Tuesday, April 27, 2010

Fencing in Revit - Continuous Chain Link

Based on the following comment

Nice post! A similar approach I take is to do the chain link itself with a railing instead of a baluster panel family. Since the panel family is "fixed", it becomes a bit limiting when you place it. For example if you were sketching fencing over 60 feet with posts at 6'-0" O.C., everything would fit nice and dandy, but what if you have a section at 57'-3"? So by doing the chainlink as a railing (continuous; just a thin rectangular profile of the correct height), I have the freedom to set the posts to fit based on a maximum spacing instead, which would not require a unique family for every unique length (plus the unique type-driven baluster panel families). Hope I was clear!

found at the end of the Fencing in Revit blog post by John Tocci jr, I created the following continuous chain link railing family.

Visit John's original post and read it (try firefox if IE doesn't display the post). Then download the pattern file he created. We'll reuse the pattern since their is no reason to re-create the wheel and since it is available. Nice work John! Okay, back now? Good lets get started.

Here is how I did it:

Create a suitable material in your Project

1.) Download the pattern file or recreate it using the settings in John's post.

2.) Create a new material, by duplicating glass and then adding John's pattern as a model based custom pattern with a scale of 3.

Create the Fence Fabric Profile (Railing Profile)

1.) Create a New Family using the Profile - Railing template. You can set it up with reference planes for the sides and bottom of the sketch lines. What are the chances that you'll have to adjust the size later? Right? Do it! I set mine up as shown in the image below: 1/8" width and 5'6" height. Save this profile family as Chainlink Continuous.rfa or grab the one I created.

2.) Load the profile into your project.

Create the Railing Style

1.) Duplicate Guardrail - Pipe railing style and rename it: Chain Link Fence

2.) Assign the correct Assembly Code from the Building Site category: G2040100

3.) Lets set up the Horizontal Railings: Edit the Type Properties and access the Rail Structure settings. Leave rail 1 and rail 9, delete all the rest.

4.) Set the height of Rail 1 to 6'-0" and assign a material, I chose Metal - Steel.

5.) Set the height of Rail 9 to 0'-6" and assign the same material as before.

6.) Now Select Rail 9 and click the insert button to add a new railing. Rename it to Chain Link Continuous and select the profile you created earlier. Set the height to 6'-0", match the offset from the other rails (keeps it centered and hides the pattern at posts...you could offset so that the fencing wraps around the exterior of the posts if you wish.) Set the material to the chainlink material we created earlier.

That's all there is to it...of course you can change the post spacing if you wish, the original style has it set to 4'-0" O.C.

Hope that was helpful!

Here are the links to my example:

Chainlink Continuous.rfa

Continuous Chain Link Fence.rvt

For those of you who can't see John's original post, here are the direct links:

Revitized chain link pattern file (kudos to www.dotsoft.com for the original AutoCAD PAT file)

Chain Link Baluster Panel

Final Product (chain link fence RVT File)

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Monday, April 19, 2010

Revit Keyboard ShortCuts 2011 - Missing Isolate Element returns!

You'll be happy to know that the shortcut for Isolate Element has returned in 2011. This shortcut was present in 2010 until the Subscription Service Pack (#3) was installed.

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Thursday, April 01, 2010

Revit 2011 Build Checker Application #4 Released

I've updated the Revit Build checker for the 2011 products. Looks like I get to wait until April 8th to try it out, so if anyone would like to test and report back, I would welcome it. Here is a new build updated for Revit 2011 products.

Download a copy here: RevitBuildChecker-4.zip

Note: I'll probably revisit this app in the near future, with the following improvements in mind.

Network Version: - Check across all pc's or select pc's on a domain.
Logging Feature: - Write to a csv file for review.

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Monday, March 29, 2010

Revit 2009 UI revisited - for those with tough firewalls

I was working with a client today who was struggling with the move from Revit Architecture 2009 to 2010. With the imminent release of Revit 2011, I recommended that they download the zip file Gregory Arkin had made available at Revit3d.com. This way they could happily avoid the 2010 Ribbon and learn the Ribbon when they moved to the improved 2011 version.

Since I knew them to have a restrictive firewall, I renamed the zip file to a text file and emailed it on over. In response, I received a warning email regarding viruses based on a zero tolerance email sniffer attached to their firewall. Since I knew all the file renameing was going to be a problem, I came up with the following solution.


This text file can be downloaded, renamed as a zip file and then extracted to the correct location ("c:\Program Files\Autodesk Revit Architecture 2010\Program"). Once the files have been extracted to this folder do the following:

1. Rename the file "_Rename_and_Run_Me.txt" to Rename.bat
2. Double click on Rename.bat to automatically rename all the files to their original names.
3. Now follow the original instructions regarding copying the shortcuts to your desktop.

Thanks Gregory for the files, hopes this helps someone else.

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Friday, March 26, 2010

Revit Blogger Day - Revit 2011 PDF Download

Too much in-for-ma-tion...run-ning through my brain....too much in-for-ma-tion. Feel free to learn more about the new features in the 2011 products.





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Monday, August 17, 2009

Removing Portions of a Continuous Dimension in Revit

Want to remove portions of a continuous dimension string within Revit but don't want to delete and re-create the string? Use the grip and your Right Mouse Button (RMC). Delete Witness Lines is the command. Watch the video to learn how.


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Friday, August 14, 2009

Change your habits to speed up your Revit Model Response

Are you one member of a team who is working in a Revit Model? Wish you could speed up your file access? You can, but you must enlist the help of your team mates. Create a new text based legend and always set it active when you STC. (See image below)

My teams use a legend with the following title: *****Open and Save*****
On this legend you'll find a project "ToDo List", "User Coordination Notes", and more.

We've got three special text styles for use on our ToDo List. A grey version that indicates the item is complete, a black version that indicates a current item, and a red style that identifies something as "Hot" or "Important".

Each open and save operation is much quicker when performed with this view active.

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Thursday, August 13, 2009

Revit Tip - Clearing overlapping walls and room separation lines.

Keep your model performing optimally by eliminating conditions that result in overlapping room separation lines and walls. As an aid to assist you in finding these conditions, create a view template with these conditions:
  • A graphic override for room separation lines where lines are red and heavy
  • Model graphics style: set to wireframe.

Now whenever you need to clean up these conditions, you can apply the view template (see example image below) temporarily and you'll be able to see graphically where the "coincident" conditions exist.

Room Seperation Example

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Tuesday, June 23, 2009

AUGI AEC EDGE Magazine is THE Expert Resource for BIM and Revit

Do you want to deliver your projects faster and more efficiently? Then you need to read AUGI AEC Edge. It is jam packed full of industry best practices, best of class Autodesk Revit advice, and case studies and white papers from industry experts.

AUGI AEC Edge is a brand new publication dedicated to delivering mission-critical information to Architects, Engineers, Designers, and Contractors using Autodesk AEC products.

The image above is a screen capture from the AUGI AEC EDGE microsite. Check it out and download your copy today.

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Thursday, June 11, 2009

Revit Tip - Fillet with Radius

New Revit users are constantly tripped up by the ghost of AutoCAD past! It may seem logical to think that the fillet with radius command would be an editing tool in any software package. After all, the default Trim tool in Revit does a Fillet Corner for pete's sake! Rather than delete the wall and draw a new one with the "Radius" option toggled on, try this:

  1. Right-Click one of your walls and choose "Create Similar" to launch the Wall tool using the correct family.

  2. Click your Sketch Options pull down and pick "Fillet Arc" and then immediately pick your two walls.

  3. Now graphically stretch the arc into size.

You could toggle on the Radius option, but why not draw and then modify? It's all about iteration after all!

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Wednesday, June 03, 2009

Revit Workflow in 3 Easy Steps - Think 3

Think 3. The workflow is clockwise within the Revit editor, no matter what flavor you are using.

ONE (1) - You begin by selecting your tool from the design bar on the far left of Revit's screen. Various palettes are available containing context sensitive tools for use.

TWO (2) - Once you've selected your tool, move your eyes and your mouse to the top of the Revit screen and select/modify the options available in the options bar. You can drill down using the element properties button if necessary, but most of the general properties are available within the options bar itself as shown below.

THREE (3) - Third and final step is to place the element within the design window using the options selected in the previous step.

Note: Some elements like slabs and roofs, require you to complete your sketch within the drawing window and then complete the sketch by picking on the design bar. This is another reason why the workflow resembles a circle drawn clockwise.

Want to learn more? Visit AUGI.com and take an ATP course.

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Tuesday, March 03, 2009

Key Schedules a potential fix for Jumpy Text

Did you catch Donnia's class at AU? If so then you know what key schedules can also be used for in Revit. If not, then Dave B has a good blog post that covers it. Go read his post.

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Wednesday, January 23, 2008

Maintain FontMap - Multiple Revit Flavor Version

If you read my Maintain Revit Font Map post, you'll like this one too. I modified the original code to provide for multiple versions of Revit. It is, after all, a much bigger BIM world when you include Revit Architecture, Revit Structure, and Revit MEP into the mix. So with that in mind, I rewrote the original code. Now you can update any of the Revit version FontMap files.

Hope you find that useful!