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Limit screen-saver use. A screen saver does not save energy. In fact, more often than not, a screen saver not only will draw power for the monitor, but also will keep the CPU from shutting down. Instead, set your computer to turn off the monitor first, then go into standby mode after a longer period of inactivity.

Disconnect your Virtual Private Network (VPN) when not actively using your corporate network. Being connected may limit your system's ability to enter standby mode.

Many popular computer games and other third party software packages that run in the background will not allow the computer to go to sleep - even if they are paused or the active window is minimized.

Some web sites or pages that have active banners and or animated advertisements will not allow the computer to sleep on its own and must be closed, or the computer put manually into a sleep state.

Enabled power management to place your monitor, hard drives and computer into a low-power "sleep" mode after a period of inactivity.

Monitor/display sleep: Turn off after 15 minutes or less

Turn off hard drives/hard disk sleep: 15 minutes or less

System standby/sleep: After 30 minutes or less

Advanced users may wish to establish multiple power schemes to address different usage models. For example, you can create a power scheme for playing music CDs that shuts off your hard drive and monitor immediately, but never puts your system into standby mode.

To further reduce power consumption, turn off computing and peripheral devices that are not being used or being used for an extended period of time such as overnight.

Plug all your electronics into one surge protector, so you can easily switch them all off when you leave the room or go to sleep. Most power supplies (such as your cell phone charger) continue to draw power and generate heat even when not attached to a device.
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Autodesk Advance Steel 2016
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3D modeling software for steel detailing

Advance Steel detailing software helps accelerate design, steel detailing, steel fabrication, and steel construction—built on the familiar AutoCAD platform.

Steel modeling

Select and view parts of a model Isolate selected elements in a work area to improve performance when working with complex models. Quickly choose selected elements in a work area and view them in the current visual style. Background data gets a much lower LOD (with only the beams axis shown).
Model-based approval workflow Improve the review and approval process of your project by color-coding objects based on their approval status, or assign approval status manually to a document or drawing. Control the status of your project through specific parameters available for assemblies and steel connections.
Weld definition properties User-defined or automatically generated, weld symbols using automatic steel connectors contain information in the model and on drawings, including effective throat, root opening, and more. Display them based on ISO standards automatically. Customize them to your preferences by adjusting a DWG™ file containing parameters specific to the welds.
Intelligent structural objects Model faster using a large library of intelligent parametric structural objects, or use tools to easily create custom structural elements. Quickly model standard objects, such as trusses, bracings, purlins, and portal frames, by using wizards that guide you through each step of the creation process.
Parametric steel connections Reduce design and modeling time with an extensive library of ready-to-use parametric steel connections. The connections in the library are parametric; changes to any structural member’s size automatically adjust the connection’s size.
Built-in steel connection design engine Validate connections by checking compliance with American Institute of Steel Construction (AISC) or Eurocodes 3 (EC3) standards. Obtain a printable report of calculations based on the formulas used.
Stairs, railings, and cage ladders Use wizards to generate more accurate straight and spiral stairs, straight and curved railings, and cage ladders. Then, easily modify their properties by using a large selection of customizable parameters.
Sheet metal and folded plate work Use dedicated commands to create complex sheet metal designs such as folded, twisted, or conical metal plates. Create unfolded shop drawings, complete with folding line, bending direction, folding angles, and dimensions, that include CNC data for fabrication.

Detailing & documentation

Versatile numbering Select the numbering method that works best for you. Choose between numbering methods and various parameters, such as the phase of the project or the project name, to define the format.
Labels in dimension lines Both automatic and manual dimension lines can be affixed with a text label entered by the user or filled automatically by using available attributes. Generate dimensions on drawings based on AISC standards. Labels in dimension lines may help for defining tolerances. Overwrite the dimension value if necessary.
List on general arrangement drawings Insert a drawing list of your general arrangement drawings and fill it automatically using a customized or ready-to-use template.
Steel shop drawings Use customizable templates to generate more accurate part and assembly drawings that are labeled and dimensioned to your specifications.
General arrangement drawings Produce drawings, including 2D and 3D views, with automatic dimensions and labels. Use customizable drawing styles to generate clearer, more accurate general arrangement drawings with isometric, top, elevation, and anchor views.
Bills of Materials (BOMs) Create more accurate Bills of Materials (BOMs) using predefined or custom formats, and help avoid material waste. Advance Steel automatically generates BOMs by using templates that extract information directly from data within the 3D model. This helps reduce creation time and improve accuracy. Advance Steel can also export BOMs to different file formats, such as XLS and PDF, so that other team members can also view the information.
CNC data Output compliant CNC files that are compatible with most machine manufacturers. Advance Steel automatically generates DSTV-compliant files for CNC workshop machines, including welding robots, to enable direct data transfer from the 3D model to fabrication.
Document Manager Help save time with a centralized document management system that enables you to visually track files.
Integrated revision control Advance Steel can automatically create revision clouds in drawings, highlighting changes made since the previous version of the drawing.


Status tracking information Update models with current status information from fabrication and shipping for integrated steel fabrication management. More easily round-trip model information using MIS Software with a bidirectional link. Color-code the data in a 3D model based on its status.
AutoCAD Plant 3D interoperability The Advance Steel object enabler lets AutoCAD Plant 3D plant design software users see the model objects, directly retrieve property data, and snap to the objects.
Bidirectional link with Revit Interoperability between Advance Steel and Revit building design software helps provide a seamless BIM workflow from design to fabrication. Steel connections are automatically added when you import Revit models into Advance Steel. Use the resulting model to help generate documents for fabrication.
Robot Structural Analysis interoperability Integrate design and analysis with Robot Structural Analysis Professional with bidirectional links.
Navisworks compatibility More effectively coordinate, construct simulations, and perform whole-project analysis with Navisworks project review software.
MIS software interoperability Export model data using KISS or XML file formats to Management Information System software for faster and more accurate design fabrication. Advance Steel links to MIS software applications such as Fabtrol, Fabsuite, StruMIS, and EJE.
Work-sharing Collaboration features in Advance Steel enable several users to work on the same project at the same time.


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