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June 17, 2021

Smart Views Activation Instructions for Current Users

News of interest for current users of Precast Concrete, Wood Framing, or Metal Framing: our new Smart Views tool is included, gratis!

If you have one or more licenses of any of our products listed below (Revit version 2022, 2021, or 2020), then Smart Views is included:

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June 17, 2021

New Smart Views Tool Released for Revit Users

AGACAD has a brand-new tool available that makes project documentation easier for architects, MEP engineers, and structural engineers who use Autodesk® Revit®. Our newest product – Smart Views – lets you create any number of views with automated dimensions for selected elements in Revit without creating an assembly.

Smart Views is especially suited for Revit users who need to make drawings of sections and elevations of any building element, all the way from preliminary design stages through to a detailed design. It could be for a cast-in-place concrete wall with MEP openings or just a casework, a wood-framed wall or window, an elevation of selected walls, or a section of a particular connection.

So whether you’re an architect, structural engineer, or HVAC engineer, Smart Views is here to make your documentation tasks in Revit easier. And faster. That’s why we made the tool: to remove some stress out of your daily work.

Great news for current users!

If you are a current user of our Precast Concrete, Wood Framing, or Metal Framing design software, we have included Smart Views in your existing license(s), free of charge! See the ACTIVATION INSTRUCTIONS.

Not a current user of AGACAD’s Revit and BIM tools? We warmly invite you to out Smart Views for free – please scroll down for instructions.

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June 3, 2021

BIM Tree Manager: More Control Over Your Revit Project [WEBINAR]

In this free 30-minute webinar on June 17th we will show how to use BIM Tree Manager, a feature of our Smart Browser BIM Solution that helps architects, structural engineers, and HVAC engineers in their daily project management tasks in Autodesk® Revit®.

Project organization is time-consuming, and it’s easy to overlook details, especially when dealing with thousands of elements. All the same, this work has to be done to get deliverables and ensure project success. Thankfully there is a tool dedicated to this task: BIM Tree Manager.

A relatively unknown and untapped aid in the world of Revit project and family management tools, BIM Tree Manager was developed to meet the needs of the most advanced Revit professionals around the world. And we want to show you how useful it is in this webinar.

The webinar will be held twice, so please register for the session that’s more convenient for you. We especially invite BIM managers and BIM coordinators. Webinar content will also be of interest to out-of-box Revit users.

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May 26, 2021

Wall Reinforcement Now Supports Fabric Sheets in Revit [NEW FEATURE]

BIM solution Wall Reinforcement got another update – one which had been Number 1 on our Precast Concrete users’ wish-list: the ability to automatically place fabric sheets of rebar. This feature lets Autodesk® Revit® users model sheets much faster than previously was the case.

Like the other features of our Wall Reinforcement Revit tool, the Fabric Sheets feature is flexible and easy to set up. You can choose your fabric sheet type and define all parameters available in Revit, like sheet alignment, Lap splice length, etc.

What’s great about the fabric area configurations is that you avoid the headache of having to enter additional offset values for each fabric area. Drawing the boundary for the fabric area boundary is also automated to match the shape of your wall layers, which is essential if you have sandwich walls with wythes of different heights.

Let’s look at the configurations.

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May 20, 2021

Latest Advances for Wood & Metal Framing in Revit [WEBINAR]

During the past year, we made over 40 updates to our Wood Framing and Metal Framing BIM software for designing walls, floors, and roofs in Revit®. We’ll go through the most significant ones in this free 30-minute webinar on June 3rd.

Meeting the needs of framing professionals around the world drives us to continually improve our BIM tools. It’s how we build BIM together. The enhancements you’ll see in this webinar include new features, enhanced sample families, and requests made by clients that bring benefits to a large part of our user base who design prefabricated timber and light-gauge steel-framed buildings.

Although we hosted webinars as features were released during the course of 2020, we’re pulling it all together in this one so that you can have the rundown in one convenient place.

The webinar will be held twice, so please register for the session that’s more convenient for you. Content will especially be of interest to designers of wood-framed buildings or LGS-framed buildings, architects, engineers, BIM managers, and out-of-box Revit users.

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May 19, 2021

Main Benefits of AGACAD's Wall Reinforcement Revit Tool

Here are seven benefits of using our Wall Reinforcement tool to model rebar in precast and cast-in-place concrete walls in Autodesk® Revit®.

1. Easy user interface

Wall Reinforcement has a UI that is consistent, easy-to-read, and stable. This makes it easy to learn and implement the tool in your company.

AGACAD Wall Reinforcement tool for Revit
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May 12, 2021

Cut Opening: Automated Dimensioning in Revit [WEBINAR]

We invite you to join our free 45-minute webinar on May 27th to see the latest feature that has been made for our Cut Opening BIM Solution for Autodesk Revit: adding dimensions automatically for penetration holes.

Cut Opening has been enhanced by the addition of a new feature: Smart Dimensions. This newly added functionality lets you create dimensions in a Revit model. Whether you need simple or complex dimensions, the Cut Opening tool will not only populate your model with openings but will also save time on dimensioning those openings as well as lots of other elements. 

Smart Dimensions was modified explicitly for Cut Opening so that it could also measure linked elements, making Cut Opening more robust and eliminating manual tasks that designers routinely have to deal with.  Join our free 45-minute webinar to learn about the new possibilities! 

The webinar will be held twice, so please sign up for the session that’s more convenient for you. We especially invite designers, architects, BIM managers, MEP and structural engineers to participate in this webinar. Content will also be of interest to out-of-box Revit users.

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May 11, 2021

How to Dimension Reinforcement for Precast Elements in Revit [VIDEO]

Dimensioning rebar depends on company standards or on requirements coming from the manufacturer. Either way, it’s relatively easy to do once you’ve got the rebar modeled in Revit®.

One way you can do it is by placing dimensions and changing visibility settings using native Revit commands. Another way is to automate that process with a Revit plugin. For precast elements, I would suggest Smart Assemblies, as it can create views, dimensions, schedules, and sheets – everything you need for shop drawings.

Alright, so I will skip how to do the process manually in Revit, which hopefully is covered on YouTube or by your Revit software providers, but here is how you can do it with our tools. I will jump straight into the Smart Dimensions tool that’s part of Smart Assemblies and open its configuration. (Video below.)

1. Open Smart Dimensions

Once you’ve opened Smart Dimensions, go to its configurations.

Menu of Smart Dimensions tool in Revit
Here’s where to open the Smart Dimensions feature that’s part of Smart Assemblies
Configurations of Smart Dimensions tool in Revit
Here’s the configurations window of Smart Dimensions

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April 30, 2021

Precast Concrete Wall Reinforcement in Revit [WEBINAR]

Modeling reinforcement for precast walls in Revit is no longer a mysterious task that only a few detailers do. It’s becoming standard practice in BIM and 3D projects in general without having to switch to 2D to finish documentation.

Whether you generate piece drawings or export information to CAM machines, though, you need to have actual rebar elements in your model if you want to get sections, quantities, and other information. And since it takes quite a lot of time to model thousands of rebars, it sure helps if that work is done automatically.

That’s why we developed our Wall Reinforcement tool for Revit. Come see how it works in this free 30-minute webinar on May 13th. Besides a typical workflow, we’ll also show the latest features.

Modeling rebar in precast walls in Revit eats up a lot of time, so we developed the Wall Reinforcement addon. It’s part of our Precast Concrete BIM Solution, which streamlines the whole design process based on the workflows and insights of precast experts around the world – and eliminates myriad mouse-clicks in the process.

The Wall Reinforcement tool can place external and internal reinforcement, straight and diagonal bars, stirrups around openings and perimeters, plus reinforcement for wall corners. The tool recognizes wall shapes and places rebar based on your configurations. And if you have a sandwich or double wall, you can apply different rebar settings for each layer.

The webinar will be held twice, so please register for the session that’s more convenient for you. We especially invite precast designers and structural engineers to participate in this webinar. Content will also be of interest to out-of-box Revit users and those thinking of switching from AutoCAD to BIM.

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April 28, 2021

How to Place Pocket Families for Roof Joists in Revit [VIDEO]

In this post, I’ll show three ways for placing joist pockets in Revit for tilt-up construction projects.

One way to do it is manually in plain Revit. The other two ways make use of our Smart Connections BIM tool that can distribute hardware, details, voids, any sort of element or family in Revit whether you’re designing buildings from precast concrete, wood frames, or metal frames.

Whichever way you go, the first several steps are the same, so let’s start there. (Video below.)

STEP 1. Create a pocket family by using a face-based family template.

Create face based family in Revit
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