Understanding View Range

I have often found that understanding the various settings within the View Range dialog to be fairly challenging. I have created a short video to explain and show the various settings. I have based this around a very simple model and used model lines to show the Top range, Cut Plane, Bottom Range and View Depth.

Here is the link to the YouTube Video:


Hope this Helps,


Tips and Tricks when creating Revit Structural Framing families

Those of you that were able to attend our Revit Structure 2012 forum will have seen the presentation on Revit content creation. One very important aspect of this is the various settings within the Family Category and Parameters dialog box. Typically, these settings control how your family file operates within a project. Here are some tips and tricks for framing families.

Notice the crazy dimensions on the framing!

The Structural Framing Length Round off parameter controls the physical accuracy of the beam you are modelling. This can have a significant impact on the scheduling of structural framing. As you can see, this also controls the dimensioning of this framing element within a project. It is also significant when scheduling beams and will affect the count when rounding is used.

Many of you may have wondered how Revit Structure understands when to cut back a beam and when to create a monolithic structure.

This functionality is simply controlled by the Structural Material Type within the Family Category and Parameters dialog box. See below.

Here you can see the settings for a Steel Beam family.

Hope this helps,


I do plan to create some tutorials on this area and perhaps even some YouTube videos!


Revit Structure Forum 2011

  This year’s event was attended by over 50 delegates from the structural community – which comprised a good blend of those experienced in the use of Revit and those relatively new to the technology.

The first session of the day was an overview of the improved functionality in the 2012 release of Revit Structure – presented by Ralph Pullinger, Autodesk’s Structural Technical Specialist. This covered a variety of useful new features including:

  •  Analytical Modelling Enhancements
  • Improved Interface & Visualisation Options
  • Construction Modelling & Assemblies
  • Worksharing Enhancements
  • Point Cloud Support

There was also an overview of the various improvements in the 2012 version of AutoCAD Structural Detailing; as well as a preview of the forthcoming 2012 release of Robot Structural Analysis.


Other presentations included:

  • Revit Structure BIM Standards
  • Analysing Beam Systems from Revit Structure
  • ARUP, Issues with 3D Modelling
  • Introduction to Autodesk Revit Server 2012
  • Managing Revit Project Data with Autodesk Vault
  • Structural Content Creation Workshop
  • Gifford, Laser Aided Modelling
  • Revit Structure Surgery

A good day was had by all. Many thanks to ARUP for hosting our event.