Posts from "Metal Framing Professional Suite" category

September 17, 2020

Curtain walls continue to please and perform in modern ‘Crystal Palaces’

Visitors to the legendary Crystal Palace, built in London for the Great Exhibition of 1851, were said to be awed by its unprecedented expanses of glass – 900,000 square feet of it (84,000 square metres). So much natural light. So spacious. Such openness to the surrounding Hyde Park, including three large elm trees left standing inside.

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June 17, 2020

Making Openings for Beams, Doors & Windows in Revit [WEBINAR]

This free 30-minute webinar on June 30th will be an expert-level tutorial about efficiently making openings for structural framing elements, doors, and windows in Revit® using our Cut Opening BIM Solution. Openings will be configured and created for beams of various shapes and sizes as well as for window and door openings, which will be transferred from the architectural model into the structural model.

inserting openings for windows in Revit structural file based on linked architectural model | AGACAD Cut Opening BIM tool

The result you’ll see is a Revit structural file with an increased LOD due to the openings and placement of beam pockets. All walls will have openings corresponding to the sizes of doors and windows in the architectural model. Openings will be tagged to provide information about their size and elevation according to the level of your choice.

Structural engineers, architects, and BIM managers – we invite you to sign up. The webinar will be held twice, so please register for the session that’s more convenient for you.

Topics to be covered:beam pocket modeled in Autodesk Revit using AGACAD's Cut Opening BIM tool

  • Opening settings for beams (structural framing)
  • Generating openings and beam pockets
  • Controlling and modifying openings
  • Possible modifications to opening families
  • Openings for doors and windows
  • Tagging openings

 

 

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Our Cut Opening Revit extension is BIM software that automatically inserts penetration holes for MEP services, structural framing elements, doors and windows in Autodesk Revit. After processing interference check results, it creates proper openings wherever ducts, pipes, cable trays, or conduit intersect walls, floors, ceilings, roofs, beams, and columns and will insert fire safety components in structures that have a fire rating. Gives accurate bills of materials and builders work drawings. Works with linked files.

inserting openings for doors and windows in Revit structural model based on linked architectural model | AGACAD Cut Opening BIM tool
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holes through a wall in Autodesk Revit, inserted using AGACAD's Cut Opening BIM tool

Download our TOOLS4BIM Dock (it’s free), and take a trial of our Cut Opening BIM Solution PLUS get instant access to our free extensions: Cut Opening Free, Smart Select, and Smart Browser Free.


June 5, 2020

Framing Metal Walls, Floors & Roofs in Revit: Modeling & Documentation [WEBINAR]

Join our free 30-minute webinar on June 17th for an expert-level demonstration of modeling light-gauge steel structures in Revit efficiently and preparing accurate shop drawings and cut lists for them. Using our powerful Metal Framing BIM software that’s been continually improved based on the input of framing professionals from all around the globe, we’ll show how to quickly frame single- and multi-layer walls, floors, and roofs for prefabrication. (The tool can also be applied to designing ventilated facades and curtain wall systems.) We’ll go into more detail for LGS floors, rafter systems, and roof & floor trusses, and we’ll show how designers working on element documentation in Revit can save hours by eliminating repetitive tasks like filling in parameter values or dimensioning.

After placing Revit families in the model automatically, the results you’ll see are walls framed in several different ways and then a fully-framed building model that will include various multi-layered structures. Auto-sorting and marking all elements and newly-created structural members and producing shop drawings will be covered during this webinar.

All AEC industry professionals who design or manufacture steel structures (with or without the addition of ventilated facades or curtain walls) are welcome. Architects, engineers, drafters, and builders – we invite you to sign up! The webinar will be held twice, so please register for the session that’s more convenient for you.

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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 27, 2020

Common Types of Roofs & How to Model Them in Autodesk Revit

Designing roofs in Revit can pose certain difficulties particularly for users less familiar with roof modeling tools. Creating exact roof geometry and size for a new build or modeling an existing roof to given dimensions is not always straightforward. If we follow some key principles, however, we can model quite a few roofs simply by using Revit’s ‘Roof by Footprint’ tool. For more complex roof profile shapes, ‘Roof by Extrusion’ is typically used, which we will cover in future articles. Other ways of creating roofs are 3D massing using the ‘Roof by Face’ tool, which allows you to come up with a greater variety of complex roof designs, and In-Place Massing or Mass Families, which allows you to design irregular roofs and tensile roof structures.

For now, we’ll focus on some of the more common roof types used for small-scale residential, commercial, and industrial projects.

To create a simple hip roof with the ‘Roof by Footprint’ tool, follow the steps below.

  1. Have your perimeter walls and levels ready
  2. In Architecture tab select Roof – Roof by Footprint tool and choose desired roof type
  3. Choose a relevant level for a bottom face of the roof
  4. Use Pick Walls tools and hover over a wall – press tab to select all joined perimeter walls
  5. Define roof parameters like overhangs, slopes, offset from level, rafter cut
  6. Finish the roof by exiting roof editorRead more »
May 25, 2020

Framing Roof Panels, Trusses & Rafters in Revit [WEBINAR]

This free 30-minute webinar on June 3rd will be an advanced tutorial on how to design and generate roofs in Revit® using our Wood/Metal Framing Roof BIM Solutions. Traditional roof framing (i.e. built on site) and prefabricated roofs (built off site) will both be covered. We will also look into trussed roofs and their types as well as touch base on key topics relevant to designers working on small- and large-scale buildings where various timber and metal roof systems are used.

Starting from a simple Revit roof, the results you’ll see are fully framed multi-layered roof panels, trusses, and rafter roof structures; roofs split into panels for prefabrication; auto-sorting of all roof panels and structural members; and production of shop drawings.

All AEC industry professionals who design or manufacture timber or steel roofs are welcome. Architects, engineers, drafters, and builders – we invite you to sign up! The webinar will be held twice, so please register for the session that’s more convenient for you.

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May 20, 2020

Ventilated Facades in Revit [WEBINAR]

This free 30-minute webinar on June 4th will be about designing detailed, multi-story ventilated facade systems in Autodesk® Revit. What you’ll see is a BIM-to-Field workflow using our Ventilated Facades BIM software to efficiently design highly-detailed elements. See how to batch-insert hundreds of details throughout a Revit model and generate fabrication information (shop drawings and cut lists) with the necessary views, schedules, and drawings.

AEC industry professionals involved in the design or prefabrication of facades: engineers, designers, BIM coordinators, and managers at companies that design or manufacture facades for commercial, residential, or industrial (mainly residential) buildings – we invite you to sign up below to see how you might bring your facade design process to the next level of automation.The webinar will be held twice, so please register for the session that’s more convenient for you.


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May 19, 2020

From Conceptual Mass to Shop Drawings in under 30 minutes [VIDEO added]

By Povilas Sindriūnas, AGACAD Architectural Engineer & BIM Application Engineer

In previous articles we have discussed how to create an In-Place Mass and Mass family and shown how to efficiently generate Revit elements upon massing. Now we’re going to take it one step further and demonstrate how to begin with a project concept and finish off with fully framed elements and drawings in less than 30 minutes using AGACAD’s Wood Framing Wall and Metal Framing Wall BIM Solutions.

At the outset, it’s important to set out your massing accordingly. The more details you have, the better. Sizing and number of levels is a good place to start sculpting volumes. Generally, volumetric massing is widely accepted as a primary means of early stage building design. Using mass blocks to define a building’s future shape, size, space quality, and design features is a standard method of tackling a new project at the conceptual design stage. Revit has a great tool for massing at a detailed level, i.e. a fixing (fastener) or a detail that is part of a larger assembly. It also works great with large-scale massing, i.e. clusters of buildings or an entire masterplan.

Ok, let’s do it. From concept to framing to drawings in under 30 minutes.

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May 13, 2020

CNC Exporter for Steel Frames in Revit

Want to export light-gauge steel wall, floor, truss, or roof panel frames from Autodesk® Revit® to a CNC machine?

AGACAD’s got you covered. (We’ve also got CNC Exporters for timber frames.)

Our CNC Exporter for Steel Frames automatically assembles all framing members per user definitions and send all necessary data and geometry to the machine or production line you’re running for efficient prefabrication of metal structures. We have a CNC Exporter that’s compatible with machines manufactured by Metroll, Royal C.N.C., Howick, and Scottsdale.

The exporter can easily be adapted to other CNC machines that read the same file extension and is customizable to fit users’ needs. We’ll work one-on-one with you to make sure the final product performs seamlessly and accurately. Exactly the way you need.

Our CNC Metal Exporter must be used in tandem with our Metal Framing BIM software that’s made for framing floors, walls, trusses, and
rafter roofs in Revit. We’ve also got specialized solutions for framing
Curtain Walls & Panels, Ventilated Facades, and Framed Partitions.

Advanced automation and built-in best practices help BIM professionals move fast, make optimal choices (particularly early in the design process), and avoid errors at every stage –
from design and documentation to fabrication and construction. Our CNC Metal Exporter converts the framed model with all the information data and geometry inside the Revit project
into a format readable by your CNC machine.

Below is more information on our CNC Metal Exporter as it pertains to each machine manufacturer.

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April 30, 2020

Framing Timber/Steel Walls in Revit [WEBINAR]

In this free 30-minute webinar on May 13th we’ll give an advanced tutorial of how to frame multi-layer walls in Revit® using our Wood/Metal Framing Wall BIM Solutions.

The results you’ll see are custom multi-element framing member layouts and complex L,T, End connections; distributed connectors, fasteners, cuts, and supports; sheathing layouts; and automatically generated shop drawings with gravity points, tags, and dimensions inserted just the way you want and material schedules.

Architects, engineers, designers, drafters, BIM managers – we invite you to sign up. The webinar will be held twice, so please register for the session that’s more convenient for you.

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