Sunday, September 24, 2017

Wood Framing Wall+ – “The Ultimate Timber Wall Software”

From the AGACAD website:

The Ultimate Timber Wall Software for Revit®

Wood Framing Wall+ automates wood framing work with walls in Revit® projects. Powerful, flexible, and easy to use. It helps you make optimal choices, move much faster, and avoid errors at every BIM stage – from design and documentation to wall segment fabrication and construction. 

  • Create detailed multilayer timber wall framing for your Revit model in a snap using fully customizable rules and templates 
  • Frame multi-story houses 10 times faster than using standard Revit interface
  • Control stud, nogging, bridging, blocking, bracing placement, diverse openings, configure complex L or T connections, details, service hole positions and more 
  • Auto-distribute nailers, siding, and fastenings
  • Create all log house elements and group (pack)/number them automatically 
  • Freely revise your Revit® model, with simple selection of the elements and properties you want to modify
  • Find structural and engineering clashes; cut and frame openings according to predefined rules 
  • One-click generation of shop drawings and cut lists; get real-time take-offs and views, automatic sorting, dimensioning 
  • Optional export to any CNC machines and CAD/CAM production lines, such as WEINMANN, Randek, etc.
  • Wall frames and shop drawings update and adapt according to any changes 
  • Perform structural analyses without leaving Revit or export your wood frames to external analysis software at any stage of design process 

Client Stories:

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

AEC AB: “Partnership with AGACAD was key for implementing BIM fully at Trivselhus.”

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

Ideal for architects, structural engineers and manufacturers of timber-frame houses or other wood constructions. (Recently enhanced to fully support Scandinavian market specifics.)

New Release of Wood/Metal Framing Wall+: A Real-life Dream

Customizing a header, sill, or top-pate support in Revit used to be the stuff of dreams and fairy tales.

You can now create custom headers, sills, and top plate supports in your metal or wood framing project!

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 Wood Framing Wall+ features:

Flexible modeling of timber studs, plates, bracings, bridgings, noggings, metal or wooden straps, equipment supports and more

Fully scalable: from simple structures to complex multi-level buildings; irregular wall shapes

Easy transfer framing elements between same groups or identical walls in different levels of buildings by predefining what elements building designer is going to affect: all walls from the same model group, from the instance model group, or selected wall should be unique in the building

Framing types are easily linked with wall types, can be preset for bearing or non-bearing walls

Complex multi-layer wall framing: unlimited number of layers; layer-specific settings for connections (L, T, V and End); recognition of inner/outer corners

Complex headers and sills for windows, doors and other wall openings; settings can be preset for different opening sizes

Automated details (hangers, ties, anchors and bolts, clip angles, service holes, etc.) on studs and plates

Bridging/nogging/blocking: full placement options; continuous; secondary

Nailers: vertical and horizontal

Siding: vertical, horizontal and mixed; two-layer siding with user-defined spacing

Logs: full placement control, profiles can be edited

Quick alignment of timber studs or opening cripples with trusses or other frames

Wall frame can be modified any time and supplemented with additional elements

Built-in clash detection between structural and engineering objects; automated wall openings and flexible framing around it

Sheathing layouts can be easily generated and split by existing studs

Library of all main types of wall framing can be edited and expanded

Automatic sorting, tagging, dimensioning and scheduling (including mass) of all frames and sheathing layouts

Shop drawing views and schedules are added automatically to the sheets according to user predefined template

Framing, sheathing, and shop drawing configurations can be saved for the future projects and shared between company team members

User-friendly interface with intuitive mouse-driven menus and options

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

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 construction
  • Standards 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.

  • Saves Lots of Time. Wood Framing Wall+ is built for quick project development. Standardized and automated wall framing and workshop drawing generation enables users to jump over a few major steps in building design.
  • Shop Drawings on the Go. Shop drawings are produced almost at the same time you frame your first wall. Easy to make templates allow user to forget about this process. Check if everything is alright at the end, adjust few things, and you’re ready to deliver your project.
  • Easy-to-Use User Interface. Everything in Wood Framing Wall+ is a mouse click away. Choose what needs to be modified and click the function which is comfortably listed in easily operated menu. Workflow was tested with untrained professionals who helped to optimize and find the perfect solution for you.
  • Completeness does the modelling of framing, tagging of elements, dimensioning and scheduling with single solution. Complete the process in one place.


The custom join tool has a really nice user interface. I’ve used one in the past that ended up being trial and error because the UI didn’t help the user understand what changes they were making. I’m happy to report that I was able to adjust my first join within minutes! I was also glad to see the preview adjust with each change and how each item drop down option made sense with how the items moved. Great solution, I’m excited to set it up in my project! Your team does great work!

- Chandel Ninmann, Virtual Design/Construction Specialist at United Building Solutions, USA.

Wood Framing Wall+ 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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