Join Eric Wing for an in-depth discussion in this video Creating beam tags, part of Revit: Structural Families.
- This video's really simple but it's good to know this stuff. If you want to see more than the default beam tag that comes in when we tag a beam, we need to make edits to the default tag that comes in when we place a beam. I'd like to model a beam, tag it and edit the tag. We'll then look at other methods of tagging beams on our way. So, to get started, let's actually start a new project using the structural template. On the structure tab I'm going to click the beam button, I want to make sure we click "Tag on Placement" on the tag panel.
I'm going to pick a point here, I'm going to pick a point here, I'm going to hit escape. Now what I'd like to do is actually select my beam. In the properties I want to scroll down until we find number of studs. Let's put in 24 and hit enter. Nothing happens because we don't have anything telling the beam tag to record this. So let's edit the beam tag. Let's select the W12X26, let's click on "Edit Family".
First thing I want to do is select my label. Let's click the Edit Type button, I just want to change my width factor to be .8. Let's click "Apply". Let's click "OK". Hit escape a couple times. Now, I'm going to select my label right here in the middle, and on the label panel I'm going to click on "Edit Label". Notice I can drag in any parameter that I want that was in our properties dialogue when we selected the beam. What I want to do is find number of studs, and I want to click the "Add Parameter" button right here.
But under my sample value, my suffix, I just want to put a hyphen in here. So we're going to have our type name, then the number of studs that are on the beam. If we click "Break", that means it would wrap the number of studs below the type name. We don't really want to do that. So we're just going to click "Apply", we're going to click "OK". The number of studs seems a little bit big so we can always go back in and edit the label by either clicking edit label here or click edit over here. For my sample value I just want to put a number.
I'll type in 20, I'll click "OK". Then this gives us a little better of an idea of what it's going to look like. Now with frame a like this you don't really need to save it, you could, but we could simply load this into the project and it would update it. So let's click "Load into Project". Let's overwrite the existing version. Now we have 24 studs. And of course when we select the beam we can change it to any number we want.
If we get rid of it it will just get rid of the studs but it will keep the hyphen. It's up to you if you want to keep the hyphen in the name or not. So I'm going to select a beam again, I'm going to add the number of studs to 20. I'm going to click "Apply". They'd be 12x26 - 20 studs. So, you have to have proper tags to make your drawings look nice.
Following an overview of the basics, Eric provides specific instructions on modeling different types of families: foundation, framing, annotation, and truss families. He'll show how to perform 3D extrusions and build in flexibility with parameters, as well as create formulas, array parameters, and lookup tables.
- Understanding parameters and reference planes
- Creating extrusions and sweeps
- Cutting voids
- Building stepped-footing and other foundation families
- Creating columns
- Adding framing
- Working with metals
- Creating tags and annotations
- Printing sheets
- Creating trusses