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July 07, 2020 by Valensas Balsevicius

Last week I posted about how to insert shoes for precast concrete columns from ProdLib libraries efficiently in Revit. Again, shout-outs to ProdLib for their great BIM content libraries and to Peikko for making their structural connections for precast concrete available for us designers to use in Revit.

This week I show how you can manually place Peikko lifting anchors and make modifications VERSUS how you can place them and change parameters automatically using our Precast Concrete BIM design software. Hope you will find this useful!


  1. Load lifting family from ProdLib.
  2. If the Revit family doesn't snap to the wall face, just modify it using the Family Editor.
  3. Change category.
  4. Let's place manually and change some parameters.
  5. Let's automate the detail insertion process! Use the Smart Connections tool that's part of our Precast Concrete BIM software.
  6. Create a new configuration to place lifting families relative to the center of gravity.
  7. Repeat on the side of the wall.
  8. Apply the configuration to all walls.
  9. Modify the configuration so that details on the wall edge will be oriented correctly...
  10. Update All...
  11. ⚡️Presto! All details are inserted based on wall shape and size. For future walls, just run the configuration to insert all those lifting anchors with JUST ONE CLICK!

July 01, 2020 by Valensas Balsevicius

Anstar and Peikko both manufacture structural connections for precast concrete. And they've gone the extra step of making their respective products available for designers to use by uploading them to BIM content libraries. You can find their products in the libraries put together by ProdLib. Now that's some great BIM content right there! As we've been saying for years, "Manufacturers, we need you in BIM!"

Whichever manufacturer you may choose, here is a workflow for inserting column shoes efficiently from ProdLib using our Precast Concrete BIM design software for Revit.


  1. Insert precast column shoes using Prodlib libraries.
  2. If the Revit Family doesn't snap to the Host, just modify it by changing a few options in the Family Editor.
  3. Create a configuration to insert 4 column shoes all at once using the Smart Connections tool that's part of our Precast Concrete BIM software.
  4. Use the configuration on all columns.
  5. Flip details using the 'Modify Elements' command.
  6. Update the other columns.
  7. Modify the Family to automatically track the size of the column.
  8. Rotate the column shoes in one column, and just update the others so that they all automatically follow the size of the precast column.

June 10, 2020 by Valensas Balsevicius

The newest version of our Smart Assemblies BIM tool for automating shop drawings in Revit has just been released.

The primary update in the new version has to do with the Smart Dimensions feature. In the previous version of Smart Assemblies, the Smart Dimensions configurations were in the Hosted Metal Details tab:

But with this update, Smart Dimensions has been moved to its own tab, outside of Hosted Metal Details. This means that you can create dimensions by using settings in the Hosted Metal Details tab AND in the Smart Dimensions tab.

For current users of Smart Assemblies, it‘s important to know that if you had an existing configuration with Smart Dimensions turned ON, then in your configuration you will now find that Hosted Metal Details and Smart Dimensions are BOTH turned ON. In some situations that could cause duplicate dimensions because Hosted Metal Detail dimensioning rules and Smart Dimensions will both be applied.

May 28, 2020 by Valensas Balsevicius

Parking garages can be built from a variety of materials – cast-in-place, precast concrete, steel framing with concrete, even wood. Perhaps most often seen as stand-alone buildings, they are frequently incorporated into a larger structure, concealed below ground level or several floors above ground. Architecturally speaking they can range from simple to highly unique, boasting tailor-made façades. Functionally most are quite plain though they may be outfitted with complex automatic parking systems.

At any rate, we need them. A lot. That’s why they're being built all over the place. Here in Vilnius, Lithuania, car parks are gradually relieving the lack of parking spaces, an all-too-common problem affecting cities worldwide. Underground ones are ideal in the city center here for preserving views of the city’s splendid architecture. Although every situation is different, precast concrete is probably the best choice for your typical, economical, functional parking structure due to its relatively simple design and fast construction timetable that's less affected by weather conditions. Plus architectural ideas can easily be implemented in façade wall panels.

The AEC industry has been undergoing the transition from 2D digital drafting to 3D informational modeling, data management, sharing, linking between people and software platforms. In four words, building information modelling/management. In a word, BIM.

Marina Villas Parking Garage, courtesy of CKR EngineersImage courtesy of CKR Engineers

If we look at the case of an independent, standalone parking garage building, most of it is structural. A typical one has simple architecture, and there’s hardly any MEP or other parts of the project to deal with. So in this article, I want to review the design workflow and available tools that make the process efficient in structural BIM models, particularly as regards modeling and documentation.

May 20, 2020 by Valensas Balsevicius

Want to create layouts of precast concrete slabs efficiently in Revit? Our Precast Concrete design software has two tools to do that: Floor Panel Layout (for Floor system families) and the new Floor+C tool (for Structural Framing families).

While both Floor Panel Layout and Floor+C let you create solid, hollow core, double tee, and other types of slabs, in some cases one tool is better than the other. It also depends on user habits and project type. An example where you might want to use Floor+C is if you have warped double tee slabs, as are commonly used in parking garages in North America. Another situation is if your Structural Framing family has camber. And there are probably other cases our users will find.

Floor+C distributes Structural Framing families based on reference floor boundaries. This tool replaces a similar tool (Floor+M) that used to be part of our Precast Concrete toolbox. The reason for the replacement is that Floor+M had default steel families and some settings that were not related to precast. Floor+C should make it clearer since it comes with solid, hollow core, and double tee slab families and sample configurations for precast.

To use Floor+C, follow these steps:

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.


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