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March 03, 2017 by Asta Aksomitienė

Webinar has ended, but its recording is available upon request at events@aga-cad.com.

This webinar is intended for modellers, MEP modellers, MEP engineers, Structural engineers, architects, and fire protection engineers.

Cut Opening creates openings with fire safety components for MEP services in walls, floors, roofs, ceilings, beams, and columns throughout an architectural or structural Revit® model in real-time for high-speed and precise design and drawings, accurate bill of materials, and builders work drawings.

During the webinar we will focus on three different tasks that Revit + Cut Opening software could accomplish:

  • No-Clash model preparation
  • Builders Work drawings
  • Special features for Fire protection engineers

March 02, 2017 by Asta Aksomitienė

Webinar has ended, but its recording is available upon request at events@aga-cad.com.


In the previous webinar on Precast Concrete, we did a general overview of our Precast tools, quickly running through different examples of precast elements. As promised, we will host 3 additional webinars about modeling precast structures and generating documentation for them. So now it‘s time to divide the information into smaller pieces and concentrate on particular types of elements. First up – slabs!

In this webinar, we’ll show how to prepare layouts of various slabs and add additional details and cuts automatically. After modelling, we’ll sort and schedule them and prepare automatic shop drawings with predefined dimensioning and sheet layout settings. Everything you need to know for modelling precast floors in Revit!

Topics to be covered in this 30-minute webinar:

February 22, 2017 by Valensas Balsevicius

Smart Assemblies is a solution for much faster production of assemblies’ documentation in Revit®.

As Smart Assemblies (SA) is increasingly used for automated dimensioning and arranging views on sheets, many user requests have come in. And we’ve been working really hard to keep up with the pace! Several of your requests have been fulfilled in the most recent SA update, so I’d like to highlight those new features that are now available.


New features are numbered in the following two images. First, are the new options in the Shop Drawing Configurations (SDC) window…

…and here are the new options found in the SA panel:


Read on for short descriptions of the enumerated features:

February 21, 2017 by Asta Aksomitienė

Innovative new approaches to BIM data management and exchange are the focus of “BIMAXON: BIM to the point” – a blog for BIM specialists and AEC industry professionals recently started by Donatas Aksomitas, the CEO of AGACAD, at www.bimaxon.com. We encourage you to visit and subscribe.

“It’s often said the ‘I’ in BIM is ‘big’ since information is the key to everything in this field,” Donatas says. “Fair enough. But in today’s big-data world there’s a risk of overload – too much information, much of it with no use or value, clogging our heads and IT systems and slowing our work,” he adds.

February 08, 2017 by Jokūbas Vaišvila

We’ve been working on new Cut Opening REVIT families. Previously, we only had Rectangular and Round Void Openings. Now we’ve added Rectangular and Round Solid Openings, and Round openings with Fire Sleeves. On top of that, we’ve created the possibility of using any opening family from your computer. We’ve transferred lots of needed parameters from services and more. Read this article and discover all the new and great changes in Cut Opening families.

  • It’s possible to use any opening families.

Openings should be placed here:


February 07, 2017 by Asta Aksomitienė

This South Australian MEP contractor bought AGACAD’s Smart Hangers to do clash-free construction grade design work. They found the software not only does that extremely well, but also enables quick precision layout on site. Clients are happier and costs are lower with the elimination of a lot of rework.

Client Profile

Smith brothers Group is one of South Australia’s largest plumbing and pipeline contractors. Innovation is key in its resolve to be No. 1 for service. That’s why BIM technologies are at the heart of the group’s design and engineering work.

Business Need

New projects required Smith brothers Group to place seismic hangers on pipework with construction grade (LOD 400) detail. They needed to place complex equipment in very limited overhead spaces and ensure a clash-free model.

The solution had to be compatible with Autodesk® Revit® and support the incorporation of Trimble points for on-site positioning and layout. And the company always prefers innovative solutions that offer a competitive edge.

February 01, 2017 by Valensas Balsevicius

Today I'd like to offer a tip on how to work smarter with Revit® without using any add-ins. Just a simple but useful trick will help you control rotation angle of your elements in Revit family with ease.

Not all Revit® elements have rectangular form and if you are not good with Revit families – you might get stuck creating simple elements with angled edges. Sometimes just a few notes might help you save time and avoid frustration while creating Revit families. In the example below, I will create a simple crooked family with possibility to control bend angle.

I started with a face-based family to create connection detail. And if I want just straight lines – that’s ok, I just draw a couple of planes, add parameters “offset”, “b” and “c” to control part’s length inside and outside of the host element.

But what if I want to bend my details inside a host family and to control this angle?

January 25, 2017 by Asta Aksomitienė

This Nordic engineering firm says AGACAD’s BIM software has brought big efficiency gains for its precast concrete and wood framing projects, helped it win new clients, and enabled the company to handle more complex projects.

Client Profile

JPS-Konsult AB, based in Vrigstad, Sweden, specializes in the design of precast concrete and wood-frame buildings, mainly for residential use.

Business Need

While upgrading itself from 2D to 3D design, to be more modern and competitive in the market, JPS-Konsult ran into productivity issues with its new Autodesk® Revit® software. Revit required so much time-consuming manual work that the company was tempted to go back to AutoCAD®.

“We tried to make shop drawings with plain Revit, and soon realized that there had to be a better way,” recalls CEO Johannes Svensson.

So the firm began looking for ways to get all the great benefits of BIM for its precast concrete and timber projects, but without having to waste so much valuable time. Specifically, it needed automated view layouts, dimensioning and material take-off, plus ways to quickly insert elements to achieve greater detailing. This functionality had to be easy to learn and use.

Svensson says he did a major search and concluded that AGACAD had the most powerful solutions for his needs. It’s also the only one with a software portfolio broad enough to support both wood and concrete projects.




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