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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 a webinar we hosted that shows the workflow for using this Revit extension.


And here's an outline of 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.

October 29, 2019 by Robert Prybyla

We are pleased to announce that we will be exhibiting with our partner Omnix International at the International Concrete Conference & Exhibition (ICCX) in Sharjah, UAE this November 24-25.

As the only trade fair in the Middle East focused exclusively on concrete technology and manufacture, ICCX has quickly established itself as an important meeting point for concrete and precast industry experts.

Omnix has been our exclusive software distributor in the Middle East since March 2014, so we are stoked to be sharing a booth together at the third annual ICCX–Middle East. If you will be there, come visit us at booth 2!

If you're involved in the design and fabrication of precast concrete and you'll be at the conference, our structural engineer Valensas would like to meet you. He'd be happy to show how to streamline your process with our Precast Concrete BIM Solution for Revit, answer any questions you may have about it, and of course he'd like to hear from you about what your needs are because that's how we continually drive our software forward, with feedback from experts out in the industry.

October 28, 2019 by Robert Prybyla

Great news for current users of Precast Concrete for Revit 2020/2019: Wall Reinforcement is included in your license of Precast Concrete, gratis!

Users of Precast Concrete 2020, you should have received an email with instructions for how to get Wall Reinforcement to show up in your Precast license.

Users of Precast Concrete 2019, please follow the steps below.

  1. Click Support at upper-right in the TOOLS4BIM Dock.
  2. Copy your activation key.
  3. Paste your key in the activation field.
October 16, 2019 by Valensas Balsevicius

Modeling reinforcement for walls in Revit is quite time consuming, so we are releasing a new tool very soon to make it much easier and way more efficient. The Wall Reinforcement app will allow you to place vertical, horizontal, and diagonal bars; edge reinforcement; and U-shaped bars.

This free, 1-hour webinar will be especially informative for structural engineers, modelers, and really anyone who wants to create wall reinforcement in Revit more efficiently. Join in and get a premier look at the newest Revit add-on to join the AGACAD arsenal!

The Wall Reinforcement app can be applied to solid, double, and sandwich walls.


October 15, 2019 by AGACAD

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

Framing timber floors, walls and roofs.
Digital classification systems for building projects.
Prefabricated construction, including a client's story about steel framing and CNC integration.
The most recent software updates for our Revit add-ons.
Upcoming webinars and conferences.

All that and more in AGACAD Advances, October 2019. Read it here.

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October 04, 2019 by Aleksandras Seza

Whether it’s clothes, food or furniture, people often tend to associate factory-made items with lack of quality. While this might be true to some extent, it’s definitely not the case with modern prefabricated houses. They’re just as good as any other building, but they’re built off-site. Imagine having every part of the structure made within the confines of a factory, delivered to the construction site and assembled in a matter of weeks. Not only that, prefabricated housing can help save money, time and also contribute to reducing CO2 emissions.

The legend of Solomon’s Temple

While it’s difficult to say who constructed the first prefabricated structure, we can be sure that one of the earliest successful attempts took place about 3000 years ago in ancient Jerusalem. This is evident from a vivid Biblical account of how the Temple of Solomon was built. It seems that every piece of the temple was carefully crafted off-site and assembled on-site:

"And the house, when it was in building, was built of stone made ready before it was brought thither: so that there was neither hammer nor axe nor any tool of iron heard in the house, while it was in building." (1 Kings 6:7)

September 16, 2019 by Robert Prybyla

Precast Concrete & Excel2R for Revit 2020 are now available in the Autodesk App Store. Download these and other tools via either the App Store or our TOOLS4BIM Dock.

By way of reminder, free tools have no limitations. Trial versions of other Revit plug-ins have no limitations for two weeks and include support during the trial period, which means our BIM application engineers are at your disposal to give assistance as well as a live demonstration.

Be on the lookout in the coming weeks for more of our Tools4Revit add-ons and BIM Solutions for Revit 2020 to appear in the Autodesk App Store.

September 10, 2019 by Robert Prybyla

We invite you to join in our webinar that will take a look at the basics of our Precast Concrete add-in for Revit and show how it can increase modeling and documentation efficiency. Whether you are an out-of-box Revit user or are considering switching from AutoCAD 2D to the BIM platform, attending this webinar is definitely worth your time.


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