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August 30, 2017 by Jokūbas Vaišvila

If a building you need to model is going to have lights and HVAC, then those systems need a plenum space above the ceiling (and possibly below the floor as well). In such cases, how can you find the distance between, say, the ceiling and the slab above? As it turns out, Revit® doesn’t have Real Height parameters for Rooms and Spaces. Instead, it calculates them depending on the actual stretch but not the bounded Height. BIM Tree Manager can help find the distance you’re looking for.

QUESTION: How do you find the distance between a compound ceiling and a slab?

ANSWER: I’d suggest using special spaces to define the volume between a ceiling and slab. Here’s how to do it.

June 20, 2017 by Gitana Černiauskienė

As summer gets underway, we have a unique 3-for-1 offer. From now through July 31, when you purchase Smart Details, you’ll get BIM Tree Manager and Smart Browser Manager for FREE for 1 year!

Furthermore, you get three pieces of software that can be used by two people simultaneously.


“How do those three get along?” you might be wondering. Smart Browser and BIM Tree Manager make a sandwich around Smart Details. Your workflow would look something like this:

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.

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