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    Underground car park signage/graphics best practice

    On one of our project we will soon be producing drawings from the model to show the extend of signage/graphic for way finding etc (see attached for samples).

    Having not done this before I'm wondering how to do this in Revit and what is best practice? I want to avoid there being a set of dwg's out side of revit as we are required to have this in the model and I don't think it's quicker to link in a bunch or dwg's for many walls long term especially as the model may change over time.

    Area's which will receive graphics are: Floors, walls and columns. The way I see it there are a few ways I could do these, maybe it's a case of doing it case by case and deciding on the best/fastest methods?

    - Families for lettering/numbers?
    - Split faces and paint for shapes or families? (Material can have both blockwork hatch and colour, can use filters also)
    - Second wall for paint? (Will hide blockwork hatch patern)

    - Use parking category families? (Floor hosted, not so flexible for random shapes but good for 3d lettering) Our floors are sloped also for drainage
    - Split faces on the floor and paint?
    - New floor type for paint

    Columns (Structural)
    - Columns are in the structural model, can't use split faces on these. You can use split faces on architectural models
    - Arch columns for pattern/graphic or only painted area with splt faces
    - Graphic family (face hosted?)

    - Seem ideal for lettering/numbering (3d Text) and maybe graphics like arrows but less suitable for random shapes.
    - Do they need to be Wall/Floor/Face hosted? Floor graphics will have to follow the sloped floor.
    - Visible in views both 2d/3d
    - Which family type to use?

    Split Faces
    - I haven't used this much and don't know it's limitations but seems as flexible as you need shapes to be
    - Visible in all views both 2d/3d
    - Limited to Arch columns only

    Is there another way to do this I should look into using? Any advice much appreciated.



    Drawings will mostly be 2D views of walls/floors with dimensions for setting out purposes but we may also have some 3D graphical views to illustrate our intent
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    Last edited by Jozi; January 3, 2017, 02:06 PM.

    I have typically used hosted and face based families to represent the paint or other low profile decorations. BTW - that is one of the nicest parking garages I have seen.


      Originally posted by cganiere View Post
      that is one of the nicest parking garages I have seen.
      I agree.
      But this one is pretty cool, too.
      Eureka Tower Car Park Signage - Project - Architype
      Dave Plumb
      BWBR Architects; St Paul, MN

      CADsplaining: When a BIM rookie tells you how you should have done something.


        Those are just the reference images we are working with, I'm not sure what ours will look like as I'm not directly involved with it. I would like to do it right though and will be guiding them in best practice on getting it into the model.

        With hosted or facebased families, can they be made transparent so as you still see the blockwork hatch of the wall behind or do you deal with this in the material? Did you do everything his way, even random shapes/pasterns? How do you deal with say soffit height variations if you had a graphic floor to soffit with varying soffit heights, Do you scale it or build a height reference plane into the families to you can stretch it up?

        Really like those kind of graphics like in the Eureka tower! But how would you show this in the model


          having good signage in your model also is great to help clients & consultants find their way around in a navis freedom walk through
          Last edited by DaveP; January 4, 2017, 12:48 PM.

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