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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 05, 2019 by Andrius Bialyj

The 85.4-metre-high tower Mjøstårnet is the tallest timber building in the world | AGACAD The beginning of the 20th century was a very exciting time for builders and architects as they witnessed the birth of steel and concrete structures. The ingenious mix of these two components made it possible to build much higher than ever before, and that eventually led to the construction of skyscrapers. Wood as a building material seemed like a thing of the past. More than 100 years later, however, architects are once again thinking about using wood as their main building material. There are already apartment blocks built entirely of cross-laminated timber, and some ambitious companies are preparing blueprints for the first wooden skyscraper.


CLT reduces the carbon footprint

Turning towards wood might seem like a weird idea, to say the least. Why reintroduce something that burns and easily breaks? Isn’t that the reason why we moved on to concrete and steel? That is true to some extent since regular timber is neither malleable (unlike steel or concrete) nor strong enough to build high-rises.

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.

What you need to do:

June 17, 2019 by AGACAD

A cost-focused and energy-conscious Australian building design firm intent to extract all possible value from BIM considers AGACAD a key ally for the uniquely powerful and flexible functionality of its tools and solutions for Revit®.

Client Profile
BELA DESIGN BUILDING of Australia are BIM professionals offering building design and modelling, engineering expertise, and CNC services for prefabrication and modular construction.

Founded in 2003, they specialize in mechanised light steel construction with masonry concrete tilt-ups. Cost- and energy-conscious, the firm administers projects online, thus extending its reach to clients well beyond its home in Palmers Island, New South Wales.

May 09, 2019 by Ieva Janulevičiūtė

Cross Laminated Timber is gaining popularity and recognition: Modular construction, its design flexibility, thermal insulation properties, strength, versatility… those are just a brief example of the potential that CLT offers. The numerous uses of panels in walls, floors, and roofs certainly make CLT an excellent choice for the future.

In this Sneakpeek, see what's possible using AGACAD'S Wood Framing CLT software and sample families.


Want to see more? Watch our 23-min webinar: CLT Panels for Walls, Floors & Roofs in Revit (While there, please subscribe to our YouTube channel!)

May 06, 2019 by Ieva Janulevičiūtė

The new enhanced extension for Truss+ is here! In addition to automating complex Wood and Metal Truss systems, the latest versions of AGACAD’s Wood/Metal Framing Roof are more user-friendly and flexible, thanks to additional options for creating and freely modifying various roof truss layouts and individual truss structures.

Moreover, Truss systems can be created for Roofs with different Hip End and Side Pitches, and more Truss Overhang framing variations will be available for your projects.

Let's look through the latest updates one-by-one.

December 27, 2018 by Robert Prybyla

Thanks to all who attended our webinar about the latest updates to the Truss Builder that's part of our Wood/Metal Framing Roof BIM Solutions. The webinar showed how to use our Truss extension to take a roof modeled in Revit and generate complex wood or metal truss systems automatically. If you missed out, never fear, the recording is here. Head on over to our AGACAD webinar playlist on YouTube. Here's a short sneakpeek at what went down:


December 11, 2018 by Robert Prybyla

Join in this webinar to see the workflow that takes a roof modeled in Revit and generates complex wood or metal truss systems automatically using AGACAD's enhanced Truss+ extension that's part of our Wood/Metal Framing Roof BIM Solution.

Now Truss+ is even more user-friendly and flexible, thanks to the extended possibilities for creating and freely modifying various roof truss layouts and individual truss structures. Moreover, truss systems can be created for roofs that have different hip ends and side pitches, and you‘ll have more truss overhang framing variations to choose from.

November 07, 2018 by Valensas Balsevicius

Smart Details is going to be phased out over the next few months. In its place, we present you Smart Connections, our newest BIM Solution for Revit, that brings additional functionality and more intuitive performance along with a name that more clearly reflects its main purpose.

IMPORTANT NOTE for EXISTING USERS of Smart Details! Although you can use the same configurations as you’ve been using with Smart Details, some of them might be disrupted due to changes in the software. Smart Details will still be available for a time so that you can finish your current projects and then modify your configurations for new projects so that they will mesh with Smart Connections.

The remainder of this post is dedicated to showing what configurations existing users of Smart Details may need to modify when transitioning to Smart Connections. For starters, when making the switch, you might need to modify your wall, column, and beam connection configurations.

For example:
If my Smart Details configuration was inserting corbels, column shoes, and bolts as shown below......the same configuration used with Smart Connections gives me this messy result.

That’s because the definition of faces of Columns and Foundation elements has been changed in Smart Connections. But this way it will be clearer and more systematic. So, to fix it, you will have to go in and redo that part of your configurations. Check the descriptions below for details on how to do that.

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