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November 04, 2019 by AGACAD

In the lead-up to Autodesk University 2019, at which we'll be an exhibitor, we're honing in on three areas of focus: Classification, Fabrication, and Transformation.

Last week we looked at BIM Content Management & Classification.
This week it's BIM for Prefabricated Construction.

Prefabricated construction brings several advantages, as our own Aleksandras Seza recently outlined. What it boils down to is, if building components can be prefabricated, construction time drops and quality assurance shoots up. That's why AGACAD has spent years developing and honing cutting-edge software for Revit that meets the demand for efficiently turning architectural drawings into BIM models, be they framed timber or steel panels or precast concrete structures, which can then be prefabricated, allowing for quick manufacture on site.

Here's a closer look at the solutions we bring to the table, what clients have to say about them, and our dedicated BIM Application engineers (all of whom are Certified Revit Professionals) and whom you can meet at our booth (AE452) at AU2019.

October 31, 2019 by Valensas Balsevicius

A few months ago we released a couple of Dynamo scripts for reinforcing precast walls in Revit. Since those churned up a lot of interest, we decided to go forward with creating a Wall Reinforcement add-on.

Wall Reinforcement lets you efficiently distribute wall reinforcement for solid, double, and sandwich walls based on defined rules. It recognizes the shape of the wall and distributes the main reinforcement and additional reinforcement for the wall perimeter and openings.

Here's the basic workflow to follow when using Wall Reinforcement.

October 30, 2019 by AGACAD

Structuring data – classifying it – is key to unlocking the full value of BIM. It’s about clearly communicating design intent in order to more accurately budget, plan and build an asset (and then more efficiently manage it over its lifetime). Without classification, data is easily misunderstood and sometimes just not usable. Well-classified data has increasing value.


In the past the classification of building information was both less important and more difficult. It cost a lot of time and effort but often yielded little value. That has changed. Classification is becoming ever more important. More valuable. And easier.

Projects today generate more data. And AEC increasingly relies on that data to automate processes, make better decisions and operate devices. Look at all the add-ons for Revit and other platforms, the CNC machines, robots and VR/AR devices. The Internet of Things.

Moreover, the teams that undertake building projects are becoming more complex. Architects and engineers are creating models for use by cost estimators, consultants, contractors, fabricators and so on in multiple other organizations and countries.

In each case, all the actors – people, software, equipment – need a common language, an agreed-upon data structure. It could be international standards. Or national classification systems. Or custom ones. That depends on the project. But if BIM managers don’t decide on classifications and model creators don’t implement them, everyone suffers. In fact today many projects do suffer from mistakes and delays due to a lack of classification. Instead of a valuable “common data environment” they have a costly “chaotic data environment”.

We’re talking about effective data exchange. Harmonization. Interoperability.

So what’s the value created by classifying BIM data?

  • Clarity: Project participants can quickly find and understand the data they need
  • Integration: Systems, machines, devices can automatically access and process data
  • Efficiency: Owners can aggregate costs, other data in multi-asset management tools
  • Competition: Public and private procurement become more open and transparent

In terms of the falling costs of classifying data, classification management tools are now emerging that really do simplify life.

October 29, 2019 by Robert Prybyla

We are pleased to announce that we will be exhibiting with our partner Omnix International at the International Concrete Conference & Exhibition (ICCX) in Sharjah, UAE this November 24-25.

As the only trade fair in the Middle East focused exclusively on concrete technology and manufacture, ICCX has quickly established itself as an important meeting point for concrete and precast industry experts.

Omnix has been our exclusive software distributor in the Middle East since March 2014, so we are stoked to be sharing a booth together at the third annual ICCX–Middle East. If you will be there, come visit us at booth 2!

If you're involved in the design and fabrication of precast concrete and you'll be at the conference, our structural engineer Valensas would like to meet you. He'd be happy to show how to streamline your process with our Precast Concrete BIM Solution for Revit, answer any questions you may have about it, and of course he'd like to hear from you about what your needs are because that's how we continually drive our software forward, with feedback from experts out in the industry.

October 28, 2019 by Robert Prybyla

Great news for current users of Precast Concrete for Revit 2020/2019: Wall Reinforcement is included in your license of Precast Concrete, gratis!

Users of Precast Concrete 2020, you should have received an email with instructions for how to get Wall Reinforcement to show up in your Precast license.

Users of Precast Concrete 2019, please follow the steps below.

  1. Click Support at upper-right in the TOOLS4BIM Dock.
  2. Copy your activation key.
  3. Paste your key in the activation field.
October 17, 2019 by Robert Prybyla

Thanks to everyone who participated in our webinar last month about the 12 add-ons in our Tools4Revit Suite. It was one of the biggest turnouts we've ever had! All seats were taken, so some of you who registered were unable to view the live webinar.

If you haven't yet seen the full webinar or want to see it again, head over to our YouTube channel to watch it. While there, please subscribe to our channel!

By the way, while you're watching it, use the timestamps in the video description to skip to the segments of interest to you. Here's how:

  1. Go to the webinar: 12 Revit tools for everyday carry
October 16, 2019 by Valensas Balsevicius

Modeling reinforcement for walls in Revit is quite time consuming, so we are releasing a new tool very soon to make it much easier and way more efficient. The Wall Reinforcement app will allow you to place vertical, horizontal, and diagonal bars; edge reinforcement; and U-shaped bars.

This free, 1-hour webinar will be especially informative for structural engineers, modelers, and really anyone who wants to create wall reinforcement in Revit more efficiently. Join in and get a premier look at the newest Revit add-on to join the AGACAD arsenal!

The Wall Reinforcement app can be applied to solid, double, and sandwich walls.


October 15, 2019 by AGACAD

Check out the latest edition of our newsletter AGACAD Advances. Quite a few contributions in this one, including pieces on:

Framing timber floors, walls and roofs.
Digital classification systems for building projects.
Prefabricated construction, including a client's story about steel framing and CNC integration.
The most recent software updates for our Revit add-ons.
Upcoming webinars and conferences.

All that and more in AGACAD Advances, October 2019. Read it here.

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October 08, 2019 by Ieva Janulevičiūtė

As you may already know, the user interface of our software for framing wood and metal walls and floors in Revit got a makeover this past July. We're glad to announce that the UI of our Roof Framing solutions has been updated as well! So now all of our BIM framing solutions for Revit have a sleek new look.

To users of Wood Framing Roof or Metal Framing Roof, be sure to download the update in the Dock to begin using the new interface plus a few new functions that have been added (read on for more on those).

All the previous commands are still included, so don't be thrown by the new look. Although commands have been re-arranged, they've been complemented with icons and tool-tips to help you quickly find what you're looking for. See below for where commands are located in the ribbon in the new UI of Roof+.

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