Grout tubes are used in the construction of precast concrete buildings for connecting elements like walls, tilt-up panels, beams, and columns. They’re also known as grout ducts or sleeves. The way it works is a starter bar (also known as a lap bar or dowel) is precast in one element, say, a wall panel, and then on site that dowel slides into a sleeve that was precast into, say, another panel. The sleeve – typically made of plastic or corrugated steel – is then filled with concrete to form a connection between the wall panels.
Since precast designs can contain quite a lot of grout tubes, placing them is certainly worth automating. That’s where the Smart Connections feature of our Precast Concrete BIM Solution for Revit comes in. It has options that you can configure so that grout tubes will be placed in walls automatically, reducing the amount of time you need to spend on repetitive, manual tasks.
Here’s the workflow that I would recommend. Steps are also laid out below the video.
With our Smart Assemblies BIM tool, you can quickly place dimensions on many kinds of Revit elements. In this post, we will look at precast walls since walls are one of the most time-consuming elements to detail. The same approach could be used for beams, columns, floors, and other elements. Smart Assemblies cuts out a ton of clicking that goes along with preparing shop drawings in Revit, reducing BIM stress and leaving you with more time for actual design work.
No matter where in the world a client may live, one thing that many of their drawings have in common is that two different dimension styles need to be used in the same view. And with Smart Assemblies that is no problem. Just use the Smart Dimensions configurations.
Let’s walk through an example to see how to set up the configurations, using a precast wall as an example.
Walls can be connected in different ways, depending on the country and type of wall, whether it’s precast or cast-in-place. It takes quite a lot of time to model connection bars for walls in Revit, so we went ahead and automated it based on examples that some of our clients from seismic regions sent in.
This new update for our Wall Reinforcement tool lets you define how rebar should be placed at wall corner connections, so it eliminates the task of modelling those connections manually. One more reducer of BIM stress, right there. Use it on cast-in-situ or precast concrete walls. Here‘s a quick look at what you can do now for wall corners automatically.
The latest release of our Wood Framing and Metal Framing BIM Solutions includes five useful new features for Revit users. Our thanks go out to those BIM and Revit experts with whom we’ve been in contact to bring these to fruition. Together, we’re building BIM up and making it better for the good of the industry.
Let’s take a look at each of the updates.
Framing in Groups
This feature lets you frame walls in groups that may be replicated and mirrored throughout a project. Needless to say, it can save architects and designers copious amounts of time, especially with large framing projects in Revit.
We‘ve updated our Wood Framing Wall and Metal Framing Wall BIM Solutions for Revit with an important new feature called Framing in Groups. This major enhancement comes from working with top experts in the framing design industry and will especially benefit Revit users who work with large projects or projects comprising mirrored building parts. In the spirit of sharing BIM advances, we bring it to you now.
The Framing in Groups command allows you to frame walls in groups, a valueable feature because walls that are grouped may be used to repeat and also mirror framings many times throughout a project. Incorporating this into the framing workflow has the potential to save architects and designers a lot of time.
Please note that this update to our framing software is part of the final release for Revit 2019. Our programmers are turning their attention to the Revit 2020 (and 2021 and upcoming 2022) version, which means that the 2019 version of our software will be no longer be supported.
There are five new functions that fall under the Framing in Groups feature. Let‘s take a look at each one as enumerated in the image above.
We recently received a question from a client in Australia regarding how to use our Precast Concrete solution for Revit to model different types of wall joints, specifically shiplaps. The Smart Connections feature of Precast Concrete automates this process by placing Revit families according to the configurations set by the user. The families can contain any solids or voids to cut the walls and get them into the right shapes or place connection elements.
In the steps below I show how to create a shiplap joint in a bunch of precast panels all at once using Smart Connections. A similar workflow could be applied to automate the creation of different types of groove joints that are often used by precasters in wall panels too. Because we’re so focused on reducing BIM stress, we make it easier for BIM modelers to get the job done simply and quickly.
We recently received some questions from a client about our Beam Reinforcement tool, which is part of our Precast Concrete BIM Solution for Revit. It has lots of options for creating main reinforcement and stirrup layouts with different settings for rebar types, hooks, shapes, covers, etc. So questions are warmly welcomed. Let’s take a look under the hood.
With the Beam Reinforcement add-on, you can define as many stirrup groups as you want. Type, shape and layout rules can vary for each of them.
Framing professionals from around the world who use our BIM solutions for timber and steel framing in Autodesk Revit are in regular contact with us, letting us know what their needs are and giving suggestions on how the tools can be further enhanced. The latest version of our Wood Framing and Metal Framing design software for Revit incorporates their requests to be able to control top and bottom cripples independently, to be able to manipulate top and bottom plates in wall-to-wall connections, to have increased functionality for modifying sheathing and paneling, to add some dimensioning options, and more.
Note to current users: if you haven’t already, download the latest version via the TOOLS4BIM Dock to take advantage of all the updates below. Not yet a user? Take a 14-day free trial by downloading the TOOLS4BIM Dock.
Without further ado, let’s go through the updates that have been made in the latest version of Wood Framing and Metal Framing.
We’ve been asked by a couple of clients to implement separate settings for door reinforcement in Autodesk® Revit® models, as they don’t place reinforcement around the entire perimeter of a wall. So, this update addresses exactly that. With this latest update of Wall Reinforcement, structural engineers, detailers, and drafters can place rebar around door openings based on configuration settings.
Having seen a wide variety of projects by consulting clients around the world, we are always getting new ideas 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 three new features of our Revit plugin Smart Walls.
These improvements will be most beneficial to those architects and structural engineers who work with prefabricated walls like precast or sandwich walls, in Revit. So, check out these updates:
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