BIM Blog

May 10, 2022

How to launch AGACAD’s Revit add-ons via Dynamo

The visual programming interface of Dynamo enables designers with the tools to extract, manipulate, and move Building Information Model (BIM) data in ways that make optimized workflows accessible. Dynamo for Revit opens up an unprecedented parametric approach to projects.

With Dynamo as a visual programming tool, algorithms are connected to Revit’s parametric database, which determines conceptual design development via formulas, algorithms, and geometric functions and integration with Revit for optimization, automation, and documentation.

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Revit users who design, build, operate, and maintain built environments often utilize Revit plugins to manage BIM data and enhance workflows. Now, it’s possible to engage the functionality of AGACAD’s BIM Solutions and Tools4Revit Add-ons while using Dynamo. Here’s how!

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May 4, 2022

New features for Smart Browser Revit add-on: UI, Excel export/import

Quite a few updates are in store for our Smart Browser Revit add-on this year. Those updates will affect all three professional modules of Smart Browser: BIM Manager, Team Lead, and Team Member. To showcase what’s new, we’ll take the main module as an example, Smart Browser BIM Manager.

By way of reminder, BIM Manager module contains two tools: Smart Browser and BIM Tree Manager. Let’s look at what’s new with each, starting with Smart Browser.

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How to renumber precast or other type walls by model line quickly in Revit [WORKFLOW]

When making drawings in Revit, it’s important to be consistent and maintain some kind of system. The same goes for modeling and numbering. Our Sort Mark add-on is valued by many Revit users because it lets you number any Revit elements you want, saving you time and headaches.

There is one thing I would like to point out, though, that users might not know about Sort Mark app. It’s possible to renumber elements sequentially by drawing model lines and using them as a reference for numbering. Previously this feature worked fine with point-based elements, and now it works with walls too.

I’ll show an example of renumbering precast concrete walls, but this workflow can be applied to wood or metal framed walls too. Step-by-step instructions are below the video.

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April 29, 2022

New customizable Revit families included with MEP Hangers tool

Requirements for placing hangers on MEP systems are becoming more common, as design contracts and national regulations begin mandating a particular level of detail (LOD) for BIM projects. Since Revit doesn’t have a built-in feature to place hangers on (non-Fabrication Parts) MEP services, a third-party solution is usually needed.

Even with an app, though, creating hanger systems can still be challenging, especially when you work with large projects and face situations where a custom hanger solution is needed – either an adjustment for a current hanger, a custom hanger, or a specific multi-level structure.

AGACAD has a solution that tackles all those issues. Our MEP Hangers add-on offers rule-based hanger placement and customizability for all your MEP projects in Revit.

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April 26, 2022

Prefast takes panel house production to the next level

This Czech firm specializing in timber panel buildings has found great value not just in AGACAD’s unique Revit® framing add-ons and CNC export tools, but also in its ongoing support as a BIM technology partner.

Client Profile

Prefast CZ s.r.o. is a fast-growing regional producer of wood frame houses based in Brno, Czech Republic. It works with customers from idea to turnkey delivery, through design, offsite panel production, and rapid construction. The company also supplies timber panels to other builders and individuals with projects.

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April 21, 2022

How to quickly design light-gauge steel framing in Revit

AEC professionals in the light-gauge steel (LGS) framing industry face constant pressure to churn out deliverables, like drawings and schedules. Modeling and updating a frame in Revit manually, however, means hours of additional work.

Not to mention the high probability of errors. And mistakes at the design stage result in wasted resources, increasing the carbon footprint of the building project.

Metal structural framing members and technical drawing

Enter AGACAD’s Metal Framing add-ons for Revit. They help fabricators and framed building designers quickly and accurately create, update, and manage LGS framing drawings and schedules by automating Revit tasks.

Increased productivity and fewer mistakes during the building design phase lead to time savings, money savings, and substantially less waste. And less stress, too.

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April 21, 2022

Renewed MEP Hangers: Enhanced functionality & Revit library upgrade [WEBINAR]

Placing hangers and supports for MEP services in Revit is really hard to do manually, so engineers and designers almost universally turn to apps to solve this issue.

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April 19, 2022

New user interface for Wood Framing CLT Revit add-on coming soon

The user interface of our Wood Framing CLT add-on for Revit is going to be enhanced within the next few weeks! The commands will be collected into a single ribbon and rearranged to make the workflow more intuitive and the UI overall easier to use.

This major new release is part of our ongoing quest to help optimize your work and reduce time spent on manual Revit tasks.

As you can see in the before-and-after image below, it was previously necessary to open separate Revit tools – like Wall+, Floor+, Roof+, Smart Connections, etc. – to access the functionality you needed.

With the new release, that is no longer the case. All functions are now available from a single compact ribbon, conveniently arranged according to the recommended workflow.

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April 13, 2022

New power for CLT design automation in Revit [WEBINAR]

Cross-laminated timber is a burgeoning material for constructing sustainable buildings. Sustainability, though, is not only about the use of appropriate building materials – it’s also about sustainable processes. The key, therefore, is to make the design process as efficient as possible.

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April 12, 2022

Make auditing your BIM data, Revit family browsing and management look easy

Having consulted Revit users from all over the world who work in lots of different types of design companies, I can say that Revit users generally face similar challenges in working with Revit families and managing projects and have needs like these:

Working with Revit families

  • A quick and easy way to modify multiple families from different locations in one go;
  • to see in one window all the changes to be applied to the families, from the addition of a new Type to a formula change inside a given parameter;
  • to check every parameter of owned families and see if there are any duplicates or typos in naming;
  • to standardize the parameter scheme in families.

Managing Revit projects

  • A way to load, out of multiple Family Types, only the needed ones into a project;
  • to easily access all owned families;
  • to compare families used in a project to the ones in the family library to see if any changes were made;
  • to get detailed analysis of every single element inside a project with access to both visible and hidden parameters.

Sound like something that you or your BIM team would need? We recommend using the BIM Manager module of Smart Browser. A powerful Revit extension, it provides all the features described above and more besides, saving you time and improving results.

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