Smart Assemblies

Generate shop drawings in Revit® automatically with corresponding views & dimension

For metal, wood, precast concrete & other structural projects 

Smart Assemblies speeds up production of assembly documentation in Revit®. This plugin creates views, rules-based dimensions, and assembly sheets you need for combinations of structural and architectural elements. Smart Assemblies overcomes limitations in Revit functionality so that manufacturers and on-site personnel can generate shop drawings easily. 

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Smart Assemblies

Smart Assemblies creates not only assemblies and corresponding views from the selected constructive elements but also automatically generates dimensions in views by predefined rules. 

Smart Assemblies combines multiple hosted or nested concrete and steel elements into a single entity and automatically generates shop drawings with the needed views and sections, proper dimensions, text notes and schedules under user’s predefined rules in shop drawing configuration. It also updates existing shop drawings if any changes are made to the project. 

Structural Engineers Quickly prepare shop Drawings

Smart Assemblies creates assemblies and corresponding views from Walls, Parts, Floors, Structural Framing, Architectural Columns, Structural Columns, or Structural Foundations you select in a Revit® project. The software automatically generates dimensions in views by predefined rules. Assembly sheets are generated automatically by a predefined sheet template where views and schedules are placed in the right places. 

Smart Assemblies provides a powerful set of functions for preparing shop drawings: 

  • An assembly combines multiple hosted or nested concrete and steel elements into a single entity that can be dimensioned, scheduled, tagged, and isolated to create assembly views and sheets. 
  • Control / manage / update changes in assemblies with Dynamic Smart Assemblies Update.
  • Assembly views and sheets are automatically generated by the current Shop Drawing Configuration. 

Schedules and sheets are grouped and displayed in a separate tabs in Shop Drawing Configurations dialog.

Possibility to create two or more sheets if needed. 

  • Flipped version of default Revit views can be created at once using Shop Drawing Configurations window of Smart Assemblies. 
  • Creates assemblies and views by manually defined Configuration Name in the shared parameter – Smart Assembly Configuration. 
  • Possibility to find/select/isolate Primary and Secondary Assemblies. 
  • Defines dimensioning settings for: Walls, Parts, Floors, Structural Framings, Architectural and Structural Columns or Structural Foundations. 

Hosted Concrete Details. Possible categories: Structural Framing and Structural Connection.
Details have to
be created as Face Based families with Concrete material behavior. 

Hosted Metal Details. Possible categories:Structural Framing and Structural Connection. Details have to be created as Face-based families with steel material behavior. 

Hosted Rebar. 

  • Floor Slab Edges are included in the assembly. 
  • Defines the Views that have to be created for the assembly, the same as: 
  • Dimensioning Configuration for every view 
  • Schedules 
  • View/schedule templates 
  • Tags 
  • Legends 
  • Title block 
  • Sheet Template – an existing sheet where views, schedules, legends are placed in the required places. New assembly sheets will be generated automatically by a predefined sheet template. 
  • Adds additional “Assembly Mass” parameter to the assembly and calculates true mass value automatically. Mandatory condition for mass calculation is that every element has to have material assigned with “Density” value. 
  • Adds additional “Element Mass” parameter to every assembly element and calculates true mass value automatically. Later this parameter can be included in the assembly schedule. 
  • Possibility to change element orientation in the assembly views. 
  • Possibility to insert Gravity Point in the assembly. Assembly sheets are generated automatically by a predefined sheet template where views and schedules are placed in the right places. 
  • Recalculate Assemblies – recalculates Gravity Point position of Smart Assembly and moves it to the updated place — no need to update assembly views. 
  • Updates selected assemblies by predefined Shop Drawing Configuration. 
  • Saves section’s position and direction. 
  • Possibility to show assembly schedule counts by assembly instance or assembly type. 
  • Saves Shop Drawing Configuration settings in every assembly for the future updates. 
  • Possibility to select view options – show view symbols, gravity point, grids, tags, tick if views should be updated. 
  • Saves Shop Drawing Configuration settings in separate XML files. This can be placed into a network server for multiple users to access. 
  • Shows detailed report with warnings after making or updating the assembly. Report can be exported to PDF file if necessary.

Structural Engineers  Smart Assemblies creates selected views and schedules with selected templates, adds dimensions, and places views on sheets automatically. 

Powerful features: 

EFFICIENCY 

Automatically adds all host elements to the assembly 

Uses configurations instead of manual work 

Creates views applying different templates automatically 

Creates different schedules according to schedule templates automatically 

Creates dimensions with notes in selected views automatically 

Places views on sheets automatically 

Multiple assemblies with defined configurations can be created with a single click 

 

MANAGEMENT 

Check status, update, edit, and change dimensioning configurations of selected assemblies easily 

Update assemblies according to project changes. 

Select/find/isolate primary and secondary assemblies. 

Find changes in assemblies due to the new hosted details. 

 

INTERACTION 

When making shop drawings Smart Assemblies recognizes changes made by Smart Connections solution for quick detailed modeling 

Recommended solution: 

Precast Concreteenables you to quickly and easily model prefabricated concrete walls, floors, and columns and get full project updates in the Revit platform in real time. Create element views with automatic dimensions, and generate bills of materials and shop drawings for quality production and accurate assembly on site. 

Smart Assemblies FAQ

Got any questions like these? 

How can I easily prepare shop drawings?

Do I need to add dimensions on every element face manually?

Do I need to add dimensions on every rebar, hosted or nested element manually?

How can I predefine the order of dimension chains in the view?

How can I predefine and save dimension chains for the future projects?

Do I need to write dimension notes manually?

How can I predefine view templates, schedule templates, and title blocks for future assemblies?

Do I have to manually create all assembly sheets?

How can I put assembly views in the same place on all sheets?

If there are changes in the model, is there a way to automatically update my existing assemblies?

Can I share shop drawing configurations with my colleagues?

Then Smart Assemblies is for you

Smart Assemblies BIM Solution solves one of the core problems routinely faced by Revit users: balancing designing and detailing work. This tool lets designers avoid the long working hours required to make detail drawings since it automatically creates quality shop drawings by your predefined rules and updates them if changes are made to the project. Smart Assemblies gives structural engineers, drafters, fabricators, and architects an opportunity to effectively distribute the time required to prepare a project, letting designers focus on actual designing and decision-making, rather than working on detailing and correcting shop drawings manually. 

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