This US creator of hurricane-resistant circular timber homes greatly enhanced its panel design processes with the help of AGACAD wood framing tools for Revit® and related training and support, speeding its fuller transition to BIM.
Deltec Homesis a design and prefabrication company based in Asheville, North Carolina, known for uniquely durable and energy-efficient timber houses. Founded in 1968 and certified as environmentally friendly, it has customers in all 50 US states and around the world, from the Caribbean to Australia, especially in places where heavy wind and storms are common.
Deltec Homes promotes ingenuity in building design, seeking maximally simple ways to address life’s complex challenges. The company is famous for its distinctive hurricane-resistant round homes, which combine panoramic views of nature with protection from its harsher moments. It also boasts two “Housing Innovation Awards” from the US Department of Energy for zero energy houses.
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:
The holidays are a special time to appreciate all we have, and especially the people around us. Our loved ones. Our life and health and theirs. The wellbeing of our families and communities.
We are thankful too for your presence in our life and work.
Holidays are a lesson in focusing on what’s important today, here, now. Cherishing those things, and putting others aside. They remind us of our deeper values. Enduring ones. Eternal. Values we share with all humanity that drive positive change in our world without changing themselves.
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.
Building homes out of structural insulated panels has become an increasingly popular prefabricated construction type. Designing SIP panel houses in Revit requires a good deal of optimization in order to more easily reach the desired result on time and on budget.
We’ve optimized the process in the form of a specialized framing plug-in for Autodesk® Revit®. It’s called Wood Framing SIPS.
Join our free webinar on December 14th during which you’ll see the process of modeling homes with SIP panels in Revit. Using our Wood Framing SIPS software, the main task is customizing the settings to fit company standards. After that, the framing and documentation process is all automated, and your standard-specific configurations can be used again in future projects. We hope you can tune in!
While the European Union strongly encourages digitalization of architecture, engineering and construction, being in the heart of the EU has not really helped Belgium move faster with technologies and processes like building information modelling and management (BIM).
“In Belgium it’s always step by step, and first of all we’re going to look abroad – to Holland, France, Luxembourg, Germany. What are they doing? Is it working? What exactly is working? How can we start doing that too?” says Peter Bruggeman, the BIM specialist at Arkance Systems in Brussels.
Having regions with distinct languages –Dutch in Flanders and French in Wallonia– has not helped speed BIM adoption either. As an example, Autodesk Revit, the dominant software platform for BIM here, is available with a French interface but not a Dutch one. “If you receive a file from a Flemish architectural office, it will be in English. If the constructor is French speaking, they’ll open it in the French version; half will be in French, half in English. That doesn’t work,” the consultant notes.
In every BIM project, engineers, designers, and BIM managers need to be able to share and access the correct content. The simpler and faster this can be done, while guaranteeing content integrity, goes a long way to ensuring that the project will be completed on time and on budget.
When you share Revit families and family libraries with colleagues and clients, can you easily control how you share them and who gets access? Do recipients get notified if any elements have been added or updated?
Designing MEP systems in Autodesk® Revit® requires hanger and support families to be precisely placed so that accurate builder’s work drawings can be made from the 3D model. Needless to say, it consumes lots of time that could otherwise be spent creating additional project value.
Join our free webinar on October 27th during which our BIM expert will show how to automatically insert hangers and supports in Revit models using the MEP Hangers add-on. He’ll also show how to then create detailed shop drawings using the Smart Documentation add-on. We hope you can tune in!
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