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February 11, 2020 by AGACAD

Check out the latest edition of our newsletter AGACAD Advances. Quite a few contributions in this one, including pieces on:

All that and more in AGACAD Advances, January-February 2020. Read it here.

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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.

February 03, 2020 by AGACAD

AGACAD is pleased to welcome M&F tecnica, Inc., a leading Tokyo-based BIM developer and advisory firm, as its exclusive partner for the sale and support of AGACAD’s solutions for BIM in Japan. The company joins AGACAD’s ever-growing list of local partners around the world.

AGACAD CEO Donatas

“This new partnership further strengthens AGACAD’s ability to ensure excellent service for customers in Asia,” says Donatas Aksomitas, the CEO of AGACAD. “M&F have been pioneers of BIM in Japan. With two decades of experience in building design and related IT solutions, they are true experts on Revit and the needs of BIM professionals,” he adds.

February 01, 2020 by Robert Prybyla

February 1, 2020 marks 29 years that we've been creating and delivering tomorrow's AEC. We've come a long way in that time, thanks to the vision of our founder Gintaris Aksomitas, our outstanding team of Revit and BIM professionals who continue to make his vision a reality, and you, our software users all around the world, who put our tools to use and have contributed ideas for further improvement. THANK YOU for sticking with us and for trusting us to deliver. You can count on us to keep sharing BIM advances and building BIM together.

Our current R&D focus is "∞D BIM" and buildings with artificial intelligence – an unavoidable part of the future of AEC. CEO Donatas Aksomitas has begun examining key related issues for effective BIM data management and exchange on his new blog BIMAXON. We invite you to check it out.

We also thank our trial users, webinar participants, and followers on social media. We hope many more of you will join in!

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January 13, 2020 by AGACAD

Prepared by Bryan Bradley of Textus Aptus

In 2018 Autodesk named AGACAD, a developer of BIM software for Revit professionals, one of its first AEC Industry Partners, with special reference to precast concrete. In fact, precast is an area where BIM adoption has been slow and where for long Autodesk Revit was not an obvious choice of platform. AGACAD has done much to change that. We sat down for a chat with Donatas Aksomitas, the CEO of AGACAD, and Valensas Balsevičius, a structural engineer and BIM Application Engineer at the company.

What are the current dynamics in the world of precast concrete?

Donatas: Precast is getting bigger and bigger, like prefabrication in general. Prefab is the future of construction – at least until people start just printing whole buildings. There’s less waste, shorter work time on site meaning lower costs for things like cranes, plus less noise, easier logistics… Everyone’s moving toward that: making construction elements in a factory and bringing them to site for assembly. The next step after panels is full module production – delivering not one wall but four, already connected and finished.

photo of precast concrete walls

December 30, 2019 by AGACAD

Dear Clients, Colleagues, Friends and Followers,

Going beyond what’s required to provide for the needs of others is a part of the holiday spirit. Feeling responsible for more than just your own current needs is also vital to getting all the benefits of BIM.

In short, caring for others is also relevant here, just as it is in families, friendships and communities.

“Collaboration” is the term that’s usually used. Doing your best to provide for the information needs of later BIM process participants. Builders, designers/consultants, contractors, property managers. When each maximally contributes their own quality information, we’re on the path to a realistic digital twin.

Only a precisely detailed digital twin like that creates value in use. And only when a BIM model is in use, adding value to a building’s life, can you say BIM is fully at work. That’s why our holiday wish for you and all the BIM industry is to care about others and do your best at every stage to provide for their needs.

A lot depends on you.

For our part, we will continue working to help you do that. Ever more easily, more efficiently and better.

Merry Christmas and a Happy 2020 to all!

Sincerely,
The AGACAD team

November 14, 2019 by AGACAD

Today, we take up the third topic in our #AU2019 series: Digital Asset Inventories & BIM for Facility Management.

Taking a digital inventory of facilities — from factories, hospitals, and schools to shopping malls and industrial plants — is becoming increasingly popular because it makes managing them easier and more effective. This is especially true for buildings that were constructed without digital documentation because, when they are handed over to new owners or managers, a daunting lack of information often comes with them. Information that is available is more often than not in the form of paper documents, be those drawings, technical specs, or project and product certificates. Those in turn may be outdated, deteriorated, and can turn up missing over the years. This all means that a large portion of facility information is either inaccessible from the get-go or is subject to expiration or decay.

Digitizing buildings using accurately processed data obtained from 3D laser scanning not only solves these problems but brings a host of benefits besides. Check out the attached white paper wherein we lay out the 6 stages comprising the digital inventory process and the benefits to be accrued.

Digital Inventory of Existing Assets

November 04, 2019 by AGACAD

In the lead-up to Autodesk University 2019, at which we'll be an exhibitor, we're honing in on three areas of focus: Classification, Fabrication, and Transformation.

Last week we looked at BIM Content Management & Classification.
This week it's BIM for Prefabricated Construction.

Prefabricated construction brings several advantages, as our own Aleksandras Seza recently outlined. What it boils down to is, if building components can be prefabricated, construction time drops and quality assurance shoots up. That's why AGACAD has spent years developing and honing cutting-edge software for Revit that meets the demand for efficiently turning architectural drawings into BIM models, be they framed timber or steel panels or precast concrete structures, which can then be prefabricated, allowing for quick manufacture on site.

Here's a closer look at the solutions we bring to the table, what clients have to say about them, and our dedicated BIM Application engineers (all of whom are Certified Revit Professionals) and whom you can meet at our booth (AE452) at AU2019.

October 30, 2019 by AGACAD

Structuring data – classifying it – is key to unlocking the full value of BIM. It’s about clearly communicating design intent in order to more accurately budget, plan and build an asset (and then more efficiently manage it over its lifetime). Without classification, data is easily misunderstood and sometimes just not usable. Well-classified data has increasing value.

In the past the classification of building information was both less important and more difficult. It cost a lot of time and effort but often yielded little value. That has changed. Classification is becoming ever more important. More valuable. And easier.

Projects today generate more data. And AEC increasingly relies on that data to automate processes, make better decisions and operate devices. Look at all the add-ons for Revit and other platforms, the CNC machines, robots and VR/AR devices. The Internet of Things.

Moreover, the teams that undertake building projects are becoming more complex. Architects and engineers are creating models for use by cost estimators, consultants, contractors, fabricators and so on in multiple other organizations and countries.

In each case, all the actors – people, software, equipment – need a common language, an agreed-upon data structure. It could be international standards. Or national classification systems. Or custom ones. That depends on the project. But if BIM managers don’t decide on classifications and model creators don’t implement them, everyone suffers. In fact today many projects do suffer from mistakes and delays due to a lack of classification. Instead of a valuable “common data environment” they have a costly “chaotic data environment”.

We’re talking about effective data exchange. Harmonization. Interoperability.

So what’s the value created by classifying BIM data?

  • Clarity: Project participants can quickly find and understand the data they need
  • Integration: Systems, machines, devices can automatically access and process data
  • Efficiency: Owners can aggregate costs, other data in multi-asset management tools
  • Competition: Public and private procurement become more open and transparent

In terms of the falling costs of classifying data, classification management tools are now emerging that really do simplify life.

October 15, 2019 by AGACAD

Check out the latest edition of our newsletter AGACAD Advances. Quite a few contributions in this one, including pieces on:

Framing timber floors, walls and roofs.
Digital classification systems for building projects.
Prefabricated construction, including a client's story about steel framing and CNC integration.
The most recent software updates for our Revit add-ons.
Upcoming webinars and conferences.

All that and more in AGACAD Advances, October 2019. Read it here.

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