How to detail a cambered beam in Autodesk Advance Steel 2020

Issue
You have cambered beams in your structure and need to display the cambered points on a drawing.
With just a minor tweak to the beam element and the preferred Drawing Style, this can be easily achieved.

Solution
The cambered properties must first be defined. In the figure below, beam [1] is created and camber properties applied from the Camber properties panel.

Cambered beam Advance Steel

Additionally, a Model Role, Cambered beam, was applied from the Naming panel.

Cambered beam Advance Steel 2

Again, User attribute 1, Cambered beam, was applied from the User attribute panel.

Cambered beam Advance Steel 3Cambered beam Advance Steel 4

NOTE: The "shrink" field is used for any kind of profile that gets longer or shorter by deformation during site assembly. The length of the beam is calculated considering the "shrink" and the weight is calculated without the "shrink". This field is located in the Beam properties on the Behavior tab and represents the length of the deformations that the part will suffer on installation.

Number the structure to apply the definitions to the beam [1] element.

Cambered beam Advance Steel 5

As the beam elements have been numbered the Drawing can be created. However, the preferred drawing style must be tweaked.

Cambered beam Advance Steel Drawing Style Manager

For the example, we will use the Drawing Style Manager 5-Assemblies>5-Beam and change the MP-Beam Object presentation from VisibleHiddenSystemHelperLine to Cambered. Select Apply to lock in the changes and the Use button to create the detail drawing that will display the Camber.

Cambered beam Advance Steel Drawing Style Manager 5

Cambered beam Advance Steel Drawing Style Manager 6

You will be prompted to select the beam section you want to detail. For this example, the beam [1] is selected

The create detail window will be displayed. Select the Modify Settings option.

The ASDETPROTO-Assembly-ANCI-C.dwg prototype will be used. Select Ok to start the detailing process.

Cambered beam Advance Steel ASDETPROTO Assembly ANCI C dwg

The result below. You can dimension the location of the camber using the Insert point toolset.

Cambered beam Advance Steel ASDETPROTO Assembly ANCI C dwg2

The Cambered beam callout was created by the insert label toolset and selecting the beam [1]

Remember that the User attribute 1” Cambered beam” was created for the beam properties earlier.

Cambered beam Advance Steel cambered beam insert label

Double click on the default token label. Expand the Token flyout and scroll to the to UserAttribute1

Cambered beam Advance Steel ASDETPROTO Assembly ANCI C dwg3

Watch the tutorial below:

 

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