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February 1, 2023

AGACAD Advances | 2023 No. 1

The ‘I’ in BIM is the item of interest in the latest installment of our newsletter AGACAD Advances for AEC professionals.

But there’s more besides, like client stories and upcoming webinars. Plus, our Global BIM Survey continues.

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January 30, 2023

Classification: The key to getting more out of BIM [WEBINAR]

So, let’s say you made the transition from designing in 2D to 3D some time ago. You and your team have become confident in using BIM workflows. Check.

But, are you using BIM to its full potential? The time, effort, and financial resources invested into implementing BIM demand that you get as much as possible out of it.

BIM data classification is precisely where you can get more out of BIM. In fact, it’s the key to unlocking its full value. That’s because BIM data classification makes data easier to understand, ensuring accurate and timely budgeting, planning, building, and management of a given asset.

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January 12, 2023

Deltec Homes upgrades its innovative panel work

This US creator of hurricane-resistant circular timber homes greatly enhanced its panel design processes with the help of AGACAD wood framing tools for Revit® and related training and support, speeding its fuller transition to BIM.

Client Profile

Deltec Homes is a design and prefabrication company based in Asheville, North Carolina, known for uniquely durable and energy-efficient timber houses. Founded in 1968 and certified as environmentally friendly, it has customers in all 50 US states and around the world, from the Caribbean to Australia, especially in places where heavy wind and storms are common.

Business Need

Deltec Homes promotes ingenuity in building design, seeking maximally simple ways to address life’s complex challenges. The company is famous for its distinctive hurricane-resistant round homes, which combine panoramic views of nature with protection from its harsher moments. It also boasts two “Housing Innovation Awards” from the US Department of Energy for zero energy houses.

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January 11, 2023

Updating Metal Framed Models & Documentation Automatically in Revit [WEBINAR]

It’s time to kick off AGACAD’s 2023 webinar season!

Our first webinar of the year will be about how to automate light-gauge steel design in Revit using the Metal Framing solution. Specifically, how to deal with mid-project model changes.

When changes are made to the framing design, they affect many elements in your model. And not only the framing elements, but also the shop drawings and BIM data associated with them.

But, what if you need to make changes after having invested hours of work into framing design, element numbering, and shop drawings? Can you still get drawings and schedules done on time?

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December 22, 2022

Merry Christmas to you & a peaceful 2023!

Dear Clients, Colleagues, Friends and Followers,

The holidays are a special time to appreciate all we have, and especially the people around us. Our loved ones. Our life and health and theirs. The wellbeing of our families and communities.

We are thankful too for your presence in our life and work.

Holidays are a lesson in focusing on what’s important today, here, now. Cherishing those things, and putting others aside. They remind us of our deeper values. Enduring ones. Eternal. Values we share with all humanity that drive positive change in our world without changing themselves.

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December 1, 2022

The Best Way to Model SIP Panels in Revit [WEBINAR]

Building homes out of structural insulated panels has become an increasingly popular prefabricated construction type. Designing SIP panel houses in Revit requires a good deal of optimization in order to more easily reach the desired result on time and on budget.

We’ve optimized the process in the form of a specialized framing plug-in for Autodesk® Revit®. It’s called Wood Framing SIPS.

Join our free webinar on December 14th during which you’ll see the process of modeling homes with SIP panels in Revit. Using our Wood Framing SIPS software, the main task is customizing the settings to fit company standards. After that, the framing and documentation process is all automated, and your standard-specific configurations can be used again in future projects. We hope you can tune in!

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November 21, 2022

Global BIM Survey: Belgium builds on Dutch Revit Standards

Drawing on the insights of our partners around the world, AGACAD is reviewing the status and specifics of BIM use in different countries. This time we look at Belgium, in discussion with BIM expert Peter Bruggeman from Arkance Systems BeLux.

Local challenges in the centre of Europe

While the European Union strongly encourages digitalization of architecture, engineering and construction, being in the heart of the EU has not really helped Belgium move faster with technologies and processes like building information modelling and management (BIM).  

“In Belgium it’s always step by step, and first of all we’re going to look abroad – to Holland, France, Luxembourg, Germany. What are they doing? Is it working? What exactly is working? How can we start doing that too?” says Peter Bruggeman, the BIM specialist at Arkance Systems in Brussels.

Having regions with distinct languages –Dutch in Flanders and French in Wallonia– has not helped speed BIM adoption either. As an example, Autodesk Revit, the dominant software platform for BIM here, is available with a French interface but not a Dutch one. “If you receive a file from a Flemish architectural office, it will be in English. If the constructor is French speaking, they’ll open it in the French version; half will be in French, half in English. That doesn’t work,” the consultant notes.

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November 18, 2022

Supercharge your Revit library sharing via new cloud platform [WEBINAR]

In every BIM project, engineers, designers, and BIM managers need to be able to share and access the correct content. The simpler and faster this can be done, while guaranteeing content integrity, goes a long way to ensuring that the project will be completed on time and on budget.

When you share Revit families and family libraries with colleagues and clients, can you easily control how you share them and who gets access? Do recipients get notified if any elements have been added or updated?

Our new Cloud platform and updated Smart Browser can help you share libraries easily and manage who has access to them. Join our free webinar on December 7th during which our Autodesk® Revit® users will learn how BIM teams can further simplify content coordination. We hope you can tune in!

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October 13, 2022

Creating Prefabrication Drawings of Hangers & Supports in Revit [WEBINAR]

Designing MEP systems in Autodesk® Revit® requires hanger and support families to be precisely placed so that accurate builder’s work drawings can be made from the 3D model. Needless to say, it consumes lots of time that could otherwise be spent creating additional project value.

Join our free webinar on October 27th during which our BIM expert will show how to automatically insert hangers and supports in Revit models using the MEP Hangers add-on. He’ll also show how to then create detailed shop drawings using the Smart Documentation add-on. We hope you can tune in!

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October 11, 2022

BuildUp scales offsite construction with AGACAD and Arkance Systems support

AGACAD’s Metal Framing Suite for Revit and CNC Exporter, backed by local partner Arkance Systems BeLux, have helped an innovative producer of modular buildings based in Belgium optimize and ramp up its sustainable offsite operations to meet surging international demand.

Client Profile

BuildUp designs, fabricates and assembles custom buildings, addressing modern construction challenges in an innovative, sustainable way which has attracted a strategic investor and is driving international expansion. With its headquarters and factory in Aarschot, Belgium, BuildUp is now active in Belgium, the Netherlands, France, Switzerland, and French and Dutch overseas territories.

Partner

Arkance Systems BeLux is a regional leader in the supply of digitalization solutions for construction and industry, ensuring that digital transformation results in more effective business processes.

Business Need

BuildUp was born nearly a decade ago as the Belgian SME ‘beSteel’. It became market leader in all of Benelux for the design and production of light steel profiles and frames. But the company saw bigger opportunities for using offsite production to make construction more sustainable and deliver better buildings with greater energy efficiency. The global construction group BESIX shared that vision; in 2021 a subsidiary of BESIX took a minority stake in BuildUp to support its startup-like trajectory.

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