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January 09, 2017 by Renata Jočienė

Being able to find, access, and modify families quickly in your Revit® library is essential to working efficiently with Revit®. This is the purpose of Smart Browser Manage, the tool whose usefulness and power have been amplified in the latest release (versions 2016.3 and 2017.2).

Never used Smart Browser Manage? If you want a way to efficiently and manage all the content in your Revit® library, SBM is the tool for you, your go-to assistant when it comes to browsing, sorting, managing, and controlling items in your library.

If you are already an SBM user, the updated version speeds up your Revit® content management even further and brings new options to life that increase the accessibility of items in your library.

What exactly are the extremely useful changes in the updated SBM?

  1. Type catalogs are now fully supported.
  2. “Create Subcategories” works for multiple families at the same time, not just the selected one.
  3. A new function upgrades selected projects to the current Revit version.
  4. You can transfer the units from one template family to other selected families. A huge time-saver!
  5. The Assembly Code for a batch of families can be modified.
  6. There is a new option to modify the materials of selected families.
  7. The “Organization” dialog includes more options.
  8. When making modifications in the library, values are displayed in the same units as the current project.
  9. The synchronization process will not automatically override your custom PNG files being used as browser thumbnails.

Read on!

November 28, 2016 by Valensas Balsevicius

In my last 2 blogs, I gave some guidance on how to rename and sort elements in different ways. And now, I will tell you about elevations and coordinates in the same foundation project.

So, it’s been a week since I delivered previously requested information - another request from contractor came in – we need top elevations and center coordinates of every pile. It would be really hard to do this manually, but once again, BIM Tree Manager can help us here.

In the list of BIM tree commands, you will find these two commands – Calculate Elevations and Calculate Coordinates X;Y. They can be calculated as Shared, Project or Level values.

November 22, 2016 by Valensas Balsevicius

In the previous blog, I gave some examples of how to rename types of families and sort elements in a project. In this blog post, I will continue with information management in a foundation project.

So, I have sent a model to the contractor, and after a few days I received a response. He needs unique numbers for each pile, not only a Mark defining the same kinds of piles. To do this, I will use BIM Tree Manager again and add a new shared parameter to piles and sort them according to element ID, which is unique for every element in a BIM model.

In BIM Tree Manager, I quickly filter all piles in the Structural Foundations category, and I select “Create New Shared Parameter.”

November 16, 2016 by Valensas Balsevicius

It’s no secret that we’re not all precise and systematic, and we don’t always know at the beginning where we will end up.

When working with a Revit model, we create families, give names, and make updates and modifications to all of our elements. If we don’t have a well-assembled team with a well-developed system of “what” must be done and “how,” we might end up with a pretty messy model. nd, if we want to share this model with someone else, it should be easy to understand and still contain all the necessary information.

I have a pretty messy foundation model that I want to fix. To do it, I will use Revit add-on - BIM Tree Manager. I will write a few blogs about how it should be correctly setup and filled-in with additional parameters.

First of all, I select command “BIM Tree Manager” from the list of available commands in this add-on, and then “Structural Foundations” from the available categories.

October 28, 2016 by Jokūbas Vaišvila

We are back on track! One more post in the BIM Tree Chimpanzee series and one more workflow for our blog readers and followers.

Today, I would like to discuss BIM development by going through BIM stages. Hopefully most of BIM users are familiar with LOD, but for those who are not – I will briefly introduce this term. As one of the most contributive organizations in BIM development, buildingSMART international provides this description of LOD: “The Level of Development (LOD) Specification is a reference that enables practitioners in the AEC Industry to specify and articulate with a high level of clarity the content and reliability of Building Information Models (BIMs) at various stages in the design and construction process”. LOD is divided into 6 stages that comply with the standard: LOD 100 – Concept (or Pre-Design), LOD 200 – Design Development (or Schematic Design), LOD 300 – Documentation (or Design Development), LOD 350 – Construction Documentation, LOD 400 – Construction Stage and the last one, – LOD 500 – As-Built model.

October 12, 2016 by Ieva Janulevičiūtė

Hello and welcome to the next article for architects about our brilliant solution for Revit - BIM Tree Manager . As you may already know, last month we started a BIM Tree Chimpanzee blog series that teaches how this tool can help architects, structural engineers, and MEP engineers use BIM to its full potential, so stay up to speed and take a look at our previous articles! You can find links at the end of this article.

October 07, 2016 by Jokūbas Vaišvila

Good afternoon dear AGACAD Blog readers and followers. Today, we will learn how to climb a “BIM Tree.” I would like to extend our BIM Tree Chimpanzee series and speak more about the powerful features that BIM Tree Manager Revit extension has to offer. BIM Tree Manager enhances BIM teamwork and deliverables for integrated project delivery. This tool is brilliant for collaboration between various design teams and posts in teams. Easy information sharing between architects, structural engineers, and MEP engineers is the key to high BIM quality. Information-rich BIM models could provide much more precise quantities as well as a more flexible approach to assemblies and the whole building construction. So, let’s see how BIM Tree Manager can help us.

September 15, 2016 by BIM Tree Chimpanzee

It’s time we give more credit to BIM Tree Manager – an amazing solution for Revit®, which makes it incredibly simple to find and isolate elements in current or linked models, verify geometry and data at any LOD, and quickly fill in gaps or fix mistakes. With this article, we embark on the BIM Tree Chimpanzee series, which will include lots of useful information about how architects, structural engineers, and MEP engineers can wield BIM to its full potential. So don’t forget to keep on track!

When working with Revit, we go through the process of designing a model driven by lots of parameters, full of information that will be used later on. So, it is understandable that we get frustrated if, at some points, we cannot use the information we worked on the way we want to. Don’t get me wrong – Revit has a lot of brilliant functionality, and after all, what program does everything we want it to do?

Architects can get wall, floor, and ceiling finish material quantities in Revit very easily when they need to calculate them for the whole building. But it is a different story when it comes to calculating them by individual rooms: sadly, it cannot be done.

In plain Revit, the process of making Room Finish Schedule requires quite a lot of time and concentration because you have to fill in Finishes manually, in which case a margin of error emerges. Also, you cannot get actual material quantities of each floor, wall, or ceiling in a room.

July 11, 2016 by Jokūbas Vaišvila

MEP engineers often need to insert plenty of support elements for ducts, pipes, cable trays, etc. It would be best to distribute hangers and supports along MEP elements automatically. And we have a solution for that!

Using Smart Hangers software, which is AGACAD’s application for Revit®, you do not need to manually distribute hanging or supporting elements for line based MEP objects like duct, pipe, cable tray, or conduits. It places duct hangers along the duct automatically.

It also has integrated split functionality of any MEP line based element: pipe, duct, cable tray, or conduit. Revit extension Smart Hangers splits MEP curves into segments by predefined lengths and attaches the distributed elements to any type of the constructions as well.

Easy to use and customizable application for placing hangers and joints in Revit has a lot of users who sometimes send us their questions about Smart Hangers usage. Therefore, I have decided to collect the most common ones and provide some answers in this blog post. Let’s start:

May 04, 2016 by Ieva Janulevičiūtė

Would you like to work faster in Revit® and spend less time on non-creative tasks? I guess that many Revit users would answer yes to this question as everyone usually strives to be more efficient. Time-saving on various repetitive tasks is one of the biggest headaches when it comes to BIM modeling and completing a lot of steps manually, since usually it takes a lot of time that could be used for other, equally or even more important assignments. Furthermore, the chances of making mistakes by missing important details are not the ones we want to take.

Automatized functions and add-ons make our modeling process much smoother and faster, so luckily, AGACAD team has developed a brilliant extension for Revit - Smart Select. Time-saving and completely free of charge tool for architects, structural engineers and MEP engineers that allows users to select desired elements automatically by user configured parameters in just a few clicks.

Thank you.

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