Chapter 8

Structural Items

Well, we can’t avoid the topic of structure forever. Because you need to consider your structure from pretty much the beginning of the project, I had better add it to the first half of the book before we get too carried away!

In this chapter, you will learn about:

  • Adding structural grids
  • Adding structural columns
  • Using structural framing
  • Understanding foundation systems
  • Adding structural footings
  • Using structural views

Adding Structural Grids

The Autodesk® Revit® Architecture 2013 program marks the first time that the full Revit Architecture, Structure, and MEP applications are blended together into one complete application. This gives you, the architect, the same full spectrum of structural tools as your structural consultant. How far you, as architect, delve into the structural design of your projects is between you and your structural consultant.

This chapter delves into the structural world by presenting the basic functions of structural architecture. The first item you will tackle is usually the first item in the model: structural grids. Although you add structural grids line by line, you will soon discover that these grids are just as “smart” as the rest of Revit. The starting point for all things structural is most certainly the grid. In Revit, you will find quickly that placing a structural grid into a model is not a complicated task. Grids are essentially placed one line at a time. Those lines you place, however, have “intelligence.” For example, ...

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