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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 6, 2020

Placing MEP Hangers in a Revit Project [WEBINAR]

Looking for a way to efficiently distribute hangers and supports for duct, pipe, conduit, and cable tray systems in Revit? Register for our free 30-minute webinar taking place on October 15th! You’ll see how to do that and more in this expert-level tutorial on using our MEP Hangers BIM Solution for Revit.

MEP Hangers Revit
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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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October 2, 2020

Rihter: AGACAD framing solutions for BIM help stay at the cutting edge

This Slovenia-based international producer of prefabricated buildings says the ever-evolving advanced technology in AGACAD’s Wood Framing suite and other BIM software for Revit® has boosted its throughput and lowered its costs.

Client Profile

RIHTER Prefabricated Houses makes low-energy homes as well as commercial and holiday buildings. Tailoring designs for every client and using the best current technologies have helped the firm, established in Slovenia in 1990, expand to Italy, France, Switzerland, Germany, Austria, and Croatia.

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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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September 21, 2020

New Precast Column Reinforcement tool for Revit users

columns reinforcement

Within the past year, we’ve released tools that automate the modeling of reinforcement in walls and beams in Revit. Now it’s time to introduce Column Reinforcement.

In this initial release, you can use it to place main rebar, stirrups, and corbel reinforcement in rectangular columns. While it’s primarily made for precast, it also works for cast in-situ. See the workflow for reinforcing columns in Revit.

Column Reinforcement is a feature of our Precast Concrete design software, which covers modeling and documentation of precast elements and reinforcement of walls, beams, and now columns.

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September 17, 2020

Curtain walls continue to please and perform in modern ‘Crystal Palaces’

Visitors to the legendary Crystal Palace, built in London for the Great Exhibition of 1851, were said to be awed by its unprecedented expanses of glass – 900,000 square feet of it (84,000 square metres). So much natural light. So spacious. Such openness to the surrounding Hyde Park, including three large elm trees left standing inside.

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September 3, 2020

New Revit Tool for Precast Concrete Column Reinforcement [WEBINAR]

Want to efficiently model reinforcement for precast concrete columns in Revit? We’ve got a new tool coming out called Column Reinforcement that does exactly that. Made for rectangular columns with corbels, it’s ideal for precast designs though it can also be used for cast-in-situ.

On September 17th we’re hosting a free webinar in which we’ll showcase the automated placement of main reinforcement, stirrups, and corbel rebar via user-defined layout rules in the Column Reinforcement addin. Sign up in the table below!

The results you’ll see in this webinar are various rebar configurations applied to several types of columns with corbels as well as how to model precast columns with connection details and generate the requisite shop drawings.

The 45-minute webinar will be held twice, so please register for the session that’s more convenient for you. We invite structural engineers, modelers, and really anyone who wants to place reinforcement in Revit more efficiently. Join in and get a look at the newest feature of AGACAD’s Precast Concrete BIM design software for Revit!

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August 31, 2020

Build SMART boosts CNC performance for walls with switch to AGACAD BIM tools

This North American offsite producer of energy-efficient wood-frame walls says switching to AGACAD’s Wood Framing solution for Revit® and CNC Exporter significantly enhanced its BIM-to-fabrication processes.

Client Profile

Build SMART LLC supports building projects across the U.S. and Canada with quality-controlled prefabricated walls from its Lawrence, Kansas factory, advanced design and engineering services, and logistics and construction coordination. Use of the latest BIM technologies is key for the company’s mission to deliver better buildings faster and more cost-effectively.

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