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Saturday, May 15, 2010

Constraining a Beam System to a Roof or Floor... in a Linked File - The Revit Clinic

Source: http://revitclinic.typepad.com/my_weblog/2010/05/constraining-a-beam-system-to-a-roof-or-floor-in-a-linked-file.html

I'm sorry it's been a little quiet on the Revit Structure front lately. I had the pleasure of getting my wisdom teeth pulled out last week and am just finally starting to feel normal again. :)

After posting Constraining a Beam System to a Roof or Floor, I've had a few people follow up to ask if that process will work with linked files. The answer is yes! :)

Here are some modified steps to show how it would work (click the images to enlarge):

  1. Open an elevation or section view showing the roof from the linked file. Tile this view with the Plan view at the Level of the beam system.

    Beam system 01

  2. In the Plan view, go to the Home tab > Work Plane panel and choose Set.
  3. In the resulting Work Plane dialog, choose Pick a Plane, and click OK.
  4. Toggle into the section/elevation view, and select the underside of the roof element in the linked file.

    Beam system 02


  5. Once you select the element plane, the Go To View dialog will appear. Choose the view corresponding to the Plan view you want to draw the system in.
  6. Sketch the beam system (you will not be able to use the 1-click creation tool).

Now, if the architect modifies the slope of the roof in their file, your beam system will update to reflect the change.

Beam system 03

Beam system 04

One thing to note though, is that while the slope of the system will be updated, you may need to manually adjust the sketch boundary edges, depending on how much the architect changed the roof.

I hope this helps!


Constraining a Beam System to a Roof or Floor... in a Linked File - The Revit Clinic

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