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April 15, 2020 by AGACAD

In this free, 30-minute webinar on April 29th, we'll give an expert-level tutorial about designing and generating floors in Revit using our Wood Framing Floor and Metal Framing Floor BIM software. Moreover, we will touch base on splitting floors into panels for prefabrication and how to deal with floor trusses. We'll follow a typical workflow starting with a simple Revit floor and end up with fully framed, multi-layered floor panels and floor trusses.

The results you'll see are multi-layer floors, floor trusses (modeled using a combined Floor+ and Truss+ workflow), and floors split into prefabricated panels. All floors and structural members will be sorted, and shop drawings will be generated in a snap.

Architects, engineers, BIM managers, drafters, builders, manufacturers – come join in this free webinar. It's for all AEC industry professionals involved in designing or manufacturing timber or steel floor trusses, traditional framed floors, and prefab floors for both small- and large-scale buildings in which various wood and metal floor systems are used. The webinar will be held twice, so please register below for the session that's more convenient for you.

March 31, 2020 by Ieva Janulevičiūtė

Our Wood Framing and Metal Framing BIM software for Revit has gotten another round of new features. Among the latest enhancements: more flexibility to control brace groups (including adding partial brace groups and allowing braces to run across openings), separate preassemblies for joined openings, special layouts for paneling, and to align the secondary stud system with the Project Base Point.

Current users of Wood/Metal Framing Wall/Floor/Roof, be sure to get these updates installed via the TOOLS4BIM Dock and start benefiting from them today.

Let's get into the new features that have been included in the latest version.

1. Separate Preassemblies for Joined Openings

This feature lets you make separate preassemblies for openings that are part of a joined opening — and the preassemblies will exclude other elements (like top plate supports, etc.) that extend across the joined opening. You can find this option to create separate preassemblies for joined openings in the 'Modify Configuration Settings' tab of the Default Framing Parameters window:

In this example of a joined opening consisting of a door and a window, we want a separate preassembly for the door and another for the window. Since the top support runs the width of the joined opening, it will not be included into either preassembly.


February 04, 2020 by AGACAD

We are pleased to announce that our Wood Framing BIM Solution for Revit has been recognized as an AEC Industry Partner solution by Autodesk. It joins our Precast Concrete software, which made us one of the first AEC Industry Partners back in October 2018.

“This is recognition of the value that our add-on solutions provide – the time, money and stress that they save – for Revit users all over the world by automating much of their work and adding powerful new functionality for specific industries, regions and firms. We look forward to engaging even more with Autodesk to address the ever-evolving real-life needs of BIM professionals,” says Donatas Aksomitas, the CEO of AGACAD.

AEC Industry Partners are trusted technology providers that Autodesk selects for their discipline-specific solutions which complement its own offerings. Partners build on top of Autodesk’s BIM and cloud platforms to enable customers to work more efficiently, deliver better designs, and reduce waste. The designation of AEC Industry Partners is part of a strategy for bringing new and transformational technologies into industry workflows.

“We see partners like AGACAD as being critical to helping our engineering customers deliver BIM-based services in a more profitable way. They are able to provide the needed automation and customization for factories to scale up their businesses more quickly,” said Michael Gustafson, Autodesk’s Industry Strategy Manager for Structural Engineering.

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,

September 24, 2019 by AGACAD

Prepared by Bryan Bradley of Textus Aptus

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When it comes to wood and metal framing, Renata Jociene, Lead BIM Application Engineer at AGACAD, has tremendous insight and experience. She agreed to share her thoughts on the current state of BIM software for framing all types of buildings with timber and with cold-formed steel.

Q: To start, could you tell us a bit about trends today in framed construction?

Framing always played a big role in the building industry and today that role is only growing, especially with people’s focus on green solutions.

Timber-frame building construction in Los Angeles (USA) | AGACAD

Both wood and steel framing have major advantages for sustainability – big efficiencies in both the construction and use of a facility, and recyclability. That’s true all over the world, though there are regional differences. Like in the U.S., where so much timber is available and there’s a long tradition of wood-frame houses, as I recently wrote in the article “Wooden Houses in the USA: A Centuries-Old Building Tradition”.

Framing is being used not only for houses, but for all types of buildings really. Wood is more common for residential, and metal for industrial or commercial facilities, but a lot depends on structural needs and choices. Wood framing is more earthquake resistant, for instance. In any case, big efficiency gains are being achieved with pre-fabrication solutions. The world is steadily moving to BIM, including framed construction, and “BIM-to-fabrication” is a hot keyword in the field.

September 10, 2019 by Ieva Janulevičiūtė

In case you missed it, the user interface of our framing software for wood and metal walls and floors got a makeover this past July. Changes to the UI can be seen in Wall+ and Wall+M as well as Floor+ and Floor+M. This UI update will be applied to our roof framing solutions for Revit in the coming weeks, so stay tuned!

Although the UI certainly looks different, rest assured that all previous functions are still there; they've just been re-arranged and complemented with icons. To see where commands can be found in the new UI of Wall+ and Floor+, check out the images of the ribbons below. (Wall+M and Floor+M are very similar, respectively.)

August 22, 2019 by Robert Prybyla

Autodesk University bannerWe're looking forward to exhibiting at Autodesk University this coming November in Las Vegas. Hopefully many of you – our clients and contacts – will be there to share ideas about driving building design forward.

Our focus will be on three areas:

There's been a lot of development in AEC, and we're staying at the forefront of it to make sure our software users have most productive BIM Solutions and add-ons for Revit out there, particularly for wood framing, metal framing, precast concrete, and MEP work

August 05, 2019 by Renata Jočienė

Wooden homes are one of the cornerstones of American culture. That’s something we’ve come to know very well while working with our clients from the United States.

Europeans are often surprised when they see how densely timber houses are built throughout the US. Whether it’s a suburb or a big city, you’ll find whole neighborhoods built from wood; building after building, lined up one after the other, reminiscent of the idyllic suburban areas of the 1950s.

In fact, not much has changed since the 1950s. With 93% of new houses in 2018 built using wooden materials, Americans are sticking to their lumber with pride.

July 26, 2019 by Ieva Janulevičiūtė

The user interface of our Wood/Metal Framing software is going to be enhanced next week! After this update, users will see the changes in Wall+ and Wall+ M as well as Floor+ and Floor+ M. A separate update for Roof+ and Roof+ M will be coming out soon.

Don‘t worry, no functionality will be lost due to the UI update: the commands will simply be re-arranged and complemented with icons. In addition to the UI change, a few new features are going to be added as well.

But before we get to the new features, let's quickly get familiarized with the renewed ribbons.

June 17, 2019 by AGACAD

We've been hard at work testing our brand new DOCK* against Revit 2020 to ensure complete compatibility. To those of you who have been anxiously awaiting the news, thank you for your patience. We're glad to say our tools are ready to use with Revit 2020!*The Dock is an interactive window in Autodesk® Revit® that allows you to access and manage all Revit® products developed by AGACAD.

Here's how to get our tools running on Revit 2020.

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 2020 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.

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Don’t waste time on reading technical documentation and see that this is the solution for you! Our Expert will frame a part of your project, demonstrate software functionality and share the best practice and efficient way of framing, taking into account your current needs.

Duration: 1 hour
Cost: 250$/250€

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With a paid trial, which is called an Initial Implementation Plan, our professionals will help you quickly discover how this software will benefit your design process.
Our BIM consultant will demonstrate software functionality, share best practices, and show the most efficient way of framing your project according your current needs. Plus, you’ll get an extended trial period, sample Revit families and configurations.

Cost: 750$/750€
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Initial Implementation Plan includes:
- Revit project with sample families & configurations
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- Personal training via online meeting (2 h)
- 30-day software license and support

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