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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 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.

November 07, 2018 by Valensas Balsevicius

Smart Details is going to be phased out over the next few months. In its place, we present you Smart Connections, our newest BIM Solution for Revit, that brings additional functionality and more intuitive performance along with a name that more clearly reflects its main purpose.

IMPORTANT NOTE for EXISTING USERS of Smart Details! Although you can use the same configurations as you’ve been using with Smart Details, some of them might be disrupted due to changes in the software. Smart Details will still be available for a time so that you can finish your current projects and then modify your configurations for new projects so that they will mesh with Smart Connections.

The remainder of this post is dedicated to showing what configurations existing users of Smart Details may need to modify when transitioning to Smart Connections. For starters, when making the switch, you might need to modify your wall, column, and beam connection configurations.

For example:
If my Smart Details configuration was inserting corbels, column shoes, and bolts as shown below......the same configuration used with Smart Connections gives me this messy result.

That’s because the definition of faces of Columns and Foundation elements has been changed in Smart Connections. But this way it will be clearer and more systematic. So, to fix it, you will have to go in and redo that part of your configurations. Check the descriptions below for details on how to do that.

October 23, 2018 by Valensas Balsevicius

Our company continues the tradition of sharing information not only about our products but also about how to facilitate your everyday tasks in Revit. Below, our structural engineering maestro Valensas shares an insight about equality settings in Revit® dimensions.



In working with various clients, I’ve noticed there are some things that for experienced Revit users look simple but for beginners might be very frustrating.

Recently I’ve received a couple of questions from different users about how to get an Equality Formula in dimensions when they have several of the same dimensions on a dimension chain.

Let’s take a look at the settings we have in Dimension properties.

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