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February 6, 2023

How to restore lost elements using Revit® backup files or copies

Last time, I explained how to transfer views, family types, elements, etc. between different Revit® projects. This time I would like to show how to restore lost elements using Revit backup files or copies.

Imagine you’re working on a big project, and you notice that some Revit® elements that had been modeled a few hours or even days ago are missing. That might happen on workshared projects when team members don’t own worksets, and everybody can edit anything. So, sometimes someone might accidentally delete someone else’s elements.

To transfer the missing elements, you need to find a backup file where the elements are still in their place, or a local copy of the project that wasn’t synchronized with the central file for some time (and has the missing elements in it).

Now you have to open both projects in Revit. The best way to transfer elements is in plan views, so activate in both projects same-level plan views. Mark the elements in the project where they are still in their place (you can use right click and Select All Instances >Visible in View or just select all and filter the required elements).

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February 3, 2023

Transferring Views, Family Types, Elements, Etc. Between Different Revit® Projects

Autodesk® Revit® can save a lot of time when you’re working on large projects or multiple similar projects. What you want to use here are Revit project templates.

Revit users can save system families (walls, floors, etc.), component families (doors, windows, furniture, etc.), sheets, schedules, annotations, graphics, and so on to their project templates. This can save a lot of time when starting a new project because you skip over the creation of schedules or importing needed families. Each project is different, however, and we can’t create a template that will suit all projects. Even if we create a few templates to choose from for a new project, the chosen template won’t fit it 100%.

There are even situations when, for example, schedules from multiple different projects have to be used in a new project. Also, sometimes beginners forget to use the required project template and have problems transferring their work to a project template. There is a partial solution for that using Revit project linking, binding it afterward, but losing annotations, detail items, views, etc., but that’s a topic for another post.

First of all, let’s see how the system family types, annotations, tags, view templates, etc. can be transferred between projects (those are just types, not designed elements of the project).

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January 30, 2023

Wood/Metal Framing for Revit: The Most Significant Enhancements of 2021/2022 (Pt. 2)

As promised, here’s Part 2 of our Annual Framing Summary covering updates and improvements that were implemented for our Wood Framing and Metal Framing BIM software for Autodesk® Revit®.

While Part 1 covered new products, sample projects, and tutorials, this second installment will get into the nitty-gritty of new features that were released from the tail-end of 2021 and during 2022, including client requests that benefit lots of users.

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January 24, 2023

8 Ways Architects Can Optimize the Drawing & Documentation Workflow in Revit

Architects know how important it is and how time-consuming it can be to generate accurate project drawings in Revit. To some degree or another, reworking drawings is always necessary, things like dimensions, tags, and other data, in order to end up with high-quality documents.

In this article, you’ll see how our Smart Documentation plugin for Revit can help architects optimize their workflow.

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January 18, 2023

New version of Smart Browser Revit plugin: Create your Revit family library in 3 easy steps

We’d like to introduce the latest updates made to our Smart Browser plugin for Revit. In brief, the UI has been reworked to make creating Revit family libraries more straightforward. And, there’s a new feature that lets you see at a glance if families have recently been added or updated when family browsing.

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January 16, 2023

10 Ways Structural Engineers Can Improve Project Documentation Quality & Save Time in Revit

BIM practitioners are always on the lookout for ways to consolidate workflows and put out accurate project deliverables faster.

We’ve tried to make it easier for you to accomplish that with our Smart Documentation plugin for Revit®.

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December 29, 2022

Revit Tips & Tricks: Tagging Elements Efficiently [VIDEO]

Tagging Revit elements is a necessary part of every project. But it’s time-consuming and tedious, so the faster it can be done, the better.

Revit’s ‘Tag All Not Tagged’ function can be a great help, here, as it can place many different tags for elements of different categories. But the drawback of this approach is that Revit will tag every element of the selected categories, even if you didn’t intend to tag them or if you wanted to use a different tag.

Our tip for such a situation is to use Tag All for selected elements only. If tags need to be moved, you can temporarily hide other tags in the view and then select only the tags that are visible in the view. See our video in which this process is explained in greater detail:

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December 13, 2022

Wood/Metal Framing for Revit: The Most Significant Enhancements of 2021/2022 (Pt. 1)

It’s time for our annual round-up of improvements related to our Wood Framing and Metal Framing BIM software for Autodesk® Revit®. As ever, we’ve put a lot of work into our framing add-ons to make sure they continue advancing to meet the needs of architects and engineers around the world who design walls, floors, and roofs in Revit for prefabricated or built-on-site framing jobs.

Hopefully this 2-part series will be useful for current users, Revit users generally, and those thinking about switching over to a BIM workflow for designing timber-framed or CFS-framed buildings.

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October 5, 2022

9 Ways to Improve the Quality of Your MEP Documentation & Save Time in Revit

Generating drawings and completing other project documentation can take a good chunk of time even when you have a well-prepared Autodesk® Revit® model. Placing dimensions and tags, marking elements, creating legends, generating views and sheets can all be automated with AGACAD’s newest product – Smart Documentation.

As an MEP engineer, I know how time-consuming it can be to properly document a Revit model. So, in this blogpost I’m going to show 9 ways you can speed up the project documentation process and improve the overall quality of your Revit projects.

But first, a short intro about the productivity toolset itself.

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September 15, 2022

BIM & Classification in the AEC Industry

Structuring data – classifying it – is key to unlocking the full value of BIM. It’s about clearly communicating design intent in order to more accurately budget, plan and build an asset (and then more efficiently manage it over its lifetime). Without classification, data is easily misunderstood and sometimes just not usable. Well-classified data has increasing value.

In the past, the classification of building information was both less important and more difficult. It cost a lot of time and effort but often yielded little value. That has changed. Classification is becoming ever more important. More valuable. And easier.

Projects today generate more data. And AEC increasingly relies on that data to automate processes, make better decisions and operate devices. Look at all the add-ons for Revit and other platforms, the CNC machines, robots and VR/AR devices. The Internet of Things.

Moreover, the teams that undertake building projects are becoming more complex. Architects and engineers are creating models for use by cost estimators, consultants, contractors, fabricators and so on in multiple other organizations and countries.

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In each case, all the actors – people, software, equipment – need a common language, an agreed-upon data structure. It could be international standards. Or national classification systems. Or custom ones. That depends on the project. But if BIM managers don’t decide on classifications and model creators don’t implement them, everyone suffers. In fact, today many projects do suffer from mistakes and delays due to a lack of classification. Instead of a valuable “common data environment” they have a costly “chaotic data environment”.

We’re talking about effective data exchange. Harmonization. Interoperability.

So what’s the value created by classifying BIM data?

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