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    Shade for denoting load bearing elements under?

    Hi All,

    I am a long time member but this is my first post! i have searched this forum and cannot find a thread for my problem.

    i would like to know if it is possible to show load bearing elements from the level below with dashed outline and a shaded infill? Revit currently shows a dashed outline for elements under, but i cannot get it to automatically show any sort of infill. :banghead:

    We shade load bearing elements (columns, Walls etc.) from the level under with a grey shade.
    Currently we create a new view (separate to the final slab view) then use filled regions to shade all load bearing elements under. This view will have only the shade shown, no other elements. Then we overlay it on top of the final sheet. As you can imaging this is a major pain in the A$$! it take a long time as we have a lot of load bearing elements in our projects, Also when a load bearing element moves we then have to manually go in and move the filled region to suit the new position! :banghead: Unfortunately as this is our company standard from the days of auto cad my boss is adamant on shown load bearing elements this way!

    Anyone else on the forum have this as a company standard?

    Any help or ideas would be greatly appreciated.



    yes it is possible.

    You have 2 possible options.

    Method 1. A sole view that shows elements Under included in the same view.
    Method 2. Two views managed seperately, and one is super-posed over the other view. (ie one view that shows level 1, and one view that shows only the load bearing walls of level 0) Then on the sheet we place level 1, and level 0 super-posed over the top.

    The easiest way to manage it is with filters. But with 2 views, the filters become a bit superfluous, except for maybe filtering out non-load bearing elements.

    Pros and cons

    Method 1.
    Pro- one view only to manage

    Con- You have to add a transparency to your slab and walls, and this causes other issues with other elements that are underneath your slab (such as a concrete beam for example) This can all be managed through the graphics, but it just causes other complications. Needs a well thought list of filters (generally about 10 to 15 things to add and manage in your filters). Sometimes there are other complications with printing, depending on your printer but often PDF printing has complications with - especially solid grey hatching and elements obscuring each other.

    Method 2.
    Pro- generally its clean and crisp and works nicely and doesn't need filters (or very few maybe 4 or 5) I have also found that this method has less complications with PDF printing.

    Con- You have double the amount of views in your project browser, sliding one view on to the other you need to be careful with alignment of the views, dimensioning load bearing elements and the active level must be managed in seperate views (and then make sure your dimensions dont overlay and obscure each other for example)

    Both methods work, in general,
    Last edited by Karalon10; May 3, 2017, 09:49 AM.


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