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August 22, 2019 by Robert Prybyla

Autodesk University bannerWe're looking forward to exhibiting at Autodesk University this coming November in Las Vegas. Hopefully many of you – our clients and contacts – will be there to share ideas about driving building design forward.

Have you registered to go to #AU2019?

Our focus will be on BIM to Fabrication, particularly for wood framing, metal framing, precast concrete, and MEP work. There's been a lot of development in AEC, and we're staying at the forefront of it to make sure our software users have most productive BIM Solutions and add-ons for Revit out there.

June 27, 2019 by Valensas Balsevicius

Our Precast Concrete solution is great for automating modelling, numbering, and shop-drawing creation in Revit, but efficiently modelling reinforcement in a 3D model can still be a challenge. Following our post about using a Dynamo script to create rebar by selected edges, here we show how to make a layout based on certain rules and apply it automatically to elements of different length. This can be done in the same Dynamo script.

You’ll recall that we created a rebar layout via a simple Code Block with a defined bar number and step.

Let’s add another node to select one more Edge, and read its length with the Curve.Length node like this:

June 17, 2019 by AGACAD

We've been hard at work testing our brand new DOCK* against Revit 2020 to ensure complete compatibility. To those of you who have been anxiously awaiting the news, thank you for your patience. We're glad to say our tools are ready to use with Revit 2020!*The Dock is an interactive window in Autodesk® Revit® that allows you to access and manage all Revit® products developed by AGACAD.

Here's how to get our tools running on Revit 2020.

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 2020 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.

What you need to do:

June 13, 2019 by Valensas Balsevicius

Smart Assemblies has always helped Revit® users save hours of work when creating schedules for assemblies, and we continue to make this BIM solution ever more powerful. The latest update adds a new Schedule View Template option (in addition to the already-existing Schedule Instance.

Schedule view

Schedule Instance uses the actual schedule from the project browser as a schedule template. The user needs to have that schedule in the project with Schedule View Template assigned (for more about that, see Automated Schedules in Smart Assemblies).

April 25, 2019 by Valensas Balsevicius

We invite you to join our upcoming webinar about modeling precast concrete in Revit. If you're interested in modeling rebar, don't miss out on this webinar! You'll see how to place rebar automatically using Revit reinforcement tools in tandem with Dynamo scripts that we've developed. Creating strands for walls is fast and easy as well as placing rebar around openings.

This webinar is ideal for structural engineers, designers & drafters, BIM modelers & detailers, CAD engineers & technicians. It's also ideal for companies in building design & engineering, consultancy, and manufacturing.

April 12, 2019 by Valensas Balsevicius

Structural engineers, especially those who specialize in concrete buildings, often perform reinforcement detailing tasks. There are several features tools in Autodesk® Revit® that can assist with rebar creation, like creating a group of reinforcement or individual rebar, area reinforcement, and fabric sheets. It’s quite OK because you can use standard shapes or draw a unique shape of rebar, define different layout rules, and so on. But if you need to do that over and over again, it takes huge amounts of time.

Revit Structure features | AGACAD

So, whilst searching for tools that can help save you time, don’t overlook the visual programming tool inside Revit – Dynamo. Even with some basic knowledge and efforts, Revit users can quickly learn it and start creating their own basic scripts to automate work.

February 27, 2019 by Robert Prybyla

Our team has arrived in Louisville, the Gateway to the South, for The Precast Show. Time to get the booth all set up for the grand opening of the Show at 2 p.m. on Thursday.

If you're involved in the design and fabrication of precast concrete and you'll be at the Show, Valensas and Jan (see their mugshots below) can show how to streamline your process. They especially hope to re-connect with existing users to talk about your further needs and expectations. They look forward to meeting you at right by the bookstore!

February 26, 2019 by Robert Prybyla

Here is the grand finale in our Dynamo Scripts for Rebar in Revit video series. Settings for each type of reinforcement are all in one script. Just select the types of rebar – vertical, horizontal, diagonal, U-bar, main mesh – you want to insert, fine-tune the settings, and run the script on selected walls. In the video below you can see rebar inserted automatically using only one Dynamo script.

Part I: Diagonal reinforcement for openings and U-bar for wall perimeters.
Part II: Vertical reinforcement for edges of openings and walls.
Part III: U-shaped reinforcement.
Part IV: Running multiple scripts on the same wall

Stay tuned — when these scripts are all finished, they'll be free for existing users of our Precast Concrete software!

February 19, 2019 by Robert Prybyla

Part IV in our Dynamo Scripts for Rebar in Revit video series is about running multiple scripts on the same wall. In the video below you can see main mesh, diagonal rebar, and reinforcement around the edges of the wall inserted automatically.

Part I: Diagonal reinforcement for openings and U-bar for wall perimeters.
Part II: Vertical reinforcement for edges of openings and walls.
Part III: U-shaped reinforcement.

Stay tuned for more. When these scripts are all finished, they'll be free for existing users of our Precast Concrete software!

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