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April 15, 2020 by Povilas Sindriūnas

By Povilas Sindriūnas, AGACAD Architectural Engineer & BIM Application Engineer

Autodesk® Revit® massing is a powerful tool for generating masses that works at any scale, whether you’re at the conceptual level of a building, at the detailed level refining the fixings and furniture, or working on an entire masterplan. To be able to use this tool to your advantage you should know a couple of techniques. There are two basic workflows for creating masses: create the massing within the project itself (In-Place Massing) or create it in a separate conceptual mass family, which is then loaded into the project. Here's a brief comparison of these approaches.

In-Place Massing is carried out directly inside the project environment.

  • Allows you to see the rest of the project context, which is useful when designing at an early stage
  • The most straightforward approach and works well when the building volumes are not too complex
  • Good for preliminary sketching of forms and is the recommended approach for early stage design and for conceptual building studies

On the other hand, a Conceptual Mass Family is built in the ‘conceptual massing environment’, outside of the project environment.

  • Iterations of the family can be placed as needed around the site.
  • The family can be loaded into multiple Revit models.
  • Different team members can work on the different versions of the family.
  • Better for developing and refining a building mass. The separate environment has additional visibility of 3D levels and reference planes which makes more complex parametric modeling easier.
In-Place Massing (in project)

Massing & Site > In-Place Mass
Conceptual Massing Environment (outside project)

Revit > File > New > Conceptual Mass

We'll go into more detail on conceptual mass families in a separate article. For now, let’s look at In-Place Massing more in-depth.

March 31, 2020 by Ieva Janulevičiūtė

Our Wood Framing and Metal Framing BIM software for Revit has gotten another round of new features. Among the latest enhancements: more flexibility to control brace groups (including adding partial brace groups and allowing braces to run across openings), separate preassemblies for joined openings, special layouts for paneling, and to align the secondary stud system with the Project Base Point.

Current users of Wood/Metal Framing Wall/Floor/Roof, be sure to get these updates installed via the TOOLS4BIM Dock and start benefiting from them today.

Let's get into the new features that have been included in the latest version.

1. Separate Preassemblies for Joined Openings

This feature lets you make separate preassemblies for openings that are part of a joined opening — and the preassemblies will exclude other elements (like top plate supports, etc.) that extend across the joined opening. You can find this option to create separate preassemblies for joined openings in the 'Modify Configuration Settings' tab of the Default Framing Parameters window:

In this example of a joined opening consisting of a door and a window, we want a separate preassembly for the door and another for the window. Since the top support runs the width of the joined opening, it will not be included into either preassembly.


March 30, 2020 by Renata Jočienė

During the past year we implemented over 40 updates to our Wood Framing and Metal Framing BIM software for designing walls, floors, and roofs of prefabricated timber and light-gauge steel framed buildings in Revit®. Enumerated below are the top 31 enhancements (it was hard to choose!) that were made from February of 2019 to February of 2020.

These updates include new features and requests made by clients. (Click a topic to scroll down for details.)

Framing updates (Feb 2019 - Feb 2020):

  1. Align Stud Spacing with Frame and Opening Sides
  2. Split Sheathing by Openings and Prioritize Merging
  3. Expanded Possibilities for Joined Openings
  4. New Options in Link Wall/Floor/Roof
  5. Split Studs by Brace
  6. Multi-frame Assemblies
  7. New User Interface
  8. Framing Reports & Suggestions
  9. Validate Walls
  10. Custom Studs/Joists, Top Covers, Top Plates, Blockings/Noggings, Bottom Plates and Bottom Pads
  11. Custom Ridge Studs and Edge Joists
  12. Variable Joists
  13. Manage Connections
  14. Splitting Parts using Special Rules
  15. Modify Sheathing/Paneling
  16. New Numbering Technology
  17. Generate and Modify 3D Grids Created by One Roof Line
  18. Generate Trusses by 3D Grids and Auto-Array throughout a Roof
  19. Complex Truss Roof Framing
  20. Create Uniquely Shaped, Parametric Truss Families even for Multiple Roofs
  21. Modify Trusses using the Truss Builder
  22. Terminal Truss Roof
  23. Replacing Trusses
  24. Overhang Framing
  25. Create separate preassemblies for each joined opening
  26. Add transportation braces (even across openings)
  27. Align Secondary Stud System with Project Base Point
  28. More options for brace groups
  29. Special layouts and splitting options for paneling
  30. Minimum dimensions for openings to be framed
  31. Toggle configuration visibility

February 12, 2020 by Robert Prybyla

We invite you to join in our webinar showing the latest updates made to our Wood Framing and Metal Framing software for Revit. Additionally, we'll take a tour through the new user interfaces that have been made for our wall, floor, and roof framing solutions.

Among the updates we'll show are framing reports & suggestions, wall validation, and the possibility of having customized studs or joists composed of multiple elements. More on those and other enhancements below the registration table.

The 30-min presentation + Q&A will be hosted twice on February 27th, so please register for the session that's more convenient for you.

Whether you're a seasoned user of our Wood Framing or Metal Framing software and want to see what's new or maybe you're just thinking about transitioning your framing process from 2D to BIM, we hope you'll join in this webinar.

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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February 03, 2020 by AGACAD

AGACAD is pleased to welcome M&F tecnica, Inc., a leading Tokyo-based BIM developer and advisory firm, as its exclusive partner for the sale and support of AGACAD’s solutions for BIM in Japan. The company joins AGACAD’s ever-growing list of local partners around the world.

AGACAD CEO Donatas

“This new partnership further strengthens AGACAD’s ability to ensure excellent service for customers in Asia,” says Donatas Aksomitas, the CEO of AGACAD. “M&F have been pioneers of BIM in Japan. With two decades of experience in building design and related IT solutions, they are true experts on Revit and the needs of BIM professionals,” he adds.

January 10, 2020 by AGACAD

Building Information Modeling (BIM) has become a mandatory measure to successful building construction and efficient collaboration among all involved. Through BIM, the construction industry has experienced a revolution bringing all parties into a digital world. Continue reading to learn more about BIM, its purpose, objectives, incredible benefits and prospective.

What is BIM?

What is BIM | BIM scheme | AGACAD

BIM is a process that enhances collaboration between architects, designers, engineers, and construction professionals by enabling multiple teams to work on the same 3D model of an asset at the same time. In other words, it allows for concurrent design, planning, and construction work to be performed by those BIM actors.

By using BIM companies do not have to continually send various edited models with appended information; instead, they can do it in the same file, and the rest of the participants receive updated data timely.

What’s more,

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.

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

November 04, 2019 by AGACAD

In the lead-up to Autodesk University 2019, at which we'll be an exhibitor, we're honing in on three areas of focus: Classification, Fabrication, and Transformation.

Last week we looked at BIM Content Management & Classification.
This week it's BIM for Prefabricated Construction.

Prefabricated construction brings several advantages, as our own Aleksandras Seza recently outlined. What it boils down to is, if building components can be prefabricated, construction time drops and quality assurance shoots up. That's why AGACAD has spent years developing and honing cutting-edge software for Revit that meets the demand for efficiently turning architectural drawings into BIM models, be they framed timber or steel panels or precast concrete structures, which can then be prefabricated, allowing for quick manufacture on site.

Here's a closer look at the solutions we bring to the table, what clients have to say about them, and our dedicated BIM Application engineers (all of whom are Certified Revit Professionals) and whom you can meet at our booth (AE452) at AU2019.

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