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April 10, 2014

How to Insert Trusses by Model Line Creating a Roof in Revit®

Mono piched roofMany Revit users are looking for a technique to create different shapes of roof with ease. Today I’ll present a step-by-step explanation of how to insert mono pitch truss follows like this:Read more »

March 25, 2014

How to Add Dimension Top/Bottom Tags to Hangers with Smart Hangers

There is a very helpful capability in Smart Hangers, an application for Autodesk® Revit®, to calculate Hanger Elevation from Level. That is if you have a Duct/Pipe/etc. inserted in Level 1 with the height of 3000mm, hanger would inherit this parameter and you can easily transfer it to your created parameter automatically. That can be used for very informative tagging.

So this is how I used it in 8 easy steps. I don’t know exactly how your organization does the tagging, but this is an example of what you can do:

2014 03 25 Smart Hangers- top-bottom tag Read more »

March 20, 2014

How Revit Add-on Smart Hangers Works. Part 1: Moving Hangers

Smart Hangers - hanger typesPeople often ask about how Smart Hanger solution works and it is important to know things to fully understand the concept and be able to make their own ones to utilize the Smart Hangers in projects.

First, I want to point out, that Smart Hangers puts hangers on faces of elements (Ducts/Pipes/Cable Trays, etc.). So, if you change an element (e.g. duct position), hangers would be attached to it and wouldn’t be lost.)Read more »

March 18, 2014

How to Make Outriggers in Revit® Model?

2014 03 18 OutriggesTruss+ RT is a powerful application for Autodesk® Revit® that lets Revit users to make their truss design the way he/she wants it to be. For example, in different areas outriggers are done differently.

In this article you’ll find one of possible outrigger placement methods when outrigger beams go over the gable end truss.Read more »

March 10, 2014

How to Manage Incorrectly Connected Trusses with Truss+ RT

There are sometimes situations when inserting trusses with Truss+ RT trusses are connected incorrectly. That is because Revit® parses structural truss connections independently and creates its own interpretation of how these should be joined together.

For that reason, we’ve built Update Truss Connection function into Truss+ RT. To use it you need to select the truss you want connections to be updated and use the function which is under Trusses menu category in Truss+ RT.

Another tip is for Truss placement at walls. When trusses are placed on the same level as walls are, bottom chord cuts the wall by half of its height.

That is because structural truss members are placed in the middle of their section by default. The best way to solve that is to make wall top offset of the length equal to half of the section height of bottom chord.

If you have any other questions, please contact us at support@aga-cad.com.

March 4, 2014

How to Insert Flat Trusses in Revit® Project with Truss+ RT

2014 03 04 Flat Trusses-0 (Custom)There are situations when you need to insert flat trusses in your project. That might be necessary in various situations. Looking at it conceptually, flat trusses are common trusses with zero slope angle and higher heel height.

It is easy to add them in your Autodesk® Revit® project using Truss+ RT solution. This explanation also works the same with sloped flat roof, but you should use different truss types for that. For example, mono pitch trusses.

To make flat truss you should take these steps:Read more »

February 20, 2014

Wall Frame Modelling in Revit® Made Easy

Let’s assume you’re structural engineer or modeller in the firm that designs framed or modular buildings. Most of the work is done in BIM applications these days to coordinate the design and solve all nasty problems in software rather than in field.

wall framing 2Modelling is not an easy job to do, there are a lot of thoughts around the smallest elements in a project depending on what detail level a designer tries to achieve. More detail pays off, as the building is being constructed for the first in the computer (with all related problems), and for the second time, building it in reality these problems have already been solved. On the other side it is a very time consuming work and might take as much as real construction if not thought through.

BIM software such as Autodesk® Revit® allows all designers to be at one page and realize their decisions in a model. It lets a designer to be capable of modelling in such detail that every part or element might be in a model. But if not automated it can become a nightmare. So helpers are crucial to get things done quickly.Read more »

January 30, 2014

How to Start Smooth Using of BIM Solution Smart Hangers?

Smart Hangers vertical horicontal connectionToday I would like to introduce how to start using of Smart Hangers software that is a powerful application for Autodesk® Revit® for distribution of Hangers or Supports to Ducts, Pipes, Cable Trays, Conduits or other line based Generic Model elements in various ways.Read more »

January 20, 2014

NEW Truss+RT 2014.2 (2013.2) UPDATE

Truss+ 3While developing our solution for truss modelling in Autodesk® Revit® Truss+ RT we have come up with some fixes that let users use the solution more stably. There were some issues with Revit® 2014, especially with metal trusses due to Revit’s limitations to minimum lengths.

We’ve found that with certain conditions faces of Revit® families reach the minimum length of 1/32 in. (0.8 mm) allowable by Autodesk® Revit® and cause families to collapse. We’ve done a workaround and put the entire package to the Update to avoid this issue.

We’ve updated Revit® truss families and Truss+ RT itself. For stable use of it, use the new Revit® trusses that come with new Truss+ RT update ONLY.

Important:Read more »

January 7, 2014

Roof Modelling in Revit® Using Wood Framing Pro Suite. Gable Roof. Part 2/3

After the first step when I have explained how to model the architectural part of the building and its roof, today I’ll describe the most convenient way to design Rafter roof:

I’ll make rafters using Rafter+ tool from Wood Framing Pro suite. It works out of the box. Rafter+ has its own modifiable structural framings, which loads as soon as you use one of its functions for rafter system distribution.Read more »

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