Welcome to Better Workflows: Advance Design 2024

13 June 2023Advance Design, Architecture, Architecture and Engineering



Optimize your design and structural analysis processes and gain new computing capabilities with the newly released GRAITEC Advance Design 2024.

Part of the GRAITEC Advance suite, Advance Design 2024 provides you with enhanced user-centric functionalities and high-end benefits so you can deliver better projects.

Advance Design 2024 is enhanced with new user-centric functionalities with high-end benefits:

New computing capabilities directed towards sustainable design, including carbon emission estimations, cost estimations, as well as displacement control nonlinear analysis.
Enhancing the analysis of timber structures acc. Eurocode 5 by increasing the scope of verification, including new Eurocode checks for bearing, notches, compound sections, and the optimization of timber elements according to the deflection.
Updated steel structure design capabilities by allowing design checks of cold form sections acc. American AISI code, web buckling analysis sections acc. Eurocode 3 and new welded truss tube connections.
New concrete structure design capabilities with new options and improvements to RC design modules, including new shapes of bars for RC Slab, new drawing capabilities, or transferring rib results to RC Beam.
Enhanced user experience and program operations thanks to new improvements to facilitate everyday work, including templates for selections, new commands for faster selecting, and filtering sections on databases.
Advance Design 2024 also comes with a vast number of improvements and adjustments following the feedback received from thousands of users worldwide.

New computing capabilities enhance business agility
Your structural calculations and building analysis workflows can improve with the new features included in Advance Design 2024.

Carbon emission estimates – Determination of CO2 emissions based on carbon factors entered for materials and/or elements. Your path to designing a more sustainable future just got easier with the new CO2 emission calculator in Advance Design 2024. The calculator enables you to determine embodied carbon values more easily for structural elements and better assess the environmental impacts of the choices you make with structural elements and construction materials. The fundamental principle of an embodied carbon calculation is typically to multiply the quantity of a material by a carbon factor (normally measured in kgCO2e per kg of material). As the embodied carbon associated with the production stage is the largest contributor to the embodied carbon of a finished structure, production stage carbon factors (carbon factors for the production stage – modules A1-A3) are used for these calculations.

CO2 emission of planar elements displayed per element.

Cost estimations – Determination of costs based on unit prices for materials and/or elements.
You can better assess the economic impact of the choices you make on structural elements and construction materials using the new Advance Design Cost Calculator.

Cost estimation for materials report table

Displacement control nonlinear analysis – Broaden your ability to conduct nonlinear calculations using displacement increment steps.
Correctly analyze highly nonlinear problems with post-peak behaviors and easily manage snap-through problems.

Displacement control solver capturing the entire structural response.
(F – Load, D – Displacement, d – Equal displacement increments)

Defining initial constraints on linear elements per load case – Make easier decisions around defining and considering initial constraints. Include initial constraints more easily in combinations, as well as considering their impact on the rest of the structure.

Beam deflection due to pretension

Enhance steel structural design capabilities
You can now improve your workflow around verification and optimization of steel element structures.

Verification of steel cold-formed sections according to AISI S100 – You can now perform standard verification of cold-formed steel profiles according to the AISI S100-16 American standard.

Choosing the standard for the project

Shear web buckling analysis for I-sections according to EC3 – You can verify the stability of I-section webs (including the impact of transverse ribs) according to EN 1993-1-5.

Shape sheet

Enhancing the analysis of timber structures with Eurocode 5
Your workflow can improve around verification and optimization of timber element structures according to Eurocode 5 (EC5).

Design of spaced rectangular sections by EC5 – You can now verify timber beams and columns from compound profiles (consisting of two, three or four rectangular section branches) according to EN 1995-1-1.

Spaced beams as rafter tie and collar tie

Verification of bearing pressure on the support by EC5 – You can now perform additional verification for timber elements. You can also check compression perpendicular to the grain by support sizes, according to EN 1995-1-1 (6.1.5).

Shape sheet

Verification of beams with a notch at the support acc. EC5 – You can now perform additional verification for timber elements and check the notch on element ends, according to EN 1995-1-1 (6.5).

Shape sheet (detailed)

Optimization of timber elements according to deflection (EC5) – You can now automatically select the optimal timber section due to the deflection condition, according to EN 1995-1-1.

Suggested shapes dialog.

Enhanced user experience and program operation comfort
Improve the efficiency of your workflows and user experience with Advance Design 2024.

User templates for Selection – You can easily save and select templates with object selection. Your templates can contain both the current selection and the selection criteria.

New options for selection templates on the Element Selection window

New options for selecting identical elements – You can quickly select objects that are identical to a previous selection with new options. Easily adjust the range of properties being compared.

Common improvements to all design modules

Get faster workflows using templates and design elements in Advance Design 2024.

Applying project templates when a module is already opened – You can update settings from a template for a currently open project.


Location of the new command in the standalone version (left) and on the ribbon in Advance Design (right)

Displaying the steel ratio in the Info Panel – You can now quickly obtain information on a steel ratio.

RC Beam design module

Get faster workflows using Rib templates and design elements in Advance Design 2024.

Import geometry and internal forces from rib design – Your sections and design of internal forces can be more effective when importing beams with the rib option active.

Design bending moment for the entire monolithic rib beam in Advance Design

New options for defining supports – You now have the ability to specify whether a support is single-sided. You can also define beam supports to correctly generate drawings.

RC Column design module

Get faster workflows using geometry, design elements, and reinforcement in Advance Design 2024.

Different upper beams geometry – You can individually specify the length and width of the top beams and use that data to automatically determine buckling lengths.

Improvements to editing transverse reinforcement – You can quickly and precisely define and edit the distribution of transverse bars in the table with new definition methods.

RC Footing design module

Get faster workflows using automation, analysis visualization and geotechnical options in Advance Design 2024.

Representation of the substitute footing in viewports – You can get a visual representation of the substitute footing with the analysis activated.

Auto correction of reinforcement when crack widths are too large – You can keep concrete cracking within limits by automatically increasing the reinforcement.

New method of determining soil pressure – You can consider active and passive earth pressures using a new algorithm, in accordance with annex C of EN 1997-1.

RC Wall design module

Get faster workflows using automation options in Advance Design 2024.

Generation of drawing with schedules for bars and fabrics – You can automatically and simultaneously generate schedules for bars and fabrics, including a new drawing style.

Masonry Wall design module

Get more streamlined workflows using data management and graphical display options in Advance Design 2024.

Loads representation in viewports – You can more easily view defined loads, as well as imported internal forces, by displaying them graphically.

Saving the masonry data in databases per model – You can now more easily manage data from databases used by the Masonry Walls module. For convenient data management on a given project, databases are kept separate from the data of the current project.

RC Slab design module

Streamline your design workflows using customization, reinforcement options, and modelling improvements in Advance Design 2024.

New bar shapes – You can now generate U-shaped and two-bend bars on the edges of a slab.

New options for defining reinforcement solutions – Your options have increased to define reinforcement coverage with reinforcement areas.

New methods for defining reinforcement zones graphically – You can model reinforcement zones faster with additional graphic definition methods.

Improvements to drawings – Improve the appearance of your drawings with greater customisation of automatic reinforcement drawings for RC slabs. Work saving possibilities include separating drawings for reinforcement directions, improvements to bar annotations, better representation of openings, and a new option to hide grids in drawings.

Steel Connections design modules

Streamline your design workflows using new connection options in Advance Design 2024.

Welded truss tube connection – You now have new connection types to choose from, including a welded truss connection type with multiple diagonal configurations of square and rectangular tubes.

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