The building industry is in need of efficient and flexible tools for 3D modeling and documentation, so we're continuing on with developing our Revit add-ons. Smart Details has filled a huge gap in the market by making it easy to insert batches of intelligent details. Thanks to user-feedback and ongoing dialogue with BIM experts, it keeps getting better. The latest Smart Details update brings great value for Revit users, particularly with three new features. Let’s get right into it.
The first thing you’ll find is that Smart Details can now automatically find details in one element and place them in the same location in another. Call it “detect-and-insert corresponding detail”. But that’s almost as long as just describing it in the first place. It definitely increases efficiency in designing precast, wood or steel framing – you name it. Here's what it looks like:
And here are three examples:
Ex. 1. If you have details in a wall, Smart Details will place them in the foundation in the same place.
Ex. 2. Smart Details will automatically detect details on floors – like floor connection plates – and insert support details in the corresponding place on the wall face — even for sloped floors. (That's another user request fulfilled!)
Ex. 3. If line-based elements are located near your wall, Smart Details will automatically find them and place details at the same elevation, in the exact position that you need. For instance, based on the position of a run of hangers, you can place hanger support frames on the wall, lickety-split.
A second update you’ll find in Smart Details is that a new layout rule has been added for inserting lifting details based on gravity point. Instead of placing lifting details only by 'Fixed Number & Fixed Spacing', they may now be placed by 'Fixed Number & Relative to Length' as well. This brings more flexibility when working with elements of various sizes.
And last but not least, the UI for selecting an Intersection Family has been improved. You can pick out families from our well-known Family Browser window:
So, if you're already using Smart Details, be sure to download the upload ASAP to try out and implement these new features. And if you're not using Smart Details yet, we invite you to try it out! Take a free trial by downloading our TOOLS4BIM Dock below.
You’re welcome to take a free trial of any of our BIM software solutions! Just download the TOOLS4BIM Dock (above) for your version of Revit → open Revit → select the tool you'd like to try out → happy trialing!
Related blog posts:
- An Overview of Precast Slabs, Walls, Columns & Beams in Revit
- Q&A: How can you create special cuts for diagonal bracing on wooden wall studs?
- Cool Tools for Precast Walls
- Apply Precast Concrete Revit add-on to Precast Slabs
- Smart Details - New Efficiency Level Accomplished!
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