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Adding columns

From: Revit Architecture 2011 Essential Training

Video: Adding columns

Most buildings have columns, in at least some locations. Even many houses have a column or two in the basement, or on the exterior portico. Whether your project has one column or hundreds, the process to add them is fairly simple. In this lesson, we'll look at adding columns to a project that has column grids, and we'll also look at how we can add columns freestanding without grids. There are actually two kinds of columns in Revit. There is an Architectural column and a Structural column. The process to add them is fairly similar. The use case for each is slightly different. The Architectural columns are typically intended for an architect to use for placement purposes and/or to be used more like a column wrap, or a finished column material, where the Structural columns are typically used for the actual structural material that's holding up the building.

Adding columns

Most buildings have columns, in at least some locations. Even many houses have a column or two in the basement, or on the exterior portico. Whether your project has one column or hundreds, the process to add them is fairly simple. In this lesson, we'll look at adding columns to a project that has column grids, and we'll also look at how we can add columns freestanding without grids. There are actually two kinds of columns in Revit. There is an Architectural column and a Structural column. The process to add them is fairly similar. The use case for each is slightly different. The Architectural columns are typically intended for an architect to use for placement purposes and/or to be used more like a column wrap, or a finished column material, where the Structural columns are typically used for the actual structural material that's holding up the building.

So do you need to use both? No, you can use one or the other, but you certainly can use both together in the same project, if you want to. Both would be found here with the Column tool. If you click the dropdown portion of the button, you can see them both clearly listed: Structural Column and Architectural Column. Now I'm going to start this lesson with the Architectural column. Again, these tend to be graphically more simple. They don't tend to evoke material or structural capabilities; rather, they just mean to show that there is a post here, or a column here, and so forth.

Now, if you want add a freestanding column, it's as simple as just clicking. A column can go anywhere that it likes to go. Now I'm going to zoom in slightly here. If an Architectural column happens to intersect a wall, you're going to see that the column will actually merge into the wall material. So that's actually a really handy feature. I'm going to undo the placement of those previous two columns. Since we have a column grid here that was actually created in the Grids lesson, and I have fleshed it out a little bit and added a few of the missing grids, we're going to go ahead and place these columns relative to those gridlines.

Now let's talk about some of the options that appear before we actually place the real columns here. The first thing I'd like to talk about is this is our first command where we're seeing the Options bar in Revit. So that's this slot of space that appears here horizontally across the top of the screen. There are a few settings here: Rotate after placement, the Height of the column, Room Bounding, and so on. We'll talk about Room Bounding in a much later movie. Let's talk about Height right now. What this is going to show us is all the levels that are available in our project.

So we talked about levels in a previous movie, and we did talk about the importance of levels as our sort of horizontal datums running through the project. We're working on Level 1 right now, as you can see in the Project browser, the Level 1 floor plan. The default behavior for an Architectural column is for it to go up to Level 2. You can see grayed out next to it that that makes a 9-foot tall column, in this case. That behavior is what I want to accept. So I'm going to go ahead and choose that, but notice that I could take these columns and put them all the way up to either the Low Roof or the High Roof, if I wanted to.

I could even make them Unconnected, which would allow me to type in any height that I like. So I could make the columns 15 feet tall, 20 feet tall, whatever I need it to be. So pay attention to that setting right there. Over here on the Properties palette, we can do a couple of things. We can choose the size of column we're interested in. The template that we began this project with includes three different sizes: a 24" x 24" and 18" x 20" and 18" x 18". I'm going to go with the 24" x 24". And then this setting right here is a pretty nice setting. Because we're going to place the columns relative to column grids, this setting will actually keep them attached to the column grids.

I'm going to go ahead and place a few and show you how that setting behaves. Now notice when I put my mouse nearby the gridlines, Revit will automatically sense those and highlight them for me. So all I have to do is click, and that column is now attached to that grid intersection. So it's a pretty quick process of just sort of moving around the building and snapping to those column grid intersections to get these columns placed precisely at those locations and attaching them directly to those gridlines.

Now, once I've done that, to complete the command, like any command, I can click the Modify tool, or press Escape twice, and let's go ahead and see what that behavior that was on the Properties palette is all about. If I were to move this grid line, notice how that's going to take all the columns along with it. So that Attachment option that we had there, if that box is unchecked, the columns would stay behind. But with it checked, the column grid actually has control over the position of all the columns. And that's a first indication of sort of a constraint system in Revit.

We're going to see tons of examples of this throughout the software, but that's just our first example of that.

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Revit Architecture 2011 Essential Training

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  1. 1m 59s
    1. Welcome
      1m 27s
    2. Using the exercise files
      32s
  2. 13m 45s
    1. Introducing building information modeling (BIM)
      3m 0s
    2. Working in one model with many views
      5m 51s
    3. Understanding Revit element hierarchy
      4m 54s
  3. 47m 31s
    1. Using the Recent Files screen and the Application menu
      3m 21s
    2. Using the Ribbon and the Quick Access Toolbar (QAT)
      5m 3s
    3. Understanding context ribbons
      3m 0s
    4. Using the Project Browser and navigating views
      7m 37s
    5. Using the Properties palette
      10m 1s
    6. Selection and modification basics
      10m 27s
    7. Accessing Revit options
      8m 2s
  4. 42m 18s
    1. Creating a new project
      3m 26s
    2. Understanding the importance of template files
      5m 7s
    3. Understanding project settings
      6m 9s
    4. Opening and saving projects
      9m 9s
    5. Adding levels
      5m 0s
    6. Adding grids
      8m 41s
    7. Adding columns
      4m 46s
  5. 58m 21s
    1. Adding walls
      8m 39s
    2. Using snaps
      6m 39s
    3. Understanding wall properties and wall types
      7m 24s
    4. Locating walls
      7m 34s
    5. Using the modify tools
      7m 33s
    6. Adding doors and windows
      6m 37s
    7. Using constraints
      4m 47s
    8. Adding plumbing fixtures and other components
      4m 8s
    9. Using Autodesk Seek
      5m 0s
  6. 50m 52s
    1. Working with DWG files
      7m 51s
    2. Creating topography from a DWG link
      7m 45s
    3. Understanding CAD inserts
      6m 8s
    4. Using import tips
      4m 6s
    5. Creating a group
      9m 20s
    6. Working with Revit links
      9m 3s
    7. Managing links
      5m 51s
    8. Understanding file formats
      48s
  7. 1h 2m
    1. Working with floors
      8m 37s
    2. Working with footprint roofs
      7m 13s
    3. Working with extrusion roofs
      6m 0s
    4. Roof modifications and examples
      6m 27s
    5. Working with slope arrows
      6m 17s
    6. Adding openings
      8m 13s
    7. Working with stairs
      7m 41s
    8. Working with railings
      4m 29s
    9. Working with ceilings
      7m 36s
  8. 35m 52s
    1. Creating a custom basic wall type
      6m 10s
    2. Understanding stacked walls
      7m 31s
    3. Adding curtain walls
      6m 50s
    4. Adding curtain grids, mullions, and panels
      6m 44s
    5. Creating wall sweeps
      8m 37s
  9. 32m 43s
    1. Using object styles
      4m 45s
    2. Working with visibility/graphic overrides
      6m 52s
    3. Using Hide/Isolate
      7m 11s
    4. Understanding view range
      7m 40s
    5. Using the Linework tool
      4m 2s
    6. Using cutaway views
      2m 13s
  10. 21m 44s
    1. Adding rooms
      7m 4s
    2. Controlling room numbering
      8m 16s
    3. Understanding room bounding elements
      6m 24s
  11. 27m 2s
    1. Understanding tags
      7m 42s
    2. Adding schedules
      6m 50s
    3. Modifying schedules
      6m 8s
    4. Creating a key schedule
      6m 22s
  12. 48m 38s
    1. Adding text
      7m 21s
    2. Adding dimensions
      7m 26s
    3. Adding symbols
      3m 54s
    4. Adding legend views
      4m 42s
    5. Creating a detail callout
      6m 25s
    6. Using detail components
      9m 36s
    7. Adding filled and masking regions
      9m 14s
  13. 34m 39s
    1. Understanding families
      2m 37s
    2. Using reference planes, parameters, and constraints
      10m 46s
    3. Adding solid geometry
      8m 40s
    4. Adding void geometry
      4m 49s
    5. Completing the family
      7m 47s
  14. 32m 6s
    1. Adding sheets
      7m 58s
    2. Working with placeholder sheets
      4m 16s
    3. Outputting sheets to a DWF file
      6m 5s
    4. Exporting to AutoCAD
      5m 50s
    5. Plotting and creating a PDF
      7m 57s
  15. 25s
    1. Goodbye
      25s

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