Autodesk® Advance Steel structural steel detailing software is built to help structural engineers, detailers, and fabricators more quickly and easily create information-rich building models that can help drive the fabrication of steel components.

Building Information Modeling (BIM) is a process based workflow that helps businesses work more efficiently and helps teams complete projects on time and on budget. Advance Steel helps detailers and fabricators model with intelligence and helps designers and engineers extend their BIM workflows through to detailed modeling.


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Advance Steel structural steel design toolset

Advance Steel detailing software gives structural engineers and detailers a large library of intelligent parametric structural elements, steel connections, and plates.


Steel modeling

  • Parametric steel connections – Ready-to-use Connection Vault can help save time.
  • Built-in connection design engine – Check steel-connection design in real time.
  • Stairs, railings, and cage ladders Model miscellaneous steel work more quickly.
  • Sheet metal and folded plate work Create folded elements of any shape more quickly.
  • Fabrication data information – Access and transfer fabrication data and properties.
  • Dynamo Extension for Advance Steel Create parametric complex structures with a visual programming tool.
  • Select and view parts of a model – Isolate and display selected elements.
  • Intelligent structural objects – Object library and wizards enable quicker modeling.


Detailing & documentation

  • NEW | Create a call-out directly on drawing – From a selected area in an existing drawing, create a call-out and assign it a specific scale.
  • General arrangement drawings – Produce clearer drawings for erection at site.
  • Steel shop drawings – Generate more accurate drawings for fabrication.
  • NC data – Generate data for CNC workshop machines.
  • Create more accurate BOMs – Automatically generate BOMs based on design data.
  • Document Manager – Control and track your documentation.



  • Bidirectional link with Revit – Faster time to fabrication with model synchronization.
  • AutoCAD Plant 3D interoperability – Integrate real-time workflow.
  • Robot Structural Analysis interoperability – Optimize your structure with bidirectional links.
  • MIS software interoperability – Export data via KISS, XML, or IFC with MIS software.
  • NEW | BIM 360 Team interoperability – Collaborate more efficiently across the design team.
  • NEW | Custom settings import – Import your custom settings when moving to new versions.
  • Open and flexible API – Extend and enhance the use of Advance Steel.
  • IFC Capabilities – Import or export a 3D model to an IFC 2×3 file.
  • View native drawings in AutoCAD – Object enabler lets you view Advance Steel drawings.
  • Navisworks interoperability – Integrate data for quantification, simulation, and review.
  • Work-sharing – Several users can work on the same project at once.
  • Model-based approval workflow – Colour-code objects based on approval status.
System requirements for Autodesk Advance Steel 2018
Operating System
  • Microsoft Windows 7 SP1
  • Microsoft Windows 8.1 with Update KB2919355
  • Microsoft® Windows® 10
CPU Type 1 gigahertz (GHz) or faster


Usually sufficient for an average model size and comfortable use of multiple applications in parallel. Individual models will vary in their use of computer resources and performance characteristics. For larger models, more RAM memory is recommended.

Display Resolution

1360×768 (1920×1080 recommended) with True Color

High Resolution 4K Displays:
Resolutions up to 3840×2160 supported on Windows 10, 64-bit systems (with capable display card)

Disk Space
  • 7 GB
  • 1 GB additional free disk space is recommended for disk cache

Note: The system temporary folder requires up to 12 GB of additional free space during download installation.

Pointing Device MS-Mouse compliant
  • Install Now (WI)
  • Installation from USB (IMG)
  • Download / Browser (DLM)
Browser Internet Explorer® 11 or later
.NET Framework .NET Framework Version 4.6
Additional Requirement Internet connectivity for license registration
Additional requirements for Large Datasets, Point Clouds, and 3D Modeling
  • 8 GB RAM or more
  • 6 GB free hard disk available not including installation requirements
  • 1920×1080 True Color video display adapter, 128 MB VRAM or greater, Pixel Shader 3.0 or greater, Direct3D® capable workstation class graphics card
Additional requirement for Model Documentation and Point Clouds 64-bit (x64) processor

Autodesk Licensing Explained

Autodesk licenses are designed to make using our products easier, no matter what project you’re working on. Whether you’re in school, a small design team or a multi-national corporation; choosing the right license is an important step in getting the most out of our products. Take advantage of our free trial licenses, so you can see first-hand how our products can help you imagine, design and create a better world.Learn more about all Autodesk licensing options below or if you need help with a license you’ve already purchased, contact us at +64 9 302 4028.


Autodesk Licensing Options

  • Single User: For individuals or small to medium businesses requiring a specific number of users
  • Multi User: For medium to large organizations requiring many users
  • Students & educators: Prepare the next generation of architects, engineers and digital artists


Additional Information
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Advance Steel Training

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whats included

Overview video

Help improve accuracy, reduce time to fabrication, and enable a more connected Building Information Modeling (BIM) workflow.

What’s new – Callout on drawing

This new functionality gives you the ability to create a callout directly within the drawing.

What’s new – Combine model views with cameras

Advance Steel offers the possibility to create a model view from your 3D model so that you can isolate objects in a specific 3D volume.

Use Advance Steel with Revit


Unify design and fabrication

Advance Steel + Revit


Connect Revit models to Advance Steel to export, import, and synchronize features to transfer the model’s BIM data to LOD 350 for structural steel.

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