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October 19, 2020 by AGACAD

Want to more efficiently design precast concrete structures in Revit? Register for our free 30-minute webinar taking place on October 29th! Our Precast Concrete BIM software streamlines the modeling, detailing, and documentation workflow and eliminates hours of tedious manual tasks by automating slab layouts, wall panelization, detail distribution, rebar placement, and shop drawing prep. See how in this expert-level tutorial.

Soon-to-be-released new features and updates for Smart Assemblies, Smart Walls, and Wall Reinforcement will also be shown during the webinar. Please register for the session that's more convenient for you. We especially invite out-of-box Revit users and those thinking of switching from AutoCAD 2D to BIM to come see what's up!

Session Most convenient for: Thursday, October 29, 2020
1 Europe, Africa, Asia, Oceania 10:00-10:30 AM Central European REGISTER HERE
2 America, Europe, Africa 10:00-10:30 AM US Central REGISTER HERE

The results you'll see: Revit walls will be split into precast wall panels. Floors will be divided into slabs. Connections, grout tubes, plates, and lifting anchors will be inserted based on predefined configurations. Rebar for walls and beams will be placed. Shop drawings with proper dimensions and views will be generated in a snap. All of those tasks are automated by using our Precast Concrete Revit tool, so it saves lots of time for structural engineers, drafters, and BIM modelers.

October 15, 2020 by AGACAD

A lot has gone down in the past 6 months: new tools, fresh user interfaces, and the busiest webinar season we've ever had. All that and more in the latest edition of our newsletter AGACAD Advances.

  • Modeling precast to LOD 400
  • Tips for keeping Revit models running smoothly
  • Revit massing
  • Specialized framing collection: SIPS, CLT, OAK, Ventilated Facades, Curtain Walls & Panels
  • Upcoming webinars
  • Compatibility of Precast Concrete with ProdLib Library to insert Peikko and Anstar structural precast connections in Revit
  • CNC Exporters
  • 5 new client cases on framing and MEP design

Check out the Fall 2020 edition of AGACAD Advances.

October 12, 2020 by AGACAD

Looking to bring your design and modeling process of curtain walls and facades to the next level of automation? Register for our free 30-minute webinar on October 22nd and see how to efficiently design parametric unitized curtain wall systems in Revit® using our Curtain Walls & Panels BIM software.

The webinar will be held twice, so please register for the session that's more convenient for you. If you're an engineer, architect, designer, BIM manager, or other AEC industry professional who designs or prefabricates facades for residential, industrial, or especially commercial buildings, we hope you'll join in!

Session Most convenient for: Thursday, October 22, 2020
1 Europe, Africa, Asia, Oceania 10:00-10:30 AM Central European REGISTER HERE
2 America, Europe, Africa 10:00-10:30 AM US Central REGISTER HERE

The result you'll see is a building facade framed with highly-detailed unitized elements with hundreds of details (like mullions, transoms, window glass holders and drainages, pressure plates, cover plates, insulators, infills, connection brackets, gaskets, bolts, etc.) inserted automatically throughout the Revit model. Fabrication information (shop drawings and cut lists) with the necessary views, schedules, and drawings will be automatically generated, drastically reducing documentation prep time.

September 25, 2020 by Tautvydas Maslauskas

Several new features have been added to Sort Mark, our tool for automatically renumbering Revit® elements. Let's go through the latest updates.

Split parameter values

There are 4 new functions that let you split parameter values into parts, select a part, and select or remove characters. To show how the functions work, we'll refer to the windows below that have as parameter values the "comments" S1_W1, S1_W2, and S1_W3.

September 17, 2020 by Tautvydas Maslauskas

Visitors to the legendary Crystal Palace, built in London for the Great Exhibition of 1851, were said to be awed by its unprecedented expanses of glass – 900,000 square feet of it (84,000 square metres). So much natural light. So spacious. Such openness to the surrounding Hyde Park, including three large elm trees left standing inside.

And that stunning result was achieved on time – with design and construction completed in under a year, and on budget – at a third of the cost of a prior plan for the facility. Key to such success was the use of the curtain wall – a non-load-bearing skin for a structure. As a façade system, curtain walls became viable as structural advances freed exterior walls of the need to bear big loads. Historically they were chosen mainly for aesthetics, but they have proven to enable performance gains too.

June 04, 2020 by AGACAD

Join our free 30-minute webinar on June 18th for an expert-level tutorial on how to efficiently design precast concrete structures in Revit. Hours of tedious manual tasks in the modeling, detailing, and documentation processes will be eliminated using our Precast Concrete BIM software, which handles slab layouts, wall panelization, detail distribution, rebar placement, and shop drawing prep.

The results you'll see: Revit walls will be split into precast wall panels. Floors will be divided into slabs. Connections, grout tubes, plates, and lifting anchors will be inserted based on predefined configurations. Rebar for walls and beams will be placed. Shop drawings with proper dimensions and views will be generated in a snap. All of those tasks are automated by using our Precast Concrete Revit tool, so it saves lots of time for structural engineers, drafters, and BIM modelers.

The webinar will be held twice, so please register for the session that's more convenient for you. We especially invite out-of-box Revit users and those thinking of switching from AutoCAD 2D to BIM to come see what's up!

May 28, 2020 by Valensas Balsevicius

Parking garages can be built from a variety of materials – cast-in-place, precast concrete, steel framing with concrete, even wood. Perhaps most often seen as stand-alone buildings, they are frequently incorporated into a larger structure, concealed below ground level or several floors above ground. Architecturally speaking they can range from simple to highly unique, boasting tailor-made façades. Functionally most are quite plain though they may be outfitted with complex automatic parking systems.

At any rate, we need them. A lot. That’s why they're being built all over the place. Here in Vilnius, Lithuania, car parks are gradually relieving the lack of parking spaces, an all-too-common problem affecting cities worldwide. Underground ones are ideal in the city center here for preserving views of the city’s splendid architecture. Although every situation is different, precast concrete is probably the best choice for your typical, economical, functional parking structure due to its relatively simple design and fast construction timetable that's less affected by weather conditions. Plus architectural ideas can easily be implemented in façade wall panels.

The AEC industry has been undergoing the transition from 2D digital drafting to 3D informational modeling, data management, sharing, linking between people and software platforms. In four words, building information modelling/management. In a word, BIM.

Marina Villas Parking Garage, courtesy of CKR EngineersImage courtesy of CKR Engineers

If we look at the case of an independent, standalone parking garage building, most of it is structural. A typical one has simple architecture, and there’s hardly any MEP or other parts of the project to deal with. So in this article, I want to review the design workflow and available tools that make the process efficient in structural BIM models, particularly as regards modeling and documentation.

May 28, 2020 by AGACAD

We've been diligently testing our Tools4BIM DOCK* against Revit 2021 to ensure complete compatibility of all the BIM Solutions and Tools4Revit Add-ins therein. Thanks for your patience, those of you who've been awaiting the pronouncement. We're glad to say our tools are ready to use with Revit 2021!

*The Dock is an interactive window in Autodesk® Revit® that allows you to access and manage all software products developed by AGACAD to help you get more out of Revit. Read more about the Tools4BIM Dock.

Here's how to get our tools running on Revit 2021.

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 2021 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:

May 20, 2020 by AGACAD

This free 30-minute webinar on June 4th will be about designing detailed, multi-story ventilated facade systems in Autodesk® Revit. What you'll see is a BIM-to-Field workflow using our Ventilated Facades BIM software to efficiently design highly-detailed elements. See how to batch-insert hundreds of details throughout a Revit model and generate fabrication information (shop drawings and cut lists) with the necessary views, schedules, and drawings.

AEC industry professionals involved in the design or prefabrication of facades: engineers, designers, BIM coordinators, and managers at companies that design or manufacture facades for commercial, residential, or industrial (mainly residential) buildings – we invite you to sign up below to see how you might bring your facade design process to the next level of automation. The webinar will be held twice, so please register for the session that's more convenient for you.

May 08, 2020 by AGACAD

In this free 30-minute webinar on May 21st we'll show how our Precast Concrete design software for Revit streamlines the modeling, detailing, and documentation process.

The results you'll see are Revit walls split into precast wall panels, floors divided into slabs, and connections, grout tubes, plates, and lifting anchors automatically inserted on all of them based on predefined configurations. Rebar for walls and beams will be auto-generated, avoiding the hours it would take to do manually. And the long, tedious process of making shop drawings with proper dimensions and views will be done in a snap during this webinar using our Precast Concrete software tool.

The webinar will be held twice, so you structural engineers, drafters, and BIM modelers please register for the session that's more convenient for you. We especially invite out-of-box Revit users and those thinking of switching from AutoCAD 2D to BIM to join in!

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