Join Eric Wing for an in-depth discussion in this video Stair and railing enhancements, part of BIM Tools Weekly.
- [Instructor] There has been some enhancements to stairs and railings, my favorite topic. Every year I sit here and hope for some good stuff. There's been some disappointment. This year, however, it's looking better. So this week, let's look at what's been enhanced to stairs and railings. We should also look at stuff to be careful of and what is still kind of needing some attention. I'm going to jump into the Revit course and I'm going to find a file where I want to add some stairs to. In my project browser, I'm going to go to floor plan level one.
On my Architecture tab, under Circulation, I'm going to click Stair. Everything here is basically the same. I'm going to click Run, make sure I have straight, but here's where it gets a little different. My base level is one, my top level is two, however, multistory stair is not available any more. We have to do it a little different. So I'm just going to pick a point here, go nine and nine, go in here, and pull it back.
Now what I need to do is physically connect the levels I want it to attach to. So now we have a multistory stairs tab. If we click Connect Levels, Revit's going to force us to another view. I'm going to go to Elevation South and then open that view up. Now I'm going to select these levels. I'm going to click Finish Edit Mode, and it's going to put them all the way up to the top. Pretty simple. Go to 3D View, nothing crazy here.
Now what I want to do, though, is I want to alter level four. I want to make that 32 feet. And then when I click off of it, the stair components are updated. Zoom out. Sure enough, they're updated, but you'll have to fix your floor to get them to work. It's not like they're going to extend them over and move them in. They're just going to recalculate the amount of treads. I'm going to undo that. One thing to look out for, though, is if you have a huge project and you change a level, it's going to talk a while to calculate that, I've found.
Also, if you're upgrading a project, it takes a while to calculate these also. Let's look at the railings. I'm going to go to a 3D view. I'm going to select this railing, and I'm going to delete it. Now, under Railing, if I click the dropdown, I'm going to place on stair ramp. Instead of the Handrail Rectangular, I dunno, I'll find Handrail Pipe, just to be contrary. Now I'm going to select my stair.
And it actually does it, and it does a pretty good job of it. It used to be you redoing your stairs, if you had your railing off, it was over. This is an awesome enhancement. Let's select this railing and delete it. I want to go to level one. This one's really cool. On Architecture, I'm just going to click Railing. Let's stick with the handrail pipe, that's fine. Now, I'm just going to randomly draw it, like about here, over to here, maybe up to here.
I know I'm not being very accurate. And out to here. Hit Escape a few times. Now I'm going to click Finish Edit Mode. Go to a 3D view, and of course, it has nothing to do with that railing, but now when I select my railing itself, and if I click Pick New Host, it's going to do it and it's going to keep my extension. The big thing Revit's still missing is the individual layout of our balusters.
That's still a huge problem. But this is pretty awesome. This next one really has me excited. I'm going to go to a model where I have a toposurface. I think you know what I'm going to do here. I'm going to go to floor plan level one, I'm going to click Railing. This time, maybe I'll use glass panel bottom fill. I'm just going to draw a giant railing.
Think about fencing. I'm going to click Finish, and again, it's all over the place. I'll go to 3D View. Select my railing, now I'm going to click on Pick New Host. I'm going to grab my topo. Yeah, we're going to get that. I'm going to close out. Look at that. I've been waiting for this for a long time.
It actually works pretty well. The last one was awesome, wasn't it? Next week, let's take a look at see how we can create curbing with this new feature.
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