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April 30, 2015 by Valensas Balsevicius

All buildings have roofs and roofs with big spans are not so rare. To cover such roofs, we usually use trusses. They are easy to assemble, require less material and solve problem of big gaps between structural supports.

While engineers work with Autodesk® Revit® they have a possibility to insert Truss families, but this process is not the best thing you can experience in your life. Sample truss families can help you in only very standard situations, but if you need to model different shapes of trusses with different top and bottom chord lines, then you’ll have to work many hours on preparations of new parametric families which will also be a big headache unless you don’t need to do this every day.

That’s why we create special tools for roof framing- to reduce stress and improve efficiency of engineers’ work. In our framing packages for wood and light steel gauge structures, we have BIM solutions Wood Framing Truss+ RT and Metal Framing Truss+ for truss modeling. Our applications support engineers with a pack of tools to automatically create/update roof truss systems, adjust them to the roof shape, cut/cope elements, create assemble drawings etc.

Within our solutions for wood and steel truss modeling we have one powerful tool Truss Builder, which should be discussed separately. Truss Builder lets you create new truss type using model lines and roofs. Procedures are as follows:

April 23, 2015 by Jokūbas Vaišvila

Autodesk® Revit® users are quite familiar with work in collaboration with different parts of the project (ex. Architects and MEP Engineers).

Usually they are linking architecture model to MEP model or otherwise. The architects add needed information such as number and name. The same information should appear in spaces. Moreover, if there are hundreds of rooms it can take way too long to type each one by hand. We have a few suggestions for transferring room information into spaces (using Revit by itself or with Revit app):

April 21, 2015 by Jokūbas Vaišvila

AGA CAD company gets a bucket of requests to create some additional functionality for our tools and solutions. Our technical team is looking into every matter and trying to find the most productive suggestions for whole engineering field. At the moment AGA CAD is working on new Cut Opening version. Let me introduce the future features of this BIM solution.

Cut Opening application for Revit

Cut Opening defines and reserves spaces in Revit® models for ducts, pipes, cable trays and conduits. Structural engineers and architects can then review, revise, and create the approved holes with a single click. Suitable openings are designed automatically based on the location and types of clashes detected for MEP elements in current, linked, or IFC files.

Currently we are working on the parameterized openings that will be dependent on the main elements’ sizes, insulation thicknesses, auto join configurations, top and bottom offset, etc. In other words we are creating the solution that will cut the openings with dependence on MEP line based element.

April 20, 2015 by Inga Ibenienė

Do you know how to quickly and easily create openings around the Ducts, Pipes, Cable Trays and Conduits where they intersect floors, walls, roofs, ceilings, beams, and columns?

Attention! Webinar recording is now available!

If you want to watch the recorded version of the webinar please contact us by email events@aga-cad.com and we'll send you a record link.

We kindly welcome Autodesk® Revit® users to register and attend our Free Webinar

How to Cut Openings in Revit® Speedy

Live on Thu, 30 April

Join us for a 30 minute presentation and watch live how to quickly and easily manage the creation of openings where MEP elements intersect walls, floors or other structural elements.

During this session we will explore the extraordinary issues:

    • How to create plenty of openings around MEP line based elements
    • How to manage the changes in the project as well the changes for openings
    • How to work with linked files and openings
    • How to annotate created openings
    • How to share opening information with other project members
April 15, 2015 by Inga Ibenienė

AIA 2015 National Convention and Expo in Atlanta is one of the largest and most exciting annual gatherings of architects and design professionals in the U.S.

American Institute of Architects (AIA) Expo brings together the newest products, materials, and technologies—and the people who are experts in using them. One of those experts will be AGACAD team members because our company will be an exhibitor at this year's AIA Expo too (booth #3285).

During this event, we will show our extensions for Autodesk® Revit® and BIM Solutions that significantly increase productivity and reduce design costs for all Revit users. We plan to make live demonstrations on how AGACAD TOOLS4BIM applications for Revit work!

You will be able to meet our product engineers and get more information about AGACAD BIM products which are the most suitable for architects and designers on daily basis.

You are welcome to visit us at the AIA Convention 2015 – our booth #3285!

April 09, 2015 by Inga Ibenienė

AGA CAD takes off in Thailand and Myanmar with exclusive M Technologies (Thailand) Ltd. partnership

At the second part of March, 2015 AGA CAD has agreed on an exclusive partnership with M Technologies (Thailand) Ltd. (MTECH) to distributing, supplying and providing after sales service of its market proven BIM solutions, and extensions for Autodesk® Revit® known under TOOLS4BIM trademark. MTECH, a leading IT software and service provider in Thailand and Myanmar, became the exclusive AGA CAD software dealer in this region.

April 08, 2015 by Renata Jočienė

Today a new update was released of our powerful BIM solution Metal Framing Wall+ for light gauge steel framed system design. This application for Autodesk® Revit® for metal framed system creation includes new powerful functionally that:

  • enables distribution of any details/holes in the frame using different insertion rules;
  • supports both C+C (incl. C+C Chamfered) and C+U (incl. C+U Special) framing systems;
  • allows control of bridging / nogging placement;
  • allows Revit users to build their own header types and many more.

Also you can find new Revit families of framed wall details in this Metal Framing Wall+ edition. So, this BIM solution, that’s improved under our clients’ requests, now is more powerful and convenient to use. Please take a look what's new in Metal Framing Wall+ v2015.5 and v2014.5:

April 02, 2015 by Renata Jočienė

Yesterday our company released a new build of our most popular Revit® plugin Excel2R that significantly speeds up project documentation process. This tool quickly imports MS Excel spreadsheets into Revit® projects, including style settings.

Excel2R is a great helper for Revit users, because data between Excel and Revit documents are linked, therefore tables constantly keep current information. But even a superior product can be improved. Over the past few months, we received several clients' requests to add some functionality such as:

“We create Excel files that need to be on multiple sheets, bringing them into a Legend will contribute to that, but even better, would be to bring it into a schedule, so that formatting can be controlled within Revit."
or
“Is it possible to have the excel file created in a Legend rather than a Drafting View? I have a need to place the excel file on multiple sheets, which I can do with a Legend."

As you know, AGACAD team always seeks to react to our client's wishes so Excel2R was upgraded including some new functionality and fixes for the text alignment.

Excel2R v2015.3 and v2014.4 – what's new:

April 01, 2015 by Valensas Balsevicius

I have to model precast wall panels from time to time, so I have been using some techniques and heard about a variety of them I haven't used – model in place family, create generic family, use curtain walls etc., but today I would like to share my experience using Revit® parts for precast walls modeling.

So, we have massive (solid) panels, sandwich panels, load bearing, non-load bearing etc. First of all we have to divide our wall into panels by height, width, intersection etc., make framework, hosted details and reinforcement drawings for manufacturing then.

There are lots of ways to get final result – drawing or model. But there are different ways to do this. Let's get started with Revit Parts tool.

With Revit > Create Parts tool, you can divide elements, which have layers – walls, floors, roofs etc. You can divide them to any direction and any shape. You can sketch division shape or use Division profile family, you can also use levels, reference planes (which must have names), grids to divide elements, separating them with gaps.

Let's run some basics – I will use solid wall of 200 mm, which goes from level 1 to level 3 as an example:

March 27, 2015 by Inga Ibenienė

Introduction

As you already know, company AGA CAD is developing productivity-enhancing add-ons for Autodesk® Revit® users. BIM solutions and extensions, in our company, are distributed both directly and through representatives, which we have around the world. We are happy that our reliable partners have excellent knowledge of represented AGACAD TOOLS4BIM products, and some even share their experience in articles describing our product capabilities.

This time we want to introduce our partner's from Poland, PROCAD Company, article about our BIM solution Insert Elements that was successfully used with steel structural connections to build wooden structure. An author of this article is Andrzej Szumilas, an experienced CAD/BIM Specialist from PROCAD. Thank you Andrzej for letting us republish your post!

So here is the article for your attention:

The Use of Accessories & Fasteners in Wooden Structures Using Insert Elements

When we increase the level of development (LOD) of BIM model, by expanding it with more details such as structural connectors and other accessories, we face a dilemma. Even with repetitive use of structures and inserting 3D components, which are detailing project, will take a lot of time, on the other hand, there may appear a need to count the amount of elements used in the design, graphic presentation and analysis of the feasibility of connectors.

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