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December 12, 2017 by Robert Prybyla

Over the past month or two, our Wood and Metal Framing solutions have been beefed up significantly. Even though we’ve talked about a lot of those updates in several recent blog posts, there are still some points that we haven’t gone over yet. In the latest version of these powerful solutions, you’ll find extended functionality for framing openings, view rotation, mixed wood-metal framing, and more.

To make your work faster and smoother.


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The latest versions include enhancements for Joined Sloped Openings:









November 20, 2017 by Robert Prybyla

Precast ConcreteOver the past several months, we've held webinars about modeling and documenting precast concrete slabs, walls, columns and beams in Revit®. With our Precast Concrete BIM Solution, you can split floors into various types of slabs and divide walls into panels. Distribute connectors, cuts, plates, supports, anchors, grout tubes and other details en masse according to predefined rules, and then modify details to match the level of detail required. Automatically sort elements according to predefined rules. And finish off by generating shop drawings with automated dimensions, views, schedules, and sheets.

If you missed those webinars or would like to see them again, we'll be more than happy to send a link to the recording. Contact us HERE.

Meanwhile, here's a set of short videos we've produced that give a brief look at each aspect of our Precast software.

Slabs

November 16, 2017 by Ieva Janulevičiūtė

Before diving into the details of this update for our framing software, perhaps a little distinction is in order. Due to such frequent updates of our software, a common question always comes up: "Why is your software updated so often?" And we understand. After all, sometimes that little red dot shows up in the Dock more than twice a month!

TOOLS4BIM Dock OverviewThe reason for such a high frequency of updates is because we try to fulfill clients' special requests as soon as possible. Instead of making a client wait a month or two until the next VERSION is released, we strive to implement their specialized requests as quickly as we can by frequently releasing software BUILDS. Of course, these BUILDS may also contain bug fixes – and we're very grateful to clients when they help find these! – but rest assured that most often, that little red dot just means we’ve made one more client’s Revit dream come true.

With that said, let’s get into the new things you can do with your timber or light-gauge steel framing projects using the latest BUILDS of Wood and Metal Framing!


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November 15, 2017 by Jokūbas Vaišvila

BIM Navigator is a powerful tool for library and project parameter management in Revit. Bringing to bear the combined power of Smart Browser and BIM Tree Manager, it lets users review parameters from different angles to give maximum control -- from family management and modification to quality control of projects.


For a side-by-side break-down of the two arms of BIM Navigator, see the table below.



And if you'd like to see more about BIM Navigator, join our webinar on Thursday, December 7, 2017! It's geared toward anyone and everyone involved in the BIM workflow -- Revit modelers, BIM managers, BIM analysts, BIM evangelists, team leads, MEP engineers, architects, designers, structural engineers, and contractors.



November 15, 2017 by BIM Tree Chimpanzee

After its debut a year ago, the BIM Tree Chimpanzee returns to the spotlight. Whether you’re dealing with an architectural, structural, or MEP model in Revit, this BIM chimp knows its way around.

For models containing enormous amounts of information (whose doesn't?), it takes some serious power to collect, check, modify, and analyze it all. And of course, lots of times there's inadequate information in a model, so you have to fill in what's missing. (Coordinates and re-calculated elevations, anyone?)

Enter BIM Tree Manager, one arm of AGACAD's BIM Navigator. Our chimp is on hand to show how to manage all BIM object info. See the posts below for examples of how to manage architectural, structural, or MEP projects.

Into the Jungle!

November 14, 2017 by Jokūbas Vaišvila

Question: “Do you have something similar to Autodesk’s Roombook tool that can find all Revit categories?”

Answer: Yes. BIM Navigator lets you do everything Roombook does and more.

Although Roombook is a really nice tool, from my point of view it’s not finished yet. For example, it’s strange that you can’t select all Revit categories that are in your Revit model.

Take a look at the categories Roombook allows you to schedule:


There are many more Revit categories that ought to be included in a Roombook table like the one above. This is where BIM Navigator comes in handy.

November 07, 2017 by Jokūbas Vaišvila

Smart SelectAGACAD has a nifty free add-on for Revit® called Smart Select. We invite all Revit users to download this free tool and see how it speeds up your tasks! It’s basically a multi-element, auto-selection tool that lets you quickly select elements in a room or space by category, family, or type. This is invaluable in cases when you need to, for instance, write room data to a certain type of element in a room because it eliminates repetitive and inaccurate manual selection.

With Smart Select, you can filter elements by room name or number and add needed parameters to all elements that belong to that room. The workflow looks like this:

  1. Download Smart Select
  2. Install Smart Select
  3. Filter Elements by Room Name or Number:
November 03, 2017 by Ieva Janulevičiūtė

Once again, AGACAD has made some great changes to both its timber and metal framing software. So many in fact, it’s hard to know where to start! One thing’s for sure: they bring flexibility that’s geared toward making your work in Revit even smoother.

AGACAD's BIM Solutions for Timber Framing in Autodesk RevitAGACAD's BIM Solutions for Timber Framing in Autodesk Revit

Here are the headlines:

  • Load custom family catalog automatically
  • Use your custom headers for sloped openings
  • Modify joined openings
  • Split studs and joists
  • Calculate overall assembly dimensions
  • Control how ridge studs are added
  • Add filters to your configurations
For more on each of these features, read on!

Load your company's family catalog automatically

From now on, you’ll be able to select your company’s family catalog to automatically load families into a project by simply adding the folder’s location after selecting “Load Families and Schedules”:

October 20, 2017 by Jokūbas Vaišvila

During the past few months, we’ve been working closely with Scandinavian structural engineers who deal with structural and architectural walls in Revit®. This collaboration has resulted in significant updates to Cut Opening in its latest release. Cut Opening

Companies like MOE, Ramboll, and COWI have already been using Cut Opening for a while to automate the process of inserting openings for doors and windows in structural models to exactly match those elements in the linked architectural model.

Please join our webinar on Thursday, October 26th to learn more about these NEW FEATURES!

Thank you.

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