This blog holds a lot of significance for the users of Revit structure because I am going to discuss about technicalities of dealing with structural columns in context of structural modeling. Structural columns are indispensable part of structural framework since they are wholeheartedly accountable for bearing the maximum load of the building. And hence their proper placement in 3D model is absolutely crucial for design development team for the intended purpose of generating constructive structural design.
Tackling the complexities of placing columns in 3D model
- There is no denying the fact that there is a substantial amount of similarity between architectural columns and structural columns. But due to their configuration structural columns can be distinguished from architectural columns in terms of their properties. Their additional properties are defined by their configuration and relevant industry standards.
- Structural columns are joined by other structural elements such as braces and beams etc.
- Structural Column Tools of Revit Structure are used by design team members for placing columns in 3D model.
- Structural columns can be categorized as ‘Vertical Structural Columns’ and ‘Slanted Structural Columns.’
- For adding vertical structural columns in structural models Revit users should first approach Structural tab, then Structural Panel and finally select Column.
- After that users must go to Properties palette and choose column type by approaching Type Selector drop-down option.
- Once column type is chosen by users they should then specify a few things in Options Bar such as rotate the column after placement and chose a level for the base of the column etc.
- After this Revit users should click on to place the column.
- Apart from vertical columns slanted structural columns are also used largely by the design professionals especially in complex and high profile structures. When users place slanted column is a model its top generally have higher elevation compared to its base.
- The associated levels as well as the offset of the columns are generally defined with the assistance of 1st Click and 2nd Click settings.
- Revit users must know that Slanted columns never reflect in graphical column schedules.
- Element properties that are associated with graphical column schedules are never reflected by slanted columns.
With the above mentioned description of structural columns users of Revit structure can effectively include columns in 3D structural model.
Bhagwati Pathak is an Executive Director at Tesla Outsourcing Services. Technical Project Management, BIM, Client Management, and Leadership are her forte. With an expertise in BIM and a flair for writing, her articles provide a direction to contractors, sub-contractors, engineers, and architects in employing the right methodology for an Architectural, Structural, or MEP CAD / BIM project.