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March 27, 2020 by Povilas Sindriūnas

By Povilas Sindriūnas, AGACAD Architectural Engineer & BIM Application Engineer

Challenges posed by poor Revit model management ultimately affect all parties involved in the project-handling and BIM processes. That’s why it’s important to be familiar with various tools and techniques that can bring your modelling and coordination to the next level. In previous articles we discussed Revit’s Inbuilt Warning System and Audit Tool and helpful modelling techniques. In part III we’ll look at what makes models sluggish and some additional tools for Revit model management.

Larger Revit models often get clunky with excessive modelling, inappropriate LOD, or improper modelling techniques. Here’s a list of things that slow models down:

  • Number of warnings — and severity
  • File size, amount of annotation, and complex geometry
  • Hardware – workstation, servers and network (underperforming hardware)
  • Irrational model structure
March 19, 2020 by Povilas Sindriūnas

By Povilas Sindriūnas, AGACAD Architectural Engineer & BIM Application Engineer

Autodesk Revit Fatal Error Screen | AGACAD

Project success largely depends on thorough BIM model management. The response from industry professionals has made it clear that regular model maintenance can help improve efficiency, reduce loading time, and minimize time spent chasing loose ends. In part I we discussed how to keep good model health in check using Revit's Inbuilt Warning System and Audit Tool. In part II we’ll look at other no-less important aspects of model management and efficiency.

Helpful Revit Modelling Techniques

To make the most out of collaboration-enabled projects, each team member should be familiar with the following modelling techniques to help reduce unnecessary clutter in Revit project files.

March 12, 2020 by Povilas Sindriūnas

By Povilas Sindriūnas, AGACAD Architectural Engineer & BIM Application Engineer

How many times have you faced pure frustration when a BIM model went on loading perpetually? Or when opening a model or when processing a not-too-complicated task has left you waiting and staring at the screen at the expense of your precious time? This unnecessary and wasteful practice is too often commonplace in the office of anyone working in BIM principles and generally handling large Autodesk® Revit® models. Time is scarce and issues like this aren’t fully appreciated when they appear. They are often overlooked and mistaken for poor performance of a workstation.

To fully understand why this is happening and what can be done to improve model performance, we need to address the core of the issue: regular model maintenance and staff training to model, draw, and manage information to a set out standard. Firstly, we should understand that Revit is controlled by rules and relationships that form the basis of all work. If they aren’t followed accordingly, things can get very messy. To keep good health in check and avoid the mess as much as possible, there are tools and techniques at your disposal.

Inbuilt Revit Warning System

Warnings protect the integrity of the model and your data. Not all warnings affect performance; less serious ones are only there to inform the user. When confronted with 1000’s of warnings in a file, you need a strategy for resolving them timely. Best practice is to have a plan for how warnings will be taken on board and resolved by the team prior to labor-intensive modelling. Make priorities: performance, accuracy, documentation. Warnings typically peak before deadlines and some types of warnings are more common at different phases of the project. It is important to learn which warnings have a significant impact on model performance and need to be rectified.

Types of warning messages:

February 11, 2020 by AGACAD

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

All that and more in AGACAD Advances, January-February 2020. Read it here.

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January 10, 2020 by AGACAD

Building Information Modeling (BIM) has become a mandatory measure to successful building construction and efficient collaboration among all involved. Through BIM, the construction industry has experienced a revolution bringing all parties into a digital world. Continue reading to learn more about BIM, its purpose, objectives, incredible benefits and prospective.

What is BIM?

What is BIM | BIM scheme | AGACAD

BIM is a process that enhances collaboration between architects, designers, engineers, and construction professionals by enabling multiple teams to work on the same 3D model of an asset at the same time. In other words, it allows for concurrent design, planning, and construction work to be performed by those BIM actors.

By using BIM companies do not have to continually send various edited models with appended information; instead, they can do it in the same file, and the rest of the participants receive updated data timely.

What’s more,

December 08, 2019 by Robert Prybyla

Thanks to everyone who participated in our webinar about the 12 Revit add-ons in our Tools4Revit Suite. It was one of the biggest turnouts we've ever had! All seats were taken, so some of you who registered were unable to view the live webinar.

If you'd like to review the webinar, head over to our YouTube channel to watch it. While there, please subscribe to our channel! Meanwhile, here's a trimmed down version showing a clip of each add-on.


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

October 30, 2019 by Robert Prybyla

All of our Tools4Revit Add-ons (v. 2020) can now be found in the Autodesk App Store for Revit. You can download T4R Add-ons from either the App Store or our TOOLS4BIM Dock.

By way of reminder, free tools have no limitations. Trial versions of our paid Revit plug-ins have no limitations for two weeks and include support during the trial period. That means our BIM application engineers are at your disposal to assist and give a live demonstration. To get help, all you need to do is...

T4R Add-ons in Revit App Store

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 17, 2019 by Robert Prybyla

Thanks to everyone who participated in our webinar last month about the 12 add-ons in our Tools4Revit Suite. It was one of the biggest turnouts we've ever had! All seats were taken, so some of you who registered were unable to view the live webinar.

If you haven't yet seen the full webinar or want to see it again, head over to our YouTube channel to watch it. While there, please subscribe to our channel!

By the way, while you're watching it, use the timestamps in the video description to skip to the segments of interest to you. Here's how:

  1. Go to the webinar: 12 Revit tools for everyday carry

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