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May 15, 2018 by Jokūbas Vaišvila

Q: I have a large commercial project containing hundreds of rooms on 10 floors. Given 5 possible finish scenarios, I want to apply each one of them as per specification to each room, preferably in one click. Is it possible with your products? If so, which one?

A: You can do this using Smart Browser and its feature BIM Tree Manager.

  1. In BIM Tree Manager, go with Room Category:

April 15, 2018 by Jokūbas Vaišvila

Here's a tip for new Revit users. In the design phase, tons of views have to be created inside a Revit project. So, how can we make sure that all the views are loaded onto sheets and ready for printing? We’ve got a workflow for this. Follow these steps and you can be sure that all views will be loaded onto sheets for printing!

  1. Open Browser Organization (right-click “Views”)

March 27, 2018 by Jokūbas Vaišvila

Q: Is it possible to batch-change the category of families in a project?

A: Yes. You can change the category of your families in batches by using Smart Browser. Here's how.


To exchange families inside your project, you have to add an extra parameter for those families and write some notes for Smart Browser. Smart Browser doesn’t see when you change categories, and it can’t upload a new family, but if you change category and add a parameter – it will see and change the families in your project. Let's see how to do it.

December 22, 2017 by Robert Prybyla

BIM Navigator logoThanks to everyone who registered for and attended last week’s webinar about BIM Navigator. It was a record turnout with 500 registrants and about half that in attendance! Thank you!

Our engineer showed how to use BIM Navigator to manage parameters inside and outside of Revit. That is, how to efficiently browse and handle families, parameters, etc. in projects and libraries. If you missed it or would like to see it again, drop us an email and we’ll send the link right to you. This is a webinar that anyone involved in the BIM workflow can benefit from!

Now, for the highlights!


December 06, 2017 by Robert Prybyla

Do you spend more time than you want searching for the right family in your Revit library? What about reviewing and modifying parameters? Is it a pain in the neck to navigate and filter elements once they’re in your project or to fill in gaps and fix mistakes? Then our upcoming FREE webinar about BIM Navigator is for you!

Registration now open!

This 45-minute webinar is intended for Revit modelers, BIM managers, BIM analysts, BIM evangelists, team leads, MEP engineers, architects, designers, structural engineers, and contractors. Really, anyone involved in the BIM workflow can benefit from this webinar!


November 15, 2017 by Jokūbas Vaišvila

BIM Navigator is a powerful tool for library and project parameter management in Revit. Bringing to bear the combined power of Smart Browser and BIM Tree Manager, it lets users review parameters from different angles to give maximum control -- from family management and modification to quality control of projects.


For a side-by-side break-down of the two arms of BIM Navigator, see the table below.



And if you'd like to see more about BIM Navigator, join our webinar on Thursday, December 7, 2017! It's geared toward anyone and everyone involved in the BIM workflow -- Revit modelers, BIM managers, BIM analysts, BIM evangelists, team leads, MEP engineers, architects, designers, structural engineers, and contractors.



November 15, 2017 by BIM Tree Chimpanzee

After its debut a year ago, the BIM Tree Chimpanzee returns to the spotlight. Whether you’re dealing with an architectural, structural, or MEP model in Revit, this BIM chimp knows its way around.

For models containing enormous amounts of information (whose doesn't?), it takes some serious power to collect, check, modify, and analyze it all. And of course, lots of times there's inadequate information in a model, so you have to fill in what's missing. (Coordinates and re-calculated elevations, anyone?)

Enter BIM Tree Manager, one arm of AGACAD's BIM Navigator. Our chimp is on hand to show how to manage all BIM object info. See the posts below for examples of how to manage architectural, structural, or MEP projects.

Into the Jungle!

November 14, 2017 by Jokūbas Vaišvila

Question: “Do you have something similar to Autodesk’s Roombook tool that can find all Revit categories?”

Answer: Yes. BIM Navigator lets you do everything Roombook does and more.

Although Roombook is a really nice tool, from my point of view it’s not finished yet. For example, it’s strange that you can’t select all Revit categories that are in your Revit model.

Take a look at the categories Roombook allows you to schedule:


There are many more Revit categories that ought to be included in a Roombook table like the one above. This is where BIM Navigator comes in handy.

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.

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