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Advance Steel: Starting from Scratch and Becoming Fully Functional
Industry Talk    MSF11746
Erich Bretz
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Description

This class will explore techniques for introducing the use of Advance Steel software into the processes and workflows of a steel fabricator. Steel fabricators typically have very specific standards that govern how their documents look (and what their crews are expecting to see on those documents), what fabrication techniques can be utilized as a result of the available tools, and how to optimize the steel fabrication process and delivery. We will explore how to customize Advance Steel software to accommodate fabricator standards, produce common CNC (computer numerical control) files, and automatically create documents that display the information that fabrication crews can easily read and interpret. The overall goal is to enhance productivity and reduce rework and fabrication errors through customization tools within Advance Steel software.

Key Learnings

  • Learn how to customize the automatically generated fabrication drawings in Advance Steel to the liking of a steel fabricator
  • Learn how to incorporate custom connections that are commonly used by a steel fabricator for easy reuse on all detailing projects
  • Learn how to generate CNC output in common file formats that can be read and utilized by a steel fabricator's equipment
  • Learn best practices and pitfalls to avoid in Advance Steel to generate consistent, quality output drawings and data

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Erich Bretz's ability to quickly and effectively solve engineering challenges has given him the opportunity to work on a wide range of construction projects including healthcare, educational, institutional, multifamily residential, resort, office, and retail projects. In the recent past, he has established himself as a leader in Building Information Modeling (BIM) and virtual design and construction (VDC) technology. His extensive knowledge of these technologies has given him the opportunity to bring real value to owners, general contractors, fabricators, architects, and engineers on many projects. Bretz holds a BS in civil engineering with a minor in computer science, and an MS in structural engineering, all from the University of Illinois.
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Ryon Pax graduated from the University of Colorado at Boulder in 2011 with a Master’s degree in Civil Engineering. Ryon started using Revit in 2008 as an intern at S.A. Miro, Inc. After graduating from the University of Colorado in 2011, he continued to use Revit as a structural engineer for S.A. Miro through 2013. In 2013, Ryon made a career change to the BIM world where he is now working for MB BIM Solutions as a senior project engineer. As an engineer, he works closely with contractors to maximize productivity and efficiency as well as minimize cost through the use of BIM. Ryon currently uses Autodesk products for anything from creating basic structural drawings in Revit to clash detection in Navisworks Manage. He is also involved in developing standards and processes at MB BIM Solutions. Lastly, Ryon was a speaker and attendee at AU 2015 and 2016 and is always looking for ways to take advantage and share is knowledge of the powerful tools offered within the Autodesk products.
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