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March 19, 2020 by Povilas Sindriūnas

By Povilas Sindriūnas, AGACAD Architectural Engineer & BIM Application Engineer

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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

February 19, 2020 by Robert Prybyla

Wood Framing Floor for Revit (v. 2020) is now in the Autodesk App Store. You can download free trials of this BIM Solution and our other Revit add-ons from either the App Store or via our TOOLS4BIM Dock.

By way of reminder, free tools (Smart Browser Free, Cut Opening Free, Smart Select) have no limitations — they're completely yours to use.

Trial versions of our paid Revit plug-ins have no limitations for the duration of the two-week trial and include support during the trial period. That means our BIM application engineers are at your disposal to help you out and give a live demonstration. To get assistance, all you need to do is...

T4R Add-ons in Revit App Store

December 05, 2019 by Robert Prybyla

Earlier this year, we showed some Dynamo scripts for placing rebar in Revit 2019. Now we are releasing those scripts for free, so we invite you to download them (only for Revit 2019).

Take me to the Dynamo script download page!

On the download page, you'll see separate downloads for scripts compatible with Revit 2019 that are good for placing various types of wall reinforcement, including vertical and horizontal meshes, diagonal rebar, edge reinforcement around wall openings and perimeters, and U/O stirrup bar.

With tools like these Dynamo scripts, modeling reinforcement in Revit is easier and faster than ever, so we encourage you to use these scripts that will make your life easier for free. It's a win-win.

Take me to the Dynamo script download page

October 31, 2019 by Valensas Balsevicius

A few months ago we released a couple of Dynamo scripts for reinforcing precast walls in Revit. Since those churned up a lot of interest, we decided to go forward with creating a Wall Reinforcement add-on.

Wall Reinforcement lets you efficiently distribute wall reinforcement for solid, double, and sandwich walls based on defined rules. It recognizes the shape of the wall and distributes the main reinforcement and additional reinforcement for the wall perimeter and openings.

Here's a webinar we hosted that shows the workflow for using this Revit extension.


And here's an outline of the basic workflow to follow when using Wall Reinforcement.

October 30, 2019 by Robert Prybyla

Wood Framing Wall and Wood Framing Roof for Revit (v. 2020) can now be found in the Autodesk App Store. You can download free trials of those BIM Solutions and our other Revit add-ons from either the App Store or via our TOOLS4BIM Dock.

By way of reminder, free tools (Smart Browser Free, Cut Opening Free, Smart Select) have no limitations — they're completely yours to use.

Trial versions of our paid Revit plug-ins have no limitations for the duration of the two-week trial and include support during the trial period. That means our BIM application engineers are at your disposal to help you out and give a live demonstration. To get assistance, all you need to do is...

T4R Add-ons in Revit App Store

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