The advent of 3D design and BIM put a new spin on MEP coordination: resolving clashes between elements in a model instead of lines in a drawing. MEP engineers working 2D have to imagine piping or ductwork in their heads while making drawings that then need to be checked for viability by the structural designer or perhaps even on-site by the builder. BIM integrates MEP and structural design so that architects, structural & MEP engineers know in advance exactly where MEP elements will be placed during the construction phase, enabling them to create precise models and schedules. Nonetheless, MEP runs still need to be checked to ensure structural integrity and constructability, and that’s a very time-consuming procedure requiring a lot of attention to produce the desired result, error-free.
Fortunately, there is a way to dramatically increase productivity in this area. AGACAD’s Cut Opening BIM software not only inserts openings in your projects where MEP elements intersect structural elements but also facilitates coordination between different disciplines and engineers working on the same project. When openings are created, each has its own parameters to mark whether it is acceptable or not, and, with the Opening control window, you can check the parameters of every single opening in your project that was inserted with our Cut Opening tool. What’s more, the control window allows you to create a dynamic section box that will move the section box in your 3D view directly to the opening selected in the table, making it easier to locate and check openings requiring review.
In addition to the features above, the opening families we provide with Cut Opening are available for any user modifications. It’s possible to add things such as sleeves or collars to their geometry, add parameters, and change their representation according to company needs or country codes. We encourage users to take full advantage of the flexibility that Cut Opening brings.
This free 30-minute webinar on May 12th will be an advanced tutorial about making penetration holes for ducts, pipes, conduit, cable trays, and beams in Revit® efficiently and how to control their parameters using our Cut Opening BIM Solution.
The result you’ll see is a structural project with openings in the walls and floors for various MEP elements from a linked file and with user pre-defined offsets. All openings will be tagged to provide information about their size, shape, elevation, and dependence on the MEP system.
MEP engineers, MEP coordinators, structural engineers, architects, and BIM managers – we hope you’ll sign up. The webinar will be held twice, so please register for the session that’s more convenient for you.
In this free 30-minute webinar we’ll give an expert-level tutorial on how to create penetration holes for ducts, pipes, conduit, cable trays, and beams and how to control their parameters in a Revit® project using our Cut Opening BIM Solution. The result you’ll see is a structural project with openings in the walls and floors for various MEP elements from a linked file and with user pre-defined offsets. All openings will be tagged to provide information about their size, shape, elevation, and dependence on the MEP system.
The webinar will be held twice on April 7th, so please register for the session that’s more convenient for you. It’s especially for MEP engineers & coordinators, structural engineers, architects, and BIM coordinators. Join us!
This Canadian engineering and design firm says AGACAD’s software for modelling precast concrete elements in Revit® has halved the time it spends on drawings and improved its overall efficiency while enhancing project quality.
Kerkhoff Engineering Ltd is a structural engineering and design firm with commercial, residential and agricultural projects across Western Canada. One of the company’s areas of expertise is precast concrete.
Whether working on offices, homes, warehouses, airport terminals or dairy farms, the team’s focus is on using its experience and the latest technologies to deliver cost-effective innovative solutions that fully satisfy each client.
We are pleased to announce that we will be exhibiting with our partner Omnix International at the International Concrete Conference & Exhibition (ICCX) in Sharjah, UAE this November 24-25.
As the only trade fair in the Middle East focused exclusively on concrete technology and manufacture, ICCX has quickly established itself as an important meeting point for concrete and precast industry experts.
Omnix has been our exclusive software distributor in the Middle East since March 2014, so we are stoked to be sharing a booth together at the third annual ICCX–Middle East. If you will be there, come visit us at booth 2!
If you’re involved in the design and fabrication of precast concrete and you’ll be at the conference, our structural engineer Valensas would like to meet you. He’d be happy to show how to streamline your process with our Precast Concrete BIM Solution for Revit, answer any questions you may have about it, and of course he’d like to hear from you about what your needs are because that’s how we continually drive our software forward, with feedback from experts out in the industry.
In this webinar we will go through the process of creating openings and controlling their parameters in a Revit project using the Cut Opening BIM Solution. We’ll also show how the control window and shared parameters of opening files facilitate team collaboration.
Join our webinar on October 16th, and see the fast, precise, and easily modifiable results you can get with Cut Opening.
Setting up hangers and creating openings for MEP elements is not the most exciting part of modelling in Autodesk® Revit®. It’s rather boring and takes up too much time. An engineer could spend days manually working around pipes and ducts, checking how they intersect with other structural and architectural elements. All of this can be done much faster using AGACAD tools such as MEP Hangers and Cut Opening. These solutions have been proven to prevent human error, save money, and dramatically reduce time spent on tasks during the BIM process.
Autodesk Revit by default doesn’t provide any easy workflow for quickly creating multiple openings or connecting MEP systems to the structural model, so engineers waste time doing things by hand. AGACAD is solving this problem by developing tools that eliminate boring manual work and provide more control over the project.
“The best part of AGACAD solutions is that they are being constantly improved and the user gets updates for free when they are released. Read more »
Free tools (e.g. Smart Select, Cut Opening Free) have no limitations. Trial versions of other tools have no limitations for two weeks and include support during the trial period. Have a go, and may your Revit tasks be simple and lightning quick!
At the end of February, AGACAD will be heading to Louisville, KY to exhibit at The Precast Show – the largest trade show in North America exclusively dedicated to precast.
When: February 28 – March 2, 2019 Where: Kentucky International Convention Center, booth #789
Last year in Denver was our first time exhibiting at TPS, so we’re fired up about returning to this outstanding event to showcase our software to the US precast industry, especially since becoming an Autodesk AEC Industry Partner – specifically for precast – in October 2018.
Manning our booth will be Valensas and Jan, our BIM application engineer and project manager, who can share how our Precast Concrete BIM Solution for Revit is driving the precast industry forward. We’re especially hoping to meet our existing users face-to-face to talk about your further needs and expectations.
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