Header Assembly for Revit Structure…..next step prepare an extension that does complete design!

Below you will see the header assembly I created for revit structure. You can do following things with it…

1. Customize  opening width

2. Customize opening height

3. customize number of jack studs

4. customize number of king studs

5. customize header depth

6. customize header width (will change automatically with wall thickness)

7. Jacks and King studs depth will change automatically with wall thickness

8. You can insert at any level and customize its offset from level

Material Properties in Revit Structure!!!

Many times when we download Revit Libraries from online resources we do not find the right material that we need. In order to have the right material properties selected you can follow below procedures.

1. Open the .rfa (Family) file

2. Go to Manage >> Material tab from menu bar

3. Click on Material will open below window >> Add New Material (See very bottom left)

4. By clicking this icon it will ask you to duplicate material >> Click OK >>

5. Now…Look at right side of new window >>you will need to set up Material properties such as Graphic >> As shown below…

6. In Graphics Tab >> chose the material color (RGB code) or chose color from pallet. You can also select surface pattern.

7. Now we will select rendering of material…in this example its for wood material (Make sure to keep the same for entire library)…Please note that the RGB code for rendering may be different than your regular graphics RGB Code.

8. Now we will create identity of material….which is in our case>>>wood so it will not have manufacturer specific identity which may be the case in order to create manufacturer specific material properties.

8. Now we will add Physical properties, now this is very important in case of Revit Structure because if we want to incorporate in to any structural analysis software these properties may be transferred to the analysis program and hence modeling need to be done only once.

9. Hit Apply>>>OK. You are all set with your new material. Select elements of the revit family and apply this material.

The world is changing an Engineer has to be a “Reviteer” now !!! Go Revit Structure !!

As the world is moving forward and technology is changing drastically which makes our life easier but at the same time requires great deal of knowledge in dealing with new technology. One of it is Revit, which I am working on since many years but with 2011 version it has given me everything that I need. Yes….it was behind for structural engineers than architects but its almost there now. We can do almost anything we want with Revit Structure. Model Concrete, Steel or wood structure. Here is one of the samples I am preparing for wood structure…its just an exercise and experiment towards excellence. Nothing related to any particular project but just a pure “Research work”. Will keep updating as I move on. Here is one of the model I am preparing with framed walkout basement and concrete foundation wall with I joist framing. I am not sure if architecturally how efficient the plan will be, but I have pretty good idea of what I am modelling structurally and what I am planning to test and once its done should be a good example with details and everything.