Revit Views for Fire Rating Review

A very important aspect of designing and reviewing a building project is the code review process to ensure that walls, doors, windows, and other components have the proper fire ratings.  Autodesk Revit makes it very easy to quickly visually check those fire ratings by setting up visibility filters.  This article will show you how to set up a fire rating view to display walls and doors as different colors depending on the fire rating parameter of the object.  This view is not necessarily designed to be a full code plan for permit submittals, but is an excellent asset for in-house code reviews.
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Creating a Single Slope Roof in AutoCAD Architecture

When creating a roof in AutoCAD Architecture, it defaults to creating a roof with a ridge down the middle (going the long direction) when using the Roof tool.  There are many times when a single slope roof is needed, whether that is a long sloping main roof on a commercial building or on a shed roof over an extension on the side of a house.  The following will outline steps to get a shed style single slope roof on the side of a house as an example. Continue reading

Revit Solid Filled Walls for Presentation Drawings

As an architect, I like to provide clients with a “presentation” type of drawing that shows the walls with solid fills so that wall locations stand out and clients don’t get confused by any other linework inside the walls.  While these plotted drawings are typically provided during the schematic design stage of the project, I like to provide these throughout the project for various presentation purposes.  Autodesk Revit provides an easy way to display walls in this solid filled method.

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Break Multiple Walls with One Door in AutoCAD Architecture

There are times when a door (or window, opening, or door/window assembly) gets placed into a wall that has another wall (or multiple walls) adjacent to it.  Even though a door can be placed in only one wall, it is possible to create an opening in the adjacent wall(s) so that when the door is relocated or changes size, the opening in the other wall(s) change accordingly.

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Revit Gypsum Board Walls And Ceilings

Autodesk Revit Architecture’s standard project templates contain a stock material named “Gypsum Wallboard”.  The problem with the stock material is that there is no surface pattern.  This works very well for walls since you typically do not want to see any stipple hatch in an elevation view of gypsum board walls.  However, this does not work well for gypsum board ceilings when you actually do want to see a stipple hatch in reflected ceiling plans.  The answer to this problem is to create a new material to use for gypsum board ceilings. 

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Move Objects Automatically with Other Objects in AutoCAD Architecture

In AutoCAD Architecture, you can place toilets, sinks, cabinets, grab bars, and other AEC objects and have them automatically move with other AEC objects such as walls.  This is very handy in maintaining important relationships and ensuring that AEC objects move accordingly when the associated AEC objects move.  This feature is often used to make sure that plumbing fixtures and accessories move with the wall on which it is associated, and with adjacent plumbing fixtures.

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AutoCAD Architecture 2010 Xref Wall Cleanup Finally Fixed!


Autodesk has finally fixed a major wall cleanup issue between mirrored xreferenced drawings in AutoCAD Architecture!

Cleanup between overlapping walls in different xreferenced drawings was introduced several releases ago in AutoCAD Architecture (Architectural Desktop name at that time).  As they continued to improve the feature, walls still had problems cleaning up properly when the xref was mirrored.  If an existing xref was copied and mirrored, the mirrored version would have gaps in similar locations as the first instance of the xref.  If an xref was brought in and mirrored (without being a copy of another xref), then the xref would not cleanup at all.  Either way, walls in mirrored xrefs would not cleanup correctly with walls in other xrefs.

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