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April 01, 2020 by Valensas Balsevicius

Following the release last November of our Wall Reinforcement tool for placing rebar in precast concrete wall panels in Revit, we got feedback from a lot of users saying they were interested in being able to group rebar.

Well, now you can! Creating rebar as sets brings advantages in dimensioning, getting information for construction without drawings, and also setting visibility of the set in views.

So in addition to some small tweaks and fixes, these settings have been added to the Wall Reinforcement Configurations window to create rebar sets. Just select the type(s) of reinforcement that you want to create as a rebar set...

...and voilà!


March 10, 2020 by Valensas Balsevicius

Beam Reinforcement Revit extension logo | AGACADBeam Reinforcement, the newest feature incorporated into our Precast Concrete design software, lets you efficiently model beam reinforcement for rectangular, L and IT shaped beams per your defined rules. By applying layout rules to different types of stirrups, you can create most any reinforcement pattern.

Here's a webinar we hosted showing the workflow for using Beam Reinforcement as a feature of our Precast Concrete design software.


You can read through the basic workflow for using Beam Reinforcement below.

These are the commands at your disposal:

February 26, 2020 by Valensas Balsevicius

Want to efficiently model reinforcement for beams in Revit? Sign up for our free webinar showing a new tool that does just that. Our soon-to-be-released Beam Reinforcement app will allow you to place main reinforcement and stirrups via user-defined layout rules.

This free, 1-hour webinar is especially suited for structural engineers, modelers, and really anyone who wants to place reinforcement in Revit more efficiently. Join in and get a pre-release look at AGACAD's newest Revit add-in.

The Beam Reinforcement app can be applied to rectangular, L, and IT (inverted T) beams. Works best for precast but also for cast-in-place concrete.

inserting rebar in an inverted T beam in Revit

October 31, 2019 by Valensas Balsevicius

A few months ago we released a couple of Dynamo scripts for reinforcing precast walls in Revit. Since those churned up a lot of interest, we decided to go forward with creating a Wall Reinforcement add-on.

Wall Reinforcement lets you efficiently distribute wall reinforcement for solid, double, and sandwich walls based on defined rules. It recognizes the shape of the wall and distributes the main reinforcement and additional reinforcement for the wall perimeter and openings.

Here's a webinar we hosted that shows the workflow for using this Revit extension.


And here's an outline of the basic workflow to follow when using Wall Reinforcement.

October 16, 2019 by Valensas Balsevicius

Modeling reinforcement for walls in Revit is quite time consuming, so we are releasing a new tool very soon to make it much easier and way more efficient. The Wall Reinforcement app will allow you to place vertical, horizontal, and diagonal bars; edge reinforcement; and U-shaped bars.

This free, 1-hour webinar will be especially informative for structural engineers, modelers, and really anyone who wants to create wall reinforcement in Revit more efficiently. Join in and get a premier look at the newest Revit add-on to join the AGACAD arsenal!

The Wall Reinforcement app can be applied to solid, double, and sandwich walls.


June 27, 2019 by Valensas Balsevicius

Our Precast Concrete solution is great for automating modelling, numbering, and shop-drawing creation in Revit, but efficiently modelling reinforcement in a 3D model can still be a challenge. Following our post about using a Dynamo script to create rebar by selected edges, here we show how to make a layout based on certain rules and apply it automatically to elements of different length. This can be done in the same Dynamo script.

You’ll recall that we created a rebar layout via a simple Code Block with a defined bar number and step.

Let’s add another node to select one more Edge, and read its length with the Curve.Length node like this:

June 13, 2019 by Valensas Balsevicius

Smart Assemblies has always helped Revit® users save hours of work when creating schedules for assemblies, and we continue to make this BIM solution ever more powerful. The latest update adds a new Schedule View Template option (in addition to the already-existing Schedule Instance.

Schedule view

Schedule Instance uses the actual schedule from the project browser as a schedule template. The user needs to have that schedule in the project with Schedule View Template assigned (for more about that, see Automated Schedules in Smart Assemblies).

May 28, 2019 by Valensas Balsevicius

This post is about the Dynamo script for reinforcement created during our Precast Concrete webinar entitled "BIM modeling in Revit, CAM, drawings and reinforcement using Dynamo" (hosted May 9, 2019; recording available on YouTube). It should be helpful for anyone interested in modeling reinforcement more efficiently.

During the webinar we added some precast elements and placed connections and reinforcement. We also showed how to auto-generate shop drawings with Revit® and the Precast Concrete add-on developed by AGACAD. For the reinforcement, we produced a Dynamo script to create rebar based on 4 selected edges of the Host element with some simple parameters to control the rebar size and number.

Important notes: This post is intended for Revit 2019 and later editions since some nodes for rebar are not available in previous versions. We also suggest you review the additional Packages added to Dynamo (the add-ons in the image below). The reinforcement settings for Revit elements are already set to the correct values.

Additional Packages

April 25, 2019 by Valensas Balsevicius

We invite you to join our upcoming webinar about modeling precast concrete in Revit. If you're interested in modeling rebar, don't miss out on this webinar! You'll see how to place rebar automatically using Revit reinforcement tools in tandem with Dynamo scripts that we've developed. Creating strands for walls is fast and easy as well as placing rebar around openings.

This webinar is ideal for structural engineers, designers & drafters, BIM modelers & detailers, CAD engineers & technicians. It's also ideal for companies in building design & engineering, consultancy, and manufacturing.

April 12, 2019 by Valensas Balsevicius

Structural engineers, especially those who specialize in concrete buildings, often perform reinforcement detailing tasks. There are several features tools in Autodesk® Revit® that can assist with rebar creation, like creating a group of reinforcement or individual rebar, area reinforcement, and fabric sheets. It’s quite OK because you can use standard shapes or draw a unique shape of rebar, define different layout rules, and so on. But if you need to do that over and over again, it takes huge amounts of time.

Revit Structure features | AGACAD

So, whilst searching for tools that can help save you time, don’t overlook the visual programming tool inside Revit – Dynamo. Even with some basic knowledge and efforts, Revit users can quickly learn it and start creating their own basic scripts to automate work.

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