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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 27, 2021

QR/Barcode Generator added to Sort Mark Revit Tool [NEW FEATURE]

Would you like to generate QR codes or barcodes that can be placed on your shop drawings in Autodesk Revit? We recently added a new feature to our Sort Mark tool for Revit that allows you to do exactly that.

One of our T4R Add-ons, Sort Mark is a powerful plug-in that automates sorting and numbering in Revit. In addition to renumbering elements the way you want, it can also detect and renumber grids, determine swing direction and orientation of doors, recalculate shared coordinates, and more.

In this post, we’ll show how to generate QR and barcodes using Sort Mark. This feature was something we had been thinking about for some time, especially after a client requested it. Since you can place anything you need into that QR/barcode, the possibilities are vast, as it can ensure better quality control, enhance collaboration between teams, or speed up the manufacturing process.

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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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April 19, 2021

Most Important Updates for Precast Concrete of the Past Revit Year

Where do we get the ideas for continually improving our BIM Solution for designing precast in Revit? From top professionals around the world. We enthusiastically welcome user requests and build their ideas into the software to make the life of structural engineers, drafters, and modelers easier.

From Finland to Florida, from California and Canada over to the Netherlands and Norway, from India to Illinois, from Sweden and Estonia down to Australia — users send in their requests for software updates that would make their work smoother and more efficient. That’s where the action’s at. User-feedback helps us continually enhance Precast Concrete with new features that others in the precast design industry can benefit from as well.

So, at the close of Revit Year 2021 and the outset of 2022, here is a summary of all the features that were added to our Precast Concrete BIM Solution during the past year. We go through each of the tools that comprise Precast Concrete and look at the improvements that were made to each.

Tools in AGACAD Precast Concrete Design Software
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April 9, 2021

Running CNC Machines from Revit — What You Need to Know

Designers have tried to make CNC machines work with Revit for a long time. There’s often a demand for specialized tools or software that can make things happen easier, and it is possible using solutions that can export BTL, WUP, BVX and other files from Revit.

There’s no need to take the tougher road using other file formats such as DWG and DXF that require ABViewer for G-Code generation. We have a few efficient solutions in place — AGACAD’s CNC Exporters for exporting data of timber or light steel wall, floor, and roof frames from Revit into a format readable by CNC machines. Although there are a number of Wood / Metal Framing CNC Exporters, here I will briefly review only one of them in more detail.

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April 7, 2021

New Features for Smart Assemblies: Reinforcement Dimensioning Settings

Although our Smart Assemblies BIM tool already had ways of showing dimensions of rebar, more flexible options were needed for dimensioning rebar in assembly views. That’s mainly due to the fact that we’ve added some robust reinforcement tools for Revit to our portfolio.

This latest update of Smart Assemblies brings to bear the power of our well-known dimensioning technology – Smart Dimensions – so that you can automatically measure rebar in views. It takes a load of manual tasks off your plate, eliminating a lot of mouse-clicking so that you have more time to focus on real design tasks.

You can see few of the features applied in this video. Read in more detail about each below.

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March 31, 2021

Copying Revit Parameters into Openings with Cut Opening [ENHANCED FEATURE]

Our Cut Opening BIM Solution does more than just create openings in Revit models. Among its other useful functions is one that lets you transfer parameter values into an opening element from the elements to which it belongs. For example, you can transfer parameters like System Name, Type, Classification, and Service Type.

Sometimes, though, that doesn’t cut it, and you need more information to be transferred.

That’s where the latest update Cut Opening comes in. Now you can copy all parameter values from a host (structural element) into the parameters of openings. The same goes for MEP elements: you can copy all parameter values from them into openings’ parameters.

So, if you need to copy the mark of, say, a wall into an opening or any information about an MEP service into an opening, you can do that with no problem using Cut Opening.

In this blogpost, we’ll look at how to do it in both the structural and MEP situations.

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March 30, 2021

How to Rotate Revit Assembly Origin Automatically for Precast Sandwich Walls [VIDEO]

This feature of our Smart Assemblies tool has been around for several years already, but I’d just like to remind our existing users about it and show it to Revit users who are new to our Precast Concrete design software. Because this is a tip that can really help you save a lot of time by avoiding a lot of inefficient, boring clicking in Revit.

If you want to create individual piece tickets for precast concrete walls in Revit, your best option is to go with assemblies because they have separate views, schedules, and information about each production element.

The downside: Working with assemblies can be quite a pain if you use Revit out of the box.

Here’s an example with precast sandwich wall panels. In my test project I drew a couple of panels in different directions and created assemblies with Revit. Revit creates the assembly origin, which gives information about view directions.

Below you can see the axes of the origin, the green arrow being the direction of the front view. Notice that the orientation of the origin for most of the wall assemblies that I have created below is wrong.

wall assembly origin orientation in Revit

Revit Assembly Rotation – Manual vs Automatic

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