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November 16, 2017 by Ieva Janulevičiūtė

Before diving into the details of this update for our framing software, perhaps a little distinction is in order. Due to such frequent updates of our software, a common question always comes up: "Why is your software updated so often?" And we understand. After all, sometimes that little red dot shows up in the Dock more than twice a month!

TOOLS4BIM Dock OverviewThe reason for such a high frequency of updates is because we try to fulfill clients' special requests as soon as possible. Instead of making a client wait a month or two until the next VERSION is released, we strive to implement their specialized requests as quickly as we can by frequently releasing software BUILDS. Of course, these BUILDS may also contain bug fixes – and we're very grateful to clients when they help find these! – but rest assured that most often, that little red dot just means we’ve made one more client’s Revit dream come true.

With that said, let’s get into the new things you can do with your timber or light-gauge steel framing projects using the latest BUILDS of Wood and Metal Framing!


Wood Framing Metal Framing Wall





November 16, 2017 by Robert Prybyla

Do you spend more time than you want searching for the right family in your Revit library? What about reviewing and modifying parameters? Is it a pain in the neck to navigate and filter elements once they’re in your project or to fill in gaps and fix mistakes? Then our upcoming FREE webinar about BIM Navigator is for you!

Registration now open!

Session Most convenient for: Thursday, November 23
1 Europe, Africa, Asia, Australia 10:00 - 10:45 AM CET Click here to register!
2 North & South America, Europe 10:00 - 10:45 AM CST Click here to register!

This 45-minute webinar is intended for Revit modelers, BIM managers, BIM analysts, BIM evangelists, team leads, MEP engineers, architects, designers, structural engineers, and contractors. Really, anyone involved in the BIM workflow can benefit from this webinar!


November 15, 2017 by Jokūbas Vaišvila

BIM Navigator is a powerful tool for library and project parameter management in Revit. Bringing to bear the combined power of Smart Browser and BIM Tree Manager, it lets users review parameters from different angles to give maximum control -- from family management and modification to quality control of projects.


For a side-by-side break-down of the two arms of BIM Navigator, see the table below.



And if you'd like to see more about BIM Navigator, join our webinar on Thursday, November 23, 2017! It's geared toward anyone and everyone involved in the BIM workflow -- Revit modelers, BIM managers, BIM analysts, BIM evangelists, team leads, MEP engineers, architects, designers, structural engineers, and contractors.

Webinar REGISTRATION:
SessionMost convenient for:Thursday, November 23
1Europe, Africa, Asia, Australia10:00 - 10:45 AM CETClick here to register!
2North & South America, Europe10:00 - 10:45 AM CSTClick here to register!




November 15, 2017 by Robert Prybyla

We're glad to announce that we're co-hosting a webinar with AEC, our Partner in Sweden!

The focus will be on how to use the "Template Project" function for framing projects in Revit. Those of you who do documentation of framing projects, this one's for you! Attend, and you'll see how to save major time on documentation. If you skip out...well, register anyway so that we know to send you a recording ;-)

This half-hour FREE webinar will be on November 23, 2017 at 1:00 - 1:30 PM Central European Time.

That's 6 AM in Chicago, noon in London, 4 PM in Dubai, 8 PM in Kuala Lumpur, and 11 PM down-under in Sydney.

Click here to register!

NB: Opening remarks in Swedish, but webinar content will be in English.

We kindly invite all existing Wood and Metal Framing users as well as potential users to attend this webinar. Hear about the recent feature that significantly speeds up your project documentation process, saving you time...and headaches!

November 15, 2017 by BIM Tree Chimpanzee

After its debut a year ago, the BIM Tree Chimpanzee returns to the spotlight. Whether you’re dealing with an architectural, structural, or MEP model in Revit, this BIM chimp knows its way around.

For models containing enormous amounts of information (whose doesn't?), it takes some serious power to collect, check, modify, and analyze it all. And of course, lots of times there's inadequate information in a model, so you have to fill in what's missing. (Coordinates and re-calculated elevations, anyone?)

Enter BIM Tree Manager, one arm of AGACAD's BIM Navigator. Our chimp is on hand to show how to manage all BIM object info. See the posts below for examples of how to manage architectural, structural, or MEP projects.

Into the Jungle!

November 14, 2017 by Robert Prybyla

AGACAD will introduce its new-generation building information management platform during Autodesk University in Las Vegas. The beta launch of the BIMAXON platform, “a brain for a building”, will be a major highlight of our participation in AU from November 14 to 16, 2017.

"The theme for this AU is ‘The Future of Making Things’, and BIMAXON is pioneering technology for the AEC future everyone’s dreaming about,” says Donatas Aksomitas, AGACAD’s CEO.

“It’s the kind of advanced information management and exchange that’s needed for a world of VR/AR and IoT, for buildings with Artificial Intelligence. Imagine data from all sources in one place with real-time access and BIM with infinite dimensions. We’ll have a HoloLens to show it off with mixed reality,” he said.

November 14, 2017 by Jokūbas Vaišvila

Question: “Do you have something similar to Autodesk’s Roombook tool that can find all Revit categories?”

Answer: Yes. BIM Navigator lets you do everything Roombook does and more.

Although Roombook is a really nice tool, from my point of view it’s not finished yet. For example, it’s strange that you can’t select all Revit categories that are in your Revit model.

Take a look at the categories Roombook allows you to schedule:


There are many more Revit categories that ought to be included in a Roombook table like the one above. This is where BIM Navigator comes in handy.

November 09, 2017 by Robert Prybyla

In his latest post over at the BIMAXON blog, AGACAD CEO Donatas Aksomitas gets into more specifics about standardizing BIM object properties. He sees a lot to be gained from standardizing. Check out the post: The ‘Identification’ class of BIM object properties

For more background, see his post from earlier this year: It’s time to standardize BIM object properties!


BIMAXON will be beta-launched next week at Autodesk University! If you'll be there, look us up at booth A324! We'll be in the Building Design & Fabrication sector (next to food court #4).


November 07, 2017 by Jokūbas Vaišvila

Smart SelectAGACAD has a nifty free add-on for Revit® called Smart Select. We invite all Revit users to download this free tool and see how it speeds up your tasks! It’s basically a multi-element, auto-selection tool that lets you quickly select elements in a room or space by category, family, or type. This is invaluable in cases when you need to, for instance, write room data to a certain type of element in a room because it eliminates repetitive and inaccurate manual selection.

With Smart Select, you can filter elements by room name or number and add needed parameters to all elements that belong to that room. The workflow looks like this:

  1. Download Smart Select
  2. Install Smart Select
  3. Filter Elements by Room Name or Number:
November 06, 2017 by Robert Prybyla

On his BIMAXON blog, AGACAD CEO Donatas Aksomitas has been developing his thoughts on a more effective way of presenting the right amount of information to BIM actors at the right time throughout a building’s lifecycle. A big part of that is transitioning from LOD to what he calls graphical representation (GR) categories. GR avoids the pitfalls of LOD: model overload and lack of accuracy. Check out his post!

GR categories

Speaking of BIMAXON, it's beta launch will be next week at Autodesk University! If you'll be there, swing by booth # A324 to say hi! We'll be in the Building Design & Fabrication sector, right next to food area 4.


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