Revit has come a long way in terms of modeling reinforcing bars. This video will guide you through the basics of adding area reinforcing, reinforcing parrallel and perpendicular to plane, sketched rebar as well as adding a reinforcing cage to a pier. We will also see how to view reinforcing unobstructed in a specific views.
- [Voiceover] Let's add some reinforcing to our foundation walls, our slabs, and to our piers. Under Projects, let's go Open. Let's find Rebar, let's click Open. First thing I'd like to do is put some area reinforcing in our slab here. So under Structural Plans, let's go to Level 1. Let's go to our Structure tab. Now let's take a look at our Reinforcement panel. Before we do anything, let's click the Reinforcement dropdown and take a look at some of our settings.
Let's go to our Rebar Cover Settings. So go ahead and select Rebar Cover Settings. We have a bunch of different predefined rebar cover settings here. We can make our own if we want, we can duplicate ones, but what these are if we hit OK and we select any kind of concrete wall, so I'm gonna select my pier right here. Now I'm gonna scroll down in the properties until I get to Structural. We see Rebar Cover - Top Face. These rebar covers are what we see when we hit Escape and we go to Reinforcement, Cover Settings.
So these cover settings go into our concrete items. Gonna hit Cancel. Hit my Reinforcement dropdown again. Let's go to Reinforcement Settings. Now we can go through the whole thing. So General, "Host structural rebar with area and path," that's fine. "Include hooks," sometimes it will, sometimes it will not. Now our rounding. We can round stuff off. The presentation, "Rebar Set in view." I like to show all. You might as well.
If you're gonna put it in, show it all. Area Reinforcement. So here's our value for our settings, so how we wanna label them, each way, each face. These are pretty standard. I haven't had to change them. Path reinforcement. Pretty much the same kind of thing. In Varying Rebar Set, we can number bars individually or as a whole. So our rebar sets, we can number them as an entire set or just the bars in this set. Click Cancel here. And what I'd like to do is, I wanna select this floor.
If you can't select it the way I just did it, make sure down here that your Select Elements by Face does not have a little red X mark next to it. Or if you can't select stuff, go head and pick a big window around it, go to Filter, click Check None, and let's just select Floors and hit OK. Now notice when we select a concrete element, we can add reinforcing. So what I wanna do is I wanna add Area Reinforcement. "Rebar Shape definitions will include hooks "and will ignore end treatments." That's fine.
Let's hit OK. Now what I wanna do is over here, let's set our rules. So I'm gonna scroll down, Top Major Direction Number Fours, that major hook is fine. That one foot, that's fine. Tap Minor, same thing. Let's turn our bottom off. Let's turn our bottom major and minor off. We're not gonna need that. Let's click Apply. Now we can either set the major direction or the first line we pick will be the major direction for our bars.
So under Draw, let's click on Pick Lines. I wanna pick this slab edge right here. Notice that this'll be our direction. Pick here, here, and here. Now I'm gonna click Finish and it's gonna put that in. And if we check out our note, we can keep it. We can put a bend in it. Number four is that one foot O top each way.
Okay. Let's go to our section over here. Zoom in. You can see that our rebar is in our slab, which is pretty cool. Let's put some reinforcing in here. So what I'd like to do is select this item right here, this wall, and let's click on the Rebar button right here. And what's gonna happen is this is gonna bring up our Rebar Shape browser. We can turn it on or turn it off. I wanna use Rebar Shape double-aught. And for my placement, I wanna place it perpendicular to cover.
So I'm gonna come in here. Now I'm gonna pop one right about here. Now I'm gonna hit Escape a few times. Now I'm gonna select this bar. Now for my layout, I want it to be maximum spacing, and I want that maximum spacing down here, type in 12 inches, it's gonna space it out at 12 inches. And that should stop it at our bottom rebar cover. To find out, just click the cover button. This will expose all the cover settings that we have.
So you can see those little green dotted lines. Those are our cover settings. Hit Escape. I'm gonna select these bars. I'm gonna type MM and I'm gonna mirror 'em. Now they're on the other side. I'm gonna select the foundation wall again. I'm gonna click Rebar. This time my placement will be parallel to work plane. So now when I put this in, it's gonna put one here. I'm gonna put one here. Hit Escape a couple times.
Now I'm gonna select this foundation wall. I'm gonna go Rebar. But this time what I'm gonna do is for my placement, I'm gonna click the dropdown and I'm gonna go Sketch Rebar. Now we need to select the wall again. I'm not sure why they make us do that, but we have to. Now I'm just gonna draw a dowel from here, down to here, over to here. Hit Escape a couple times, click Finish. There's a dowel. Now I can select that, type MM and mirror it.
Now we can grab the grip on our dowel and kinda slide it up. We're dialing it in. Very cool. Okay. Now what I'd like to do is reinforce one of our piers, so now I'm gonna go to Level 1, Structural Plan. I'm gonna go over here into the middle, so what I'm gonna do is I'm gonna click on the Section button. Now I'm gonna click a point from here to here. I'm gonna pull this section back in. I'm gonna open my section up.
I'm gonna change my scale, change it to half inch equals a foot. I'm gonna pull this down a little bit. I'm gonna set my detail level to Fine. Now what I'm gonna do is I'm gonna cut a section down through here. So I'm gonna go to Section again. This time I'm gonna click the dropdown and I'm gonna go to Detail. I'm gonna go from here to here. Looks like I gotta flip it, so I'm gonna flip it down. And we have a detail section. Now I'm gonna go to this section down here, I'm gonna widen my crop region, I'm gonna set my scale to half inch equals a foot.
Now I'm gonna select my pier. I'm gonna click on the Rebar button again, but this time I'm gonna scroll down and I'm gonna choose another shape. Here we go, Rebar Shape T1. Now we'll see we can just pop it in there wherever we want. Hit Escape a couple times. That's pretty thin, so I wanna change how thick my rebar is. So I wanna go to Manage. I want to go to Object Styles. I'm gonna scroll down to Structural Rebar.
Look at that, it's a one. Let's make it a six, and let's make it a six. Click Apply, click OK. It's a lot better. Now what I'm gonna do is I'm gonna select this rebar here. My layout is gonna be maximum spacing. Spacing will be 12 inches. But what I wanna do is I wanna see how this looks in other views. So View Visibility States, I'm gonna click Edit. In my 3D View, I wanna view it unobscured and I wanna view it as a solid.
And I wanna click OK. Hit Escape. Now what I'm gonna is I'm gonna select this pier, this footing, and I'm gonna click on this little button right here, Selection Box. I'm gonna change my scale to three quarters of an inch equals a foot. Notice now that I can see my rebar unobscured. I can see my rebar, slab rebar. There is a lot to rebar. If you wanna learn more, go to my concrete buildings and Revit structure course on Lynda.com
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