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April 04, 2017 by Asta Aksomitienė

Automated custom shop drawings were the main reason this international engineering firm got AGACAD’s software for modelling precast concrete elements in Revit. But it now says the benefits are much bigger, and have been welcomed both by the members of its team and its customers.

Client Profile

Norconsult AS is a top engineering consulting firm based in Norway which has worked on projects in more than 150 countries over the past 50 years. The company is steadily growing thanks to its focus on quality and bringing creativity and innovation to every project stage.

Business Need

Norconsult aims to boost both productivity and quality through the use of innovative BIM technologies. In that context, it needed an efficient way to design precast concrete elements in a Revit® environment.

“For the sake of collaboration within the company, we wanted to use Revit for precast projects. But we were struggling with a great deal of manual work, especially for creating shop drawings from the models,” notes Henrik Thingbø, a structural engineer at Norconsult.

The solution had to automate the creation of shop drawings that were in line with Norconsult’s own preferences and standards. It also had to be user-friendly enough for use by any team member without need for special training.

February 07, 2017 by Asta Aksomitienė

This South Australian MEP contractor bought AGACAD’s Smart Hangers to do clash-free construction grade design work. They found the software not only does that extremely well, but also enables quick precision layout on site. Clients are happier and costs are lower with the elimination of a lot of rework.

Client Profile

Smith brothers Group is one of South Australia’s largest plumbing and pipeline contractors. Innovation is key in its resolve to be No. 1 for service. That’s why BIM technologies are at the heart of the group’s design and engineering work.

Business Need

New projects required Smith brothers Group to place seismic hangers on pipework with construction grade (LOD 400) detail. They needed to place complex equipment in very limited overhead spaces and ensure a clash-free model.

The solution had to be compatible with Autodesk® Revit® and support the incorporation of Trimble points for on-site positioning and layout. And the company always prefers innovative solutions that offer a competitive edge.

January 25, 2017 by Asta Aksomitienė

This Nordic engineering firm says AGACAD’s BIM software has brought big efficiency gains for its precast concrete and wood framing projects, helped it win new clients, and enabled the company to handle more complex projects.

Client Profile

JPS-Konsult AB, based in Vrigstad, Sweden, specializes in the design of precast concrete and wood-frame buildings, mainly for residential use.

Business Need

While upgrading itself from 2D to 3D design to be more modern and competitive in the market, JPS-Konsult ran into productivity issues with its new Autodesk® Revit® software. Revit required so much time-consuming manual work that the company was tempted to go back to AutoCAD®.

“We tried to make shop drawings with plain Revit, and soon realized that there had to be a better way,” recalls CEO Johannes Svensson.

So the firm began looking for ways to get all the great benefits of BIM for its precast concrete and timber projects but without having to waste so much valuable time. Specifically, it needed automated view layouts, dimensioning and material take-off, plus ways to quickly insert elements to achieve greater detailing. This functionality had to be easy to learn and use.

Svensson says he did a major search and concluded that AGACAD had the most powerful solutions for his needs. It’s also the only one with a software portfolio broad enough to support both wood and concrete projects.

December 15, 2016 by Asta Aksomitienė

AGACAD’s Wood Framing Suite proved to be the perfect fit for a prominent producer of timber frame homes based in Sweden. That, and AGACAD’s custom development expertise, enabled its Nordic business partner AEC AB to win and successfully complete a major BIM implementation project.

Client Profile

Trivselhus AB is a prominent Swedish producer of timber frame buildings known for design excellence and energy-efficiency. Besides Scandinavia, it’s also active in the UK and Åland.


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AEC AB is Sweden’s leading supplier of IT software and services for the building industry. It’s an agent and business partner of AGACAD in the Nordic region.

November 28, 2016 by Asta Aksomitienė

This regional office of a major engineering consultancy which does a lot of MEP work was struggling with poor sprinkler-design functionality in Revit®. AGACAD’s Smart Sprinklers (now called Fire Sprinkler) software proved to be an ideal solution, saving the company a great deal of time and enhancing its overall BIM capabilities.

Client Profile

NDY (Malaysia) Sdn Bhd is a licensee of the NDY Group, a global engineering consultancy based in Australia known for using a collaborative approach to design in order to deliver coordinated 3D spatial solutions within a fully integrated BIM model.

November 08, 2016 by Asta Aksomitienė

This European maker of ventilation equipment seized an opportunity to boost sales by enhancing its product-selection software and enabling exports to Revit®. The custom integrated tool that AGACAD developed not only added that functionality but was so advanced it gave the company a new competitive edge in being able to respond to customers’ needs more quickly and flexibly.

September 16, 2016 by Asta Aksomitienė

This engineering company turned to AGACAD for training and advice during its strategic transition from 2D to BIM several years ago. That gave rise to ongoing BIM project consulting and software development work, in a relationship that exemplifies AGACAD’s slogan of “Building BIM Together”. Baltic Engineers, now a leader in its home market, is also successfully growing internationally.

Client Profile:

Baltic Engineers UAB. Founded in 2001. Active mainly in Lithuania and Scandinavia, where it works with Denmark-based Ramboll and Finland’s Poyry.

Provides territorial planning, design, project management and engineering consultancy services. Among the first Lithuanian companies to implement BIM.

Has completed more than 200 projects over past 5 years in the building, industrial, infrastructure and environment sectors.

Business Need:

In making the strategic move to BIM several years ago, Baltic Engineers needed help optimizing its new Autodesk® Revit® platform, training staff to leverage the system’s full potential, and developing effective new processes.

The firm also needed ongoing expert BIM advice, some advanced functionality for Revit®, and a way to stay up-to-date regarding the latest technological advances.

In short, Baltic Engineers needed an expert BIM partner and advisor. And they selected AGACAD for its unique competencies and flexible approach.

July 04, 2016 by Asta Aksomitienė

Kaunas University of Technology (KTU) turned to AGACAD for an innovative training program. The goal? Transform 25 faculty members into a team of BIM experts ready to conduct integrated design projects and to more effectively teach BIM principles and practices to students at all levels. The result? KTU became the first university with a BIM team in the region.

Client Profile:

KTU is one the largest technical universities in the Baltics. Founded in Kaunas, Lithuania, in 1922, it is known for its business links, research leadership, and interdisciplinary programs.

KTU has more than 10,000 students in 149 study programs in 9 faculties.

Business Need:

At the top of the Faculty of Civil Engineering and Architecture's list of priorities were integrating BIM into all study programs, exposing students to state-of-the-art technology, involving private companies in the learning process, and promoting close cooperation between architects and engineers.

KTU sought the help of an industry leader to boost its lecturers' capacities in order to achieve these strategic objectives. Ultimately, it selected AGACAD.

May 31, 2016 by Inga Ibenienė

The Thorson • Baker design team needed tools that would bring big benefits for their clients and themselves. Important criteria in their search for BIM software were the possibility to model almost any type of truss and model any configuration of roof structure.

Summary:

AGACAD’s wood and metal framing solutions have enabled U.S.-based TBA’s design team to automate complex roof framing tasks, significantly improving the quality and efficiency of BIM projects and increasing the satisfaction of the company’s clients in the building construction industry.

Client Profile:

Thorson • Baker + Associates, Inc. (TBA)
Active throughout the United States as well as in Puerto Rico and Canada.

Engineering consultation and design services for the building construction industry: structural, mechanical, commissioning, electrical, and technology. TBA focuses on attention to detail, economy of design within project parameters, attentive service, and always meeting schedules and deadlines.

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