This Slovenia-based international producer of prefabricated buildings says the ever-evolving advanced technology in AGACAD’s Wood Framing suite and other BIM software for Revit® has boosted its throughput and lowered its costs.
RIHTER Prefabricated Houses makes low-energy homes as well as commercial and holiday buildings. Tailoring designs for every client and using the best current technologies have helped the firm, established in Slovenia in 1990, expand to Italy, France, Switzerland, Germany, Austria, and Croatia.
During the past 2 months we’ve hosted several live webinars covering specialty framing in Revit. On the timber side, those included structural insulated panels, cross laminated timber, and post-frame (a.k.a. heavy timber, mass timber, or oak) constructions. And for metal framing, we delved into ventilated facades, glazing, and curtain walls & panels. In this post we’ve gathered those webinars into one place.
In each webinar, our BIM application engineer shows the workflow for using our wood and metal framing tools in tandem with custom Revit families and configurations to model walls, floors, and roofs; distribute connection details and hardware; generate shop drawings and cut lists; and export to CNC machines, where applicable.
Without further ado, here’s our 2020 collection of 5 webinars about specialty framing in Autodesk Revit.
Join our free 30-minute webinar on July 1st for an advanced demonstration of framing walls, floors, and roofs in Revit, including how to generate shop drawings and export to CAD/CAM production lines. Our powerful Wood Framing BIM software for total-precision framing of timber constructions in Revit has been continually improved based on the input of framing professionals all around the world, and now we invite you to see how to use it to quickly frame single- and multi-layer walls, floors, and roofs for prefabrication and on-site construction.
See the best practices for daily use of our Wood Framing Suite tools and get familiar with the user interface and a typical workflow for framing, generating schedules and cut lists, and exporting data to CNC. Our Wood Framing tools can also be applied to framing buildings with CLT panels, SIPS, or heavy timber post-and-beams.
Starting with simple Revit elements (walls, floors, roofs), the results you’ll see are multi-layered walls, floors, rafters, trusses, and roof panels fully framed for prefabrication or on-site construction. Additional layers of cladding, roofing, insulation, sheathing and paneling will also be added to the overall build up of load bearing and non-load bearing building components. All panels and structural members will be automatically sorted for subsequent shop ticket generation.
Intended for all timber construction industry professionals: architects, engineers, drafters, manufacturers, and builders – we invite you to sign up! The webinar will be held twice, so please register for the session that’s more convenient for you.
This free 30-minute webinar on June 30th will be an expert-level tutorial about efficiently making openings for structural framing elements, doors, and windows in Revit® using our Cut Opening BIM Solution. Openings will be configured and created for beams of various shapes and sizes as well as for window and door openings, which will be transferred from the architectural model into the structural model.
The result you’ll see is a Revit structural file with an increased LOD due to the openings and placement of beam pockets. All walls will have openings corresponding to the sizes of doors and windows in the architectural model. Openings will be tagged to provide information about their size and elevation according to the level of your choice.
Structural engineers, architects, and BIM managers – we invite you to sign up. The webinar will be held twice, so please register for the session that’s more convenient for you.
Topics to be covered:
Opening settings for beams (structural framing)
Generating openings and beam pockets
Controlling and modifying openings
Possible modifications to opening families
Openings for doors and windows
Our Cut Opening Revit extension is BIM software that automatically inserts penetration holes for MEP services, structural framing elements, doors and windows in Autodesk Revit. After processing interference check results, it creates proper openings wherever ducts, pipes, cable trays, or conduit intersect walls, floors, ceilings, roofs, beams, and columns and will insert fire safety components in structures that have a fire rating. Gives accurate bills of materials and builders work drawings. Works with linked files.
We hope to see you online!
Download our TOOLS4BIM Dock (it’s free), and take a trial of our Cut Opening BIM Solution PLUS get instant access to our free extensions: Cut Opening Free, Smart Select, and Smart Browser Free.
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 »
This free 30-minute webinar on May 20th will be about ways to automatically create cross-laminated timber panels for walls, floors, and roofs in Revit® using AGACAD’s Wood Framing CLT BIM software and sample families. Plus, how to distribute details and elements for modeling connections common in CLT panels.
The result you’ll see is a CLT project with complex, custom connections for walls, floors, and roofs, like connection joists, dovetails, lap joins, etc. Connectors, cuts, and sheathing layouts will all be distributed per user-defined configurations. Shop drawings will be auto-generated with tags and dimensions inserted just the way you want and material schedules as well.
Architects, engineers, BIM managers, drafters, builders, manufacturers – we invite you to sign up for this webinar to see how to bring your CLT design process to the next level of automation. The webinar will be held twice, so please register for the session that’s more convenient for you.
Our CNC Exporters for Timber Frames automatically assemble all framing members per user definitions and send all necessary data and geometry to the machine or production line you’re running for efficient prefabrication of wood structures. We currently have CNC Exporters for machines manufactured by Weinmann, Randek, and Hundegger.
Exporters can easily be adapted to other CNC machines that read the same file extensions (for example, BTL is used worldwide). All exporters are customizable to fit users’ needs, and we’ll work one-on-one with you to make sure the final product performs seamlessly and accurately. Exactly the way you need.
Our CNC Exporters must be used in tandem with our Wood Framing BIM software that’s made for framing floors, walls, trusses, and rafter roofs in Revit. We’ve also got specialized solutions for framing CLT, SIPS, and heavy timber structures.
Advanced automation and built-in best practices help BIM professionals move fast, make optimal choices (particularly early in the design process), and avoid errors at every stage – from design and documentation to fabrication and construction. The respective CNC Exporter converts the framed model with all the information data and geometry inside the Revit project into a format readable by your CNC machine.
Learn more about each of our CNC Exporters for Timber Frames below.
In this free, 30-minute webinar on May 6th, we’ll go through how models of wood- or metal-framed constructions can be exported from Revit to various CNC-machine-readable formats and CAD/CAM automated production lines. We’ll talk about some of the most popular formats, their setup, possibilities, and usage. The webinar will cover regular framing, heavy timber, and panel (for example, CLT) exports.
The results you’ll see are several file format exports from some Revit models. Later, those files will be viewed in different production simulators or viewers that have been provided by machinery manufacturers. Also, we’ll compare and contrast exported data with the information in the Revit models.
Engineers, BIM Managers, drafters, builders, and especially manufacturers, we hope you’ll join in this free webinar. It’s for all AEC industry professionals involved in designing or manufacturing small- and large-scale buildings in which various timber and/or LGS framing technologies are used. The webinar will be held twice, so please register below for the session that’s more convenient for you.
By Povilas Sindriūnas, AGACAD Architectural Engineer & BIM Application Engineer
Autodesk® Revit® massing is a powerful tool for generating masses that works at any scale, whether you’re at the conceptual level of a building, at the detailed level refining the fixings and furniture, or working on an entire masterplan. To be able to use this tool to your advantage you should know a couple of techniques. There are two basic workflows for creating masses: create the massing within the project itself (In-Place Massing) or create it in a separate conceptual mass family, which is then loaded into the project. Here’s a brief comparison of these approaches.
In-Place Massing is carried out directly inside the project environment.
Allows you to see the rest of the project context, which is useful when designing at an early stage
The most straightforward approach and works well when the building volumes are not too complex
Good for preliminary sketching of forms and is the recommended approach for early stage design and for conceptual building studies
On the other hand, a Conceptual Mass Family is built in the ‘conceptual massing environment’, outside of the project environment.
Iterations of the family can be placed as needed around the site.
The family can be loaded into multiple Revit models.
Different team members can work on the different versions of the family.
Better for developing and refining a building mass. The separate environment has additional visibility of 3D levels and reference planes which makes more complex parametric modeling easier.
In-Place Massing (in project)
Massing & Site > In-Place Mass
Conceptual Massing Environment (outside project)
Revit > File > New > Conceptual Mass
We’ll go into more detail on conceptual mass families in a separate article. For now, let’s look at In-Place Massing more in-depth.
In this free 30-minute webinar we’ll give an expert-level tutorial of our Wood/Metal Framing Wall BIM Solutions for Revit. The result you’ll see is a multi-layer timber/steel project with custom, multi-element framing member layouts and complex L,T, End connections; distributed connectors, fasteners, cuts, and supports; sheathing layouts; and automatically generated shop drawings with gravity points, tags, and dimensions inserted just the way you want and material schedules as well.
The webinar will be held twice on April 8th, so please register for the session that’s more convenient for you. Architects, engineers, designers, drafters, BIM managers – we invite you to sign up below!
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