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    Difference Between Floor Plans and Structural Plans

    Hello,

    I cannot understand which is the real difference between making a Floor Plan and making a Structural Plan? I just made both of them and the settings look pretty much the same.In which plan is better to design?



    Thanks in advance.

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    Hi there,
    A few items come to mind:
    - the label of Structural Plan can be used to organize within Project Browser, separately from Floor Plan
    - it has an option for column symbolic offset
    - it has the option of looking down or up : Help
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    the view ranges by default are different one is set more to show structural items while the other is set to show more of whats in the room
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    Last edited by Darius; October 25th, 2016 at 12:05 PM.

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    Hi all,

    Thanks for your answers!!
    But I can't understand when I should design in an architectural plan and when in an structural plan.
    Last edited by MARIA1993; October 25th, 2016 at 12:05 PM.

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    structural plan should be the structural elements and floor plan should be the architectual. Or atleast that is the thought behind creating them both at the same time. and Y they have different heights how ever they both look down.

    Ceiling plans look up

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    Hi Maria,
    It all boils down to file organization and the default look/feel of your structural plan. The architectural plan can only look down, while the structural plan can behave either like a plan or like a ceiling plan. It really mostly comes down to how you want your Browser to be organized. A ceiling plan can be made to be identical to a structural plan that looks up while an architectural plan can be made to look identical to a structural plan that looks down. I prefer to use Structural plans to show my structural elements because I like them to be easily found in my browser.
    Hope that helps,
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    Responding differently...if you are responsible for framing framing or structural documentation, showing how the structure will work in the design then you'll probably want to use the Structural Plan view type. It is primarily intended for a structural engineer for example. If you don't have that responsibility then you may not need such a view type. It isn't different than having a separate plan view for furniture or finishes except Revit doesn't go that far when choosing to create a plan view.

    Keep in mind that both kinds of views are showing the same model, relative to the same level of the project but potentially with a different bias either for documenting a different aspect of the design or merely to make it easier to create/isolate portions of the model.

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    All of these plans can look up or down the defaults are structural and floor plans look down and ceiling plans look up there are properties to change these settings

    the color scheme stuff also disappears on ceiling plans
    Attached Thumbnails Attached Thumbnails Difference Between Floor Plans and Structural Plans-ceiling-properties.jpg   Difference Between Floor Plans and Structural Plans-floor-properties.jpg  
    Last edited by Darius; October 25th, 2016 at 12:44 PM.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Darius
    ...All of these plans can look up or down...
    That's true for the Underlay Orientation parameter. Glynnis is referring to the view's Type Parameter View Direction, which is not a property of floor or ceiling plans.

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    Steve

    the type parameter only seems to show up on structural plan view not ceiling or floor is this correct?
    Attached Thumbnails Attached Thumbnails Difference Between Floor Plans and Structural Plans-ceiling-type-parameters.jpg   Difference Between Floor Plans and Structural Plans-floor-type-parameters.jpg   Difference Between Floor Plans and Structural Plans-structural-type-parameters.jpg  
    Last edited by Darius; October 25th, 2016 at 01:42 PM.

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