Thursday, January 18, 2018

CREATE ROOF BEAMS FROM 2 POINT ADAPTIVE COMPONENTS - PLACE WITH DYNAMO BIM


The image below shows an "alternate" way to place structural ROOF framing using an adaptive component and Dynamo to make the beam end points smart. Follow the steps below!

Why should you use this method to place structural framing you may ask? Well.................

The structural framing tool in Revit is not very robust. Its based on 20 year old technology. The problem is the roof framing beam "end points" are not very smart. Meaning you are not able to place a structural roof framing at a "quarter point" along a beam (for example). However a 2 point adaptive component that is made up of two simple adaptive component (AC) points and a model line between them could substitute for the "work line" of a structural beam and have smart end points. Consider creating and placing these AC beams on your roof as shown above. Note that this method does not have much advantages for "flat" floor framing. For flat floor framing I would recommend you just use the conventional Revit Structural Framing Tools.
 
Also if you are not familiar with Adaptive Components I would highly recommend that you learn about them because they could make your Revit Modeling Life easier. 

Tuesday, November 28, 2017

CREATE A SOLID SWEEP IN DYNAMO

Here is a quick way to create a curved pipe in Dynamo by sweeping a circular profile along a "path".
See the image below


Note that the circular profile was not "drawn" on the curve. It was first drawn at 0,0,0 for simplicity then "relocated" using the transform node. As always there is more than one way to perform this task and this only creates Dynamo Geometry. Happy Sweeping!

Thursday, November 23, 2017

ORIENT BEAMS PERP TO SURFACE USING DYNAMOBIM

Have you ever wanted to orient your beams perp to the surface?
See the following image and learn how. Also click this link for the sample Revit file.  BEAM_ORIENTATION_START.RVT

Note that Adaptive Component Beams were used for this example for simplicity.
A more complex example using structural framing family beams to follow soon.




Friday, September 15, 2017

Place Structural Framing on Complex Surfaces in Revit Using Dynamo

Have you ever wanted to create Beam framing in Revit to follow complex roof surfaces? It's simple! Just use DynamoBIM
Follow the image below and you will be placing those beams in Revit in no time!


Wednesday, July 19, 2017

CHANGE THE FLOOR THICKNESS USING DYNAMO AND SET MIN THICKNESS BASED ON ENGINEERING RULES OF THUMB

Ever wanted to change the floor thickness type property of your structural floor slab using Dynamo? If so why not also make it so it uses logic or an engineering rule of thumb? See the image below to get started.
Note: Feel free to use your own rules of thumb for min slab thickness. If you are not sure what rule of thumb to use ask your fellow structural engineer!

Sunday, July 16, 2017

CONVERT YOUR REVIT ANALYTICAL BEAMS AND PTS TO SOLIDS FOR RENDERING IN A GAME ENGINE

Have you ever wanted to visualize your Revit Analytical Model in a Real Time Game engine? Since Revit analytical beams and points are not solid or area elements they are not easily viewed in a game engine until now! Use the image below to do this and have fun visualizing those Revit analysis models.

Saturday, July 15, 2017

REORDER LISTS BY FUNCTION (POINTS REORDERED USING "X" COORDINATE)

If you ever wanted to reorder your lists using "logic" in dynamo try using the "listbyfunction" node. Its easy to use and fun! See the example reordering a list of points by the x coordinate.