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July 30, 2020 by Robert Prybyla

During the past 2 months we've hosted several live webinars covering specialty framing in Revit. On the timber side, those included structural insulated panels, cross laminated timber, and post-frame (a.k.a. heavy timber, mass timber, or oak) constructions. And for metal framing, we delved into ventilated facades, glazing, and curtain walls & panels. In this post we've gathered those webinars into one place.

In each webinar, our BIM application engineer shows the workflow for using our wood and metal framing tools in tandem with custom Revit families and configurations to model walls, floors, and roofs; distribute connection details and hardware; generate shop drawings and cut lists; and export to CNC machines, where applicable.

Without further ado, here's our 2020 collection of 5 webinars about specialty framing in Autodesk Revit.

July 24, 2020 by Aleksandras Seza

Our MEP Hangers tool assists Revit users with distributing hangers and supports for MEP systems throughout Revit models. It lets you create very precise rules that describe on which exact elements hangers should go and how they should connect to structural elements in different cases. With a lot of filtering available, it’s even possible to create one configuration to facilitate putting hangers on a large system all at once with just a few clicks.

An updated user interface has been long in the works for MEP Hangers. Over the course of this past year several of our tools have gotten new UI’s, and now MEP Hangers joins their ranks. The functionality of the tool has not been changed with this latest update. The changes just affect the way the tool looks in your toolbar and some small additions that were made in the Configurations window, which we'll look at more closely below.

Here's how the interface has changed visually.

The new UI of MEP Hangers takes up less space on the screen and has a new look (which should be familiar to users of our wood and metal framing tools). Hovering the mouse cursor over one of the newly-created icons will provide an extensive tooltip about the command that that button activates:

July 16, 2020 by Aleksandras Seza

The advent of 3D design and BIM put a new spin on MEP coordination: resolving clashes between elements in a model instead of lines in a drawing. MEP engineers working 2D have to imagine piping or ductwork in their heads while making drawings that then need to be checked for viability by the structural designer or perhaps even on-site by the builder. BIM integrates MEP and structural design so that architects, structural & MEP engineers know in advance exactly where MEP elements will be placed during the construction phase, enabling them to create precise models and schedules. Nonetheless, MEP runs still need to be checked to ensure structural integrity and constructability, and that's a very time-consuming procedure requiring a lot of attention to produce the desired result, error-free.

Fortunately, there is a way to dramatically increase productivity in this area. AGACAD’s Cut Opening BIM software not only inserts openings in your projects where MEP elements intersect structural elements but also facilitates coordination between different disciplines and engineers working on the same project. When openings are created, each has its own parameters to mark whether it is acceptable or not, and, with the Opening control window, you can check the parameters of every single opening in your project that was inserted with our Cut Opening tool. What’s more, the control window allows you to create a dynamic section box that will move the section box in your 3D view directly to the opening selected in the table, making it easier to locate and check openings requiring review.

In addition to the features above, the opening families we provide with Cut Opening are available for any user modifications. It's possible to add things such as sleeves or collars to their geometry, add parameters, and change their representation according to company needs or country codes. We encourage users to take full advantage of the flexibility that Cut Opening brings.

July 13, 2020 by AGACAD

This free 30-minute webinar on July 23rd will be an expert-level introduction to modeling homes with SIP panels in Revit. Using our Wood Framing SIPS software, the main task is customizing the settings to fit company standards. After that, the framing and documentation process is all automated.

home framed with SIP panels in Autodesk Revit | AGACAD Wood Framing SIPS BIM design software

The result you'll see in this webinar is a SIP panel project framed automatically in Revit. This framing technology automatically distributes all structural framing elements for walls, floors, and roofs and splits insulated foam core and structural sheetboard (such as OSB) automatically according to predefined settings. Shop drawings and cut lists will be auto-generated, including all required views wherein elements are dimensioned, sorted, tagged, and scheduled and mass calculated.

Architects, engineers, BIM managers, drafters, builders, manufacturers – we invite you to sign up for this webinar to see how to bring your SIP-building design process to the next level of automation. The webinar will be held twice, so please register for the session that's more convenient for you.

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 02, 2020 by AGACAD

In this free 30-minute webinar on July 16th, you'll get an expert-level tutorial on how to efficiently distribute hangers and supports for duct, pipe, conduit, and cable tray systems in Revit and how to copy scheduling information from interconnected elements to hangers. We'll do all that and more using our MEP Hangers BIM Solution for Revit.

Made for HVAC engineers, fire protection engineers, plumbers, electricians, and BIM managers working in Revit, MEP Hangers uses flexible rules to add (or modify) hangers or supports to a selected MEP system, distributing them according to the inter-bearing distance or as a fixed number per segment. It can also split MEP line-based elements into predefined lengths, mark components for fabrication, and export bearing points to drilling robots.

The result you'll see is an MEP model with hangers placed on all line-based MEP elements, connecting them to walls, floors, roof, or columns in the linked project according to user pre-defined rules. Hangers will have the parameters needed for scheduling and additional information added such as their coordinates in the project for drilling automation.

The webinar will be held twice, so please register for the session that's more convenient for you. We invite all MEP & structural engineers as well as BIM coordinators to take a look and evaluate this tool. We hope you'll join in!

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 29, 2020 by AGACAD

AGACAD's Wood Framing Roof design software lets you efficiently model prefabricated timber roof frames and rafter structures in Revit. The latest version of Wood Framing Roof has some new features that you'll find useful, especially new sample families, and we will show them to you in this webinar.

Join our free 30-minute webinar on July 9th to see how to create prefabricated roof frames and rafter structures with our Wood Framing Roof software for Revit. Plus, get an inside look at the new, robust sample families that are easier to use, speed up the framing process, and expand your framing possibilities. You’ll also see software updates like the new cutting technology and new framing direction option.

The results you'll see are a rafter roof and a prefabricated panel roof framed automatically in Revit, and all updated structural framing elements will be distributed to the requisite roof layers. You‘ll also see how to work with different roof shapes and forms by aligning the whole framing direction with the roof slope arrow. Shop drawings and cut lists will be auto-generated, including all required views wherein elements are dimensioned, sorted, tagged, and scheduled and mass is calculated.

Architects, engineers, BIM managers, drafters, builders, manufacturers – we invite you to sign up for this webinar to see how to bring your roof design process to the next level of automation. The webinar will be held twice, so please register for the session that's more convenient for you.

June 18, 2020 by AGACAD

Join our free 30-minute webinar on July 1st for an advanced demonstration of framing walls, floors, and roofs in Revit, including how to generate shop drawings and export to CAD/CAM production lines. Our powerful Wood Framing BIM software for total-precision framing of timber constructions in Revit has been continually improved based on the input of framing professionals all around the world, and now we invite you to see how to use it to quickly frame single- and multi-layer walls, floors, and roofs for prefabrication and on-site construction.

timber framed house in Autodesk Revit using AGACAD Wood Framing Suite BIM design software

See the best practices for daily use of our Wood Framing Suite tools and get familiar with the user interface and a typical workflow for framing, generating schedules and cut lists, and exporting data to CNC. Our Wood Framing tools can also be applied to framing buildings with CLT panels, SIPS, or heavy timber post-and-beams.

Starting with simple Revit elements (walls, floors, roofs), the results you'll see are multi-layered walls, floors, rafters, trusses, and roof panels fully framed for prefabrication or on-site construction. Additional layers of cladding, roofing, insulation, sheathing and paneling will also be added to the overall build up of load bearing and non-load bearing building components. All panels and structural members will be automatically sorted for subsequent shop ticket generation.

Intended for all timber construction industry professionals: architects, engineers, drafters, manufacturers, and builders – we invite you to sign up! The webinar will be held twice, so please register for the session that's more convenient for you.

timber framed houses modeled in Revit using AGACAD Wood Framing tools

June 17, 2020 by AGACAD

This free 30-minute webinar on June 30th will be an expert-level tutorial about efficiently making openings for structural framing elements, doors, and windows in Revit® using our Cut Opening BIM Solution. Openings will be configured and created for beams of various shapes and sizes as well as for window and door openings, which will be transferred from the architectural model into the structural model.

inserting openings for windows in Revit structural file based on linked architectural model | AGACAD Cut Opening BIM tool

The result you'll see is a Revit structural file with an increased LOD due to the openings and placement of beam pockets. All walls will have openings corresponding to the sizes of doors and windows in the architectural model. Openings will be tagged to provide information about their size and elevation according to the level of your choice.

Structural engineers, architects, and BIM managers – we invite you to sign up. The webinar will be held twice, so please register for the session that's more convenient for you.

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