SolidACE releases version 1.3 of BuiltWorks 2010

SolidACE is expanding the structural steel design and detailing capabilities of SolidWorks® with a new release of BuiltWorks 2010 v.1.3

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Posted by: arunas.urbsys

Vilnius, LITHUANIA – November 1, 2010 – SolidACE, a company developing computer aided design and engineering tools for the architectural, building and construction engineering, and plant engineering markets, today announced the release of the new version (1.3) of BuiltWorks 2010, a structural steel design and engineering add-in application for SolidWorks® CAD environment.

In BuiltWorks 2010 v.1.3 SolidACE introduces Free Plate – another new technology aimed towards full design and detailing of connections of steel structures. Smart parametric Free Plate function tool allows engineers to design with a single tool a wide variety of connection details, such as single or double fin plates and angle cleats, seating plates and cleats, stiffeners, etc. The existing End Plate tool is totally redesigned as well making it fully parametric and freely dimensioned.

The support of CIS/2 format for import and export is also first introduced in this new version of BuiltWorks 2010. It extends the set of interoperability tools, such as support of SDNF and DSTV-NC formats, what further widens the capabilities of SolidWorks® integration with a variety of structural CAD / CAM / CAE applications in the market.

The existing set of structural modeling, detailing, interoperability and drawing automation functions of BuiltWorks 2010 is being further enhanced as well.

“New parametric free plate tool, in conjunction with the existing variety of BuiltWorks cutting options and newly redesigned parametric end plate tool, will allow creating virtually any type of connections used in industry today: simple and moment connections, column bases and end-caps, beam to beam and beam to column connections, beam and column splices, standard connections and custom connections, and so forth, practically without any limitations,” comments new release of BuiltWorks 2010 Dr. Vladimir Popov, CEO of SolidACE. “We keep fulfilling our commitment to the user community by adding new features and improving the product intensively during the whole first year of its life. Adding bolted connections in our next releases of BuiltWorks will finalize the range of major connection detailing features.”

“The new technology of connection detailing, that we introduce with this release, improvements in interoperability tools and added new data exchange formats, is the further step for BuiltWorks towards a higher level market of structural steel design applications with full design and detailing functionality.” added Dr. Arūnas Urbšys, VP of Sales and Marketing of SolidACE. “We are approaching the point at which the richness of BuiltWorks functionality will influence reviewing the pricing structure of the application; however the existing customers under maintenance program are secured as they will be provided with all new enhancements of BuiltWorks throughout the maintenance period!”

Some of the most important new functions and improvements of BuiltWorks 2010 v.1.3 are:

  • Structural modeling updates:
    • Updated Member Array placement function – added possibility to exclude selected Members from Array.
  • Connection detailing updates:
    • Added new parametric Free Plate function for modeling any type of plates, incl.:
      • Base types – circular, rectangular and square, triangular, trapezoidal, angle cut, round angle, stiffener;
      • Standard steel section profile plates from BuiltWorks Database or Path to Custom profiles
    • Redesigned End Plate tool now ties parametrically to the profiles of BuiltWorks members;
  • Drawing Automation updates:
    • New tool Create View added for flexible management of Views in Drawings, incl.:
      • Sections by Planes in preferred directions
      • General Arrangements (simplified geometry) drawings
    • Enhancements to Drawing Generator:
      • Possibility to choose Scale Ranges
      • Extended location limits for dimension lines and placement of annotations
  • Interoperability updates:
    • Support for CIS/2 data exchange format import and export introduced (only for members – beams, columns);
    • Number of fixes and updates in DSTV NC export, including new user interface data fields for ST section, extended support for weldments, etc.;
    • Fixed and enhanced Mapping File management function in BuiltWorks Options dialog for SDNF data exchange format import and export.
    • Some issues of model export for structural analysis in STAAD.Pro fixed.

The new BuiltWorks 2010, version 1.3 will be available for download through SolidACE web site immediately.

About SolidACE

SolidACE is a company focusing on the Architectural, Building and Construction Engineering as well as Plant Engineering markets within a Dassault Systèmes SolidWorks environment. The company is registered in Vilnius, Lithuania and includes a development team in Dnepropetrovsk, Ukraine. SolidACE was created in November 2008 by experienced and dedicated structural steelwork software professionals with the express intention of developing an intuitive 3D solution within the SolidWorks environment. The company supports and advises within the world of steel and has dedicated design professionals. For the latest news, information, and demonstration resources, please visit the company’s Web site (, contact representatives at, or call 1-617-842-7470 in the US or +370-5-212-4660 in Lithuania.


SolidACE and BuiltWorks are either registered or unregistered trademarks of SolidACE Ltd. SolidWorks is registered trademark of Dassault Systèmes or its subsidiaries in the US and/or other countries. Other brand and product names are trademarks of their respective owners.

Dr. Arūnas Urbšys,
VP of Sales and Marketing, SolidACE Ltd.,
Lukiskiu str. 3, LT-01108, Vilnius, Lithuania
Phone No.: +370 5 212 4660

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