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Mon, Nov 5, 2012 at 3:49:14 PM | Bird's eye input on how to build a smallish model

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Hello -

 

I'm a relatively new Revit user that is intrigued by all it can do, but have had some initial difficulty in deciding how to built something in Revit that I've already designed in Sketchup.

 

I have a small bus shelter with a roof canted in two directions supported by vertical fins. Where the vertical outriggers meet the roof are some small elements that will be parallel with the canted roof.

 

I've built families and have spent some time getting to know the conceptual mass tool this weekend, but am having a hard time discerning the best way to build this model, so I decided to ask the experts willing to share their knowledge.

What is the best way to build this roof - as a conceptual mass? a family?

How about the outriggers - model in place or standard family?

I'm grateful for your insight to help me get unstuck

Attached is an image of the roof. Thanks!

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Mon, Nov 5, 2012 at 3:52:52 PM | Bird's eye input on how to build a smallish model

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No need to use conceptual massing. 

The vertical fins / outriggers could have been made as a parametric family.  Standard roof and framing if there are not any walls.


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Mon, Nov 5, 2012 at 5:52:45 PM | Bird's eye input on how to build a smallish model

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Thank you so much. I woke up in the middle of the night thinking about this very route. Might you have any tips for getting the right slope on my roof plane? for example, I know that it is rotated 4 degrees in one plane and 9 degrees in the other. Can revit take those kinds of "instructions?"


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Mon, Nov 5, 2012 at 5:54:42 PM | Bird's eye input on how to build a smallish model

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Place a roof arrow on your roof sketch that is on an angle from one corner to a diagonal corner and give the elevation for the tail & head.


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Mon, Nov 5, 2012 at 6:09:17 PM | Bird's eye input on how to build a smallish model

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Again, thank you for your prompt reply. I've played with that a bit, but it seems that since it is canted in two directions, the tip and the tail are where i want them to be for the most part, but it is the other 2 corners that are out of whack.

 

I'm trying to move the slope arrow to different parts of the roof plane, but am not finding something i'm completely happy with yet. I'm getting the sense that this part is a bit trial and error.

 

But, since I'm finding more and more that there are so many workaround and nuances to this program, I figured I'd just ask to see if there was a way that more closely aligns with my design process.

 


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Mon, Nov 5, 2012 at 6:12:55 PM | Bird's eye input on how to build a smallish model

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A flat roof can only slope in two directions.  The slope arrow works for that but it goes from corner to corner!


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