Bim Designers - Steel Series - Stairs and Railings

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The Bim Designer for Stairs and railings comes with several tools dedicated to the creation of different Stair arrangements.

The stairs tools are further complemented by a variety of powerful railing creation tools enabling a much improved and faster workflow when designing both ball post handrailing and clamp type railings.

In addition the railing tool can also be used to create more conventional handrails with additional features to aide the design of infill panels, clamp and framing systems.

The Bim Designer has its own dedicated Ribbon tab on the Autodesk Advance Steel interface, with tools conveniently grouped for ease of identification and application type.

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Stair Tools

The stair tools consist of seven different variants for straight stair configurations that allow users to quickly create a variety of differing stair arrangements, for example straight two flights arrangements with an intermediate landing or three-flight switch back type stairs (all with definable landing configurations).    

These tools also allow for the creation of Plate Stringers to help with the fabrications process when using plasma and laser profiling machinery with sheet materials.

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Also included is a set of very useful ergonomics tools to that allow users to check the compliance of the stair within defined design guidelines using predefined parameters.

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In addition the toolset also includes four arrangement types for balance stairs (sometimes termed Kite winder arrangements), that users can choose from.

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Railing Tools

Within the BIM Designers railing module there are several dedicated Railing tools for typical industrial applications involving the configuration of ball post type railings and clamp type railing systems. Both tools have the ability (via the Graitec special part manager) for detailers to add User Defined systems derived from supplier data to the model.

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Included in the toolset is the Standard railing tool for more conventional fabricated handrailing, with the addition of options to insert typical glass and panel clamp systems and other framing solutions.

The railing tools offer several popular setting out and configuration options, one of these gives users the ability to define the posts at dedicated points. So, rather than trying to determine points via setting out measurements, the user can simply select a point. 

Another key feature of the Railing tools is the ability to create rails independently without the need for a Beam reference object, this can be achieved by simply making a series of points or lines where a railing can be created, so no need to select the supporting beam.

This is especially useful when creating ball posts and clamp type rails, were detailers only want to create the railing arrangement not all the supporting beam/structure details.

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Wall Rail Tool

The wall rail tool provides user with ability to quickly create wall railing to a stair core using a definition line. You simply create the line you require at the height above the toe line and then select the line as the input. The wall rail will then be created with the ‘top of the rail at the definition height above the toe line’.

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These are just some of the highlights of the tools available via this value-add plugin to Autodesk Advance Steel available from Graitec BIM Designer Steel Series. Click on the link to explore other Graitec structural steel design and analysis software packages or click below to find out more about the steel series.

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