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January 29, 2018 by Jokūbas Vaišvila

Let's start off with a brief look at what BIM is. The purpose of BIM is to give each actor just the information they need at just the right time throughout a building’s lifecycle to support its effective design, creation, and use.

  • The “B” in BIM stands for “Building” – since it’s about methods and technologies for the effective design, creation, and use of buildings.
  • The “I” in BIM stands for “Information” – the 3D representations and non-graphical data in the digital model of a building. It’s the key to managing a building throughout its lifecycle.
    • Besides 3D information – for design, engineering, and production – there’s also
      • 4D information that incorporates time (scheduling, planning, and control),
      • 5D which adds costs and analysis,
      • 6D that includes sustainability, and
      • 7D which looks at facility management over the entire lifetime of an asset.
  • The “M” in BIM has three meanings:
    • “Modelling” – the collaborative processes by which actors create, update, and store relevant information about a building throughout its life.
    • “Model” – the ‘data container’ or digital model of a building where information about the building is stored.
    • “Management” – actors’ use of a building information model for their needs.

Libraries in BIM

Currently there are plenty of software options available, any one of which can be selected as a BIM environment for design. Most of them use generic libraries that favor the development region or country’s standards (Revit and US standards, DDS-CAD and German standards, etc.). To design a real building, we need real-world elements with real behavior.

January 16, 2018 by Jokūbas Vaišvila

Here's something for your good-to-know file: How to export shared parameters from any revit family. We get this question quite a lot, so here's a short video showing exactly how to do it. (And this is something you can do even without our add-ons :-)

This is a good Revit feature if you want to tag elements that were created by someone else and shared parameters were used. You can export those shared parameters to your file and use that for tagging elements. Here's how!


Happy Reviteering!

November 15, 2017 by Jokūbas Vaišvila

BIM Navigator is a powerful tool for library and project parameter management in Revit. Bringing to bear the combined power of Smart Browser and BIM Tree Manager, it lets users review parameters from different angles to give maximum control -- from family management and modification to quality control of projects.


For a side-by-side break-down of the two arms of BIM Navigator, see the table below.



And if you'd like to see more about BIM Navigator, join our webinar on Thursday, December 7, 2017! It's geared toward anyone and everyone involved in the BIM workflow -- Revit modelers, BIM managers, BIM analysts, BIM evangelists, team leads, MEP engineers, architects, designers, structural engineers, and contractors.



November 14, 2017 by Jokūbas Vaišvila

Question: “Do you have something similar to Autodesk’s Roombook tool that can find all Revit categories?”

Answer: Yes. BIM Navigator lets you do everything Roombook does and more.

Although Roombook is a really nice tool, from my point of view it’s not finished yet. For example, it’s strange that you can’t select all Revit categories that are in your Revit model.

Take a look at the categories Roombook allows you to schedule:


There are many more Revit categories that ought to be included in a Roombook table like the one above. This is where BIM Navigator comes in handy.

November 07, 2017 by Jokūbas Vaišvila

Smart SelectAGACAD has a nifty free add-on for Revit® called Smart Select. We invite all Revit users to download this free tool and see how it speeds up your tasks! It’s basically a multi-element, auto-selection tool that lets you quickly select elements in a room or space by category, family, or type. This is invaluable in cases when you need to, for instance, write room data to a certain type of element in a room because it eliminates repetitive and inaccurate manual selection.

With Smart Select, you can filter elements by room name or number and add needed parameters to all elements that belong to that room. The workflow looks like this:

  1. Download Smart Select
  2. Install Smart Select
  3. Filter Elements by Room Name or Number:
October 20, 2017 by Jokūbas Vaišvila

During the past few months, we’ve been working closely with Scandinavian structural engineers who deal with structural and architectural walls in Revit®. This collaboration has resulted in significant updates to Cut Opening in its latest release. Cut Opening

Companies like MOE, Ramboll, and COWI have already been using Cut Opening for a while to automate the process of inserting openings for doors and windows in structural models to exactly match those elements in the linked architectural model.

Please join our webinar on Thursday, October 26th to learn more about these NEW FEATURES!

October 10, 2017 by Jokūbas Vaišvila

Some AutoCAD add-ons use a workaround that inserts a blank element where you want an opening in a wall or floor. We know many clients have had this experience, for example, with AutoCAD MagiCAD plug-in. But usually you need real openings, not provisions that cause clashes and fail to reflect the actual structural geometry. So, a common question we get is “Can you insert a real opening in place of a void that came from an IFC file?” With Cut Opening, you can!

Here’s a workflow you can follow to insert REAL openings in your Revit project!

September 28, 2017 by Jokūbas Vaišvila

Say you have an opening on a wall in your Revit® project. Have you ever needed to measure the distance from the floor above down to the top, center, or bottom of the opening and write that data as a parameter to the opening family? We got a special request from the German market to make a new calculation method in our Cut Opening tool that could do just that. Here’s what we came up with: Level Above!

The “Level Above” elevation calculation feature can be found here in our Cut Opening Software:

When you apply it in a project, it looks like this:

September 13, 2017 by Jokūbas Vaišvila

If spaces in your Revit® building model contain columns, ducts, pipes, and other elements, it helps to have some automated assistance in avoiding clashes with sprinklers. Well, you get the assistance you need with our Fire Sprinkler software. When laying out fire sprinkler heads, you can use our Sprinkler Interference Check, which allows you to check zone clashes from sprinklers by means of an inner parameter that checks interference distance.

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