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June 11, 2015 by Inga Ibenienė
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It’s no secret that much MEP work today misses out on the benefits of BIM. A crucial case in point is the design of sprinklers and fire protection systems. What happens?

Well, BIM teams use Autodesk Revit to build 3D architecture and structural models. Good. But then they get sprinkler projects in 2D or other ill-suited formats from engineers not on the team, or from costly subcontractors. And struggle to use those with their Revit models. Wasting time, money and nerves…

Isn’t there a better way? There is indeed, as we at AGACAD have discovered in our ongoing consulting and software development work with top BIM professionals around the world. It’s now easy to involve sprinkler engineers in BIM projects. For faster better results. Lower costs. And new business opportunities.

Join our FREE WEBINAR on June 25, 2015:

What Every MEP Engineer and BIM Professional Should Know
about Fire Sprinkler System Design

June 05, 2015 by Jokūbas Vaišvila

Projects can usually last for a long time and in the end of the projects you can feel your productivity decline. Even MEP engineers get the project when the deadline is NOW. It is normal and usual problem for big projects. The projects become boring and it seems that everything is done but still you have to do documentation things. We have solutions to increase productivity in this case. We automated some documentation tasks that can increase your work productivity. So these tools can make you happy.

AGACAD has different productivity-boosting products but the most memorable and easy to use is little documentation tools. I will shortly introduce them from MEP Engineer’s perspective:

June 03, 2015 by Valensas Balsevicius

Everybody says BIM is something what we should strive for and 3D modeling is the next level etc. That’s cool, I like it – I agree with this opinion.

But what about reality – do you really think that you have reached the efficiency peak from the moment you started using Autodesk® Revit® Structure? Does Revit have everything you need? I say – no way!

Fighting with beam and wall joints, cut openings in every element manually, forget about excel sheets you used in your work and how about marking hundreds of your elements? There are a lot of small tasks which we have to do every day and they are pretty annoying. That’s why we develop additional tools to make your Revit experience less frustrating and more efficient.

June 02, 2015 by Inga Ibenienė

Numbering elements, importing external data, making legend, adding dimensions, making & managing sheets and other element modeling and documentation tasks are main daily work headaches for each Autodesk® Revit® user. Do you know how to boost Revit model performance and simplify project documentation?

On the second week of June we are hosting webinars on all our inexpensive but very effective Revit apps’ overview for Architects, HVAC Engineers and Structural Engineers.

We kindly welcome you to join the corresponding session and see what productivity tools for Revit every Architect / Structural Engineer / MEP Engineer needs to have for performance of daily tasks. We’ll provide a short overview of productivity tools for Revit for each building designer’s workstation.

In these webinars for building designers you’ll see a short overview on our simple but highly efficient tools that increase design productivity when modeling buildings and preparing documentation. Below you can find a description of each webinar and registration links.

May 25, 2015 by Inga Ibenienė

After a two year break, AGA CAD is participating as an exhibitor at this year's North American Revit Technology Conference (RTC) that is a unique conference covering all things about Autodesk® Revit® and BIM.

Our team will have a second chance to come back to the USA and meet our friend and make new ones there this year. We are happy with the result of participating at AIA Convention 2015 in Atlanta in May and we hope that at RTC NA we will have pleasant interactions and positive emotions too.

You are welcome to visit our booth #9 at RTC NA 2015 Conference. Here you will meet our team members in person and will be able to see demonstration of the BIM products which are the most suitable for you on a daily basis. We are ready to show possibilities of all our Revit extensions and BIM Solutions for Autodesk Revit software during this event.

May 22, 2015 by Gitana Černiauskienė

Compact access to all AGACAD TOOLS4BIM product management directly from your workstation – closer than ever

Eliminating the tasks that do not bring value

Take the pain out of managing AGACAD TOOLS4BIM applications:
Simply upload your tools for Revit® and always work with up-to-date versions, try out other AGACAD products, get the newest information and help – all of this is just a few mouse clicks away.

What Dock Is and Why It’s Worth to Use

TOOLS4BIM Dock is a new interactive window in Autodesk® Revit® that you can use to access and manage all AGACAD developed Revit apps and BIM solutions. This tool manager is very practical and a powerful way to simplify Revit apps installation, activation and usage.

Install Any or All Products at Once

Formerly, by the previous AGACAD product installation procedure, each tool for Revit had to be installed and activated separately. Moreover, Revit user had to keep in mind to close Revit before installing procedure. It is now possible to easily install any desired product or all of them at once. It is also very simple to activate tools: you just have to click the Activate button. No more serial numbers but activation codes instead.

Big BIM Solution Layers in a Compact Environment

Previously all the Revit apps were visible in the Revit ribbon separately, each as a special menu tab. AGA CAD owns over 30 applications for Revit so you can imagine how long the ribbon can be... Now all tools are visible in the TOOLS4BIM Dock dashboard, the TOOLS 4 BIM tab is only placed in the Revit Ribbon. You can easily show Dock or hide it from this tab:

The TOOLS4BIM Dock works as a separate window likewise does the Properties palette or the Project Browser in Revit. Position of the Dock window can be changed along the user wishes: you can place Dock dialog to any Revit workplace, the same as with Properties or Project Browser window (on the left/right side of the screen, move to a second monitor or simply deactivate view):

May 20, 2015 by Andrius Bialyj

Last time I have explained you how to transfer views, family types, elements etc. between different Revit® projects. This time I would like to tell you how to restore lost elements using Revit backup files or copies.

Imagine you are working on a big project and you notice that some Revit® elements that were modeled before are missing - a few hours or even days ago. That might happen on workshared projects when team members don’t own worksets and everybody can edit anything. So sometimes someone accidently might delete someone else’s elements.

To transfer the missing elements, you need to find a backup file where the elements are still in their place, or a local copy of the project that wasn’t synchronized with the central file for some time (and has the missing elements in it). Now you have to open both projects in Revit. The best way to transfer elements is in plan views, so activate in both projects the same level plan views. Mark the elements in the project were they are still in their place (you can use right click and Select All Instances >Visible in View or just select all and filter the required elements). Note that you don’t need to select hosts for host based elements, if the host is not deleted in the more recent project.

May 13, 2015 by Andrius Bialyj

Autodesk® Revit® can save a lot of time when you're working on large projects or multiple similar projects. The best way to do that is by using Revit project templates.

Revit users can save system families (walls, floors, etc.), component families (doors, windows, furniture, etc.), sheets, schedules, annotations, graphics, and so on to their project templates. This can save a lot of time when starting a new project because you skip over the creation of schedules or importing needed families. Each project is different, however, and we can’t create a template that will suit all projects or a few templates that we can choose from our new project and the chosen template will fit it 100%.

There are even situations when, for example, schedules from multiple different projects have to be used in a new project. Also, sometimes beginners forget to use the required project template and have problems transferring their work to a project template. There is a partial solution for that using Revit project linking, binding it afterwards, while losing annotations, detail items, views, etc. but the topic of this post is not about that way.

First of all, let’s see how the system family types, annotations, tags, view templates, etc. can be transferred between projects (those are just types, not designed elements of the project).

May 07, 2015 by Inga Ibenienė
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Do you know how to save time on framing Autodesk® Revit® model? How to frame multilayer wall panels using custom main frames, vertical or horizontal nailers, vertical, horizontal or mixed sidings? How to easily control complex multilayer connections between walls?

There are more questions important to timber frame building designers, architects and structural engineers: How to create complex truss system according to my roof shape? How to frame wood floor system that includes wood framing, subfloor panels, and floor finish materials such as hardwood? How to easily make shop drawings or export data to CNC machine? And finally: how to build a log house using BIM model in the right way?

We would like to show you how to change the way you work, so you have more time on making decisions. Look how an ideal BIM workflow happens using AGACAD Wood Framing Suite: quickly create your model in Revit, export it to Autodesk® Robot, analyze it and make required changes, then export it back to Revit where you can create shop drawings etc.

All this easy transition from 3D model to BIM process and BIM data delivery to all (designers, manufacturers, builders) will be shown in our Free Webinar:

Wood Framing in Revit®

Via All BIM Processes: from Design to Manufacturing and Construction

FREE WEBINAR Live on Thu, 21 May

This webinar will help you to discover wood framing design techniques that minimize frame modeling issues and highlight BIM workflow tips that improve project quality, design flexibility and productivity.

May 06, 2015 by Renata Jočienė

Our team works intensively developing our applications for Autodesk® Revit®. We strive to create BIM solutions that would be market leaders due to their wide functionality and possibility to enhance work efficiency of Revit users.
This time, according to Scandinavian frame house designers preferences we have improved our BIM solution Wood Framing Wall+.

After implementing the innovations, we have created a program for wooden frame wall openings, for which there are no analogues in software market. Revit users using our Wood Framing Wall+ now can create multi-layer framing with complex connections, predefine complex headers and sills for framed wall openings, distribute vertical and horizontal nailers and sidings, easily control Bridging and Noggin placement, distribute any frame connection details and more.

Check out all 15 important new features and improvements that make Wood Framing Wall+ a unique and very powerful software for timber-framed building designers.

Wood Framing Wall+ v2015.5 and v2014.5 – what's new:

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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.

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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.

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