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December 09, 2019 by AGACAD

We'd like to thank all of you — our clients, partners, webinar participants, booth visitors at conferences, trial users, blog readers, email correspondents, and social media followers. Your business and interaction, your expertise and ideas, your curiosity and willingness to reach out help us fulfill our mission of creating tomorrow's AEC. We'd be hard pressed to do that without you. So THANK YOU!

As a token of our gratitude, from now through Christmas perpetual licenses of individual BIM Solutions are on sale for 50% off, and perpetual licenses of suites are 30% off. We know many of you have been hoping for an opportunity like this, so take advantage of this limited-time offer!

Here are our BIM Solutions on-offer

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.

SessionMost convenient for:Thursday, December 19th
1Europe, Africa, Asia, Oceania10 AM - 10:30 AM CETREGISTER HERE
2Americas, Europe, Africa10 AM - 10:30 AM CSTREGISTER HERE

Considering our Cut Opening BIM Solution during our Thank-you Offer? This webinar will help make your final decision. Tune in!
(P.S. If you didn't get the memo, perpetual licenses of Cut Opening are 50% off now through Christmas.)

December 05, 2019 by Robert Prybyla

Earlier this year, we showed some Dynamo scripts for placing rebar in Revit 2019. Now we are releasing those scripts for free, so we invite you to download them (only for Revit 2019).

Take me to the Dynamo script download page!

On the download page, you'll see separate downloads for scripts compatible with Revit 2019 that are good for placing various types of wall reinforcement, including vertical and horizontal meshes, diagonal rebar, edge reinforcement around wall openings and perimeters, and U/O stirrup bar.

With tools like these Dynamo scripts, modeling reinforcement in Revit is easier and faster than ever, so we encourage you to use these scripts that will make your life easier for free. It's a win-win.

Take me to the Dynamo script download page

December 03, 2019 by Robert Prybyla

Are you an out-of-box Revit user?
Or maybe you don't use Revit, but you're thinking about making the switch from AutoCAD 2D to BIM?
Either way, this webinar is for you.

Modeling and documentation of precast concrete elements in Revit is the topic. We're talking slabs, stairs, balconies, columns, etc. Connections, reinforcement, shop drawings, construction drawings, and detail views will also be covered. Plus, your host will talk about the advantages and challenges of using Revit for designing precast, show some tips and tricks, and present the efficiency tools that our Precast Concrete BIM Solution brings to the table.

The 1-hour webinar + Q&A will be hosted twice on December 12th, so please join the time most convenient for you.

SessionMost convenient for:Thursday, December 12th
1Europe, Africa, Asia, Oceania10 AM - 11 AM CETREGISTER HERE
2Americas, Europe, Africa10 AM - 11 AM CSTREGISTER HERE

Considering going with our Precast Concrete BIM Solution during our Thank-you Offer? This webinar will help make your final decision. Tune in!
(P.S. If you didn't get the memo, perpetual licenses of Precast Concrete are 50% off now through Christmas.)

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 13, 2019 by AGACAD

Prepared by Bryan Bradley of Textus Aptus

This Canadian engineering and design firm says AGACAD’s software for modelling precast concrete elements in Revit® has halved the time it spends on drawings and improved its overall efficiency while enhancing project quality.

Client Profile
Kerkhoff Engineering Ltd is a structural engineering and design firm with commercial, residential and agricultural projects across Western Canada. One of the company's areas of expertise is precast concrete.

Whether working on offices, homes, warehouses, airport terminals or dairy farms, the team's focus is on using its experience and the latest technologies to deliver cost-effective innovative solutions that fully satisfy each client.

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.

October 31, 2019 by Valensas Balsevicius

A few months ago we released a couple of Dynamo scripts for reinforcing precast walls in Revit. Since those churned up a lot of interest, we decided to go forward with creating a Wall Reinforcement add-on.

Wall Reinforcement lets you efficiently distribute wall reinforcement for solid, double, and sandwich walls based on defined rules. It recognizes the shape of the wall and distributes the main reinforcement and additional reinforcement for the wall perimeter and openings.

Here's the basic workflow to follow when using Wall Reinforcement.

October 30, 2019 by AGACAD

Structuring data – classifying it – is key to unlocking the full value of BIM. It’s about clearly communicating design intent in order to more accurately budget, plan and build an asset (and then more efficiently manage it over its lifetime). Without classification, data is easily misunderstood and sometimes just not usable. Well-classified data has increasing value.


In the past the classification of building information was both less important and more difficult. It cost a lot of time and effort but often yielded little value. That has changed. Classification is becoming ever more important. More valuable. And easier.

Projects today generate more data. And AEC increasingly relies on that data to automate processes, make better decisions and operate devices. Look at all the add-ons for Revit and other platforms, the CNC machines, robots and VR/AR devices. The Internet of Things.

Moreover, the teams that undertake building projects are becoming more complex. Architects and engineers are creating models for use by cost estimators, consultants, contractors, fabricators and so on in multiple other organizations and countries.

In each case, all the actors – people, software, equipment – need a common language, an agreed-upon data structure. It could be international standards. Or national classification systems. Or custom ones. That depends on the project. But if BIM managers don’t decide on classifications and model creators don’t implement them, everyone suffers. In fact today many projects do suffer from mistakes and delays due to a lack of classification. Instead of a valuable “common data environment” they have a costly “chaotic data environment”.

We’re talking about effective data exchange. Harmonization. Interoperability.

So what’s the value created by classifying BIM data?

  • Clarity: Project participants can quickly find and understand the data they need
  • Integration: Systems, machines, devices can automatically access and process data
  • Efficiency: Owners can aggregate costs, other data in multi-asset management tools
  • Competition: Public and private procurement become more open and transparent

In terms of the falling costs of classifying data, classification management tools are now emerging that really do simplify life.

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