Posts from "Column Reinforcement" category

April 1, 2020

Precast Concrete 101: Modeling & documentation in Revit [WEBINAR]

In this free 30-minute webinar we’ll give an expert-level tutorial of how to use our Precast Concrete design software for Revit, showing how it streamlines the modeling, detailing, and documentation process for structural engineers, drafters, and BIM modelers. What will you get out of this webinar? We’ll get into specifics like splitting Revit walls into precast wall panels and then automatically inserting connections, grout tubes, plates, and lifting anchors on all of them based on predefined configurations. As you may know from experience, modeling reinforcement for precast walls and beams takes hours to do manually, so instead we’ll generate rebar automatically. And the long, tedious process of making shop drawings with proper dimensions and views will be done in a jiffy during this webinar using our Precast Concrete software tool.

The webinar will be held twice on April 9th, 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 the BIM platform to join in!

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January 13, 2020

BIM Is Very Good for Precast, Revit Is Ideal [Interview]

Prepared by Bryan Bradley of Textus Aptus

In 2018 Autodesk named AGACAD, a developer of BIM software for Revit professionals, one of its first AEC Industry Partners, with special reference to precast concrete. In fact, precast is an area where BIM adoption has been slow and where for long Autodesk Revit was not an obvious choice of platform. AGACAD has done much to change that. We sat down for a chat with Donatas Aksomitas, the CEO of AGACAD, and Valensas Balsevičius, a structural engineer and BIM Application Engineer at the company.

What are the current dynamics in the world of precast concrete?

Donatas: Precast is getting bigger and bigger, like prefabrication in general. Prefab is the future of construction – at least until people start just printing whole buildings. There’s less waste, shorter work time on site meaning lower costs for things like cranes, plus less noise, easier logistics… Everyone’s moving toward that: making construction elements in a factory and bringing them to site for assembly. The next step after panels is full module production – delivering not one wall but four, already connected and finished.

photo of precast concrete walls
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September 16, 2019

Precast Concrete, Excel2R for Revit 2020 now in Autodesk App Store

Precast Concrete & Excel2R for Revit 2020 are now available in the Autodesk App Store. Download these and other tools via either the App Store or our TOOLS4BIM Dock.

By way of reminder, free tools have no limitations. Trial versions of other Revit plug-ins have no limitations for two weeks and include support during the trial period, which means our BIM application engineers are at your disposal to give assistance as well as a live demonstration.

Be on the lookout in the coming weeks for more of our Tools4Revit add-ons and BIM Solutions for Revit 2020 to appear in the Autodesk App Store.

June 17, 2019

AGACAD Solutions Compatible with Revit 2020 Released!

We’ve been hard at work testing our brand new DOCK* against Revit 2020 to ensure complete compatibility. To those of you who have been anxiously awaiting the news, thank you for your patience. We’re glad to say our tools are ready to use with Revit 2020!*The Dock is an interactive window in Autodesk® Revit® that allows you to access and manage all Revit® products developed by AGACAD.

Here’s how to get our tools running on Revit 2020.

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 2020 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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December 6, 2018

Precast Concrete featured by Autodesk

Back in October, Autodesk® named AGACAD an AEC Industry Partner in recognition of the outstanding value that our Precast Concrete software brings to Revit® users around the world. But you don’t have to take our word for it – see what our clients have to say below and then take a free trial for yourself!

You can find AGACAD in the Autodesk AEC Industry Partner Portal.

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August 21, 2018

BIM solution Precast Concrete delivers new features


Reacting to our clients’ recent request on our BIM solution for Revit, Precast Concrete was updated with many useful features, delivering even more automation, flexibility and efficiency to the workflow of structural precast modelling.

Smart Details – tool to create connections and Smart Assemblies – tool for shop drawings were updated.

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May 29, 2018

Autodesk sees AGACAD Solution at Precast Show

At the Precast Show a few months ago in Denver, we had the pleasure of meeting Michael Gustafson, Industry Strategy Manager for Structural Engineering at Autodesk®. He’s written up his own summary of the show along with his takeaways – and AGACAD’s Precast Concrete BIM Solution is one of them.

We’re looking forward to The Precast Show 2019!

April 17, 2018

How to Create Concrete Details for Precast Sandwich Walls

In this post, I want to share some tips about creating families if you want to put them inside your multi-layered wall in Revit® and get nice section views. I’ll use two common scenarios to show how to add concrete thickening to precast sandwich walls.

Situation A: Adding concrete thickening around openings

Below is a simple example, but feel free to add any other elements or parameters as needed.

Step 1: Create a face-based family for thickening around the window.

Create solid and void extrusions with the same constraints. In the picture below, you can see one extrusion, but it’s actually one void and one solid element in the same location. Make sure the void does not cut the solid.

Cut a fake host inside the family with the void element. (I minimized the host size for the purpose of this post; there’s no need to do that.)

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April 4, 2018

Precast Concrete Update: New possibilities for precast structures and special workflow for parking garages

Our Precast Concrete solution for Revit was just recently updated with new features and performance improvements, including new ways to split walls, add details, and create shop drawings/tickets. But by far the most significant update is that the Metal Framing Floor+ feature has been added to Precast Concrete! We did this especially for clients wanting to create slabs by using Structural Framing families and even apply this to warped double tee slabs for precast parking garages.

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November 20, 2017

An Overview of Precast Slabs, Walls, Columns & Beams in Revit

Precast ConcreteOver the past several months, we’ve held webinars about modeling and documenting precast concrete slabs, walls, columns and beams in Revit®. With our Precast Concrete BIM Solution, you can split floors into various types of slabs and divide walls into panels. Distribute connectors, cuts, plates, supports, anchors, grout tubes and other details en masse according to predefined rules, and then modify details to match the level of detail required. Automatically sort elements according to predefined rules. And finish off by generating shop drawings with automated dimensions, views, schedules, and sheets.

If you missed those webinars or would like to see them again, we’ll be more than happy to send a link to the recording. Contact us HERE.

Meanwhile, here’s a set of short videos we’ve produced that give a brief look at each aspect of our Precast software.

Slabs

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