Revit 2017 Reinforcement Tag Alignment

Whilst providing Reinforcement Detailing training I often get asked if it is possible to align the  MRA (Multi Rebar Annotation) tags. Currently with Revit 2017 it is not possible to align the tags but I recently stumbled over a free application to achieve this task!

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The application can be installed via the Autodesk Exchange Apps website by clicking the ‘X’ icon on the InfoCenter toolbar in the top right corner of Autodesk Revit.

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You will now see the Autodesk App Store web page. Search for Align and then install the app from BIM 42 as shown below. (The app currently supports Revit 2016 and 2017)

BIM 42 Align Tool.png

Once the app is installed you can access the tools by selecting the Add-Ins ribbon. The tools are shown on the Align panel as shown below.

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Here is the result of using the Align Left tool with a selection of MRA tags.

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Overall this is a very useful set of tools for any tags that you may want to tidy up. See the GIF video below.

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SOFiSTiK Reinforcement Detailing and Autodesk Revit Structure

Reinforcement Drawings and bending schedules have traditionally been prepared in semi-automated 2D applications such as CADS RC or manually in 2D CAD applications and while this has served the industry for over 25 years the traditional drafting techniques are becoming obsolete and disconnected from the emerging BIM processes and client requirements. The deliverables are most likely to be 2D drawings and schedules but increasingly also a 3D information model which has benefits to all the project teams including the consulting engineers, contractors, fabricators and steel fixers. The 3D model is particularly useful to all team members in highly congested, complex areas where clashes and pre fabrication issues are often only discovered whilst on site which leads to increased cost and project delivery creep. As with any construction project, communication and understanding is always improved when a 3D model with the relevant information is shared with all relevant parties.

Some of you may already be aware of the new features of Revit Structure 2016 for 3D Reinforcement modelling and detailing. Many of these improvements were in relation to the production of an RC schedule and a new tool to allow the use of shapes within a reinforcement path. However, although these improvements are most welcome there are still a few limitations, deficiencies and annoyances when it comes to efficient modelling, detailing and scheduling of reinforcement within vanilla Autodesk Revit.

3D Rebar - Revit and SOFiSTiK

Autodesk Revit 2016 gives the primary reinforcement modelling functionality and allows the efficient handling of thousands of 3D rebar’s in a model via specialist elements. The SOFiSTiK Reinforcement Detailing tool takes these core modelling tools and adds an additional level of sophistication to the modelling, detailing and scheduling of concrete projects. The main SOFiSTiK ribbon is show below.SOFiSTiK Reinforcement Detailing Ribbon

SOFiSTiK Reinforcement detailing’s main advantage is that it drastically speeds up the detailing of rebar by overlaying Revit 2D detail components over the various views and hiding the Revit rebar. The big plus with this technique is that all the supplied families are completely customisable allowing for RC drawings that exactly match your traditional 2D CAD output. For example, if you want to show a UBAR in plan with a dot or perhaps a cross or tick and tag bars in elevation or section then this is just a simple case of editing the supplied family to suit your requirements.

bar tick and tagUBAR Dot

The efficiency of the process is demonstrated below with a slab with some openings and angular faces. The rebar was added with the Area Reinforcement and path reinforcement commands and then the layers are automatically recognised by the SOFiSTiK layer tool. The split Rebar command has then been used to divide the bar into standard stock lengths.

Split Rebars

The view is then added to a drawing sheet, rebar numbers automatically assigned and the bar is then hidden, tagged and detailed. It is also worth noting that varying ranges and skewed bars can be detailed with a new Rebar Container objects.

Rebar ContainersRD Detailing - Slabs
In the next view I have created some reinforcement for a column detail and added some couplers to the model. A separate schedule can then be generated showing the configuration and location of the couplers.

Rebar Couplers and Schedule

I have also found that when the Autodesk Extension Reinforcement Macros are used then SOFiSTiK Reinforcement Detailing will recognise the correct shape code, the original shape codes are not to standard and hence cannot be used with standalone Revit.

Here is an example of the slab opening macro.

Slab Openings

Some of the main new features for the 2016 release are:

  • Rebar Groups – Used for grouping of bars such as varying ranges and skewed bars
  • Bent Fabric
  • UK Content Pack
  • Rebar Chair Spacer – Shape Code 98
  • Rebar Mechanical Couplers

In summery I would recommend that you download a trial of this software and perhaps take a look at some of the tutorial videos that SOFiSTiK have created.

https://apps.exchange.autodesk.com/RVT/en/Detail/Index?id=appstore.exchange.autodesk.com%3asofistikreinforcementdetailing2016_windows64%3aen

We also have a Revit Structure course designed for existing users that will lead delegates towards the creation of reinforcement within Revit Structure.

http://www.excitech.co.uk/training/training-course.asp?C_id=444&course=RC-Detailing-with-Revit-Structure-2016

LawrenceH

AutoCAD Structural Detailing Web Seminar

You may be interested in registering for the following free web seminar which will show some interesting workflows and basics about AutoCAD Structural Detailing.

Here is the link: http://www.excitech.co.uk/news/events/AutoCAD_Structural_Detailing_Webinar.asp

Excitech is hosting a free web seminar that will be addressing the topics below and many more.

  • Generate comprehensive concrete reinforcement drawings, together with rebar descriptions and material takeoffs, with AutoCAD Structural Detailing macros.
  • Rebar detailing using Revit Structure.
  • Taking formwork from Revit Structure into AutoCAD Structural Detailing
  • Help speed up preparation of your reinforcement drawings with tools to automate rebar definition.
  • Produce drawings and schedules to BS:8666 standards.
  • Importing 3D Steel frames from Revit Structure and adding connections using automated macros
  • Production of steel fabrication details directly from the 3D model.
  • The production of detailed steel schedules and Parts Lists
  • Excitech Quick start training programmes for AutoCAD Structural Detailing 2012

AutoCAD Structural Detailing Reinforced Concrete Tutorial

Link to YouTube Video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3vxf6CrTtz4

In this short tutorial I will take you through some of the AutoCAD Structural Detailing (ASD) basic tools for reinforcing a beam. You will see how to create the bar and ranges and also how to schedule and create drawing views. There is a lot to learn with this package and it is packed with features so you will need a template that creates the correct standard as well as your company’s preferred graphical standards.

Remember that ASD is included with the Revit Structure Suite and many of you will probably have this installed on your desktop but possibly configured to run as vanilla AutoCAD.

You can see below that in the Job Preferences you can set your design preference and drawing preference. The good thing here is that the data is all editable and you can edit the maximum bar lengths and limit larger diameter bars to shorter lengths to have pity on the fixers!

You will then need to create the various styles for the graphical appearance of your tags and dimensions and also determine how ASD represents ranges.

You will also see a concrete beam transferred from Revit Structure to ASD which will fully detail all the formwork and create the element and views ready for you to add bar!

Hope this helps,

lawrenceh