|Grenada - stairway to nowhere|
In late 2011 I started beta testing the new Revit component based stair tools, and I learned a lot about the subtleties - both good things and shortcomings. In early 2012, the new tools were released as part of Revit 2013. In May 2012 I did a presentation on the new stair tools at the Revit Technology Conference in Wollongong, NSW, Australia.
In Revit v2014, very little changed - just a few minor tweaks that developed in response to beta testing feedback.
Since then I have published sections of my RTC presentation on this blog, along with a few tricks I have learned since then.
Here is a summary index to all my posts on stairs and railings.
- Stair Landings - Part 1 Creation
- Stair Landings - Part 2 Modification
- Multistorey Stairs - Method 1: Virtual upper levels - "Multistory Top Level"
- Multistorey Stairs - Method 2: Modelled upper levels
- Spiral and Curved Stairs
- Winder Stairs
- U-Shape Winder Stairs
- Stair Shape Handles
- Stair by Component Sketch
- Stair Component Sketch Rules
- Tapered Stairs
- Selecting Stairs, Railings and their sub-components
- Weird Stair Stuff - part 1 - Stairs in Groups
- Weird Stair Stuff - part 2 - Minimum Tread Width Warning
- Weird Stair Stuff - part 3 - Detail plan views
- Weird Stair Stuff - part 4 - Stair Subcategory Overrides
- Weird Stair Stuff - part 5 - Top Riser Line Missing
- Weird Stair Stuff - part 6 - Showing Concrete Stairs Under Tread Finishes
- Weird Stair Stuff - True 3D RCP View of a Stair in Revit
- Weird Stair Stuff - part 7 - No Array in Stair Sketch
- Weird Stair Stuff - part 8 - Stair Joins in Section
- Stair Subcategories
- In-Place Family Stair Category - Do Not Use It
- Stair Subcategory Overrides
- Railing Subcategory Overrides
- Multistorey Railings - Method 1: Virtual upper levels - "Multistory Top Level"
- Multistorey Railings - Method 2: Modelled upper levels - "Railings with Warnings"
- Railings - Top Rail Properties
- Weird Railing Stuff - part 1 - Top Rail Transitions
- Weird Railing Stuff - part 2 - Railing Extents
- Weird Railing Stuff - part 3 - Railing Sketch Offsets & Transitions
- Weird Railing Stuff - part 4 - Rail Termination Visibility
- Weird Railing Stuff - part 5 - Rail Extension Length
- Weird Railing Stuff - part 6 - Subcategory Over-rides
- Weird Railing Stuff - part 7 - Support Spacing
- Weird Railing Stuff - part 7a - Support Spacing Postscript
- Weird Railing Stuff - part 8 - Moving Handrail Supports
- Weird Railing Stuff - part 9 - Handrail Supports on Multistorey Stairs (Revit v2018)
- Weird Railing Stuff - part 10 - Split Railings
- Weird Railing Stuff - part 11 - Rail Heights
- Weird Railing Stuff - part 12 - Top vs Handrail Terminology
- Weird Railing Stuff - part 13 - Handrail Support Family Types
- Weird Railing Stuff - part 14 - Railing Baluster Height Top Offset
- Weird Railing Stuff - part 15 - Railing Lateral Offsets
- Weird Railing Stuff - part 16 - Rail Hand Clearance Property
- Weird Railing Stuff - part 17 - Stepped Railing
Revit Stair and Railing Enhancement Requests
Autodesk now have a 'Revit Ideas' website that allows you to add your own enhancement requests and vote for those posted by others. If any idea gets sufficient votes, Autodesk might just implement the feature, so I have compiled a list of stair/railing related ideas - why not head over there and vote for some of these requests, in the hope that they finally get fixed. We are getting a little fed up with temporary solutions . . . .
|Temporary Bamboo Staircase - Myanmar|
Stairs with No RailingsWe are still waiting for an overhaul for the railing tools. In the meantime, we have to live without - so here are some stairs with no railings:
|Bayamo, Cuba - No railings to impede the morning dash for the train|
|Elbe Mountains, Nr Dresden, Germany|
Stair Path Arrows
In my series of blog posts, by far the most popular has been the one on Stair Arrows. What that tells me is that my initial gut feelings about the change of method from inbuilt stair arrows to stair direction tags was correct - it is clunky and not intuitive! The pity is that it is not such a bad idea to use tags - it just isn't well executed. It could easily be improved by:
- allowing us to duplicate views with stair arrows;
- copy and paste stair arrows from one view to another;
- tag all untagged stairs
|Pailon Del Diablo, Ecuador|
|Ladder Via Crucis, Spain|