Creating assemblies is a useful feature in Revit. It lets you take advantage of the benefits that working with assemblies brings, such as separate drawings for assemblies and easier project documentation.
But what happens when you need to detail individual elements that are already part of an assembly?
Revit doesn’t have a feature for doing specifically that, so Revit users often face problems like these:
Detailing building designs requires many hours of work, especially for structural projects that require a high level of detail. And it doesn’t matter what BIM software is used to create them. Preparing shop drawing documentation often accounts for at least half the total project preparation time. That’s why automating the design process has always been a critical need for AEC industry experts. The principle is very simple: TIME IS MONEY.
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.
Documentation in Revit is relatively easy and intuitive. Switching between views, creating new views, visibility settings, filters, annotation tools – you have everything you need right there in Revit.
When it comes to presenting your model elements on sheets, there are two ways to go about it: model views and assembly views.
Model views are sections, elevations, detail views, callouts, floor plans, etc. where all model elements are visible. Unless, of course, elements are filtered, hidden, or Category is switched off.
The other way is Assembly views. For those, you create assemblies from selected elements, then you can make views of the assemblies, and only isolated assembly elements will be visible.
In this post, I’m going to look at the ups and downs of using assembly views. And show a couple of solutions to eliminate some manual work in Revit.
We’re glad to bring you some updates made to Smart Views, our Revit® tool for creating views that are auto-cropped, auto-dimensioned, and auto-tagged. Wherever you need to create views in Revit for walls, structural framing elements, casework or windows, ducts or pipes, Smart Views is there for you since it works with any element.
New features that have been added to Smart Views include making views for multiple elements, isolating elements, and adding tags for selected Revit categories or filtered elements, making this tool applicable in even more situations than it already was.
This US-based structural engineering firm says the AGACAD Precast Concrete solution for Revit® has enabled it to streamline its project delivery processes and focus more on high-value tasks instead of routine drafting.
Fink Horejsh LLCis a structural engineering firm in Madison, Wisconsin, with a focus on precast concrete solutions that are economical and highly constructible, from hollowcore slabs to precast walls, columns and beams.
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!
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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