Revit 2015 2D Detail Components – Download PDF Catalouge

A very quick tip to help you locate 2D detail items from the standard Autodesk Revit 2015 library. I have uploaded a 30 page PDF document that outlines each detail component and where it is located within the folder system.

Revit 2D Detail Items

Here is the link:

Autodesk Revit Detail Items

Enjoy,

LawrenceH

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Revit 2015 R2 – A Mid Life Upgrade

Autodesk has just launched a major mid-life update to Revit 2015 for Autodesk desktop subscription and maintenance customers. The update is much more than the usual service packs and updates, this is a completely new release which adds additional functionality to the Revit 2015 platform as well as service pack fixes.

The update also incorporates a site designer based on the former Eagle point site works tool which I will review in a separate post.

This update can be installed both on stand-alone and network products and also on all suites that contain Revit 2015. This update does not change the file format so you can upgrade Revit 2015 mid project if required.

As always I will focus on the structural related enhancements and new features but will include a full list of what’s new.

  • Colours section: The new Background Colour setting replaces the Invert Background setting in the Graphics section.

Revit 2015 Options - Background Colour

  • Wall joins: To simplify the control of wall joins in a plan view, you can now select multiple intersected wall joins with a single click, and choose to allow or disallow joins on all the selected walls with a single click. If you choose to allow joins, you can then specify a Display option (Clean Join, Don’t Clean Join, Use View Setting).

Revit 2015- Multiple Wall Joins

Reveal constraints: To see all dimension constraints and alignment constraints in a view, use the Reveal Constraints mode, available on the View Control Bar.

Revit 2015 - Show Constraints

Revit - View Control Toolbar

  • Rebar: When reinforcing concrete elements, you can now place rebar in any 2D view. Place rebar in plan views, elevation views, and section views using the new placement plane tools. Here is the Context ribbon shown below.

Rebar - Near Face Far Face

This enables the placement of rebar on the following faces or a named Reference Plane in plan or elevation.

Revit Rebar - Placement faces

  • Alignment reference: When changing the alignment reference of beam end geometry in a join, you can now select multiple framing element instances and change their alignment to a common join reference. You can also reset multiple changed references.
  • Structural framing orientation: When refining your model, you can flip structural framing elements and maintain joins, as well as setback, geometry, and justification modifications. Right Click over existing members and choose ‘Flip Structural Framing ends’ from the context menu.

Revit 2015 - Flip Structural Framing Ends

There has been a number of UI changes to tool positions such as Beam Justification and placement of analytical properties in the Properties Palette.

Beam Justification - Offsets

Here is the full list of changes to the Revit 2015 Platform.

http://help.autodesk.com/view/RVT/2015/ENU/?guid=GUID-6084E92F-4C46-4047-B98C-2984E730A53D

LawrenceH

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Revit Structure Tutorial – Attaching Structural Objects Together

When modelling Structural objects such as walls, columns and trusses it is sometimes very useful to attach the top or bottom of these elements to other structural objects such as roofs, floor slabs and foundations etc. This technique will maintain a parametric relationship between the elements and accommodate edits such as slope and elevation.

Attach Top Base Columns and Walls

You can attach the following families to the references in the table below:

Revit Attach Top Base table

We will start by looking at attaching structural columns to Floors.

In-Situ Concrete Column to Floor

Select a column and then click Attach Top/Base from the Context panel as shown below.

Attach Top Base on Contect panel

On the Options Bar below the Ribbon you will see the followingOptions Bar - Columns

You can of course attach either the Top or the Bottom of the column to a floor slab, the attachment Justification allows for the following processing of the In Situ Concrete columns:

Revit In Situ Column Join options

As you can see the in Situ Concrete members will join as expected but the Steel, Timber and Precast columns will prove more problematic. These columns will not cut and a Reference plane will need to be utilised to create the required detail.

Revit Steel Column Join options

If a Structural Column is attached to a non-structural target such as a roof or ceiling then you will see the following warning, the column is still attached but the analytical model will have no connectivity and behave like a mast!

Error - Non-Structural Target

Walls have a similar workflow where you can attach either the top or base of a wall to a roof, floor, ceiling or another vertical wall. The below image shows a simple example of attaching a block work wall to two structural slabs.

Attach Wall to Floor

Things can get a little more challenging where you have a situation as shown below where your wall needs to attach to the underside of a beam. In this situation you will need to select the wall and then edit the profile and then use the pick lines tool to create the required geometry.

Revit Pick lines to edit wall profile

Also note that if you edit the profile of a wall then this will disassociate the constraints that the Attach Top/Base command adds.

Trusses can be attached to roofs and floors and enables the user to attach the top or bottom boom to various floor shapes. The below example shows a steel truss with the top chord attached to a sloping floor.

Revit - Steel Truss

Here are some more examples with a timber truss attached to a roof and a steel truss attached to a roof that was created as an extrusion.

Revit Roof with Trusses Attached

If the Top and Bottom chord are drastically different then you may have to make use of the Edit Profile tool on the contextual ribbon. This allows the user to create a sketch for both the top and the bottom chords. Also notice that once the truss has been created you can effectively ‘explode’ the truss to structural framing with the Remove Truss Family command.

Revit - modify Truss Ribbon

Enjoy,

 

lawrenceH

 

 

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Revit Structure 2015 – Commands and Shortcuts

I have now uploaded the Revit Structure 2015  commands and shortcuts for this release. I do plan to include the context ribbons and panels in a later post but here is the main ribbon ready for use.

Revit Structure 2015 Commands and Shortcuts – Structure Tab

The new 2015 commands are marked in Salmon whilst the 2014 new commands are marked in Light Green

Revit 2015 Commands and Shortcuts medium

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Autodesk Revit 2015 to Autodesk Robot Structural Analysis 2015

A small change has been made to the method of transferring models between Autodesk Revit 2015 and Autodesk Robot 2015 which is a little different from the 2014 products.

This change will only affect users that need to transfer data via a .rtd file, if you have Revit and Robot installed on the same machine then the transfer method is the same.

In the dialog box below you can see that the .rtd file has been removed and you now need to use the intermediate file (.smxx). This has been implemented to improve the data that can be shared between applications.

Intergration Dialog from Revit 2015

When importing the .smxx into Autodesk Robot Structural Analysis you will need to use the following method shown below. You cannot directly open the .smxx file.

Autodesk Robot 2015 to Revit 2015 .smxx

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Extended Revit Pile and Pile Cap Families

 

http://www.excitech.co.uk/products/Revit-Toolkit.asp

Here is a sneak preview of what will very soon be available as part of our Excitech Revit Toolkit, these familes have been designed to work with our toolkit to facilitate the scheduling of levels and piles.

Optimised for use with our Excitech Revit Toolkit, this extensive library of Pile and Pile Cap families will operate seamlessly within your structural projects and offers many new parameters to facilitate the creation of pile schedules and associated documentation. The range starts from singular piles up to groups of 14, supporting both round and square piles with differing configurations and presented using standard UK pile spacing and edge clearances in conformance to BS8110 and Eurocode 7.

Extended Revit Pile and Pile caps

We are also pleased to offer full integration with the Federation of Piling Specialists (FPS) and our schedules can be imported into the FPS Microsoft Excel spread sheet.

These are now live and available in 2013,2014 and 2015 formats.

http://www.excitech.co.uk/products/Revit-Toolkit.asp

 

LawrenceH

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Revit 2015 – Hidden Detail Control

In previous releases of Autodesk Revit you have to add your own hidden detail into family files or use Show Hidden lines and these are then shown in the relevant views.

Revit - Show and Remove Hidden lines

However, there are issues with this method. Consider the image below showing the structural framing on a roof plan. Notice that the raking steels do not show the hidden detail of the web because they are not 90 degrees (Normal) to the view!

Revit Hidden Lines not shown on raking beams

A quick fix for this in Revit 2015 is to use the new feature of Show Hidden Lines which is found in the Properties Palette for views such as plans, elevations, sections etc. Revit 2015 - Properties - Show Hidden Lines

In the below example I have set this feature to all so all hidden detail is shown. Note that you may have to change your View range settings to allow Revit to show hidden detail of objects outside of this range.

 

Hidden Detail - Revit 2015

The new Show Hidden Lines command has the following options:

Revit 2015 - Options

LawrenceH

 

 

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