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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 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).

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:

February 27, 2019 by Asta Aksomitienė

Check out the Feb-Mar 2019 issue of our AGACAD Advances newsletter!

AGACAD’s recent 28th birthday party was brief. The team met in the lobby for a toast to our clients and partners worldwide, then got back to building even better digital construction solutions. Delivering tomorrow’s AEC. We hope you enjoy this update you on where we and BIM are going.

There’s news about our framing, MEP and detailing software. And what’s really hot these days is precast concrete. We’re on our way to brief industry players at North America's Precast Show 2019 – this time as an Autodesk AEC Industry Partner singled out for our precast tools for Revit.

Below you’ll find links to Dynamo scripts for #rebar in Revit, they'll be free for existing users of our Precast Concrete software, and a whole lot more. Also, be among the first to see our brand-new showreel about design and fabrication of precast concrete. [WATCH NOW]

Read the newsletter for a quick overview.

February 08, 2019 by Robert Prybyla

Want to attend The Precast Show 2019 in Louisville? We've got some passes to give away! Contact us and we'll send you a code to attend the largest trade show exclusively dedicated to precast in North America for FREE!

When: February 28 – March 2, 2019
Where: Kentucky International Convention Center

Keep in mind that these passes are for producers – precast concrete manufacturers and suppliers – only.

We'll be exhibiting at the #PrecastShow, so whether or not you take us up on the free passes we'd love to meet you there. We'll be at booth 789.

December 20, 2018 by Donatas Aksomitas

Dear Clients, Colleagues, Followers,

A good year is ending, a new one beginning, and amid the joy and peace that should dominate this season, we at AGACAD extend warm holiday wishes to all our valued clients, partners and friends.

We first wish you harmony between buildings and people. For that, after all, is the goal of all engineering efforts – not BIM, but happy people. Good fit between facilities and their users.

Next, we wish you happy equilibrium between wants and opportunities, life and goals, clearly seeing where we are now and what we’ve achieved.

Finally, and last but not least, we wish you a heart that is open and understanding… towards colleagues, customers, loved ones and yourself.

From our hearts we say Merry Christmas! Here’s to harmony in 2019!

The AGACAD team

November 21, 2018 by Robert Prybyla

As a way to say thank you for being our clients, participating in our webinars, trialing our software, and following us on social media, we're going to unveil a special thank-you offer for select software for Revit as the year draws to a close. (In other words, sweet deals are coming your way.)

Details due out next week, so stay tuned!

In the meantime... now is the time to take a trial and get a free live demo since the thank-you offer will have a limited duration.

→ To take a trial, all you need to do is:

1. Download the TOOLS4BIM Dock – make sure it matches your Revit version (2019, 2018, 2017).

2. Open Revit, and you'll see the TOOLS4BIM Dock.

3. Select the tool(s) you'd like to trial.

4. Activation codes will be sent via email.

5. Happy trialing :-)

→ To get a free live demo, just send us an email and we'll set it right up!

Thank you!

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