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Saturday, January 15, 2022

POWERBIM — An Easy-to-use Digital Twin Platform

From the Autodesk App Store:

Description

POWERBIM is a solution to give an answer to one of the most important problems that appear when the digitalization of the AECO sector is becoming a reality, the problem is the DATA that is always growing and it’s difficult to manage, coming from multiple sources, not only included in BIM models, but also coming from external sources of data, including real-time data, multimedia, and others.

POWERBIM organizes functionalities, datasets, and BIM / digital uses by dimensions, 1 dimension or N dimensions can be activated for each project at any moment, and data management can be used in a multi-project and multi-user mode, connecting the stakeholders with different roles and accessibility to data and functions, integrating virtual components to physical devices, building and energy management systems (BMS / EMS / CMMS), IoT sensors or unmanned devices, POWERBIM integrates multiple technologies in a cyber-physical ecosystem for building performance.

1D – Data validation / Auditing using rulesets / EIR compliance (ISO 19650) / SQL integration
2D – Documents and Multimedia for Asset Management / Sheets and Deliverables Management
3D – BIM data management with Power Bi integration, BIM federation
4D – Timeline management for Design / Construction and Operations
5D – Quantity Takeoffs / Bill of Quantities / Sales and Tenders Management
6D – Digital Twin integration to IoT / BMS / EMS / CMMS / Simulations / Advanced Analytics 

NOTE: Users will first initiate the basic subscription with 2D + 3D dimension activated only and limited scope, prior to contract a pilot project to include more dimensions and functionalities for a full scope in the pro subscription

Model MEP Elements from CAD Lines

From the Autodesk App Store:

Description

This tool is designed to Model MEP elements automatically such as (Pipes, Ducts, Cable Trays, Conduits, and Wires) from CAD Lines by layer names; this add-in will save a tremendous amount of time in the project.


Thursday, January 13, 2022

RV FamilyPurge

From the Autodesk App Store:

Description

(To get the latest trial of this app for other Autodesk® Revit® versions, visit https://rv-boost.com/revit-plugins/rv-family-purge/)

Have you tried everything to reduce a Revit model’s file size? How about opening each family loaded in your model, do Purge Unused, repeat for any nested families, and reload things back into your project?

If that sounds like an enormous task, RV FamilyPurge will make you smile! It’s the one-click solution for cleaning all loaded families in your model, including all their nested components no matter how many nesting levels deep.

Use RV FamilyPurge and then do a final Purge Unused in your model to see your file size drops significantly, often by 40% to 60% in our tests!

Why not start right now with this free trial with all available features?

Find out more at https://rv-boost.com/revit-plugins/rv-family-purge/


Free bimU.io Agile — A Cloud-Based BIM Issue Tracking Platform

From the Autodesk App Store:

Description

bimU.io Agile - Cloud-based BIM issue tracking platform

bimU.io Agile is a Cloud-based BIM issue tracking platform that streamlines the traditional design review process. BIM managers, drafters, designers, and engineers can work together to track down and close out design issues across multiple BIM environments. This gives the project team better visibility to “who is responsible for what and by when” for more effective multi-disciplinary coordination and communication.

bimU.io Agile Intro

https://bit.ly/bim-agile

bimU.io Official Site

https://bimu.io/

User Guide

https://docs.bimu.io/agile/overview/

Log in to bimU.io Agile

RV RoomLink

From the Autodesk App Store:

Description

To get the latest trial of this app for all Autodesk® Revit® versions since 2016, visit https://rv-boost.com/revit-plugins/rv-roomlink-easily-schedule-revit-objects-by-linked-rooms/

RV RoomLink helps you create associations between elements in one model to rooms in another. Our one-click solution directly pulls room data from Revit links to elements in your main model! With RV RoomLink, it is super easy to:

  • Select Revit links containing required room data
  • Select elements which need room data
  • Set syncing options and Sync

Why not start right now with this free trial with all the available features?

Wednesday, January 12, 2022

Topo Toolkit

From the Autodesk App Store:

Description

The plugin has two tools in it.

  1. Stepping walls
  2. Push To Topo

Stepping Walls 

Stepping Walls is a plug-in that can be used to step selected walls along a topo surface. This tool can be used to create compound walls along the toposurface quickly and easily. 

Push To Topo

This tool is to push the selected Generic Models or Site Components onto the selected toposurface. This might be used to place manholes, seating benches, lamp posts, or other site features on a toposurface if they are of the Generic Model or Site category.


Free GLTF XPORTER

From the Autodesk App Store:

Description

About the *.gLTF format:

*.glTF file helps to minimize both the size of 3D assets and the runtime processing needed to unpack and use those assets in modern web platforms. glTF is a royalty-free specification for the efficient transmission and loading of 3D scenes and models by any application. 

About this application :

*.gLTF file is very useful because of its reach set of features and its size. This plugin will convert your Revit Design to .gLTF in order to use the Autodesk® Revit® Model in different platforms like Unity3D, Unreal Engine, Web, etc. Nowadays people use .gTLF for AR VR applications because of its size and loading speed.

The output file can be used for AR/VR and apps like Unity.

For more details, please visit our website: www.in9plus.com or mail us: msp@in9plus.com

Application Offers:

  1. Generate GLTF file 
  2. The fast GLTF conversion process 
  3. Share design without needing any special software to view it
  4. Small file size
  5. Control quality and size while converting to GLTF file
  6. Colors and material (texture not supported in the current version)


Export Multiple Sheets to One DWG File

From the Autodesk App Store:

Description

At present, when exporting from Autodesk® Revit® to DWG, each sheet is exported as a separate file, therefore, if you want one single DWG with all drawings and sheets, it has to be combined manually or by importing each layout in CAD. This Add-in will make your work easier to export with the help of these two tools:

  1. Sheet to 1 DWG tool: Export multiple sheets (using your sheets set) to one DWG file, with all drawings in the model tab and sheets in the layout tab. You can also use your export settings or default settings Revit.
  2. Views to sheet tool: Place multiple views (using your view set) into one sheet, then you can export the sheet to the DWG file.


Tuesday, January 11, 2022

Design Option View Isolator

From the Autodesk App Store:

Description

Isolate and organize your Autodesk® Revit® Design Options into their own 3D views so that it is easier to export them separately prior to importing them into a visualization software that supports multiple file import. This tool will make your design option exporting workflow more efficient by taking care of all the required steps to isolate a design option into its dedicated 3D view for you.

For detailed description visit: https://thetoolbelt.com/design-option-view-isolator


Free SheetGen

From the Autodesk App Store:

Description

A free add-in that allows you to create multiple Drawings Sheets, place Views based on a pre-defined template, and easily manage Drawing Sheet Revisions.

Main features

  • Create multiple Drawings Sheets
  • Place Views on Sheets based on a pre-defined template
  • Manage Drawing Sheet Parameters
  • Manage Drawing Sheet Revisions
  • Manage Views (duplicate, delete and edit Parameters)


Sheets by View

From the Autodesk App Store:

Description

This add-in will help you to select your desired views in an Autodesk® Revit® file to create a sheet for each of them simultaneously.

By this app, You can set the title block used in sheet, sheet number, and sheet name in a table and multiple sheets will be created from selected views.

Also, you could set the location of the view inside its title block. This feature provides two options for you:

  • Pick a point inside the title block as the center point of the viewport
  • Or pick two points to create a region. And automatically, the center of this region will set as the center of the viewport. Also, by this option, you could simply define the margins of the title block to create the available region inside it.

NOTICE: During running this plugin you could use Revit and modify your model (It uses modeless forms). However, you could not edit the views or sheets name and number, or delete them (If you do, Revit will show you an error to prevent unwanted changes).

Monday, January 10, 2022

Free Webinar Jan 12 — Introduction to Import and Link Manager from CTC Software's BIM Manager Suite

From the announcement:

Introduction to Import and Link Manager from BIM Manager Suite

Wed, Jan 12, 2022 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM PST

Revit® has passable tools for managing linked files, but they could be easier to use. Additionally, there are no tools to manage or discover the imports that make their way into our design models. The Import & Link Manager tool handles both of these issues, making the correction of imports and management of links far easier. Join us as we explore this toolset, so you can more efficiently manage your models.

Learning Objectives: 

  • Learn how to obtain the BIM Project Suite
  • Introduction to Import & Link Manager user interface
  • Executing link management
  • Updating imported models efficiently

Register for this webinar here »

Free Webinar Jan 19 — CADD Microsystems' Free CADD Applications for Faster Workflows in Revit

From the announcement:

CADD Applications for Faster Workflows in Revit Webinar

Wednesday, January 19, 2022
2:30 PM - 3:30 PM ET

Join us for a free webinar that will show you a collection of Extensions and Add-Ins developed by CADD Microsystems that can help you be more organized and save time in your model.

You will see how:

  • FilterPLUS expands Revit’s Filter tool to make it immediately more useful.
  • FilePROPS for Revit and AutoCAD get valuable DWG and RVT file information without opening the file.
  • The CADD Dashboard for Revit can place critical project or standards information inside Revit.
  • WarningsPLUS helps make it easier to manage your warnings and easier to deal with them.
  • CADD Toolbox for Revit shares content, utilities, and education from the CADD experts.

Register for this webinar here »

StrucSoft Solutions | Graitec Group launches new product: FrameLab. Don't Miss the Free Webinar Jan 13!

From the press release:

StrucSoft Solutions | Graitec Group launches new product FrameLab

MONTREAL, January 10th 2022 – StrucSoft Solutions | Graitec group, creators of MWF (or Metal Wood Framer) a Revit®-based BIM framing solution that allows users to automate Revit walls, floors, ceilings, and trusses for light gauge steel and wood, has released their newest product FrameLab.

StrucSoft Solutions is a Canadian-based software developer, dedicated to the prefab manufacturing and offsite construction sectors within the AEC industry. The company develops a suite of light gauge steel and wood framing software to model, coordinate, engineer, and manufacture directly within the Autodesk Revit® environment. StrucSoft announced today the newest launch in their suite of solutions, FrameLab.

FrameLab allows users to create, coordinate and track critical framing areas in order to avoid clashes and rework in the future – helping teams save time, costs and avoid costly rework. 

In collaboration with PCL Construction, StrucSoft identified critical framing issues around openings as a challenge in the current market.

Sunday, January 9, 2022

Super Find and Place Family

From the Autodesk App Store:

Description

Finding or searching the correct family in a large model, with hundreds to thousands of families, is a painful task, even for the best computer. The default search function of Autodesk® Revit® is not ideal to find what you want.

With this powerful tool, now you can quickly search any family with some keyword(s) of their naming and quickly place them in the model, saving you lots of time.

Free bimU.io Viewer — A "Full-Fledged" Online BIM Model Viewer

From the Autodesk App Store:

Description

bimU.io Viewer is a full-fledged online BIM model viewer that truly works for every project member. BIM is not exclusive to BIM managers and technicians. We've built an easy-to-use platform for everyone to review 3D design data without getting hands dirty. Simply upload your BIM model and it will be accessible via a browser instantly. Do some markups then share them securely or embed them in your collaboration software. All can be done with the Free version of bimU.io Viewer.

Feature List

  • Cross-platform across all devices, including desktop, tablet, phone, etc.
  • A variety of 3D navigation tools, such as orbit, rotate, pan, zoom, zoom to fit, zoom to selection, section box, the section around the selection, hide elements, measuring tools, fullscreen mode, etc.
  • Create markups with free-hand drawings, comments, and a saved camera viewpoint.
  • Query BIM data on the fly without downloading the whole database, including element properties, document properties, project information, file metadata, etc.
  • Upload a partial or entire model with current view settings from BIM software with the "Pluginless" technology.
  • Open a saved viewpoint in bimU.io 3D viewer or navigate to the same location in BIM software.
  • Upload open standard IFC files directly via browser.
  • Single Sign-On (SSO) support via Google OAuth and Microsoft Azure Active Directory.
  • Share a BIM model publicly or with a password-protected link.
  • Embed a BIM model in other software, such as Microsoft Teams, Microsoft SharePoint, or your own website.
  • Real-time browser notification and email notification.
  • Categorize models by colored labels.


BIMeta Plugins

From the Autodesk App Store:

Description

Our applications assist both engineers and architects by providing them with mainstream plugin enhancements ranging from Autodesk® AutoCAD® Converters, Sheet Setup Tools, AutoSave Functionality and increase communications with our very own Chat Messaging Application through our own servers.  Our main goal is to reach as many individuals as possible and help them transition and mainstream many of the processes within Autodesk® Revit®.

Saturday, January 8, 2022

PointCloud to Surface

From the Autodesk App Store:

Description

PLEASE BE AWARE WE ARE NO LONGER PROVIDING UPDATES FOR THIS APP - IF YOU ARE RUNNING REVIT 2020 OR LATER PLEASE DOWNLOAD THE POINTCLOUD TO SURFACE SUITE WHICH IS OUR CURRENT VERSION AND INCLUDES AN UPDATED VERSION OF THIS PLUGIN + OTHER USEFUL TOOLS

DOWNLOAD THE SUITE HERE

Work directly in Autodesk® Revit® with Pointcloud instances to create topo, floor, and roof elements that accurately match the original pointcloud data. Offers a decimation slider so that you can choose how many points are used to make the new surface element, for either high accuracy or high speed depending on your requirements.

This app has been designed for surveyors, architects, builders, and developers working on as-built projects. It reads laser scan data captured onsite and imported into Revit, automating the tedious process of manual point entry needed to create complex surfaces in a BIM model.

The app allows you to draw a selection box around the points of interest then select whether they should be mapped as either a topo, floor, or roof element. For roofs and floors, you can select the build type and level for the new element. 

The section box can be used to filter out points on a broad scale, so by working in 3D view the section box in conjunction with the user drawn selection box allows very specific filtering of points to be added to each new element.

Works with both structured and unstructured pointcloud instances. Supports shared co-ordinate models.

Note: App must be purchased with the same Autodesk account which is used to log in to Revit or the App will not run.


Beam Rebar

From the Autodesk App Store:

Description

Beam Rebar add-in is a tool for Autodesk® Revit®, designed to help create Rebar for Beam quickly, with an intuitive interface, making it easy for users to use.

Using this add-in will speed up the Rebar modeling for Beam. As a result, it helps you quickly takeoff reinforcement quantity for Beam and deploys the beam reinforcement drawing in the next stage.

You can see the manual video here: https://youtu.be/sIZqEiqA15k

This document details how to use the Beam Rebar Revit Tool of Alpha BIM Software: https://bit.ly/3jao9Tc

Drawboard Projects

From the Autodesk App Store:

Description

Make every Autodesk® Revit® sheet a workspace for collaborative design review.

This integration uploads sheets from a Revit project into Drawboard Projects: a live markup environment for design and drawing review.

In Drawboard Projects, internal teams and external partners can mark up, discuss and track issues on each drawing revision. The result: faster turnaround.

Projects’ live communication environment provides both transparencies to the whole project team as well as a complete version and markup history along the way. Whilst traditional design review status updates are restricted static milestones (30%, 60%, 90% complete), Projects allows real-time insight into the status of a particular review at any one point in time, allowing the team to be better positioned to catch errors earlier in the design process.

The Drawboard Projects Revit Add-in allows you to:

  • Upload sheets - Import your sheets into Projects seamlessly while preserving metadata from Revit (sheet title, number, and revision)
  • Save to desktop - Save individual PDF files to your desktop during the upload process
  • Markup, discuss, and resolve issues - Within Projects, add markups, gather timely feedback from the right people, and resolve issues with team members for traceable feedback. 


Wednesday, January 5, 2022

Support Generator — Distribute Hangars

From the Autodesk App Store:

Description

This tool is designed to distribute hanger supports along (Cable Trays, Ducts and Pipes) for different types of MEP supports:

  • Trapeze Hanger Support
  • L-Shape Hanger Support
  • Pipe Round Wrap Hanger
  • Pipe Clevis Hanger
  • Pipe Round Clamp with Bearer Hanger

Notes:

  • This tool works with sloped pipes and insulated ducts.
  • This tool works efficiently if the reference level is set correctly for the elements.


Database Editor

From the Autodesk App Store:

Description

Performance

The lightweight spreadsheet-like editor that edits Autodesk® Revit® data in milliseconds.

Flexibility

Sorts and filters data directly from the table. Edits instance and type parameters across all categories.

Intelligence

Recognizes all different Revit data storage types. Exposes hidden and read-only object information in the data table.

Speed 

Paste cell values to as many cells as required, just like in Excel. Find and replace values in multiple columns.

Adaptable

Save and load data table views like you normally do with schedules in Revit

Export

Exports your data table to Excel, PDF and printer.

Tuesday, January 4, 2022

Create Rooms in All Levels

From the Autodesk App Store:

Description

This tool is designed to automatically create rooms in all project levels.

It will accelerate the room creation process.

Create Spaces in All Levels

From the Autodesk App Store:

Description

This tool is designed to automatically create spaces in all project levels.

It will accelerate the space creation process.

Allied - Fabrication Tools

From the Autodesk App Store:

Description

Fabrication Tools for Autodesk® Revit® - Version 01.45.00

The Building Information Modeling (BIM) process is still new to many contractors. Fabrication Tools for Revit were designed to help all contractors adopt this new process easily.  Fabrication Tools for Revit allow smooth information transferring between 3D fabrication modelers and the prefabrication shop or foreman on the job site. Fabrication Tools for Revit is a first-of-its-kind add-in software application for Revit and Autodesk® Revit® MEP that helps designers more efficiently optimize assembly spooling and material procurement.  Fabrication Tools for Revit ensures that all assemblies are error-free and export-ready for prefabrication or on-site fabrication with TigerStop machines, saving time, and reducing the cost for the contractor.

Assemblies may then be processed using Fabrication Tools for Revit TigerStop export tools. Assemblies can be exported and pipes can be filtered to be optimized to the user's TigerStop machine. Upon applying TigerStop settings, exporting assemblies, pipe segments can easily be translated to a .CSV file and run on the user's TigerLink 6 profile that is linked to their Fabrication Tools for Revit application.

Assemble

  • Model
  • Assemble your model into assemblies using easy-to-use Revit tools.
  • Easily rename and number your assemblies.
  • Search through your assemblies with the Assembly Manager.

Monday, January 3, 2022

Drawing Central

From the Autodesk App Store:

Description

Drawing Central’s main purpose is to save Drafters (and Engineers) time and effort. One way to assist this noble cause, is to reduce confusion. Questions like “How many electrical drawings are ready for issue?” and “You want me to rev-up 50 drawings before lunch?” can easily be answered by creating your own drawing registration system. But “where is the register?”. More confusion. I think you get the point!

This is where Drawing Central comes in by managing a project-based configuration system to reduce confusion. It also has an extremely easy to use interface. Once your drawing has been configured it knows exactly where to find the project file and therefore the correct drawing register. This allows for the other part of the equation Automation. Now you have this “link”, you can automatically update (or sync) your drawings with the latest project data. No more confusion.

Question: Do you know how good it feels to just sit back and watch 100 title block items change before your eyes? No? Well, now you know how to find out.

Drawing Information Workflow

Align & Coordinate Air Terminals with Ceiling Grid

From the Autodesk App Store:

Description

This tool is designed to align Air terminals to ceiling grids.

It coordinates Air terminals with other ceiling categories and adjust the Air terminal location.

It works with linked and non-linked ceiling.