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July 05, 2019 by Andrius Bialyj

The 85.4-metre-high tower Mjøstårnet is the tallest timber building in the world | AGACAD The beginning of the 20th century was a very exciting time for builders and architects as they witnessed the birth of steel and concrete structures. The ingenious mix of these two components made it possible to build much higher than ever before, and that eventually led to the construction of skyscrapers. Wood as a building material seemed like a thing of the past. More than 100 years later, however, architects are once again thinking about using wood as their main building material. There are already apartment blocks built entirely of cross-laminated timber, and some ambitious companies are preparing blueprints for the first wooden skyscraper.

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Turning towards wood might seem like a weird idea, to say the least. Why reintroduce something that burns and easily breaks? Isn’t that the reason why we moved on to concrete and steel? That is true to some extent since regular timber is neither malleable (unlike steel or concrete) nor strong enough to build high-rises.

March 05, 2018 by Andrius Bialyj

Q: How can I frame an opening for a set of pipes passing through a wall and make individual openings for each one in the sheathing layer?

A: While there are other workflows, the one I’ll describe below seems to be the simplest with the least steps and configurations. The following steps will lead to this end result for your pipes:

1. You have to create Opening configurations for your pipes (ducts, etc.), which will insert simple round openings for your pipes (you can use one configuration for all sizes) but will join those openings into a rectangular framed opening, in case the pipes are close to one another (second screenshot):

January 30, 2018 by Andrius Bialyj

link to metal wall product pageAGACAD's software is constantly being improved with newly-conceived features based on our clients’ experiences and needs who are BIM professionals in their industries. Having received some requests regarding our metal wall framing software and thoroughly looking into the possibilities with our clients, we’re ready to unveil several new and improved features that have been added to Metal Framing Wall+ and are available for all users. All you need to do is update the tool via the TOOLS4BIM Dock and then you’ll be off and running with the latest functions for framing metal walls.

So, what's new exactly? Let’s get right into it.

Load Additional Types

When you use the “Load Families & Schedules” command, only some example family types are loaded into the project:

However, if you need some additional family types, you don’t need to look for those families and types through the native Revit “Load Family” dialog anymore.

April 07, 2016 by Andrius Bialyj

This time we are sharing our Tips&Tricks article that was published in RevitCommunity some time ago. Hope it can be useful not only for RevitCommunity readers but for our blog followers too. So please read and benefit from advices on how to work smarter without using Revit plugins.

To get more realistic and high quality render requires a lot of time working on details. However we don’t always need to have exact details or spend time on them, therefore there are big model libraries on the internet for rendering purposes. Those might contain trees, grass, site elements, furniture, and so on.

Unfortunately those are usually not suitable for Autodesk® Revit® as they are mostly used by visualization professionals who use visualization software like 3ds Max, Cinema 4D, etc. However we can get quite good results using one of the suggested Revit rendering engines.

First, I would suggest you to begin with a separate Revit project for our rendering and then just link the main project into it. In that case, we won’t overload our main project with all detailed geometry that will be used only for rendering purposes.

November 17, 2015 by Andrius Bialyj

As the software, hardware and technologies are always improving we would like to have more and more information in our BIM models, and we would like this information to meet BIM criterions – it must have its geometry, materials, actual quantity and all the information we might need about some parts of the project or its elements

Often various detail drawings or just detail elements we draw in 2D, mark its places in the project and calculate approximate quantity. We usually do that because our clients don’t ask for these details as those are being coordinated at the construction site, or distribution of these detail elements takes too much time. However various details are quite important in our projects, especially in precast elements or structural models.

Fortunately, there is a new BIM solution that quickly distributes detail elements or even specific cuts to your Revit® elements according to predefined rules – AGACAD team has created a new BIM solution for Revit called Smart Details. The tool is currently in Beta version, however everyone can try it out for free. After the installation of the tool you will see a new tab in your Revit ribbon with Smart Details tool’s functions inside.

All functions are quite similar and their names are self-explanatory, therefore it’s quite obvious what they are for.

September 29, 2015 by Andrius Bialyj

Again, we would like to share advice on how to work smarter with Revit® without using any plugins. Just a simple but useful tip.

Sometimes not everything can be finished in Autodesk® Revit®, so we need to use another software for some tasks. In some cases we need to have 3D view (axonometric or perspective) drawing of our project outside of Revit, so that it can be edited or simplified (for example for logo or advertisement).

The problem is that if you export 3D view, you get 3D model of your project and it’s complicated to make it 2D (“Flatten” command in AutoCAD doesn’t work properly in most of the cases). However there is a simple solution for that.

All you have to do is just follow a few simple steps:

May 20, 2015 by Andrius Bialyj

Last time I have explained you how to transfer views, family types, elements etc. between different Revit® projects. This time I would like to tell you how to restore lost elements using Revit backup files or copies.

Imagine you are working on a big project and you notice that some Revit® elements that were modeled before are missing - a few hours or even days ago. That might happen on workshared projects when team members don’t own worksets and everybody can edit anything. So sometimes someone accidently might delete someone else’s elements.

To transfer the missing elements, you need to find a backup file where the elements are still in their place, or a local copy of the project that wasn’t synchronized with the central file for some time (and has the missing elements in it). Now you have to open both projects in Revit. The best way to transfer elements is in plan views, so activate in both projects the same level plan views. Mark the elements in the project were they are still in their place (you can use right click and Select All Instances >Visible in View or just select all and filter the required elements). Note that you don’t need to select hosts for host based elements, if the host is not deleted in the more recent project.

May 13, 2015 by Andrius Bialyj

Autodesk® Revit® can save a lot of time when you're working on large projects or multiple similar projects. The best way to do that is by using Revit project templates.

Revit users can save system families (walls, floors, etc.), component families (doors, windows, furniture, etc.), sheets, schedules, annotations, graphics, and so on to their project templates. This can save a lot of time when starting a new project because you skip over the creation of schedules or importing needed families. Each project is different, however, and we can’t create a template that will suit all projects or a few templates that we can choose from our new project and the chosen template will fit it 100%.

There are even situations when, for example, schedules from multiple different projects have to be used in a new project. Also, sometimes beginners forget to use the required project template and have problems transferring their work to a project template. There is a partial solution for that using Revit project linking, binding it afterwards, while losing annotations, detail items, views, etc. but the topic of this post is not about that way.

First of all, let’s see how the system family types, annotations, tags, view templates, etc. can be transferred between projects (those are just types, not designed elements of the project).

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