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September 10, 2019 by Robert Prybyla

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 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.

Have you registered to go to #AU2019?

Our focus will be on BIM to Fabrication, particularly for wood framing, metal framing, precast concrete, and MEP work. 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.

July 15, 2019 by Ieva Janulevičiūtė

House building is an expensive long-term project that requires lots of planning in advance, with any mistakes that are made resulting in wasted time and additional expenses. The good news is that there is a way to avoid human error and build a house that is both eco-friendly and cost-effective. Using structural insulated panels (SIPs) not only enables you to assemble the structure as easy as a doll house at the construction site, but with the right software also speeds up other building phases like modelling, documentation, and fabrication.

What are SIPs?

Most house builders go through the traditional motions of setting up traditional timber framing and insulation. But these guys obviously didn’t feel like dealing with stick-frames; they decided to stray from the rule book, get some SIP panels, and assemble a house in two weeks. Sounds almost like building with Legos, doesn’t it? The secret is that SIP panels already have both framing and insulation inside of them – a foam core sandwiched between two structural facings, typically oriented strand board (OSB).

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.

February 14, 2019 by Ieva Janulevičiūtė

The latest versions of AGACAD’s Wood/Metal Framing Wall BIM Solutions for Revit have been enhanced by implementing some highly requested features. Now they’re more flexible than ever with additional possibilities for distributing studs and sheathing to help automate even more tasks of your complex framing projects in Revit. Also, you’ll have better control over framing joined openings, top plate supports and more.

Let's dive in!

1. Align Stud Spacing with Frame and Opening Sides

With this new feature in Wood/Metal Framing Wall+, you’ll be able to distribute studs by a predefined spacing and restart the spacing at king studs or the sides of openings.

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:


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.

October 29, 2018 by Ieva Janulevičiūtė

AGACAD’s Wood Framing & Metal Framing software have been enhanced once again. Going forward, opening framing – king studs, trimmers, etc. – can be customized, and you can even create asymmetrical opening configurations. Also, you‘ll have more possibilities in framing walls with intersecting ridge and girder beams, splitting joists, and finally, selecting parts automatically.

As you may already know, it‘s been possible to create custom headers, sills, and top supports for some time now. Because of user feedback, we saw that this functionality was really appreciated, and so now we‘ve extended it, making it possible for you to design your own king studs and trimmers!

Moreover, by not ticking the “Kings are symmetrical” tick mark, you’ll be able to create asymmetrical framing for your opening.

For the left king:

And the right:

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