Prepared by Bryan Bradley of Textus Aptus
When it comes to wood and metal framing, Renata Jociene, Lead BIM Application Engineer at AGACAD, has tremendous insight and experience. She agreed to share her thoughts on the current state of BIM software for framing all types of buildings with timber and with cold-formed steel.
Q: To start, could you tell us a bit about trends today in framed construction?
Framing always played a big role in the building industry and today that role is only growing, especially with people’s focus on green solutions.
Both wood and steel framing have major advantages for sustainability – big efficiencies in both the construction and use of a facility, and recyclability. That’s true all over the world, though there are regional differences. Like in the U.S., where so much timber is available and there’s a long tradition of wood-frame houses, as I recently wrote in the article “Wooden Houses in the USA: A Centuries-Old Building Tradition”.
Framing is being used not only for houses, but for all types of buildings really. Wood is more common for residential, and metal for industrial or commercial facilities, but a lot depends on structural needs and choices. Wood framing is more earthquake resistant, for instance. In any case, big efficiency gains are being achieved with pre-fabrication solutions. The world is steadily moving to BIM, including framed construction, and “BIM-to-fabrication” is a hot keyword in the field.
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Setting up hangers and creating openings for MEP elements is not the most exciting part of modelling in Autodesk® Revit®. It’s rather boring and takes up too much time. An engineer could spend days manually working around pipes and ducts, checking how they intersect with other structural and architectural elements. All of this can be done much faster using AGACAD tools such as MEP Hangers and Cut Opening. These solutions have been proven to prevent human error, save money, and dramatically reduce time spent on tasks during the BIM process.
Autodesk Revit by default doesn’t provide any easy workflow for quickly creating multiple openings or connecting MEP systems to the structural model, so engineers waste time doing things by hand. AGACAD is solving this problem by developing tools that eliminate boring manual work and provide more control over the project.
“The best part of AGACAD solutions is that they are being constantly improved and the user gets updates for free when they are released. Read more »
We’ve been hard at work testing our brand new DOCK* against Revit 2020 to ensure complete compatibility. To those of you who have been anxiously awaiting the news, thank you for your patience. We’re glad to say our tools are ready to use with Revit 2020!*The Dock is an interactive window in Autodesk® Revit® that allows you to access and manage all Revit® products developed by AGACAD.
Here’s how to get our tools running on Revit 2020.
For current users of our software
To companies/individuals who have an active license maintenance/subscription of at least one of our tools, we’ve sent an email containing software activation codes and a link to download our 2020 Tools4BIM Dock. (If you can’t find it in your inbox, please check your spam folder.)
NB: If you’re with a company, please ask your BIM manager or IT coordinator for these codes.
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A cost-focused and energy-conscious Australian building design firm intent to extract all possible value from BIM considers AGACAD a key ally for the uniquely powerful and flexible functionality of its tools and solutions for Revit®.
BELA DESIGN BUILDING of Australia are BIM professionals offering building design and modelling, engineering expertise, and CNC services for prefabrication and modular construction.
Founded in 2003, they specialize in mechanised light steel construction with masonry concrete tilt-ups. Cost- and energy-conscious, the firm administers projects online, thus extending its reach to clients well beyond its home in Palmers Island, New South Wales. Read more »
A new update of MEP Hangers BIM solution for Revit has been released. New features have been added that give the user greater control! Now you can place hangers depending on length, diameter, size, shape, or any other MEP element parameter of your choice.
We hope you can join in this webinar!
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Join in this free webinar to see the flexibility of AGACAD’s Wood/Metal Framing solution for Revit, which has been enhanced by implementing some highly requested features relating to stud and sheathing distribution, joined openings, top plate supports, bracing, and more!
Expert Consultation: 30-minute presentation to be followed by 30 minutes of Q&A.
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PRESS RELEASE – Vilnius, 9 October 2018
AGACAD Ltd, a developer of industry-focused technologies for building information modelling and management, is pleased to announce that it has become one of the first Architecture, Engineering, and Construction (AEC) Industry Partners of Autodesk Inc., the maker of Revit, the world’s leading software platform for BIM.
“This is new recognition of the value that AGACAD’s add-on solutions provide – the time, money and stress that they save – for Revit users all over the world by automating much of their work and adding powerful new functionality for specific industries, regions and firms. We look forward to engaging even more with Autodesk to address the ever-evolving real-life needs of BIM professionals,” says Donatas Aksomitas, the CEO of AGACAD.
“As project complexity increases and project teams become more geographically dispersed, structural professionals must collaborate in new, more innovative ways. With AGACAD developing solutions on top of Revit, they are enabling our customers to use BIM as an engineering and collaboration platform and not just a modelling and documentation tool,” says Michael Gustafson, Autodesk’s Industry Strategy Manager for Structural Engineering.
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AGACAD is pleased to welcome Adeon CZ s.r.o., a leading CAD system integrator in the Czech Republic, as its exclusive partner for the sale and support of AGACAD’s solutions for BIM in the country. The company joins AGACAD’s ever-growing list of local partners around the world.
“This new partnership further strengthens AGACAD’s ability to ensure outstanding service and support for customers in Central Europe,” says Donatas Aksomitas, the CEO of AGACAD. “Adeon CZ is a Gold Tier Autodesk Partner with 20 years of experience in the market. They know Revit and the needs of BIM professionals inside and out,” he adds.
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