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 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.
During our recent webinar about reinforcing precast concrete walls in Revit [WATCH], I showed some of the new features of our Wall Reinforcement add-in. These updates resolved several important issues that had come in from clients, so now the tool is better than ever, thanks to the Revit and BIM experts who use our software in their design work.
What we have done is add a new tab at the bottom-left of the configuration window – Additional reinforcement. Basically, it is reinforcement that can be distributed along any horizontal or vertical edges of the wall. There are different shapes, layout, and cover options, everything you need to automate the process of modelling reinforcement in Revit.
Dowels are used in precast concrete walls for forming connections between wall panels, usually in conjunction with grout tubes or cast-in-place elements. In this context, they’re also known as tie bar, lap bar, starter bar, or projecting bar. With our Wall Reinforcement tool, you can add straight or bent (L-shaped) dowel bars in Revit walls automatically according to the configurations that you define.
Follow the steps below to auto-insert dowel bar in precast wall panels in Revit.
In this free 30-minute webinar we’ll show how to model rebar for precast walls in Revit automatically using the Wall Reinforcement tool that’s a feature of our signature Precast Concrete design software. Sign up and save your seat for March 4th!
Modeling reinforcement in precast and in-situ walls in Revit is time-consuming, so to make it easier we developed the Wall Reinforcement addon. It’s part of our Precast Concrete BIM Solution, which streamlines the whole design process based on the workflows and insights of precast experts around the world – and eliminates myriad mouse-clicks in the process.
The Wall Reinforcement tool can place external and internal reinforcement, straight and diagonal bars, stirrups around openings and perimeters, plus reinforcement for wall corners. The tool will recognize the shape of the wall and place rebar based on the configurations you set. If you have a sandwich or double wall, you can apply different rebar settings for the respective layers of the wall.
You can model strands like in the USA, perimeter rebar as in Australia, seismic joints as in Dubai, and sandwich walls as in Norway. So, come and join the webinar to start modeling real rebar in your Revit projects.
Walls can be connected in different ways, depending on the country and type of wall, whether it’s precast or cast-in-place. It takes quite a lot of time to model connection bars for walls in Revit, so we went ahead and automated it based on examples that some of our clients from seismic regions sent in.
This new update for our Wall Reinforcement tool lets you define how rebar should be placed at wall corner connections, so it eliminates the task of modelling those connections manually. One more reducer of BIM stress, right there. Use it on cast-in-situ or precast concrete walls. Here‘s a quick look at what you can do now for wall corners automatically.
We’ve been asked by a couple of clients to implement separate settings for door reinforcement in Autodesk® Revit® models, as they don’t place reinforcement around the entire perimeter of a wall. So, this update addresses exactly that. With this latest update of Wall Reinforcement, structural engineers, detailers, and drafters can place rebar around door openings based on configuration settings.
Some new features have been added to our Wall Reinforcement tool that‘s part of our Precast Concrete BIM Solution for Autodesk® Revit®. The tool automates modeling and placing rebar in precast walls, and the latest updates make it more flexible. Let‘s go through each of the new features.
Equal spacing option
An additional spacing option – Equal – has been made for main rebar layout and stirrup layout for openings and perimeter. If you select ‘Equal’, then the start and end layout distance will be the same and will fall somewhere between the ‘Distance’ and ‘Spacing’ values.
AGACAD is well-known for developing tools for prefab structures, particularly wood framing, metal framing, and precast concrete. Revit-based addons help with modeling highly-detailed building models reaching LOD (Level of Detail) 400 and creating necessary documentation efficiently.
The latest feature added to our Precast Concrete design software is Column Reinforcement. Revit already has quite good tools for rebar, and the most recent versions have made it more stable than ever. But with thousands of reinforcement bars in each BIM project, it can still take a lot of time to model them, so precast engineers can benefit from other tools to work with rebar in a timely manner.
Each step is important in building design, so in this blog post we will go over the full workflow for modeling precast concrete columns and generating documentation in Revit using AGACAD’s Precast Concrete solution.
1. Modeling precast columns
Create structural columns in Revit. These are just simple standard Revit Structural Column families drawn to define the top and bottom level constraints.
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.
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