Autodesk announced last week that the upcoming release of Advance Steel 2018 will offer seamless consumption of Level of Development 350 Revit Models. Advance Steel 2018 is expected to be available globally April 1, 2017. Autodesk Steel Connections for Revit 2018 is expected to be available starting April 14. Advance Steel 2018 includes several enhancements designed to improve usability. For instance, it has been fully integrated into the AutoCAD platform so users will now have one simple installation and one licensing mechanism for their software. In addition, settings from one version of Advance Steel to the next can now be easily transferred with one simple interface to help users spend less time moving to a new version. The Autodesk Steel Connections for Revit 2018 release will include several major updates, including more than 130 parametric steel connections. These connections may be transferred to the Revit model to help improve design coordination between engineers and fabricators. The update will also have custom-made framing Revit families for custom sections and the ability to transfer code check for customized parameters. Autodesk said the improved operability means that engineers can deliver more accurate designs and bills of materials to the detailer and fabricator. And for the detailer, it means they can more quickly respond to design changes while delivering the files needed to drive steel fabrication. This interoperability will help steel detailers and fabricators take full advantage of the steel design model. Advance Steel 2018 also includes updates that allow users to better control documentation and customized model information. These new features include:
- Model views combined with cameras help to simplify the process of creating general arrangement drawings.
- Customized model information in DWG to communicate designs more effectively to other stakeholders.
- Blow-up Details – Callouts to help users save time on drawing creation.