BIM Blog

December 7, 2020

Updates for Wall Reinforcement: Automated rebar for door openings in precast concrete Revit® wall panels

We’ve been asked by a couple of clients to implement separate settings for door reinforcement in Autodesk® Revit® models, as they don’t place reinforcement around the entire perimeter of a wall. So, this update addresses exactly that. With this latest update of Wall Reinforcement, structural engineers, detailers, and drafters can place rebar around door openings based on configuration settings.

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November 30, 2020

New Smart Walls features: splitting Revit® walls in various ways

Having seen a wide variety of projects by consulting clients around the world, we are always getting new ideas about how we can further improve our Autodesk® Revit® add-ons to make it even easier for clients to create BIM models. This time we introduce three new features of our Revit plugin Smart Walls.

These improvements will be most beneficial to those architects and structural engineers who work with prefabricated walls, like precast or sandwich walls, in Revit. So, check out these updates:

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November 24, 2020

Thorn Engineering values AGACAD as a partner in its timber framing work

This Northern European design firm specializing in timber buildings finds great value not just in AGACAD’s powerful Revit® framing add-ons and exporters, but also in its ongoing support as a BIM technology partner.

Client Profile

Thorn Engineering OÜ provides technical support and timber-frame building design services for architects, prefabricators and construction firms. Based in northern Estonia, it is part of the Harmet Group of production, construction, design and sales companies active mainly in the Nordic region.

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November 16, 2020

The main module of AGACAD's Revit® application Smart Browser: BIM Manager

We recently introduced the causes that encouraged us to focus on making Smart Browser more team-oriented, more modular. Now let’s cover the main module of Smart Browser: BIM MANAGER.

This module consists of two tools: Smart Browser Manage and BIM Tree Manager. The BIM MANAGER module has the fullest functionality, starting from company library creation and ending with real-time extensive management of all elements present in an active Autodesk® Revit® project. BIM MANAGER saves weeks of work when it comes to Revit family library creation and full control of all family parameters inside created libraries and in ongoing projects. Revit users with the BIM MANAGER module can control how a company library is seen and whether it is accessible to other project participants.

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November 11, 2020

New options for shop drawings in Smart Assemblies [UPDATES]

Smart Assemblies is probably the most powerful BIM solution out there for automating assembly drawings with dimensions, schedules, legends, and placement of views on a sheet. It’s easy to understand the value it brings for Revit users as hundreds of mouse clicks are replaced by automated configuration settings.

Smart Assemblies receives several updates per year. The newest release of this application for Revit was triggered by requests from a group of clients and to meet some country-specific requirements, but it will definitely bring value to other existing clients as well as new ones.

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November 6, 2020

Rediscover Revit® content management using Smart Browser

Starting this year, we decided to showcase Smart Browser as a more team-oriented tool. Along with the updated user interface, we reworked Smart Browser allocation into modules. We hope that this will help larger teams decide how the tool should be implemented within their company. To showcase all the features of this fantastic tool, we will post a series of blog posts with information about Smart Browser’s features and different ways they can save your time.

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October 29, 2020

New Features added to Wall Reinforcement Revit® Tool: Rebar Spacing, Hooks, Edge Rebar

Some new features have been added to our Wall Reinforcement tool that‘s part of our Precast Concrete BIM Solution for Autodesk® Revit®. The tool automates modeling and placing rebar in precast walls, and the latest updates make it more flexible. Let‘s go through each of the new features.

Equal spacing option

An additional spacing option – Equal – has been made for main rebar layout and stirrup layout for openings and perimeter. If you select ‘Equal’, then the start and end layout distance will be the same and will fall somewhere between the ‘Distance’ and ‘Spacing’ values.

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October 21, 2020

AGACAD Advances | Fall 2020

A lot has gone down in the past 6 months: new tools, fresh user interfaces, and the busiest webinar season we’ve ever had. All that and more in the latest edition of our newsletter AGACAD Advances.

  • Modeling precast to LOD 400
  • Tips for keeping Revit models running smoothly
  • Revit massing
  • Specialized framing collection: SIPS, CLT, OAK, Ventilated Facades, Curtain Walls & Panels
  • Upcoming webinars
  • Compatibility of Precast Concrete with ProdLib Library to insert Peikko and Anstar structural precast connections in Revit
  • CNC Exporters
  • 5 new client cases on framing and MEP design

Check out the Fall 2020 edition of AGACAD Advances.


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October 19, 2020

BIM Models & Shop Tickets for Precast Concrete in Revit [WEBINAR]

Want to more efficiently design precast concrete structures in Revit? Register for our free 30-minute webinar taking place on October 29th! Our Precast Concrete BIM software streamlines the modeling, detailing, and documentation workflow and eliminates hours of tedious manual tasks by automating slab layouts, wall panelization, detail distribution, rebar placement, and shop drawing prep. See how in this expert-level tutorial.

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October 12, 2020

Modeling Precast Concrete WALLS to LOD 400 and Getting Shop Drawings in Revit [WORKFLOW]

This is the third post in our series on LOD 400 modeling for precast concrete in Revit. Part I was about columns. Part II about beams.


Autodesk® Revit® lets you easily model walls for precast buildings. In this blog post we will go over the full workflow for modeling precast concrete walls and generating documentation using AGACAD’s Precast Concrete BIM Solution for Revit.

1. Modeling precast walls

Model precast walls with Revit using standard structural wall system families. Add doors and window families or face-based void families to have openings in the walls. In this stage, draw your walls from corner to corner, not dividing them into separate precast panels. I recommend modeling them with the correct height constraints – from Level to Level, the way they will be built. Later you can copy them into levels above with Revit’s ‘Paste Aligned to Selected Levels’ command.

Precast walls modeling
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