Posts from "Smart Browser Free" category

August 11, 2020

Managing Revit Family Libraries with Smart Browser [WEBINAR]

This free 30-minute webinar on August 25th will be an advanced tutorial about efficiently creating and controlling your Revit family library using our Smart Browser BIM Solution. We’ll show how to keep track of and manipulate families. Also how to check, verify, create, and batch-modify parameters of multiple families and their types, all typical tasks for BIM managers. It’s relevant to BIM team leads and members as well since tailored software modules of Smart Browser give each Revit user the functionality and library access needed to get the job done according to his or her role on the BIM team.

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May 19, 2020

Managing Revit Family Libraries [WEBINAR]

This free 30-minute webinar on June 2nd will be an advanced tutorial about creating and controlling a Revit family library by utilizing our Smart Browser BIM Solution. Keeping track of and controlling families to be used in projects and checking, verifying, creating, and batch-modifying parameters of multiple families and their types will all be shown, so this webinar is especially relevant to BIM managers. But it’s also intended for BIM team leads and members, as tailored software modules of Smart Browser give each Revit user the functionality and library access needed to do the job according to his or her role on the BIM team.

The result you’ll see is a family library wherein selected families will be modified to fit a certain standard set by the presenter. All data will be saved in a shared location for use in current and future projects. Following that, changes will be made in the family library and applied to an existing project containing unmodified families to show that implementation of this tool can be done at any step of the process.

Whether you’re an architect, structural engineer, or MEP engineer, a BIM team member, lead, or manager, this tool will help keep your virtual workplace tidy and consistent. It’s a boon for BIM managers who need to make sure the whole team is on the same page as far as what BIM content is to be used, updating libraries, maintaining a consistent database, who can edit what, etc. The webinar will be held twice, so please register for the session that’s more convenient for you. We hope you’ll sign up!

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April 23, 2020

Managing Revit Family Libraries [WEBINAR]

This free 30-minute webinar on May 5th will be an advanced tutorial about creating and controlling a Revit family library by utilizing our Smart Browser BIM Solution. Keeping track of and controlling families to be used in projects and checking, verifying, creating, and batch-modifying parameters of multiple families and their types will all be shown, so this webinar is especially relevant to BIM managers. But it’s also intended for BIM team leads and members, as tailored software modules of Smart Browser give each Revit user the functionality and library access needed to do the job according to his or her role on the BIM team.

The result you’ll see is a family library wherein selected families will be modified to fit a certain standard set by the presenter. All data will be saved in a shared location for use in current and future projects. Following that, changes will be made in the family library and applied to an existing project containing unmodified families to show that implementation of this tool can be done at any step of the process.

Whether you’re an architect, structural or MEP engineer, or a modeler who uses Revit, this tool will help keep your virtual workplace tidy and consistent. It’s a boon for BIM managers who need to make sure the whole team is on the same page as far as what BIM content is to be used, updating libraries, maintaining a consistent database, who can edit what, etc. The webinar will be held twice, so please register for the session that’s more convenient for you. We hope you’ll sign up!

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March 27, 2020

Revit Model Management: maintaining a healthy model (Part III)

By Povilas Sindriūnas, AGACAD Architectural Engineer & BIM Application Engineer

Challenges posed by poor Revit model management ultimately affect all parties involved in the project-handling and BIM processes. That’s why it’s important to be familiar with various tools and techniques that can bring your modelling and coordination to the next level. In previous articles we discussed Revit’s Inbuilt Warning System and Audit Tool and helpful modelling techniques. In part III we’ll look at what makes models sluggish and some additional tools for Revit model management.

Larger Revit models often get clunky with excessive modelling, inappropriate LOD, or improper modelling techniques. Here’s a list of things that slow models down:

  • Number of warnings — and severity
  • File size, amount of annotation, and complex geometry
  • Hardware – workstation, servers and network (underperforming hardware)
  • Irrational model structureRead more »
March 19, 2020

Revit® Model Management: maintaining a healthy model (Part II)

By Povilas Sindriūnas, AGACAD Architectural Engineer & BIM Application Engineer

Autodesk Revit Fatal Error Screen | AGACAD

Project success largely depends on thorough BIM model management. The response from industry professionals has made it clear that regular model maintenance can help improve efficiency, reduce loading time, and minimize time spent chasing loose ends. In part I we discussed how to keep good model health in check using Revit’s Inbuilt Warning System and Audit Tool. In part II we’ll look at other no-less important aspects of model management and efficiency.

Helpful Revit Modelling Techniques

To make the most out of collaboration-enabled projects, each team member should be familiar with the following modelling techniques to help reduce unnecessary clutter in Revit project files.Read more »

March 12, 2020

Revit® Model Management: maintaining a healthy model (Part I)

By Povilas Sindriūnas, AGACAD Architectural Engineer & BIM Application Engineer

How many times have you faced pure frustration when a BIM model went on loading perpetually? Or when opening a model or when processing a not-too-complicated task has left you waiting and staring at the screen at the expense of your precious time? This unnecessary and wasteful practice is too often commonplace in the office of anyone working in BIM principles and generally handling large Autodesk® Revit® models. Time is scarce and issues like this aren’t fully appreciated when they appear. They are often overlooked and mistaken for poor performance of a workstation.

To fully understand why this is happening and what can be done to improve model performance, we need to address the core of the issue: regular model maintenance and staff training to model, draw, and manage information to a set out standard. Firstly, we should understand that Revit is controlled by rules and relationships that form the basis of all work. If they aren’t followed accordingly, things can get very messy. To keep good health in check and avoid the mess as much as possible, there are tools and techniques at your disposal.

Inbuilt Revit Warning System

Warnings protect the integrity of the model and your data. Not all warnings affect performance; less serious ones are only there to inform the user. When confronted with 1000’s of warnings in a file, you need a strategy for resolving them timely. Best practice is to have a plan for how warnings will be taken on board and resolved by the team prior to labor-intensive modelling. Make priorities: performance, accuracy, documentation. Warnings typically peak before deadlines and some types of warnings are more common at different phases of the project. It is important to learn which warnings have a significant impact on model performance and need to be rectified.

Types of warning messages:Read more »

April 15, 2019

Managing BIM families effectively proves key for UK-based design and fit-out business

This design firm in Manchester uses many specialized BIM families for interior detailing in the advanced Revit® models that help it sell, coordinate, and deliver projects in 10 countries. For two years now it’s been able to efficiently manage all that BIM content thanks to AGACAD’s Smart Browser solution.

Client Profile

SPACE ZERO is a world-class interior design and fit-out firm. They deliver learning, working, caring and living environments, from concept to completion, UK-wide and internationally. BIM plays a key role in the 49-member team’s design expertise, passion for new technologies, and commitment to exceed expectations.

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February 22, 2019

Smart Browser now in Autodesk App Store

Smart Browser for Revit 2018/2019 is now available in the Autodesk App Store.

Download the above tools either via the App Store or via our TOOLS4BIM Dock (download here on our website).

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!

Smart Browser is BIM software for batch Revit® parameter management and easy family browsing in a quality controlled environment. A modular approach makes it efficient and cost-effective for offices of any size that do BIM. Unique features save a lot of time and improve results for BIM managers, team leaders and all architects, engineers and designers.

March 27, 2018

How to change category of Revit families in batches

Q: Is it possible to batch-change the category of families in a project?

A: Yes. You can change the category of your families in batches by using Smart Browser. Here’s how.

To exchange families inside your project, you have to add an extra parameter for those families and write some notes for Smart Browser. Smart Browser doesn’t see when you change categories, and it can’t upload a new family, but if you change category and add a parameter – it will see and change the families in your project. Let’s see how to do it.

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March 13, 2018

BIM tools now in French: Excel2R and Smart Browsers

Great news for those working in the French version of Revit. Thanks to Eurostudio, our partner in France, AGACAD’s TOOLS4BIM Dock (2018, 2017) is now available in French!

And not only the Dock, but 3 tools are also en français:

Excel2R imports tables from MS Excel into Revit and retains style and format settings, significantly speeding up project documentation by synchronizing with the original spreadsheet, keeping your tables in Revit and in Excel tightly linked.

Smart Browser Free lets you easily find families on your computer, check their types and parameters, view them in 2D or 3D, and then drag-and-drop to add elements to your project.

Smart Browser Simple/Power lets you easily find Revit families on your computer or company server, check their types and parameters, view them in 2D or 3D, and then drag-and-drop to add elements to your project.

To use any of the above tools in French, just choose a Revit version (below) and download the TOOLS4BIM Dock in French:

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