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Thursday, August 28, 2008
Quantify Profled Roof Sheeting
This comes up a bunch of times.
"How do I show roof sheeting properly with the profle and how can I schedule all the panels?"
"We do lots of warehouses and want to be able to schedule costs for roof as well as all the vertical paneling"
1. Draw up the profle using the profle Family template. Save it (*-Remember the fle name)
2. Start a new family using the Structural Framing - Beams and Braces.rft. Load the Profle into this. Delete
the rectangular solid supplied in this template. Now draw a new solid using the sweep tool. Attach the profle
you loaded (*Remember -as saved) and fnish the sketch.
3. Save this family and load it into the project. Now using the beam system tool ( in the Structural Drawer)
draw the outline of your roof. Remember to set up your work plane in section to be able to put this beam
system down on in plan if your roof is at an angle. This also applies to vertical sheeting, set up work planes
and draw the beam system from an elevation on that workplane.
In the pattern group of parameters, set up the distance between and the beam type. (this is the beam you just
loaded with the profle you just drew.) Finish the sketch.
Now do a structural framing schedule with flters to isolate just that type.
And Bob's your uncle.
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Tuesday, March 25, 2008
Wall Closure
Ja, it's been awhile......
Here is one I get regularly!
"How do I get to control the distance or nature of the wall closure wrapping of the exterior wall fnish at a door
or window?"
Default scenario
Controlled scenario
It's easy! It's all in the Family!
Edit the Family that you are using as an insert. In this case I am using a door.
Using the "Ref Plane" tool draw a new reference plane along the inside of the wall
-This one here - away from the center ref plane
Select that new reference plane and go to its Element Properties. Tick or check the box parameter which is
"Wall Closure"
This in efect, cancels the Revit default Wall closure along the center of the wall , and places the wall closure
on the custom plane you just created. To be able to control the distance of that plane all you need to do is add
a dimension and label it. In this example I selected to name that parameter "Closure"
1. Dimension from the new reference plane to the exterior reference plane (or Interior, which ever is your
2. Select the dimension and on the Options Bar (Top Center of your Screen) next to "Label: click on the little
drop down arrow and "Add parameter...."
3. Give it a name. (e.g. Closure) and remember to place it in the correct group (e.g. Dimensions)
4. Load your revised family into the project. (click on "Load Into Project" on the Design Bar)
Select the Family and from its properties you will now be able to control the Wall Closure via the "Closure
Have fun!
I hope to get back into the swing of things and post more regularly. So watch this space!!
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Thursday, November 29, 2007
Hey. You Unplugged!!!!
Thank you very much for taking on this style of un-conference. An unconference is
a conference where the content of the sessions is driven and created by the
This is where its at!!!!!! This is the bomb. Small personal sessions, where we not
only learn, but also contribute. These sessions ROCK!!!! This is what its about. No
slides, no pictures, no one sided talk, just pure passion and inspiration.
I find it strange that the other market groups didnt make use of this. Its very well supported
by the Revit community.These were held as 50min sessions with no more than 40 people in
the room. These are brainstorm sessions with a real personal touch and feel.
earn! contribute or get out" #ll positive! get negative and get shot! as $im put it.
%irst up was $im &aldings '(#T)* session! +igital +esign, (here are we going-
Innovative! thought provoking! controlled! slick. .ome e/cellent input.
0e/t was (esley &enn! &enn +esign. 1rocess change, 0ew tools! 0ew methods. #lthough
we have and work with many similarities! this session was an absolute eye opener in how
odd the #merican processes of design and construction is. (esley 2ust connected all the dots!
and hopefully opened new ways forward! for many professionals and the services they
provide as well as the manner in which they do! with and too their clients.
Its not all about software and software solutions. Its also about the business of the &uilt
3nvironment and fi/ing the fundamental flaws that plague the processes.
.traight after! we sat in .teve .taffords #dvanced 4se of the Revit %amily 3ditor. 1acked to
the brim of eager beavers. Thanks to .teve for not making this a shoot out! or a display of
56ow too7. It emphasi8ed the need to learn how to make your own! and bloody well share.
9I... There was a strong consensus of! stop trying to make these over complicated
advanced families that no one but yourself knows how to use the darn thing! and 2ust keep it
simple. Its all and very well we can do it in the family editor! but often its 2ust way over the
users head.
(ell I certainly got what I needed out of it today and far more than e/pected. %or me it was
the personal hand shake and greeting with the likes of $im &alding! (esley &enn! $ames van!
Robert :anna! and then the awesome lunch with .teve .tafford! +aniel 6urtubise! and
+avid &aldacchino! (hat a great bunch of guys. 56ey ;ou7<. $ames =an! sorry I missed
your session! &I: visionaries! but our lunch almost turned into dinner.
(hat a great day"
#ll session details should get posted to the #4 site so keep a look out.
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