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August 14, 2018 by Ieva Janulevičiūtė

What's the latest building style you can frame with AGACAD‘s Framing software for Autodesk® Revit®? Heavy Timber and Post-&-Beam structures! The new BIM software Wood Framing Oak is powerful and flexible in automating the design process for even the most complex and unique structures – it’s just a matter of figuring out a workflow and setting up required families.

We've already covered multi-layered timber frames and frames with SIP panels for walls, floors and roofs, high-quality ventilated facades, and architectural curtain walls with highly detailed elements. So, now it's time to move on to framing with massive timbers.

Using Wood Framing OAK and sample families, you can create heavy-timber-framed walls, floors and roofs. Also, distribute and manage details used in connections with cuts common for oak frames by using our BIM solution Smart Details and, finally, prepare shop drawings, cut lists, and even export wood elements and details to any CNC machine and CAD/CAM production line, including Hundegger and Weinmann.


Framing the supporting structure and creating connections with cuts common for OAK Frames

Once Walls, Floors and Roofs have been modeled in Revit, it’s time to frame them. Wall+, Floor+ and Roof+ modules (they are included in BIM solution Wood Framing OAK) have all the features that are required to predefine your own configurations for framing. Standardization and automation of the wall, floor and roof framing process and shop drawing generation allows you to skip major hurdles in building design. These are the prominent time-saving Wall+, Floor+ and Roof+ functions.

July 03, 2018 by Jokūbas Vaišvila

The U-value and other analytical properties for windows and doors in Revit are set by default and come from the ASHRAE standard. Sometimes, though, you need different U-values for heating load calculations. So, how do you change these hardcoded values?

You can find these constructions on your computer: C:\Program Files\Autodesk\Revit 2018\en-US\Constructions.xml

Be aware that the “Construction.xml” file is different for different Revit Language Packages. So just make sure you modify the right one.

July 03, 2018 by Robert Prybyla

This week Precast Concrete, Wood Framing Floor & Metal Framing Floor were added to the Autodesk App Store.

The tools above can be downloaded either via the App Store or via our TOOLS4BIM Dock (download here on our website).

The free tools (e.g. Smart Browser Free and Smart Select) 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 be simple and lightning quick!

June 19, 2018 by Robert Prybyla

Great news for users of our ROOF framing software – Cut Opening is now an included feature!

Cut Opening is extremely useful because, before you frame a roof automatically with Roof+, you need to have openings for fire safety components throughout your Revit model where ducts, pipes, cable trays, and conduits intersect with the roof. And Cut Opening makes all those openings for you.

Whether you use the wood or metal roof framing BIM Solution, Cut Opening will be provided for no extra fee to existing clients.

Current clients who want to utilize Cut Opening in their roof framing work, please contact us for a new activation code!

June 06, 2018 by Asta Aksomitienė

AGACAD’s unstoppable R&D team just added even more great features for framing rafter systems in Revit® to the Wood Framing Roof and Metal Framing Roof solutions. New functionality lets you easily lay out OSB or metal sheathing, place hip, valley and ridge caps, add drip edges, and more.

BIM software for designing prefabricated wood frame roof panels, wooden roof trusses and rafter systems

BIM software for designing metal roof trusses and rafter systems

“We’ve extended our Roof+ tool to automate the design and documentation of any standard roof for assembly on site.

May 30, 2018 by Ieva Janulevičiūtė

There are two things you need to know about our software for framing timber and steel roofs in Revit.

FIRST, the roof framing solutions now include Truss+ (for truss structures) and Roof+ (for rafters & prefabricated roofs).

SECOND, creating rafter roofs automatically in Revit® models is much smoother and more intuitive than ever. Without further ado, let's check out all the new features you can use!

May 16, 2018 by Robert Prybyla

MEP Hangers has been remade to give you more options, greater flexibility, more functions, and increased speed in laying out hangers and supports throughout your Revit MEP model. The software has been totally revamped to make new workflows possible. Plus it's got a sweet new interface.

Here's what you need to know in order to use the new MEP Hangers to its full potential.

May 15, 2018 by Jokūbas Vaišvila

Q: I have a large commercial project containing hundreds of rooms on 10 floors. Given 5 possible finish scenarios, I want to apply each one of them as per specification to each room, preferably in one click. Is it possible with your products? If so, which one?

A: You can do this using Smart Browser and its feature BIM Tree Manager.

  1. In BIM Tree Manager, go with Room Category:

April 17, 2018 by Valensas Balsevicius

In this post, I want to share some tips about creating families if you want to put them inside your multi-layered wall in Revit® and get nice section views. I'll use two common scenarios to show how to add concrete thickening to precast sandwich walls.

Situation A: Adding concrete thickening around openings

Below is a simple example, but feel free to add any other elements or parameters as needed.

Step 1: Create a face-based family for thickening around the window.

Create solid and void extrusions with the same constraints. In the picture below, you can see one extrusion, but it’s actually one void and one solid element in the same location. Make sure the void does not cut the solid.

Cut a fake host inside the family with the void element. (I minimized the host size for the purpose of this post; there's no need to do that.)

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