Posts from "Precast Concrete" category

June 17, 2021

Smart Views Activation Instructions for Current Users

News of interest for current users of Precast Concrete, Wood Framing, or Metal Framing: our new Smart Views tool is included, gratis!

If you have one or more licenses of any of our products listed below (Revit version 2022, 2021, or 2020), then Smart Views is included:

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June 17, 2021

New Smart Views Tool Released for Revit Users

AGACAD has a brand-new tool available that makes project documentation easier for architects, MEP engineers, and structural engineers who use Autodesk® Revit®. Our newest product – Smart Views – lets you create any number of views with automated dimensions for selected elements in Revit without creating an assembly.

Smart Views is especially suited for Revit users who need to make drawings of sections and elevations of any building element, all the way from preliminary design stages through to a detailed design. It could be for a cast-in-place concrete wall with MEP openings or just a casework, a wood-framed wall or window, an elevation of selected walls, or a section of a particular connection.

So whether you’re an architect, structural engineer, or HVAC engineer, Smart Views is here to make your documentation tasks in Revit easier. And faster. That’s why we made the tool: to remove some stress out of your daily work.

Great news for current users!

If you are a current user of our Precast Concrete, Wood Framing, or Metal Framing design software, we have included Smart Views in your existing license(s), free of charge! See the ACTIVATION INSTRUCTIONS.

Not a current user of AGACAD’s Revit and BIM tools? We warmly invite you to out Smart Views for free – please scroll down for instructions.

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May 26, 2021

Wall Reinforcement Now Supports Fabric Sheets in Revit [NEW FEATURE]

BIM solution Wall Reinforcement got another update – one which had been Number 1 on our Precast Concrete users’ wish-list: the ability to automatically place fabric sheets of rebar. This feature lets Autodesk® Revit® users model sheets much faster than previously was the case.

Like the other features of our Wall Reinforcement Revit tool, the Fabric Sheets feature is flexible and easy to set up. You can choose your fabric sheet type and define all parameters available in Revit, like sheet alignment, Lap splice length, etc.

What’s great about the fabric area configurations is that you avoid the headache of having to enter additional offset values for each fabric area. Drawing the boundary for the fabric area boundary is also automated to match the shape of your wall layers, which is essential if you have sandwich walls with wythes of different heights.

Let’s look at the configurations.

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May 19, 2021

Main Benefits of AGACAD's Wall Reinforcement Revit Tool

Here are seven benefits of using our Wall Reinforcement tool to model rebar in precast and cast-in-place concrete walls in Autodesk® Revit®.

1. Easy user interface

Wall Reinforcement has a UI that is consistent, easy-to-read, and stable. This makes it easy to learn and implement the tool in your company.

AGACAD Wall Reinforcement tool for Revit
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May 11, 2021

How to Dimension Reinforcement for Precast Elements in Revit [VIDEO]

Dimensioning rebar depends on company standards or on requirements coming from the manufacturer. Either way, it’s relatively easy to do once you’ve got the rebar modeled in Revit®.

One way you can do it is by placing dimensions and changing visibility settings using native Revit commands. Another way is to automate that process with a Revit plugin. For precast elements, I would suggest Smart Assemblies, as it can create views, dimensions, schedules, and sheets – everything you need for shop drawings.

Alright, so I will skip how to do the process manually in Revit, which hopefully is covered on YouTube or by your Revit software providers, but here is how you can do it with our tools. I will jump straight into the Smart Dimensions tool that’s part of Smart Assemblies and open its configuration. (Video below.)

1. Open Smart Dimensions

Once you’ve opened Smart Dimensions, go to its configurations.

Menu of Smart Dimensions tool in Revit
Here’s where to open the Smart Dimensions feature that’s part of Smart Assemblies
Configurations of Smart Dimensions tool in Revit
Here’s the configurations window of Smart Dimensions

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April 30, 2021

Precast Concrete Wall Reinforcement in Revit [WEBINAR]

Modeling reinforcement for precast walls in Revit is no longer a mysterious task that only a few detailers do. It’s becoming standard practice in BIM and 3D projects in general without having to switch to 2D to finish documentation.

Whether you generate piece drawings or export information to CAM machines, though, you need to have actual rebar elements in your model if you want to get sections, quantities, and other information. And since it takes quite a lot of time to model thousands of rebars, it sure helps if that work is done automatically.

That’s why we developed our Wall Reinforcement tool for Revit. Come see how it works in this free 30-minute webinar on May 13th. Besides a typical workflow, we’ll also show the latest features.

Modeling rebar in precast walls in Revit eats up a lot of time, so we developed the Wall Reinforcement addon. It’s part of our Precast Concrete BIM Solution, which streamlines the whole design process based on the workflows and insights of precast experts around the world – and eliminates myriad mouse-clicks in the process.

The Wall Reinforcement tool can place external and internal reinforcement, straight and diagonal bars, stirrups around openings and perimeters, plus reinforcement for wall corners. The tool recognizes wall shapes and places rebar based on your configurations. And if you have a sandwich or double wall, you can apply different rebar settings for each layer.

The webinar will be held twice, so please register for the session that’s more convenient for you. We especially invite precast designers and structural engineers to participate in this webinar. Content will also be of interest to out-of-box Revit users and those thinking of switching from AutoCAD to BIM.

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April 28, 2021

How to Place Pocket Families for Roof Joists in Revit [VIDEO]

In this post, I’ll show three ways for placing joist pockets in Revit for tilt-up construction projects.

One way to do it is manually in plain Revit. The other two ways make use of our Smart Connections BIM tool that can distribute hardware, details, voids, any sort of element or family in Revit whether you’re designing buildings from precast concrete, wood frames, or metal frames.

Whichever way you go, the first several steps are the same, so let’s start there. (Video below.)

STEP 1. Create a pocket family by using a face-based family template.

Create face based family in Revit
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April 21, 2021

Beam Reinforcement in Revit: Stirrups, Supports & Common Bending Shapes [NEW FEATURES]

Modeling main reinforcement and stirrups for precast beams in Revit is easy with our Beam Reinforcement tool. Some clients recently gave us feedback regarding the add-on, so we developed some new features that will further streamline the work of precast detailers.

The updates have to do with stirrups, rebar at beam ends, and common bending shapes of main bar. Descriptions of each of those new features below.

Revit rebar placement: Centered stirrups

After one of my previous blog posts about Revit beam stirrup layout, a user contacted us asking for a small improvement – centered stirrups – because in some situations it is better to have equal spacing than to have bars at exact positions.

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April 20, 2021

New Ways to Split Revit Walls Vertically & Horizontally with Smart Walls [NEW FEATURE]

Smart Walls is our Revit add-on that simplifies wall management, allowing you to quickly disassemble layers into different wall types, control gaps and joins, split walls into panels, insert gravity points, and more. Part of our Tools4Revit Suite, it’s also included in our Precast Concrete BIM Solution since wall panels are ubiquitous in precast design.

This latest update for our Smart Walls tool has new ways of splitting walls horizontally – via configurations – and vertically – via reference plane.

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April 19, 2021

Most Important Updates for Precast Concrete of the Past Revit Year

Where do we get the ideas for continually improving our BIM Solution for designing precast in Revit? From top professionals around the world. We enthusiastically welcome user requests and build their ideas into the software to make the life of structural engineers, drafters, and modelers easier.

From Finland to Florida, from California and Canada over to the Netherlands and Norway, from India to Illinois, from Sweden and Estonia down to Australia — users send in their requests for software updates that would make their work smoother and more efficient. That’s where the action’s at. User-feedback helps us continually enhance Precast Concrete with new features that others in the precast design industry can benefit from as well.

So, at the close of Revit Year 2021 and the outset of 2022, here is a summary of all the features that were added to our Precast Concrete BIM Solution during the past year. We go through each of the tools that comprise Precast Concrete and look at the improvements that were made to each.

Tools in AGACAD Precast Concrete Design Software
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