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January 30, 2018 by Andrius Bialyj

link to metal wall product pageAGACAD's software is constantly being improved with newly-conceived features based on our clients’ experiences and needs who are BIM professionals in their industries. Having received some requests regarding our metal wall framing software and thoroughly looking into the possibilities with our clients, we’re ready to unveil several new and improved features that have been added to Metal Framing Wall+ and are available for all users. All you need to do is update the tool via the TOOLS4BIM Dock and then you’ll be off and running with the latest functions for framing metal walls.

So, what's new exactly? Let’s get right into it.

Load Additional Types

When you use the “Load Families & Schedules” command, only some example family types are loaded into the project:

However, if you need some additional family types, you don’t need to look for those families and types through the native Revit “Load Family” dialog anymore.

January 29, 2018 by Jokūbas Vaišvila

Let's start off with a brief look at what BIM is. The purpose of BIM is to give each actor just the information they need at just the right time throughout a building’s lifecycle to support its effective design, creation, and use.

  • The “B” in BIM stands for “Building” – since it’s about methods and technologies for the effective design, creation, and use of buildings.
  • The “I” in BIM stands for “Information” – the 3D representations and non-graphical data in the digital model of a building. It’s the key to managing a building throughout its lifecycle.
    • Besides 3D information – for design, engineering, and production – there’s also
      • 4D information that incorporates time (scheduling, planning, and control),
      • 5D which adds costs and analysis,
      • 6D that includes sustainability, and
      • 7D which looks at facility management over the entire lifetime of an asset.
  • The “M” in BIM has three meanings:
    • “Modelling” – the collaborative processes by which actors create, update, and store relevant information about a building throughout its life.
    • “Model” – the ‘data container’ or digital model of a building where information about the building is stored.
    • “Management” – actors’ use of a building information model for their needs.

Libraries in BIM

Currently there are plenty of software options available, any one of which can be selected as a BIM environment for design. Most of them use generic libraries that favor the development region or country’s standards (Revit and US standards, DDS-CAD and German standards, etc.). To design a real building, we need real-world elements with real behavior.

January 25, 2018 by Robert Prybyla

Our second webinar of 2018 will be on February 8 and will cover precast concrete and the modeling and documentation thereof.

We invite all current users of our Precast Concrete software as well as potential users to attend. This webinar is ideal for structural engineers, designers & drafters, BIM modelers & detailers, and CAD engineers & technicians. Companies in building design & engineering, consultancy, and manufacturing are likewise whole-heartedly welcome!

January 18, 2018 by Robert Prybyla

We’re kicking off our 2018 webinar season on January 31st! The first installment will be on framing multi-story buildings in Revit®. The content of the webinar is applicable to both wood and metal framing, so if you’re into either or both of those, we invite you to join us.

We kindly invite all current users of our Framing software as well as potential users to attend. If you're a modeler, designer, engineer, or architect in Revit, we warmly welcome you to join in this webinar. The workflow our engineer will present significantly speeds up framing multi-story buildings. Come and see how to do it for yourself!

January 17, 2018 by Robert Prybyla

Have you browsed the Autodesk App Store recently? As of this week, another of our tools – Smart Select – can now be downloaded for FREE from the App Store! This is a fantastic one to grab because of its all-around usefulness in Revit and not least of all because it is completely free. No trial here: download Smart Select, and it’s yours to keep.

The tools above can be downloaded either via the App Store or via our TOOLS4BIM Dock (download here on our website).

Free versions (e.g. Smart Browser Free and Smart Select) 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 be simple and lightning quick!

January 16, 2018 by Jokūbas Vaišvila

Here's something for your good-to-know file: How to export shared parameters from any revit family. We get this question quite a lot, so here's a short video showing exactly how to do it. (And this is something you can do even without our add-ons :-)

This is a good Revit feature if you want to tag elements that were created by someone else and shared parameters were used. You can export those shared parameters to your file and use that for tagging elements. Here's how!


Happy Reviteering!

January 15, 2018 by Robert Prybyla

MEp Hangers product logoWe’ve made some changes to MEP Hangers so that it can now be used in Revit® even when Revit is set to languages other than English.

Thus, starting today, you can choose to run Revit in any of its available languages (listed below) AND still use MEP Hangers.

To be clear, MEP Hangers itself isn’t translated into all these languages, but it does mean that you can run Revit in, say, Russian or German (or any of the other above languages) — and all the features of MEP Hangers will still work properly. Now that's some great news!

January 15, 2018 by Robert Prybyla

Cut Opening logoWe’ve put together a couple of “sneakpeeks” to summarize a webinar we hosted in 2017 about using our Cut Opening tool to, you guessed it, cut openings in a Revit model! In the pair of videos below, you can see the software being used to insert openings for MEP services – including fire safety components – and generate builders work drawings.

How can Cut Opening enhance your Revit workflow?

  • Auto-creation of openings for MEP services
    • Configuration preparation for openings (Opening size, Joining distances, Partial interference)
    • Running interference checks
    • Insertion of openings, combining configuration data and interference check report from Revit
  • Preparation of builders work drawings
    • Shared parameters
    • Tags & schedules
    • Visual representation of holes in structures

January 09, 2018 by Robert Prybyla

CGTrader, the 3D model marketplace of which AGACAD CEO Donatas Aksomitas was a founding angel investor, recently raised €2 million in funding to accelerate global expansion. It’s another example of AGACAD’s vision and contribution to creating the technologies for tomorrow’s AEC.

The investment round was led by Karma Ventures, with participation of Intel Capital and Practica Capital. Karma Ventures Partner Kristjan Laanemaa said that CGTrader is well-placed to become the world’s largest provider of 3D models: “Their track record convinced us that by having more resources they can scale the business and become the global leader in this space.”

December 27, 2017 by Robert Prybyla

We’re glad to announce that MEP Hangers and Fire Sprinkler have joined Cut Opening, Excel2R, and Smart Browser Free in the Autodesk App Store! It’s another place where Revit users can find our software and take trials. We’ll gradually be adding additional tools there as well.

We invite you to take a free trial of any of these tools via the App Store or by downloading our TOOLS4BIM Dock here on our website.

Free versions (e.g. Smart Browser Free) have no limitations. Trial versions of other tools have no limitations for two weeks and include support during trial. Enjoy!

Thank you.

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