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April 04, 2018 by Valensas Balsevicius

The whole point of creating BIM models is to reap as much benefit from them as possible. One benefit for structural engineers is that when you create a physical model, you can create an analytical model simultaneously, saving you time later because you can send it straight to structural analysis software instead of creating it from scratch.

So, with that in mind, here is one tip about analytical lines for beams.

If you want to have a physical beam under another beam but keep the analytical lines at the same level, then use the z-offset in the beam properties instead of moving the beam down.

Analytical and physical model goes into the same location:

March 15, 2018 by Robert Prybyla

As you may already know, our framing software for Revit not only creates multilayered frames for walls, floors, and roofs but also assists in designing high-quality ventilated facades, architectural curtain walls with highly detailed elements, and you guessed it – frames with structural insulated panels (SIPs) or cross-laminated timber (CLT). The software’s powerful and flexible features automate design tasks for all kinds of structures – it‘s just a matter of figuring out a workflow and using the required families! In this webinar, you’ll see how to create frames with SIPs and CLT for walls, floors, and roofs by using AGACAD’s Wood Framing software and sample families.


February 07, 2018 by Robert Prybyla

Our third webinar of 2018 will be on February 15th. This one's about creating complex connections automatically, and we'll begin with auto-generating multi-layered wall/floor/roof framing in Revit. That's just the preparation for the fun part, though! Once we've done the framing, we‘ll see how to distribute various connection details (fasteners, hardware, etc.) automatically using our Wood & Metal Framing software and, for even more complex situations, Smart Details, which lets you define rules and insert hundreds of elements throughout your project with a few clicks.

How can you distribute details with the Framing Software?
What are the benefits and possibilities of using Smart Details as well?
Find out in this webinar!

We kindly invite all current users of our Framing software as well as potential users to attend. If you're a modeler, designer, engineer, or architect in Revit, we warmly welcome you to join in this webinar. Our engineer will show just how quick and simple handling fasteners and hardware in Revit can be. Come and see how to do it for yourself!

December 21, 2017 by Robert Prybyla

Thanks to all who attended our webinar about framing wood/metal truss floors in Revit. It was the last one of 2017!

Our engineer showed how to use our Wood Framing Floor & Truss duo to frame a timber truss floor. (The same can be done for a steel floor using our Metal Framing Floor & Truss software.) If you'd like to see the webinar recording,
drop us an email and we'll send it right to you!

December 14, 2017 by Robert Prybyla

Our final webinar of 2017 will focus on framing truss floors, both wood and metal. You’ll see the whole workflow from having a floor modeled in Revit to creating a framed truss floor. Our engineer will show the workflow using Wood Framing Floor+ for creating a layout and Wood Framing Truss+RT for generating trusses, but the same process can be followed using our corresponding Metal Framing software.

If you're a modeler, designer, engineer, or architect of floors in Revit, don't miss out on our last webinar of the year! We kindly invite all current users of our Framing software as well as potential users to attend this 30-min webinar.


December 12, 2017 by Robert Prybyla

Over the past month or two, our Wood and Metal Framing solutions have been beefed up significantly. Even though we’ve talked about a lot of those updates in several recent blog posts, there are still some points that we haven’t gone over yet. In the latest version of these powerful solutions, you’ll find extended functionality for framing openings, view rotation, mixed wood-metal framing, and more.

To make your work faster and smoother.


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The latest versions include enhancements for Joined Sloped Openings:









November 27, 2017 by Robert Prybyla

We're hosting a webinar to highlight a new function of our Framing software: automated framing of wood or metal floors. Whether your floors are simple or complex, you can frame them with speed and ease. We're here to show you how in this webinar!

We kindly invite all current users of our Framing software as well as potential users to attend this half-hour webinar. Come hear about the latest features that make framing floors in Revit easier than ever.

Registration is open and free!

In this webinar about framing timber or light-gauge steel floors, you’ll see the entire workflow: from having a simple floor modeled in Revit to auto-generating multilayer floor framing using Wood Framing Floor+. Not enough?

November 20, 2017 by Robert Prybyla

We're glad to announce that we're co-hosting a webinar with AEC, our Partner in Sweden!

The focus will be on how to use the "Template Project" function for framing projects in Revit. Those of you who do documentation of framing projects, this one's for you! Attend, and you'll see how to save major time on documentation. If you skip out...well, register anyway so that we know to send you a recording ;-)

This half-hour FREE webinar will be on November 23, 2017 at 1:00 - 1:30 PM Central European Time.

That's 6 AM in Chicago, noon in London, 4 PM in Dubai, 8 PM in Kuala Lumpur, and 11 PM down-under in Sydney.


NB: Opening remarks in Swedish, but webinar content will be in English.

We kindly invite all existing Wood and Metal Framing users as well as potential users to attend this webinar. Hear about the recent feature that significantly speeds up your project documentation process, saving you time...and headaches!

November 16, 2017 by Ieva Janulevičiūtė

Before diving into the details of this update for our framing software, perhaps a little distinction is in order. Due to such frequent updates of our software, a common question always comes up: "Why is your software updated so often?" And we understand. After all, sometimes that little red dot shows up in the Dock more than twice a month!

TOOLS4BIM Dock OverviewThe reason for such a high frequency of updates is because we try to fulfill clients' special requests as soon as possible. Instead of making a client wait a month or two until the next VERSION is released, we strive to implement their specialized requests as quickly as we can by frequently releasing software BUILDS. Of course, these BUILDS may also contain bug fixes – and we're very grateful to clients when they help find these! – but rest assured that most often, that little red dot just means we’ve made one more client’s Revit dream come true.

With that said, let’s get into the new things you can do with your timber or light-gauge steel framing projects using the latest BUILDS of Wood and Metal Framing!


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