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October 04, 2019 by Aleksandras Seza

Whether it’s clothes, food or furniture, people often tend to associate factory-made items with lack of quality. While this might be true to some extent, it’s definitely not the case with modern prefabricated houses. They’re just as good as any other building, but they’re built off-site. Imagine having every part of the structure made within the confines of a factory, delivered to the construction site and assembled in a matter of weeks. Not only that, prefabricated housing can help save money, time and also contribute to reducing CO2 emissions.

The legend of Solomon’s Temple

While it’s difficult to say who constructed the first prefabricated structure, we can be sure that one of the earliest successful attempts took place about 3000 years ago in ancient Jerusalem. This is evident from a vivid Biblical account of how the Temple of Solomon was built. It seems that every piece of the temple was carefully crafted off-site and assembled on-site:

"And the house, when it was in building, was built of stone made ready before it was brought thither: so that there was neither hammer nor axe nor any tool of iron heard in the house, while it was in building." (1 Kings 6:7)

September 26, 2019 by Robert Prybyla

In this webinar we will go through the process of creating openings and controlling their parameters in a Revit project using the Cut Opening BIM Solution. We'll also show how the control window and shared parameters of opening files facilitate team collaboration.

Join our webinar on October 16th, and see the fast, precise, and easily modifiable results you can get with Cut Opening.

September 24, 2019 by AGACAD

Prepared by Bryan Bradley of Textus Aptus

When it comes to wood and metal framing, Renata Jociene, Lead BIM Application Engineer at AGACAD, has tremendous insight and experience. She agreed to share her thoughts on the current state of BIM software for framing all types of buildings with timber and with cold-formed steel.

Q: To start, could you tell us a bit about trends today in framed construction?

Framing always played a big role in the building industry and today that role is only growing, especially with people’s focus on green solutions.

Timber-frame building construction in Los Angeles (USA) | AGACAD

Both wood and steel framing have major advantages for sustainability – big efficiencies in both the construction and use of a facility, and recyclability. That’s true all over the world, though there are regional differences. Like in the U.S., where so much timber is available and there’s a long tradition of wood-frame houses, as I recently wrote in the article “Wooden Houses in the USA: A Centuries-Old Building Tradition”.

Framing is being used not only for houses, but for all types of buildings really. Wood is more common for residential, and metal for industrial or commercial facilities, but a lot depends on structural needs and choices. Wood framing is more earthquake resistant, for instance. In any case, big efficiency gains are being achieved with pre-fabrication solutions. The world is steadily moving to BIM, including framed construction, and “BIM-to-fabrication” is a hot keyword in the field.

September 16, 2019 by Robert Prybyla

Precast Concrete & Excel2R for Revit 2020 are now available in the Autodesk App Store. Download these and other tools via either the App Store or our TOOLS4BIM Dock.

By way of reminder, free tools have no limitations. Trial versions of other Revit plug-ins have no limitations for two weeks and include support during the trial period, which means our BIM application engineers are at your disposal to give assistance as well as a live demonstration.

Be on the lookout in the coming weeks for more of our Tools4Revit add-ons and BIM Solutions for Revit 2020 to appear in the Autodesk App Store.

September 10, 2019 by Ieva Janulevičiūtė

In case you missed it, the user interface of our framing software for wood and metal walls and floors got a makeover this past July. Changes to the UI can be seen in Wall+ and Wall+M as well as Floor+ and Floor+M. This UI update will be applied to our roof framing solutions for Revit in the coming weeks, so stay tuned!

Although the UI certainly looks different, rest assured that all previous functions are still there; they've just been re-arranged and complemented with icons. To see where commands can be found in the new UI of Wall+ and Floor+, check out the images of the ribbons below. (Wall+M and Floor+M are very similar, respectively.)

September 10, 2019 by Robert Prybyla

We invite you to join in our webinar that will take a look at the basics of our Precast Concrete add-in for Revit and show how it can increase modeling and documentation efficiency. Whether you are an out-of-box Revit user or are considering switching from AutoCAD 2D to the BIM platform, attending this webinar is definitely worth your time.


September 04, 2019 by Robert Prybyla

When it comes to Revit®, what's in your everyday carry? Join our webinar on September 19 and take a crash course on using each of the add-ons in our Tools4Revit (T4R) Suite, including 3 FREE tools. Save time by automating your day-to-day Revit tasks!

Ideal for architects, structural and MEP engineers, designers and drafters, BIM modelers, CAD engineers, and technicians.

August 22, 2019 by Robert Prybyla

Autodesk University bannerWe're looking forward to exhibiting at Autodesk University this coming November in Las Vegas. Hopefully many of you – our clients and contacts – will be there to share ideas about driving building design forward.

Our focus will be on three areas:

There's been a lot of development in AEC, and we're staying at the forefront of it to make sure our software users have most productive BIM Solutions and add-ons for Revit out there, particularly for wood framing, metal framing, precast concrete, and MEP work

August 19, 2019 by Robert Prybyla

MEp Hangers iconThis Sneakpeek is about the new features that were added to MEP Hangers, in particular the option that allows you to place hangers depending on length, diameter, size, shape, or any other MEP element parameter of your choice.

We hosted a full-length webinar in May 2019 on this topic: Custom Rules for Placing Hangers & Supports for MEP in Revit (Thanks to all who attended!) While there, please subscribe to our YouTube channel!


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August 13, 2019 by Robert Prybyla

Dynamic Legend for Revit 2018/2019 is now available in the Autodesk App Store.

AGACAD tools in Revit App Store

Download the above tools either via the App Store or via our TOOLS4BIM Dock (download here on our website).

Free tools (e.g. Smart Select, Cut Opening Free) have no limitations. Trial versions of other tools have no limitations for two weeks and include support during the trial period.

Have a go, and may your Revit tasks henceforth be simple and lightning quick!

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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: 200$/200€

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You will leave the demonstration with:
- Part of your project already framed;
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If you have any questions or requests, please feel free to contact us via email info@aga-cad.com

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Want to find out if this is the right solution for you? Our professionals are here to help you. To properly assess the software, you will need a trial license, personal training with our engineers, sample families and configurations. For that we offer an Initial Implementation Plan.

Cost: 500$/500€
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The Initial Implementation plan includes:
- Revit project with sample families & configurations
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If you have any questions or requests, please feel free to contact us via email info@aga-cad.com

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