How to Define User Coordinate System in Advance Design

17 August 2023Advance Design, Graitec3D Model, Analysis, BIM, FEA/FEM, finite element analysis, Structural, structural engineering



written by Achraf Ben Afia


In GRAITEC Advance Design, we work in the global coordinate system during defining the model and in both the global and local coordinate systems during analysis.

However, in some cases, we may need to build our model or study results using a specific coordinate system other than the default one.

To create a user-defined coordinate system, follow these steps:


  1.  Define the workplane using 3 points.
Advance Design user coordinate system ribbon

2.  Hide the workplane.

3.  Double-click on “Global Cartesian” in the status bar and create the coordinate system.

Advance Design user coordinate menu

4.  By doing this, you can input your model and loads using this user-defined coordinate system.

Additionally, you can always switch back to the Global Cartesian coordinate system.

Advance Design user coordinate system example

5.  To interpret the results according to the user-defined coordinate system, you need to open the “Results Settings” window and select the “User” coordinate system.

Advance Design user coordinate results


GRAITEC Advance Design is a mature and easy to use Finite Element Method structural analysis solution dedicated to structural engineers operating in a BIM environment. With it, you can design any type of structure with any type of loads, mixing timber, concrete and steel members.

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