Cut Opening

Add openings in Revit® model to structural framing elements – cut holes for MEP services, doors, windows, beams & columns

Cut Opening is used to generate and control opening elements in Revit® models. Openings can be created where ducts, pipes, cable trays and conduits intersect walls, floors, roofs, ceilings, beams or columns.

This advanced BIM solution can create modified openings with holding details for structural beams. You get much faster design and drawings and increased precision to ensure accurate bills of materials and builders work. 

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Cut Opening processes interference check information between current, linked, or IFC files to get locations, type, and depth of clashes. It applies your predefined cut offsets and offsets for joining openings, and then automatically fills in your Revit® model with 10s, 100s, or even 1000s of openings with just one click. Like in any other tool provided by AGACAD, all configurations can be saved for later use and shared between users. 

Cut Opening inserts fire dampers in accordance with information from clash detection and the fire rating of structural elements. It can also insert structural openings in structural walls even in cases where the architectural walls, windows and doors are separate from the structural model. 

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  • Automatically creates openings where ducts, pipes, cable trays or conduits intersect walls, floors, roofs, ceilings, beams or columns. 
  • Automatically adds openings with predefined sizes in accordance with MEP line-based element sizes, categories and system classifications. 
  • Automatically joins openings per predefined configurations. 
  • Automatically inserts fire dampers where ducts clash with walls, floors, ceilings or roofs with fire rating. 
  • Automatically inserts structural openings for separate architectural and structural models. 
  • Enhances BIM teamwork and deliverables for integrated project delivery (IPD). 

Cut Opening was developed and is continually being enhanced based on best international practices and the experiences of top Revit users. This Revit extension detects clashes and inserts the required openings in the model. It inserts fire dampers in walls with fire rating and openings in structural models where architectural windows or doors are placed. Just set the configurations, and let Cut Opening do the rest! 

Powerful features

COLLABORATION 

  • Import interference check reports as .html files 
  • Export .xml files to share opening configurations with Architects, Structural Engineers and MEP Engineers 
  • Supports clash detection between current, linked or IFC files 
  • Export data to external software 

 

COMPLIANCE 

  • Easy and fast insertion of openings required for MEP line-based elements, fire dampers for ducts, and openings for separate architectural and structural models 
  • Predefined opening shapes, sizes, joining offsets in accordance with size of MEP line-based element 
  •  Model and opening changes can be managed with just a single click 

 

EFFICIENCY 

  • Automated marking of openings 
  • Automated calculation of opening elevation 
  • Easy sorting and marking of items in desired sequences or sets 
  • Real-time clash detection and modification 

Integrated design and creation of holes in Revit® models

Learn about Cut Opening features that let Revit users avoid repetitive tasks and create more accurate BIM models. 

Cut Opening uses element clash report straight from Revit. It reads external .html file where all necessary information is written – information about two clashing elements, their elevations and coordinates. After review and some changes, it saves clashes in xml file for the future work. 

MEP engineer forms an .XML file with all the data inside, which is required to insert openings into architectural or structural file. Architect or structural engineer inserts openings with just one click. Architects or structural engineers can accept or decline openings if needed.

This BIM solution inserts openings according Revit® “Interference Check Data” results. Cut Opening supports all line based MEP elements (Ducts, Pipes, Cable Trays and Conduits) as well as structural elements (Walls, Floors, Ceilings, Roofs, Beams and Columns).

Cut Opening has predefined configurations of openings’ shapes, sizes, joining offsets that are dependent on MEP elements size.

This application is divided into segments to fit all users’ needs. One user could define different configurations for different MEP element categories and system classifications. Cut Opening supports element categories and system classifications: 

  • Duct: 
  • Rectangular; 
  • Round; 
  • Oval;
     
  • Pipe: 
  • Fire Protection (Supports Fire Protection Dry, Fire Protection Other, Fire protection Pre-Action and Fire Protection Wet system classifications); 
  • Plumbing (Supports Domestic Cold Water and Domestic Hot Water system classifications); 
  • Sanitary (Supports Sanitary and Vent system classifications); 
  • Hydronic (Supports Hydronic Supply and Hydronic Return system classifications; 
  • Other (Supports Other and all additionally created system classifications;
  • Cable tray; 
  • Conduit. 

Cut Opening lets user define offsets of openings depending on element size, category and system classification.

  • Cut Opening lets user define joining distance between several openings depending on element size, category and system classification.

Cut Opening works with linked files. Architectural/structural project can be linked to MEP project or MEP project can be linked to architectural/structural project. 

Cut Opening creates openings for Structural Framing category

Cut Opening works with IFC files. MEP objects can be link imported into current Revit model where real elements are placed.

Cut Opening enables users to conveniently control openings. Revit elements are conveniently grouped together in a tree where user can filter them by any configurable criterion, such as category, level or other parameter.

Cut Opening enables users to inspect model using dynamic section boxes, see the elements in model by selecting the rows in dialog window, see elements by ID, isolate, hide, etc.

Automatically inserts Fire Dampers where ducts clash with walls, floors, ceilings or roofs with fire rating.

Cut Opening inserts Structural Openings to structural walls in case when architectural walls, windows and doors are separated from the structural Walls.

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Cut Opening helps Revit® users avoid many headaches 

Revit users spend a lot of time adding and tagging openings manually. BIM solution Cut Opening can solve all of the below mentioned headaches of Autodesk® Revit® Architecture / Structure users. 

How to cut holes in the places where ducts, pipes, cable trays, or conduits are intersecting walls, floors, or ceilings? Do I need to cut it manually?

Is it possible to place openings depending on MEP element? Can I manage required opening size for one or other type of MEP element?

Is it possible to join (auto-join) openings?

Is it possible to create openings if my MEP elements do not cross over the structural element? This situation could be found in wall mounted air terminals and their connections with ducts.

Do I change offsets by created openings a lot faster than manually doing so?

Can I work with different groups of MEP elements and have different parameters for them? For example Hot Water Pipes and Sanitary Pipes.

How to create openings in walls, floors, or ceilings if they are in linked file?

Is it possible to insert structural openings when my architectural walls, windows and doors are separated from the structural walls?

How to create openings for imported IFC MEP elements in structural building elements?

Learn & explore Cut Opening

Get started today! Watch step-by-step video tutorials

How to run Interference Check correctly (2:08 min.) 

Step 1: How to run Interference Check correctly to work with Cut Opening

Step 2: Never run Interference Check report like this when working with Cut Opening

How to set MEP opening configurations (7:19 min.) 

Step 1: Main settings 

Step 2: Insulation settings 

Step 3: Configurations for different system classifications and element types 

Step 4: Cut offsets 

Step 5: Join openings 

Step 6: Interference Check 

Read Interference Check data (7:22 min.) 

Read Interference Check data from external HTML file

Insert MEP Openings (4:05 min.) 

Step 1: Insert only included MEP openings 

Step 2: Insert excluded and included MEP openings

Insert fire dampers (3:24 min.) 

Step 1: Run Interference Check 

Step 2: Map host element types to Duct Accessories 

Step 3: Insert fire dampers

Change management (4:32 min.) 

Step 1: Change management. MEP Opening Revision 

Step 2: Manual correction of holes. Join / Unjoin feature

Insert structural openings (1:19 min.) 

Step 1: Insert structural openings

 

How to work with linked models (4:49 min.)

Step 1: Insert opening using linked MEP model 

Step 2: Insert opening using linked Architectural model

Tag openings (1:19 min.)

Step 1: Tag the openings

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