Join Paul F. Aubin for an in-depth discussion in this video Adding railings, part of Revit 2018: Essential Training for Architecture (Imperial).
- [Instructor] In this video, I want to look at creating Railings. There's a couple of different ways we can do that and I'm going to start here on the Level two Floor Plan and create a Guardrail along the edge of this Floor slab. So I have this Open to Below space here and I need a Railing that goes along those two edges there. So to do that, on the Architecture tab, I'll look at the Railing button and notice that there is a drop-down next to it with two choices, I'll choose Sketch Path. Now, this takes us into a Sketch mode which looks very similar to other Sketch modes but one significant difference about the Railing Sketch is that when you look at the Draw shapes you have both the possibility of creating open and closed shapes.
So it really depends on the needs of the Railing, you're not required to do a closed shape in this case. Now, I certainly could Sketch it line by line using the Default tool and just sort of draw it where I want it to go but I actually prefer to use the Pick Lines wherever possible because this is going to allow me to actually trace over existing elements using the edges of really any geometry and model. Now I could touch those edges directly but that would put the Railing right on the edge of the Floor slab, I'd like to set it back just a little bit from that.
So over here in the Options bar I'm going to put in two inches for an Offset, then I'll zoom in a little bit closer on the edges of the floor here and you're able to highlight either up or down so I'm going to Offset that up and then over here to the left to create my two Sketch Lines. Now, you want to be really careful because I'm still in Pick Lines and anywhere else I click it'll try and create another Sketch Line. So I really only need those two Sketch Lines so I'm going to click the Modify tool to cancel out of any of the Draw modes.
I'll come over here and do my Previous Zoom on the Navigation bar and then I'm going to Zoom in down here at the bottom because this is just a little bit longer than I'd like it to be. So because I canceled out of the Draw mode I'm able to actually select the existing Sketch Line and Modify it. So I'll use the little grip control at the end and I'll just sort of stretch that back, that will display a dimension now and I'll put in the value that I want that to be, perhaps, four inches in this case to set that back.
Now I'll do Previous Zoom again and let's click Finish to complete the Railing. So once I've done that I'd probably want to take a look at it and kind of see what the results are and see if I'm satisfied. So I could create an elevation, I could create a section. There's a lot of ways we could look at it but I'd like to look at it in 3D and, specifically, I'd like to look at in Perspective. So it's actually really easy to create a 3D Perspective view, instead of clicking the Default 3D View icon, the little birdhouse, what we do is click the drop-down next to it and then we can access Camera.
Camera takes two clicks, you click first where you want the eye position or where you want to stay in and then you click in the direction you want to look. So I'm going to stay in maybe right about here and start dragging toward where I want to look. Now you want to drag not only in the direction you want to look but past all of the geometry 'cause that will set the proper depth for your Camera. So I'm just going to click past the back wall here and click, and notice that that will create the Perspective view, looking right at my Railing. Now, a really nice feature of the Perspective views is these are live views that you can actually edit in.
So when I look at this Railing if there was something about the Railing I didn't like, maybe I didn't want this particular Type, I could open up the drop-down here and I could choose a different Type for it. So maybe I just want a simple Handrail instead of the Guardrail, all right, I could make that change. Now, you can also assign a Host to this Sketch Railing. So remember, we just Sketched the Railing but if you want you can actually Host it to some other geometry. Right here, is a Pick New Host button and I'll Pick the Floor slab.
So now, if the Floor slab should move it'll take the Railing with it. You can use the Pick New Host on Floors, Roofs, Walls, even Topo surfaces. Okay, so the Pick New Host allows you a great deal of flexibility to tell this Railing what it should be attached to. Now notice that the Stair next to this landing, here, doesn't have a Railing as well so back on Architecture if we click the drop-down next to Railing, Place on Stair/Ramp is the other option. Now this will create a Railing and automatically Host it to either a Stair or a Ramp and we can do that right in Perspective view as well.
So what we want to do here is just choose the Type we want, so I'll choose Handrail - Pipe. You can choose between Tread or Stringer attachment. I'll go with Stringer and then you just touch the Stair, right here in the Perspective view and it will create those Railings. So the Perspective view can be a really nice way to not only visualize how things are shaping up but also make modifications as you go and save you the trouble of having to kind of keep switching back and forth between different kinds of views. So whether you're Sketching a Railing or placing it directly on a Stair or a Ramp Host, you have a great deal of flexibility in exactly how you create your Railing elements.
First, get comfortable with the Revit environment, and learn to set up a project and add the grids, levels, and dimensions that will anchor your design. Then author Paul F. Aubin helps you dive into modeling: adding walls, doors, and windows; using joins and constraints; creating and mirroring groups; linking to external assets and DWG files; and modeling floors, roofs, and ceilings.
Paul also shows advanced techniques for modeling stairs and complex walls, adding rooms, and creating schedules. Finally, discover how to annotate your drawings so all the components are clearly understood, and learn how to output sheets to DWF, PDF, or AutoCAD.
- Understanding BIM and the Revit element hierarchy
- Navigating views
- Creating a new project from a template
- Adding walls, doors, and windows
- Adding plumbing fixtures and other components
- Linking AutoCAD DWG files
- Rotating and aligning Revit links
- Working with footprint and extrusion roofs
- Adding openings
- Adding railings and extensions to stairs
- Creating stacked and curtain walls
- Hiding and isolating objects
- Adding rooms
- Creating schedule views and tags
- Adding text and dimensions
- Creating new families
- Using reference planes, parameters, and constraints
- Plotting and creating a PDF