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March 30, 2020 by Renata Jočienė

During the past year we implemented over 40 updates to our Wood Framing and Metal Framing BIM software for designing walls, floors, and roofs of prefabricated timber and light-gauge steel framed buildings in Revit®. Enumerated below are the top 31 enhancements (it was hard to choose!) that were made from February of 2019 to February of 2020.

These updates include new features and requests made by clients. (Click a topic to scroll down for details.)

Framing updates (Feb 2019 - Feb 2020):

  1. Align Stud Spacing with Frame and Opening Sides
  2. Split Sheathing by Openings and Prioritize Merging
  3. Expanded Possibilities for Joined Openings
  4. New Options in Link Wall/Floor/Roof
  5. Split Studs by Brace
  6. Multi-frame Assemblies
  7. New User Interface
  8. Framing Reports & Suggestions
  9. Validate Walls
  10. Custom Studs/Joists, Top Covers, Top Plates, Blockings/Noggings, Bottom Plates and Bottom Pads
  11. Custom Ridge Studs and Edge Joists
  12. Variable Joists
  13. Manage Connections
  14. Splitting Parts using Special Rules
  15. Modify Sheathing/Paneling
  16. New Numbering Technology
  17. Generate and Modify 3D Grids Created by One Roof Line
  18. Generate Trusses by 3D Grids and Auto-Array throughout a Roof
  19. Complex Truss Roof Framing
  20. Create Uniquely Shaped, Parametric Truss Families even for Multiple Roofs
  21. Modify Trusses using the Truss Builder
  22. Terminal Truss Roof
  23. Replacing Trusses
  24. Overhang Framing
  25. Create separate preassemblies for each joined opening
  26. Add transportation braces (even across openings)
  27. Align Secondary Stud System with Project Base Point
  28. More options for brace groups
  29. Special layouts and splitting options for paneling
  30. Minimum dimensions for openings to be framed
  31. Toggle configuration visibility

March 27, 2020 by Povilas Sindriūnas

By Povilas Sindriūnas, AGACAD Architectural Engineer & BIM Application Engineer

Challenges posed by poor Revit model management ultimately affect all parties involved in the project-handling and BIM processes. That’s why it’s important to be familiar with various tools and techniques that can bring your modelling and coordination to the next level. In previous articles we discussed Revit’s Inbuilt Warning System and Audit Tool and helpful modelling techniques. In part III we’ll look at what makes models sluggish and some additional tools for Revit model management.

Larger Revit models often get clunky with excessive modelling, inappropriate LOD, or improper modelling techniques. Here’s a list of things that slow models down:

  • Number of warnings — and severity
  • File size, amount of annotation, and complex geometry
  • Hardware – workstation, servers and network (underperforming hardware)
  • Irrational model structure
March 25, 2020 by AGACAD

Dear Clients, Colleagues, Followers,

We want to let you know that, amid what for some is a time of disruption, AGACAD’s team of engineers and developers continues functioning at 100% plus. Working remotely with customers all over the world is not new for us. We’ve been doing that routinely for more than a decade.

Now is a really good time to enhance your business processes – not just for current circumstances but with long-term vision. After all, the world is evolving, and so is AEC. Including BIM best practices (which are built into our solutions).

We encourage you to use this time to grow your team’s productivity and expertise. To help, we’re offering special short-term licenses and quick trainings: 3-month licenses for teams of 3/5/10+ users and training of the team within 1 business day.

We offer all training, consulting and demos online, with the GoToMeeting platform, and also consult by phone and email, drawing on how other companies have solved design challenges like yours.

For more details, get in touch:


As for our LIVE WEBINARS, in April-May our in-house Revit experts will present best practices for:

  • Prefabricated concrete buildings in Revit (new features for Wall/Beam Reinforcement)
  • Precast Parking Garages (special workflow)
  • Complex Roof Truss systems in Revit
  • Complex multilayer timber/ light-gauge steel walls in Revit
  • Openings for MEP services and building structures in Revit
  • Revit family parameter management & browsing
  • Curtain walls & panels in Revit
  • Ventilated facades in Revit

Stay tuned for the exact dates and times for these free webinars, which we hope you’ll join.

In short, we’re full of energy and optimism, always ready to address your needs.

With best wishes for your safety and success,
Donatas Aksomitas
CEO, AGACAD

March 23, 2020 by AGACAD

AGACAD’s Wood Framing CLT solution for Revit® has enabled Carbon Dynamic to reduce costs, improve quality and increase innovation in the design, offsite production and assembly of engineered timber structures.

Client Profile

Carbon Dynamic company logoCarbon Dynamic, a subsidiary of Pat Munro (Alness) Ltd, is a contractor in the Highlands of Scotland with 170 employees, 75 years of history, and deep commitment to social responsibility. The multi-disciplinary firm is known and respected for its civil engineering work, residential and commercial property development, and modular offsite manufacturing.

DfMA (Design for Manufacture & Assembly) Spa designed by Pat Munro Ltd using AGACAD Wood Framing addins for Autodesk Revit

March 19, 2020 by Povilas Sindriūnas

By Povilas Sindriūnas, AGACAD Architectural Engineer & BIM Application Engineer

Autodesk Revit Fatal Error Screen | AGACAD

Project success largely depends on thorough BIM model management. The response from industry professionals has made it clear that regular model maintenance can help improve efficiency, reduce loading time, and minimize time spent chasing loose ends. In part I we discussed how to keep good model health in check using Revit's Inbuilt Warning System and Audit Tool. In part II we’ll look at other no-less important aspects of model management and efficiency.

Helpful Revit Modelling Techniques

To make the most out of collaboration-enabled projects, each team member should be familiar with the following modelling techniques to help reduce unnecessary clutter in Revit project files.

March 18, 2020 by Robert Prybyla

Beam Reinforcement Revit extension logo | AGACADUpon client request, we went forward with developing another Revit tool for placing rebar, this time for precast concrete beams. Introducing our Beam Reinforcement tool for Revit!

In this initial release, you can use it to place main rebar and stirrups in beams with rectangular, L, and IT sections. While it's primarily made for precast, it also works for cast-in-place. See the workflow for reinforcing beams automatically in Revit.

precast concrete beam reinforced with main rebar and stirrups using AGACAD's Beam Reinforcement Revit plugin

Beam Reinforcement is available as part of our Precast Concrete design software, which now covers modeling and documentation of precast elements, wall reinforcement, and beam reinforcement as well.

March 16, 2020 by Robert Prybyla

Great news for current users of our Precast Concrete design software for Revit 2020/2019: the new Beam Reinforcement feature is included in your license of Precast Concrete, gratis!

Revit addons in AGACAD Precast Concrete design software

Users of AGACAD's Precast Concrete design software 2020, you should have received an email with instructions for how to get Beam Reinforcement to show up in your Precast license.

Users of AGACAD's Precast Concrete design software 2019, please follow the steps below.

  1. Click Support at upper-right in the TOOLS4BIM Dock.
  2. Copy your activation key.
  3. Paste your key in the activation field.
March 12, 2020 by Povilas Sindriūnas

By Povilas Sindriūnas, AGACAD Architectural Engineer & BIM Application Engineer

How many times have you faced pure frustration when a BIM model went on loading perpetually? Or when opening a model or when processing a not-too-complicated task has left you waiting and staring at the screen at the expense of your precious time? This unnecessary and wasteful practice is too often commonplace in the office of anyone working in BIM principles and generally handling large Autodesk® Revit® models. Time is scarce and issues like this aren’t fully appreciated when they appear. They are often overlooked and mistaken for poor performance of a workstation.

To fully understand why this is happening and what can be done to improve model performance, we need to address the core of the issue: regular model maintenance and staff training to model, draw, and manage information to a set out standard. Firstly, we should understand that Revit is controlled by rules and relationships that form the basis of all work. If they aren’t followed accordingly, things can get very messy. To keep good health in check and avoid the mess as much as possible, there are tools and techniques at your disposal.

Inbuilt Revit Warning System

Warnings protect the integrity of the model and your data. Not all warnings affect performance; less serious ones are only there to inform the user. When confronted with 1000’s of warnings in a file, you need a strategy for resolving them timely. Best practice is to have a plan for how warnings will be taken on board and resolved by the team prior to labor-intensive modelling. Make priorities: performance, accuracy, documentation. Warnings typically peak before deadlines and some types of warnings are more common at different phases of the project. It is important to learn which warnings have a significant impact on model performance and need to be rectified.

Types of warning messages:

March 10, 2020 by Valensas Balsevicius

Beam Reinforcement Revit extension logo | AGACADBeam Reinforcement, the newest feature incorporated into our Precast Concrete design software, lets you efficiently model beam reinforcement for rectangular, L and IT shaped beams per your defined rules. By applying layout rules to different types of stirrups, you can create most any reinforcement pattern.

Here's a webinar we hosted showing the workflow for using Beam Reinforcement as a feature of our Precast Concrete design software.


You can read through the basic workflow for using Beam Reinforcement below.

These are the commands at your disposal:

March 06, 2020 by Aleksandras Seza

After a long time coming, our MEP Hangers extension for Revit is stepping into the Fabrication Parts arena! With the first MEP Hangers update of 2020 we present you the possibility of placing fabrication hangers on fabrication ducts and pipes.

Join our free, 20-min webinar on March 19th to see how you can use Fab Parts with MEP Hangers, what the possibilities and limitations are, and what to expect in the future.

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