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May 19, 2020 by Povilas Sindriūnas

By Povilas Sindriūnas, AGACAD Architectural Engineer & BIM Application Engineer

In previous articles we have discussed how to create an In-Place Mass and Mass family and shown how to efficiently generate Revit elements upon massing. Now we’re going to take it one step further and demonstrate how to begin with a project concept and finish off with fully framed elements and drawings in less than 30 minutes using AGACAD’s Wood Framing Wall and Metal Framing Wall BIM Solutions.

At the outset, it’s important to set out your massing accordingly. The more details you have, the better. Sizing and number of levels is a good place to start sculpting volumes. Generally, volumetric massing is widely accepted as a primary means of early stage building design. Using mass blocks to define a building’s future shape, size, space quality, and design features is a standard method of tackling a new project at the conceptual design stage. Revit has a great tool for massing at a detailed level, i.e. a fixing (fastener) or a detail that is part of a larger assembly. It also works great with large-scale massing, i.e. clusters of buildings or an entire masterplan.

Ok, let’s do it. From concept to framing to drawings in under 30 minutes.

May 19, 2020 by AGACAD

This free 30-minute webinar on June 2nd will be an advanced tutorial about creating and controlling a Revit family library by utilizing our Smart Browser BIM Solution. Keeping track of and controlling families to be used in projects and checking, verifying, creating, and batch-modifying parameters of multiple families and their types will all be shown, so this webinar is especially relevant to BIM managers. But it's also intended for BIM team leads and members, as tailored software modules of Smart Browser give each Revit user the functionality and library access needed to do the job according to his or her role on the BIM team.

Smart Browser tool for Revit by AGACAD

The result you'll see is a family library wherein selected families will be modified to fit a certain standard set by the presenter. All data will be saved in a shared location for use in current and future projects. Following that, changes will be made in the family library and applied to an existing project containing unmodified families to show that implementation of this tool can be done at any step of the process.

Whether you're an architect, structural engineer, or MEP engineer, a BIM team member, lead, or manager, this tool will help keep your virtual workplace tidy and consistent. It's a boon for BIM managers who need to make sure the whole team is on the same page as far as what BIM content is to be used, updating libraries, maintaining a consistent database, who can edit what, etc. The webinar will be held twice, so please register for the session that's more convenient for you. We hope you'll sign up!

May 13, 2020 by Renata Jočienė

Want to export light-gauge steel wall, floor, truss, or roof panel frames from Autodesk® Revit® to a CNC machine?

AGACAD's got you covered. (We've also got CNC Exporters for timber frames.)

Our CNC Exporter for Steel Frames automatically assembles all framing members per user definitions and send all necessary data and geometry to the machine or production line you're running for efficient prefabrication of metal structures. We have a CNC Exporter that's compatible with machines manufactured by Metroll, Royal C.N.C., Howick, and Scottsdale.

The exporter can easily be adapted to other CNC machines that read the same file extension and is customizable to fit users’ needs. We'll work one-on-one with you to make sure the final product performs seamlessly and accurately. Exactly the way you need.

Our CNC Metal Exporter must be used in tandem with our Metal Framing BIM software that's made for framing floors, walls, trusses, and rafter roofs in Revit. We've also got specialized solutions for framing Curtain Walls & Panels, Ventilated Facades, and Framed Partitions.

Advanced automation and built-in best practices help BIM professionals move fast, make optimal choices (particularly early in the design process), and avoid errors at every stage – from design and documentation to fabrication and construction. Our CNC Metal Exporter converts the framed model with all the information data and geometry inside the Revit project into a format readable by your CNC machine.

Below is more information on our CNC Metal Exporter as it pertains to each machine manufacturer.

May 08, 2020 by AGACAD

This free 30-minute webinar on May 20th will be about ways to automatically create cross-laminated timber panels for walls, floors, and roofs in Revit® using AGACAD’s Wood Framing CLT BIM software and sample families. Plus, how to distribute details and elements for modeling connections common in CLT panels.

The result you'll see is a CLT project with complex, custom connections for walls, floors, and roofs, like connection joists, dovetails, lap joins, etc. Connectors, cuts, and sheathing layouts will all be distributed per user-defined configurations. Shop drawings will be auto-generated with tags and dimensions inserted just the way you want and material schedules as well.

Architects, engineers, BIM managers, drafters, builders, manufacturers – we invite you to sign up for this webinar to see how to bring your CLT 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.

May 08, 2020 by AGACAD

In this free 30-minute webinar on May 21st we'll show how our Precast Concrete design software for Revit streamlines the modeling, detailing, and documentation process.

The results you'll see are Revit walls split into precast wall panels, floors divided into slabs, and connections, grout tubes, plates, and lifting anchors automatically inserted on all of them based on predefined configurations. Rebar for walls and beams will be auto-generated, avoiding the hours it would take to do manually. And the long, tedious process of making shop drawings with proper dimensions and views will be done in a snap during this webinar using our Precast Concrete software tool.

The webinar will be held twice, so you structural engineers, drafters, and BIM modelers please register for the session that's more convenient for you. We especially invite out-of-box Revit users and those thinking of switching from AutoCAD 2D to BIM to join in!

May 08, 2020 by AGACAD

In this free 30-minute webinar on May 19th, we'll give an expert-level tutorial on how to create hangers in MEP projects for duct/pipe/conduit/cable tray systems, as well as how to copy important information for scheduling from interconnected elements to hangers using our MEP Hangers BIM Solution.

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!

supports for MEP in Autodesk Revit placed on structural by AGACAD BIM software

April 30, 2020 by AGACAD

In this free 30-minute webinar on May 13th we'll give an advanced tutorial of how to frame multi-layer walls in Revit® using our Wood/Metal Framing Wall BIM Solutions.

The results you'll see are custom multi-element framing member layouts and complex L,T, End connections; distributed connectors, fasteners, cuts, and supports; sheathing layouts; and automatically generated shop drawings with gravity points, tags, and dimensions inserted just the way you want and material schedules.

Architects, engineers, designers, drafters, 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.

April 30, 2020 by AGACAD

This free 30-minute webinar on May 14th will be about designing parametric unitized curtain wall systems efficiently in Revit® using our Curtain Walls & Panels BIM software.

The result you'll see is a building facade framed with highly-detailed unitized elements with hundreds of details (like mullions, transoms, window glass holders and drainages, pressure plates, cover plates, insulators, infills, connection brackets, gaskets, bolts, etc.) inserted automatically throughout the Revit model. We'll also generate fabrication information (shop drawings and cut lists) with the necessary views, schedules, and drawings.

If you're an AEC industry professional - engineer, architect, designer, BIM manager - involved in the design or prefabrication of facades for residential, industrial, or especially commercial buildings, we invite you to sign up for this webinar to see how to bring your curtain wall 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.

Session Most convenient for: THURSDAY, May 14th, 2020
1 Europe, Africa, Asia, Oceania 10:00-10:30 AM Central European REGISTER
2 Americas, Europe 10:00-10:30 AM US Central REGISTER

April 30, 2020 by AGACAD

This free 30-minute webinar on May 12th will be an advanced tutorial about making penetration holes for ducts, pipes, conduit, cable trays, and beams in Revit® efficiently and how to control their parameters using our Cut Opening BIM Solution.

The result you'll see is a structural project with openings in the walls and floors for various MEP elements from a linked file and with user pre-defined offsets. All openings will be tagged to provide information about their size, shape, elevation, and dependence on the MEP system.

MEP engineers, MEP coordinators, structural engineers, architects, and BIM managers – we hope you'll sign up. The webinar will be held twice, so please register for the session that's more convenient for you.

April 29, 2020 by Renata Jočienė

Would you like to export multi-layered timber frames of walls, floors, trusses, or roof panels from Autodesk® Revit® to a CNC machine or CAD/CAM production line?

AGACAD's got you covered. (We've also got a CNC Exporter for metal frames.)

Our CNC Exporters for Timber Frames automatically assemble all framing members per user definitions and send all necessary data and geometry to the machine or production line you're running for efficient prefabrication of wood structures. We currently have CNC Exporters for machines manufactured by Weinmann, Randek, and Hundegger.

Exporters can easily be adapted to other CNC machines that read the same file extensions (for example, BTL is used worldwide). All exporters are customizable to fit users’ needs, and we'll work one-on-one with you to make sure the final product performs seamlessly and accurately. Exactly the way you need.

Our CNC Exporters must be used in tandem with our Wood Framing BIM software that's made for framing floors, walls, trusses, and rafter roofs in Revit. We've also got specialized solutions for framing CLT, SIPS, and heavy timber structures.

Advanced automation and built-in best practices help BIM professionals move fast, make optimal choices (particularly early in the design process), and avoid errors at every stage – from design and documentation to fabrication and construction. The respective CNC Exporter converts the framed model with all the information data and geometry inside the Revit project into a format readable by your CNC machine.

Learn more about each of our CNC Exporters for Timber Frames below.

Weinmann CAD/CAM Production Line (WUP)

Weinmann (BTL) and (BTLx)

Weinmann (BTL) CLT

Randek CAD/CAM Production Line (CDT4)

Randek (SPL728)

Hundegger (BVX)

Hundegger (BVX2 Paneling)

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Don’t waste time on reading technical documentation and see that this is the solution for you! Our Expert will frame a part of your project, demonstrate software functionality and share the best practice and efficient way of framing, taking into account your current needs.

Duration: 1 hour
Cost: 250$/250€

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- Part of your project already framed;
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With a paid trial, which is called an Initial Implementation Plan, our professionals will help you quickly discover how this software will benefit your design process.
Our BIM consultant will demonstrate software functionality, share best practices, and show the most efficient way of framing your project according your current needs. Plus, you’ll get an extended trial period, sample Revit families and configurations.

Cost: 750$/750€
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Initial Implementation Plan includes:
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