Author "Valensas Balsevicius" posts

September 2, 2021

New features for Column Reinforcement tool for Revit: Work with round columns, crank and bend rebar

In the latest update of our Column Reinforcement plug-in for Revit®, a couple of new features have been added, including the ability to work not only with rectangular columns but round ones well. By way of reminder, Column Reinforcement is a feature of our BIM software for Precast Concrete design.

We developed the two features in this update based on the needs of precast structural detailers and engineers. With our dual goals of reducing BIM stress and securing BIM benefits ever at the forefront, we think these enhancements will prove useful for many more Revit users who need an efficient way to place rebar throughout precast models.

1. Reinforce columns with round sections

In the past, the tool could only add reinforcement to columns that had rectangular sections. Now it’s also possible to define reinforcement settings for round columns.

Round column reinforcement in Revit
Round column cranked bars
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August 27, 2021

How to make QR/barcodes for precast concrete elements in Revit [VIDEO]

QR codes and barcodes surround us in everyday life – when shopping in the grocery store, receiving packages at home, or giving a blood test sample at the doctor’s office. Their purpose is to transfer data about an item, so you can track, check, or use it down the road in other processes. Such codes are used in a variety of situations in the AEC industry too, and precast is no exception.

A few months ago we announced that our Sort Mark Revit add-on lets you generate QR/barcodes with any information from the model. Sort Mark creates QR or barcodes as images and assigns them to each element, to the selected Image type parameter.

Sort Mark is an included tool in AGACAD’s Precast Concrete design software, so that means that our Precast users can make codes in a jiffy too. Here’s how! Written instructions follow the video below.

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August 19, 2021

New Features added to Smart Assemblies for measuring

Several new features have been added and UI changes have been made in the latest update of our Smart Assemblies BIM Solution for Revit®. Smart Assemblies is our plugin that makes preparing shop drawings in Revit a breeze.

The latest features, which we’ll go through below, come as a result of client requests that we had received. Now we’re happy to show what we’ve implemented so that Revit users can spend more time on design work and less on repetitive tasks that don’t add value.

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June 23, 2021

Smart Assemblies Now Supports Automated Views for Casework in Revit [NEW FEATURE]

When it comes to tools that automate creating assembly views with dimensions, schedules, and sheets in Revit®, our Smart Assemblies BIM Solution is in a league of its own. And now with the latest update, this powerful tool can automatically rotate an assembly’s origin so that it points the correct direction in views of selected elements. It works for both instance elements and groups of elements.

This latest update of Smart Assemblies also includes a couple of features for element dimensioning and improved ways of working with a few Revit categories like casework, windows, and doors. We implemented these to features to further reduce BIM stress for Revit users around the world.

It’s really easy to create assembly views of an individual Casework (or Millwork) Family. All you have to do is select the casework objects that you want to make assemblies for and click ‘Create’. The tool will auto-rotate the assembly origin to the proper orientation and will create dimensions and views. You can even add more objects to the assembly. Take a look.

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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 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 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 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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April 21, 2021

Beam Reinforcement in Revit: Stirrups, Supports & Common Bending Shapes [NEW FEATURES]

Modeling main reinforcement and stirrups for precast beams in Revit is easy with our Beam Reinforcement tool. Some clients recently gave us feedback regarding the add-on, so we developed some new features that will further streamline the work of precast detailers.

The updates have to do with stirrups, rebar at beam ends, and common bending shapes of main bar. Descriptions of each of those new features below.

Revit rebar placement: Centered stirrups

After one of my previous blog posts about Revit beam stirrup layout, a user contacted us asking for a small improvement – centered stirrups – because in some situations it is better to have equal spacing than to have bars at exact positions.

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April 20, 2021

New Ways to Split Revit Walls Vertically & Horizontally with Smart Walls [NEW FEATURE]

Smart Walls is our Revit add-on that simplifies wall management, allowing you to quickly disassemble layers into different wall types, control gaps and joins, split walls into panels, insert gravity points, and more. Part of our Tools4Revit Suite, it’s also included in our Precast Concrete BIM Solution since wall panels are ubiquitous in precast design.

This latest update for our Smart Walls tool has new ways of splitting walls horizontally – via configurations – and vertically – via reference plane.

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