New Release for Revit: Designing for the Future With a Nod to the Past


Have you ever walked around inside a building and been struck by how modern it looks? Then you take a step back and think of the historical advances that are present in the architecture. It's like time-traveling while standing still.

In a move that draws a straight line from man’s earliest buildings to those that are going to dominate the foreseeable future, two new, dedicated BIM software suites, Wood Framing and Metal Framing, have been launched for Revit.

What happens when you combine the ancient and the modern in a blend of materials and techniques? Sometimes, truly remarkable things happen. With a little luck and a lot of talent, you might, for example, produce impressive structures such as the Eiffel Tower, the Empire State Building, the Sydney Opera House or the Burj Khalifa. In the right hands, these two new releases for Revit are poised to usher in a whole new era of excellence in design and execution.

At 1,300 years old, the Horyu-ji, a Buddhist temple in Japan, is considered one of the oldest surviving wooden structures on Earth.

From Humble Beginnings

Humans first used wood in construction roughly (pun intended) 10,000 years ago. (We’re going to assume there was no perfect dovetail joinery, no nail guns and no sanders in sight.) Evidence shows that it took another 4,000 years of human evolution before steel first appeared in construction roughly 6,000 years ago.

It's like time-traveling while standing still.

Thousands of years later, these materials, wood and steel, are still two of the top three most commonly used materials in modern construction around the world, proving yet again that quality materials will stand the test of time. Much more recently, CAD tentatively entered the game in the early 1960s and Revit, popular amongst BIM professionals, emerged less than twenty years ago, around 2007.

Tools for the Future

In February of 2021, AGACAD (a developer of BIM software for Revit professionals) released new, dedicated Wood Framing and Metal Framing BIM software suites for Revit, dramatically optimizing performance and increasing ease-of-use for Revit professionals

The Wood Framing suite features Revit’s BIM and 3D modeling software for prefabricated timber frame system design, with improved structural engineering, detailing, documentation and construction, while the Metal Framing suite offers BIM software for improved design, detail, estimation, coordination and automation of light steel framing in Revit.

Manually drawing every plate, stud, joist, girder, rafter and truss? Forget it. That’s so 2000’s.

Wood Framing: Set It & Forget It

How about a timesaving tool that gets you out of the office for lunch? Go. Enjoy.

Metal Framing: Pedal to the Metal

Rev That Import Engine

One of the quirks most frequently observed in Revit revolves around the issue of imports from Word documents or Excel spreadsheets. It’s boring, repetitive, challenging and downright frustrating when the data from your documents or spreadsheets simply won’t behave the way you want and ends up looking messy.

Generally considered one of the world’s first skyscrapers, the Home Insurance Building (Chicago, 1885-1931) was also the first building in the USA to be supported by metal framing.

Office Importer easily and quickly imports Excel spreadsheets and Word documents into your Revit project files — wait for it — in one simple step.

Importing the data is one thing, but perfect formatting is famously elusive, right? Nope, not anymore. With Office Importer you automatically have flawless formatting. Yes, flawless. For example, text size, bolding, italics, fonts, column widths and row heights all import correctly, without requiring extra work from you to fix things inside Revit.

… how many word-class boxers do you know with three fists?

For most, these two features alone would be worth the “price of admission”, but Office Importer has one more tiny trick up its cyber-sleeve. It’s a feature affectionately referred to as Link and Sync (and most users soon feel the same way). Never again worry about how to keep the Excel and Word data inside your Revit file synchronized with changes to the same data outside of Revit. Office Importer automatically links them when you do an import. And if that ain’t worth the price of admission, we don’t know what is.

When it comes to imports, this is a world-class heavyweight three-fisted punch:

  • import,
  • format,
  • link and sync.

And honestly, how many word-class boxers do you know with three fists? Ahem, just saying.

Efficient Excellence

If you’d like that kind of timesaving, frustration-avoiding agility as part of your Revit repertoire, call us now at 727-442-7774 or visit us at Long lunches? Home on time? Who knows? We can’t promise you’ll end up spending hours with your feet up on your desk, hands clasped behind your head as you stare up at the ceiling, dreaming of (insert pleasurable activity here), but tarnation, technology seems to be getting you closer and closer. Enjoy.