Friday, January 20, 2017

Chatting with BIM One's Christian Proulx, BIM Track's Director of Customer Success

A while back, we had the opportunity to Skype with Christian Proulx of BIM Track. We talked about the history and story behind BIM Track and its parent company BIM One, as well as some of their future plans.

Christian mentioned that he started his career as a 3D CAD specialist, specializing in CATIA for the aerospace and automobile industries. In fact, he once had a gig  training Boeing employees on CATIA at their Everett, WA, USA plant, which is only about 5 miles, or 8 kilometers, from 'Revit Add-ons central' in Mukilteo, WA. Considering that Christian lives in Quebec, Canada, some 4,620 kilometers away, or about 2,871 miles, that's quite a coincidence.

At 4,300,000 square feet or 399,483 square meters,
the Everett Boeing plant is the largest building in the world

Prefabricated Roof Panelling Software for Revit

From the AGACAD blog:

Roof Panel Layout is a powerful solution for prefabricated roof panels in Revit®. It enables easy roof panel planning and splitting into segments for prefabrication which can then be used in the roof framing process.

Wood Framing Models from Revit to CAD/CAM Production Lines

From the AGACAD blog:

New Possibilities to Create BIM Wood Framing Models and Data Flow for Automated CAD/CAM Production Lines in Revit® Environment

AGACAD team has created a new application for Autodesk® Revit® to export multi-layered frames of wooden walls and floors to automated panel production lines.

Earlier AGACAD offered optional export to any separate Computer Numerical Control (CNC) machines, but from now on modelled timber house frames can be moved from Revit directly to large CAD/CAM production lines for mass production. When timber frame house building companies have a lot of orders and large volume of production capacity, production line greatly speeds up their work.

New Exporter is a separate software for Revit users that can automatically assemble all framing members in predefined ways and send all necessary data for flexible manufacturing of timber houses to CAD/CAM production line.

SALDA and AGACAD Collaborate on Free VentMaster Add-in

Editor's Note: We recently posted about the free VentMaster add-in from SALDA for air handling unit family creation. In the article below, AGACAD reveals how they worked on the development of this tool with SALDA.

From the AGACAD blog:

SALDA (UAB): “It’s great to be ahead of major competitors.”

This European maker of ventilation equipment seized an opportunity to boost sales by enhancing its product-selection software and enabling exports to Revit®. The custom integrated tool that AGACAD developed not only added that functionality, but was so advanced it gave the company a new competitive edge in being able to respond to customers’ needs more quickly and flexibly.

Thursday, January 19, 2017

Free Texture and BIM Terca Façade – Create Accurate Brick Wall Materials Quickly and Easily

From the Wienerberger website:

Select your Terca façade brick, your fitting, the color, the thickness of the joint, you can also mix it with other bricks, then validate. Once generated, your custom texture is available and you can use it directly in your design software.

There's more information available on the Wienerberger website.

Egan Space Planning

From the Autodesk App Store:

App for Autodesk® Revit® that imports a text file program into re-sizable Cubes that can be arranged as desired, and then draws walls around the Cubes and places rooms.

What you can expect from the Egan Space Planning application:


The app is intended to help the user work in an intuitive and graphic way during early design. It allows for multiple rapid, lightweight iterations and reduces repetition and tedium in plan development. Help keep track of program spaces during the design process and provides constant, graphic display of program reconciliation. The app also provides a rudimentary bubble diagram at each step along the way.

See “Usage” below for expanded information on the following sections.

Import Space Program Into App

The app will import a user-defined space program in CSV format. Changes to the program can easily be made and re-imported.

Import page

Egan Bubble Diagram

From the Autodesk App Store:

App for Autodesk® Revit® that draws filleted Filled Regions to correspond with Rooms or Areas in the current view.

What you can expect from the Egan Bubble Diagram application:

The app makes the process of Drawing Diagrams quick, easy and painless, allowing for the effortless production of multiple iterations. The app:
  • Draws Filled Regions with an adjustable, user defined radius.
  • Provides an in-process look, as opposed to the rigid, finalized appearance of the Revit® Color Scheme.
  • Can skip over small jogs in the walls to give a smoother appearance, if desired.
  • Works with all Rooms or Areas in the existing view or only selected ones.
  • Draws different boundary line styles within the view.

The app is also excellent for quickly producing Bubble Diagrams of the existing layout for remodeling projects.

Draw Filled Regions For Rooms

Wednesday, January 18, 2017

Autodesk Seek Business Transferred to BIMobject

From the BIMobject website:

Wednesday, 18 January 2017 by Natalie Nilsson

BIMobject AB (“BIMobject”) announces today that it has signed an agreement with Autodesk regarding transfer of the operations of the Autodesk® Seek business to BIMobject. As part of this arrangement, BIMobject will assume the operational responsibility of providing Autodesk® Seek customers with high quality building information modeling (BIM) content services on the BIMobject Cloud.

Product Roundup – Add-ins from Xinaps (Updated)

Originally published on July 17, 2015.

Updated on January 18, 2017
  • Updated branding from Vabi to Xinaps
  • Added company description from the Autodesk App Store
  • Added Accessibility Evaluator
  • Added Fire Safety Assessor
  • Removed Artificial Lighting Organizer
  • Removed Thermal Comfort Optimizer

From the Autodesk App Store:

We have been developing our plugins with architects in mind since the foundation of Xinaps. Our Apps analyze and visualize data from Revit® models in order to facilitate making better-informed design decisions. International building regulations are getting stricter and BIM is becoming the industry standard in more and more countries. Staying up-to-date with these trends, we put flexibility at the heart of our software. The apps help you meet local building standards in early design stage right within Revit®. It is also time to automate some parts of your workflow. You can now do that more easily, faster and yet just as reliably as with traditional methods. With Xinaps you design better-performing buildings, one app at a time.

Founded in 2015, we are a forward thinking team that creates smart building checking tools within design software because we believe the building design process needs to be simplified and optimized. Our clients play an active role in tailoring the features of all of our products. Hand in hand, we work hard on shaping innovative architectural tools right within Revit®. Enriching design solutions for AEC professionals.

Xinaps Accessibility Evaluator
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Xinaps Daylight Ratio Evaluator Version 1.3.0 Released

From the Autodesk App Store:

Xinaps Daylight Ratio Evaluator™, working as a plugin within Autodesk® Revit®, automates daylight area ratio checking of your BIM model. As a result optimal design decisions can be made regarding floor areas, glazing, glass area, windows, lighting, comfort, brightness, darkness – better working and living spaces are produced. It is especially relevant to architectural designers and building engineers but also useful to all the design team.

The Daylight Ratio Evaluator™ App:
  • Scans the BIM model and reports daylight ratio compliance against required minimums
  • Accepts input of required minimum daylight area ratio per room area
  • Uses floor areas of rooms and glass areas of windows, doors, and curtain walls.
  • Synchronizes with Revit units of measurement.
  • Automatically adds and saves the daylight area ratio values per room in the Autodesk Revit® model.
  • Displays your daylight ratio results
  • Creates a Daylight Performance Indicator in the Building Performance Dashboard.

Xinaps Financial Simulator Version 1.3.0 Released

From the Autodesk App Store:

Xinaps Financial Simulator™, working as a plugin within Autodesk® Revit®, pulls together and displays financial performance data and reveals the P&L Balance Sheet, Discounted Cash Flow and return on investment (ROI) impact of design decisions. It is quick and useful across BIM design teams as they consider design alternatives using net present value (NPV) comparisons of alternative design options from impact on building value to profitability. As a result optimal design decisions can be made and the long term viability of the project protected.

The Financial Simulator™ App:
  • Displays all financial results
  • Saves all financial indices in the BIM model
  • Accepts input financial indices such as rental rates and marketing costs for different types of occupancy
  • Uses floor areas and assigned occupancy types of rooms to calculate returns
  • Synchronizes with Revit units of measurement
  • Contributes various performance indicators in the Performance Dashboard

Xinaps Spatial Requirements Assistant Version 1.3.0 Released

From the Autodesk App Store:

Xinaps Spatial Requirements Assistant™, working as a plugin within Autodesk Revit®, automates building model checking without leaving Revit®. Fully synchronized with Revit®’s project units, the app works seamlessly in the background. It keeps you up-to-date with live notifications from its top right corner in the Xinaps ribbon inside Revit®. As a result, you can reach optimal design decisions faster and create better performing buildings.

The Spatial Requirements Assistant™ App helps:
  • Floor Area: Define your own area types and customize them through the 'Settings'
  • Toilets: Monitor whether there are sufficient male/female/unisex/disabled toilets, as well as washbasins and urinals per floor according to local building code
  • Facilities: Create own rules to analyze facilities based on minimum access widths, staircases, area, number of plumbing fixtures, parking spaces and more
  • Parking: Measures the number and dimensions of parking spaces
  • Scan the BIM model and reports compliance of the current design iteration against all the functional requirements
  • Export data in Word® and Excel® formats
  • Import data from Excel® files
  • (Coming Soon) Visualize all area types in a single floor plan


From the Autodesk App Store:

Save time by reloading all Autodesk® Revit® links in a document by using Link Reloader. With this batch tool, you don't even need to open the document to reload any desired links. Just follow the steps!
  1. Select the main Revit project where links or references need to be reloaded
  2. Select the computer folder where the Revit links are saved

Link Reloader is available before opening any document!

Tuesday, January 17, 2017

The Week that was in Revit Add-ons for the Week of January 9-15, 2017 (Updated)

Updated on January 18, 2017 to add LinkReloader.


From the Autodesk App Store, we posted about new add-ins Megara Shared Parameters Creator, Move Views, for moving viewports from one view to another, the awkwardly-named Where is My Element?, for diagnosing and fixing view-specific element display issues, similar to Ideate Software's X-Ray, and LinkReloader, for reloading all links without having to open project files.

From around the Internet, we posted about the commercial releases of Xinaps' Accessibility Evaluator and Fire Safety Assessor. (After our original posts, these two add-ins were also added to the App Store.)


From around the Internet, we posted about UNIFI version 2.1 and AVAIL version 3.0.

For updates on the App Store, check out our latest roundup.

Roundup – For the Week of January 9-15, 2017, New and Updated Revit Add-ins on the Autodesk App Store (Updated)

Updated on January 18, 2017 to add the following:
  • Xinaps Accessibility Evaluator
  • Xinaps Fire Safety Assessor
  • LinkReloader

There were a... disappointing number of false positives in terms of updates on the App Store last week; there were 9 actual updates and 24 false ones. It's becoming clearer that these kinds of 'errors' are willfully caused by add-in developers as BIM SOFT SOLUTIONS and arch4hum accounted for most, if not all, of the false updates. 😒  Yep, we went there.

Several new add-ins made their debut on the App Store. Megara Shared Parameters Creator is for more quickly creating multiple shared parameters. Move Views is for moving viewports from one sheet to another. The awkwardly-named Where is My Element? is for diagnosing and fixing view-specific element display issues. Xinaps Fire Safety Assessor is for automating fire safety analysis. Xinaps Accessibility Evaluator is for automating accessibility model checking. LinkReloader is for reloading all links in a project file without having to open it.

Several add-ins were also updated.


Quickly reload all links in a document without even having to open it! Link Reloader: Batch "reload from" multiple files at once! | Trial
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