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In this exercise, you change the types of the columns, beams, and braces that you used to create the building
structure. You load new column, beam, and brace families into the project, and learn how to select and
change multiple structural element types to refine the building structure.

Training File

■Click File menu ➤ Open.

■In the left pane of the Open dialog, click Training Files, and open Metric\m_RRB_update_structure.rvt.

Change the column type

1In the Project Browser, under 3D Views, double-click {3D}.

2Select one of the columns, right-click, and click Select All Instances.

All columns in the building model display as red.

NOTEThe default 3D view is the only 3D view in which the Select All Instances command is available.
It is not available in a perspective or camera view.

Changing Structural Member Types | 85

3In the Type Selector, select CHS-Circular Hollow Section-Column : 508x12.5CHS.

4On the Design Bar, click Modify.

The building model displays the round hollow columns.

Change the beam type

5Select one of the beams, right-click, and click Select All Instances.

6In the Type Selector, select M_HSS-Hollow Structural Section : HSS203.2X101.6X15.9.

7On the Design Bar, click Modify to view the new beam type in the building model.

Because the braces that you added were actually a beam type, the braces as well as the beams
change. In the following steps, you change the brace type.

Change the brace type

8On the Structural tab of the Design Bar, click Brace.

9In the Type Selector, select M_Round Bar : 25mm.

This not the size that you want to use, but it is the only size of its type currently available. You
need to create a new bar type by duplicating the 25mm bar type, and changing its size parameter.

10On the Options Bar, click

(Element Properties).

11In the Element Properties dialog, for Type, click Edit/New.

12In the Type Properties dialog, click Duplicate.

13In the Name dialog, enter 75mm, and click OK.

14In the Type Properties dialog, under Dimensions, for d, enter 75mm, and click OK twice.

15In the Project Browser, under Elevations (Interior Elevation), double-click Elevation 1-a.

16On the Design Bar, click Modify.

17While pressing CTRL, select the braces in the elevation one by one.

18In the Type Selector, select M_Round Bar: 75mm.

19On the Design Bar, click Modify.

The brace type changes, although the framing elevation displays the braces as lines only.

20Open the other building elevations and change the braces to M_Round Bar: 75mm.

View the building model with the new structural element types

21On the View toolbar, click

(Default 3D View).

86 | Chapter 3 Creating a Building Information Model

NOTEYou may close the project with or without saving it.

22Proceed to the next exercise, Linking the Structural Model on page 87.

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