A handy tip for Section Shapes in Revit Structural Framing and Columns

Here’s an interesting and useful tip for your Autodesk Revit Structural Framing and Columns. When you read it, the first thing you will ask is ‘why isn’t this setup like this by default?’ well… I’m guessing because the feature I will be using only came into Revit a couple of years back, and the shipped content in Revit has never been updated (I stand to be corrected).

Ever needed to calculate the total area covered by columns, or to schedule the timber stud wall components section profile size? Well if you have and found you couldn’t, then read on…

This example will convert and then schedule the timber stud work using the Revit Extensions. If you haven't seen this tool, then go to your Autodesk Profile and into Management Products & Services. Click on Revit and look in the Downloads list for Revit Extensions. There are a few gems in there!

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So, after selecting my ‘normal’ Revit stud walls, I select the Wood Framing Walls tool from the Extensions tab.

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Working through the dialog options, I enter the required setting out values and profile etc.

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Click Finish and voila. Also, you can duplicate your 3D view and then hide the ‘normal’ walls to display the stud-work.

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Now to schedule the studs I create a Structural Framing Schedule:

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If you follow this, you will notice that there are no options for the stud cross section in the standard structural framing fields.

I could use the Type parameter - BUT as we all know, this relies on whoever creates the family naming things correctly.

To resolve this, edit the Schedule table and in the Fields tab> Select available fields from drop-down, and switch to Section Shape. You will now be able to add both Section Shape types: Width and Height.

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But hang on - the schedule is still blank!

The reason for this is that none of the structural framing (or column) families have had their section profile and parameters set up.

To do this, open the family and in the Properties, change the Section Shape from Not Defined, to the correct shape for your chosen family. In the case of the stud work, select Rectangle.

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Next set the Structural Section Geometry parameters for Width and Height to the Dimension values which define the size.

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Save, and then load the family back into your project and hey presto!

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