Saturday, September 23, 2017

Smart Assemblies – Shop Drawings Generation

From the AGACAD website:

Shop Drawings Generation with Corresponding Views and Dimensions

Smart Assemblies is a solution for much faster production of assemblies’ documentation in Revit®. It creates the views, rules-based dimensions, and assembly sheets you need for combinations of structural and architectural elements. Smart Assemblies thus overcomes limitations in Revit functionality, so that even manufacturers and on-site personnel can generate shop drawings easily. 

Compatible with Autodesk® Revit®, Revit® Architecture / Structure /MEP, Building Design Suite.

For structural engineers, drafters, fabricators and architects who need to create precise detailing and fabrication shop drawings for concrete, steel and wood structures and their parts. 

Smart Assemblies creates not only assemblies and corresponding views from the selected constructive elements but also automatically generates dimensions in views by predefined rules.

Smart Assemblies combines multiple hosted or nested concrete and steel elements into a single entity and automatically generates shop drawings with needed views and sections, proper dimensions, text notes and schedules under user's predefined rules in shop drawing configuration. It also updates existing shop drawings if any changes are made to the project.

Client Story:

Hanssen: Smart Assemblies is a “critically important tool”

Automation of shop drawings with AGACAD’s Smart Assemblies, a BIM solution for Revit, has given Hanssen Pty Ltd, a Western Australian firm, a competitive edge in its design-and-construct projects for mixed-use high-rise buildings.

Ideal for:
  • Structural Engineers 
    • Smart Assemblies creates selected views and schedules with selected templates, adds dimensions, and places views to sheets automatically. 

Powerful features:
  • Efficiency 
    • Automatically adds all host elements to the assembly
    • Uses configurations instead of manual work
    • Creates views applying different templates automatically
    • Creates different schedules according to schedule templates automatically
    • Creates dimensions with notes in selected views automatically
    • Places views on sheets automatically
    • Multiple assemblies with defined configurations can be created with a single click
  • Management 
    • Check status, update, edit, and change dimensioning configurations of selected assemblies easily
    • Update assemblies according to project changes.
    • Select/find/isolate primary and secondary assemblies.
    • Find changes in assemblies due to the new hosted details.
  • Interaction 
    • When making shop drawings Smart Assemblies recognizes changes made by Smart Details solution for quick detailed modelling

Recommended solution:

Precast Concrete enables you to quickly and easily model prefabricated concrete walls, floors, and columns and get full project updates in the Revit platform in real time. Create element views with automatic dimensions, and generate bills of materials and shop drawings for quality production and accurate assembly on site.

  • Incredibly Speedy. Smart Assemblies enables you to prepare shop drawings for many selected elements.
  • Hundreds of hours per project saved. Revit users will save hundreds of hours per project using Smart Assemblies automation of shop drawing creation. Users will not need to add dimensions manually anymore!
  • Easy Updates. If there are changes in the project, the user just needs to select the assembly and update it with the “Update Assembly” feature. BIM solution Smart Assemblies will update it according to dimensioning settings that were adjusted before.
  • Easy Control Process. Smart Assemblies shows the situation with all created assemblies in a separate convenient dialog. At the same time user can see the list of elements that are not yet assembled. Such elements can be filtered and assembled with one click.
  • Error Prevention. Every assembly is displayed with a separate color that indicates the status. User can easily understand what assemblies are up-to-date or should be updated. All assembly updates happen in the real time that allows to avoid mistakes and to control all process of shop drawings creation easily.
  • Easy to Use User Interface. 


  "We’ve been using ‘Smart Assemblies’ at Hanssen Construction since it’s early inception and consider it to be a critically important tool in our business for the production of shop drawings. AGACAD were great with requesting our feedback during its development phase and since adopting it in our office their support has been amazing . What makes it so powerful is it’s open/sandbox design, the users imagination and willingness to experiment are it’s only limitations. We are impressed with how ‘Smart Assemblies’ has enabled our different departments to solve problems and increase drawing outputs. I would absolutely recommend T4R software and support for any company working with shop drawings."

- Jason Wallis, Technology Process Manager for Hanssen PTY LTD, Australia.

"Smart Assemblies is an essential tool in creating and managing assemblies. Without Smart Assemblies’ dynamic smart assemblies update making changes to multiple similar assemblies would be impossible. There’s lots of setting up to do but after you’re set, creating shop drawings becomes very easy."

- Tarmo Lähdesmäki, Construction Engineer at Insinööritoimisto Savolainen, Finland.

Fast Modelling: Dimensions and notes can be
automatically added on every assembly view!

Prepare Your Own Shop Drawing Template

Multiple Dimensioning Rules and
Shop Drawing Configurations.

Easy Control Process.

Error Prevention.

Smart Assemblies is brought to you by AGACAD. Pricing was not known at press time.

This add-in is compatible with Revit 2018, 2017, and 2016.

There's more information available on the AGACAD website.

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