Revit Structure 2014 Tutorial – Modelling piled wall systems

Link to YouTube Video:  http://youtu.be/XXRjqQJn3BY

I thought it was about time to produce a post and tutorial on piled wall such as sheet piling, contiguous and secant piled systems. On a recent customer project we had to model some sheet piling and in previous projects I had used curtain systems to produce the layout with mixed results. I have found that the best current system for the modelling of sheet piling is to use adaptive components and then apply this to a divided path.

Revit Piled Wall

The first stage is to model your pile family. The Pile family is modelled within a column family template. I downloaded a profile of a sheet pile and then used this to create a simple extrusion with a parameter to control the pile depth. Make sure that you set the pile to always be vertical within the Family Categories & Parameters otherwise you may find that you have horizontal piling!

You then create a Metric Generic Model Adaptive.rfa family and insert the pile family into this. Place a normal Revit point and make this adaptive as shown below.

Revit Adaptive Component

Start a new Metric Generic Model Adaptive.rft family and then draw your intended path for the pile component. It’s worth remembering that you can of course import a CAD file or an image into his family to help with the layout.

Metric Generic Model Adaptive CAD import

Start a new Metric Generic Model Adaptive.rft family and then draw your intended path for the pile component. It’s worth remembering that you can of course import a CAD file or an image into his family to help with the layout.

Divide Path Icon

You can then configure the divided path within the Properties Palette. Note that I have set the layout to Fixed Distance and the Measurement Type to Chord Length. In this example the width of the sheet pile is 900.

Revit Divided Path

Next you load in your adaptive pile family. On the Create Ribbon use the component tool and insert your pile at the end of your path making sure that you snap it on one of the points. Select the pile and then choose the Repeat command as shown below.

Revit Pattern along a path

You will now see your piling layout. You can now load this back into your project. The piles can be scheduled if you have set the family to use the Shared property.

Pile Layout

Here is another example where the path is travelling through 3D space. Very useful for infrastructure projects. Form more information see my YouTube Video:http://youtu.be/XXRjqQJn3BY

Revit 2014 Sheet Piling

 

Hope this helps,

LawrenceH