Posts from "Beam Reinforcement" category

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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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 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 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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June 4, 2020

Precast Concrete Modeling & Documentation in Revit [WEBINAR]

Join our free 30-minute webinar on June 18th for an expert-level tutorial on how to efficiently design precast concrete structures in Revit. Hours of tedious manual tasks in the modeling, detailing, and documentation processes will be eliminated using our Precast Concrete BIM software, which handles slab layouts, wall panelization, detail distribution, rebar placement, and shop drawing prep.

The results you’ll see: Revit walls will be split into precast wall panels. Floors will be divided into slabs. Connections, grout tubes, plates, and lifting anchors will be inserted based on predefined configurations. Rebar for walls and beams will be placed. Shop drawings with proper dimensions and views will be generated in a snap. All of those tasks are automated by using our Precast Concrete Revit tool, so it saves lots of time for structural engineers, drafters, and BIM modelers.

The webinar will be held twice, so please register for the session that’s more convenient for you. We especially invite out-of-box Revit users and those thinking of switching from AutoCAD 2D to BIM to come see what’s up!

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May 28, 2020

AGACAD Solutions Compatible with Revit 2021

We’ve been diligently testing our Tools4BIM DOCK* against Revit 2021 to ensure complete compatibility of all the BIM Solutions and Tools4Revit Add-ins therein. Thanks for your patience, those of you who’ve been awaiting the pronouncement. We’re glad to say our tools are ready to use with Revit 2021!

*The Dock is an interactive window in Autodesk® Revit® that allows you to access and manage all software products developed by AGACAD to help you get more out of Revit. Read more about the Tools4BIM Dock.

Here’s how to get our tools running on Revit 2021.

For current users of our software

To companies/individuals who have an active license maintenance/subscription of at least one of our tools, we’ve sent an email containing software activation codes and a link to download our 2021 Tools4BIM Dock. (If you can’t find it in your inbox, please check your spam folder.)

NB: If you’re with a company, please ask your BIM manager or IT coordinator for these codes.

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May 28, 2020

Designing Precast Concrete Parking Garages in Revit [WORKFLOW+VIDEO]

Parking garages can be built from a variety of materials – cast-in-place, precast concrete, steel framing with concrete, even wood. Perhaps most often seen as stand-alone buildings, they are frequently incorporated into a larger structure, concealed below ground level or several floors above ground. Architecturally speaking they can range from simple to highly unique, boasting tailor-made façades. Functionally most are quite plain though they may be outfitted with complex automatic parking systems.

At any rate, we need them. A lot. That’s why they’re being built all over the place. Here in Vilnius, Lithuania, car parks are gradually relieving the lack of parking spaces, an all-too-common problem affecting cities worldwide. Underground ones are ideal in the city center here for preserving views of the city’s splendid architecture. Although every situation is different, precast concrete is probably the best choice for your typical, economical, functional parking structure due to its relatively simple design and fast construction timetable that’s less affected by weather conditions. Plus architectural ideas can easily be implemented in façade wall panels.

The AEC industry has been undergoing the transition from 2D digital drafting to 3D informational modeling, data management, sharing, linking between people and software platforms. In four words, building information modelling/management. In a word, BIM.

Marina Villas Parking Garage, courtesy of CKR EngineersImage courtesy of CKR Engineers

If we look at the case of an independent, standalone parking garage building, most of it is structural. A typical one has simple architecture, and there’s hardly any MEP or other parts of the project to deal with. So in this article, I want to review the design workflow and available tools that make the process efficient in structural BIM models, particularly as regards modeling and documentation.

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May 8, 2020

Precast Concrete Modeling & Documentation in Revit [WEBINAR]

In this free 30-minute webinar on May 21st we’ll show how our Precast Concrete design software for Revit streamlines the modeling, detailing, and documentation process.

The results you’ll see are Revit walls split into precast wall panels, floors divided into slabs, and connections, grout tubes, plates, and lifting anchors automatically inserted on all of them based on predefined configurations. Rebar for walls and beams will be auto-generated, avoiding the hours it would take to do manually. And the long, tedious process of making shop drawings with proper dimensions and views will be done in a snap during this webinar using our Precast Concrete software tool.

The webinar will be held twice, so you structural engineers, drafters, and BIM modelers please register for the session that’s more convenient for you. We especially invite out-of-box Revit users and those thinking of switching from AutoCAD 2D to BIM to join in!

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April 28, 2020

AGACAD launches rebar-modelling automation for Revit

PRESS RELEASE – Vilnius, 27 April 2020

AGACAD Ltd, the developer of advanced technologies for building information modelling and management, is proud to introduce BIM tools that generate detailed reinforcement for concrete walls and beams in Revit along with all shop drawings and production files.

The new Wall Reinforcement and Beam Reinforcement software with automated rebar-modelling functionality are part of AGACAD’s popular Precast Concrete suite of Revit add-ons.

reinforced precast concrete wall modeled using AGACAD Precast Concrete design software for Autodesk Revit

“The addition of reinforcement detailing for precast concrete is a step forward that structural professionals have long awaited. There is a big need – modelling rebar can be very time-consuming but is increasingly important as BIM takes hold and models get more and more detailed. Now it is even clearer, as we like to repeat, that BIM is very good for precast and Revit is ideal,” says Donatas Aksomitas, the CEO of AGACAD.

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April 22, 2020

Precast Concrete Parking Garages in Revit [WEBINAR]

This free webinar on May 7th will be about designing precast concrete parking garages in Revit, with a focus on the warped double tee slab used in the USA (spoiler alert: new tool will be shown). But first off, why parking decks? Building them with precast makes their design and construction relatively simple, so they’re all over the place: here in Lithuania and the rest of Europe, the Middle East, in the US, Down Under, and throughout Asia. So streamlining the workflow for this type of building is important for engineers and manufacturers all around the world.

If you’re a precaster in another country, it might be interesting for you to know that in the US double tee slabs for parking garages are warped. They’re produced just like normal double tees, but then on the construction site, one end is supported evenly while at the other end one stem support is lower than the other. The resultant twist helps with drainage. It’s nice, but it’s a pain for BIM modelers because an element (in this case, the DT slab) has one shape in the model but another shape in the drawing. That means that you have to have two elements – one warped, the other planar.

So what you’ll see in this webinar is an efficient modeling workflow for designing and producing documentation for precast concrete parking garages and – in particular for the US market – a solution for modeling the warped double tee slab.

Precast Concrete is our design software for Revit that will be used during the webinar to automate all the processes like placing wall and beam reinforcement, placing connections, and creating shop drawings. PLUS we’ll unveil a new tool called Floor+C that will help deal with warped double tee slabs. So, it will be a lot, but keep in mind that even your typical precast parking garage (without much architectural ambition) could have 20,000 modeled elements and over 50,000 bars/strands/wires of reinforcement, so having good tools to work with is really important! And on the documentation side, a few hundred sheets means several thousand views, which means you’ve got thousands and thousands of dimensions and text fields, so automation in every step can end up saving hours of work.

We invite you, especially structural engineers, drafters, and manufacturers of precast concrete, to sign up for this free webinar. The webinar will be held twice, so please register below for the session that’s more convenient for you. We’ll try to keep it to 45 minutes.

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