The latest edition of our newsletter AGACAD Advances has several items of interest, including the Japan installment of the Global BIM Survey we began last year and two client success stories focusing on wood framing in Revit.
AGACAD, the developer of advanced technologies for building information modelling and management, is proud to introduce the first comprehensive BIM software for simplifying and automating the preparation of documents and drawings from Autodesk Revit models.
The new “Smart Documentation” toolset is the latest addition to AGACAD’s popular range of Revit productivity plugins and BIM solutions. It is intended for architects, structural engineers, MEP engineers, prefabricators and everyone in the building industry with responsibility for documentation.
“In fabrication and construction, everything hinges on the documentation. Building designers above all need to create drawings, schedules and so on. Most do so inefficiently, adding views and annotations one by one, losing a lot of time and risking errors. We developed Smart Documentation to fill the project documentation gaps in Revit, generating content quickly and accurately, at times replacing hours of drafting with just a few clicks,” says Donatas Aksomitas, the Managing Director of AGACAD.
We’re pleased to announce that our BIM Solutions and Tools4Revit Add-ons are all ready to use with Revit 2023! Our BIM Application Engineers have tested the TOOLS4BIM DOCK against the latest Revit version to ensure complete compatibility.
Follow the instructions below to get our tools up and running in Revit 2023.
Drawing on the insights of our partners around the world, AGACAD is examining the status and specifics of BIM use in different countries. This time we look at Japan, in discussion with Mr Masanori Moriya, the CEO of M&F tecnica, a leading Japanese provider of ITC solutions for the building industry with offices in Tokyo, Saitama and Miyazaki. M&F have helped pioneer BIM in the country.
Japan is no stranger to modern technology and process efficiency. In many industries, Japanese firms have written the book on workflow optimisation. But in building and construction information modelling, or BIM/CIM as it’s generally called there, the country seems to be lagging internationally.
“The introduction of BIM in Japan is behind compared to other countries. The Japanese BIM market is still in the developing stage,” Mr Masanori Moriya says, adding: “Some believe this is due to unique Japanese business customs.”
The Guidelines for BIM Standard Workflows published by Japan’s Ministry of Land, Infrastructure, Transport and Tourism (MLIT) in 2020 stress BIM cannot be promoted according to international standards immediately due to the way Japan’s construction industry functions. As in other countries, the document says, BIM guidelines should be based on ISO 19650 but customized for the local situation. “In other words, it says it is important to introduce BIM in a way that fits Japanese business customs,” Mr Moriya explains.
The February 24, 2022 is the date that Ukrainians and the rest part of the world will never forget.
The invasion of Ukraine by the Russian troops that began on that day brings back to all of us memories of a time of conflicts in Europe, cold or hot, that we would have loved to keep in the History books.
The current geopolitical context leads us to stop of commercial operations with Russia after the sanction packages pronounced against Russia for its unprovoked invasion of Ukraine. AGACAD has suspended any direct or indirect supply of new AEC technologies and services to Russian counterparts and to Russia in general. While we will continue to provide post-purchase support to our existing customers in these countries, our primary focus will be on the welfare of our clients in Ukraine.
The latest edition of our newsletter AGACAD Advances has several items of interest, including the US, Swedish, and German installments of the Global BIM Survey we began last year and two client success stories focusing on wood framing in Revit.
AGACAD, the developer of advanced technologies for building information modelling and management, is proud to introduce the first BIM software for automating the design and documentation of full building envelopes with insulated sandwich panels in Autodesk Revit.
The package is the latest addition to AGACAD’s popular range of specialized framing add-ons for work with heavy timber, CLT, SIPS, ventilated facades and curtain walls and panels.
“This new technology fills an important gap in the market for BIM tools. Until now there was no way to rapidly create highly detailed insulated panels together with any kind of support framework and easily transform a Revit architectural model into an accurate structural model made of sandwich panels. Our Sandwich Panels suite enables new speed, efficiency and accuracy of design in a unified BIM project environment,” says Donatas Aksomitas, the Managing Director of AGACAD.
We conclude the 2021 blog series with an article on a theme that has been with us and has been relevant throughout this year. And not only this year.
Sustainability. It has always been important to our company. Saving energy resources was one of the criteria for choosing the new office we moved into at the end of 2020. Our current office is located in an A+ energy class building, with energy-saving systems installed. We only print paper documents when we really need to, as most of our documents are digital. The AGACAD team sorts rubbish not only in the office but outside too. Some of our employees use solar energy at home, electric cars, scooters or bicycles. Still others prefer to walk to the office. So the AGACAD team is striving to live more sustainably, thinking about the planet’s resources and its future.
The AGACAD team also thinks about sustainability when developing products. A responsible approach to the environment and the desire to leave as small an ecological footprint as possible has led to the development of the latest products, Panel Packer and Sandwich Panels, for Revit users. The desire to contribute to sustainability has also guided us in the development of our existing BIM solutions for Wood Framing, Metal Framing, Precast Concrete and others.
Showing that we care about others is at the heart of the holiday spirit. We do so by what we write and say and do, and sometimes by thoughtful gifts. That helps build up and sustain our ties of friendship and love, so that they’ll last a long, long time.
We care about you too, as we try to show in our work throughout the year.
And we also care about future generations. So, knowing the key role that architecture, engineering and construction play in sustainable development, we strive to contribute in big ways and small, and invite you to do so as well. For a greener planet today and tomorrow. A better place to live.
Hence our holiday wish, for you and for the building industry, is what lasts, what is sustainable and enduring. Since we care about the happiness of your home and the homes of the future too.
Merry Christmas to you and a happy, caring, wonderful New Year!
We continue to review the status and specifics of BIM use around the world, this time taking a closer look at the USA. The analysis is based on an interview with Geoffrey Jennings, the Director of BIModular, a global BIM consultancy and a North American partner of AGACAD. BIModular specializes in Design for Manufacturing and Assembly applications of BIM. It works with modular manufacturers, component fabricators, and architectural and engineering firms, mainly in the USA, Canada and France.
Significant and steadily increasing BIM adoption
Building information modelling (BIM) has reached the mass-adoption stage in the U.S. with its $1-trillion-a-year construction scene, BIModular Director Geoffrey Jennings says. That’s because enough architecture, engineering and construction professionals now understand BIM to make it accessible for projects and because tools and consultants are helping people realize the method’s amazing potential.
“Most disciplines now utilize BIM in their design process. Over 98% of large architecture firms in the U.S. have adopted BIM and over 30% of small firms use it for some modelling and documentation. The collective BIM adoption rate in the design industry is nearly 80%,” says Jennings.
He has been active in BIM design and helping others implement digital construction technologies since 2003 and sees the U.S. reaching a 95% adoption rate soon. But he admits most organizations are still mixing old and new methods – 2D drawings and 3D models – and it may take another decade to consolidate full-fledged BIM use across the country.
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