Friday, September 22, 2006

Creating Brick Lugs in Revit Building

This is an issue that seems to come up over and over again in class. I've shown lots of "workarounds", such as using 2D drafting components and section profile lines to show brick lugs in a detail view, or using wall sweeps either in the type properties or as a hosted sweep.

The other day, a co-worker of mine found a much better way. It's amazingly simple - I don't know why the courseware doesn't show this or it isn't more obviously explained in the help utility.

First, create a wall, using a multi-component wall types - for my purposes I'll use the Brick on Mtl Stud Basic Wall type.

Cut a section through the wall and go to the section view.

Before actually creating the brick lug, you need to make a minor modification to the wall type. Select the wall and click the Properties button, then click the Edit/New button in the Properties dialog. Click the Edit button next to Structure.

Click the Preview button in the structure editor and change your view to a Section view in the preview window. ZOOM in REAL close to the bottom of the wall and click on one of the layers. You should see a blue padlock icon (similar to what you see on constraints in a Revit model). Unlock the padlock and click OK until you return to the model.

Now, ZOOM in to the bottom of the Revit wall that you created and select it. You should see TWO shape handles on the bottom - one of them will move the brick down (you can also do the same procedure to unlock the air gap, sheathing and any other components that you need to move vertically separate from the main wall).

Is that EASY or what?

(Thanks, Frank)


Blogger J said...

What version of Revit are you using where this happens? I cannot duplicate these results but am quite interested in this if it is actually possible.

FYI: I use 9.1


11:00 PM  
Blogger lsj said...

I cant't get the lcoks to appear in the wall structure preview.

7:25 AM  
Blogger Matt Dillon said...

First, you have to be editing the wall structure with the preview window showing the section view. Next, you need to have the "Modify" button selected.

Select the bottom line of one of the wall layers - if the lock does not appear, use the wheel on your mouse to zoom in or out slightly. The lock should appear.

8:45 AM  

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