Saturday, September 23, 2017

Smart Details – LOD 400 Modeling Automation

From the AGACAD website:

LOD 400 Modeling Automation in Revit®

Smart Details can instantly add any number of face-specific intelligent details – which adapt to host-element changes – throughout BIM models. Easily set up rules to insert or adjust details based on gravity point, depth, adjacent elements and more. Structural engineers save many hours per project.

Friday, September 22, 2017

Smart Browser Manage – Synchronous Family Management

From the AGACAD website:

Synchronous Revit® Family Management

Smart Browser Manage adds or changes BIM object parameters and values based on rules, eliminating error-prone manual work to update Revit® families. Adapt in real time to new LOD specifications, object standards, and record-model needs, keeping project and library families in sync across your full BIM team.

This Revit families management solution is aimed at architects, designers, engineers, BIM modellers and BIM managers to quickly and easily search & manage Revit families on user's local computer or company server. 

Smart Browser Manage (previous name Smart Browser Pro) performs tasks with Revit families. Users will not need to modify families one by one anymore. All modifications happen in real time, this allows users to easily avoid mistakes and control all process of family parameter changes. With Smart Browser Manage user can find differences between families in the project and families in the library. The project will always have updated families.

BIM Tree Manager – Constant Quality Control

From the AGACAD website:

‘3-Click & Fix’ Constant Quality Control for Autodesk® Revit® BIM Projects

BIM Tree Manager enables easy ongoing quality checks to facilitate project integration, improve analysis, and ensure the right physical results. It's amazingly simple to: find and isolate elements in current or linked models, verify geometry and data at any LOD, and quickly fill in gaps or fix mistakes.

  • Easily find-isolate-verify and repair your relevant data and geometry 
  • Painlessly comply with standards for quality assurance in BIM
  • Enhance BIM-team work and deliverables for integrated project delivery
  • Save time fulfilling or moving to Level of Development (LOD) specifications
  • Detect errors early in models before they can disrupt your workflow

BIM Navigator – Quality Inspection and Management of Models

From the AGACAD website:

BIM software for quality inspection and management of models

BIM Navigator is an advanced solution for quality control in Building Information Modelling. It supports EIR, BEP, MIDP, PIM, AIM, COBie and other types of data. Users gain full control of family-parameter change processes in a way that makes it easy to spot and avoid mistakes.

A dynamic automated-tree interface makes it amazingly simple to:
  • find elements in current or linked Revit® models, 
  • verify geometry and data at any Level of Development, 
  • quickly fill in gaps or fix mistakes. All in real time.

MEP Hangers – Fast Precision Layout of Hangers and Supports

From the AGACAD website:

BIM software for fast precision layout of hangers and supports

MEP Hangers (previous name Smart Hangers) enables the instant large-scale insertion of hangers and supports throughout a Revit® model for ducts, pipes, cable trays and conduits. You get accurate bills of materials and builders work drawings, and accurate on-site assembly thanks to BIM-to-Field features.

The software uses simple yet highly flexible rules to select the relevant Revit MEP systems and add (or modify) needed hangers or supports with their varied connections. They can be distributed as a fixed number per segment or based on the distance between bearing points.

MEP Hangers also splits ducts, pipes, cable trays and conduits into predefined lengths as needed, and marks all service components for fabrication. For on-site precision and efficiency, it exports bearing points to Trimble or TopCon tools and drilling robots.

Free Webinar Sep 28 – Prefabricated Timber/Steel Roof Panelling and Framing

From the AGACAD website:

Webinar: Prefabricated Timber/Steel Roof Panelling and Framing in Revit

AGACAD's one and only software for prefabricated roof panelling and timber/steel roof framing is up for demonstration! Please register below for this free, live webinar.

Thursday, September 21, 2017

Roof Panel Frame – Prefabricated Wood Framing Software

From the AGACAD website:

Fully-featured Timber Roof Framing add-on for Revit®

Includes Roof Panel Layout

Roof Panel Frame (previous name Roof+) enables quick and easy creation of prefabricated wood framing for roofs in Revit® models. Powerful features simplify creation of roof joists, battens, valley joists, roof boards and more. The software automates shop drawings, including the sorting, tagging, dimensioning and scheduling of all frames.

Floor Panel Layout – Prefabricated Floor Panelling Software

From the AGACAD website:

The Ultimate Prefabricated Floor Panelling Software for Revit®

Floor Panel Layout – a powerful product for planning floor panels and splitting them into massive slabs or hollow core slabs. These prefabricated Revit® floor panels can later be used in the floor framing process.

Batch Change Circuit Breaker Size

From the Autodesk App Store:

The tool is designed to automatically change the circuit breaker size according to the load name or load classification.

The normal way is modifying the circuit breaker data for each circuit one by one; this tool will automatically do the process.

Free Conference – Tech Tour 2017: Innovation in AEC Design

From the CADD Microsystems website:

Tech Tour Fall 2017: Innovation in AEC Design

    • When: October 24, 2017, 8am – 12:00pm 
    • Where: Sheraton Raleigh Downtown 
    • Cost: Free 
    • CLICK HERE to register
    • When: October 25, 2017, 8:00am – 12:00pm 
    • Where: Marriott Richmond Downtown 
    • Cost: Free 
    • CLICK HERE to register
    • When: October 31, 2017, 8:00am – 12:00pm 
    • Where: Baltimore Marriott Waterfront 
    • Cost: Free 
    • CLICK HERE to register
    • When: Novermber 1, 2017, 8:00am – 12:00pm 
    • Where: Key Bridge Marriott 
    • Cost: Free 
    • CLICK HERE to register

Free Webinar Sep 27 – Scan with Accuracy, Design with Confidence

From the Autodesk website:


September 27, 2017 at 10:00AM PT

Connected BIM Webinar Series

Autodesk ReCap Pro

Webinar Description

Autodesk Connected BIM processes go beyond design, leveraging the power of the cloud to help make possible practically anytime, anywhere collaboration; data continuity across the lifecycle of a project; and deep insight to help improve decision-making. Connected BIM helps make possible the ability to:
  • Capture existing design information via scanning and point clouds
  • Enhance collaboration across geo-dispersed teams
  • Go beyond visualization to create immersive experiences (such as VR) and interact with the building before it’s built

Wednesday, September 20, 2017

Hangers – Place Duct Hangers Automatically

From the Autodesk App Store:

This tool is designed to place Duct Hangers along the duct automatically.

Work Flow:
  1. Select the desired Element.
  2. Click the Element hanger command.
  3. The Element Hangers form will appear.
  4. Select the hanger family type.
  5. Write the offset distance between hangers in mm.
  6. Select the upper level for the hanger or the tool will select it automatically.
  7. Click ok to get the result
  8. This tool will automatically place hangers along all the elements.  
  9. The tool will do the following
    1. The tool will place the hangers along the elements automatically.
    2. The tool will change the hanger size due to the change in element size.
    3. The tool will change the hanger offset due to the change in element offset.
    4. The user can choose to enter the distance between hangers in mm or inches    .
    5. If the element is moved the hanger will also follow the element.
    6. To apply the above selects the desired element which you want to update the hangers related to this element -run the tool-click update.

Free Webinar Sep 27 – Enhancing Graphical Quality in Unity

From the registration website:

Enhancing Graphical Quality in Unity with the Progressive Lightmapper and Post Processing Stack

Wed, Sep 27, 2017 5:00 PM - 5:30 PM GMT

Presenter Mike Geig, Technical Evangelist at Unity Technologies

In this session, we are going to look at a scene specifically made to represent a realistic apartment. We will see how crucial a role light plays in the overall look and feel of our projects. From there, we will utilize the post processing effects stack to take the visuals to a new level and fine tune them to enhance to impact of  different areas. Finally, we are going to create a timeline sequence to interact with our camera and add some life to our scene.

If you are unable to make this webinar or would like to schedule a demo before contact Sanjay Mistry +1(310)730-9763 or email

Register for the webinar here.

Free Webinar Sep 27 – Connecting Project Teams with Collaboration for Revit

From the registration website:

Connecting Project Teams with Collaboration for Revit

Wed, Sep 27, 2017 5:00 PM - 6:00 PM GMT

Building projects are never simple. There are numerous stakeholders, different teams delivering on different schedules, working on multiple models, with each model progressing independently within each firm’s network. Join us as we show you how building project teams can connect with centralized access to BIM project data making it easier to access all project data – anytime, anywhere. Learn how  to:
  • Enable project team members in all disciplines, from multiple firms, or sites to concurrently author a model using the BIM process.
  • Connect team members with direct, real-time chat within project models to free teams from traditional, limited tools, such email and phone.
  • Access Autodesk A360 Collaboration for Revit with a centralized cloud-based workspace, and improve efficiency on projects.

Register for the webinar here.

Free Webinar Sep 27 – Managing Project Documents with BIM 360 Docs

From the registration website:

Managing Project Documents with BIM 360 Docs

Wed, Sep 27, 2017 6:30 PM - 7:30 PM GMT

Take control of your project documents!

From drawings to models, specifications to submittals, emails to schedules -- nearly every construction company and project faces the same document control issues today. Too much confusion around versions, too many questions about where to find information, too much work to keep it all straight.

It’s time to make a decision to change. Join us for a  free webinar to hear from the CADD Microsystems team on how you and your company can take control of your project document process.

After attending this webinar you'll be able to:
  • Put the right information at the fingertips of each project team member
  • Build structure around the project source of truth with minimal effort
  • Keep document control simple: built for the app generation, from the experience of the hammer generation
  • Plus, learn about Autodesk BIM 360 Docs, the free document management app purpose-built for construction projects and construction project teams.

Register for the webinar here.

New Public Beta for BIMcollab ZOOM – Testers Wanted

From the announcement:

Join the BIMcollab ZOOM beta program

BIMcollab ZOOM is more then a model viewer for creating a federated model from multiple IFC files to view and analyze model-data. With the help of smart filtering and color-coding you can check data against an IDM (Information Delivery Manual).

It also supports the latest versions of BCF and offers a direct connection to BIMcollab for viewing, editing and creating issues in the cloud. Usable as standalone solution but more powerful as addition to BIMcollab based workflows for all team members, like owners, contractors ánd BIM managers. Read more >

Tuesday, September 19, 2017

Free DynaFire – Customizable Keyboard Shortcuts to Place Nodes in Dynamo

From the Devpost website:


Adding nodes can be repetitive and time consuming

  • Existing search does not work well
  • Frequently used nodes are not prioritized

What DynaFire Does

  • Two keys to add a Node
  • Compatible with custom nodes

Viewer for editing existing shortcuts

FenestraPro Premium V4.0

From the FenestraPro website:


September 18, 2017
By Grainne Stone

It’s a very exciting time for us here at FenestraPro, as we are celebrate the launch of FenestraPro Premium for Revit Version 4.0!

FenestraPro Premium for Revit Version 4.0 has a wealth of new features, functionality, and improvements including
  • Improved User Interface.
  • Integration of the Autodesk Forge viewer platform.
  • Choice of Building Elements and Spatial Elements calculation methods within the detailed Revit model to ensure support for your model at any stage.
  • Enhanced Curtain Wall / Panel Type Identification
  • Improved Generative Design capabilities, on window penetrations and curtain walling.

Introducing CadMouse Wireless

From the 3Dconnexion website:

Introducing CadMouse Wireless

The must-have for mobile CAD workplaces

The first mouse developed for professional engineering is now available as a wireless version. Specially designed for high-performance mobile workplaces, with software tools built around CAD specific needs, your work will be more comfortable and efficient than ever before.

Free Webinar Sep 20, 21 – Master Your BIMcollab Workflow

From the registration website:

Master your BIMcollab workflow

This webinar is offered several times. Select the date and time that works best for you.

Wed, Sep 20, 2017 8:00 AM - 8:30 AM GMT
Thurs, Sep 21, 2017 2:00 PM - 2:30 PM GMT

An interactive webinar about how to master your workflow in BIMcollab®.  Do you want to learn more about the possibilities of issue management for BIM, or learn about the main functionalities? This is your chance. There will be room for questions to ask our BIMcollab-expert at the end of every webinar. Read more about BIMcollab on

Register for the webinar here.

Free Webinar Sep 21 – Automation of Complex MEP Hangers and Supports in Revit

From the AGACAD website:

AGACAD Webinar: Automation of Complex MEP Hangers and Supports in Revit

So, the MEP services in your Revit® model require sophisticated hangers and supports. Ever wondered how you could automate the layout of those complex hangers and supports? Join our webinar on Thursday, September 21 to find out how with MEP Hangers!

Monday, September 18, 2017

The Week that was in Revit and Navisworks Add-ons for Sep 11-17, 2017

The week of September 11, 2017 was a fairly busy one here on Revit Add-ons with 24 posts published.


From the Autodesk App Store, we posted about INTELSYS Integration with SAP for Navisworks.

From around the Internet, we posted about MEPcontent PLiP for Piping for placing manufacturer-specific piping systems with auto-routing, the free SANHA Product Line Placer for creating SANHA piping systems, the free ABB Busch-Jaeger Switch Range Configurator, and the free MEPcontent Browser.


For App Store updates, please see our latest roundup.

From around the Internet, we posted about AVAIL V3.4.1, and the free RFO Benchmark V3.1 for determining how fast Revit runs on a computer.

Roundup – For Sep 11-17, 2017, New and Updated Revit Add-ins on the Autodesk App Store

Here on Revit Add-ons, the week of September 11, 2017 was a fairly slow one for Revit add-ins on the Autodesk App Store with no new add-ins being published. Seven were updated. Of these, Greenlee Bendworks received a relatively significant update.


Greenlee BendWorks®
This app optimizes electrical conduit modeling and splitting based on Greenlee benders. Output files may be loaded into programmable benders, or printed for traditional nonprogrammable benders | Trial
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About This Version: Version 3.0.458, 9/15/2017 – For release notes, see this post

Upgrade Revit Files 2018
This tool will upgrade previous versions of Autodesk® Revit® files to the latest Revit format. The tool can upgrade families, template files, and project files | USD 2.50/M
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About This Version: Version 1.1.0, 9/15/2017 – Updated Release.

Greenlee BendWorks V3.0.458

From the Autodesk App Store:

About This Version

Version 3.0.458, 9/15/2017
  • Revit 2018 Compatibility
  • Added three types of error checking; setting, pre-process, process, & warning along with color coding for each respective types of error. 
  • Adjust maximum bend angles and total distance of conduit run.
  • Updated logic that maximizes conduit utilization.
  • Automatically align couplings for normal, staggered or in-line style.
  • Offer split conduit logic that makes jobsite installation easier.
  • Save manual and machine files in separate locations.
  • Provide two conduit cut values in output files.

Saturday, September 16, 2017

Place Structural Framing on Complex Surfaces in Revit Using Dynamo

From the Simply Complex blog:

Friday, September 15, 2017
By Marcello Sgambelluri

Have you ever wanted to create Beam framing in Revit to follow complex roof surfaces? It's simple! Just use DynamoBIM.

Follow the image below and you will be placing those beams in Revit in no time!

There's more information available on the The Simply Complex Blog.

Free RFO Benchmark V3.1 – How Fast Does Revit Run on Your Computer?

From the BIM Chapters blog:

RFO Benchmark; Revit and Hardware Speed Test 

If you want to find out how fast Revit runs on your computer and then roughly compare those results with others, you will want to check out the Revit Forum's RFO Benchmark V3.1.

The details...

The RFO Benchmark V3.1 is a newly updated and totally automated script which opens and manipulates Revit models to see how fast your computer is under somewhat realistic working conditions. This version was updated by Gordon Price, of Pragmatic Praxis, and he gives thanks to others like Phil Read and Daniel Hurtubise.

Read more on the BIM Chapters blog »

Editor's Note: Dan Stine of BIM Chapters has written an excellent overview of the latest version of RFO Benchmark, which we excerpt here. However, he erroneously refers to the app being from Revit Forum. While that's where the app is published, it's actually developed by Gordon Price of Pragmatic Praxis, whom Dan does later give credit.
Correction: Dan confirmed that the app is officially released through the Revit Forum website. In fact, "RFO" stands for RevitForum.Org. The developer, Gordon Price of Pragmatic Praxis, is also one of the administrators of the Revit Forum. Apologies Dan!

FREE Autodesk User Conferences Powered by Cadline

From he Cadline website:

FREE Autodesk User Conferences 2017 Powered by Cadline and Cadline Community

Join us at one of our FREE annual Autodesk Building, Infrastructure & Construction and Manufacturing User Conferences. These events have been specifically designed for your business and are tailored to help your design team drive best in class efficiencies utilising your existing Autodesk software and to introduce the new generation of design and collaboration tools along the way.


Tuesday 17th October 2017 – etc.Venues Manchester

Thursday 2nd November 2017 – Imperial War Museum Duxford, Cambridge
(Infrastructure Masterclasses Only)

Wednesday 8th November 2017 – etc.Venues St Paul's, London