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Design works “under key” in StruCad
StruCad 15 is the most powerful in the world a complex of the automated designing intended for one-phasic designing of building metal designs. Program means provide a full cycle of designing: creation of detailed, three-dimensional, information model of the constructive decision, detailing knots, release of the design and working documentation of metal construction, detailed metal construction, specifications and accounting.

StruCad provides formation of the exact, intellectual, parametrical, detailed 3D-model of object from metal designs of any complexity and dimension with the subsequent automatic release of drawings of metal construction and detailed metal construction, sheets, specifications, and also accounting (definition of cost of designs).

The system created by engineers and for engineers, is the optimum decision for the design and scientific organisations, design offices, manufacturers metalware, the construction organisations, joint ventures, etc.

StruCad has the russian database metal rolling in accordance with GOST standards, Standard Organization, , process equipment and to other nomenclature number with editing and addition possibility. Work with all kinds of metal designs is supported: hot rolled and cold rolled profiles, linear and curvilinear beams, compound sections, beams (welded and variable section), sheet materials, panels, a covering etc.

At designing typical or serial metalware (hangars, ladders, a handrail, step-ladders, runs etc.) the system allows to bring to naught time of designing and considerably to reduce terms of performance of the project as a whole.

StruCad contains library from more than 200 names of standard parametrical central connections, each of which can be adjusted and kept according to requirements of the user. The system has powerful tools for the user modelling of parametrical knots, allows to create, modify, edit and keep them at any design stage.

In StruCad about ten degrees of the user self-checking and check of the design data are provided that, certainly, is a key to improvement of quality and accuracy, an exception of errors and a complete control over the project.

The system automatically generates high-quality and highly informative drawings and specifications that allows the design organisations and manufacturers to reduce time of designing and to raise efficiency of design works.

The basic advantages of automatic generation of drawings:
- labour productivity increase;
- improvement of quality of the let out documentation;
- absence “dust” in drawings;
- an exception of the errors connected with action “the human factor”.

Complex use StruCad and systems StruM.I.S provides a through cycle of the automated design-technological preparation of manufacture with automatic formation of the information for planning, scheduling and production management. And use of functionality StruCAM provides also support of the manufacture.

The wide experience of developers – designers and manufacturers of metalware – has made StruCad the convenient and high-efficiency working tool.

Complex StruCad – the software of high level. Complete sets of drawings of metal construction and detailed metal construction, specifications and accounting are automatically formed on the basis of 3D-model.

Today StruCad is the modern, highly professional software applied worldwide. Its instal base exceeds 8000 workplaces. English firm-developer – AceCad Software Ltd. – is a part of the building holding specialising in area of designing, manufacture and installation of metalware.

StruCad – the self-sufficient decision which is not using AutoCAD, other platforms. Self-sufficiency is necessary for system, as by means of software products on the basis of popular CAD-PLATFORMS to create so big 3D-assemblages of designs and to work with them within the limits of one project it is impossible.

At the same time the convenient interface StruCad sustained in classical style Windows, and also set of commands and the principles of the automated designing habitual on work in AutoCAD, allow to master qualitatively system and quickly to introduce it in daily practice.

However, the detailed 3D-model and the target documentation is generated both in format StruCad, and in format AutoCAD, on base DWG – DXF – DWF – and ACIS-files. At desire in StruCad it is possible to load “flat” and-or the 3D-data in format AutoCAD: in StruCad the convenient bilateral interface for work with AutoCAD the most different versions, from AutoCAD 9 to AutoCAD 2008 is realised. Integrated approach and integrity of decisions on the basis of AutoCAD Thus remain, and power of the decision remains unsurpassed.

Let's consider designing of skeletons and basic elements of buildings and constructions.



High technology of volume virtual designing gives to the user a full tooling and means for creation of detailed, parametrical and intellectual models from metalware. In system StruCad the objects most of different function – from rather simple to huge on volume and unique buildings under the form and constructions (the airports, bridges, stadiums, blast furnaces, cooling towers, oil and gas sea and oceanic platforms, difficult objects of industrial, civil and public appointment) can be projected.

Tools of designing of skeletons of buildings/constructions or separate parts of designs provide work with all kinds of profiles (hot rolled / cold rolled), Russian reduced and full the assortments, that executed on materials of GOST standards, specifications, etc., – besides both with new, and with out-of-date editions. Presence of all kinds of an assortment allows to use StruCad and at new building, and at reconstruction.

Except a domestic nomenclature number, profiles of other states and the largest world companies are included in database StruCad. The database contains specifications Eurocode, Great Britain, Japan, the USA, Canada, China, India, Australia, the republic of South Africa and other countries. So a wide choice gives the chance to use tools StruCad at performance of foreign projects or projects of joint ventures.

At any moment the metal rolling database can be filled up as standard hot rolled and cold rolled by parametrical sections (channels, two-Tauris, Tauris, pipes, Z – With – E-shaped, etc.), and any non-standard (user) forms of profiles.

Designing of skeletons occurs by spatial “drawings” 3D-model with assignment of the prospective data (section, steel mark, types of knots, an angle of rotation, displacement, etc.) to all kinds of designs.

Process “drawings” it is carried out with application of special tools and the functions optimised for work with virtual 3D-model that to designers it is especially convenient.

At designing of 3D-skeletons of metalware StruCad allows to use in designs “linear” and the bent elements, compound sections of any form and complexity, welded beams, and also beams of variable section, assembly-dispatch units (assembly columns, beams, farms, frames, etc.), sheet materials, panels and so forth

Thanks to specially developed interfaces 3D-models metalware, executed in StruCad, are integrated with adjacent programs on platform AutoCAD, for example, with PLANT-4D, Autodesk Architectural Desktop, and also with other programs and program complexes.

Let's consider carrying out of the analysis of designs.

StruCad provides possibility of bilateral data exchange with external settlement programs that allows to solve problems of a substantiation of the accepted design decisions in the uniform integrated cycle.

For the analysis and calculation of volume model of a design under domestic standards it is necessary to use settlement modules (SCAD, STAAD, etc.), certificated by the State Committee of the Council of Ministers for Construction of the Russian Federation and the using techniques accepted at us and norms of calculation.

The information transfer in settlement modules has semantic character that provides transfer not only the geometrical information, but also all necessary attributive (sections, marks of steels, etc.). The interface is intellectual and tells all possible data (that are available at the given stage), necessary for calculation and the analysis.

Let's consider designing and arrangement of knots.

For designing of central connections in system StruCad it is provided two basic ways. The first, the express way, is possibility of a choice of necessary type of a parametrical macro of central connection from the standard library containing more of 200 names of macroes. Besides, each parametrical macro of central connection allows to set the user options on a configuration of central assemblage and dimensional bindings, and then and their preservation. Management of macroes and their adjustment are carried out in convenient graphic dialogue windows.

If central macroes do not approach for the decision or approach only partially, the designer can take advantage of the built in interactive mode of detailed working out of the user central connections which gives all necessary functions and tools for creation of central assemblage of any configuration and complexity. Projected central assemblages can be bolted, welded, riveted and combined. It is important that in an interactive mode the user can create them and as the fixed assemblages, and as central – with the task and application of parametrical dependences.

At any stage of modelling it is possible to keep the created type of knot in library that will allow to apply it in work over flowing or the future projects. Thus possibility of creation of own libraries of central connections is provided. All these functions are realised by means of standard commands of an interactive mode of system StruCad, therefore from the user it is not required knowledge in the field of programming. The similar decision only very much few systems today are capable to offer.

The placed parametrical/fixed knots can be edited and changed. At change of standard sizes of sections of the basic frame designs central assemblages automatically change with preservation of constructive decisions. This feature does StruCad very effective at editing or project change.

Let's consider express designing standard designs.

StruCad provides possibility of designing on the basis of typified problems that allows to bring to naught time of designing standard or typed metalware and it is considerable, in times, to reduce terms of performance of all project.

Special macroes for the decision of the typified problems allow to set parametres (to specify dimensions, standard sizes of all designs to choose from lists types of knots etc.) and automatically to generate object model.

This function perfectly works at designing of such objects, as constructions hangar type (including from beams of variable section), metal ladders and a handrail, platforms, step-ladders, doorways / window and other typified objects.

Let's consider marks and attributes of the user.

In the course of designing the system automatically marks all elements of model (design basic elements, assembly elements, shaped details, etc.). To identical elements the identical mark is appropriated.

Nevertheless at any design stage the user can change and edit the appointed marks or to set its rules initially, before the modelling beginning. It is provided features, using which division of elements on categories – to groups of a design with differentiation and the task for them individual parametres in the form of prefixes, suffixes and mark numbers is possible.

Besides, for each element the task of individual parametres – attributes of the user thanks to which each element of a design can receive the additional description and data (an installation stage, specificity of processing, colouring, etc.) is provided. At desire these data can be deduced in drawings, specifications and reports. Given features allows to set individual standards of the enterprise, and also in advance to set and keep the necessary information on marks.

Let's consider system visualisation.

StruCad it is equipped by tools of the high-quality and high-precision visualisation which do not have analogues among similar systems. There are some degrees of visualisation that, certainly, is very actual for the systems which basic purpose is 3D-modelling.

In the environment of 3D-modelling the user can adjust any corner of the review and individual display for each element of a design. Representation varies from “wire” (an axial line of elements) to full volume with inclusion of all belonging shaped details and fittings, and also with possibility of their toning and colouring. It is possible to take advantage and the module of a virtual reality/visualization of model StruWalker, entering into the standard complete set of system StruCad.

Besides high-quality visualisation in files StruWalker not graphic information contains: marks of elements, standard sizes, marks of steels, etc. These features do attributes of users StruWalker by ideal means of demonstration of objects to customers, at the same time irreplaceable at dialogue with assemblers, on manufacture etc. Along with the target documentation customers can receive and 3D-models of the objects in a visualisation format.

Let's consider automatic generation of complete sets of the documentation (metal construction, detailed metal construction, specifications).

StruCad has built in documentor (the generator of documents) which can generate in an automatic mode both separate drawings, and their complete sets on the basis of a fragment or the whole model of object.

Complete sets of drawings of metal construction (assembly diagrammes, plans, cuts, plans of the bases and anchor bolts, central kinds, 3D-kinds, technological cards of installation etc.) and detailed metal construction (detailed drawings, drawings of the basic and shaped details, assembly drawings, curves full-scale, templates of the development, the enclosed drawings) can be formed as required on any design stage. If one of complete sets (metal construction is necessary to the customer only or detailed metal construction), StruCad will generate the requested complete set.

StruCad allows to change any parametres of registration – from stamp to types of lines or external representation of each element.

Registration and structure of each kind of the document can be adjusted according to standards of branch or the separate customer. State standards are by default used.

Automatically generated documentation always can be seen, finished and unpacked by means of the built in full-function environment of 2D-plotting.

StruCad automatically forms not only complete sets of drawings, but also a various format and a kind qualitative sheets, specifications, other tables and summary documents in a RTF-format with use of standard fonts and styles MS Windows, and also graphic representations (for example, a company logo) – with their subsequent export to standard programs MS Office. Users can apply available standard templates To creation of reports and specifications, and also to create own by means of the built in special editor.

Let's consider accounting (design estimation of cost).

StruCad has the built in module of accounting which allows to calculate cost of designs of the created model or its part, automatically forming on templates the report-accounting with its subsequent export to standard formats Windows, including Word, Excel and PDF. The template is set by the user and consists of formulas in which the basic and additional expenses (for example, on manufacturing, colouring, transportation, installation etc. can be considered). This features allows to generate operatively the offer for the customer.

Let's consider the control and check of the design data.

In system about ten degrees of the control and check of the entered design data are provided. At creation of a 3D-design the user actively uses the visual control and system check about errors in knots which the system displays at each updating of model. Besides in system additional functions of search and detailed display of design collisions and errors are put. In particular, the system finds elements, for which types of knots are not set (that is not connected to other elements), shows conterminous elements, allows to supervise marks and release of the design and working documentation.

Let's consider preparation of manufacture and manufacture.

Program complex StruCad is a base product to which a number of modules and the programs supplementing it features is developed.

StruCAM – the additional module to program StruCad, intended for automatic transformation detailing drawings (the basic and shaped details) in a format of operating postprocessor programs for machine tools with CNC.

StruCAM supports a considerable quantity of languages and formats of operating programs of the specialised equipment with CNC. Among the basic manufacturers already presented in StruCAM, such known companies, as C.E.S’s BEAMDRRILL, Voortman, TDK, Ficep, Amada, SAMESOR, Plaxy Punch and others.

For manufacturers of metalware or other organisations having similar manufacture, StruCAM is logic addition to StruCad as this module provides a direct communication of the design documentation with process of the manufacture.

Let's consider StruM.I.S.

Main principles StruM.I.S – automation of labour-consuming problems, decrease in expenses and acceleration of production cycles. For this purpose in system intellectual procedures which process the arriving information are widely applied and give results by inquiries of users. With its help it is possible to accelerate considerably performance even simple orders, and production cycle reduction – one of conditions of high profitability.

The basic advantages of automation of input and data processing:
- an exception of repeating operations;
- unification of processes;
- reduction of terms of performance of works;
- the raised accuracy;
- decrease in risk of occurrence of errors;

- reduction of the preparatory period etc.
Let's consider the basic possibilities StruM.I.S.

Let's consider inquiries.
In StruM.I.S there is a system of inquiries which uses the information arriving from budget department and department of contracts. On the basis of these data the report including the data about received and not received orders (parametres and an object arrangement, specificity and amount of works) is formed. Analyzing the data of this report, the company management can make decisions on perfection of a contract policy.

Let's consider accounting.
Using fast and convenient procedures of an estimation of material base, StruM.I.S carries out all necessary accounting. There is a possibility of import of models StruCad and the settlement data – in this case budget cost is calculated almost instantly. Accuracy of accounting can be raised, having included in settlement procedures the information on already executed similar orders, given by industrial divisions.

Let's consider supply.
After specifications of materials are generated, StruM.I.S makes out orders for delivery, and results can be transferred on EDI-lines, a fax, electronic or usual mail.

To simplify formation of orders, calculation of costs and definition of terms of delivery allows put in StruM.I.S EDI-technology (electronic data exchange).

The program provides both preliminary, and definitive configuration of orders. The built in subsystem of management of a warehouse defines, what accessories should be received from a warehouse and what – to order in suppliers. The counted up cost of the order goes to a subsystem of formation of estimates, reports on expenditures of labour, schedule diagrammes, etc.

Management materials.
StruM.I.S supports possibility of creation of specifications, formations detailing drawings and operating programs for machine tools with CNC on the basis of the data received from models StruCad and others CAD. Thus from the information on metal rolling elements values of such attributes as a standard size, steel mark, overall dimensions, a building stage, party, colouring, etc. Thus, the system excludes errors, almost inevitable at manual data input so is a key to increase of productivity of works are taken.
At the same time possibility of manual input allows to work with drawings from 2D-systems, and also with the documentation prepared manually.

Let's consider management of a warehouse.
At receipt of the ordered accessories they are checked on conformity of the sheet of the order, are registered and take places in a warehouse. In the course of formation of orders already mentioned subsystem of management will be involved by a warehouse. The structure and volume of the production wastes returned on a warehouse, also are considered in system. StruM.I.S carries out a complete control behind movement of materials (and not only metal rolling) in a production cycle.

Let's consider manufacturing.
On made components the system automatically directs the data to the necessary shop, and in it – on the necessary site (routeing sheets). The operating CNC-program, working tasks and instructions on processing are simultaneously transferred. On any of industrial stages exhaustive data on a condition of preparation which can be received and in a remote mode (for example, through Internet) are accessible. Tracing spent time, StruM.I.S gives the data for the control over observance of budget conditions.

Let's consider drawing of strokes-codes.
The subsystem of shaped coding is intended for automation of the control of production. By means of code scanners always it is possible to request in system the information on those or other marks – thus, chiefs of shops have an opportunity to trace a situation, without burdening industrial departments additional inquiries.

Let's consider creation of reports for heads and customers.
StruM.I.S allows to form automatically various reports which then are dispatched to interested persons. Users have possibility to adapt a subsystem, adding in it own forms of reports.

Let's consider contracts.
The key information is stored in section of contracts under the project: data on customers, engineers and architects, elements of designs, marks of steels, design and the overall dimensions given about painting of designs etc. This information it is accessible to experts of all departments. The data under complete projects archived.

Let's consider decrease in expenses.
Cost of input and data processing in system StruM.I.S much more below expenses for similar manual procedures. Besides, automation of works allows to lower requirements to qualification of the personnel.

Here only some of directions on which the economy is carried out and efficiency raises:
- decrease in expenses on wages;
- decrease in material inputs;
- reduction of time of performance of works;
- productivity increase, reduction of an overhead charge;
- definition of the most profitable directions of works;
- accurate distribution of tasks between departments and shops;
- automation of repeating and labour-consuming problems.

Thus, using possibilities StruM.I.S, representatives of the customer can receive in real time all data necessary for them on a current condition of works on order performance. For a conclusion of data and reports in Internet the special subsystem of formation of the web-reporting is provided.

Let's consider StruCad Walker.
StruCad Walker it is independent and has no restrictions on free distribution.

Besides high-quality visualisation in files StruWalker not graphic information – marks of elements, standard sizes, marks of steels, attributes of users etc.

also contains These features do StruWalker by unique and ideal means for presentation and demonstration of objects to customers, at dialogue with assemblers, on manufacture etc.

Let's consider the basic functionality of program StruCad Walker:
- independent work;
- virtual-reality, a detailed mapping of the entire projected structure or part thereof;
- convenient and simple, dynamic work with kinds and projections, with display and representation of volume elements;
- detailed display of elements of a design and central connections with possibility of their colouring and toning;
- virtual “flight” on a design;
- adjustment of an orthogonal kind of a design or in the long term;
- reception of data on objects;
- measurements of distances;
- function “To find mark/assemblage” provides possibility of fast access, viewing and the check, the interesting marked element or assemblage;
- detailed display of collisions;
- function of drawing of marks and comments;
- full compatibility with system of toning StruCad, including viewing and printing possibility;
- possibility to trace the changes brought at any design stage.


Demos of the described products are accessible on an official site of company AceCad Software Ltd. [2].


Sources:
1. StruCad [http://www.iesoft.ru/productdir/stroitkonstruk/strucad]
2. Advance Steel: Steel detailing software for AutoCAD [http://www.strucad.ru]

The author: Челябэнергопроект
Date: 03/23/2010

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