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AVEVA Bocad Steelâ„¢

Powerful structural detailing software for efficient steelwork design and fabrication

AVEVA Bocad Steel provides class-leading productivity in structural steelwork, enabling consistently rapid, high-quality design, fabrication and construction, for on-time, on-budget delivery of a high-quality project. With an unrivalled track record on the most advanced structural design projects, AVEVA Bocad Steel can deliver value as a stand-alone steelwork solution or as part of an integrated AVEVA Plant deployment.

AVEVA Bocad Steel features a unique generic data model which is readily adaptable to the widest possible range of industry applications. Unlike many rival solutions which are designed only for specific industries, this flexible, generic nature enables AVEVA Bocad Steel to be used effectively for any type of structural steelwork design and to be readily extended and optimised to meet new requirements.

AVEVA Bocad Steel is a true engineer’s design tool; it works the way engineers work and does not require extensive user retraining or unfamiliar working practices. Importantly, it works with AVEVA Everything3D™ and AVEVA PDMS™ and can immediately deliver value on any AVEVA Plant project.

Additional functions and library items are available by selecting the AVEVA Bocad Onshore or AVEVA Bocad Offshore add-on packs.

  • Interactive design, with an unlimited number of views and sections available
  • Parameterised design templates
  • Customisable macro language for increased automation
  • Fully intelligent connections retain integrity as the design evolves
  • Full clash-checking capabilities
  • Extensive library of standard, special and user-definable profiles, bolts and welds
  • Support for industry, national and customer-specific standards
  • PDF, DXF, XLS and VRML deliverables
  • 2D-3D association, ensuring that drawings accurately reflect the 3D model
  • Automated generation of fabrication data: arrangement, component and assembly drawings, BoMs, weight and CoG reports
  • Strong links with CNC machinery and production management systems
  • Configurable, automatic marking of members, bolts and welds
  • Extensive support for the control of construction
  • Change highlighting and audit trail
  • Project management support, classifying structures by phase, family, layer and so on


Structural steelwork is a major element in many engineering projects and in all types of plant design, but it can account for a disproportionate level of construction problems, rework costs and delays. AVEVA Bocad Steel overcomes this by providing an extensive range of general-purpose functions for structural steel detailing, which integrate with the plant layout functions of AVEVA Everything3D™ and AVEVA PDMS.


AVEVA Bocad Steel meets the needs of both engineering and fabrication, providing a comprehensive, end-to-end solution for steelwork design and construction. Industry-specific extensions are available through the selection of the AVEVA Bocad Onshore or AVEVA Bocad Offshore add-on packs. These further increase project efficiency by saving time and increasing design quality on all types of onshore or offshore structures.

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Better design quality

  • Create fully detailed, highly accurate design
  • Collaborate and clash-check with architectural, mechanical, plant and marine design systems
  • Work with third-party structural analysis solutions

Better project control

  • Powerful parts nesting functions for accurate material estimating and procurement
  • Real-time association between the 3D model and 2D deliverables
  • Open interoperability with ERM, ERP, MRP and MIS systems

Better fabrication and construction quality

  • Automatic, accurate production and construction deliverables direct from the project model
  • Direct transfer of digital production data for error-free fabrication

More capability

  • Out of the box AEC industry standard features
  • No limitation on project size or complexity

Easy to adopt

  • Fast implementation and easy project set-up
  • Easy to learn and intuitive

AVEVA Bocad Steel Interface™

AVEVA Bocad Steel comes complete with AVEVA Bocad Steel Interface™, avoiding the need for expensive third-party interfaces and enabling immediate collaboration between steelwork designers and plant layout or marine outfitting designers. It enables bi-directional integration directly with:

AVEVA Outfitting


  • Intelligent accurate transfer and mapping of structural elements – beams, columns, panels, plates, pipes and bars
  • Supports Compare & Update with AVEVA E3D, PDMS & Outfitting
  • Full, traceable and managed round-tripping
  • Maintains model hierarchy

Improves project quality & efficiency

  • Eliminates costly construction reworks by keeping plant layout or outfitting synchronised with high-quality steelwork detailing
  • Automatic, just-in-time generation of deliverables ensures that fabricators use fully up-to-date information

Saves time and effort

  • Reduces design checking and rework
  • Reduces or eliminates drawing touch-up work

Improves fabrication quality

  • Shop-ready AVEVA Bocad drawings and CNC data, direct from the project model, enable accurate fabrication for efficient construction

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