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    Revit OpEd: Ceiling Grid in Navisworks

    Revit doesn't export the grid pattern of ceilings when you export to Navisworks. The grid pattern is really just a "hatch" pattern, fill pattern in Revit lingo. No joy if you want to see the grid in your export to .NWC. I responded to a post at RevitForum.org last week with this approach to get a fairly realistic result in Navisworks.

    I'm to inclined to distort the use of Sloped Glazing (roof tool).

    The steps are as follows:
    • Create a mullion type that is the dimensions or even the actual profile for the tee.
    • Assign it to the Sloped Glazing roof type.
    • If you want the wall "L" create a different mullion type for that, assign it to the boundaries.
    • Assign the Empty Panel curtain panel type.
    • Pick wall to define the boundaries of the "ceiling grid".
    • Use a regular ceiling without a pattern set to the drop-in tile thickness and let them occupy the same space.

    Get a little further carried away and use panels for the ceiling tiles. Put empty panels where non-hosted light fixtures should go in the "holes" for the lights. I used this approach a few years ago to render a room so I could experiment with getting better depth at the tile and tee edges etc.

    Looks like the attached images:

    Navis 3D view


    Type Properties Dialog


    Revit 3D View





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