Joined: Wed, Nov 4, 2009
At the Architecture firm I work at we get hand markups of the sturctural plans from the engineer and we draft the plans in CAD.
Now that we are transitioning the firm into Revit I am at a loss for the the best way to go about handeling our structural plans. In the previous projects I have done, I have tried exporting the plans into CAD and then drafting as normal and just printing those sheets out of CAD. This "works" but coordination is an absolute nightmare managing the little shifts that happen. Things fall through the cracks and I don't feel confident that everything is correct when doing it this way, not to mention that there is a lot of time wasted constantly exporting plans and cleaning them up to use.
I have tried drafting in cad and then importing back in to revit to monitor coordination, but none of the line weights transfer and it is just a big mess.
I am about to start laying out the structural plans for a new project so I have been reserching/ brainstorming alternatives.
I thought about keeping it in revit, modeling the beams, and just drafting with different line weights and detail annotations for the rest. This could work but for some reason when I have an HSS beam I can't get it to show the thickness in plan, it only displays as a single line. (See attached image). I also feel like it will be a ton of work to get all the line weights set up and creating all the detail annotations. I don't mind the work, but if there is a better way of doing this I don't want to waste my time.
If anyone has any suggestions or best practices I am all ears. I know there is revit structure for this, but I don't know how to use it, and we don't have a seat for it either.
I am using Revit 2019.
Joined: Tue, May 16, 2006
For over 6 years, our structural engineers have been doing their work totally in Revit. It can be done if you learn how but that is very hard for hard core CAD drafters. You need some outside training.
Joined: Mon, Aug 4, 2008
You are so lucky can work on both architectural and structural the same time.
The Revit modeling is the best way so far for the coordination between disciplines.
My suggestion is first to learn how to model a building architecturally, then learn the Workset, the most important is learn Family. After some practices, you would love Revit.
Using the structural beams as an example:
1. Open the beam family “W-Wide Flange” from Revit library, turn to 3D view.
2. Select that beam, in “Properties”, click “Edit” on the right of “Visibility/Graphic Overrides”, another window “Family Element Visibility Settings” will be shown; check “Coarse”, and “Medium”, then “OK”.
3. Load it into your project, on the very bottom of the screen, select the display level. Then you will see the whole beam.
4. You also need to learn that the structural members are placed on the “Level” below.
Just some this kind of hoops you need go through.
Good luck, have fun!
Edited on: Wed, Feb 6, 2019 at 2:26:14 PM