The Covid pandemic has added to the challenges that businesses of all sizes are facing. Yours too, we expect. That’s why, we’re offering special terms on the AGACAD BIM Solutions that many top Revit professionals rely on.
To meet your needs and give you more flexibility in current conditions, for a limited time we are offering 3-month licenses with free network activation. Take advantage of this offer by using it for any of our BIM Solutions for Revit listed below.
Get your 3-month license while this limited-time offer lasts!
What are the benefits of this offer?
The 3-month licensing period keeps your commitment short and simple. No future obligation.
You can use our powerful software on a network basis at no extra charge. The networked option lets you share the license among multiple users in your company and maximize the many benefits. That way, the right member of your team can use the software at the right time without the license being limited to a single computer.
This special offer is our form of “Covid relief” to support BIM’s continuing advances. It’s also a response to specific wishes that many of you, our clients, have expressed in recent times.
Software should be easy, so you can focus on what creates value. And it should also be cost-effective and flexible. So you can have all the solutions that you need to be able to handle any job well and efficiently. As ever before, we at AGACAD remain committed to ‘Building BIM Together’, eliminating BIM stress, and embedding best practices along with the insights of top BIM professionals. For the good of the global BIM industry!
We invite you to take a free trial to see which Revit tool(s) you would like. We also encourage you to request a free live demo with one of our BIM application engineers who can answer your questions and personally show you what the tools can do in your line of work. That way you can be sure the software meets your needs before investing in it.
Offer valid through May 31, 2021 for the following BIM Solutions:
Precast Concrete, Smart Browser, MEP Hangers, Cut Opening, Fire Sprinklers, Smart Assemblies, Smart Connections, Wood Framing Wall, Wood Framing Floor, Wood Framing Roof, Metal Framing Wall, Metal Framing Floor, Metal Framing Roof, Wood Framing Suite, Metal Framing Suite, Wood Framing SIPS*, Wood Framing OAK*, Wood Framing CLT*.
Although our Smart Assemblies BIM tool already had ways of showing dimensions of rebar, more flexible options were needed for dimensioning rebar in assembly views. That’s mainly due to the fact that we’ve added some robust reinforcement tools for Revit to our portfolio.
This latest update of Smart Assemblies brings to bear the power of our well-known dimensioning technology – Smart Dimensions – so that you can automatically measure rebar in views. It takes a load of manual tasks off your plate, eliminating a lot of mouse-clicking so that you have more time to focus on real design tasks.
Let’s go through the new options that are available to you when it comes to dimensioning reinforcement in Revit. We start by looking at the Smart Dimensions Configurations window.
This feature of our Smart Assemblies tool has been around for several years already, but I’d just like to remind our existing users about it and show it to Revit users who are new to our Precast Concrete design software. Because this is a tip that can really help you save a lot of time by avoiding a lot of inefficient, boring clicking in Revit.
If you want to create individual piece tickets for precast concrete walls in Revit, your best option is to go with assemblies because they have separate views, schedules, and information about each production element.
The downside: Working with assemblies can be quite a pain if you use Revit out of the box.
Here’s an example with precast sandwich wall panels. In my test project I drew a couple of panels in different directions and created assemblies with Revit. Revit creates the assembly origin, which gives information about view directions.
Below you can see the axes of the origin, the green arrow being the direction of the front view. Notice that the orientation of the origin for most of the wall assemblies that I have created below is wrong.
This Northern European engineering practice says AGACAD’s software for modelling precast concrete elements in Revit® has no peers on the market in terms of guiding users to optimal workflows and enabling quality BIM results.
Jörgen Joonas runs his own civil engineering firm, Reacticon OÜ, out of Estonia. His focus is on buildings and other structures that use precast concrete.
Ever wondered how to make grid lines appear in assembly views in Revit?
By default in Revit, grids are only visible in model views. So, to remedy that, we spiffed up the shop drawing configurations of our Smart Assemblies add-on.
Now there’s an option to show grid lines in assembly views if they cross your element in the model. It works with different categories, and grids can go in both directions. All you need to do is to select ‘Insert Grids’ in the far right column of the Shop Drawing Configurations window for the views that you would like to see gridlines on.
With our Smart Assemblies BIM tool, you can quickly place dimensions on many kinds of Revit elements. In this post, we will look at precast walls since walls are one of the most time-consuming elements to detail. The same approach could be used for beams, columns, floors, and other elements. Smart Assemblies cuts out a ton of clicking that goes along with preparing shop drawings in Revit, reducing BIM stress and leaving you with more time for actual design work.
No matter where in the world a client may live, one thing that many of their drawings have in common is that two different dimension styles need to be used in the same view. And with Smart Assemblies that is no problem. Just use the Smart Dimensions configurations.
Let’s walk through an example to see how to set up the configurations, using a precast wall as an example.
Smart Assemblies is probably the most powerful BIM solution out there for automating assembly drawings with dimensions, schedules, legends, and placement of views on a sheet. It’s easy to understand the value it brings for Revit users as hundreds of mouse clicks are replaced by automated configuration settings.
Smart Assemblies receives several updates per year. The newest release of this application for Revit was triggered by requests from a group of clients and to meet some country-specific requirements, but it will definitely bring value to other existing clients as well as new ones.
Within the past year, we’ve released tools that automate the modeling of reinforcement in walls and beams in Revit. Now it’s time to introduce Column Reinforcement.
In this initial release, you can use it to place main rebar, stirrups, and corbel reinforcement in rectangular columns. While it’s primarily made for precast, it also works for cast in-situ. See the workflow for reinforcing columns in Revit.
The primary update in the new version has to do with the Smart Dimensions feature. In the previous version of Smart Assemblies, the Smart Dimensions configurations were in the Hosted Metal Details tab:
But with this update, Smart Dimensions has been moved to its own tab, outside of Hosted Metal Details. This means that you can create dimensions by using settings in the Hosted Metal Details tab AND in the Smart Dimensions tab.
For current users of Smart Assemblies, it‘s important to know that if you had an existing configuration with Smart Dimensions turned ON, then in your configuration you will now find that Hosted Metal Details and Smart Dimensions are BOTH turned ON. In some situations that could cause duplicate dimensions because Hosted Metal Detail dimensioning rules and Smart Dimensions will both be applied.Read more »
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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