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    Brick/Block Coursing Layout Family

    Anyone have the brick/block coursing layout family they could share? Should be a UK family which we don't have loaded here.

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    Hi Chris,

    I've uploaded the horizontal and vertical coursing guide families that are installed with Revit's Metric dataset to my dropbox:
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    If it helps, there are some PDF guide's in case you need any guidance on brick and blockwork which I've linked below:
    Blockwork (CMU):
    Pages 5-7 of the guide below will give you the technical information for both horizontal and vertical
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    Brickwork:
    Simple 2 page guide that covers brickwork setting
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    HTH
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    I don't know how consistent brick sizes are in Canada or the UK, but there is often an annoying amount of variation between manufacturers in the US in bricks that are supposed to be the same size, even coming down to which plant they come from. Shouldn't change your layout jig too much, but definitely something to be aware of through the design process.
    Attached Thumbnails Attached Thumbnails Brick/Block Coursing Layout Family-beldenqueen.png   Brick/Block Coursing Layout Family-trianglequeen.png   Brick/Block Coursing Layout Family-acmequeen.png  

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    The standard metric brick is 215x102.5x65mm and doesn't change size at all. There are of course natural variations due to the production process but there are acceptable tolerances which must be met. Manufacturers also have their own 'Special' bricks which can vary from manufacturer to manufacturer e.g. https://www.ibstock.com/wp-content/u...o-Specials.pdf

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    Quote Originally Posted by BLothian View Post
    The standard metric brick is 215x102.5x65mm and doesn't change size at all. There are of course natural variations due to the production process but there are acceptable tolerances which must be met. Manufacturers also have their own 'Special' bricks which can vary from manufacturer to manufacturer e.g. https://www.ibstock.com/wp-content/u...o-Specials.pdf
    In Canada a standard modular brick size is 90x190x57 3 vertical courses = 200mm.
    Working on a project that decided roman was a good brick size to use. I didn't want to try and figure out all the maths needed... hence the layout tool, which seems to only be available in UK content.

    Appreciate the families. I'll adjust them to suit my needs.

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    Quote Originally Posted by BLothian View Post
    I've uploaded the horizontal and vertical coursing guide families that are installed with Revit's Metric dataset to my dropbox:
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    how have I never seen those?!?!

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    I've customized that family since when I started with my current firm that does nothing but custom Masonry designs....I've made a few improvements.
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    If youre going to build or edit those components to work with Imperial units, i recommend building it out of "two arrays." One array that is however many items you need to make an even dimension, and then a smaller array for the "remainder."

    For instance, Standard brick here is 3 courses = 8 inches. That comes out to 2 171/256" in Revit, but three bricks do NOT equal 8 inches... They grow by 1/256". Over the course of a tall building, that adds up. You can work around it with how you nest your components, and array them, if you dont mind doing some math.

    For that reason, i keep two versions: A Plan version (much simpler) and the Section Version. Both allow you to start with or without a joint. The section version works on the double array.
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    Another way to manage this is to allow the joints to contract and expand parametrically based on the overall length/height within some set predefined range.

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    Yuck. id lose my **** if someone did that here.

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