Posts from "Product news" category

November 30, 2020

New Smart Walls features: splitting Revit® walls in various ways

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:

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November 16, 2020

The main module of Revit® application Smart Browser: BIM Manager

A few days ago, we briefly introduced the causes that encouraged us to funnel on a more team-oriented product modularity. Now let us cover the main module of Smart Browser called “BIM MANAGER”.

This module consists of two tools: “Smart Browser Manage” and “BIM Tree Manager”. BIM MANAGER module has the fullest functionality starting from company library creation and ending with real-time extensive management of all elements present in an active Autodesk® Revit® project. The BIM MANAGER module will save weeks of work when it comes to Revit family library creation and full control of all family parameters inside the created libraries and in ongoing projects. Users with this module can control how a company library is seen and whether it is accessible to other project participants.

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November 11, 2020

New options for shop drawings in Smart Assemblies [UPDATES]

Smart Assemblies is probably the most powerful BIM solution out there for automating assembly drawings with dimensions, schedules, legends, and placement of views on a sheet. It’s easy to understand the value it brings for Revit users as hundreds of mouse clicks are replaced by automated configuration settings.

Smart Assemblies receives several updates 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 clients as well as new ones.

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November 6, 2020

Rediscover Revit® content management using Smart Browser

Starting this year, we decided to showcase Smart Browser as a more team-oriented tool. Along with the updated user interface, we reworked Smart Browser allocation into modules. We hope that this will help larger teams decide how the tool should be implemented within their company. To showcase all the features of this fantastic tool, we will post series of blog posts with information about Smart Browser’s features and different ways they can help save your time.

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October 29, 2020

New Features added to Wall Reinforcement Revit® Tool: Rebar Spacing, Hooks, Edge Rebar

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.

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October 12, 2020

Modeling Precast Concrete WALLS to LOD 400 and Getting Shop Drawings in Revit [WORKFLOW]

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.

Precast walls modeling
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October 8, 2020

How to use Column Reinforcement tool to automatically place rebar in Revit [WORKFLOW]

Column Reinforcement

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.

Column Reinforcement

1. Open configuration window of Column reinforcement and create new configuration.

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October 5, 2020

Modeling Precast Concrete BEAMS to LOD 400 and Getting Shop Drawings in Revit [WORKFLOW]

This is the second post in our series on LOD 400 modeling for precast concrete in Revit. Part I was about columns.


In this blog post we will go over the full workflow for modeling precast concrete beams and generating documentation in Revit using AGACAD’s Precast Concrete BIM Solution.

1. Modeling precast beams

Model precast beams with Revit using standard structural framing families.

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September 29, 2020

Modeling Precast Concrete Columns to LOD 400 and Getting Shop Drawings in Revit [WORKFLOW]

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.

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September 24, 2020

@PrecastConcrete Users: Column Reinforcement tool for Revit, activation instructions

column reinforcement

News of interest for current users of Precast Concrete: the new Column Reinforcement feature is included in your license of Precast Concrete, gratis!


Please follow the instructions below for Revit 2021/2020 or Revit 2019 to activate it.

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