Structural Columns – Family Category and Parameters

Now we are all back into the full swing of things after the Christmas break I thought I would share some in-depth information relating to the parameters of structural column families. As you may already be aware, Revit Structure will automatically cut back steel beams to columns but will make in situ beams connect and become monolithic with columns. Sometimes hidden detail will be drawn within the family and other times Revit Structure seems to generate its own hidden lines! In this post I will show some of the parameters relating to Structural Columns to hopefully allow a greater understanding of how column and beam families behave within a project. Let us start with the Family Category and Parameters dialog box.

The family Parameters shown are dependent on the Structural Material Type that is selected. The below example shows the difference between the Steel, Timber and Precast Concrete and Concrete material types, it is also worth noting that these material types only affect the behaviour of the column and has nothing to do with the physical material.

Hidden detail can be automatically generated for Concrete and Precast columns but will need to be drawn with detail lines for the Steel, Timber and Other Material Types. These properties can be very useful if your column has fairly complex geometry and you want to control what hidden lines to show. You have the ability to select from the following when using Concrete or Precast material types:

  • All Edges
  • Edges Hidden by column itself
  • Edges Hidden by Other Members



About lawrenceh

I am employed by Excitech, one of the largest Autodesk resellers in the UK, to provide training and other services such as implementation and project support to our clients. The main products I get involved with are Autodesk Revit Structure, Dynamo & Autodesk Inventor. My personal interests include aviation, engineering and walking.
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