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April 01, 2020 by Valensas Balsevicius

Following the release last November of our Wall Reinforcement tool for placing rebar in precast concrete wall panels in Revit, we got feedback from a lot of users saying they were interested in being able to group rebar.

Well, now you can! Creating rebar as sets brings advantages in dimensioning, getting information for construction without drawings, and also setting visibility of the set in views.

So in addition to some small tweaks and fixes, these settings have been added to the Wall Reinforcement Configurations window to create rebar sets. Just select the type(s) of reinforcement that you want to create as a rebar set...

...and voilà!


March 31, 2020 by Ieva Janulevičiūtė

Our Wood Framing and Metal Framing BIM software for Revit has gotten another round of new features. Among the latest enhancements: more flexibility to control brace groups (including adding partial brace groups and allowing braces to run across openings), separate preassemblies for joined openings, special layouts for paneling, and to align the secondary stud system with the Project Base Point.

Current users of Wood/Metal Framing Wall/Floor/Roof, be sure to get these updates installed via the TOOLS4BIM Dock and start benefiting from them today.

Let's get into the new features that have been included in the latest version.

1. Separate Preassemblies for Joined Openings

This feature lets you make separate preassemblies for openings that are part of a joined opening — and the preassemblies will exclude other elements (like top plate supports, etc.) that extend across the joined opening. You can find this option to create separate preassemblies for joined openings in the 'Modify Configuration Settings' tab of the Default Framing Parameters window:

In this example of a joined opening consisting of a door and a window, we want a separate preassembly for the door and another for the window. Since the top support runs the width of the joined opening, it will not be included into either preassembly.


March 30, 2020 by Renata Jočienė

During the past year we implemented over 40 updates to our Wood Framing and Metal Framing BIM software for designing walls, floors, and roofs of prefabricated timber and light-gauge steel framed buildings in Revit®. Enumerated below are the top 31 enhancements (it was hard to choose!) that were made from February of 2019 to February of 2020.

These updates include new features and requests made by clients. (Click a topic to scroll down for details.)

Framing updates (Feb 2019 - Feb 2020):

  1. Align Stud Spacing with Frame and Opening Sides
  2. Split Sheathing by Openings and Prioritize Merging
  3. Expanded Possibilities for Joined Openings
  4. New Options in Link Wall/Floor/Roof
  5. Split Studs by Brace
  6. Multi-frame Assemblies
  7. New User Interface
  8. Framing Reports & Suggestions
  9. Validate Walls
  10. Custom Studs/Joists, Top Covers, Top Plates, Blockings/Noggings, Bottom Plates and Bottom Pads
  11. Custom Ridge Studs and Edge Joists
  12. Variable Joists
  13. Manage Connections
  14. Splitting Parts using Special Rules
  15. Modify Sheathing/Paneling
  16. New Numbering Technology
  17. Generate and Modify 3D Grids Created by One Roof Line
  18. Generate Trusses by 3D Grids and Auto-Array throughout a Roof
  19. Complex Truss Roof Framing
  20. Create Uniquely Shaped, Parametric Truss Families even for Multiple Roofs
  21. Modify Trusses using the Truss Builder
  22. Terminal Truss Roof
  23. Replacing Trusses
  24. Overhang Framing
  25. Create separate preassemblies for each joined opening
  26. Add transportation braces (even across openings)
  27. Align Secondary Stud System with Project Base Point
  28. More options for brace groups
  29. Special layouts and splitting options for paneling
  30. Minimum dimensions for openings to be framed
  31. Toggle configuration visibility

March 27, 2020 by Povilas Sindriūnas

By Povilas Sindriūnas, AGACAD Architectural Engineer & BIM Application Engineer

Challenges posed by poor Revit model management ultimately affect all parties involved in the project-handling and BIM processes. That’s why it’s important to be familiar with various tools and techniques that can bring your modelling and coordination to the next level. In previous articles we discussed Revit’s Inbuilt Warning System and Audit Tool and helpful modelling techniques. In part III we’ll look at what makes models sluggish and some additional tools for Revit model management.

Larger Revit models often get clunky with excessive modelling, inappropriate LOD, or improper modelling techniques. Here’s a list of things that slow models down:

  • Number of warnings — and severity
  • File size, amount of annotation, and complex geometry
  • Hardware – workstation, servers and network (underperforming hardware)
  • Irrational model structure
March 19, 2020 by Povilas Sindriūnas

By Povilas Sindriūnas, AGACAD Architectural Engineer & BIM Application Engineer

Autodesk Revit Fatal Error Screen | AGACAD

Project success largely depends on thorough BIM model management. The response from industry professionals has made it clear that regular model maintenance can help improve efficiency, reduce loading time, and minimize time spent chasing loose ends. In part I we discussed how to keep good model health in check using Revit's Inbuilt Warning System and Audit Tool. In part II we’ll look at other no-less important aspects of model management and efficiency.

Helpful Revit Modelling Techniques

To make the most out of collaboration-enabled projects, each team member should be familiar with the following modelling techniques to help reduce unnecessary clutter in Revit project files.

March 18, 2020 by Robert Prybyla

Beam Reinforcement Revit extension logo | AGACADUpon client request, we went forward with developing another Revit tool for placing rebar, this time for precast concrete beams. Introducing our Beam Reinforcement tool for Revit!

In this initial release, you can use it to place main rebar and stirrups in beams with rectangular, L, and IT sections. While it's primarily made for precast, it also works for cast-in-place. See the workflow for reinforcing beams automatically in Revit.

precast concrete beam reinforced with main rebar and stirrups using AGACAD's Beam Reinforcement Revit plugin

Beam Reinforcement is available as part of our Precast Concrete design software, which now covers modeling and documentation of precast elements, wall reinforcement, and beam reinforcement as well.

March 16, 2020 by Robert Prybyla

Great news for current users of our Precast Concrete design software for Revit 2020/2019: the new Beam Reinforcement feature is included in your license of Precast Concrete, gratis!

Revit addons in AGACAD Precast Concrete design software

Users of AGACAD's Precast Concrete design software 2020, you should have received an email with instructions for how to get Beam Reinforcement to show up in your Precast license.

Users of AGACAD's Precast Concrete design software 2019, please follow the steps below.

  1. Click Support at upper-right in the TOOLS4BIM Dock.
  2. Copy your activation key.
  3. Paste your key in the activation field.
March 12, 2020 by Povilas Sindriūnas

By Povilas Sindriūnas, AGACAD Architectural Engineer & BIM Application Engineer

How many times have you faced pure frustration when a BIM model went on loading perpetually? Or when opening a model or when processing a not-too-complicated task has left you waiting and staring at the screen at the expense of your precious time? This unnecessary and wasteful practice is too often commonplace in the office of anyone working in BIM principles and generally handling large Autodesk® Revit® models. Time is scarce and issues like this aren’t fully appreciated when they appear. They are often overlooked and mistaken for poor performance of a workstation.

To fully understand why this is happening and what can be done to improve model performance, we need to address the core of the issue: regular model maintenance and staff training to model, draw, and manage information to a set out standard. Firstly, we should understand that Revit is controlled by rules and relationships that form the basis of all work. If they aren’t followed accordingly, things can get very messy. To keep good health in check and avoid the mess as much as possible, there are tools and techniques at your disposal.

Inbuilt Revit Warning System

Warnings protect the integrity of the model and your data. Not all warnings affect performance; less serious ones are only there to inform the user. When confronted with 1000’s of warnings in a file, you need a strategy for resolving them timely. Best practice is to have a plan for how warnings will be taken on board and resolved by the team prior to labor-intensive modelling. Make priorities: performance, accuracy, documentation. Warnings typically peak before deadlines and some types of warnings are more common at different phases of the project. It is important to learn which warnings have a significant impact on model performance and need to be rectified.

Types of warning messages:

March 10, 2020 by Valensas Balsevicius

Beam Reinforcement Revit extension logo | AGACADBeam Reinforcement, the newest feature incorporated into our Precast Concrete design software, lets you efficiently model beam reinforcement for rectangular, L and IT shaped beams per your defined rules. By applying layout rules to different types of stirrups, you can create most any reinforcement pattern.

Here's a webinar we hosted showing the workflow for using Beam Reinforcement as a feature of our Precast Concrete design software.


You can read through the basic workflow for using Beam Reinforcement below.

These are the commands at your disposal:

March 03, 2020 by Aleksandras Seza

AGACAD MEP Hangers Revit plugin logo Two questions are often raised about our MEP Hangers tool for Revit, usually during training sessions or a short time after beginning to use the extension. These popular questions are related to each other and have to do with hangers for HVAC services that have insulation and how to transfer information from MEP elements to hanger families in your project.

Q: "How do I put hangers on a duct or pipe over insulation? And how do I make it so hangers that I create myself will account for insulation too?"MEP Hanger Revit family

A: You can control this using two parameters inside the hanger family. What you need to do is create a parameter that copies the thickness of the insulation from the MEP element to the hanger family and another parameter that controls whether the insulation thickness is added to your hanger size. Here's how to make those parameters.

Step 1. Create a parameter that copies the "Insulation Thickness" value from ducts or pipes into your hanger family. Use our MEP Hangers Revit extension to do this because it lets you copy different parameter values from interconnectable MEP and structural elements into the connecting hanger family. MEP-element (host)-related parameters are transferred under the “Model Properties” parameter category.

MEP Insulation Thickness parameter in AGACAD MEP Hangers Revit extension

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