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June 20, 2017 by Asta Aksomitienė

Automation of shop drawings with AGACAD’s Smart Assemblies, a BIM solution for Revit, has given this Western Australian firm a competitive edge in its design-and-construct projects for mixed-use high-rise buildings.

Hanssen Pty Ltd, established in 1992, is a project management and construction company based in Perth, Australia. It specializes in mixed-use residential and commercial high-rise buildings. The firm has in-house design and engineering teams, and manufactures precast panels, steel fabrication and windows for its projects.

May 24, 2017 by Asta Aksomitienė

We already did a webinar to overview Precast Concrete solution and also two webinars about how to work with precast floors and walls in Revit environment. Now it‘s time for the last part of Precast Concrete trilogy – precast concrete columns and beams (Check out related blog post: Review of Revit Add-ons for Precast Concrete Beams and Columns).

Webinar has ended, but its recording is available upon request at events@aga-cad.com.

May 23, 2017 by Valensas Balsevicius

In this article, I will overview a few examples of how you can apply our Revit add-ons from our Precast Concrete Suite (Compatible with REVIT 2016, 2017, 2018) to deal with the design of Structural Framing and Structural Column category elements.

This solution has tools for insertion of details, cuts, and connections, automatic sorting of columns and beams, and shop drawing preparation with automatic dimensions and sheets.

So let’s take a look at a couple of examples:

May 08, 2017 by Valensas Balsevicius

Another update of Smart Assemblies is released. Sometimes we encounter small issues which we can be solved by investing some more time or using workarounds, but when that involves everyday procedures, it can make modelling and documenting in Revit quite annoying. I would like to let you know that using this Revit add-on your documentation procedures will be greatly upgraded. In this blog I will mention only the last features implemented in newest release, but to see all the enhancements implemented into Smart Assemblies – see webinars, E-Help files, blogs or request a live online demonstration.

In new Smart Assemblies release you can have up to 3 views of the same type with the same View Templates. For example, create 3 Front Views, select same View Template, but select different numbers for View Number. This feature removes the need to create 3 different View Templates – one for each Front view, which was necessary in previous versions.

Other feature now allows user to automatically rotate selected views by 90 degrees in both directions – clockwise and counter clockwise.
April 04, 2017 by Asta Aksomitienė

Automated custom shop drawings were the main reason this international engineering firm got AGACAD’s software for modelling precast concrete elements in Revit. But it now says the benefits are much bigger, and have been welcomed both by the members of its team and its customers.

Client Profile

Norconsult AS is a top engineering consulting firm based in Norway which has worked on projects in more than 150 countries over the past 50 years. The company is steadily growing thanks to its focus on quality and bringing creativity and innovation to every project stage.

Business Need

Norconsult aims to boost both productivity and quality through the use of innovative BIM technologies. In that context, it needed an efficient way to design precast concrete elements in a Revit® environment.

“For the sake of collaboration within the company, we wanted to use Revit for precast projects. But we were struggling with a great deal of manual work, especially for creating shop drawings from the models,” notes Henrik Thingbø, a structural engineer at Norconsult.

The solution had to automate the creation of shop drawings that were in line with Norconsult’s own preferences and standards. It also had to be user-friendly enough for use by any team member without need for special training.

April 03, 2017 by Valensas Balsevicius

Precast floors, or slabs as you might call them, are widely used in buildings. They vary in shape, structural capacity, and construction methods. As you work in Revit and need to prepare layouts of slabs, insert cuts and details, sort them, and prepare drawings, it might burn a lot of your time. So in this article, I will overview a few examples of how you can apply our Revit add-ons in our Precast Concrete Suite (Compatible with REVIT 2016, 2017, 2018) to deal with the design of precast slabs.

There are 4 tools you will find in our Precast Concrete Suite that will help you work with precast floors.

March 24, 2017 by Asta Aksomitienė

Webinar has ended, but its recording is available upon request at events@aga-cad.com.

Welcome everyone to the second webinar we are hosting in our Precast Concrete series! This 30-min webinar is dedicated to precast wall panels. Modeling these elements is a time consuming job, and we need to find ways to minimize excess effort as much as we can. Walls have different forms and connections, different drawing requirements from manufacturers, so it‘s not easy to meet all these, complete them on time, and be in front of competitors to get the job.

Topics to be covered in this 30-minute webinar:
February 22, 2017 by Valensas Balsevicius

Smart Assemblies is a solution for much faster production of assemblies’ documentation in Revit®.

As Smart Assemblies (SA) is increasingly used for automated dimensioning and arranging views on sheets, many user requests have come in. And we’ve been working really hard to keep up with the pace! Several of your requests have been fulfilled in the most recent SA update, so I’d like to highlight those new features that are now available.


New features are numbered in the following two images. First, are the new options in the Shop Drawing Configurations (SDC) window…

…and here are the new options found in the SA panel:


Read on for short descriptions of the enumerated features:

January 25, 2017 by Asta Aksomitienė

This Nordic engineering firm says AGACAD’s BIM software has brought big efficiency gains for its precast concrete and wood framing projects, helped it win new clients, and enabled the company to handle more complex projects.

Client Profile

JPS-Konsult AB, based in Vrigstad, Sweden, specializes in the design of precast concrete and wood-frame buildings, mainly for residential use.

Business Need

While upgrading itself from 2D to 3D design, to be more modern and competitive in the market, JPS-Konsult ran into productivity issues with its new Autodesk® Revit® software. Revit required so much time-consuming manual work that the company was tempted to go back to AutoCAD®.

“We tried to make shop drawings with plain Revit, and soon realized that there had to be a better way,” recalls CEO Johannes Svensson.

So the firm began looking for ways to get all the great benefits of BIM for its precast concrete and timber projects, but without having to waste so much valuable time. Specifically, it needed automated view layouts, dimensioning and material take-off, plus ways to quickly insert elements to achieve greater detailing. This functionality had to be easy to learn and use.

Svensson says he did a major search and concluded that AGACAD had the most powerful solutions for his needs. It’s also the only one with a software portfolio broad enough to support both wood and concrete projects.




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