Revit Stairs Workshop
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Creating the correct railing system


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Revit Stairs Workshop

with Eric Wing

Video: Creating the correct railing system

In this lesson, we are going to be creating a railing system to host a Glass panel. This is probably the most difficult type of rail system. So difficult that there is no real good answer for all the combinations that are thrown at us in the attempt to trying to create a panel family, then integrating it with the railing system. Corners are extremely difficult and forget about panels on a radial landing altogether. There's a way around that though. The objective of this lesson is to create a railing that will be the host of a Glass panel. We will do that by altering an existing railing system. To get started, find the Revit model called panels and stringers, and make sure that you're in the default 3-D view. Once you're in the default three D view, zoom in on the staircase that's in the building.

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2h 18m Beginner Sep 12, 2012

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In this workshop, veteran trainer Eric Wing teaches the basic techniques you need to create pretty much any kind of stairs you can envision in Revit Architecture 2013. Discover how Revit handles stairs and how to work around some of the problems you may encounter. Then get practice designing stairs for commercial and residential buildings, as well as winding stairs, custom railings, and ramps.

Topics include:
  • The anatomy of a stair
  • Creating a basic staircase
  • Drafting stairs with model lines
  • Creating a bullnose family
  • Adding a landing
  • Creating railings
  • Specialty stairs
Subjects:
video2brain CAD
Software:
Revit Architecture
Author:
Eric Wing

Creating the correct railing system

In this lesson, we are going to be creating a railing system to host a Glass panel. This is probably the most difficult type of rail system. So difficult that there is no real good answer for all the combinations that are thrown at us in the attempt to trying to create a panel family, then integrating it with the railing system. Corners are extremely difficult and forget about panels on a radial landing altogether. There's a way around that though. The objective of this lesson is to create a railing that will be the host of a Glass panel. We will do that by altering an existing railing system. To get started, find the Revit model called panels and stringers, and make sure that you're in the default 3-D view. Once you're in the default three D view, zoom in on the staircase that's in the building.

Select the railing that's closest to you. What we're going to do is, we're going to op to this railing, and duplicate it. For the railing, let's put it on guard rail pipe. Now let's click Edit type, now let's click Duplicate. And let's call it guardrail glass host and click OK. Let's chomp right into the rails structure and click the Edit button. Now you can see that there's quite a few rails. Our objective is to remain with two rails and have them be a square handrail profile with an aluminum material. To do that, click on the number seven.

You can tell that you'll be on it, because your cursor turns into a little black right facing arrow. Once you see that, click the Delete button. Click it again, click it again, click it again, and one more time, til we have rail one, and rail two, at three feet zero, and two foot seven. Let's continue over to change the profile. Instead of a circular handrail, let's hit the drop-down, let's scroll down to the bottom and select square handrail. For the material, let's change that to aluminum.

If you type in aluminum (audio playing) or alumin, you can select aluminum and click OK. For the rail 2, let's do the same exact thing. Let's change it to square handrail, one inch, and let's set the material for aluminum. Aluminum should come up by default now, so just click OK. Click Apply and click OK. Click OK again. Now this railing is set up the way we want it. Revit does do a good job at spacing out railings.

So, we can take what we can get out of revit, and apply our own stuff to it. As you can see, you could add as many or as few as you please in terms of railings. In this lesson, we were able to create a new railing system and change some of the intermittent rails to look good with glass.

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