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July 16, 2020 by Aleksandras Seza

The advent of 3D design and BIM put a new spin on MEP coordination: resolving clashes between elements in a model instead of lines in a drawing. MEP engineers working 2D have to imagine piping or ductwork in their heads while making drawings that then need to be checked for viability by the structural designer or perhaps even on-site by the builder. BIM integrates MEP and structural design so that architects, structural & MEP engineers know in advance exactly where MEP elements will be placed during the construction phase, enabling them to create precise models and schedules. Nonetheless, MEP runs still need to be checked to ensure structural integrity and constructability, and that's a very time-consuming procedure requiring a lot of attention to produce the desired result, error-free.

Fortunately, there is a way to dramatically increase productivity in this area. AGACAD’s Cut Opening BIM software not only inserts openings in your projects where MEP elements intersect structural elements but also facilitates coordination between different disciplines and engineers working on the same project. When openings are created, each has its own parameters to mark whether it is acceptable or not, and, with the Opening control window, you can check the parameters of every single opening in your project that was inserted with our Cut Opening tool. What’s more, the control window allows you to create a dynamic section box that will move the section box in your 3D view directly to the opening selected in the table, making it easier to locate and check openings requiring review.

In addition to the features above, the opening families we provide with Cut Opening are available for any user modifications. It's possible to add things such as sleeves or collars to their geometry, add parameters, and change their representation according to company needs or country codes. We encourage users to take full advantage of the flexibility that Cut Opening brings.

May 28, 2020 by AGACAD

We've been diligently testing our Tools4BIM DOCK* against Revit 2021 to ensure complete compatibility of all the BIM Solutions and Tools4Revit Add-ins therein. Thanks for your patience, those of you who've been awaiting the pronouncement. We're glad to say our tools are ready to use with Revit 2021!

*The Dock is an interactive window in Autodesk® Revit® that allows you to access and manage all software products developed by AGACAD to help you get more out of Revit. Read more about the Tools4BIM Dock.

Here's how to get our tools running on Revit 2021.

For current users of our software

To companies/individuals who have an active license maintenance/subscription of at least one of our tools, we've sent an email containing software activation codes and a link to download our 2021 Tools4BIM Dock. (If you can't find it in your inbox, please check your spam folder.)

NB: If you're with a company, please ask your BIM manager or IT coordinator for these codes.

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April 30, 2020 by AGACAD

This free 30-minute webinar on May 12th will be an advanced tutorial about making penetration holes for ducts, pipes, conduit, cable trays, and beams in Revit® efficiently and how to control their parameters using our Cut Opening BIM Solution.

The result you'll see is a structural project with openings in the walls and floors for various MEP elements from a linked file and with user pre-defined offsets. All openings will be tagged to provide information about their size, shape, elevation, and dependence on the MEP system.

MEP engineers, MEP coordinators, structural engineers, architects, and BIM managers – we hope you'll sign up. The webinar will be held twice, so please register for the session that's more convenient for you.

March 31, 2020 by AGACAD

In this free 30-minute webinar we'll give an expert-level tutorial on how to create penetration holes for ducts, pipes, conduit, cable trays, and beams and how to control their parameters in a Revit® project using our Cut Opening BIM Solution. The result you'll see is a structural project with openings in the walls and floors for various MEP elements from a linked file and with user pre-defined offsets. All openings will be tagged to provide information about their size, shape, elevation, and dependence on the MEP system.

The webinar will be held twice on April 7th, so please register for the session that's more convenient for you. It's especially for MEP engineers & coordinators, structural engineers, architects, and BIM coordinators. Join us!

February 11, 2020 by AGACAD

Check out the latest edition of our newsletter AGACAD Advances. Quite a few contributions in this one, including pieces on:

All that and more in AGACAD Advances, January-February 2020. Read it here.

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December 09, 2019 by Aleksandras Seza

In this webinar, we'll showcase one of our BIM Solutions that benefits MEP Engineers, Structural engineers, Architects and BIM coordinators alike: Cut Opening. Not only can this tool insert openings for MEP elements in linked files or in the same model, but it can also create openings for doors and windows in a structural model according to their arrangement in an architectural model. And there’s also functionality for inserting fire dampers in walls whose fire rating is specified.

Let's cut to the chase. When it comes to streamlining BIM workflows, Cut Opening packs a punch. And during this webinar we'll show you what it can do. We hope you'll join in.

The 30-minute webinar + Q&A will be hosted twice on December 19th, so please join the time most convenient for you.

December 08, 2019 by Robert Prybyla

Thanks to everyone who participated in our webinar about the 12 Revit add-ons in our Tools4Revit Suite. It was one of the biggest turnouts we've ever had! All seats were taken, so some of you who registered were unable to view the live webinar.

If you'd like to review the webinar, head over to our YouTube channel to watch it. While there, please subscribe to our channel! Meanwhile, here's a trimmed down version showing a clip of each add-on.


November 14, 2019 by AGACAD

Today, we take up the third topic in our #AU2019 series: Digital Asset Inventories & BIM for Facility Management.

Taking a digital inventory of facilities — from factories, hospitals, and schools to shopping malls and industrial plants — is becoming increasingly popular because it makes managing them easier and more effective. This is especially true for buildings that were constructed without digital documentation because, when they are handed over to new owners or managers, a daunting lack of information often comes with them. Information that is available is more often than not in the form of paper documents, be those drawings, technical specs, or project and product certificates. Those in turn may be outdated, deteriorated, and can turn up missing over the years. This all means that a large portion of facility information is either inaccessible from the get-go or is subject to expiration or decay.

Digitizing buildings using accurately processed data obtained from 3D laser scanning not only solves these problems but brings a host of benefits besides. Check out the attached white paper wherein we lay out the 6 stages comprising the digital inventory process and the benefits to be accrued.

Digital Inventory of Existing Assets

October 30, 2019 by Robert Prybyla

All of our Tools4Revit Add-ons (v. 2020) can now be found in the Autodesk App Store for Revit. You can download T4R Add-ons from either the App Store or our TOOLS4BIM Dock.

By way of reminder, free tools have no limitations. Trial versions of our paid Revit plug-ins have no limitations for two weeks and include support during the trial period. That means our BIM application engineers are at your disposal to assist and give a live demonstration. To get help, all you need to do is...

T4R Add-ons in Revit App Store

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