All framing structural designers know that diagonal bracing is necessary because it keeps framed walls stable, preventing them from collapsing. Let-in bracing is the most widely used bracing system, but this bracing requires the studs be notched so that the brace will be flush with the stud surface. Using diagonal braces, these studs are typically cut at a 45- to 60-degree angle.
But sometimes designers need other type of cuts. For example, AGACAD client Optimera AS (which is supported by AGACAD’s valued partner in Norway Focus Software AS), a significant distributor of building materials in Scandinavia, was looking for the possibility of making special cuts:
“We need cuts for diagonal nailers to be horizontal and not diagonal as shown in the pucture. Is this possible?”
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Many BIM software users know that with the BIM model they can easily prepare shop drawings (plans, elevations, sections, element legends and schedules). BIM model allows you to save a lot of time in the preparation of project documentation: BIM software automatically or semi-automatically forms lists of project elements, performs their numbering, grouping, prepares shop drawings. Wide potentials of various BIM technologies reduce the need for project data export to other software, which sort and optimize the quantity of elements or form the project estimates.
However, many designers stop at the BIM model creation, and preparation of project shop drawings, although BIM software provides much more possibilities. Most of them equate concepts of BIM workflow and BIM model therefore they don’t seize all BIM possibilities to the utmost. BIM model is just a 3D model with all its data, and the BIM process does not end with BIM model creation. So, what’s next? How to extend the BIM model usage to manufacturing and building, in order to increase the benefits of BIM technology? The answer – you need as far as possible to extend usage of the opportunities that the BIM model possibilities provide.
In this article, I will give you an example of how to fully use the BIM model.Read more »