Posts from "Smart Browser Free" category

June 29, 2021

AGACAD Solutions Compatible with Revit 2022

To those who’ve been waiting to hear this announcement – thank you for your patience! Our BIM Application Engineers have been testing the Tools4BIM DOCK* against Revit 2022 to ensure complete compatibility. And now we’re pleased to announce that our BIM Solutions and Tools4Revit Add-ons are all ready to use with Revit 2022!

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June 3, 2021

BIM Tree Manager: More Control Over Your Revit Project [WEBINAR]

In this free 30-minute webinar on June 17th we will show how to use BIM Tree Manager, a feature of our Smart Browser BIM Solution that helps architects, structural engineers, and HVAC engineers in their daily project management tasks in Autodesk® Revit®.

Project organization is time-consuming, and it’s easy to overlook details, especially when dealing with thousands of elements. All the same, this work has to be done to get deliverables and ensure project success. Thankfully there is a tool dedicated to this task: BIM Tree Manager.

A relatively unknown and untapped aid in the world of Revit project and family management tools, BIM Tree Manager was developed to meet the needs of the most advanced Revit professionals around the world. And we want to show you how useful it is in this webinar.

The webinar will be held twice, so please register for the session that’s more convenient for you. We especially invite BIM managers and BIM coordinators. Webinar content will also be of interest to out-of-box Revit users.

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February 17, 2021

Smart Browser: Collect & Control Revit Families [WEBINAR]

In this free 30-minute webinar we’ll show how to use Smart Browser to store, preview, use, and modify any of your external Revit families while keeping them in one easy-to-access list. Sign up and save your seat for February 25th!

Since Smart Browser has modules that provide varying degrees of access and control, the tool is useful for engineers or architects working with private family libraries and even more so for BIM managers who have to control company-wide Revit family libraries.

In this webinar, we will cover the module that has the widest range of functionality: Smart Browser BIM Manager and its satellite BIM Tree Manager. These BIM and Revit project management tools have been developed and honed over the course of years based on the experience of the most advanced users around the world.

If you’d like to better control Revit families in libraries and within projects, then this a webinar you’ll want in on. Register below!

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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 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 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.

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