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July 11, 2016 by Jokūbas Vaišvila

MEP engineers often need to insert plenty of support elements for ducts, pipes, cable trays, etc. It would be best to distribute hangers and supports along MEP elements automatically. And we have a solution for that!

Using Smart Hangers software, which is AGACAD’s application for Revit®, you do not need to manually distribute hanging or supporting elements for line based MEP objects like duct, pipe, cable tray, or conduits. It places duct hangers along the duct automatically.

It also has integrated split functionality of any MEP line based element: pipe, duct, cable tray, or conduit. Revit extension Smart Hangers splits MEP curves into segments by predefined lengths and attaches the distributed elements to any type of the constructions as well.

Easy to use and customizable application for placing hangers and joints in Revit has a lot of users who sometimes send us their questions about Smart Hangers usage. Therefore, I have decided to collect the most common ones and provide some answers in this blog post. Let’s start:

June 21, 2016 by Jokūbas Vaišvila

Smart Sprinklers application for Revit® uses text files in which diameter of pipes has a dependence on a number of fed sprinklers.

Usually we use NFPA, AS or ISO standards for pre-calculation of diameters. This looks like this:

Here, in this table you can see range pipes, layout and maximum number of sprinklers fed. According these values, you can pre-calculate diameter of a pipe.

As I have already mentioned – Smart Sprinklers uses text files to pre-calculate diameters. This text file looks exactly the same as NFPA, AS or ISO standard’s tables:

June 17, 2016 by Jokūbas Vaišvila

Cut Opening application for Autodesk® Revit® opens new possibilities for collaboration between MEP Engineers and Structural Engineers or Architects.

Basically, MEP engineers should define MEP clashes with structural elements. All these clashes should have different sizes, shapes, depths, etc. These opening parameters should be specified by MEP engineer. But how do you transfer information about thousands of openings to your structural engineers?

Sometimes structural engineers are making openings on their own; sometimes MEP engineers are making generic models to identify places and sizes of openings. Structural engineers are really struggling with these kinds of workflows. Such workflows take lots of time to achieve required results.

May 31, 2016 by Jokūbas Vaišvila

This time we would like to draw your attention to one more tip on how to work smarter with Autodesk® Revit® without using any Revit add-ins.

I encountered some difficulties while running Interference Check between Revit elements and linked IFC file within Revit file. I had to export *.xml file straight from Revit to use tools which can create openings where IFC Ducts and IFC Pipes clash with walls, floors, etc. The problem was that I couldn‘t find element categories in linked IFC file from Revit‘s Interference check list.

Finally, I found a way to run this. I will describe the method I have used:

  1. Open IFC file using simple Open command in Revit. R->Open->IFC

2. Save Revit project with opened IFC elements

March 10, 2016 by Jokūbas Vaišvila

On the beginning of March (March 4, 2016) AGACAD team released new version of application for Autodesk® Revit® MEP users Smart Sprinklers.

Working together with one of our client’s, the company ARUP that is a global engineering and design firm, engineers AGACAD developed new features for sprinkler design. New workflow allows users to use constant pipe diameter for range pipe instead of changing their diameters corresponding to the number of sprinklers fed.

ARUP company’s request was such:

“How to configure Smart Sprinklers to work as shown in a picture:

February 24, 2016 by Jokūbas Vaišvila

Sometimes Autodesk® Revit® files become corrupt and nobody knows why. We faced the situation then Project Information button became inactive (greyed). This can affect your printing sheets and title blocks because of the parameters that should be written in this location. But this is not the worst thing. This can affect some of third party’s tools for Revit as well.

AGACAD’s tools are built to use this Project Information parameter to insert some necessary parameters into the project. If Project Information button is greyed – that means AGACAD’s tools won’t work correctly. For example, our BIM solution Cut Opening couldn’t see .xml file where all required information is written, or Revit plug-in RAS Manager couldn’t insert spaces by all rooms automatically, etc.

If this situation occurs in one project only – we have the solution for it. If this occurs in all your projects – this is a Revit bug. In this case – please contact your Autodesk software reseller or Autodesk technical team.

Now let’s come back to the first situation, when the Project Information button becomes inactive in only one project. To fix the project bug, please follow the instruction below:

February 08, 2016 by Jokūbas Vaišvila

AGACAD team just released a new version of BIM solution Cut Opening. We have been working together with one of our customer Anthony Lam Senior Project Manager from isBIM Limited. This is the issue he was facing:

“For setting offset, it is not that automatic as there are many different material types of pipe. For example, galvanized steel, copper, UPVC, steel, ductile iron, etc. It makes many odd numbers in settings. For different material, same nominal pipe size has different outer diameters. The difference is not big but it makes the opening size very odd.”

Thank you, Anthony, for your insights and help.

Due to this issue, AGACAD team developed new feature in Cut Opening solution that inserts openings in Revit® models in accordance to Nominal or Outer diameters. Now users are able to choose either of them:

The result looks like this:

October 29, 2015 by Jokūbas Vaišvila

This week we have added some new features to our Revit® add-in application Cut Opening. Now this BIM solution is more fitted for BIM Team workflow. We added a possibility to share inner configurations of Openings’ sizes, offsets, joining distances, etc. with colleagues.

Now you can go to Configuration tab and choose the path where you want to store your own settings of openings:

October 27, 2015 by Jokūbas Vaišvila

In the first part of this article I wrote that all our extensions for Revit® work with linked files and provided some examples how you can use Smart Hangers working with linked projects. Smart Hangers is a really “Smart” BIM solution that works with linked Revit® models as well as the models that come from other software products, like the IFC file format.

To place hangers on Ducts or Pipes that come from IFC file you should use Replace IFC functionality:

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