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February 4, 2021

Wood/Metal Framing in Revit: New Version, New Features [WEBINAR]

In this free 30-minute webinar on February 18th, we’ll walk through the latest updates that have been made in the new version of our Wood Framing and Metal Framing BIM Solutions for Revit.


The latest version of our timber and steel framing software incorporates several client requests. Among the new features that have been developed are: independent control of top and bottom cripples, ability to manipulate top and bottom plates in wall-to-wall connections, increased functionality for modifying sheathing and paneling, some dimensioning options, and more.

We relish the opportunity to improve our BIM tools to meet the needs of framing professionals the world over. It’s how we build BIM together.

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February 2, 2021

How to Make a Shiplap Joint Between Precast Concrete Walls in Revit

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.

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February 1, 2021

AGACAD’s BIM tools are now in Japanese, too, with strong support by partner M&F

A year has passed since Tokyo-based M&F tecnica became AGACAD’s exclusive partner for sale and support of our solutions for BIM in Japan, and good things are happening in the country. Strong interest there in our Revit add-ons to automate 3D design and documentation is set to grow even more now that, with M&F’s help, they’ve been translated into Japanese!

“This partnership is yielding excellent results, strengthening AGACAD’s ability to ensure excellent service for clients in Asia and thus share BIM advances there as well,” AGACAD Managing Director Mr Donatas Aksomitas says. “M&F, who have been pioneers of BIM in Japan and Revit experts, are now experts also in AGACAD’s solutions based on the insights of top BIM professionals. Thus they are helping clients unlock even more of the immense value of modern building information modelling and management.”

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January 28, 2021

Auto-Inserting Connection Elements for Precast Concrete in Revit [WEBINAR]

In this free 45-minute webinar we’ll show how to insert connections automatically in Revit for different precast elements using the Smart Connections tool that’s a feature of our signature Precast Concrete design software. Sign up and save your seat for February 11th!


Do you routinely spend inordinate amounts of time placing grout tubes, lifting embeds, anchors, plates, connection loops, diagonal ties, and cuts in your precast designs? If you do, then you might be interested to know that all those elements and more can be placed automatically using our Precast Concrete BIM software. It’s one of those ways we help bring BIM to life by eliminating tasks that do not create value. (#reducingbimstress)

Our Precast Concrete solution lets you set line- and point-based families on faces of columns, beams, walls, floors and other elements. The configurations you create can be shared with colleagues, used in other projects, modified and updated anytime, automating much of your daily workflow as an AEC professional. Register below and see it in action.

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January 22, 2021

Customizing Cladding for Ventilated Facades in Revit [WEBINAR]

Ever wanted to model cladding of various shapes and sizes for building facades? And generate detailed shop drawings with automatic tagging and measurements? Then our free 30-minute webinar on February 4th is for you.

The main focus of this advanced webinar will be on the customizability of different facade cladding options using AGACAD’s Ventilated Facades BIM Solution for Revit. This specialized framing software – the product of working with top experts – automates much of the daily workflow of AEC professionals who design commercial, residential and industrial buildings, saving them from hours of tedious manual tasks. Register for this webinar below and check it out for yourself.

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January 21, 2021

Beam Reinforcement in Revit: Stirrup Layout Rules

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.

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January 15, 2021

MEP Hangers: Fabrication Integration for Revit [WEBINAR]

Our MEP Hangers BIM Solution is known for flexibly placing hangers and supports for elements of all MEP categories. But it does more! You can also use it to place Fabrication Hangers, know as ITEM (.ITM) on Fabrication elements in Revit. Join our free 30-minute webinar on January 28th to see how to set up configurations, see what’s possible, how much time you can save, and other benefits our MEP Hangers Revit tool can bring you.

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January 12, 2021

Shop Drawings for Precast Concrete in Revit [WEBINAR]

Who wants to spend less time getting shop tickets just right in Autodesk® Revit®? Who doesn’t! Join our free 45-minute webinar on January 21st, during which we’ll show how to create shop drawings automatically in Revit using the Smart Assemblies addon that is part of AGACAD’s Precast Concrete BIM Solution.

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January 8, 2021

New Version of Wood/Metal Framing: Plate Connections, Cripple Control & more

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.

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December 22, 2020

Our holiday wish: Exchange gifts with love and data with clarity

Dear Clients, Colleagues, Friends and Followers,

Sharing is caring. That’s always true in families and communities, especially during the holidays. And it’s also very true in the world of BIM, where providing for each other’s information needs is key. For collaboration, for automation – for good decision-making and state-of-the-art solutions.

This year, while working remotely amid the pandemic, designers, architects, engineers, builders, property managers and others have all felt more sharply than ever how vital the effective exchange of data is.

In terms of data to exchange, accuracy takes effort. But clarity, real usefulness, takes more.

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