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May 05, 2017 by Jokūbas Vaišvila

Previously Cut Opening solution could layout openings only for MEP line based elements. Today I’m glad to announce that Cut Opening is capable of working with Structural Framing category!

Cut Opening is using Interference Checking based in Revit and transfers all the clash data to Cut Opening software. We are using special workflows to compute all the clashes and add all needed data to openings.

The Cut Opening software allows users to insert openings with predefined opening size, side, bottom, top and depth offsets, join openings if they are near each other or cut openings for elements that are partially clashing. Let me introduce the configurations that are available:

Opening size:

There are two different ways to define opening size for beams:

1. Apply Cut Offset:

  • Users can define Cut Offset around the element
  • Users can define Top and Bottom offsets

March 16, 2017 by Jokūbas Vaišvila

Cut Opening software was created as a REVIT tool to aid in collaborating between different parts of the project regarding openings. This collaboration is driven by .xml files that contain information about opening position, opening size, opening joining distnce, services that openings contain, etc. Now we have added new communication parameters that allow users to share their ideas straight in the model.

The new parameters for collaboration have been added to families. Users can write comments and approve or decline the openings. And of course it keeps track of who added the comments.

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:


December 01, 2016 by Jokūbas Vaišvila

We just released a new Cut Opening version with lots of new features. Some of them were implemented together with our customers from NIRAS and Mott MacDonald teams. You can read short description down below.

Standardization

Dennis Berner @ NIRAS

Is the width/height the “world standard” for the hole size? Because as you see in this case, there is a parameter that are greater than the “hole” would it be possible to make your tool, so you have to map what parameter there are used from the arch model. My proposal to make it possible to change what parameters the tool should use, was just to make it easier for the architect to define their own doors and windows. But then they have to be consistent.


The Insert Structural Openings function is used to insert structural openings in the structural walls, in cases where architectural walls, windows, and doors are separated from the structural walls.



November 24, 2016 by Jokūbas Vaišvila

We’ve just released a new version of Cut Opening with lots of new features. Some of them were implemented together with our customers from Clancy Consulting and Mott MacDonald teams. You can read the short descriptions down below.

Flexibility

Gary Royle @ Clancy Consulting

"We would like to use round holes for cable trays but can’t seem to change. Is this possible?? In answer to your question, it is felt that it is cheaper to create a circular opening in a piece of steel than it is to create a rectangular hole. Therefore for small cable trays such as 50mm x 30mm it is felt that it would be cheaper to create a circular hole of around 75mm diameter."

We opened the possibility to add round openings for all rectangular MEP objects (Ducts, Cable Trays).

June 17, 2016 by Jokūbas Vaišvila

Cut Opening application for Autodesk® Revit® opens new possibilities for collaboration between MEP Engineers and Structural Engineers or Architects.

Basically, MEP engineers should define MEP clashes with structural elements. All these clashes should have different sizes, shapes, depths, etc. These opening parameters should be specified by MEP engineer. But how do you transfer information about thousands of openings to your structural engineers?

Sometimes structural engineers are making openings on their own; sometimes MEP engineers are making generic models to identify places and sizes of openings. Structural engineers are really struggling with these kinds of workflows. Such workflows take lots of time to achieve required results.

May 03, 2016 by Inga Ibenienė

TOOLS4BIM Dock Gets Revit® 2017 Support and New Free Revit App

AGACAD is pleased to announce that all AGACAD applications for Autodesk® Revit® included in our tool management system TOOLS4BIM Dock* have already been updated for Revit 2017. From now on, AGACAD TOOLS4BIM products are compatible with all versions of Revit 2017 (excluding Revit LT) as well as the previous Revit 2016 & 2015**.

The main novelty of the TOOLS4BIM Dock 2017 version – it contains new Revit add-in named Smart Select that allows Revit users to select desired architectural, structural or MEP elements automatically by user configured parameters in just a few clicks.

April 14, 2016 by Inga Ibenienė

It seems that this year will be the first, when everything is going according to plan. Autodesk company is about to release Autodesk® Revit® 2017 on April 17th 2017, while AGACAD plans to release its newest TOOLS4BIM products’ versions... on April 17th as well!

We are still working on our products’ 2017 versions but they are nearly ready. 2017 version testing is in full swing and is nearly completed. Most of AGACAD TOOLS4BIM products are already tested and work perfectly in Revit 2017 version environment. Our technical team needs to check just a few more BIM solutions, and if bugs don’t rush us over, the newest versions’ preparations will be complete. And voila! – You can use the new Revit version together with productivity-enhancing applications designed for Revit.

February 08, 2016 by Jokūbas Vaišvila

AGACAD team just released a new version of BIM solution Cut Opening. We have been working together with one of our customer Anthony Lam Senior Project Manager from isBIM Limited. This is the issue he was facing:

“For setting offset, it is not that automatic as there are many different material types of pipe. For example, galvanized steel, copper, UPVC, steel, ductile iron, etc. It makes many odd numbers in settings. For different material, same nominal pipe size has different outer diameters. The difference is not big but it makes the opening size very odd.”

Thank you, Anthony, for your insights and help.

Due to this issue, AGACAD team developed new feature in Cut Opening solution that inserts openings in Revit® models in accordance to Nominal or Outer diameters. Now users are able to choose either of them:

The result looks like this:

October 29, 2015 by Jokūbas Vaišvila

This week we have added some new features to our Revit® add-in application Cut Opening. Now this BIM solution is more fitted for BIM Team workflow. We added a possibility to share inner configurations of Openings’ sizes, offsets, joining distances, etc. with colleagues.

Now you can go to Configuration tab and choose the path where you want to store your own settings of openings:

Thank you.

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