections between members and designs a special joint for this
purpose. Although this special joint is not part of the Autodesk ®
Advance Steel Connection Vault they want to use the joint frequently.
Therefore, they create a Custom Connection.

You can also use a Custom Connection when you have a common
arrangement of several beams and joints that are often repeated,
such as the bottom of a hip rafter. Different people have different
solutions for connecting the bottom of the hip rafter. One variation
would be to create a cross beam at an angle, add a simple
connection on either end of the cross beam, and then add a simple
connection between the hip rafter and the cross beam. The entire
arrangement of cross beam and three joints could be created as a
custom connection so that it is quick and easy to place in future.

In this example you can go from this…

Figure 14-1

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… to this in one move.

Figure 14-2

In this example the red members are part of the Custom Connection,
which has a blue joint box rather than a gray one.

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14.2 Modeling the Custom
Connection
The first step in creating a custom connection is to manually model
a typical example of the joint. To do so you can use any of the
modeling methods available in the Autodesk® Advance Steel
software. This can include other joints from the Connection Vault if
your custom joint is a combination of common elements.

When modeling your sample joint, do so in a separate file rather than
in the actual project model. This file becomes a library file for custom
connections. Ensure that you use good modeling practices, such as
ensuring that system lines meet and assigning model roles to all of
the parts. Do not number the parts unless you want the part to have
the same number when it is used, regardless of the model content.

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but those objects have some simple intelligence.3 Building Bricks To help model the sample joint efficiently and include some intelligent variation options. The plate size and position is controlled in the Properties dialog box and the gap between the plates is self-adjusting to the two flanges of the beam. Instead. Each one only creates one or two simple objects. the position and size of these plates is fixed relative to the joint. These are similar to micro-joints. In this example. such as automatically putting a plate on both flanges of a beam. In this example. you would select the Plate Along Beam Flange brick. Custom Connections 14. you might model a plate manually on each flange. However. when these plates are included in a Custom Connection. If the beam in one use was a different size to another use. you could use one of the Building Bricks in the Custom Connections Palette. Figure 14-3 179 . the software contains a number of Building Bricks. the plates would be in the wrong place at least once. setting the size and position of the plates. It places one or two plates on the flanges of a beam at the selected end.

Autodesk Advance Steel 2018 Essentials – Metric When this is used in a Custom Connection and placed on beams of different sizes the two plates are always placed correctly on the flanges of each beam. The range of Building Bricks available is going to be expanded in future releases of the software. Figure 14-4 180 .

4 Creating a Connection Template Once you have modeled all of the components for your connection you need to convert them into a Connection Template before they can be used as a single joint. Figure 14-5  Depending on the selected definition method. Ensure that all of the features and joint boxes related to the objects in your joint are displayed. click (Create Connection Template).  Select the appropriate definition method for future joint placement. 181 .  The User Template dialog box opens.  In the Advance Steel Tool Palette. in the Custom Connection category. select and accept the appropriate beams and members as prompted. Custom Connections 14.

close the dialog box.  When finished with the input. 182 . Each prompt starts with Select. and joint boxes. features. including beams. plates. Figure 14-7  Enter the required prompts at the Driver selection prompts. Therefore. the prompt would be Select Hip Rafter.Autodesk Advance Steel 2018 Essentials – Metric Figure 14-6  Enter an appropriate name for your joint to be able to recognize it in future. welds. if you enter Hip Rafter. bolts.  Click the Select output objects button and select ALL the objects that relate to your connection. A blue joint box should display around the sample joint.

GBR. 183 .): C:\ProgramData\Autodesk\Advance Steel 2018\USA\Shared\ConnectionTemplates You can model a number of custom connections in the same file as the library file. Custom Connections Figure 14-7 Before you can use the new Custom connection in another model. for other country installations. AUS. etc. but this should not be an actual project model Name the file with a recognizable name so that you can easily identify it later. the folder name changes from USA to INT. you must save the model with the sample connection in the following path (this example is for USA.

select the required library file and joint and then click the OK button.  In the Connection Template Explorer. Figure 14-8  Select the appropriate members as prompted. In the limits of the joint definition and the parts it contains. you can move the cross beam up 184 . It only displays the files in the path. The User Template Properties dialog box contains the Allow Object Modification option. in the Custom Connection category. The joint is placed. you can use the Insert Connection Template command. click (Insert Connection Template). The prompts were defined when you created the template. For example.Autodesk Advance Steel 2018 Essentials – Metric 14.  In the Advance Steel Tool Palette. Figure 14-9 If you select this option you can use most of the editing functions on any part in the joint.5 Insert a Connection Template To use a custom connection that you have previously created. the joint works in any orientation and updates according to the members on it has been placed.

Custom Connections or down in the Hip Rafter joint example. If the Allow object modification option is not selected you cannot edit anything inside the joint. such as changing the bolt spacing. to work efficiently when placing the joint in multiple locations. The following example shows the same joint in four locations covering different beam sizes and with different stiffener dimensions in one position. Figure 14-11 185 . You can also access the Joint Properties for any Building Bricks or full Joints that are included in the User Template and edit the properties as required. enabling you to toggle Allow object modification on or off. After placing your first User Connection you can use the Joint Copy and Joint Group commands as required. If you select the blue joint box or any part in the custom joint and select Custom Connection Properties. the User Template dialog box opens.

Autodesk Advance Steel 2018 Essentials – Metric Chapter 15 – Structural Elements This chapter contains the following topics:  Bracing  Stairs  Hand Rails  Cage Ladders  Cladding  3D Drawing Tips 186 .

or multiple pitch from any sections. It has the option of creating many common configurations. Structural Elements 15. such as crossed. many other useful macros are available for creating common structural elements.  In the Home tab > Extended Modeling panel.  Please select first point: Select the bottom left corner of the area that you want to brace. 187 . single angle. The default bracing is created and the Bracing Properties dialog box opens.1 Bracing In addition to the Portal Frame and Mono-Pitch Frame tools discussed in Chapter 7. Set the UCS XY plane to the plane in which you want the bracing to be located.  Please select second point: Select the top right of the area that you want to brace. Basic Structures. click (Bracing). or Inserted style bracing. This command can be used to create bracing in a specific area. Figure 15-1  Type and Section tab o Bracing Type: Select whether you require Crossed. Single. Ensure that X is horizontal and Y is vertical.

Autodesk Advance Steel 2018 Essentials – Metric o Member Type: Select simple (one member in each direction). o Member Split: Only used for Crossed Bracing. an area beneath floor beams or eaves ties o Offset from top or bottom: Set this value to move the top by selecting the node or bottom of your bracing up or down from the edge of the points as normal and area. or flipped (two members in each direction per the image on the right).  Geometry tab When adding bracing between building o Number of fields: Set the number of sets of bracing that columns you can pick you want to have within the selected area. This is used to make the bracing miss a beam at the using Offset from top or bottom of your area. Select whether to split in one or the other direction or both into two lengths. o Section size: All of the members are the selected size. double mirrored (two members in each direction per the image on the left). 188 . top or Offset from Bottom to move the corners of the bracing into a clear space. o Gap: Set the gap between passing members.

1 for middle. In all cases ensure that the UCS is set with Z vertical. You can use the WCS for all stairs. or 2 for right.  Give the first point for the stair: Select a point for the bottom of the flight. Middle=1 (default). Right=2: If you stand at the bottom of the stairs looking up. Structural Elements 15. Straight Stair It creates a straight flight of stairs with an optional landing at thetop and bottom.2 Stairs Stairs are such common and important parts of a structure that the Autodesk® Advance Steel software has several macros for creating different types of stairs. on which side of the points should the flight be built? Enter 0 for left. A flight of stairs is modeled and the Straight Stair Properties dialog box opens. This is defined using two points at either end ofthe flight of stairs (the angled portion. click (Straight Stair).  Give the second point for the stair: Select a point for the top of the flight  Align stair: Left=0. 189 . not the landings). Figure 15-2  In the Home tab > Extended Modeling panel.

o Stringer Prof. On installation.Autodesk Advance Steel 2018 Essentials – Metric Figure 15-3  Distances. Types 1 to 4 are made of grating or wood and can have a fixed shape and size. Clear the option if you want to override the default Rise and Going values. Types 5 to 21 are folded plates and you can define almost any dimension for them. 190 . the target is 630.  Step – General>Tread Size tab o Size from formula (2R+G): The rise and going of a stair flight is usually calculated with the formula 2R+G=value. Stringer tab o Length. excluding the landings. depending on the selected manufacturer.  Step – General>Tread Type tab o Tread Type: You can select from 24 basic types of tread. Some of the stair treads have a fixed width so the width of the stair might be fixed until you change the tread type. Width. Size Front and Back: Select the section from which you want the stringer to be created. Types 22 to 24 are custom user-defined treads and are outside the scope of this training guide. Height: Set the required dimensions for the stair. the bottom point that you have selected remains fixed and the stair adjusts about it. If you change the width or height. The target value is set in Management Tools>Defaults.

the bottom tread can be different to the other treads on your flight. but only apply to the top tread.  Step – Bottom tabs: If activated.. the top tread can be different to the other treads on your flight. Create Lat Tread activates a tread at the landing the front or rear level and the Step – Top group of tabs.  Step Top tabs: If activated. the flights into the required positions. These tabs work the same as for Step – General. for the top landing. Saddle Stair It creates a flight of stairs with the stringers below the steps rather than at the side. you can save a rear stringer for a landing and set the required section from lot of work using which they are to be created. but only apply to the bottom When modeling a tread. 191 . case.  Step – General > Tread Dimensions 2 tab: Set the properties for the tread mounting bracket. The exact options vary depending on the tread type. Structural Elements  Step – General>Tread Dimensions 1 tab: Set the properties and sizes for the tread. Model one  Landings > Top Landing tab: Set the length of the landing flight and only turn on stringers. landing stringer (depending on direction of the stair  Landings > Top Cover tab: Set the properties for a cover plate case) top and bottom. These tabs work as they do for Step – General. tab: Can turn on a front and/or same. but The landing stringers applied to the bottom landing. Then use Transform Elements to copy the  Landings > Top Cover Angle tab: Set the properties for the flight up and rotate mounting angle for the top cover if required. It is based on four input points. Transform Elements. can then be joined by a few extra beams and cover plates to As with any macro you can store your preferred settings in the complete the stair Table so you do not have to input the settings each time. stair case in which each flight is the  Landings > Top Landing prof.. tabs: As for the Landings>Top tabs.  Landings > Bottom. The exact options vary depending on the tread type.

Figure 15-5 192 .  Please select the lower right corner in plan: Select point d2 in the diagram. A flight of stairs is created and the Saddle Stair Properties dialog box opens.  Please select the top left corner in elevation: Select point d4 in the diagram.  Please select the lower left corner in plan: Select point d1 in the diagram.  Please select the upper left corner in plan: Select point d3 in the diagram.Autodesk Advance Steel 2018 Essentials – Metric Figure 15-4  In the Extended Modeling tab > Structural Elements panel. click (Saddle Stair).

Enter F for first or bottom tread and L for top or last tread.  Please select center point of the spiral: Select a point for the center at the bottom of the flight. 193 .  Do you want to specify the <F>irst step or the <L>ast step?  (F/L): Decide whether you want the top tread or bottom tread to be in a fixed position. The spiral stair always includes a handrail on the outside edge.  Slope tab: Add further dimensions for the treads and stringers. Depth and Width: Set the size of the treads on the stair. click (Spiral Stair). height. o Stair Section: Select the required section for the stringer from the list provided.  Please select a point to define the spiral height: Select a point to define the height of the flight.  Please select start point at the outer edge: Select a point to define the direction and outside radius for the first or last tread (as specified in the previous step). A spiral stair is created as specified and the Spiral Stair Properties dialog box opens. The angle of the other treads and total flight are calculated based on the parameters in the Properties dialog box. you can store your preferred settings in the Table so you do not have to input the settings each time. The angle of the fixed tread does not change. and radius. Spiral Stair This command models a complete spiral or helical stair based on a center point. Structural Elements  Treads tab o Tread Thickness.  In the Extended Modeling tab > Structural Elements panel. As with any macro. direction.

o Outer and Inner Radius of Stair: Set the required sizes. If not selected an inside stringer is modeled from a twisted section. o Posts tab group: Set the properties of the handrail posts. so you must toggle it off first to enable this setting.  Column & Stringers>Central Post tab o Create central post: If selected the idle of the stair is created from a large post or tube and you can select the section in the list. o Steps tab group: Set the dimensions and properties for the treads. 194 . The inner radius is disabled if you have a center post. o Stair direction: Select Clockwise or Anti-clockwise. you can use this tab to define it. o Tread Connections tab group: Set the dimensions and properties for how the treads connect to the stringer(s) and central post.  Column & Stringers>Stringer tab: Set the required properties of the outside stringer and inside stringer if activated.  Column & Stringers>Cover Plate tab: If you want to add a cap plate to your central post.Autodesk Advance Steel 2018 Essentials – Metric Figure 15-6  Column & Stringers > General Properties tab.

Stair Joints There are two special joints in the connection vault for stair footings. o Handrails tab group: Set the properties for the top and middle handrails. o Post Connection tab group: Set the properties defining how the handrail posts are fixed to the stringer. They are Stairs and Railings > Stair Anchor Base Plate and Stair Anchor Angle. As with any macro. you can store your preferred settings in the Table so you do not have to input the settings each time. Structural Elements o See Handrails for more information. 195 . but in many cases ordinary end plate or fin plate joints can be used. The joint’s Stair – Endplate with notching and Stair – Angle at the top are intended for use on the top of the stair stringers. See Handrails for more information. which are appropriate to the bottom of stringers. These are used normally. but have different options to a normal base plate joint.

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Practice 15a Create Stairs
1. Create the stairs in the training structure.

2. Model the stairs in the training structure according to the
drawings and apply the appropriate joints at the top and
bottom of the stringers.

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15.3 Hand Rails
It creates a full railing that is mounted on selected beams and with
many configuration options as needed. The rail must be placed on
existing sections in your model. The railing does not have to cover
the full length of the selected sections. Railings can be created on
slopes (such as stair stringers) or horizontal beams. They can be
straight or curved and go around corners.

 In the Home tab>Extended Modeling panel, click (Hand-
railing).

 Select base beams for railing ~> Select objects: Select the
sections to which you want to add the railing. They do not
have to be exactly end to end, but must make a sensible and
obvious path for the rail to follow.

 Select start point of railing: Select the point at which you want
the railing to start (it does not have to be the end of a beam).

 Select end point of railing: Select the point at which you want
the railing to finish (it does not have to be the end of a beam).

 Do you want to select a nosing point relative to the start point?
[Yes/No] <N>: If going up a stair you might want to measure
the railing dimensions from the nosing point of the stair
instead of from the stringer top. If so, enter Yes and select a
nosing point. Otherwise, enter No.

The default railing is created along the specified path and the
Railing Properties dialog box opens.

Figure 15-7

 Post > Post tab

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o Section: Select the section from which you want to
create the railing posts.

o Alignment of post: Set the required position of the
railing posts relative to the beams on which the railing
sits.

o Post offset along rail axis: Normally the railing posts
are equally spaced, but if you need to move one post to
avoid an obstacle you can use this option to do so.

 Post > Set out of posts tab

o Prefer distance 1 and 2: Which value is more important
to you, the spacing between the posts or the distance of
the first and last posts from the end of the rail?

o Prefer max dist. between posts: If selected, the
number of posts is calculated to create an equal spacing
no larger than the defined max. distance. If cleared, a
fixed number of posts are created at the resulting
spacing.

o Calculate dist. for each beam: If working on more than
one beam and this option is selected, a start and end
post on each beam and more posts are added according
to the rules above. If cleared, the entire length of the rail
is used to calculate the spacing and quantity of posts,
even if the space goes around a corner.

o Move start or end base point: When picking start and
end points it is often easiest to pick nodes on the ends of
beams. If this would cause a clash (e.g., with a column)
you can adjust the end positions using these values.
Enter a negative value to make the rail shorter.

 Post > Post – top handrail tab: Select the joint between the
posts and the top rail. It can be fitted, flush, or cap & stool.

 Post > Post – middle handrail tab: Select the joint between
the posts and the middle handrail(s).

 Post > Post – kickrail tab: Select the joint between the posts
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 Handrail > Top handrail tab

o Section: Select the required section from which to create
the top handrail.

o Distance from top of beam: Sets the height to the top
handrail from the top of the beam on which it is placed. If
using a tube for the top rail, the distance is measured to
the center line of the tube. If using another section, the
distance is measured to the top of the section.

o Distance from top of sloped beam: You can set a
different height for the handrails on a slope.

 Handrail > Middle Handrail – horizontal tab

o Section: Select the section from which to create the
middle rail(s).

o Distance from bottom handrail: Set the height of the
bottom rail from the beam on which the railing is based
(the horizontal railing).

o Number of middle handrails: You can have as many
equally spaced middle rails as needed.

o Distance between axis: Set the spacing of the middle
rails on a horizontal railing.

o Start and End extra length: Set where the middle rail
should end relative to the top hand rail. You can also
select to end at the last rail post.

 Handrail>Middle handrail – Sloped tab: Spacing of middle
rail(s) on a sloped portion of railing.

 Handrail>Balusters tab: Set the section and distances for the
baluster posts.

o Create Balusters: If selected, vertical balusters are
created between the bottom and top middle rails. If there
is only one middle rail, the balusters go to the top handrail.

 Handrail > Kick plate tab: Select the section and spacing for
your kick rail. You can select whether to have a rail at all on
the horizontal or sloping sections of the rail.

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 Handrail > Handrail – Handrail tab: Select the joint between
each section of rail when it is based on more than one beam.

 Handrail>End of handrail – start or End tabs: Set the type of
ending you want to have at the start or end of your rail. You
can select from None, Downstand, Radius, Return, Loop,
or Loop Return and set the properties of each as needed.

 Post Fixing tab group: Set the parameters for how the railing
posts fix to the beams on which the railing is based.

 Hang off rail tab group: Set the parameters for a hang off
rail if you want to add one.

Any railing created with the macro is constructed as a set of
fabricated assemblies, one per each beam selected. The top rail is
one length per assembly, regardless of how long that is. If you have
short railings going round a corner you can make that into one piece
by setting the Weld Type option in the Handrail > Handrail – handrail
tab to Shop.

As with any macro, you can store your preferred settings in the
Table to you do not have to input the settings each time. If the table
has an entry for the section size that is selected when placing the
rail, it automatically selects that specification of railing.

When selecting end points for the railing, special grips are placed at
these points. Alternatively, you can adjust the overall length of your
railing by moving these grips.

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Handrail Joint
If you create two independent hand railings and then want to have
a smooth transition between them, you should use Stairs &
Railings > Handrail Joint in the Connection Vault.

 In the Connection Vault, in the Miscellaneous category, click
(Railing joint handrail).

Figure 15-9

 Select first beam ~> Select objects: Select the first handrail
that you want to join and accept.

 Select second beam ~> Select objects: Select the second
handrail that you want to join and accept.

The rails are adjusted and the Handrails Joint Properties dialog box
opens.

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Figure 15-10

Select the type of joint that you want to use: Miter cut or Elbow, and
complete the properties as needed. If you select Elbow, the inserted
curved piece of beam matches the section of the first piece of rail.

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Practice 15b Add Railings
1. Add all of the railings to the training structure.

2. Add all of the railings to the training structure according to the
drawings. Select the appropriate parameters that match the
drawings where specified or shown. Try to ensure that all of
the joints are smooth and avoid clashes in all of the locations.

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 Please select the point to define the ladder height: Select a point for the middle of the ladder at the exit height.  Ladder > Wall connection tab: Initially the ladder is placed exactly on the selected points.  Please select the start point of the ladder: Select a point for the middle of the ladder at the bottom.  Ladder > Rung Distances tab: Set the spacing of the rungs. A ladder is created and the Cage Ladder Properties dialog box opens.  Ladder > Sections tab: Select the required sections for the stringer and rungs. If these points are on a wall or in line with beams in your structure you need to move the 204 .4 Cage Ladders The Autodesk® Advance Steel software also has a macro for creating cage ladders. click (Cage ladder).Autodesk Advance Steel 2018 Essentials – Metric 15. Set your UCS so that Z is vertical and Y is pointing toward the person climbing the ladder. Figure 15-11  Ladder > Ladder tab: Set the basic sizes of the ladder.  In the Home tab > Extended Modeling panel.

o Finish Cage at Exit Level: If this is not selected the cage goes all the way up the ladder. Use the settings on this tab to do so. tabs: Use these tabs to control the properties of the vertical straps of the cage. Structural Elements ladder away and create connections to the supporting objects..  Cage > Bands. Select the type and properties on this tab.. As with any macro.  Exit > Top Cage tab: If the main ladder cage exists but stops at exit level you can use a different top cage around the ladder exit. tabs: Use these tabs to set the properties of the horizontal straps of the cage.  Ladder > Edit Dimensions tab: If you are not using a straight exit you can set the properties here. If selected the cage stops at the exit height and enables you to use separate settings for an exit cage.  Cage > General tab: You can have no cage or use one of the four shapes of cage on your ladder. you can store your preferred settings in the table so that you do not have to input the settings each time. 205 . At this time the top cage can only exist if the ladder exit is set to Straight. including Straight.  Cage > Brace. rather than in front of the climber. The Wall distance option moves the ladder away from the selected points.  Ladder > Ladder Exit tab: Six styles of ladder exit shape are available.... You can also select a cage that has exits on the side of the ladder.

206 .Autodesk Advance Steel 2018 Essentials – Metric Practice 15c Add a Cage Ladder 1. 2. Create the cage ladder in the training structure as shown in the drawings. Select your own properties where they are not defined in the drawings. Add a cage ladder to the training structure.

This area can be any shape.  Please select a polyline: Select the polyline that you have created and accept. If you do not do so. the panel length splits at the supporting beams.)  Create area [Rectangular/from Polyline] <R>: Enter P for from Polyline. Structural Elements 15. To model these objects easily. Always delete the selected object. Note that this shape must be in the same plane as the cladding area. a Cladding Area Object and a Polyline are created on top of each other making it difficult to select the correct item later. click (Define Cladding Area).  Draw an AutoCAD closed polyline representing the area that you want to clad. A Cladding Area Object is created that matches the polyline. Define Cladding Opening If you want to have openings in your cladding you must define them as the second stage of the process. the Autodesk® Advance Steel software has a three-stage process for creating cladding.  Delete selected objects [Yes/No]? <Y>: Enter Yes.  Draw an AutoCAD closed polyline representing the shape of the required opening. These panels are often complex shapes and must be placed at fixed pitches.  In the Home tab > Extended Modeling panel. but must be in a single plane.  Do you want to select supporting beams? [Yes/No] <N>: Enter No. Similar standard panels can also be used for decking.5 Cladding Many steel buildings are covered with standard cladding panels. 207 . Define Cladding Area The first stage of the cladding process is to define the area to clad. (If you enter Yes.

 In the Home tab > Extended Modeling panel. A Cladding Opening Object is created that matches the polyline. click (Create Claddings). Create Claddings The third and final stage is to create the cladding in the defined areas.  Delete selected objects [Yes/No]? <Y>: Enter Yes. Figure 15-12 208 . Always delete the selected objects or you create an opening area object that is on top of the polyline.  Please select a polyline: Select the polyline that represents the opening and accept. The cladding panels are created and the Cladding Properties dialog box opens.  DO NOT select the polyline for your opening. click (Define Cladding Opening).  Select area: ~> Select objects: Select the Cladding Area Object that was created above and accept.  Create opening [Rectangular/from Polyline] <R>: Enter P for from Polyline.Autodesk Advance Steel 2018 Essentials – Metric  In the Home tab > Extended Modeling panel.  Select area object: Select the Cladding Area Object that represents the cladding in which you want add the opening.

 Upper/Right and Lower/Left level and offset tabs o Upper/Right or Lower/Left level: If set to Same level for all panels the cladding panels are all the same length regardless of the shape of the area. If set to Sloping Cuts the panels are cut at an angle (this is always a straight cut) to best fit the defined area. Structural Elements  Section Properties tab: Select the required cladding or decking section in the list. 209 . If set to Level according to slope the panel lengths vary to fit the shape of the area. o Upper/Right or Lower/Left cut according to slope: If set to Straight Cuts the cladding panels are cut square regardless of the shape of the area. o Cladding Orientation: Select the end of your area in which to start laying panels. The last panel width is reduced accordingly to fit the area. o Offset: Sets the amount by which the panels overhang the area.  Cladding General Properties tab o Cladding Direction: Select the Horizontal or Vertical panels. The orientation and finish properties can also be set.

2D/3D Osnaps When using snap points.6 Modeling Tips Cladding is usually added to a structure. In 2D Osnap mode. to ensure that they are all on the current drawing plane. Figure 15-13 210 . an additional symbol displays in line with the point but on the current XY plane (i. If you want to toggle it on. You might also want to become familiar with AutoCAD (Selection Cycling) in the Status Bar. click (Customization) to expand the menu in the Status Bar and select Selection Cycling. In these situations. located in the bottom right side of the workspace. Therefore. it is not unusual for the cladding area to be drawn on top of existing beams. the Osnaps work as normal. various tools are available to help you when drawing and selecting such objects. Cycle Select After drawing the polyline it might be hard to select it when it is on top of other objects.e. use the 2D/3D Snap toggle  In the Advance Steel Tool Palette. With 3D snaps active. You can turn layers off to make this process easier. when you hover the cursor over an Osnap point. When you select an Osnap in this mode the point is located on the XY plane. ignoring the Z-coordinate). in the Quick Views category. click (Turn 2D Snaps On/Off).Autodesk Advance Steel 2018 Essentials – Metric 15..

211 . click (Project Explorer). a Model View hides everything but the selected area. Figure 15-14 A new panel opens. To create a model view:  In the Home tab > Project panel.  If you want to display everything below a specific elevation. You can do so using Model Views. When turned off everything is displayed. click Create Level. The Project Explorer is a tool that manages Model Views and other objects. Figure 15-16 o Click the OK button. you might want to limit what is on screen to just the relevant objects in the required area. usually on the left of the screen. Structural Elements Project Explorer – Model Views If you are still having trouble displaying the required objects clearly. When active. Figure 15-15 o Enter the WCS Z-coordinate for the top of your level in the Altitude dialog box. The Create Level dialog box opens.

Figure 15-19 You can close Project Explorer by clicking the small X in the top right corner of the panel.  Enter the view depths as prompted. Click the Light Bulb icon again to toggle it off and everything should be displayed.  Give view name: Enter a name for your view. 212 . click Show All Elements. click the Light Bulb icon next to the name in Project Explorer to toggle it on. Figure 15-17  Select a definition method by clicking the appropriate icon in the dialog box. Select the arrow that is pointing in the direction that you want to use for your view and accept.  Select the objects or points as prompted to define the 3D volume that you want to include in your view.  Please select default view direction: A box is drawn around the defined area and a colored arrow is displayed pointing at each face of the box. The view is added to the Model Views list in Project Explorer. Levels are activated immediately but other Model Views are not. To activate a Model View.Autodesk Advance Steel 2018 Essentials – Metric Or  If you want to select a specific area to include in the view. click Create New Model View. Figure 15-18 To ensure that no other settings are hiding objects and that the entire structure is displayed.

Select your own parameters. Structural Elements Practice 15d Add Decking 1. 2. 3. Create a cladding on the mezzanine with an opening around the tank. Add some decking to the mezzanine level in the training structure. 4. 213 . Use the Project Explorer to create a Level at the mezzanine floor level (3000).

Autodesk Advance Steel 2018 Essentials – Metric Chapter 16 – Other Model Objects This chapter contains the following topics:  Concrete Objects  Special Parts 214 .

These are located in the Home tab > Objects panel or Objects tab > Other objects panel. Concrete Column. Most steel structures are placed on concrete foundations. The Autodesk® Advance Steel software contains the following tools that can be used to model basic concrete shapes: Wall. Figure 16-1 They all work in the same way as steel beams and plates with the following exceptions. Polygon Wall. Other Model Objects 16. Although it is not normally your responsibility to design the concrete items it can be useful to display the basic shapes to make the models and drawings more complete. and Continuous Footing. Isolated Footing. Concrete Curved Beam. Concrete Beam. Many structures are a mixture of concrete and steel. Polygon Slab. 215 . Rectangular Slab.1 Concrete Objects To complete the model there are a few other types of objects that you might want to include.

For example. When you hover the cursor over the size field. indicating how to enter the dimensions relative to the preview in the field. a formula is displayed. a 100mm inside radius.Autodesk Advance Steel 2018 Essentials – Metric Figure 16-2  Section shape and size: The generic shape is selected in the drop-down list. but that is outside the scope of this training guide. 216 . Instead. all of the concrete dimensions are in centimeters. Properties for controlling this are located in the Automatic Fitter tab in the Advance Properties. By default. for Square Hollow the formula is C|b|s|r1|r2. if the finished shape is correct it does not matter to your design how the fitting is done. you select the size field and enter the required dimensions.  Fitting: Walls and some other concrete objects automatically cut around or merge with each other according to specific rules. the I section formula is overall height x web thickness + top flange width x top flange thickness + bottom flange width x bottom flange thickness. but there are no preset sizes. and a 200mm outside radius. you could enter C60|10|10|20 for a 600mm square beam with 100mm thick walls. Therefore. In this example. Generally.

Model the concrete foundations in the training structure. 217 . Other Model Objects Practice 16a Create Concrete Foundations 1. similar to those shown in the drawings. Create Continuous and Isolated footings in the training structure. 2.

 In your Autodesk® Advance Steel model. click the OK button. Alternatively. you might sometimes want to include special proprietary parts in your structures. It might not be appropriate to model these items out of Advance Steel objects.  If the prompt “The field ‘Block name’ cannot contain a zero- value.  The Special Part Properties dialog box opens. click (Advance Steel Special Part) in the Advance Steel Tool Palette. Figure 16-3 218 . It would be useful to display these objects in the model so you can avoid clashes and to help in communication. The WCS origin in this file should be placed in a useful location because it becomes the insertion point of the part.2 Special Parts Many steel structures are designed around other existing buildings or equipment.Autodesk Advance Steel 2018 Essentials – Metric 16. in the Tools category.  Start with a plain AutoCAD solid model of the objects in a DWG file. Please enter a name in this field” displays.  Central point: Select a point at which to insert the part (this matches the WCS origin in the part file). but you can still include them in your model as Special Parts.

for lifting purposes) you should enter the correct weight here. 219 .g.. modeling systems on the market can export to this format and the AutoCAD software can import it using the ACISIN or Import commands. When you close the Properties dialog box the part is inserted. Other Model Objects  Section & Material tab o If this is the first time you are going to use the part. Therefore. A very common file format that is When creating drawings. can add extra manual dimensions to other points as needed. The WCS axis in the part file is aligned with the current UCS in your model. you can select its name in the Block Name drop-down list. If you want to include the weight of the part in your model (e. In the model you can only snap to the insertion point in a DWG file can be of the part (using the Insertion Point or Node Osnaps). These points are then available as AutoCAD can import. Special parts only display in assembly or recommended for the transfer of 3D models general arrangement drawings depending on the drawing style between systems is Automatic dimensions are only created to the insertion point.  Behavior tab: In most cases these parts are not the responsibility of the structure designer. o Weight: By default. Osnaps in the Autodesk® Advance Steel model. you should clear the Used for numbering and Used for bill-of-material options as required. bills of turned into an materials. to ensure that these parts do not get part numbers or display in the Bills of Materials. Detail Most. but you ACIS (*. This can be any AutoCAD points in the special part file at the required points before kind of 3D model that inserting it into your model. and weight calculations depending on the properties that AutoCAD solid object have been set. click the browse button and locate the DWG file. the weight of all of the special parts is set to zero. If you need used as a special other snap points. such as mounting hole centers. If you have already used the part in this model. if not all 3D drawings of Special Parts cannot be created. Anything that can be Special Parts in your model are included in part numbering. they are displayed for completeness and clash check. you can place part.sat) files.

The tank on the outside platform is a special part that is located in Mechanical Part. 2.Autodesk Advance Steel 2018 Essentials – Metric Practice 16b Insert the Tank 1.dwg. Insert it into the model correctly. Insert the tank into the training structure. 220 .

Project Explorer Chapter 17 – Project Explorer This chapter contains the following topics:  Introduction  Levels  Work Planes and Columns  Model Views  Queries  Groups  Show All Objects  Structures 221 .

1 Introduction When working on a project. For example. To display the Project Explorer panel in the Autodesk® Advance Steel software. 222 . you might be working on a level in the middle of a structure and find that it does not display clearly with the rest of the structure displayed. It contains tools for isolating selected objects on the screen based on various conditions. reduces the processing load for handling the graphics of the structure on screen. The panel can also be docked to the left or right of your normal working area. click (Project Explorer) in the Home tab > Project panel. Isolating the objects on screen makes it easier to see what you are working on. you might want to isolate a wing of a building to display it from all angles without the rest of the building being in the way.Autodesk Advance Steel 2018 Essentials – Metric 17. Figure 17-1 The Project Explorer panel can float anywhere on your screen or on a second screen if you have one. Alternatively. and makes it easier to select the required objects when editing. you often need to display specific parts of the structure without worrying about other parts. You can move the panel by dragging the title bar (in the example it displays Structures). You can use the Project Explorer to do this.

They are useful in structures that have multiple stories that each have a flat floor. Project Explorer 17. The other value is recalculated automatically. However.  In the dialog box that opens. Creating a Level  To create a level. you can rename the level as needed. click (Create Level) on the top part of the Project Explorer. enter the details that are required for the level. or buildings. such a Basement. o The Name defaults to Level x where x is the next available level number. o The default spacing for levels is 3000 above the previous level. such as mezzanines. Roof. You can change this as needed. These are used to create a slice through your structure based on the height in the WCS. or Elevation +12315. racking. Below the building would suit basements or cellars.2 Levels The first type of view that is listed in the Project Explorer is Levels. 223 . You can set the Altitude (absolute height above the WCS origin in the Z- axis) or Height (distance from the base level to this level). Figure 17-2  Above/Below: Select whether you are adding the level above or below the building.

the level is created. it is immediately displayed and Active. You can change this to None if you want to measure from the WCS origin. When a new level is created.  When you click the OK button. 224 .Autodesk Advance Steel 2018 Essentials – Metric o Base Level defaults to the highest existing level (or lowest if it is below the building).

Project Explorer Displaying a Level The existing levels in your structure are listed on the top part of the Model Views area in the Project Explorer. Clicking the Light Bulb icon toggles it on or off. Objects that extend outside this height range are cropped. Figure 17-3 Each level displays a Light Bulb icon in front of its name. When a level is displayed. only the model objects between the selected level and its base level are displayed. When it is toggled ON. the level is displayed. Special parts are not cropped. Figure 17-3 225 .

such as Rolled I Section. etc. it is possible to change the height of a floor and make all of the required edits in the model quickly. all of the elements between the highest displayed level and the lowest base level are displayed with everything in the middle. You can then draw the floor beams in a plan view. Any joints.. Other object types are not affected by active levels. Therefore. selecting snaps at the column center lines. To activate or deactivate a level. When drawing these objects you can select Osnap points with any Z-coordinate and the Z is replaced with the current active level. Note that your edits might unexpectedly affect hidden objects. Therefore. such as selection filters. You do not need to determine whether the snap is at the top or bottom of the column because your beam is at the defined height. but ALL of the parts remain selectable using tools. that have been applied to those beams move as well to stay with the beams. If you edit the level later and change the altitude.Autodesk Advance Steel 2018 Essentials – Metric When more than one level has its light bulb toggled on. if you are drawing a mezzanine floor you can activate a level at the required height and then rotate it to a plan view. Hidden objects cannot be directly selected by selecting them or using selection windows. For example. Displaying levels makes it easier to clearly display what you are working on in specific areas. to have both ends of the system line locked to the active level. 226 . An Active level causes all of the sections drawn using the beam commands. right-click on the level and select Activate or Deactivate as required. To restore normal modeling behavior you should deactivate the level. If you double-click on a level name in Project Explorer the level becomes active and the model rotates to a plan view of the structure. including Level 1 and Level 2 without toggling them on. displaying Level 0 and Level 3 in a structure would display everything from the WCS origin to Level 3. Active Levels When a new level is created it immediately becomes Active. all of the beams associated that are with that level automatically move to the new altitude.

Project Explorer Figure 17-4 Activating or deactivating is unique to levels. 227 .

it is possible to create columns and walls that are intelligently locked to the required height. These specify the level on which a column top and bottom should be placed. select the required work plane for the top of a column or wall. Each Level that is created in the Structures tab in Project Explorer automatically includes a matching work plane. It can be accessed by clicking Work Planes at the bottom of the Project Explorer panel. In the Work Planes tab there are two boxes with arrows pointing at a column symbol. Therefore. Figure 17-5  In the list.  Click the top level button. you can select the required planes. Set the Required Height To set the required height of a column or a wall.Autodesk Advance Steel 2018 Essentials – Metric 17.3 Work Planes and Columns The Project Explorer has a second tab called Work Planes.  Click the Bottom Level button. 228 .

the tops or bottoms of these objects automatically adjust to follow. Figure 17-6 Click the circle symbol at the end of the top or bottom level icons to clear that option. Concrete Column. If there are no entries for the top and bottom. If the level properties change. select the required work plane for the bottom of a column or wall. Placing Columns and Walls The top and bottom levels are set when you use the Column. This is normally zero to 3000mm in the WCS Z-axis. 229 . but can only work in plan view while drawing these object types having determined that they are the correct height. Therefore. you cannot only place horizontal beams in the plan view. Project Explorer  In the list. the default value is used. or Wall commands and the resulting object is automatically placed between the designated levels.

Mezzanine level.Autodesk Advance Steel 2018 Essentials – Metric Practice 17a Create Levels 1. Create levels in the training structure at the Finished Floor level. Create a new platform of four beams and columns at the mezzanine level while working in a plan view. 3. and Eaves level. 230 . 2. Change the mezzanine level properties and verify that the platform changes accordingly.

231 . a Model View is used to isolate objects in a specific 3D volume. When a model view is displayed. such as selection filters. rather than in several isolated areas. The display of a model view can be toggled on or off using the Light Bulb in front of the name. If you double-click on a Model View name the view display is toggled on and the model rotates to the selected Default View direction. Model Views display in Project Explorer under the Model Views group. each with slightly different properties. Figure 17-7 There are four ways in which a model view can be defined. only model objects. improving clarity and performance. they are a display tool that is used to reduce the amount of data on screen. but in a different collection to Levels. Rather than being based on the vertical position. Project Explorer 17. in the defined view volume. hidden objects can still be selected by commands. As with levels. Model views do not have an equivalent of activating a level. Objects that are partially inside the defined area are cropped to only display the relevant portion.4 Model Views Another way to visually isolate objects is to use Model Views. are displayed. Turning on multiple model views displays everything in the extremes of all of the views combined.

 Give view name: Type a name for the view and press <Enter>. one in the center of each face.Autodesk Advance Steel 2018 Essentials – Metric One Point in the UCS If you want a model view to be centered about a specific point. click (Create new Model View). this is a 1m cube. Six colored arrows point at the cube.  In the Project Explorer.  One Point in UCS Figure 17-8 Please select point: Select a point anywhere in the space at which you want the center of your Model View area to be placed. this is the easiest tool to use. By default. Please select default view direction: A box opens in your model displaying the Model View area. 232 .

Project Explorer Figure 17-9 Select one of the arrows and accept.  Your model view is created and displays in Project Explorer. This is ideal if you want to define a view around a 233 . Figure 17-10 Two Points in the UCS The second option for Model View is Two Points in UCS + front and rear depth.

 Rear depth(500.  Front depth(500.00): Enter a depth in mm in the positive Z- direction to include in your view (e.Autodesk Advance Steel 2018 Essentials – Metric specific area of your model that is not otherwise distinguished.g.00): Enter a depth in mm in the negative Z- direction to include in your view (e.  Please select default view direction: Select one of the six direction arrows and accept. this could be around a mezzanine floor or balcony in your building. 234 .. For example. 4000).g.  Please select second point: Select the opposite corner of the required view in the XY plane.  Two points in UCS + Front and Rear Depth.g. Figure 17-11  Please select first point: Select one corner of the required view in the XY plane.. 1500). click (Create new Model View).  Give view name: Enter the required name for your view (e.  In the Project Explorer. Balcony).

Project Explorer Figure 17-12 Your model view is created in Project Explorer. Figure 17-13 235 .

you can create a model view directly based on one of the grid lines. Grid C).  In the Project Explorer. In this case.  At grid line. The depth of the view defaults to 500 on either side of the grid line.  Please select default view direction: Select one of the direction arrows.g.  Give view name: Enter a name for the view (e. click (Create new Model View)..Autodesk Advance Steel 2018 Essentials – Metric At Grid Line If you have an Autodesk® Advance Steel grid in your model. Figure 17-14  Please select grid line: Select the required grid line or its label and accept. the length of the grid line defines the width of the view. The height of the view is unlimited. Your view is created in Project Explorer 236 .

etc. Project Explorer Figure 17-15 At Joint Box You might want to work on a specific joint and note that it is clearly in isolation.  At joint box. Railings. Figure 17-16  Please select joint box: Select the joint box around the required objects. User Connections.g. Stairs.  In the Project Explorer.  Give view name: Enter a name for your Model View (e.. such as Connection Vault joints. 237 . click (Create new Model View). This Model View is based on the joint box that is created around any macro driven objects. Stairs).

Any changes here are always applied equally about the center point of the view. The model view is created in Project Explorer Figure 17-17 Editing a Model View You can edit various model views in various ways. 238 . If you right-click on the model view name in Project Explorer and select Properties you can edit the size of the Model View box.Autodesk Advance Steel 2018 Essentials – Metric  Please select default view direction: Select one of the colored arrows for the required view direction and accept. right-click on the Model View name in Project Explorer and select Rename. If you want to change the name.

239 . Select the Model View box on the screen to display each modifiable point. move to the required location. the four creation methods can be selected based on the convenience of getting close to the required volume and the box can then be adjusted. Therefore. Changes can also be made while the Model View is displayed. it is much easier to change the size of a Model View box using grips. Project Explorer Figure 17-18 However. The size of the Model View is not restricted to the original creation dimensions. and click again to place the grip Changes are often made equally about the center depending on the type of view. In this way you can adjust the view to display it correctly as required. Click once on the required grip to activate it.

Autodesk Advance Steel 2018 Essentials – Metric Figure 17-19 Model View boxes can be hidden or displayed using the tools in Quick Views palette. They can also be moved to other layers to help control the display of the objects. 240 . as with any other AS object.

241 . Create one of each type of model view. You can use the examples from the text above or create custom examples. Project Explorer Practice 17b Create a Model View 1.

you can store it in the Queries area in Project Explorer. o General tab: Usually you select Complete Model and New Marking. Therefore. all of the beams of a specific size.5 Queries When working on a structure. you can search for all of the objects in Lot 1. o Objects tab: Select all the object types that you want to search for. you might want to select all of the glass objects. If you want to save the search to use again. click (Search Filter). but not any other object type.  In the Advance Steel Tool Palette. All of the Autodesk® Advance Steel properties of any given object type can be searched for. To achieve this you should use the Search Filter tool. Or  In the Project Explorer. In the example of searching for Lot 1. you would select the following objects. For example. if you are searching for glass panels you need to search for plates and possibly folded plates. or all of the objects that do not have a Model Role.  The Search Filter dialog box opens. For example. click (Create new Query). 242 . in the Selection category. For example. The other options are self-explanatory and enable you to search in the existing selections (Current Selection) or existing results (Current Marked Set) and to add or remove the new results from the previous ones.Autodesk Advance Steel 2018 Essentials – Metric 17. you might need to locate various objects based on specific properties. all of the objects in a specific lot of phase. Search Filter The Search Filter tool is used to search for objects in your model that have specific properties. you need to find all of the object types to which a lot or phase might have been assigned.

The section size of a beam would be in the Beams tab.  Instead of clicking the OK button you can click the Save button and enter a search name in the small dialog box. Therefore. such as Lot 1. Click the OK button. are located in the Planar Elements tab. To search for a criterion you must first select the box to the left of that criteria name. such as thickness. selecting the NOT box and selecting Glass as the material for which to search. or slabs. any value that is displayed in the property box is irrelevant. which is located in the Common Properties tab.  If you click the OK button the search is executed immediately. Project Explorer Figure 17-20  Other tabs: Depending on the type of property that you want to search for. If the box is not selected. walls. 243 . Properties unique to plates. you can find it in different tabs. After selecting the start of the line you can enter the required value in the box for which to search. gratings. It is possible to search for all of the objects that do not match specific criteria. Complete the required search criteria as needed. Note that the criteria boxes have a NOT column in front of them. you could search for everything that is NOT made of glass by selecting the Material search box. Many object types can have a have a lot or phase assigned to them.

When you return to the Search Filter dialog box it remembers the previously used search criteria. The tabs in which the search criteria have been set are displayed in bold.Autodesk Advance Steel 2018 Essentials – Metric Figure 17-21 This saves the search in the Queries list in the Project Explorer. You can execute the search again by clicking the OK button or start a new search by clicking the Reset Dialog button. it is displayed in the Queries list. in the Selection category. These marked objects can be selected by clicking (Select all marked objects) in the Advance Steel Tool Palette. Double-click on the name of the query to execute the query immediately. When you have finished with the search results you can remove the red marking on the objects by clicking (Clear marked objects) in the Advance Steel Tool Palette. 244 . in the Selection category. The matching objects are marked in red as usual. the objects that fulfill the criteria are Marked in red in the model. You can use it in two ways. Using a Saved Query Once your Query has been saved in the Project Explorer. When a search is executed.

leaving only the matching objects displayed. the results do not update until you execute the search again in one of the two ways above. Project Explorer Figure 17-22 If you click the Light Bulb icon. 245 . Figure 17-23 Each time you execute the search the full model is searched again and the results are new and current. Object marking is not done and any existing marking is not affected. If you change the properties of objects while the results of a search are displayed. the search is executed and all of the objects in the model that do not match the results are hidden. Toggling the Light Bulb off restores the display of all of the objects on the screen.

Change the search criteria as needed and click the Save button to update the properties of the saved query. If you change the criteria and click the OK button without clicking the Save button.Autodesk Advance Steel 2018 Essentials – Metric Editing a Saved Query If you want to change the name of a saved query you can right-click on the name and select Rename. Enter the new name as required. the saved query does not change. If you want to edit the search criteria you can right-click on the name and select Properties. The Search Filter dialog box opens and has been completed according to the saved search. 246 .

247 . Create a saved Query for all of the 20mm thick plates. Project Explorer Practice 17c Saved Query 1. 2. Try each method of use.

etc. The group itself is empty. click (Create new Group)  Enter the required group name in the dialog box. Figure 17-24  Click the OK button. These enable you to select any collection of objects by any means and associate them to each other. For example. this could be one wing of a building. all of the railings. The group name displays in the Groups list in Project Explorer. Figure 17-25 248 . Create a Group Create a new empty group as follows:  In the Project Explorer.6 Groups The third and final collection in the Structures tab in Project Explorer is Groups.Autodesk Advance Steel 2018 Essentials – Metric 17.

Project Explorer Group Contents Model objects must be added to a group after the group has been created. Figure 17-26 If you accidentally add incorrect elements to a group they can be removed from the group.  Right-click on the group name in Project Explorer and select Add Elements.  Select the model objects. 249 .  Right-click on the group name and select Remove Elements.  Select the required objects in any way.

select the group name to access several options. 250 .  Check-out or Partial Check-out: Checks out all of the members of the group at the same time when working with multi-users.  Mark Elements: Marks all of the members of the group in red.  Select Elements: Selects all of the members of the group directly (without marking).Autodesk Advance Steel 2018 Essentials – Metric Figure 17-27 Objects can be added or removed from a group at any time. Controlling the group contents is a manual task because the group might contain a random collection of objects that are otherwise unrelated. Using Groups In a group.

all of the objects that do not belong to the group are hidden from display. Project Explorer Figure 17-28 If you toggle on the Light Bulb icon next to a group name. Figure 17-28 251 .

252 . Create a group that contains all of the components of the mezzanine and balcony.Autodesk Advance Steel 2018 Essentials – Metric Practice 17d Create a Group 1. 2. Use the group to select all of the parts and assign them to Lot 2.

253 . A quick way to toggle off all of the light bulbs is to click (Show All Objects) in the Project Explorer.7 Show All Objects It is possible to turn on light bulbs from several collections at the same time to combine their effects. Project Explorer 17.

Figure 17-29 254 . queries. Each structure can maintain its unique contents for the rest of the Project Explorer. Double-click on a structure name to activate it. click (Structure). or groups for different parts of the structure.  To display the structures in the Project Explorer.  Click the Plus sign to add a new structure to the list.Autodesk Advance Steel 2018 Essentials – Metric 17. This can be done using Structures. you might want to create different levels.8 Structures If you have a large or complex model.

Validating a Structure Chapter 18 – Validating a Structure This chapter contains the following topics:  Clash Check  Object Marking  Technical Check  Model Check  Joint Design 255 .

select those parts.  If you only want to check specific parts. If nothing is selected. click (Clash Check). The first step is to start the clash check. To ensure that problems are minimized. the responsibility for the structure being correct remains with the user. The first type of validation you can do is a Clash or Collision check to ensure that no parts go through any others. A Clash check palette displays the checking results. The intention is to not have any clashes in your model.Autodesk Advance Steel 2018 Essentials – Metric 18. However.  In the Home tab > Checking panel. the Autodesk® Advance Steel software includes a range of additional tools to help you to validate your model. the result is displayed above the Command Line: Figure 18-1 Unfortunately. it is probably more likely that there are going to be some clashes and the results are as follows: 256 . In this example.1 Clash Check The Autodesk® Advance Steel software includes many tools for easily creating complex structures. the entire model is checked.

 First clashing part number: section size: model role.  In the Home tab > Checking panel.  Clash volume. The most important information to help fix the clash is the index number.  Please enter the index number of the collision to view: Enter the index number of the clash that you want to view and fix. You can close the text window when you have noted the index number of the clash that you want to fix. Display Clash Checking Results To locate an actual clash you need to use this command.  Second clashing part number: section size: model role. click (Display Clash Checking Results). Validating a Structure Figure 18-2 For each collision found the following data is displayed:  Index number.  Coordinates of the center of the clash volume. 257 . It is most effective in the 2D Wire Frame visual display.

such as adjusting the bolt spacing in a joint. 258 . Often the action you take to correct one clash. Although the number of clashes listed might seem high. The size of the tool head to allow for is set in Management Tools > Defaults. one per bolt in this case. When displaying the clash volume. it is probably not as bad as it seems. The Autodesk Advance Steel’s clash check includes checking for Tool clearances around all of the bolt heads and nuts. use the following marking tools. a clash of this type looks like part of a hexagon head that is larger than the nearest nut or bolt. it is recommended that you rerun the clash check after one or two fixes. Figure 18-3 Rather than trying to fix many clashes at the same time. If you have trouble finding the clash volume. fixes several clashes.Autodesk Advance Steel 2018 Essentials – Metric The clash volume is displayed in red on your model. You need to study the shape and position of the volume to understand what is wrong and then take the appropriate corrective action.

Several tools are provided to assist with this.  In the Advance Steel Tool Palette. Clear Marked Objects After fixing a clash the marked volume remains. in the Selection category. Search for Marked Objects Use this command to find the red volume wherever it is in your model. The display is zoomed in to display the marked object filling the view. All the object marking is removed.  Select objects: Select an arrow on the display from a Search for Marked Objects and accept. Validating a Structure 18. The display is not rotated. click (Zoom to marked object). 259 . Zoom to Marked Object Use this to quickly zoom in on a marked object. Marking can also be used for other purposes.  In the Advance Steel Tool Palette.2 Object Marking When the clash volume is displayed in red it is a form of Object Marking in the Autodesk® Advance Steel software. click (Clear Marked objects). in the Selection category. Since clashes are usually small it is often hard to find the red volume in your model without help. To ensure that previously marked objects and volumes do not confuse future commands you need to remove the marking. click (Search for Marked objects). A large colored arrow is drawn on screen pointing at any object or volume that is currently marked.  In the Advance Steel Tool Palette. but the objects themselves are not affected. in the Selection category.

3 Technical Check Where clash checking looks for items that overlap. you can also use a Technical Check to look for other design factors. Technical Check Use this command to check the entire model for technical criteria. Figure 18-5 For each error the following information is provided:  Index number of error. click (Steel Construction Technical Checking). Figure 18-4 A Steel check palette displays the results of the check. 260 . such as bolts that are too close to the edge of the material.  In the Home tab > Checking panel. Parent part type and handle.Autodesk Advance Steel 2018 Essentials – Metric 18.

261 . click (Mark object).  In the Advance Steel Tool Palette. use this command. you need to note the handle of the connection object to be able to find and fix the error. As with Clash Check. You can then close the report. Validating a Structure  Description of error and handle of connection element causing the error. in the Selection category. In this example. Mark Object To identify the connection element causing the error.  Handle/Id: Enter H for Handle. The object is highlighted in red.  Please specify the object handle: Enter the handle that you noted previously (it is not case-sensitive). you need to determine and take the appropriate corrective action.

 The verification is done automatically for the whole model.Autodesk Advance Steel 2018 Essentials – Metric 18. Checking panel. Figure 18-6 You can highlight and fix each error entry using the controls from the bottom right side of the panel.4 Model Check The model check command performs audit verifications that are related to modeling errors for an Advance Steel model.  After the automatic verification the notification panel is displayed.  To access the Model Check command located in the Extended Modeling tab. The information resulted from this verification is displayed in the notification panel. 262 . through comprehensive error messages. click (Model Check).

263 .  Open the Joint Properties dialog box. and V boxes. but all of the final stress and strength calculations should be carried out and certified by a qualified Structural Engineer in accordance with the appropriate legislation that applies to the project. This check is intended to reduce the iterations that might be required to get a joint right. N. (Note that the moment load M is only enabled in appropriate types of joints that are officially recognized as suitable for moment loads. Figure 18-7  NSA module: Select the standard in which you are working.  Change to the Joint Design tab.)  Click the Check button. IMPORTANT: Using the Joint Design functionality in the software is not a replacement for certified approval from a qualified Structural Engineer. Enter the appropriate loads in the M.5 Joint Design The last kind of validation you can perform in the Autodesk ® Advance Steel software is Joint Design to validate the strength of a joint. Validating a Structure 18.

An instant check and the most recent check results are also displayed on the front page of any Joint Properties dialog box. the status displays Checking failed in red and a list of failed criteria is displayed. and the result for your model. If the joint fails the check. the results are displayed in the Status window and title.Autodesk Advance Steel 2018 Essentials – Metric After checking. For more information. click Report to display a full report indicating each criteria that has been checked. The report can be generated in the RTF or HTML formats and is automatically saved in the calculations sub-folder of the project folder. This setting does not affect the output file that is saved on your hard drive or what is displayed when clicking the Report button. This report can be displayed in the Joint Design tab in either the Long or Short format. Click the Settings button in the Joint Design tab and select Short or Long. Figure 18-8 If the joint passes a check to the selected standard the status displays OK in green. the formula used. 264 . The Short format only displays the failed criteria as a list of names and the Long format displays the complete report in the window.

Validating a Structure Figure 18-9 265 .

Numbering This chapter contains the following topics:  Model Role  Numbering 266 .Autodesk Advance Steel 2018 Essentials – Metric Chapter 19 .

Numbering 19. Right. plate. Select all of the required To set the Model Role for an object: objects and only those objects. Make the edit as for one part o Model Role: Select the most suitable role in the selection and all of the selected list. standard installation. and grating).  Select the object. to avoid confusion this training guide  Assigns part and assembly numbers to objects in the concentrates on the structure. This prefix usually indicates the type of numbering systems please contact your part or assembly. many options and settings enabling  Analyses the relationships between parts to identify different systems to be created. If you want to learn In most number systems. the numbering systems structure must be numbered. beam.g. For example. For of the same type parts that have been created manually. When a part is created using a macro. needed..1 Model Role Many possible Before any documentation can be created for your structure. This is You can assign a role achieved using the Model Role property that is in every section and to many objects at the plate. you need to set the Model (e. Assemblies can be B for Beam. Edit > Beam Properties as  Select the Naming tab. click and select Advance Properties or Advance Multi  Right-click and select Advance Properties. R for representative for Rafter. assemblies and main parts. the software must determine what the object represents in your structure. parts are updated. more information. it is automatically assigned an appropriate Model Role. parts are usually M for Main Part or Autodesk F for Fitting. However. The numbering function carries out are in use around the several vital processes that are closely related. Role manually. most common system that is used by the These tasks would be very difficult to do accurately manually. parts and assemblies are assigned a prefix how to use different to the actual unique number. world and the Autodesk Advance  Analyses the structure to identify equal parts and determine Steel software has quantities. C for Column. etc. but are software after a easy if you do them using the Autodesk® Advance Steel software. To assign the correct prefix to each part. 267 . such as the Railing same time if they are macro.

 Objects tab: Select the appropriate objects for which to search. 268 .  General tab: Click the Reset Dialog button. in the Selection category. The Search Filter dialog box opens. Search Filter When modeling it is easy to forget to assign model roles as you proceed. To find all of the parts without a Model Role you can use the Search Filter command. click (Search Filter).Autodesk Advance Steel 2018 Essentials – Metric Figure 19-1  Close the Properties dialog box. Ensure that nothing is selected (press <Esc> twice).  Select Complete model and New Marking.  In the Advance Steel Tool Palette.

a Save button is available at the bottom of the dialog box. You can use this to save multiple different searches. All of the objects matching the search (i.  Expand the Queries list if needed.Saved Searches When using the Search Filter command.. rather than having to redefine them each time you want a specific search. Figure 19-3 269 . of the selected object types and without a Model Role) are highlighted in red. Project Explorer . If you click it you are prompted to enter a name for the search. click (Project Explorer). Numbering Figure 19-2  Common Properties tab: Select Model Role and then select None in the selection list.e.  Click the OK button. To reuse a previously saved search: In the Home tab > Project panel.

To ensure that no other settings are hiding objects and that the entire structure is displayed. click (Show All Elements). 270 . if you edit the beam properties the parts do not disappear until the search is run again.  Every object that does not match the search criteria is hidden. The results are not totally dynamic because they are only updated when the light bulb is toggled off and then on again. This is ideal for the Model Role = None search in the example. You can close the Project Explorer by clicking the small X in the top right corner of the panel. Therefore.Autodesk Advance Steel 2018 Essentials – Metric Either  Double-click on the search name to carry out the specified search and mark the results. Or  Click the Light Bulb icon next to the search to toggle it on.

Ensure that no parts are left in the structure that are set to Model Role = None. 2. Assign Model roles to the structure. Numbering Practice 19a Assign Model Roles 1. 271 .

Several reports of the results are displayed. Normally. Figure 19-4 For typical basic numbering.Autodesk Advance Steel 2018 Essentials – Metric 19. In the reports. the following options in the Numbering dialog box are useful. 272 .2 Numbering Number This command does the numbering process.  Ensure that nothing is selected (press <Esc> twice). The Numbering dialog box opens. click (Numbering). note any parts or assemblies with a None prefix. These might be of interest. it is best to consider the entire structure to avoid possible problems later.  Select all of the required options and click the OK button.  In the Home tab > Document panel. indicating that they do not have a Model Role. If you have any parts selected. only those parts are considered. but can be closed otherwise.

Elements shape information: Thickness 4. Lot/Phase. Project data information: Project Name. Method Number Figure 19-5 273 . Project Number. Many users want assemblies to start at 1 while parts start at 1000. Elements naming information: Prefix. Numbering with tokens You can assign new information to elements mark using tokens. o Assembly – Start: This is the lowest number that is used for assemblies. o Single Part – Start: This is the lowest number that is used for individual parts. Numbering  General tab o Post Number Method: Select the required system for the numbering (see below for an explanation of the options). 1. Building 2. Commodity Number 3. Model Name 5.

o Allow changes of preliminary numbers: If checked. However. and leads to many support calls. Therefore. to try to edit the numbering manually o Use Column orientation for assemblies: If selected. you would It might be tempting clear this option. o Exclude timber elements: The timber elements are not taken into account at numbering.Autodesk Advance Steel 2018 Essentials – Metric  Special tab o Reuse unused marks: If you edit a model after numbering and a part number is no longer used it should be re- assigned when renumbering. o Exclude concrete elements: The concrete elements are not taken into account at numbering. o Exclude connector: The connectors are not taken into account at numbering. o Take released objects into account: The released objects are taken into account at numbering. this assigned two different numbers. o Exclude Bolts: The bolts are not taken into account at numbering. o Assign the same preliminary number to all parts from the same assembly: If not checked. o Exclude anchors: The anchors are not taken into account at numbering. If not selected they are is very error prone assigned the same number. you can change the preliminary numbers. If you have already issued the deleted part you might want to record that it has been deleted and not reuse its number. o Use geometry for preliminary numbering: If the same type of elements are geometrically different. two to get the required otherwise identical columns in different orientations are results. the parts receive their own different preliminary number. they will receive different part numbers. o Exclude not marked as "Structural member" for preliminary numbering: Elements that are not marked as 274 .

Detailing Behavior setting numbering has been completed to obtain the required results. assemblies. It affects the numbering. It is considered the most important part. fixed to it in the workshop or an assembly of only one part. and F1104 (the plates). but the affect varies depending on the selected Post Number Method. For example. Standalone parts can  Standalone Part: A part that does not have any other parts be treated as parts. for these parts. Part numbers and software to produce assembly numbers are not related in any way. the Beam assembly B26 might contain the parts M1000 (the beam). Assembly drawing views are oriented according to the main part so that the main part is usually horizontal (depending on the Drawing Style). Numbering Method. or both This can affect the numbering depending on the selected Post for drawing purposes. Part Types For the purposes of numbering and detailing. controls the type(s) of drawing that you want There are four possible options: the Autodesk Advance Steel  None: No extra rule is implemented.  Single Part: All of the remaining parts that are not main parts. A piece of the Angle Bracing standalone part could be Assembly Number BR1 and Part number M1001. Numbering structural members in the Behavior tab of their properties are not taken into account at numbering. F1089. the Autodesk® Advance Steel software identifies each object as one of three types of part:  Main Part: The heaviest (and therefore usually largest) part of any assembly. 275 . F1094. The Management Tools > Defaults > Drawing General > Post Number Methods Standalone A post number method is a rule that is applied after the initial Part .

F1094. F1089. and F1104 while the same angle bracing standalone part would be Assembly Number BR1 and part number BR1. Therefore. 276 . The beam would then be assembly B26 with parts M1000. F1089. F1094. and F1104 while the angle bracing standalone part would be assembly BR1 and part number BR1. Figure 19-7  SP Number (for standalone part) = Assembly number: For each standalone part (not the main parts of other assemblies) the part number is changed to match the assembly number. the B26 assembly in the example would contain parts B26.Autodesk Advance Steel 2018 Essentials – Metric Figure 19-6  SP Number (for main part) = Assembly Number: For each assembly the main part has its part number changed to match the assembly number.

this example would be beam B26 with parts B26. The standalone angle bracing part would be assembly BR1 with part BR1. The main part is assigned the assembly number for its part number. In an assembly. Plate Fa-B1 was the first plate in assembly B1. Figure 19-9 277 . and Fe-C3. parts are numbered with letters. Numbering Figure 19-8  Assembly Group: This setting assigns part numbers for all of the parts relative to the assembly where they are first located. Therefore. Fa-B1. The single parts are assigned the fitting prefix F followed by the number of the part in the first assembly in which it was found. plate Fa-B26 is the first unique plate that was found in this assembly (B26). Fa-B26. and plate Fe-C3 is the fifth unique plate that was first found in assembly C3.

Important: ALWAYS RENUMBER THE MODEL AFTER COMPLETING THE EDITS. if one of the following conditions is met):  The part no longer matches other parts of the same number. the Autodesk® Advance Steel software only changes a number of a part if required (i.  The numbering options or settings have been changed since the last numbering.Autodesk Advance Steel 2018 Essentials – Metric Renumber When a user refers to renumbering a model they want you to use the Number command again. When you edit a model after it has been numbered it is difficult to determine whether the change could affect the numbers. The options and settings used to number the model previously are remembered and set by default. When renumbering. Do not change these options unless you want to change every part number in the structure. it is not only recommended but important to renumber a model after making changes. 278 . Therefore. Object Naming After part numbers have been assigned.. you can find the information for each object in the Naming tab in the Advance Properties dialog box.e.

If the box next to phases for Single part number is shaded this part is a Single Part. It is selected against a set of rules based on the Model Role. purposes. You can assign parts  Main Part/Single Part: There is a box in front of the Single to different lots or part number and Main part number lines. For more information on Assigning Lot/Phase Numbers contact your Autodesk representative. 279 . If the construction box next to Assembly number is shaded this is a Main Part.  Assembly Mark: The number assigned to this assembly.  Single Part Prefix: The prefix allocated to this part (normally  M or F unless using a Post Number Method). Numbering Figure 19-10  Single Part Number: The number allocated to this part. this also influences the assigned part numbers.  Assembly Prefix: The prefix assigned to this assembly. this is automatically controlled by the software and determine whether this is an indication for the user. You can Normally.

Number the structure.Autodesk Advance Steel 2018 Essentials – Metric Practice 19b Numbering 1. 280 . 2. Apply numbering to the structure with the Post Numbering Method set to None.

281 .1 Quick Documents Palettes The main interface for creating new documents from the Autodesk® Advance Steel software are the Quick Documents palettes. Creating Drawings Chapter 20 – Creating Drawings This chapter contains the following topics:  Quick Documents Palettes  Drawing Styles  Drawing Processes  Cameras  Summary of Drawing Procedure  View Orientation  Setting up Quick Documents Palettes 20.

Autodesk Advance Steel 2018 Essentials – Metric The Quick Documents palettes provide quick access to a selected set of drawing styles. Drawing Styles palette 2. drawing processes and list templates. Drawing Processes palette 3. The set of available drawing styles. drawing processes and templates can be customized. Figure 20-2 Quick Palette Documents Palette name 282 . Figure 20-1  On the Output tab > Documents panel. There are three Quick Documents palettes: 1. BOM Templates palette The palettes allow you to quickly browse and use drawing styles and drawing processes for drawing creations as well as list templates for BOM list creations. The Quick Documents Palettes can be opened using the buttons located either:  On the Home tab > Documents panel. The categories are represented by intuitive images.

Creating Drawings Drawing Styles Palette Drawing Processes Palette 283 .

Autodesk Advance Steel 2018 Essentials – Metric BOM Templates Palette  Drawing Styles: Individual styles for creating individual drawing or drawing views.  Templates: Document styles for creating Bills of Materials and other lists from your model rather than from drawings.  Drawing Processes: Automated processes for creating many drawings based on sets of rules. 284 .

the view is always created as though the Z-axis is pointing directly at the viewer and X is pointing right. Normally. These rules are called Drawing Styles. but if you want to use a wrap-around template you could request it by selecting the style directly. 285 . The method of creating a drawing using a drawing style (such as a GA view) is:  Set the UCS as required: Many styles base the view orientation on the UCS. regardless of the name of the drawing style.  Select the required Drawing Style from the palette. For example. in most cases it is recommended that you use a process. Each Drawing Style is set up to create a drawing that is ideal for a specific purpose. or general arrangement section through a structure.  In the Output tab > Documents panel. click (Drawing Styles) to open the Drawing Styles Palette. rather than on the UCS. rather than the normal option. assembly of a rafter. Creating Drawings 20. Although part and assembly drawings can be created using Drawing Styles. such as a Single Part detail for a plate.  The Create detail dialog box opens. the Parts drawing processes select a simple general drawing for most tubes. If using the GA styles. Drawing Styles are only selected directly for General Arrangement (GA) type drawings or when a specific style is required.2 Drawing Styles All of the drawings created by the Autodesk® Advance Steel software are created based on a complex set of rules. Most of the Assembly and Part styles base the view orientation on the main part.

o Modify settings: when you select this option. For example. an elevation drawing style that prompts you for the xOy viewport. will prompt you to select the viewport after you had selected the Create with default settings option. At this point. drawing name and scale). the Select Destination File dialog appears. you may be prompted to choose different options related to the view parameters. containing a set of override settings for the detailing procedure: Figure 20-4 286 . depending on how the drawing style is configured.Autodesk Advance Steel 2018 Essentials – Metric Figure 20-3  From this dialog you can choose between two options to create the detail: o Create with default settings: this option will also show a small. When you select this option the drawing creation phase will start directly. to easily see what options the drawing style uses when creating the detail. non-editable list containing those default settings (prototype.

 Select a scale. Some of the 287 . You are prompted after clicking the OK button in the Select File Destination dialog box.  Select a suitable drawing prototype in the Prototype (template) tab of the Select Destination File dialog. these settings are saved for future use.  OR if you want the view to be added to an existing drawing:  Change to the Existing Drawings tab in the Select Destination File dialog. if the style is based on a Pickbox you are prompted to select the area that you want to display in the drawing.  Enter a view title. in the Scale field. Your drawing view is created in the specified file. but you should verify that the name at the end reflects the correct sheet size). prototype) or from the drawing style configuration (e. There are several variations of this procedure depending on the selected style. Creating Drawings Note: By default.g. Once modified. drawing number.  Verify that the File Name is correct (you must not edit the path. This prompt is a typical case of selecting two points to define the rectangular area that you want to display.  Click the OK button.  Click OK. If the style displays ALL it displays everything.  Select either the required drawing in the list on the left or another view of the required drawing in the list on the right. scale). However. PICKBOX: Some styles are based on using a Pickbox to define the area that is displayed in the view.g. With or without Labels: The Drawing Style defines the parts that should be labeled in a view and how they are labeled.  Select the destination. the settings in this dialog have values read from the Advance Steel defaults (e.

Use this type of view with caution and only for cases in which the parts in the view would never need to change. While drawings can be edited after creation. if this is not done. You might want to select a Style directly if you want to specify that a specific style be designed for a specific type of part. This is ideal if you only want to provide an enlarged detail of a joint or other view of a selected detail. You can use Drawing Styles directly to create drawings of parts or assemblies as needed. However. WARNING: If you create a view that is based on selected parts and edit the drawing in the future.Autodesk Advance Steel 2018 Essentials – Metric styles include many labels that might produce a cluttered drawing.. Where there is a Hot rolled style there is usually a Cold To do so. For example:  3D view . 3D view. If you select the UCS to point in these styles all of the cold rolled components of your structure are the correct direction. hot rolled – all). Your only option would be to delete and recreate the view. To create a new 3D Hot or Cold Rolled: Some styles specify that they are only for view you need to set Hot Rolled parts (such as Floor plan. a careful selection of the correct drawing style for your purpose minimizes future editing and finishing requirements. These styles only draw the parts that you have selected. and with only the main parts labeled with the assembly numbers. It is recommended that you select the required components before starting the Quick Documents command. Selected parts: Some of the styles prompt you that they are for selected parts (e. Assembly lab: Creates a view on the UCS of only the selected parts. 288 . such as a stringer.g. NOT drawn. If you view on screen as select the Cold Rolled style all of the hot and cold rolled objects are needed and then set drawn. the view NEVER displays the new or moved parts because they were not selected when the view was created. you are prompted to do so later.selected+ pickbox. cold rolled – All). it is more efficient to use a process. creating new parts or moving parts into the view area. the UCS to view (UCS>UCS View). Generally. orient your Rolled style to go with it (such as Floor plan. displaying only the defined area. In other styles all of the labels have been turned off so that you can add custom labels later as needed. but these should be handled by a well-defined process. selected – with labels). but only the cold rolled is labeled and dimensioned. The normal object selection methods apply.

All of the parts are labeled with their part number and section size. Each prototype already has the drawing border. Therefore. All of the parts are labeled with their part number and section size. and BOMs if required. but you would not use an A1 Assembly prototype with notes about hole sizes and welds for a GA drawing. Creating Drawings  3D Detailview All – Pickbox. for a Stanchion Plan a Foundation prototype would be appropriate.  3D Detailview All – Pickbox. vishidden + lab: Creates a view on the UCS of ALL parts but only displays the selected area. Drawing Prototype A Prototype is a blank drawing sheet. Both visible and hidden edges are drawn. Review the sample image and read the description at the bottom of Quick Documents carefully to understand the differences between the styles. and default notes that are appropriate for the drawing type (such as a foundation bolt description). 289 . visible + lab: Creates a view on the UCS of ALL parts but only displaying the selected area. a Revision table. title block. When you create a drawing using a Drawing Style you should select the appropriate prototype for your drawing. Only the visible edges are drawn.

Beam length. Generally. This way many drawings of many objects can be created quickly and easily. Figure 20-5 290 .Autodesk Advance Steel 2018 Essentials – Metric 20. The basic procedure is:  Select the objects that you want to draw. However.  In the Output tab > Documents panels. selects a suitable Drawing Style. click (Drawing Processes). one option that you might want to use is Arrangement. It controls the order in which the selected items are drawn.  Select the required Process from the palette. creates a drawing of the object. you do not need to change any options in this dialog box.3 Drawing Processes A Drawing Process steps through all of the selected objects. the sequence could be based on the distance from the WCS origin. .  The Process Properties dialog box opens. For example. or Plate thickness. and moves on to the next object.

all of the scales are attempted on the 291 . If multiple sizes are permitted. which is named accordingly.  The drawings are created. For the processes that could create multiple sizes the drawing is tested on the smallest size sheet first and then the sheet size is increased until a fit is found. This is possible in the Autodesk® Advance Steel software and is generally controlled by the drawing prototype on which you place a drawing.  BOM or No Bom: You might want to add a Bill of Materials to the drawing that contains the displayed parts.  Tests several drawing scales to find the best fit on the sheet. Regardless of the selected process. Processes with BOM select prototypes with BOMs and Processes without BOMs select prototypes without BOMs.  Single or Multi Sheet: Single Sheet drawings only have views of ONE component or assembly (or one GA view). Creating Drawings  Click OK and wait for the activity to finish (the Command Line stops at Command:).  Sheet size: Each Process name indicates the sheet size(s) it’s going to create. If the selected process is a Multi Sheet process it continues to place parts on the same drawing sheet until the sheet is full and to then start the next drawing.  Gives the file the required name. Multi sheet drawings have views of MULTIPLE components or assemblies (or GA views). If the process is a Single Sheet process. The actual scales tried are defined in the Process. All of the other outputs are the same. every part has its own drawing. Typical options that are available when selecting a Drawing Process are:  Parts or Assemblies/fabrications: Select the process.  Selects an appropriate drawing prototype. it typically does the following as well:  Selects an appropriate drawing style based on the object type and model role.

containing one of the rafters in the training structure. the views are created at the smallest scale on a specific sheet. If a single sheet size is selected and none of the scales fit the border. The third drawing is a typical assembly drawing. Some examples of typical drawings that have been created in the Autodesk® Advance Steel software are as follow. In this case.Autodesk Advance Steel 2018 Essentials – Metric smallest sheet first and then all of the scales on the next sheet size. The second is typical single-sheet drawing of a part. it is column A1 in the training structure. etc. The first is a typical Multi-sheet part drawing of some plates. Figure 20-6 292 .

Creating Drawings Figure 20-7 Figure 20-8 293 .

o XY-Viewport– Automatic: This results in the entire structure being included in your view (according to Z depth above). If the box is not selected. You can then create drawings from the cameras using drawing processes and edit the cameras later to adjust the resulting drawing views. Front is toward the viewer and Rear is away from the view relative to the plane of the camera. o Description: This value is only displayed in this dialog box. The drawing processes can be set to draw all of the cameras of a selected type or any camera.  Properties tab: Basic properties of the camera.4 Cameras Cameras are objects that you can place in your model to define the required drawing views in a visible and editable way. Front and Rear: If these boxes are selected.Autodesk Advance Steel 2018 Essentials – Metric 20. Creating a Camera To create a camera. o Z-viewport.  Select the location that should be the center of the required view. click (Create Camera. the view depth in this direction is limited to the distance in the property. but can be useful for recognizing the correct camera later when editing the model. the view depth is infinite in that direction. in the Tools category. o Camera Type: Select the appropriate category for your camera.  In the Advance Steel Tool Palette.  Detail Box tab: Define the content of your view. UCS). The camera is created and the Camera Properties dialog box opens. 294 . follow this procedure:  Set the UCS as though creating the required view (XY in plane of required view with Z pointing at the viewer).

These views are the same as the views in the drawing styles. For example. a pickbox or all. o Drawing Style: Use the Style drop-down list to select a view type. These values are always calculated equally about the center of the view. the Camera object has a grid drawn in the view plane and some bounding boxes are displayed according to the camera settings. You cannot define a camera based on a pick-box or selected parts. Creating Drawings o XY-Viewport – Fixed: Enter the required values in the X Delta and Y Delta for the width and height of the area to include in your drawing view. Figure 20-9 Cameras always have a fixed geographical area that they include in the view. Therefore. etc. Note that although the drawing styles define the view area during normal use. Once created. the Camera Viewport properties completely override these settings. a value of 1500 results in value of 750 on each side. A thick arrow indicates the view direction. you can select any view that has the required presentation and dimensioning rules regardless of whether it is usually based on the UCS or part orientation. All of the objects in the defined area are included in the view subject to the drawing style presentation strategy. 295 .

select the camera and move the grips. the front and back planes of the camera can be moved to adjust this. If the view depth is limited. enabling you to copy a camera to another location. etc. but the adjustment is always equal about the center point. If the XY Viewport is set to Automatic.Autodesk Advance Steel 2018 Essentials – Metric Editing a Camera To edit a camera you can select it. Typically. This opens the original Camera Properties dialog box. If you want to adjust the area covered by a camera. All of the normal tools for editing objects can also be used. If the view depth is unlimited the camera only displays the grid. just selected cameras. variations on the processes enable you to draw all of the cameras of a specific type. right-click and select Advance Properties. Creating Drawings from Cameras To create drawings from cameras you need to select a Drawing Process that is designed for this purpose. enabling you to adjust any of its properties. Moving the center grip moves the entire camera to a new position. 296 . grips do not display on the edges of the grid. If a fixed XY Viewport is defined it can be adjusted using the grips on the grid. Figure 20-10 These processes are located in the Drawing Processes palette and are used in the same way as any other process.

You can even change the selected drawing style if needed. it is recommended that you use a camera to create your GA views. because Camera views can be created using Drawing Processes. However. 297 . if your view needs to change size you have precise and simple control over that. If you are creating manual views you have to select the paper size and view scale so it can be difficult to get a good selection the first time. the software can experiment with different scales and paper sizes depending on the process set up. most of the time. the menu provides options for opening any Part. Other GA views that have been created directly from Drawing Styles do not display in this way. When you select a part and right-click. Creating Drawings Cameras versus Drawing Styles Two methods are described above for creating GA type views. or Camera views in which the part is displayed. Therefore. Cameras have the advantage of being an object that can be modified if required. Figure 20-11 Additionally. Creating a GA view directly using a Drawing Style is slightly quicker if you are confident that you can create the correct view the first time or if you need to use a pick box or selected parts type view. Assembly. Another benefit of a Camera view is that it can be accessed from the right-click menu to provide quick access to the drawings.

Therefore. The drawings are all stored in the Details sub folder. o Create a Camera for each view. 298 .  Assembly Drawings: o Select objects. and GAs. for an entire structure you would do the following:  Parts Drawings: o Select objects. These are Parts. o Quick Documents o Select a Drawing Process for Assemblies.  GAs o Decide on the required views and for each view: o Set the UCS as required. o Quick Documents o Select and use Drawing Processes for cameras.5 Summary of Drawing Procedure To summarize the procedure that is generally required for creating all of the necessary drawings.Autodesk Advance Steel 2018 Essentials – Metric 20. in the Project folder. Assemblies. there are three fundamental stages that you can perform in any order. o Quick Documents o Select a Drawing Process for parts.

having X horizontal along the ground in line with the stair and the Y vertical..6 View Orientation When an Autodesk® Advance Steel object is created in the model. Therefore. Some special assembly styles are based on the UCS. the internal UCS of the Main Part is the one that decides the view orientation. This is roughly aligned with the current UCS when the object is created. Creating Drawings 20. The TOP view is defined as Z pointing toward the viewer and X as pointing right. etc. 299 . the internal UCS of the part defines the view orientation. provides a side view of the stair in the real slope orientation rather than a horizontal stringer. the view always looks down the Z-axis with X pointing right. For example. They are designed for cases in which you might want the main part to be displayed in a specific position other than horizontal. Regardless of the description of the style. set the UCS so that the XY plane is oriented as you would want the paper to be oriented relative to the object in your view. Handrailing . such as Elevation. For these styles. If you create an assembly drawing. Roof Plan. the current UCS defines the view orientation.Stairs. it has its own internal UCS. for the stair example. UCS. When a part drawing is created. 3D View. For GA styles.

It is not recommended designed to be that you change any of the settings in these styles without very suitable for general careful thought and planning. Please contact your Autodesk Figure 20-13 Representative for more information. existing entries. The full lists of available Styles or Processes are located in the respective manager systems that are used to define them. a separate training guide is offered to cover this complex subject. 300 . manufacture and changing them is not To display the full list of available styles and identify the ones that recommended unless should be visible in the palettes. This list does not display all of the styles or processes that are available in the system. You can access the Documents palettes from the Output tab > Documents panel. click want to edit the (Drawing Style Manager). Figure 20-12 Drawing Styles are defined in the Drawing Style Manager. with six levels of with the software are settings that are layered on top of each other. follow this procedure: it is absolutely necessary. or create your own.Autodesk Advance Steel 2018 Essentials – Metric 20. If you  In the Output tab > Document Manager panel.7 Setting up Documents Palettes The Documents Palettes contain a list of the available drawing styles and processes. The The Styles and Processes provided definition of a Drawing Style is very complex. but it is rather a list of preferred items.

 Expand the Advance or User list as needed. all of the available Drawing Processes in the Drawing Processes palette are not always displayed.  In the Home tab > Settings panel.  In the right pane a list of styles is displayed with boxes next to them.  Click the OK button to close the Drawings Style Manager. Select only the styles that you want to display in the Drawing Styles palette.  Select the required group of styles. Drawing Processes are a system that selects and applies drawing styles for you. click (Update Defaults). click (Drawing Process Manager). follow this procedure:  In the Output tab > Document Manager panel. As with Drawing Styles. To display the full list of the available processes and select the ones that are displayed in the Documents palette. just the preferred ones. 301 . Creating Drawings Figure 20-14  Ensure that Drawing Styles is selected in the top left.

click (Update Defaults). a list of styles with tick boxes is displayed in front of each one. you do not have to add it to the palettes before using it.  Click the OK button to close the Drawings Style Manager  In the Home tab>Settings panel. Instead do the following:  Output > Document Manager > Drawing Style Manager or Drawing Process Manager. The Documents palettes are designed to only display the preferred styles and processes for quick access and general use.  In the right pane. it is recommended that you do not attempt to edit Drawing Processes without careful thought and planning. If you occasionally require a different style in the list. Select only the styles that you want to display in the palette.  Expand the Drawing Processes folder.  Select the required category for the processes.  Locate the required style or process in the list of those available.Autodesk Advance Steel 2018 Essentials – Metric Figure 20-15  Expand the Advance or User list as needed. Although not as complex as Drawing Styles. 302 .

 After the drawing has been created you are returned to the Manager dialog box. Click the OK button. Creating Drawings  Click the USE button.  Proceed with normal drawing creation. 303 .

Autodesk Advance Steel 2018 Essentials – Metric Chapter 21 – Editing Drawings This chapter contains the following topics:  Document Manager  Manipulating Drawings  Drawing Labels and Dimensions  Object Properties 304 .

click (Document Manager) and the dialog box opens. include a prefix indicating the type of drawing:  [S] = Single Part drawing  [MP] = Multi sheet part drawing  [A] = Assembly drawing  [MA] = Multi sheet assembly drawing  [G] = GA type drawing. Editing Drawings 21. in the Home tab > Documents panel. Multi sheet and GA 305 . Single sheet part and assembly drawings are named after the part or assembly mark of the object that they display. To open the Document Manager.1 Document Manager The main interface for accessing and controlling all of the documents that you create from your model is the Document Manager. If you are using the default naming and numbering system all of the file names. The drawing files are listed according to their file names. When you first try to expand this list it might flash and disappear again. This is not an error but is part of the process in which the Autodesk® Advance Steel software checks the current status of each drawing to ensure that it is up to date. Drawings are located in the Details area. Figure 21-1 The left pane displays a list of document types.

To display the preview. 306 . and Camera Views are listed. The right pane in Document Manager displays details of the views on the drawing(s) that are selected on the left or a preview of the selected drawing. When you right-click on a selected object.Autodesk Advance Steel 2018 Essentials – Metric drawings have a drawing number. To update these documents you have two options. Figure 21-2 This is provided to make opening drawings faster (there is no need to know the part/assembly/drawing number). The drawing sheet size is also included. You cannot update the drawings this way. The preview is a live preview of the actual file and can be zoomed or panned in the dialog box. without using the Document Manager. If the drawing is out of date that is also indicated in the menu. it is possible to select an object in your model and right-click to open drawings directly. depending on whether you want the change to be recorded. Keeping Up to Date The Autodesk® Advance Steel software can track all of the changes in a model since it was created and knows when a drawing or other document is out of date. Assembly Drawings. Part Drawings. but GA views that were created directly from the Drawing Styles are not listed. Right-click to Open Drawings As a convenience feature. If documents are found to be out of date they are placed in a separate folder in the left pane in the Document Manager. select the Preview tab. any drawings in which that object is displayed are listed. Once you have located the required drawing you can open it by double-clicking on the file name or clicking the Open Drawing button.

Editing Drawings To update the documents without recording the change:  In the Home tab > Documents panel.  Select the document(s) in the left pane.  Select the document(s) in the left pane. Figure 21-4  An Add Revision Mark dialog box opens. use the Revision system as follows:  In the Home tab > Documents panel.  Click the Update Revision button. The documents are updated and listed in the Up to date folder in the left pane. If you WANT the update to be recorded as a formal issue of the file.  Click the Force Update button. click (Document Manager). click (Document Manager). Figure 21-3 Wait for the activity to finish. 307 .

Autodesk Advance Steel 2018 Essentials – Metric Figure 21-5  If updating a single document. The documents are updated and listed in the Up to date folder in the left pane. o Ensure that the Index option is set to Next available index for each document unless you want to change them all to the same issue. o Complete the details and click the OK button. regardless of previous issues. click the Add button. complete the revision details in this dialog box.  Click the OK button. The revision index displays in the left pane after the file name.  OR if updating multiple documents. (If updating multiple documents this step is not needed. The file name is also changed to include the revision index.) Figure 21-6 o A Revision Details dialog box opens. 308 . Wait for the activity to finish.

Advance Steel software automatically completes this column with a generic description of the changes in the drawing. Editing Drawings The previous revision of the document (immediately before you select Update) is moved to a Backup folder in the Project\Details folder. 309 .  An index mark is placed next to the revision clouds. If the revision table in The use of revision clouds is controlled by a number of options in the drawing includes Management Tools > Defaults.  Any previously existing revision clouds are deleted. The exact results depend on these the Rev Details settings. the Revision is recorded in the drawing as follows:  A note is added to the Revision table containing the information that you entered in the Revision Details dialog box. The default options might vary depending on your column.  A revision cloud is drawn around any dimensions or labels that change.  The main revision in the title block is updated. the Autodesk installation.  A revision cloud is drawn around the changed part or feature. Revision System in Drawings If you select the Update Revision option to update the drawings.

When a drawing is created. A detail can contain several drawing views. The Updates Take Place Immediately. If the project information changes. Update Detail It forces an immediate update of a specific drawing detail.Autodesk Advance Steel 2018 Essentials – Metric 21. you need to use this command to update the title blocks. click (Update page header) 310 . This is an exception to the rule about only working in the drawings.2 Manipulating Drawings A number of tools are provided to manipulate the drawing views and other drawing content after creation.  In the Labels & Dimensions tab > Management panel. Update the Page Header. rather than in the model. All of these commands are carried out in an open drawing.  In the Labels & Dimensions tab > Management panel. click (Update detail and keep revision). after the drawing has been created.  Close ALL of the drawings for this project. the title block is populated with details from the Project Information dialog box. It is NOT recorded as a drawing revision. Figure 21-7  Select detail view: Select any element in the drawing detail to update.

This change is not recorded as a revision. Rearrange all of the Details If you have manually added views to a drawing they might display in odd places in the first instance. click (Rearrange all details). ALL of the drawings have their title blocks updated with the latest Project Information. Editing Drawings Figure 21-8 After the activity finishes. Update Lists It forces an immediate update of a BOM or other list in a drawing. click (Update list) Figure 21-9 All of the BOMs or lists in the drawing are immediately updated. This command attempts to rearrange all of the details in the drawing to fit in the drawing border. In the Labels & Dimensions tab > Management panel. Figure 21-10 No input is required.  In the Labels & Dimensions tab > Parametric Views panel. All of the details are rearranged immediately. 311 . This change is not recorded as a revision.

If you use this command it rearranges the views in the selected detail. double-click on the outer green frame around a detail.  In the Labels & Dimensions tab > Parametric Views panel. click (Rearrange all views in detail). In the Edit Detail dialog box you can change the scale of your detail (all of the views match the scale) and the title of your detail. click (Change Detail). Figure 21-11  Select detail view: Select any element in the detail. Figure 21-12  Select detail view: Select any element in the detail to edit. Change Detail This opens the Detail Properties dialog box. Although the Autodesk® Advance Steel software selects all of the required views for you. Alternatively.Autodesk Advance Steel 2018 Essentials – Metric Rearrange all of the Views in a Detail If you have added views to a detail they are initially stacked vertically. you can override this as needed. 312 .  In the Labels & Dimensions tab > Parametric Views panel.

If you want to change what has happened in a view you can do so here.  Click the OK button. Editing Drawings Figure 21-13  The top left part of this dialog box displays a list of the available automatic views.  To turn the view on. 313 . To minimize wasted paper these views are typically clipped (drawn shorter than they would normally be) to remove the unnecessary areas. beams can have long distances without any interesting features. Select the view that you want to use and change the Properties tab to View State. Note that if you override the view options like this. they are no longer capable for modification if required to suit the edits to the members. select Always on. select Always off.  To hide a view that you do not want to use. Sometimes.

314 .  Normal Clipping means a clipping line is drawn on either side of the cut. clipping is permitted in that direction.  Set the Properties tab to Clip. Clear the box to toggle clipping off and force the full length to be drawn. Custom Clipping draws a clipping line with a single zig-zag in the middle.Autodesk Advance Steel 2018 Essentials – Metric Figure 21-14  Select the required view at the top left of the dialog box.  The three values indicate how much to draw and how much to cut out of the member. The line is a standard AutoCAD Linetype. This can be hard to recognize.  Clipping Type: No clipping line means the clip is only drawn as a small break in the outline of the part.  If the X clipping or Y clipping boxes are checked.  Clipping Line Type: The AutoCAD Linetype to use for the clipping line if Normal Clipping is selected in Clipping Type. Change Prototype File If you want to have a drawing on a different prototype (usually to change the sheet size) you can use this command to change the background sheet without affecting the detail(s).

the Overwrite page settings dialog opens. Figure 21-16  [Optional] If you click the Settings button. Figure 21-15  A small dialog box opens displaying a list of the available prototypes. Editing Drawings  In the Labels & Dimensions tab > Parametric Views panel. click (Change prototype file). Figure 21-17 315 . Here you can select the properties of the old prototype that you want to keep and those to take from the new prototype.

 To point: Select an end point for your move. When you move a view. • In the Labels & Dimensions tab > Parametric Views panel. Move View You can move a view by selecting any element of the view and dragging the mouse. The benefit of using this command or the AutoCAD Move command is that. you can use the AutoCAD Move command or the following command:  In the Labels & Dimensions tab > Parametric Views panel. Alternatively. sheet notes. click (Delete view). you can select the inner green frame around it and press <Delete>. click (Move View).Autodesk Advance Steel 2018 Essentials – Metric  Select the required new prototype and click the OK button. You might need to clean up the BOMs. by using Osnaps and Osnap tracking. Figure 21-18  Select detail view: Select any element in the view to move. Delete View To delete a view. Figure 21-19  Select detail view: Select any element of the view to delete. and revision tables in the final drawing. you can use this command. all of the associated annotation moves as well. Alternatively. 316 . you can align the views. The drawing is updated immediately.  Move detail view from point: Select a start point for your move.

 Second corner of detail window: Select a point for the other end of your section line  Please specify cut depth or [Unbounded/Zero]: Select a point on the correct side of your section line (the arrow on the screen indicates which way the view oriented. Figure 21-20  Please select detail view or [Settings]: Select the view from which you want to project your new view. click (Renumber cut views). Use this command to rearrange the letters. Renumber Cut Views If you have created extra cut views or deleted cut views.  In the Labels & Dimensions tab > Parametric Views panel. 317 .  In the Labels & Dimensions tab > Parametric Views panel click (Create cut view). Any annotation that is associated with the view is also deleted. identifying the views into the required sequence. Editing Drawings  The view is successfully deleted.  First corner of detail window: Select a point for one end of your section line/cutting plane. the letters might not run in the required sequence. All the available overrides will be optional and accessible using a shortcut key at the view selection step. The new view is created immediately and placed under the existing views (not in line). Create Cut View Use this command to simply select the view where the manual cut is to be created and the cut position and depth.

Autodesk Advance Steel 2018 Essentials – Metric Figure 21-21  Select detail view: Select any element in the detail.  Second corner of detail window: Select a point for the other end of your section line The new view is created immediately. All of the section views are renamed. using a manually selected size and a custom drawing style. using a higher level of detail. 318 .  In the Labels & Dimensions tab > Parametric Views panel click (Create callout view). starting at A. Create Callout View The workflow is similar to the cut view workflow . Figure 21-22  Please select detail view or [Settings]: Select the view from which you want to project your new view. This allows you to create views that have the role of highlighting small areas of a more generic drawing.  First corner of detail window: Select a point for one end of your section line/cutting plane.where you can create a new view directly from the drawing. such as node information callouts on an elevation drawing.

 Please select the reference point of the symbol on the detail: Select the point at which you want the leader line to be placed (the position of the weld). Insert Weld Symbol It adds a weld symbol to the drawing. Editing Drawings 21. All of the welds that do not type in Management match this standard definition are automatically displayed in the Tools you must drawing if they are in the model. A symbol is drawn and the Weld Symbol dialog box opens. The weld note in the The dialog box works as it does for placing welds in the model.  In the Labels & Dimensions tab > Labels panel. 319 . Close the dialog box when finished. Manually placed weld symbols do manually edit the not display a size if they match the standard size. You cannot use the standard AutoCAD Dimension and Annotation tools because they do not have the extra intelligence that comes with the Autodesk® Advance Steel tools.  Please select placing point for the symbol: Select a point to place the symbol. click (Insert Weld Symbol) Figure 21-23  Please select detail: Select any element in the view. If you stating that a specific standard weld size does not need to be used. drawing prototypes is Note that Management Tools > Settings > Defaults has options not intelligent. prototypes to suit or there are many errors. change the setting for It is assumed that there is a note in the drawing stating All welds the standard weld 6mm Fillet Unless Otherwise Stated.3 Drawing Labels and Dimensions Once you have created all of the required views you can use the tools in this palette to edit the annotation of the drawing.

 Start point of the text: Select a point to place the text. If you have finished placing labels. Figure 21-24  Select object you want to label (<C>hange label. <M>ultiple selection): The command repeats.  Please select objects: Select the objects that you want to label and accept. <M>ultiple selection): Enter M for Multiple.  Angle of the text (RETURN for parallel): Select a point to set the angle of the text or press <Enter> or right-click to have the text parallel to the object. Insert Label It inserts a leader line pointing at an object that contains intelligent text about that object. <M>ultiple selection): Select the object that you want to label. even if they are pointing at the same location.  Select object you want to label (<C>hange label.Autodesk Advance Steel 2018 Essentials – Metric Manually placed weld symbols are not linked in any way to the welds in the model. click (Insert Label). you can place many labels at the same time as follows:  In the Labels & Dimensions tab > Labels panel. If you prefer.  Please select the label start point: Select the position to which the leader should point. press <Enter> or right-click. 320 . A default label is placed as specified. click (Insert Label).  In the Labels & Dimensions tab > Labels panel.  Select object you want to label (<C>hange label.

To edit a label that you have placed and change the text.  In the Labels & Dimensions tab > Labels panel. The text that is currently displaying in the label displays in the text box. this is not ordinary text. The other formatting tools are as you would expect for text. However. When you select the property in the list the appropriate text is inserted. but if you want some of the text to be intelligently linked to the model object. double- click on it. Editing Drawings A label is placed for each object and positioned automatically. If this happens and the required token is not available. The intelligent link is also maintained if the model is edited. you can use the Label Information Manager to load the missing tokens as needed. The Label and Symbols dialog box opens. you should select the required property in the Tokens drop-down list. Figure 21-25 If you want to add a frame or balloon around any of your text. You can enter any text in this box. To minimize this effect you might find that some of the values or tokens are not available in every drawing. A large number of tokens are available in the Autodesk ® Advance Steel software and storing all of these values for all of the parts in all of the drawings could have a negative effect on performance. click (Label content manager) 321 . select the text first and then select the type of frame in the Frame drop- down list.

In the Labels & Dimensions tab > Labels panel. click (Insert Slope Symbol). Slope Symbol It inserts a triangle type slope symbol.Autodesk Advance Steel 2018 Essentials – Metric Figure 21-26  Select detail view: Select the view that you want to label.  Please select the reference point of the symbol on the detail: Select the point to dimension  Please select placing point for the symbol: Select a position at which to draw the symbol.  Select the tokens that you want to have available in this drawing detail.  In the Labels & Dimensions tab > Labels panel. click (Insert Level Symbol). Figure 21-27  Please select detail: Select any element in the view in which to place the symbol. The level symbol is placed with the appropriate elevation already completed. Level Symbols  It inserts a level symbol to identify the elevation of a point in the model. 322 .

Depending on how you handle the dimension in the preview stage . <dimensioning<ST>yle.  End point of the 0o line: Select a point to set to zero degrees.  Start point of the 0o line: Select an apex point for measuring your angle (one end of the line that you want to measure).  Enter dimension point: Select another point on the line to measure its slope.it will be created as either a horizontal or a vertical dimension. click (Linear). <angle>. <arc>. 323 . <dimensioning<ST>yle. <dimension>type): (Slope): Select any element in the view.before placing it in the detail .  In the Labels & Dimensions tab > Parametric Dimensions panel. Linear Dimension You have a single command for both horizontal and vertical dimension lines. Your slope triangle is drawn. Press <Enter> or right-click when done. <arc>.  Placing of the dimension line: Select a point at which to place the triangle.  Please select a view (<D>iameter. <angle>. Editing Drawings Figure 21-28  Please select a view (<D>iameter. <dimension>type): (Slope): This command repeats.

Autodesk Advance Steel 2018 Essentials – Metric Figure 21-29  Please select a view: (horizontal linear dimension): Select any element in the view that you want to dimension. At this point the Dimension Properties dialog box opens.  Enter dimension point: Select additional points for this chain to dimension. <V>ertical: Select a point through which to draw the dimension line and define the direction. press <Enter> or right-click. 324 . The dimension chains are drawn as you proceed.  Enter dimension point: Select the second point of your chain.  Enter dimension point: When you have finished selecting points for this chain.  First dimension point: Select the first point of your chain.  Enter point to specify the dimension line’s placement or <H>orizontal.

 Close the Properties dialog box when finished. Note that if you do not follow the command through to the dialog box. click (Insert Point). use this command. but with various prompts depending on their type.  In the Labels & Dimensions tab > Parametric Dimensions panel. but press <Esc> or select another command before you have finished properly. the dimensions that you have just drawn are not displayed. consecutive dimensions of the same length are grouped into one. 325 . such as 3 x 385. All of the new dimensions work similarly. o Group equal distances: If selected. Editing Drawings Figure 21-30  Dimension Chain tab o Presentation: Select whether you want absolute or relative dimensions of different styles. Follow the prompts carefully and always proceed to the Properties dialog box or you the required dimensions are not created. Insert Dimension Point If you want to insert an extra point in an existing dimension chain.

Delete Dimension Point Use this command to remove one point from an existing chain of dimensions.  Select the dimension line you want to remove: This command loops.  Select dimension where you want to insert a point: This command loops. Right-click when finished. Press <Enter> or right-click when finished. 326 .  Enter dimension point: Keep selecting points as required.Autodesk Advance Steel 2018 Essentials – Metric Figure 21-31  Select dimension where you want to insert a point: Select the dimension chain and accept. The chain is adjusted with the selected point removed. Press <Enter> or right-click when finished. The existing dimension chain is adjusted to include the new point(s). Figure 21-32  Select the dimension line you want to remove: Select the witness line to the point that you want to delete from the chain and accept.  Enter dimension point: Select the new point to which to dimension.  In the Labels & Dimensions tab > Parametric Dimensions panel. click (Delete point).

 Second point for direction: Select a second point to define the direction of your dimension not to measure to.  First point for direction: Select a point to define the direction of your dimension not to measure to.  Enter dimension point: Select additional points to which to dimension.  Enter dimension point: Select the point to which to measure.  First dimension point: Now select the first point for your dimension chain.  In the Labels & Dimensions tab > Parametric Dimensions panel. Editing Drawings Linear Sloped Dimension It places a dimension that is aligned as specified rather than horizontal or vertical. The dimension created measures in a straight line parallel to an imaginary line between these two points. click (Linear Sloped). 327 . Figure 21-33  Please select a view: (slope linear dimension): Select any element in the view to dimension.  Enter point to specify the dimension line placement: Select a point through which the dimension line is going to be drawn.

<slope>. Figure 21-34  Please select a view (<D>iameter. press <Enter> or right- click. click (Arc). 328 . right-click again to open the Dimension Properties dialog box. <Angle>.  Enter dimension point: Select the point to which to measure.Autodesk Advance Steel 2018 Essentials – Metric  Enter dimension point: When done. When done.  Enter dimension point: Select additional points to which to measure or right-click when done. rather than an angle.  Placing of the dimension line: Select a point through which to draw the dimension line.  Please select a view: (slope linear dimension): This command loops.  Circle center point (3P/2P/Radius): Select the center point for the arc to dimension. Arc Dimension It places a dimension measuring the length along an arc.  Point on the circle: Select the first point on the arc to dimension. <dimension>type): (arc): Select any element in the view to dimension. In the Labels & Dimensions tab > Parametric Dimensions panel. <dimension<ST>yle.

<dimension> type) : (angle): Select any element in the view to dimension.  Placing of the dimension line: Select a point through which to draw the dimension line. <dimension<ST>yle. <slope>. In the Labels & Dimensions tab > Parametric Dimensions panel. click (Angle).  End point of the 0o line: Select a reference point to be zero degrees.  First <D>imension point or point for second <L>ine: Dimension point: Select the other end of the line to dimension. <dimension>type): (arc): Create another dimension or right-click when done to open the Dimension Properties dialog box. <ARC>. 329 . Figure 21-35  Please select a view (<D>iameter. <Angle>.  Enter dimension point: Select additional points to dimension or right-click when done. <slope>.  Start point of the 0o line: Select one end of the object to dimension. Editing Drawings  Please select a view (<D>iameter. <dimension<ST>yle. Angle Dimension It places an angular dimension.

<ARC>.  Point on the circle: Select the point to which to measure. <ARC>. <dimension>type): (diameter): Place another dimension or right-click when done. <dimension>type) : (diameter): Select any element in the view to dimension. <dimension<ST>yle.  Please select a view (<angle>. Smart Dimensions The Autodesk® Advance Steel software includes a Smart Dimension engine to recognize when a dimension point moves and then updates the dimension correctly. Figure 21-36  Please select a view (<angle>. <slope>. <ARC>. <dimension> type): (angle): This command loops. <slope>. <dimension<ST>yle.  Placing of the dimension line: Place the dimension leader line.  In the Labels & Dimensions tab > Parametric Dimensions panel.  Circle center point (3P/2P/Radius): Select the center point for your dimension to measure from. <dimension<ST>yle. click (Radial). <slope>. Radial Dimension  It places a dimension indicating the Radius of an element.Autodesk Advance Steel 2018 Essentials – Metric  Please select a view (<D>iameter. Place another chain or right-click when done. To use smart dimensions means 330 .

A red circle is also drawn around each point that cannot be recognized. If displayed. If you use this snap at all times when working with dimensions or labels. displays in the Command Line when you finish the dimension chain. To avoid this situation. if Smart Dimensions cannot be certain that a dimension is accurate after a drawing has been updated it deletes the dimension. If you select a dimension point that cannot be traced through updates the prompt Error: Unable to recognize all points. all of the dimensions might remain but if a hole moves by 5mm this might not be visible at the drawing scale. the CAD engine only locks onto valid traceable points. You might want to double-check the selected points. Some Points will be deleted after update. there is a special Autodesk® Advance Steel Object Snap called Preferred for Manual Dimensions. 331 . Some manually placed dimensions are deleted during an update to avoid the risk of having an incorrect dimension in a drawing. the rest of the dimension chain remains. Smart Dimensions only work when they use recognized key points on elements in your views. Editing Drawings that when you update a drawing fewer of the manual dimensions are lost. If the uncertain point is singular in a chain. If the dimension cannot be updated to point at the new position of the hole (as Smart Dimensions do) it would display the wrong value. this indicates that not all of the selected points can be recognized by the Smart Dimension engine and that the dimensions to that point are going to disappear during a drawing update. If objects were manufactured to the dimensions they would be wrong. such as End Points of lines or Center Points of holes. In some systems. To assist in selecting only valid traceable points.

select the Display type tab. double-click on the object or select it. To hide a decking panel to display the beams underneath:  Double-click on the panel in the view. Figure 21-37  Remove the tick from one end of the symbol in the dialog box.  In the Properties dialog box. 332 . To open it.Autodesk Advance Steel 2018 Essentials – Metric 21. If you want to adjust this you can edit the properties of any object in the drawing using the Advance Properties dialog box. to turn off the labels at one end of a grid line:  Double-click on the grid. right-click and the select Advance Properties.4 Object Properties The way an object is drawn in a view is controlled by the drawing styles. For example.

You can change the color and hatching properties of most of the objects in your drawing views as needed. You can select the objects on this layer remembered you and turn them back on again as needed. DO NOT FORGET Objects that have been turned off are moved to a different layer TO SAVE YOUR called Objects Off and are still displayed on screen. Note that it is recommended that you turn off the presentation of an object rather than deleting it. Freeze the DRAWINGS AFTER Objects Off layer to avoid displaying them on screen.  When the view is updated the beams behind the panel display. Editing Drawings Figure 21-38  Select Off. For does not print and is not displayed in the finished drawing output. your changes to be even if displayed on screen. must save the drawing files after finishing your edits. If you select it and delete it. 333 . If you turn the presentation of an object off it stays off during an update. it returns when the view is updated. This layer EDITING THEM.

Lists This chapter contains the following topics:  BOM Templates Palette  RDF Viewer  Selective Lists  Managing Lists 334 .Autodesk Advance Steel 2018 Essentials – Metric Chapter 22 .

However. the results depend on which list you produce. whether they are Bills of Materials. click (BOM Templates) Figure 22-1  Select the required list from the available templates. Saved lists can be opened and reused. It only takes a few seconds to generate a list in the software. Lists 22. Some lists have the items grouped by specific criteria while others produce a single run in the list.1 BOM Templates Palette All of the types of lists in the Autodesk® Advance Steel software are created in the same way. 335 . If you save them in the correct path you can also display them and update them in the Document Manager.  In the Output tab > Documents panel. Therefore. etc. This is controlled by the List Template. The preferred way of creating a list is to use the BOM Templates palette. Loading Lists. there is no revision control on lists in the Autodesk® Advance Steel software so the update is not recorded or indicated in the file in any way. Drawing Lists.

Autodesk Advance Steel 2018 Essentials – Metric Figure 22-2  You list is generated and displayed immediately in the RDF Viewer. the BOM Templates palette does not display an exhaustive list of every possible type of list. click (BOM Editor) Figure 22-3 336 . Setting Up the BOM Templates Palette As with drawings. If the type of list you require is not displayed (or if no lists are currently displayed) in the BOM Templates palette. you can select the lists that should be available as follows:  In the Output tab > Document Manager panel.  All lists created in this way are generated from nothing based on the entire structure in the file.

select the category of list that you want to use. Lists  Wait for the BOM editor to display (it might take a few seconds). Figure 22-4  In the middle. The category called Drawing is for the BOM types that actually display in drawings.  Click OK. When you next open BOM Templates palette. select the box next to each type of list that you want to display in the BOM Templates palette. rather than being generated as stand-alone lists. the selected lists will be available. Note that a list of existing drawings is categorized as a Derived Documents list.  In the top right corner. 337 .

o PDF: Portable Document Format. This is the world leading document distribution format. 338 . Since RDF is a special format it is also possible to export the list to other popular formats for easy viewing and distribution.2 RDF Viewer All of the stand-alone lists are displayed in a stand-alone application called the RDF Viewer. If you locate the list in the Document Manager you can update it as needed and display a preview of the list. The file is saved in RDF format and cannot be viewed by any other application.  Click (Export) at the top. This is a non-editable format. Figure 22-5 It is recommended that you save the list file in the BOM sub-folder of the project folder. If you double-click on the main display. You need to do so manually using the Save button in the top left.Autodesk Advance Steel 2018 Essentials – Metric 22. Once the resulting list has been displayed you can determine how it should be used. Only one page is displayed at a time and you should use the green arrows at the top to change pages.  In the Export Format drop-down list in the Report Export dialog box. o RTF: Rich text file. select one of the six different formats. If saved in the correct location the list is displayed in the Document Manager. all of the pages are displayed. viewable with Adobe Acrobat Reader or similar software. Double-click on one of the pages again to only display that page. Formatted text that can be edited in a word processor. In the preview you can view or print the list.

It is formatted into columns and lines. o Text: Unformatted text that is editable with Notepad or similar software. It is a picture of your list.  Select a file name and path and click Save. useful for manipulating large amounts of data or importing into 3rd party systems. In addition to accessing the files through the Document Manager. Lists o HTML: The basic format of web pages that is viewable in any web browser. o TIF: Tagged image format. o XLS: Microsoft Excel. close the RDF Viewer. 339 . When you have finished with the list on screen.  Click OK. you can locate the file in Windows Explorer and double-click to open it again in the RDF Viewer.

such as in Phase 1. The required list is then generated from this extract rather than from the entire model. Figure 22-6 340 .. a different procedure is used to create the list.  In the Home tab > Documents panel. etc. Different list types only include specific types of items. the list is based on the entire structure. the previously used properties are displayed and cannot be changed. only bolts.3 Selective Lists When created using the BOM Templates interface.  The BOM Extract dialog box opens. If you require a list that only includes items that match specific criteria.Autodesk Advance Steel 2018 Essentials – Metric 22. but they include all of the beams or bolts in the structure. If this is not the first extract for this model. such as only beams. click (Create Lists). Create Lists The Create Lists command creates a data file called a BOM Extract that contains the list properties of the defined items.

 You are prompted with a name for the extract that is based on the current date and time.  Based on Assembly: This should always be selected to ensure that all of the parts know the assemblies to which they belong. Figure 22-7  Complete model: If this box is selected. If you do not select the option this assembly information is not collected.  OR if you want to create a new extract with different properties. o Click the Next button. Lists  If you want to create a new extract with the same properties (and up to date data) you can click the Next button. If you only want the selected objects. you should select them before starting the Create Lists command. o In the rest of the dialog box. selecting any other option restricts the items included in the BOM to those that match those criteria. o Include derived documents information: If you want to display information regarding drawings you must select this box. the entire model is searched for objects that match the other criteria. click the New button in the top left. enter a name. Figure 22-8 341 . only the selected objects are searched or considered for inclusion in the BOM. otherwise you can leave it empty. If this is not selected. and click the Next button.

The BOM Template Editor displays. That is outside the scope of this training guide Contact your Autodesk representative for more information.  Click the Create Lists button. click (Edit Prototypes) Figure 22-9  Select a prototype and open it. Custom title block – company logo  In the Output tab > Document Manager panel. BOM Template Editor The BOM Template editor enables you to define custom templates for generating lists.Autodesk Advance Steel 2018 Essentials – Metric  The default name is fine. but it might help to edit it to make it more recognizable regarding its purpose or contents. Figure 22-10 342 .

Lists  Select the title block. 343 .  Click in the title block and type “TEXT” in the command line. Figure 22-12  Define the start point and height of your text and type your own custom one. right-click and choose Block Editor from the menu. Figure 22-11  Select and delete the Autodesk logo text.

Figure 22-14  If you right-click on the added text you can access the text properties. color etc.  You can also add a new custom one. 344 . click the small arrow to edit the text style. such as text type.Autodesk Advance Steel 2018 Essentials – Metric Figure 22-13  In the Labels and Dimensions tab. by clicking the New button. Text panel.

g. Figure 22-16 Figure 22-17 345 . your company logo). Lists Figure 22-15  You can also type “IMAGE” in the command line to insert an image in the title block (e.

346 .  The template for this list is displayed in the main central pane.  Click Use in the bottom right corner. Alternatively. select the required list format that you want to generate. you can access the BOM Template Editor after creating an extract. You can open the BOM Template Editor by clicking (BOM Editor) in the Output tab > Document Manager panel and then generate lists from existing BOM extracts.Autodesk Advance Steel 2018 Essentials – Metric The BOM Template Editor also contains the complete list of templates that are already available from which you can generate a list. select the required extract on which to base the list and click the OK button. Figure 22-18  In the top right pane.  In the Select Model Extract dialog box.

Lists Figure 22-19 Your list is immediately generated and displayed in the RDF Viewer. 347 . You must have a BOM Extract created before you can create a list using the BOM Template Editor.

Figure 22-20 Every time the Document Manager is opened. However. If you change the central pane to the Preview tab you can display the BOM and print it using the icon at the top. it checks whether each list is up to date. so the time and date in the file name of the extract are now meaningless). so the only option for updating an existing list is to select it and click the Force Update button. Revision control is not available for lists. The existing list is updated as is any BOM Extract on which it was based (a new extract is not created. If a list is not up to date.4 Managing Lists If you save the RDF files for your lists in the BOM sub-folder of your project folder the list is displayed in the List area in the Document Manager. it is listed as Update Required. it cannot be opened or exported. 348 .Autodesk Advance Steel 2018 Essentials – Metric 22.

Other Documents Chapter 23 – Other Documents This chapter contains the following topics:  NC Files  DXF Files  Sharing Models and Drawings  Data Exchange 349 .

If you have not selected anything. A report of errors in your NC files might also display. NC files for the entire structure are created. The program files are typically known as NC files (NC = Numeric Control) and the content of these files can be complicated. There are certain standards regarding the limits of NC manufacture. Several other file types that might be useful are also available.  In the Home tab > Documents panel. click (NC). such as to how close a hole can be drilled to the edge of the material. Ideally you can adjust the model so that no such errors occur.1 NC Files Drawings and Lists are not the only types of file that the Autodesk® Advance Steel software can create. Figure 23-1  An individual file is created for each section or plate in your model.Autodesk Advance Steel 2018 Essentials – Metric 23. Criteria are defined. Creating the DSTV files for your model in the Autodesk® Advance Steel software is quick and easy. If you only want to produce specific parts you should select them before starting the NC command. The text contents of the file are displayed in the Preview tab. Providing programs for these machines that are produced directly from your model can help reduce errors (resulting from human input to the machines). The actual NC file is correct according to the model even if it says these errors exist. 350 . The NC files are automatically created and stored in the path Project folder\DStV\NC. Modern manufacturing machinery is often computer controlled. These are considered when creating the NC files and anything that does not meet the standard is flagged as an error. The content is defined by a standard called DSTV that is recognized by the machinery. The files are also controlled by the Document Manager and are located in DStV file\DStV-NC.

the DSTV standard at all times.NC files in the NC folder.ERR. Other Documents Figure 23-2 The DSTV standard The Document Manager prompts you if a file is out of date and permits specific enables you to Force Update the file.NC. NC Files that have an error have the file the standard extension *. the file can still be used in an NC machine (at your The NC files discretion). 351 . If you remove the *. send the manufacturer all of the manufacturers work differently or interpret *. There is no revision control on selections and NC files. file name. Some machine To use the NC file for manufacture. Although the lines are identified for you it is not Autodesk Advance recommended that you try to edit the NC files directly. If you want to Steel software are fix the errors you should adjust the model accordingly and update the strictly according to NC file. It might be necessary to adjust some settings in Management Tools > Settings > Defaults to suit a specific manufacturer’s machinery.ERR from the end of the differently to others. The lines in the Error files that cause the problem start produced by the with two asterisks **. options.

As NC files. You can send these files to the manufacturer. The resulting DXF files have the file extension *. these are extremely quick and easy to produce in the Autodesk® Advance Steel software.2 DXF Files Another type of file that is used with computer controlled machinery. If you do not have anything.Autodesk Advance Steel 2018 Essentials – Metric 23. click (DXF (all objects) Figure 23-3  OR In the Output tab > NC & DXF panel. click (DXF (plates) as required. especially for profiling plates. Figure 23-4 DXF files for all of the selected objects are produced in a few seconds. the selected files for the entire structure are produced.DXF and are saved in the file path project folder\DSTV\NC. is a DXF file.  In the Home tab > Documents panel. 352 .

enabling you to update them as needed. Other Documents Figure 23-5 The Document Manager controls these files as well. They are located in DSTV-NC-DXF. There is no revision control for these files. 353 . The Preview tab displays the contents of the file (a simple outline with a label).

with the plant designers for plant layout or with the BIM manager for coordination.3 Sharing Models and Drawings Autodesk® Advance Steel 3D models and 2D drawings can be opened in plain AutoCAD 2018 or AutoCAD LT 2018 once the Advance Steel 2018 object enabler has been installed on the computer. This object enabler is automatically installed with Advance Steel 2018. 354 . using the 3D DWF:  Click the (Application Menu) > Export > 3DWF. the standard 3D DWF format file can be used. You might also want to share your model with the structural engineer for structural analysis.Autodesk Advance Steel 2018 Essentials – Metric 23. but you need to download & install it from the Autodesk Knowledge Network on computers where Advance Steel 2018 is not installed. The software has several ways of achieving these needs. perhaps for coordination. For example you can export the Advance Steel model to Navisworks. Export Advance Steel Model to Autodesk® Navisworks If you want to provide someone with a viewable model.

Other Documents Figure 23-6  In the dialog box. OR  Click (Export to Navisworks). Figure 23-7  The 3DWF file is automatically opened in Navisworks (if installed on your computer).  Click Save. in the Export & Import tab > Navisworks panel. enter the required file path and name or click the Browse button. 355 .

The easiest way to convert all of the appropriate Autodesk® Advance Steel objects to ACIS is:  Delete all of the joint boxes. Therefore. such as information about the part mark. etc … The DWF can also be marked up electronically and sent back. and measurements. the section size. 356 . Figure 23-8 Explode to ACIS If you want to give your model to use in another 3D modeling package you need to convert the objects to ACIS solids. they can be useful for approval purposes. Ensure that you do this in a safe copy of your model file because you cannot undo after the explode and all of the Autodesk Advance Steel intelligence is going to be lost. redlining. navigate around them in real-time and review the model using a set of tools including comments. viewpoint.Autodesk Advance Steel 2018 Essentials – Metric Navisworks allows users to open and combine 3D models. the weight. The 3D DWF file created out of the Advance Steel 3D model supports transfer of both object geometry and associated metadata. ACIS is a neutral format for modeling 3D solids.  Select any Joint Boxes around the stairs and delete.

o Right-click and select Explode to ACIS. click (Select Marked Objects).  Press <Delete>. in the Selection category. Other Documents  In the Advance Steel Tool Palette. Figure 23-9 o Click OK.  Explode to ACIS. click the Reset selection button o In the Objects tab. 357 . select the required modeled objects. o In the General tab. in the Selection category. click (Search Filter). o In the Advance Steel Tool Palette. in the Selection Filters category. o In the Advance Steel Tool Palette. click (Joint Boxes).

in the Selection category. Figure 23-11 If the objects from the previous step remain selected as well it should not matter as long as they are now selected. in the Selection category. o In the Advance Steel Tool Palette. o In the Advance Steel Tool Palette. 358 . select at least the required objects. o In the Objects tab. click (Clear Marked Objects). click (Search Filter).Autodesk Advance Steel 2018 Essentials – Metric Figure 23-10  Explode the remaining Autodesk® Advance Steel parts (if you have any).

Figure 23-12  You can check the file that you have added to the explode list in the new Batch Explode folder in the selection tree. click (Document Manager). 359 . Exploding Drawings If you want to explode your 2D drawings to DWG files containing only CAD entities. in the Selection category. o Enter the Explode command in the Command Line. Other Documents o Click OK. you need to follow this procedure. Note: With the Advance Steel Object Enabler you can open the DWG files directly into the solid modeling software. o In the Advance Steel Tool Palette.  Locate the drawings that you want to share and select them (you can use <Shift> and <Ctrl> to select more than one file). click (Select Marked Objects). The exploded model should look identical but all of the Autodesk ® Advance Steel intelligence is removed and the objects are just solids.  In the Home tab > Documents panel.  Click the Add to Explode button. This file could now be used in the AutoCAD software or exported as an ACIS *.SAT file for importing into any other solid modeling software. such as the Autodesk Inventor software or Solid Edge.

When you have added all of the required files to the Explode list click OK.  You are prompted to confirm the explode in a dialog box. Click OK. The original Autodesk® Advance Steel drawings have not changed. The drawing files in this folder contain standard AutoCAD elements and all of the Autodesk® Advance Steel intelligence has been lost. The drawings are exploded. 360 .Autodesk Advance Steel 2018 Essentials – Metric Figure 23-13  If you have added a file to the list by mistake you can remove it by right-clicking on it and selecting Remove Item from list. The exploded drawings are located in the DetailsExploded sub-folder of the project folder.

 CIS/2: File extension is *.4 Data Exchange If you want to share files with users of other specialist steelwork software for analysis or design purposes.txt. Using the Export & Import panel.  PSS: File extension is *. File extension is *. File extension is *.IFC. File extension is *.stp.stp. section/size.  PML: Export only.  KISS: Export only. material. 361 .  3D DWF: For import into the Autodesk® Navisworks software.  SMLX: For sharing with other Autodesk software. Figure 23-14 Although many systems can read or write many of these file types.  SDNF: It stands for Steel Detailing Neutral File  STD: Native StaadPro file format  IFC: IFC2x3 standard. the following special formats are available in the Autodesk® Advance Steel software.kss. Other Documents 23. the preferred option varies depending on the system.  SFR: Export model information from Advance Steel to FabTrol. a number of different file standards are available. In each case the file contains data describing the position. such as Autodesk® Revit software or Autodesk® Robot Structural Analysis Professional.

This is not an error. but is the result of different requirements in different systems. the Autodesk® Advance Steel software compares the data to a list in its database to be able to translate it. materials. When reading or writing one of these files. etc.. or axes).g. Note: Depending on the use of the model it might be constructed in a different way or specific properties might be entered differently (e. If data is exchanged regularly. For example.Autodesk Advance Steel 2018 Essentials – Metric coating. Therefore it contains more information than the Sharing Models and Drawings methods. If the data is not found in the list you are prompted to enter or select the appropriate translation. 362 . The selection is then added to the list and you are not prompted again. if the PSS file prompts you that the material is Steel. section names. rework can be minimized by taking other users’ needs into account with the way the model is constructed. you are prompted to select an appropriate grade of steel. In some cases the result of the data exchange might not be very useful.

Other Documents 363 .

Autodesk Advance Steel 2018 Essentials – Metric Appendix A – Drawing Prototypes This chapter contains the following topics:  Editing a Prototype  Title Block  Drawing Frame  BOMs on Drawings  Revision Table  Other Information  Printing Setup 364 .

The easiest way to open a prototype for editing is:  In the Output tab > Document Manager panel.1 Editing a Prototype The Appendices in this training guide cover topics that might be of interest to beginners or are closely related to topics that have already been covered. which has already navigated to the correct path for your prototypes. 365 . The prototype opens for editing as needed. click (Edit Prototypes). The Autodesk® Advance Steel software comes with a set of typical drawing sheets. but can be covered during the course at the discretion of the course instructor. but it is common to want to customize some aspects to suit your company needs.  Select the file that you want to edit and click the Open button. The prototypes are stored in the installation folder of the Autodesk® Advance Steel software on your hard drive. Drawing Prototypes A. Figure A-1  A normal file open window displays. This information is primarily provided as a reference. but are outside the scope of the essential training. The drawing prototypes are blank drawing sheets that are used to create the drawing views.

2 Title Block The title block in any drawing prototype is an AutoCAD block called HYPERSTEELPAGEHEADER. the software completes all of the attributes. Note: Although the block has the same name in all of the prototypes. such as the Project Data that is completed when creating a new Project file. You can edit the block to any required geometry and replace the logo with your company logo as needed. Attributes are used for the drawing information. using recognized tokens as tags. it is not actually the same block. Do not copy the block from one file to another.  Select the block HYPERSTEELPAGEHEADER. you must use an attribute tag from the list of recognized Tokens.Autodesk Advance Steel 2018 Essentials – Metric A. If you want the Autodesk Advance Steel software to complete the value of an attribute with intelligent text. In the title block. DO NOT change the name of this block. Figure A-2 366 . When creating a drawing. right-click and select Block Editor. The recommended procedure for editing a title block in a prototype file is as follows:  Open the prototype.

 In the Block Editor. the drawing number. edit the attributes as needed. The following tokens can be used in title blocks: Token Description Be careful when PROJECT Project Name using the token for PROJECT_NO Project No. CLIENT Client Name It needs to be either BUILDING Building Name POS_NUM for a BUILDING_LOCATION Location of the building single sheet part and CONTRACTOR Contractor Name assemblies or DATE_ORDER Date of Order DRAWING_NO for DATE_CONSTR Dare of construction other drawings. Use tokens where you want the software to complete the value for you. DESIGNER Checked by DETAILER Detailed by MODEL_DWG Name of model. edit the geometry and general text as needed. ensuring that you save the block as you exit. Drawing Prototypes  In the Block Editor. DRAWING_NO Drawing number POS_NUM Piece mark of the object DATE_DRAW Date of created drawing SCALE Scale used for detail 367 . Figure A-3  Close the Block Editor.dwg.

Autodesk Advance Steel 2018 Essentials – Metric MATERIAL Material of the object REVISION_INDEX Revision index REVISION_AUTHOR Revision created by REVISION_DATE Revision date REV_COMMENT Revision description COATING Coating of the object PHASE Phase/Lot of the object FILENAME The name of the DWG file ROLE Model role NAME Description of the part OBJECTYPE Object Type / Section Name QUANTITY Quantity of the part required USERATTR1-USERATTR10 User Attributes 1-10 USERPROJATTR1 Project user attribute 1 USERPROJATTR2 Project user attribute 2 USERPROJATTR3 Project user attribute 3 USERPROJATTR4 Project user attribute 4 USERPROJATTR5 Project user attribute 5 REV_DETAILS Revision Details GRIDREFERENCE The object position reported to grid SINGLEPARTPOSNUM Single part mark of object DRAWING_NO_PREFIX The object prefix APPROVAL_STATUS Drawing Approval Status APPROVAL_DATE Drawing Approval Date APPROVAL_COMMENT Drawing Approval Comment 368 .

3 Drawing Frame The drawing frame is an AutoCAD block called HYPERSTEELPAGEFRAME. 369 . but must not change the name of the block. You can edit the geometry of this frame as needed. Drawing Prototypes A.

4 BOMs on Drawings To use a list on a drawing it is recommended that you place it in the prototype file as follows:  In the Labels & Dimensions tab > Management panel. If it displays geometry and tokens it is a new style BOM. if the BOM displays a diagonal line and Update Required it is an old style BOM. In your prototype. The templates in the BOM template editor are in the old system.  The BOM Properties dialog box opens. select the corresponding box in this tab. o Layout tab: The BOM can change size to suit the information it contains.  Second point: Select the diagonally opposite point of the area where you want the BOM to be located. o Template tab: Select the BOM template that you want to use for the BOM. The system for the templates of lists in drawings has been updated to improve performance by up to 50% and to increase flexibility.  First point: Select one corner of the area where you want the BOM to be located. Ask your Figure A-4 Autodesk representative for more information. Otherwise the list cannot change length to suit the number of lines required. click (Insert a drawing list).  Close the dialog box. If you do not want a corner to move. You usually leave either both top or both bottom boxes cleared.Autodesk Advance Steel 2018 Essentials – Metric A. 370 .

in the Labels & Dimensions tab > Management panel. 371 . (Update lists).  Use the Update lists command. The list is automatically updated with the information from the model. Figure A-5 To update a list  Select a previously created frame. Update Lists This command. updates the lists in the BOM on drawings. Drawing Prototypes The BOM is empty or displays tokens rather than proper information if the prototype is not linked to any specific parts.

 The Revision Table Properties dialog box opens. Figure A-6  Lower left corner: Select the corner of the area where you want the table to be located. However.Autodesk Advance Steel 2018 Essentials – Metric A. if you want to use different ones. you can insert a new one as follows:  In the Labels & Dimensions tab > Management panel.5 Revision Table All of the prototypes already include revision tables.  Upper right corner: Select the opposite corner of the area where you want the table to be located. Figure A-7 372 . click (Revision Table).

 Heading tab: Set the formatting for the column headings. 373 .  Close the dialog box. Drawing Prototypes  Columns tab: Select the columns that you want to display in your table.  Layout tab: Select the layout that you want to use for your table and set the number of rows of revision history that you want to display.  Column Format tab: Set the formatting for each column’s data.

many prototypes have notes about change the settings in standard bolts. holes. 374 . For example. or welds.Autodesk Advance Steel 2018 Essentials – Metric The existing notes A. If you your prototypes. Management Tools > Settings > Defaults you have to edit the notes manually.6 Other Information about standard weld or hole sizes are not You can place any other text or geometry that you want to use in intelligent.

To set up the default printing settings. skip the next four steps. Figure A-9  Select Page Setup Manager. Drawing Prototypes A. right-click on a tab. complete the following procedure in each prototype. The quickest way to do so is to use (Edit Prototypes) in the Output tab > Document Manager panel. Figure A-8  At the bottom left side.  Open the prototype.  In the dialog box verify whether the required print settings are already in the list. Pre-defined printers are not provided in the prototypes.7 Printing Setup To take advantage of the batch print facility in the Document Manager you should set up the correct printing options in each prototype file. If they are. 375 .

g.Autodesk Advance Steel 2018 Essentials – Metric Figure A-10  Click the New button in the dialog box. Ensure that you select AdvanceSteel. 376 . Figure A-11  Set the plot settings as if you were plotting manually.. A3 Laserjet).  Enter a name for the setup (e.ctb as the Pen Table to plot in black and white with the correct line thicknesses based on the default AS color scheme.

Drawing Prototypes Figure A-12  Click the OK button and your new setup should display in the list.  Select your preferred default setup in the list and click the Set Current button. 377 .

 Save and close the prototype. 378 . The Batch Plot in the Document Manager uses the current print setup for each file when plotting. Once this process has been completed any new drawings that you create inherit the default print settings.Autodesk Advance Steel 2018 Essentials – Metric Figure A-13  Close the Page Setup Manager dialog box.

BOM Template Appendix B – BOM Template Editors This chapter contains the following topics:  Introduction  Element Properties  Tokens  Formatting  List Structure  Report Contents 379 .

You cannot edit templates in the Advance area in the list.Autodesk Advance Steel 2018 Essentials – Metric B. Figure B-2 380 . To access the BOM Template Editor. click (BOM Editor) in the Output tab > Document Manager panel. The most obvious adjustment would be to replace the standard logo with your company logo.1 Introduction As with drawing prototypes you might need to adjust some basic elements of the BOM templates to suit your company needs. Figure B-1 Locate the template that you want to edit in the top right pane.

such as fonts and colors. Figure B-3 Images To change the image in the logo. You can adjust these properties to suit your needs. Figure B-4 381 . up to a maximum of approximately 200kb in size. select the Image line in the Properties and then click the ellipses symbol (.2 Element Properties All of the boxes and elements in the template can be edited.. BOM Template B..) at the end of the line. You can select a file that is in any common image format. Select the element in the template that you want to edit and the lower right pane displays a list of properties.

Figure B-5 382 .Autodesk Advance Steel 2018 Essentials – Metric Text To change plain text you can edit the contents in the Text box in the Properties pane. The font properties can also be set here.

Figure B-6 383 . BOM Template B. right-click on the box and select Field Content.3 Tokens To change intelligent text. Select the required token in the list on the left side of the dialog box.

If you export the list to Microsoft Excel. lists are normally printed in black and white so you should representative. line up the left and right edges as much as possible across the entire report. such as lines and shapes.4 Formatting To edit the border of a cell. To avoid this. 384 . a new column is added to the left and right edges of every box in the report. if a cell in the report header overlaps the Weight column in details. Figure B-7 Note that this editor Cosmetic elements. virtually any format of When using these icons the last element selected is the one that list with a huge range does not change and the others change to suit. described here. Autodesk However. can be added by contains more than is dragging from the palette on the left. of information that can be included. Therefore. right-click on it and select Format Border. For more information on creating custom list Figure B-8 templates please contact your You can also set the foreground and background color of any box. Edit the border properties in the dialog box as needed. select colors that are going to print clearly. two columns are displayed in Excel.Autodesk Advance Steel 2018 Essentials – Metric B. It is possible to create Elements can be aligned using the icons in the toolbar at the top.

BOM Template B. GroupHeader1 might contain information about the assembly and GroupFooter1 would display the total weight of the assembly. an assembly list would be grouped by the assembly. Therefore. 385 . which only display at the top of the first page and end of the last page respectively. The Detail line is repeated for every element on the list. Groups can be nested inside other groups and can be tracked using the counter. weight. GroupHeaderX and GroupFooterX enclose the groups in the list. For example. The top level of the structure is ReportHeader and ReportFooter. etc. PageHeader and PageFooter are repeated at the top and bottom of each page.5 List Structure Each list is divided into various sections controlling the structure of the output. quantity. This is the line on which you can enter each part’s name. Correct grouping can be difficult to achieve so it is recommended that you copy a list that is already grouped in the required fashion and then edit the other contents.

such as bolts.6 Report Contents Each BOM template can filter the data for specific types of objects. Figure B-10 386 . To control this you can use the Report Contents box. beams. select the object types that you want to include on the BOM.  Ensure that the template for the required list is displayed.  Open the BOM Editor. or plates.  Select Report Contents from the menu. Figure B-9  In the Report Contents box.Autodesk Advance Steel 2018 Essentials – Metric B.  Right-click on the template name in the tree structure at the top right.

Straight Beams include all of the Beams with saw cuts and Beams with holes. and Anchors on Site. Some entries that are available in the Report Contents box are sub- sets of other groups of items.. M20 x 50 CSK – 8. and washer as separate items (e. Note that there are entries for Exploded Bolt and Exploded Anchors as well as Bolts.  Save the template. 387 . For example.. and M20 Flat Steel Washer). you cannot select both options at the same time. BOM Template  Click the OK button. Therefore. the list displays each bolt. The Bolts and Anchors entries provide the full bolt assembly details as one entry (e.g. Site Bolts. M20 Hexagonal Nut – Gr8. Anchors. so you should include both Bolts and Site Bolts in your lists and do the same for Anchors.8. M20x50 CSK 8.8 – Bright Zinc Plated – Standard) and you are expected to understand the meaning of standard in terms of nuts and washers.g. The later options are only for listing those specific objects rather than every beam. If the Exploded versions are selected. It is also important to note that bolts and anchors are normally fitted on site. nut.

Autodesk Advance Steel 2018 Essentials – Metric Appendix C – Advance Steel Options This chapter contains the following topics:  Defaults 388 .

Advance Steel Options C.  Select Defaults. etc. 389 .1 Defaults The system for setting options in the Autodesk® Advance Steel software is different to other programs. You access these settings as follows:  In the Home tab > Settings panel. Figure C–1  A window opens displaying a navigation tree. The system is called Management Tools and the basic program settings are located in Defaults. (Management Tools) The Management Tools interface opens.

390 . o Locate and select the required settings in the panel on the right. o Select the new value or required option.Autodesk Advance Steel 2018 Essentials – Metric Figure C–2  For each option o Use the arrow symbols to expand or collapse the sections in the tree and select the sub-group in each section. o A description displays in a tooltip if you hover the cursor over the name of the setting and the possible values on the right.

the changes do not take effect until the next time you start the Autodesk Advance Steel software. There are over 1500 options in total. 391 . Advance Steel Options Figure C–3  Once you have changed all of the required settings. click Load Settings in Advance. If you do not click Load Settings in the Management Tools. Figure C–4  Close the Management Tools. To help you find the required entry you can use the Filter.

Collision Minimum volume of the Minimum volume of the Control collision solid. If the value is large. the volumes of collision under this value are not displayed in the collision report. Tool Diameter 392 . Possible Section Material values are available in the Material table.Autodesk Advance Steel 2018 Essentials – Metric Figure C–5  Select the Use Filter option in the bottom left.  When you press <Enter> the settings list is filtered to only display those entries that contain the search term. Some of the more common settings to adjust include the following: Group Default Explanation Beam Coating for Sections Coating for beams. If this value is small. Possible values are available in the Coating table. all of the collisions are displayed in a collision check report. Material for beams. collision solid that is recognized in a collision check [mm3].  Enter the search term in the Filter line (avoid plurals).

Drawing – Dimension style for… Name of the AutoCAD Dimensioning dimension style used for that type of dimension in details. North axis text for Text displayed in the compass.. Representation type of the Bolt representation during first bolt creation in model. High strength bolt diameter Standard high strength bolt diameter of all manually created bolts. Bolt/Anchor name General name of a bolt or anchor (e. Advance Steel Options The scale factor applied to the bolt diameter when checking for tool clearance. Text displayed in the compass in the model and in drawings. Treat special parts as Treat special parts as normal normal objects objects for bolt length calculation. compass in the model and in drawings.. High strength bolt type High strength bolt type or standard. used on drawings and in lists). Compass East axis text for compass. Elements Na2W means nut and two washers).g. Hole tolerance Hole tolerance for all bolts and anchors.g. Possible values are available in the Norm table. Running dimension 393 . Connecting Bolt assembly Parts of a bolt assembly (e.

Allow Duplicate workshop If set to zero you cannot drawings. Standalone part – detailing Select whether standalone behavior. produce more than one drawing per part or assembly. Set to 0 to prevent this. Model Role of an object. Ensure that it matches your prototypes. part deleted) are reused. parts should be treated as parts. Layer Default layers used for Activate more automatic layer Assignment AS objects based on object management based on the role. values not found alert box 394 . Labeling drawings. or old BOM templates in drawings. Drawing – Color of… Color of specified line type in Presentation drawings. assemblies. Do not display labels for holes with standard diameter (diameter specified by Default diameter for the standard holes default).g.Autodesk Advance Steel 2018 Essentials – Metric shows negative dimension. General Message box when Select whether the Template template values not found. Numbering Assign Unused If set to 1 any numbers that Numbers are unused (e. Drawing – Standard hole diameter on Diameter for standard holes. or both.. triangle. Ordinate dimensions display negative dimensions relative to the RD point. Reference length for the Reference length for slope slope triangle. Do not display labels for standard holes. Drawing – Use the new BOM on Select whether to use the new General Drawing.

Show the revision index. Revision Revision control cloud Select whether to put a cloud Control marking method. Advance Steel Options should be displayed when placing joints. around the part. Select whether the revision index should be labeled next to each cloud. calculating the size of a developed plate. Elongation for unfolding Select the method used for calculation method. Derived documents are Select whether your drawings copied on Save As. the dimension. or both. 395 . and BOMs are copied when you do a Save As on a model file.

Autodesk Advance Steel 2018 Essentials – Metric Appendix D – User Sections This chapter contains the following topics:  Introduction  Layers and Basic Elements  Key Points  Generate Sections 396 .

A few of the macros and joints are specialized and work from a restricted list of appropriate sections. Creation of a user section is done in the following stages:  Draw the section on specific layers. All of the joints in the Connection Vault work.1 Introduction The Autodesk® Advance Steel software includes a library of hundreds of different section types from all over the world. 397 . they might not work with your user section because that would not be appropriate.  Define the key points. Therefore. A User Section can be created and then used in the same way as any other section in the system. Each of the section types includes many different sizes. However.  Generate in the library. as do the structural elements macros. sometimes you might need to create a customized section or to use a proprietary section from a manufacturer. the library includes many thousands of standard sections. The software has tools that enable you to create such sections and to use them like the standard sections. User Sections D. Therefore.

Therefore. User Section panel. This layer is for the approximate section. On this layer you should draw the exact outer shape of your section with precise dimensions.  Inner Contour: If your section is hollow. including all of the small details. such as a rectangular hollow section. Each part of the section must be drawn on the correct layer to be recognized by the software when generated.  Outer Contour: All of the sections must have an outer contour or shape. this is the simplified shape. without fillet radii or similar objects. The frame should be a rectangle that surrounds the section drawing and labels. so you should not include fillet radii or other small details (see Exact Outer Contour below).Autodesk Advance Steel 2018 Essentials – Metric D. Each individual section must be enclosed in a frame. Figure D-1 The following describes the available layers:  Frame: If defining a range of sections or sizes you can draw the entire range in one DWG file. you should draw the shape of the hollow on this layer. sections are defined by drawing the section on specific layers and importing them into the Autodesk Advance Steel software.  Exact Outer Contour: This layer should contain a precise drawing of your section.2 Layers and Basic Elements In simple terms. As with the outer contour. by clicking (Layer drop down list). as you draw each part of your section you must first select the appropriate layer in the Extended Modeling tab. such 398 .

if needed. Examples of each element are as follows. which is the name of the section class for your section. including any fillet radii or other small details. This drawing should be on top of the simplified Outer Contour. For clarity the exact contours have been moved away from the simplified ones. Figure D-2 399 . The simplified inner and outer contours are used most of the time in the model to maximize performance. Existing examples would include RB 1 5/16 or HEA360. The required elements can be drawn using standard AutoCAD commands. This is equivalent to UK Universal Column or GUSChannel 8240-97. The four contours must be closed polylines.  Exact Inner Contour: This is the precise hollow.  Section Name: This layer should also contain a single piece of text that is the actual name of this section and size. User Sections as fillet radii.  Section Class: On this layer you should place a single piece of text. The exact inner and outer contours are used when creating element contours and clash checking. but you should draw them on top of each other.

 Snap to the outer contour at the point to insert a reference axis: Select the appropriate point.3 Key Points After the section has been drawn you must identify the key points used by the Autodesk Advance Steel software for placing the system line and coordinate systems. Figure D-3 These points can only be placed on the snap points of lines. The construction line can be on any layer other than the special ones that are used to define the section or you can delete the line after placing the reference axis. The construction line must not remain on one of the special layers when generating the section or it can cause errors. Reference Axis First you must define the nine possible locations of the system line in the profile.Autodesk Advance Steel 2018 Essentials – Metric D. This would apply to the center-center point in the example. Therefore. click (Reference Axis drop-down list). 400 . you might need to draw construction lines to identify the key point. Do the following for each of the nine points in turn:  In the Extended Modeling tab > User Section panel.

only the location matters. click (Add Coordinates). User Sections The reference axis symbols are oriented according to the element on which they are placed: this is frequently not oriented correctly. In the example there are four obvious outer contour edges on which to place coordinates. Figure D-4 Add Coordinates Finally.  Repeat as required. To define these surfaces:  In the Extended Modeling tab > User Section panel. you should define the surfaces in which the UCS systems can be placed using the UCS at Object command. The orientation of the symbol does not matter. Each possible UCS displays as a magenta symbol of two arrows at 90°. Select any point on the outer contour edge to which you want to add a possible UCS. 401 . Figure D-5  Select an outer contour face at which to define a coordinate system.

Autodesk Advance Steel 2018 Essentials – Metric Figure D-6 402 .

If you only have one section in your drawing. User Sections D. 403 . but this does not have the section(s) again an effect on the final result. OR if you have more than one section in your drawing you might prefer to use:  In the Extended Modeling tab > User Section panel. If you want to use the same section on another computer Figure D-8 or to do anything to the Autodesk Advance Steel This also works if there is only one section in your drawing.e. was successfully created should display. on each computer on which you want to After generating the section a confirmation message that the section use them. you can use:  In the Extended Modeling tab > User Section panel. you need to generate it. click (Generate Selected Section).4 Generate Sections You have now defined all of the details that are required for the section. To add the section to the Autodesk Advance Steel library. You should keep the DWG drawing file of your section in a safe place. Figure D-7  Select objects: Select the frame around your section and accept. click (Generate All Sections). the command might seem to be jumping from reinstall or upgrade) you need to generate one section to another in a strange sequence. If you installation (i. have many sections..

Autodesk Advance Steel 2018 Essentials – Metric Figure D-9 Using User Sections After it’s generated. 404 . First select Other Sections in the Type drop-down list. Figure D-10 Then select your class name in the Class drop-down list. a user section can be used in the same way as any other standard section in any dialog box in which you can select the section type.

User Sections Figure D-11 The section name(s) display in the Size drop-down list for selection. Your section is placed and used as for any other section. Figure D-12 405 . The Standard display type displays the simplified section shape while the Exact display type displays the exact contours that have been defined.

The center of gravity point is calculated for you. If you use the UCS at Object command on this section only the faces that you have defined display UCS triads for the selection 406 .Autodesk Advance Steel 2018 Essentials – Metric Figure D-13 The nine offset points in the Positioning tab match the nine points that you have defined.

Basic CAD Practice Appendix E – Basic CAD Practice 407 .

If you require more than 30 minutes you might consider updating or improving your general CAD skills. Start a new blank file in the Autodesk Advance Steel software and recreate the following training drawing. including the three views and dimensions (no logo or border) and only using standard 2D CAD commands. It can be drawn in approximately 20 minutes by an experienced CAD user. you can complete the following practice. 2. Figure E-1 408 . 1.Autodesk Advance Steel 2018 Essentials – Metric Practice E1 Course Preparation As a warm up for the training course and to give you a chance to experience the Autodesk® Advance Steel CAD Platform.

Support and FAQ Pages 409 . Training Outline Appendix F – Training Outline This chapter contains the following topics:  Suggested Four Day Outline  Optional Topics or Further Training  Autodesk Links to Forums.

Each group being trained has different needs and is starting from different levels of experience. The timings are approximate and the subjects and breaks can be rearranged to suit the needs of the group. o Using Coordinate Systems. o Practice: Start training project. Therefore. the information is grouped into related topics and might not be in the same sequence that was used in training. o Practice: Draw grids for training project. certain subjects and topics are required by all of the users of the Autodesk® Advance Steel software and need to be covered in every training guide.1 Suggested Four Day Outline The material in this training guide is provided for reference after completing the training course. o File structure on disk. and Welds) o Concrete elements 410 . Therefore. every course can be slightly different. and save file. o Drawing Grids. o Viewing Tools. o Project Data. o Start with a template.  Warm Up/Basic CAD Skills Test: Maximum time 30 DAY 1 minutes. Anchors.  Getting Started.Autodesk Advance Steel 2018 Essentials – Metric F. as a starting point. Therefore. It provides students with a chance to focus their minds ready for training while giving the trainer a chance to assess their basic skills. complete project data. here is a suggested outline for a four day course covering all of the essential topics.  Basics o Beams o Plates o Connections (Bolts. Nevertheless. The trainer takes these factors into account and adjusts the training guide to suit.

Beam Features. Training Outline LUNCH  Basic Structure o Concrete o Portal Frame o Practice: Draw first Portal frame.  Joints Connection Vault Joint Tables Joint Copy Create all of the standard joints in a structure.  Plates Flat Plates Folded Plates LUNCH  Plate Features Chamfer/Fillet Contours Practice: Practice according to instructions in Chapter 11. 411 . o Transform Elements. o Practice: Draw all remaining sections in place. o Copy/Mirror. Plate Features. o Individual Beams. Plates and Chapter 12. etc. DAY 2  Beam Features Shorten Notch Contours Advance Trim/Extend Practice: Work in Feature Practice file and try the various features described in Chapter 10. o Practice: Copy Portal frame.

Autodesk Advance Steel 2018 Essentials – Metric  Connection Elements Bolts Welds Practice: Practice in Feature Practice file.dwg as special part in model. 412 .  Model Roles o Significance o Search Filter and Saved Searches. o Railing o Practice: Add railing to the training model (except round outside platform). o Special Parts o Practice: Add Mechanical Part.  Structural Elements o Bracing o Practice: Add bracing to the training model. o Cage Ladder o Practice: Add ladder and outside railing to the training model. DAY 3  Other Model Objects o Concrete o Practice: Add concrete foundation to our model.  Create Manual Joints at tops of columns C4 and D4. LUNCH  Validating Model o Collision Check o Find Results/Marking o Practice: Students fix some clashes and technical errors on their own. o Stairs o Practice: Add stairs to the training model.

o Practice: Number the training model.  Lists o Creating BOMs through Quick Documents. o Adding/editing annotation. o RDF Viewer o Creating BOMS from Extracts and BOM Editor. o Report contents. o Practice: Make some changes to training drawings.  BOM Templates o Replacing logo.  Numbering o Numbering methods. o Document Manager LUNCH  Editing Drawings o Editing Views o Adding sections. Training Outline o Practice: Create saved search for no model role and use it. Ensure that all parts have appropriate model role. o Practice: Create some lists from the training model.  Creating Drawings o Cameras/GA Views o Drawing Processes o Practice: Create Gas DAY 4  Creating Drawings (continuation) o Parts o Assemblies o Practice: Create part and assembly drawings from the training structure. 413 .

Autodesk Advance Steel 2018 Essentials – Metric  NC & DXF Files  Practice: Create NC files for all of the parts and DXF files for  Revision/Update Management o Show how Document Manager controls revisions o Show revision clouds.Defaults 414 .  Management Tools . etc. o Practice: Makes some change to model and revise documents.

o Model views o Create one example of each type of model view. o Groups o Create a group containing all of the parts of the mezzanine floor. o Conical plate.  Further Plates o Twisted folded plate. all of the Eaves Haunches).  Project Explorer o Levels o Create a level for 0m and 3m.  Joint Groups o Create joint in joint groups. Training Outline F.2 Optional Topics or Further Training The following topics can be covered if there is time and it is considered appropriate for the students.. o Saved Searches o Create a search for all of the parts without a model role. o Master joints. o Adding and removing existing joints to or from groups. o Link all of the associated joints together as joint groups (e. 415 . all of the main topics are contained in this training guide for personal review. Create some extra floor beams with the 3m level Active (or use the floor beams shown in main practice if they have not already been created). It is at the discretion of the trainer if and when to add these topics. Show that the beams move if the level height changes.g. Locate the master and change it to a different joint. Edit one joint in the group and show the other change together. Whether or not they are covered in the course.

 Editing Drawing Prototypes o Replace the Autodesk logo and change/add a token in the title block of one prototype. Create a drawing using that prototype and prove that it works correctly. o Finding results. o Use the provided Key Clamp library to add suitable fittings to the rail and create an assembly drawing with the fittings included. Add mounting flanges to two horizontal beams around the end of the hopper top.  Management Tools o Projects o Preferred Sizes 416 .  Special Parts o Show how to use proprietary parts in the model. such as Key Clamp fittings in the railings. o Split the model into sensible lots with a maximum of five tones each.Autodesk Advance Steel 2018 Essentials – Metric o Draw a hopper with a square top and circular bottom.  Lotting and Phasing o Assembly Weight calculations. Split the hopper into two sections so that it can be manufactured more easily from smaller plates. o Saved searches or Groups in Project Explorer (if not already covered).  Cladding o Add decking to the mezzanine floor and leave an opening around the water tank. o Perform a technical check and fix a number of the issues that are found.  Technical Check o What is the Technical Check and how to use it.

Training Outline o Object Properties  Joint Design  User Sections o How to define a user section. o Create a custom user section and place it in a model. 417 .

a Documentation Getting Started section.3 Autodesk Links to Forums. FAQs http://help. which include: What’s New. You can use it to gain support.autodesk. Advance Steel In the product help. you can learn about the main features of the Autodesk Advance Steel software. Autodesk Advance Steel 2018 Essentials – Metric F. and & frequently asked questions. additional learning.com/view/ADSTPR/2018/ENU/ 418 . and become part of the community of users. extended guides and workflows. Support and FAQ Pages The Autodesk Knowledge Network was created to give Autodesk users additional assistance.