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August 13, 2019 by Robert Prybyla

Dynamic Legend for Revit 2018/2019 is now available in the Autodesk App Store.

AGACAD tools in Revit App Store

Download the above tools either via the App Store or via our TOOLS4BIM Dock (download here on our website).

Free tools (e.g. Smart Select, Cut Opening Free) have no limitations. Trial versions of other tools have no limitations for two weeks and include support during the trial period.

Have a go, and may your Revit tasks henceforth be simple and lightning quick!

July 26, 2019 by Ieva Janulevičiūtė

The Wood/Metal Framing Software user interface is going to be enhanced next week! After this update, users will see the changes in Wall+, Wall+ M as well as Floor+ and Floor+ M; another update for Roof+ and Roof+ M will be coming out soon.

Don‘t worry, no functionality will be lost due to the UI update: the commands will simply get re-arranged and complemented with icons. Besides the UI change a couple of great new features are going to be added as well.

In the pictures below, you can see the tool-tips for each command in the main ribbons. They appear after hovering the mouse on a command in the main and secondary ribbons.

June 27, 2019 by Valensas Balsevicius

Our Precast Concrete solution is great for automating modelling, numbering, and shop-drawing creation in Revit, but efficiently modelling reinforcement in a 3D model can still be a challenge. Following our post about using a Dynamo script to create rebar by selected edges, here we show how to make a layout based on certain rules and apply it automatically to elements of different length. This can be done in the same Dynamo script.

You’ll recall that we created a rebar layout via a simple Code Block with a defined bar number and step.

Let’s add another node to select one more Edge, and read its length with the Curve.Length node like this:

June 20, 2019 by AGACAD

Setting up hangers and creating openings for MEP elements is not the most exciting part of Autodesk Revit modelling. It’s rather boring and takes up too much time. An engineer could spend days manually working around pipes and ducts, checking how they intersect with other structural and architectural elements. All of this can be done much faster using AGACAD tools such as MEP Hangers and Cut Opening. These solutions have been proven to prevent human error, save money, and dramatically reduce time spent on tasks during the BIM process.

Autodesk Revit by default doesn’t provide any easy workflow for quickly creating multiple openings or connecting MEP systems to the structural model, so engineers waste time doing things by hand. AGACAD is solving this problem by developing tools that eliminate boring manual work and provide more control over the project.

“The best part of AGACAD solutions is that they are being constantly improved and the user gets updates for free when they are released.

June 13, 2019 by Valensas Balsevicius

Smart Assemblies has always helped Revit® users save hours of work when creating schedules for assemblies, and we continue to make this BIM solution ever more powerful. The latest update adds a new Schedule View Template option (in addition to the already-existing Schedule Instance.

Schedule view

Schedule Instance uses the actual schedule from the project browser as a schedule template. The user needs to have that schedule in the project with Schedule View Template assigned (for more about that, see Automated Schedules in Smart Assemblies).

May 28, 2019 by Valensas Balsevicius

This post is about the Dynamo script for reinforcement created during our Precast Concrete webinar entitled "BIM modeling in Revit, CAM, drawings and reinforcement using Dynamo" (hosted May 9, 2019; recording available on YouTube). It should be helpful for anyone interested in modeling reinforcement more efficiently.

During the webinar we added some precast elements and placed connections and reinforcement. We also showed how to auto-generate shop drawings with Revit® and the Precast Concrete add-on developed by AGACAD. For the reinforcement, we produced a Dynamo script to create rebar based on 4 selected edges of the Host element with some simple parameters to control the rebar size and number.

Important notes: This post is intended for Revit 2019 and later editions since some nodes for rebar are not available in previous versions. We also suggest you review the additional Packages added to Dynamo (the add-ons in the image below). The reinforcement settings for Revit elements are already set to the correct values.

Additional Packages

May 06, 2019 by Ieva Janulevičiūtė

The new enhanced extension for Truss+ is here! In addition to automating complex Wood and Metal Truss systems, the latest versions of AGACAD’s Wood/Metal Framing Roof are more user-friendly and flexible, thanks to additional options for creating and freely modifying various roof truss layouts and individual truss structures.

Moreover, Truss systems can be created for Roofs with different Hip End and Side Pitches, and more Truss Overhang framing variations will be available for your projects.

Let's look through the latest updates one-by-one.

April 12, 2019 by Valensas Balsevicius

Structural engineers, especially those who specialize in concrete buildings, often perform reinforcement detailing tasks. There are several features tools in Autodesk® Revit® that can assist with rebar creation, like creating a group of reinforcement or individual rebar, area reinforcement, and fabric sheets. It’s quite OK because you can use standard shapes or draw a unique shape of rebar, define different layout rules, and so on. But if you need to do that over and over again, it takes huge amounts of time.

Revit Structure features | AGACAD

So, whilst searching for tools that can help save you time, don’t overlook the visual programming tool inside Revit – Dynamo. Even with some basic knowledge and efforts, Revit users can quickly learn it and start creating their own basic scripts to automate work.

February 26, 2019 by Robert Prybyla

Here is the grand finale in our Dynamo Scripts for Rebar in Revit video series. Settings for each type of reinforcement are all in one script. Just select the types of rebar – vertical, horizontal, diagonal, U-bar, main mesh – you want to insert, fine-tune the settings, and run the script on selected walls. In the video below you can see rebar inserted automatically using only one Dynamo script.

Part I: Diagonal reinforcement for openings and U-bar for wall perimeters.
Part II: Vertical reinforcement for edges of openings and walls.
Part III: U-shaped reinforcement.
Part IV: Running multiple scripts on the same wall

Stay tuned — when these scripts are all finished, they'll be free for existing users of our Precast Concrete software!

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