Friday, 17 June 2011

Modelling Floor Finishes–The FAST way!

Great blog from Joe Stott over at Revit Scratchpad showing a highly innovative way of creating floor finishes in a Revit model.  Something which has baffled many people for a long time. I think although this is a workaround, this really is a workable solution and would like to see it become a specific tool in the next release of Revit.  Thanks Joe!

"Well, after a little Twitter banter between myself and David Light last night regarding modelling floor finished I appear to have spent the day trying to figure out how we can model floor finishes within our projects efficiently. I say efficiently because this is something we have tried before but found it to be pretty labour intensive and a little too similar to polylining in AutoCAD for my liking. Previous attempts of modelling floor finishes using thin floor types proved painfully slow and inflexible.. Whilst this approach did achieve its purpose of providing us modelled floor finishes it entailed endless updating when things changes such as wall build-ups. When this happened we had to modify the sketch of the floors to match the new wall face (and yet we could of locked it but i hate locking the model down too much).

The alternative to this would be use the room parameters to provide floor finish information which is OK but only gets you so far. As soon as a room contains more than one finish (which they almost always do) this method either becomes overly complicated or else breaks down completely.

So, my cunning plan is to model the floor finishes in each room like the floor type method but this time using ceilings instead of floors…. Yes, that does sound a little daft i know but honestly, I think its going to work a treat and here's why..." 
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