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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 the MagiCAD plug-in for AutoCAD. 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.

September 05, 2017 by Jokūbas Vaišvila

Certainly it’s necessary to know an opening’s dimensions and elevation from a given reference. But when you cut an opening using Cut Opening software, how can you find these parameters in Revit®? All it takes is a little know-how!

CLIENT QUESTION: How can we tag openings made using the Cut Opening plug-in? I am looking for dimensions of openings (e.g. height, width) and elevation from some baseline.

August 30, 2017 by Jokūbas Vaišvila

If a building you need to model is going to have lights and HVAC, then those systems need a plenum space above the ceiling (and possibly below the floor as well). In such cases, how can you find the distance between, say, the ceiling and the slab above? As it turns out, Revit® doesn’t have Real Height parameters for Rooms and Spaces. Instead, it calculates them depending on the actual stretch but not the bounded Height. BIM Tree Manager can help find the distance you’re looking for.

QUESTION: How do you find the distance between a compound ceiling and a slab?

ANSWER: I’d suggest using special spaces to define the volume between a ceiling and slab. Here’s how to do it.

June 19, 2017 by Jokūbas Vaišvila

When it comes to laying out hangers in a Revit project, it’s important to make sure they attach to the structure you want and that the hangers can extend or contract as needed if you need to adjust, for example, the ceiling or floor height.

QUESTION: We want pipe supports to attach to the floor. But when we change the pipe level offset, the rod length remains the same. How do we keep the supports connected to the structure?

ANSWER: First of all, you have to define which Revit category your hanger should connect to. If you select Floors – hangers will connect to the floor. If you select roof – they will connect to the roof. If you select everything – hangers will connect to any structural category found in their way.

May 05, 2017 by Jokūbas Vaišvila

Previously Cut Opening solution could layout openings only for MEP line based elements. Today I’m glad to announce that Cut Opening is capable of working with Structural Framing category!

Cut Opening is using Interference Checking based in Revit and transfers all the clash data to Cut Opening software. We are using special workflows to compute all the clashes and add all needed data to openings.

The Cut Opening software allows users to insert openings with predefined opening size, side, bottom, top and depth offsets, join openings if they are near each other or cut openings for elements that are partially clashing. Let me introduce the configurations that are available:

Opening size:

There are two different ways to define opening size for beams:

1. Apply Cut Offset:

  • Users can define Cut Offset around the element
  • Users can define Top and Bottom offsets

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