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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) 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.




October 05, 2016 by Valensas Balsevicius

I will go straight to the point – Revit is not enough for structural engineers. It has quite good tools to model forms of precast elements. And it’s ok for preliminary design. But when you have to go into details, you probably ask yourself every time – why did we choose Revit to be our main software for everyday work? While our friends, colleagues in other companies use Tekla and have no complains?

It should not be like this that’s why we developed add-ons for precast structures to improve work efficiency in Revit and be able to compete with other companies in the market. You don’t have to miss out on easier design work or regret that your models are Revit models, with Precast Concrete Suite you can solve most of the headaches in structures discipline and then you will begin enjoying working with Revit.

August 30, 2016 by Valensas Balsevicius

Sometimes our clients have questions about how to use Schedule templates and how to get the best results using Revit® application Smart Assemblies. I hope this blog post will answer these questions and let you find the best workflow for Revit 2016 and Revit 2017 easier as well as explain differences between these two versions.

So let’s start learning how to prepare and use Revit schedule tables with Smart Assemblies:

August 18, 2016 by Valensas Balsevicius

BIM solution Smart Assemblies is highly valued by Revit® users who work with assembly drawings because it saves a great amount of time. Anyway, after a few clients’ questions and requests, we‘ve been looking for a way to save even more time while starting new projects.

In previous versions of Smart Assemblies you could create assembly with automatic dimensions and then drag views to the sheet and use the Sheet as a Template to create other Assemblies within that project. Then, user starts the next project, configurations remain and he can start using them straight away. But Sheet Templates had to be created in each project for every configuration.

In new version of Smart Assemblies (SA) we‘ve managed to solve that and you will not have to create new sheet templates for your assemblies, but use the existing ones from the Template Project.

Now in SA you have two locations you can browse to:

May 03, 2016 by Inga Ibenienė

TOOLS4BIM Dock Gets Revit® 2017 Support and New Free Revit App

AGACAD is pleased to announce that all AGACAD applications for Autodesk® Revit® included in our tool management system TOOLS4BIM Dock* have already been updated for Revit 2017. From now on, AGACAD TOOLS4BIM products are compatible with all versions of Revit 2017 (excluding Revit LT) as well as the previous Revit 2016 & 2015**.

The main novelty of the TOOLS4BIM Dock 2017 version – it contains new Revit add-in named Smart Select that allows Revit users to select desired architectural, structural or MEP elements automatically by user configured parameters in just a few clicks.

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