Sunday, September 24, 2017

Wood Framing Truss+ RT – “Full-Power Wood Truss Creator”

From the AGACAD website:

Full-Power Wood Truss Creator for Revit®

Wood Framing Truss+ RT gives Revit® users a single robust platform to generate wood truss systems instantly, perform structural analysis, and auto-generate shop drawings tailored to your standards. Functions are versatile, parameters are easy to control, and changes occur in real time. It’s a potent BIM workflow booster: no more drafting – just design and decide. 

  • Build full truss systems in one go with the configurable 3D grid (escaping the limited and time-consuming nature of standard Revit® truss family insertion)
  • Easily assess options – such as wooden truss framing – in economic, structural or systemic terms, to make the best decisions
  • Create new parametric uniquely shaped truss families based on model lines and roofs for immediate use in your projects 
  • Freely revise your Revit® model; update and adapt truss systems
  • Get real-time take-offs and views, automatic creation of shop drawings and cut lists, and easy export to CNC machines

Client Story: THORSON BAKER & ASSOCIATES (TBA): “AGACAD software has given substance to our models”

Compatible with BIM software Autodesk® Revit®, Revit® Architecture, Revit® Structure, and Building Design Suite.

Ideal for architects, structural engineers, and manufacturers of timber-frame houses or other wood constructions.

Part of the AGACAD Wood Framing Suite, a dynamic set of solutions which leverage the full potential of Revit® and the insights of global BIM experts. Also available separately.

Selected additional features of Wood Framing Truss+ RT:

Initial static structural analysis in Revit® (no need to transfer to Robot Structural Analysis)

Easy creation and adjustment of shop drawing templates

Automatic coping, sorting and tagging of truss members; calculation of truss volume

Built-in clash detection; also works well with Cut Opening

Quick setup, user-friendly interface with intuitive mouse-driven menus and options

Truss-framing library can be edited and expanded; templates and rules are fully customizable

Configurations save as templates for future reuse with just one click

Optional CNC output (Hundegger, Randek, Weinmann, ...) to joinery machines and multi panels production lines enables your model data to be automatically exported to manufacturing

Coming soon: Wood and Metal Framing Truss+ are going to be augmented with floor trusses

Developed in compliance with standards and guidelines:
  • Eurocode 5: Design of timber structures – Part 1-1: General – Common rules and rules for buildings (EN 1995-1-1:2004: E)
  • Standards Australia AS 1684.2-2010 Residential timber-framed constructionStandards Australia AS 1720.1-2010 Timber structures - Design methods
  • New Zealand Standard NZS 3604:2011 / Timber Framed Buildings
  • CWC (Canadian Wood Council) Wood Design Manual including CSA O86 Standard and CWC Commentary on CSA O86 (2010).
  • National Design Specification® (NDS®) for Wood Construction (NDS 2015). American Forest and Paper Association (AF&PA). American Wood Council, Washington DC, 2015.
  • The Encyclopedia of Trusses. Alpine Engineered Products, Inc., 2003.
  • Truss Design Procedures and Specifications for Light Metal Plate Connected Wood Trusses / TPIC – 2014. Truss Plate Institute of Canada (TPIC), 2014.
  • Using Narrow Pieces of Wood Structural Panel Sheathing in Wood Shear Walls. American Plywood Association (APA), The Engineered Wood Association, Tacoma, Washington, 2005.

  • Speed and Time Saving. Truss+ RT build truss systems in seconds, changes are controlled by a click of a mouse, and all the neat functions that will help in day-to-day work a lot. Of course, it will also save a lot of money.
  • Easy Control Process. All actions of possible parameter changes are showed in the single “Modify Families” dialog window. New, deleted or renamed parameters are showed in different colors.
  • Error Prevention. All modifications happen in real time which allows you to avoid mistakes and easily control all processes of family parameter changes.
  • Design Evaluation. Evaluate your truss design in any point of view you want. Economical, structural, system based, etc. evaluation is easy and quick with Truss+ RT.
  • Structural analysis of your trusses. No need to send your model anywhere. Design your trusses and evaluate your designs straight away with Autodesk Revit® extensions. Quickly make design considerations.
  • Completeness. Everything is in one place: system development, its evaluation and documentation. Just jump right into decision making.
  • It is all about time saving. Truss+ RT is built for professionals by professionals. Little helpers in design let you save uncountable amounts of time by reducing button clicks and mistakes you can make.
  • Workshop drawings one click away. Built in Truss+ RT capability to create workshop drawings by selected truss helps designers to forget the worries of document drafting. Using templates it is done in seconds.


"Truss+ and Rafter+ are my favorite Revit add-ons. They save me 10-40% of my working time depending on the complexity of the roof. I have tried other third part Revit add-ons, but most have not saved any time and did not proved to be a great help. In my experience these Tools4Revit add-ons are mainly nice and most useful Revit apps."

- Heiner Dillmann, Owner of Müller & Neumeister, South Africa.

“Of the one which I am now using daily: Sort & Cope is sensational. The tool allows you to adjust the coping on beam to beam or beam to column attachments very easily indeed. For me it’s a great tool. Dynamic Legends - this was one of the tools I was really keen on. I now provide graphical schedules for pretty much anything I schedule - love this tool. Quick Dimensions - quite good at speeding up the dimensioning of face of walls - opening - grids etc. Rafter+ - this was another tool that I was really interested in. Which’s pretty much perfect for my needs. Quite quick to frame a whole roof, has a couple of issues with rafters on one side of a ridge not aligning to the opposite rafter, making the collar ties a little bit more work to do - very good indeed. Truss+ - pretty much the same comment for Rafter+. All in all, I am happy with the tools. They seem to be robust and haven't caused any problems in Revit itself that I am aware of.”

- Ian Kidston, Owner of All Extension Design Service, Australia.

Wood Framing Truss+ RT is brought to you by AGACAD. It's priced at US $.00.

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

There's more information available on the AGACAD website.

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