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Graitec EMEA Win Autodesk Platinum Award for Third Consecutive Year

21/03/18 – GRAITEC, an international BIM, Fabrication and Design software developer for AEC, and Autodesk® Platinum Partner across Europe, is delighted to announce winning the prestigious Autodesk Platinum Award for the third consecutive year, for the “Largest Net New Subscription Growth in Europe, Middle East and Africa (EMEA)”

Winning an Autodesk Platinum award is a spectacular achievement in a very challenging and hotly contested market place. But managing to achieve this accolade three consecutive years in a row is testament to a business that is clearly focussed on growth through its customer centric approach, not only helping clients achieve their own successes, but also assisting them to maximise the return on their Autodesk software investments.

Says Steve Houlder, Graitec COO: We were delighted to achieve a Platinum Award for the second-time last year. Being able to achieve our goal for a third consecutive year however is huge honour, and one that not only reinforces the chosen path for our strategic growth initiative, but also demonstrates the strength and depth of experience of all the Graitec teams across EMEA who’s commitment, professionalism and focus have helped make this achievement possible once more.

Says Manuel Liedot, Graitec CEO: The achievement of this award clearly illustrates our determination and commitment to the goal of becoming a leading global BIM provider and principal Autodesk Partner, as we continue to invest in strengthening our teams, our technology and service delivery.

I would like to congratulate all the Graitec teams involved for their hard work and dedication, as well as thanking all our loyal and new customers around the globe for their continued support.

Founded in 1986, GRAITEC is an international Autodesk Platinum Partner across Europe including an Autodesk Developer Partner and Autodesk AEC Solution Associate, delivering high-performance BIM solutions, bespoke add-ons and apps for Autodesk key AEC platforms.

Operating throughout 38 offices across 11 countries worldwide, GRAITEC offers its clients an extensive range of established software solutions combined with the full portfolio of Autodesk products and BIM suites which help address the most demanding projects needs and maximize productivity, efficiency and performance. With 450 employees amongst which there are 200 BIM consultants, GRAITEC is an innovation focused company whose products are used by more than 50,000 construction professionals worldwide.

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Julio Alfaro joins Graitec as Senior Application Engineer

Julio Alfaro joins Graitec Group

Graitec is proud to announce that Julio Alfaro has joined the firm’s North American office as a senior application engineer.

Recognized throughout the steel fabrication market for his technical expertise, Julio advises clients on national and international BIM matters and specializes in Structural Steel Fabrication. Julio strategically guides clients in their dealings with their BIM challenges, and mandates to win more business, be more profitable and efficient using the latest technology. He also has specific expertise with Autodesk Advance Steel and Autodesk Revit.

Julio’s practice includes helping customers implement, customize, support, and train their employees around the Autodesk BIM portfolio.

“Julio is one of the most impressive BIM Consultant of his generation. His arrival is excellent news for the whole company and for our clients, who will benefit from his surgical approach to BIM and thorough understanding of the workings of the construction industry players with whom they must cooperate,” stated Hugo Michaud, Graitec Inc. Managing Director.

Before joining Graitec, Julio Alfaro was a Senior Technical Sales Specialist at Autodesk, and a Drafting Department Manager at TL Fab.

The entire Graitec team welcomes Julio and wishes him great success.

Graitec is proud to welcome David Naylor to the team as Senior Application Engineer

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Graitec is proud to announce that David Naylor has joined the firms Montreal office as Senior Application Engineer.

David Naylor is an application engineer providing Advance Steel support for all North American customers. As part of the Autodesk acquisition of Advance Steel and Advance Concrete back in November 2013, David brings a wealth of industry experience in structural engineering, from traditional steel, concrete, and timber design, to seismic design and spectral analysis. In 1995 he obtained a Bachelor of Science (BS) in Architectural Engineering from California Polytechnic State University in San Luis Obispo.

Prior to coming to Canada, David spent 13 years working in the United States where he worked on worldwide projects for Parsons, PCL Construction, and Walt Disney Imagineering. It was in 2004 during his time at Disney working on the Expedition Everest project that David developed a specialized focus on BIM integration. Now, he’s back to join the Graitec family to support Graitec customers in their BIM challenges.

Hugo Michaud, Graitec Inc. Managing Director stated, “David has always been a true BIM preacher. His structural background, along with his recent experience at Autodesk has elevated his BIM consultancy skills to the next level. We are proud to have him back with us.”

The entire Graitec team welcomes back David Naylor and we wish him great success.

New Graitec Advance Suite 2018 Released

June 2017 – GRAITEC, an international BIM, Simulation and Fabrication software developer for the AEC industry, and Autodesk® Platinum Partner in US and across Europe, continues its expansion worldwide and is delighted to announce the launch of GRAITEC Advance 2018, providing unrivalled modelling and design software solutions to the AEC and Fabrication markets.

Graitec Advance 2018

With more than 50,000 customers around the world, Graitec has continuously strived to provide first-rate advancements for innovative software solutions. The recent launch of its new and upgraded 2018 release is no exception, proving they are still top of their game in terms of providing more efficient simulation and fabrication solutions to top-level Construction, Architecture, Engineering and Building Design companies worldwide.

The construction industry is facing a new era of changes where the collaboration on BIM projects will be the key for success. The 2018 release enhances a set of new functionalities which help the user to apply a streamlined structural workflow sharing intelligent BIM data between Autodesk products (Revit®, Advance Steel, BIM 360®) and Graitec products (Advance Design®, BIM Designers®, PowerPack®) and automating modelling, analysis, design, detailing and fabrication tasks.

Several improvements come with this new Graitec Advance 2018 release:

Structural Analysis, Design and Detailing:

  • A new Design Group concept allowing the user to set assumptions, reinforce and detail similar structural members in one shot. This approach allows the user to avoid assumptions/mistakes and to more easily optimize projects.
  • A new Connection module that allows users to design any 2D or 3D connections whatever the geometry or the loading system. The technology is based on an innovative FEM based method.
  • A new Steel Structure wizard allowing the user to model and design steel structures within minutes.
  • More functionalities for Structural Engineers: new US climatic loads generator, new steel decks objects, local bow imperfection management, Slovak Eurocodes appendix…
  • More functionalities for rebar detailers in Revit: views creation, bending schemas in schedules, reinforcement drawing templates, automatic quantities ratios…
  • Tens of additional productivity tools such as a function to clean the architectural background, a tool to automatically join & unjoin geometries, tools dedicated to pipe insulation

The GRAITEC Advance suite also enhances a new version of Advance Workshop, the Graitec MIS solution for Steel Fabricators with a focus on new functionalities to give the workshop manager complete control over every stage of production:

  • New drivers for the new generation of FICEP machines using PNI files format.
  • Improved IFC-IFCXML-XML files import for better communication with different CAD systems.
  • New purchase order system able to enter data directly, to purchase by weight, to close a row with different amounts, to close an order and refuse certain elements…
  • Multi-stock new features allowing the user to manage the stock sorted depending on the different suppliers.
  • Brand new “Feedback Console” to better monitor the fabrication process: mobile devices, 2D barcodes or QR codes, record production time per worker’s name…

All those new tools are applicable to a large variety of projects, covering all the AEC and Fabrication markets.

This is just a brief outline of the new release; further detailed information can be found here:

Joseph PAIS, GRAITEC Product Director comments: “Connected BIM Structural workflows are now a reality that is delivering newfound accuracy and performance. To make the transition to those connected workflows successful, we are convinced that the AEC industry is in need of an innovative technical solution which fits with different workflows for data exchanges. Our Graitec Advance 2018 delivers adaptive and innovative technology which enhances multi-user workflows, relying also on the Autodesk Ecosystem. Our software can easily communicate with Autodesk Revit®, Autodesk Advance Steel® and benefit from the Autodesk BIM 360® platform to visualize and manage all projects and associated documentations in the cloud.”

Manuel LIEDOT, GRAITEC CEO adds: “In the new era of construction, our customers expect more than just design or detailing tools. They have understood BIM and want collaborative tools working smartly together, helping to better design projects, helping to anticipate and solve issues before they happen in real life, automating repetitive tasks, sharing information with other project staff members, monitoring and keeping track of all changes. This is the main reason why Graitec is building its solutions in the Autodesk Ecosystem and why Graitec is both an Autodesk Solution Associate and a Platinum partner.

Growth for GRAITEC Group During 2017 with Expansion Throughout Germany

March 31th, 2017 – GRAITEC, an international BIM and CAD software developer for AEC, and Autodesk® Platinum Partner in US and across Europe, is delighted to announce that it acquired 100% shares of B&L CAD Systemhaus GmbH, Hannover, Germany on Friday March 31th. This will significantly enhance the GRAITEC Group presence especially inside the DACH region and strengthens the European Platinum partnership with Autodesk.

B&L CAD Systemhaus

Founded in 1997, B&L is based in Hannover with 35 employees and six regional offices throughout Germany: Hannover, Kiel, Hamburg, Bremen, Siegen and Essen. B&L is an Autodesk Gold Partner and is active in both the Manufacturing sector as well as the growing AEC market place. B&L has over twenty years’ experience in the sale and implementation of CAD and BIM solutions, is an authorized Autodesk Training Center (ATC) and is also part of the Autodesk Developer Network (ADN).

GRAITEC has had an established market presence in Germany since 2002 through its subsidiary “GRAITEC Innovation GmbH” and is a key player with a strong focus on the Steel Industry market sector selling Autodesk Advance Steel software, as well as providing Advance Steel training, support consultancy and development services.

GRAITEC has purchased B&L to reinforce its position in the BIM market and contribute to its considerable growth throughout the Autodesk VAR network and DACH market region covering Germany, Austria and Switzerland.

This move will provide significant benefits to B&L customers with the addition of the GRAITEC product line, most specifically the GRAITEC PowerPack for Revit – an extensive range of unique tools and functions designed to improve productivity when working with Autodesk® Revit®. PowerPack for Revit available exclusively from GRAITEC.

GRAITEC acquired 100% of B&L shares on March 31th 2017. The price of the acquisition has not been disclosed. For the time being, B&L will continue to operate under the B&L brand, maintaining its working principles for clients and partners. In a second phase, it is planned to merge the two German operations under the single Graitec brand.

Stephan Banjac, B&L CEO comments: “We are very excited about becoming part of an international group who share B&L’s projected vision about BIM. Through GRAITEC, B&L will become part of one of the top 5 Autodesk resellers in the world and will also benefit from access to a completely new product portfolio, previously unavailable to our customers. These new developments will provide an immediate benefit to all B&L customers, especially when the importance of Building Information Modelling has been evaluated at the state level."

Francis Guillemard, GRAITEC President adds: “This acquisition is the second one during 2017, reinforcing the GRAITEC strategy to become a global leading BIM provider and delivering real benefits to customers whilst accelerating BIM adoption around the world. Complementing the existing GRAITEC office in Germany, the purchase of B&L and its regional offices, will significantly strengthen GRAITEC’s position in the DACH countries.”

Founded in 1986, GRAITEC is an international Autodesk Platinum Partner across Europe and United States, Autodesk Developer Partner and Autodesk AEC Solution Associate delivering high-performance BIM solutions and bespoke add-ons and apps for Autodesk key AEC platforms. Operating throughout 30 offices across 12 countries worldwide, GRAITEC offers its clients an extensive range of established software solutions combined with the full portfolio of Autodesk products and BIM suites which help address the most demanding projects needs and maximize productivity, efficiency and performance. With 400 employees amongst which there are 200 BIM consultants, GRAITEC is an innovation focused company whose products are used by more than 50,000 construction professionals worldwide.
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About B&L
B&L CAD Systemhaus GmbH, an Autodesk Gold Partner, was founded 20 years ago by experienced industry professionals. Driven by the founding principles of Integrity, Professionalism and Dependability, B&L offers a variety of Autodesk Solutions and services, including: consultation, implementation, training, and technical support. Since its inception, B&L’s’ innovative approach has been to proactively focus on our clients’ dynamic needs with flexibility and resourcefulness. B&L’s’ loyalty to our clients and our tenacious desire to become creatively involved in their success embodies our core business values and has established our reputable leadership in the industry.
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