Consulting clients around the world and seeing a wide variety of projects, we are always thinking about how we can further improve our Autodesk® Revit® add-ons to make it even easier for clients to create BIM models. This time we introduce 3 new features of our Revit plugin Smart Walls.
These improvements will be the most beneficial to those architects and structural engineers using Revit, who work with prefabricated walls like precast or sandwich walls. So, check out these updates:
Smart Assemblies is probably the most powerful BIM solution to automate assembly drawings with dimensions, schedules, legends, and placement of views on a sheet. It is easy to understand the value it brings for Revit users as hundreds of manual mouse clicks are replaced by automated configuration settings.
Smart Assemblies is updated several times per year. The newest release of this application for Revit was triggered by requests from a group of clients and to meet some country specific requirements, but it will definitely bring value to other existing and new clients.
Some new features have been added to our Wall Reinforcement tool that‘s part of our Precast Concrete BIM Solution for Autodesk® Revit®. The tool automates modeling and placing rebar in precast walls, and the latest updates make it more flexible. Let‘s go through each of the new features.
Equal spacing option
An additional spacing option – Equal – has been made for main rebar layout and stirrup layout for openings and perimeter. If you select ‘Equal’, then the start and end layout distance will be the same and will fall somewhere between the ‘Distance’ and ‘Spacing’ values.
This is the third post in our series on LOD 400 modeling for precast concrete in Revit. Part I was about columns. Part II about beams.
Autodesk® Revit® lets you easily model walls for precast buildings. In this blog post we will go over the full workflow for modeling precast concrete walls and generating documentation using AGACAD’s Precast Concrete BIM Solution for Revit.
1. Modeling precast walls
Model precast walls with Revit using standard structural wall system families. Add doors and window families or face-based void families to have openings in the walls. In this stage, draw your walls from corner to corner, not dividing them into separate precast panels. I recommend modeling them with the correct height constraints – from Level to Level, the way they will be built. Later you can copy them into levels above with Revit’s ‘Paste Aligned to Selected Levels’ command.
We recently released a new feature for our Precast Concrete design software that automates column rebar placement in Revit. The Column Reinforcement tool makes it efficient to model main rebar, stirrups, and corbel rebar, a task that structural engineers and precast modelers have to spend hours on if they’re stuck doing it manually.
Here’s the basic workflow for using Column Reinforcement.
1. Open configuration window of Column reinforcement and create new configuration.
AGACAD is well-known for developing tools for prefab structures, particularly wood framing, metal framing, and precast concrete. Revit-based addons help with modeling highly-detailed building models reaching LOD (Level of Detail) 400 and creating necessary documentation efficiently.
The latest feature added to our Precast Concrete design software is Column Reinforcement. Revit already has quite good tools for rebar, and the most recent versions have made it more stable than ever. But with thousands of reinforcement bars in each BIM project, it can still take a lot of time to model them, so precast engineers can benefit from other tools to work with rebar in a timely manner.
Each step is important in building design, so in this blog post we will go over the full workflow for modeling precast concrete columns and generating documentation in Revit using AGACAD’s Precast Concrete solution.
1. Modeling precast columns
Create structural columns in Revit. These are just simple standard Revit Structural Column families drawn to define the top and bottom level constraints.
Last week I posted about how to insert shoes for precast concrete columns from ProdLib libraries efficiently in Revit. Again, shout-outs to ProdLib for their great BIM content libraries and to Peikko for making their structural connections for precast concrete available for us designers to use in Revit.
This week I show how you can manually place Peikko lifting anchors and make modifications VERSUS how you can place them and change parameters automatically using our Precast Concrete BIM design software. Hope you will find this useful!
Load lifting family from ProdLib.
If the Revit family doesn’t snap to the wall face, just modify it using the Family Editor.
Let’s place manually and change some parameters.
Let’s automate the detail insertion process! Use the Smart Connections tool that’s part of our Precast Concrete BIM software.
Create a new configuration to place lifting families relative to the center of gravity.
Repeat on the side of the wall.
Apply the configuration to all walls.
Modify the configuration so that details on the wall edge will be oriented correctly…
⚡️Presto! All details are inserted based on wall shape and size. For future walls, just run the configuration to insert all those lifting anchors with JUST ONE CLICK!
Anstar and Peikko both manufacture structural connections for precast concrete. And they’ve gone the extra step of making their respective products available for designers to use by uploading them to BIM content libraries. You can find their products in the libraries put together by ProdLib. Now that’s some great BIM content right there! As we’ve been saying for years, “Manufacturers, we need you in BIM!”
Whichever manufacturer you may choose, here is a workflow for inserting column shoes efficiently from ProdLib using our Precast Concrete BIM design software for Revit.
Insert precast column shoes using Prodlib libraries.
If the Revit Family doesn’t snap to the Host, just modify it by changing a few options in the Family Editor.
The primary update in the new version has to do with the Smart Dimensions feature. In the previous version of Smart Assemblies, the Smart Dimensions configurations were in the Hosted Metal Details tab:
But with this update, Smart Dimensions has been moved to its own tab, outside of Hosted Metal Details. This means that you can create dimensions by using settings in the Hosted Metal Details tab AND in the Smart Dimensions tab.
For current users of Smart Assemblies, it‘s important to know that if you had an existing configuration with Smart Dimensions turned ON, then in your configuration you will now find that Hosted Metal Details and Smart Dimensions are BOTH turned ON. In some situations that could cause duplicate dimensions because Hosted Metal Detail dimensioning rules and Smart Dimensions will both be applied.Read more »
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