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October 10, 2017 by Jokūbas Vaišvila

Some AutoCAD add-ons use a workaround that inserts a blank element where you want an opening in a wall or floor. We know many clients have had this experience, for example, with AutoCAD MagiCAD plug-in. But usually you need real openings, not provisions that cause clashes and fail to reflect the actual structural geometry. So, a common question we get is “Can you insert a real opening in place of a void that came from an IFC file?” With Cut Opening, you can!

Here’s a workflow you can follow to insert REAL openings in your Revit project!

October 05, 2017 by Ieva Janulevičiūtė

Sort Mark is a powerful tool AGACAD developed that can renumber graphical, architectural, and structural Revit® elements in many ways. It determines swing direction and orientation and adds them as properties, recalculates shared coordinates, and much more. While all that sounds great, it’s gotten even better with the latest release.

Remember Sort Mark? Now it will remember you!

In the latest version, you’ll be able to add a Configuration File’s Location.

September 28, 2017 by Jokūbas Vaišvila

Say you have an opening on a wall in your Revit® project. Have you ever needed to measure the distance from the floor above down to the top, center, or bottom of the opening and write that data as a parameter to the opening family? We got a special request from the German market to make a new calculation method in our Cut Opening tool that could do just that. Here’s what we came up with: Level Above!

The “Level Above” elevation calculation feature can be found here in our Cut Opening Software:

When you apply it in a project, it looks like this:

September 20, 2017 by Ieva Janulevičiūtė

We’ve made several updates in our Framing software to make your work in Revit® even smoother than before. Since we respond to real clients’ needs in releasing our software updates and there have been a lot of requests recently, the features that have been refined or added will have to be briefly described over a couple of blog posts. In the newest versions of our Framing solutions, you’ll find that adding additional bridging, modifying openings, and working with siding is more flexible than ever. And that’s not all…

Read on to see what gems may be found in the enhanced versions of Wood/Metal Framing Wall+, Floor+, and Roof+!

Choose which Structural Framing Families to Load

Previously, the function “Load Families and Schedules” automatically loaded all Main Families without question. Quite a lot of changes have been made in the Structural Framing families (which you’ll read about in this and subsequent blog posts), so from now on, you’ll have options to choose from in the “Select Family Catalogs for Loading” dialog:

September 13, 2017 by Jokūbas Vaišvila

If spaces in your Revit® building model contain columns, ducts, pipes, and other elements, it helps to have some automated assistance in avoiding clashes with sprinklers. Well, you get the assistance you need with our Fire Sprinkler software. When laying out fire sprinkler heads, you can use our Sprinkler Interference Check, which allows you to check zone clashes from sprinklers by means of an inner parameter that checks interference distance.

September 05, 2017 by Jokūbas Vaišvila

Certainly it’s necessary to know an opening’s dimensions and elevation from a given reference. But when you cut an opening using Cut Opening software, how can you find these parameters in Revit®? All it takes is a little know-how!

CLIENT QUESTION: How can we tag openings made using the Cut Opening plug-in? I am looking for dimensions of openings (e.g. height, width) and elevation from some baseline.

August 30, 2017 by Jokūbas Vaišvila

If a building you need to model is going to have lights and HVAC, then those systems need a plenum space above the ceiling (and possibly below the floor as well). In such cases, how can you find the distance between, say, the ceiling and the slab above? As it turns out, Revit® doesn’t have Real Height parameters for Rooms and Spaces. Instead, it calculates them depending on the actual stretch but not the bounded Height. BIM Tree Manager can help find the distance you’re looking for.

QUESTION: How do you find the distance between a compound ceiling and a slab?

ANSWER: I’d suggest using special spaces to define the volume between a ceiling and slab. Here’s how to do it.

August 01, 2017 by Ieva Janulevičiūtė

Everyone probably knows how tiring and time-consuming numbering elements in Revit can be, especially when you have hundreds or even thousands in a project. And what if you need to renumber them later? Or write values like door swing direction and orientation? There must be a way to do all of this automatically...

Luckily there is! AGACAD's Sort Mark for Revit can do all that -- and more!

The Sort Mark extension allows users to sort/renumber Revit elements in various ways and to add additional information to any selected elements. Sort Mark automatically sorts graphical elements (grids), architectural elements (doors, windows, rooms, etc.), and structural elements (columns, beams, etc.). The tool allows users to save specific localized sort and mark configuration settings for later use in the current project or a future one.

July 20, 2017 by Valensas Balsevicius

In this article, I will go through a few ways you can apply Revit add-ons from our Precast Concrete solution (compatible with Revit® 2016, 2017, 2018) to deal with the design of Precast Massive/Solid and Sandwich Walls.

Our Precast Concrete solution includes tools for inserting details, cuts, and connections; sorting columns and beams automatically; and preparing shop drawings with automated dimensions and sheets.

Let's begin by taking a look at a couple of examples of how to work with walls.

First of all, if your building has full-length Revit walls, you have to split them into separate panels. You can do that by switching to Smart Walls and using the Split Wall window commands for automatic or selectable splitting of walls.

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