Integrated BIM tools for Revit® users for light-steel framed building design and construction

Metal Framing Suite provides the easiest way to design the main structures of light-steel framed buildings. This powerful and flexible BIM software lets Revit® users design multi-layer, metal-framed walls, floors, and roofs, including prefabricated panels, rafters, and trusses. Plus it generates views with automatic dimensions for wall panels or segments as well as accurate bills of materials and shop drawings.

It’s easy to quickly batch-add, modify, or mark the right elements or parameters, distribute details, flexibly manage openings and connections, and find clashes. Frames dynamically update and adapt, ensuring that shop drawings and cut lists are always accurate. So quality production and accurate assembly on site are ensured.

Compatible with Autodesk® Revit® 2020, 2019, 2018


AGACAD Metal Framing Suite makes your job in Revit much simpler, faster, and less stressful.

DESIGN INTEGRATE FABRICATE

Metal Framing Suite is ideal for modelling residential facilities and commercial multistory buildings accurately and efficiently. The Multi-Framing feature for copying and updating framing elements and documentation for identical walls, floors and roofs radically reduces the time needed to model large-scale projects. Analytical lines of individual panel frames are inter-connected and aligned in the same plane and can be exported to structural analysis software for further processing to create a full analytical model.

Coordination of BIM teams is greatly enhanced by integrating MF Suite with the Cut Opening BIM Solution, which identifies structural and engineering clashes throughout a Revit® model and creates openings and inserts fire safety components for all MEP services and building structures at the relevant intersections.

Frames created with MF Suite may be exported for production to Howick, Metrol or various other CNC machines or CAD/CAM production lines. Optional CNC export is a major plus for workflow integration, as it eliminates duplicate work and reduces the margin of error

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Compatible with Autodesk® Revit® 2020, 2019, 2018

POWERFUL FEATURES

Wall+M



Automated light gauge steel wall framing in Revit | AGACAD

COMPLETE METAL WALL FRAME CREATION

Automate light gauge steel wall framing work in Revit® using Metal Framing Wall+. This BIM solution helps you make optimal choices, move much faster, and avoid errors at every BIM stage – from design and documentation to wall panel fabrication and construction.

  • Create detailed multi-layer metal wall framing for any Revit project using predefined or custom rules and templates; solution supports C+C (incl. C+C Chamfered), C+U (incl. C+U Special) and U+U framing systems
  • Frame multi-story houses 10 times faster than using standard Revit interface
  • Easily configure supporting structure, openings, complex L or T connections, details, service hole positions, and more for straight or arched light-frame walls
  • Automate sheathing layouts
  • Frame architectural curtain walls with highly detailed elements and curtain panels (including complex fills and internal frames) precisely
  • Freely revise your Revit model with simple selection of the elements and properties you want to modify; find structural and engineering clashes
  • Perform structural analyses without leaving Revit at any stage of design process
  • Generate shop drawings and cut lists with one click; get real-time take-offs and views, auto-sorting and dimensioning, and optional export to any CNC machines (Howick, Metroll, Pinnacle, etc.)

Smart Walls




WALL & JOIN MANAGEMENT

Manage walls in Revit®: rapidly disassemble layers into different wall types, fully control joins and gap distances, split walls into separate panels with predefined settings, insert gravity points, and manage information with an export-to-Excel feature.

  • Manage information of all walls in your project
  • Export filtered, grouped, or selected information (wall parameters) to Excel
  • Decompose wall layers into separate wall types according to user's predefined configuration
  • Fully control joins and gap distances between walls
  • Insert gravity points
  • Add additional information about real wall orientation, elevation, or coordinates
  • Split walls at exact locations by using grid lines, openings, or other walls
  • Split walls automatically by predefined panel size

Floor+



FAST FLOOR FRAMING

Automate metal framing of floors in Revit® projects. Solution Metal Framing Floor+ is powerful, flexible and easy to use. It helps you make better decisions, move much faster and avoid errors at every BIM stage – from design and documentation to segment fabrication and construction.

  • Auto-generate detailed multilayer floor framing for your Revit model using predefined or custom rules and templates
  • Frame multi-story houses 10 times faster than using standard Revit interface
  • Easily control supporting structure, including battens and flooring; distribute details, service holes and more
  • Automate sheathing layouts
  • Freely revise your Revit model by easily selecting the elements and properties you want to modify
  • Find structural and engineering clashes; cut and frame openings according to predefined rules
  • Perform structural analyses without leaving Revit, or export your steel frames to external analysis software at any stage of design process
  • Easily prepare shop drawings and cut lists, with all required views, where elements are dimensioned, sorted, tagged, scheduled, and mass calculated
  • Optional export to any CNC machines and CAD/CAM production lines, such as WEINMANN, Randek, etc.

Floor Panel Layout




PREFABRICATED FLOOR PANELING

Takes the architect’s designed floor and automates panel layout planning. The software draws symbolic lines to indicate the future panels according to predefined rules. Then it creates real Revit® floor panels.

  • Panel Layout Planning includes functions for better understanding how the floor will be divided. Users can control every division line and automate the division process by predefined rules
  • From the beginning, the architect’s designed floor can be divided into coarse partitions, or Regions. Regions can be created automatically by using Floor edges and supports (split lines), and also by Generic or System Openings with predefined distances
  • Regions can be divided into Panels by predefined spacing
  • Panels can be aligned, modified by selected floor face, and additionally split
  • Various automated splitting functions facilitate the process: users can split the panels in half, by maximum spacing, by middle to both ends, in middle and to both ends, from first selected, or from both ends
  • Selected Regions or Panels can be joined, if needed
  • Creates individual panels for the selected floor face or for the whole floor
  • These entire floor Panels can later be moved into the new phase through its Properties for better filtering and scheduling

Truss+



STEEL TRUSS FRAMING IN REVIT®

Generate light gauge steel truss systems for floors and roofs of any shape, perform structural analysis, and auto-generate shop drawings. Functions of Metal Framing Truss+ are versatile, parameters easy to control, and changes occur in real time. It’s a potent BIM workflow booster: no more drafting – just decide and design.

  • Build full metal truss systems in one go with the configurable 3D grid (escaping the limited and time-consuming nature of standard Revit truss family insertion).
  • Easily assess steel truss options, in economic and engineering terms, to make the best choices.
  • Create new parametric, uniquely-shaped truss families based on model lines and roofs for immediate use in your projects.
  • Freely revise your Revit model. Truss systems update and adapt.
  • Get real-time take-offs and views, auto-sorting and dimensioning, and optional export to CNC machines (Howick, Pinnacle, etc.) with C+C and C+U support.

Roof Panel Layout

PREFABRICATED ROOF PANELING

Enable easy roof panel planning and splitting into segments for prefabrication, which can then be used in the roof framing process.

  • Panel Layout Planning functions let you better understand how a roof will be divided. Users can control every division line and can predefine rules to automate the division process.
  • Initially an architectural roof can be divided into coarse partitions, or regions. Regions can be created automatically based on the ends of roof ridges and the bottom ends of valley rafters as well as windows and generic or system openings with predefined distances.
  • Regions can be divided into panels using predefined spacing.
  • Panels can be aligned and modified for an individual roof side or region and additionally split.
  • A variety of automated splitting functions make it easy to get the needed result. Panels can be split in half a variety of ways: by maximum spacing, from the middle to both ends, in the middle and to both ends, from the initially selected end, or from both ends.
  • Selected regions or panels can be joined, if needed.
  • Creates individual panels for the selected roof side or for the whole roof.
  • The full roof panels can later be taken to a new phase via their properties for better filtering and scheduling.

Roof+

for prefabricated panels



ROOF PANEL FRAMING

Automate metal framing roof work in Revit® projects. Robust features allow you to efficiently frame metal roofs, complete with roof joists, battens, valley joists, roof boards, and more. Plus, the software automates shop drawings, including sorting, tagging, dimensioning, and scheduling all frames.

  • Create your own rules and templates and use them for detailed, multi-layer, metal roof framing creation in Revit models.
  • Frame large roofs 10x faster than using regular Revit features.
  • Manage joists, rim joists, nogging, bridging, blocking, and bracing placement, and configure openings, details, service hole positions, and more.
  • Auto-distribute battens, secondary frames, and roofing.
  • Revise your Revit model as needed, simply by selecting the elements and properties you want to modify.
  • Track down structural and engineering clashes.
  • Cut and frame openings according to predefined rules.
  • Generate shop drawings and cut lists with just one click. Get real-time take-offs and views, plus automatic sorting and dimensioning.
  • Export to CNC machine.
  • Roof frames and shop drawings update and adapt to any changes.
  • Carry out structural analysis without leaving Revit.

Roof+

for rafter structures

RAFTER ROOF FRAMING

Automate metal framing work with rafter roofs in Revit® projects. Powerful, flexible, and easy to use. It helps you make optimal choices, move much faster, and avoid errors at every BIM stage – from design and documentation to fabrication and construction.

  • Automatically split an architectural roof by faces.
  • Create detailed, multi-layer, metal rafter roof framing in a snap for your Revit model using fully customizable rules and templates.
  • Frame an entire roof based on its 3D model including hip/valley rafters, ridges, girders, collars, battens, horizontal beams, sleepers, trimmers, etc.
  • Auto-detect and frame roof openings, and cope ends of existing beams.
  • Freely revise your Revit model by easily selecting the elements and properties you want to modify.
  • Find structural and engineering clashes. Cut and frame openings according to predefined rules.
  • One-click generation of shop drawings and cut lists. Get real-time take-offs and views, plus automatic sorting and dimensioning.
  • Optional export to any CNC machine and CAD/CAM production line, such as Pinnacle, etc.
  • Roof frames and shop drawings update and adapt according to any changes.
  • Perform structural analysis without leaving Revit or export your metal frames to external analysis software at any stage of the design process.

Smart Connections




APPLICATION FOR AUTOMATED LOD 400 MODELING IN REVIT®

Add any number of face-specific intelligent details – which adapt to host-element changes – throughout BIM models.

  • Rule-based distribution of details and voids on any element surfaces
  • Simple insertion of point-based and line-based details
  • Host-element data can be read and used to modify detail families automatically
  • Easily rotate/flip details in configuration window to get desired result
  • Check whether host element has enough solid body for detail to be inserted
  • Insert details according to gravity point
  • Insert details at intersection points of other Revit elements
  • Quick modification and updating of inserted details
  • Automatically insert details based on a defined configuration name
  • Smart Assemblies, used for workshop drawings, recognizes changes made by Smart Connections

Cut Opening



PRECISION OPENINGS FOR MEP SERVICES AND BUILDING STRUCTURES

Create openings with fire safety components throughout a Revit® model where ducts, pipes, cable trays and conduits intersect with walls, floors, roofs, ceilings, beams and columns. Cut Opening creates openings with special holding details for structural beams.

  • Automatically creates openings where ducts, pipes, cable trays or conduits intersect walls, floors, roofs, ceilings, beams or columns
  • Automatically adds openings with predefined sizes in accordance with MEP line based element sizes, categories and system classifications
  • Automatically joins openings with predefined configurations
  • Automatically inserts Fire Dampers where ducts clash with walls, floors, ceilings or roofs with fire rating
  • Automatically inserts structural openings for separated architectural and structural models
  • Enhance BIM-team work and deliverables for integrated project delivery (IPD)

Sort Mark




FLEXIBLE ELEMENT AND GRID RENUMBERING

Renumber Revit® elements just the way you want, detect and renumber grids, determine swing direction and orientation (and add them as properties), recalculate shared coordinates, and much more.

  • Detects grid geometry and automatically renumbers them after any project change
  • Renumbers of any Revit elements (Doors, Windows, Columns, Pipes, etc.) in a number of different ways
  • Writes swing direction for the doors into the door's properties
  • Writes flip/mirror orientation for the selected elements
  • Creates new shared parameters, recalculates shared X, Y, Z coordinates
  • Possibility to save numbering settings under the separate name
  • Possibility to sort elements in Ascending/Descending order, and many more functions

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Want to find out if this is the right solution for you? Our professionals can help you quickly find out how this software will benefit your design process.

FRAME YOUR PROJECT!

Don’t waste time reading technical documentation, and see that this is the solution for you! Our Expert will frame a part of your project, demonstrate software functionality, and share best practices and the most efficient way of framing, taking into account your current needs.

Duration: 1 hour. Cost: 250$/250€

You'll leave the demonstration with:

- Part of your project already framed;
- Your questions answered;
- 14-day software trial;
- Support during the trial period.

CLIENT STORIES

Scottish firm’s DfMA-level CLT Revit models benefit greatly from unique BIM software Bela calls AGACAD metal framing and CNC solutions the "lifeblood" of its building design business
NIRAS A/S: “AGACAD’s Cut Opening software supports our Lean BIM processes” “AGACAD framing tools let us confidently take on more complexity”
Thorson Baker Associates logo THORSON BAKER & ASSOCIATES (TBA): “AGACAD software has given substance to our models” JPS-Konsult: “We’re hooked on Precast Concrete and other AGACAD solutions”
AEC AB: “Partnership with AGACAD was key for implementing BIM fully at Trivselhus.” A-BET BV logo A-BET gets competitive boost in panelling, framing, BIM to fabrication with AGACAD solutions
More client stories >> AMV needed software to create shop drawings fast and check that frame members are correctly positioned


Developed in compliance with standards and guidelines:

AISI S100-07/S2-10, North American Specification for the Design of Cold-Formed Steel Structural Members with Supplement 2. American Iron and Steel Institute, Washington, DC.
AISI S200-07, 2007. North American Standard for Cold-Formed Steel Framing – General Provisions. American Iron and Steel Institute, Washington, DC.
NASH Standard - Residential and Low-rise Steel Framing, Part 1: Design Criteria. 2010.
NASH Standard - Residential and Low-rise Steel Framing, Part 2: Design Solutions. 2010.
Building Enclosure Design Guide– Wood Frame Multi-Unit Residential Buildings. Homeowner Protection Office (HPO), Vancouver, Canada, 2011.
AISI D110-07, Cold-Formed Steel Framing Design Guide, 2nd Edition. American Iron and Steel Institute, Washington, DC.
AISI D100-08, AISI Manual, Cold-Formed Steel Design. American Iron and Steel Institute, Washington, DC.
Pinnacle CNC Machine Specifications
Metroll Manufacturer and Supplier Resources
ClarkDietrich Steel Framing Product Specifications
CEMCO Specifications

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Don’t waste time on reading technical documentation and see that this is the solution for you! Our Expert will frame a part of your project, demonstrate software functionality and share the best practice and efficient way of framing, taking into account your current needs.

Duration: 1 hour
Cost: 250$/250€

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You will leave the demonstration with:
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With a paid trial, which is called an Initial Implementation Plan, our professionals will help you quickly discover how this software will benefit your design process.
Our BIM consultant will demonstrate software functionality, share best practices, and show the most efficient way of framing your project according your current needs. Plus, you’ll get an extended trial period, sample Revit families and configurations.

Cost: 750$/750€
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Initial Implementation Plan includes:
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