We conclude the 2021 blog series with an article on a theme that has been with us and has been relevant throughout this year. And not only this year.
Sustainability. It has always been important to our company. Saving energy resources was one of the criteria for choosing the new office we moved into at the end of 2020. Our current office is located in an A+ energy class building, with energy-saving systems installed. We only print paper documents when we really need to, as most of our documents are digital. The AGACAD team sorts rubbish not only in the office but outside too. Some of our employees use solar energy at home, electric cars, scooters or bicycles. Still others prefer to walk to the office. So the AGACAD team is striving to live more sustainably, thinking about the planet’s resources and its future.
The AGACAD team also thinks about sustainability when developing products. A responsible approach to the environment and the desire to leave as small an ecological footprint as possible has led to the development of the latest products, Panel Packer and Sandwich Panels, for Revit users. The desire to contribute to sustainability has also guided us in the development of our existing BIM solutions for Wood Framing, Metal Framing, Precast Concrete and others.
Tagging elements in Revit is a relatively straightforward task. Revit has a range of default tags to offer and some basic functionality as well. You can even place tags automatically by chosen category. That is a great feature…until you need to adjust each tag on the drawings…keeping in mind that each drawing may contain dozens of them.
It’s an issue that Revit users commonly face. That’s why we developed and recently released a configurations-based solution for it. Introducing Smart Tags.
Smart Tags dramatically extends native Revit tagging functionality, saving you a lot of time during the documentation process. It can be used in combination with Smart Views and Smart Dimensions to take full advantage of automated drawing creation. Based on your criteria, you can preset what views will be created and how tags and dimensions will be applied. All this is done automatically once configurations are confirmed.
Placing dimensions on views in Autodesk® Revit® is a very time-consuming process, but it’s got to be done in order to have drawings to send to the manufacturer. So, the faster it can be done, the better.
Our auto-dimensioning technology for Revit – Smart Dimensions – is useful for wood and metal frames, precast elements, and more, but individual drawings are a bit different from plans, sections, and elevations. So, we have updated Smart Dimensions so that it gives better results in those views for dimensioning to the nearest surrounding elements.
Helping BIM professionals in the AEC industry automate their daily tasks is our aim, and this new feature of Smart Dimensions will definitely help in this regard.
Dimension to nearest
This new feature allows elements to be measured from the nearest grids, levels, floors, walls, etc.
AGACAD is proud to announce the release of Sandwich Panels, the latest solution to join the ranks of our specialized framing software for Autodesk® Revit®.
Panelized construction in general has become widespread in building design for the flexibility it brings to the manufacturing process and the speed with which panels can be installed on site. Since panels can be prefabricated in automated production facilities, accuracy is increased while cost and material waste are minimized. Once stacked and packed, panels may be sold locally or be bound for a far-flung port.
One type of panel that has surged among builders and designers in recent years is the insulated panel, also known as the sandwich panel. With their short installation time and large unit coverage, sandwich panels have gained popularity among certain building typologies, including storage and manufacturing warehouses, sports venues, shopping centers, and logistics facilities. We are happy to offer a solution for BIM professionals that streamlines the design of buildings composed of sandwich panels in Revit.
Would you like to be able to design wall and roof frames easily in Revit®? Our Wood Framing and Metal Framing BIM software for Revit empower architects, structural engineers, and framed building contractors to do exactly that and much more. These powerful add-ons give Revit users a wide range of options for modelling framed buildings.
Beginners who are just starting out with our framing tools might feel overwhelmed doing the initial setup for a new project. We have good news – you can speed up framing projects by using best practices, which will help even experienced users. Attend this webinar and you’ll find out the essential steps to kick-start your project, get familiar with the user interface, and see a typical workflow for framing and generating schedules and cut lists.
This free 30-minute webinar will go live on July 15th. We hope you can join us! Sign up below.
Our powerful Wood Framing and Metal Framing design software for total-precision framing in Autodesk® Revit® is continually improved based on the input of framing professionals all around the world. But even though best practices are built-in, it still takes time to get familiar with the tools. So come and join this free demonstration on how to start framing single and multi-layer timber and steel walls, floors, and roofs for prefabrication and on-site construction. Starting from an architectural project to generating shop drawings. Let’s do this!
The webinar will be held twice, so please register for the session that’s more convenient for you. Content will especially be of interest to architects, engineers, BIM managers, out-of-box Revit users, and designers of timber- or LGS-framed buildings.
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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