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    Question Best approach for creating an accessibility ramp from Architect?

    I have attached a screen shot of the accessibility ramp the Architect designed in AutoCAD. We have a fully working Revit Structure model of this building and we are more than pleased with the results. This building is a design for three separate buildings, but this particular building deviates from the other two with this ramp.

    My question is this: What would be the best approach for accomplishing the slopes? So far I've fiddled with it enough to make something but I'm not happy with my results. I've used Ramps and Walls but I'm not liking the results I'm getting. This is how I think I want to redesign this (btw, this building is constructed of mainly concrete and some CMU).

    • I want to create the end walls, where the landings will be. Then I think it would be best to cut a Section, then adjust the different heights by using the Edit Profile option.
    • Next, I will create the Walls that will be the "rails" that follow the slope of the ramps, back and forth. Same method as above, use the Edit Profile option to create the slopes.
    • Ramps, I'm not too sure. I don't know how to create a continuous ramp that goes back and forth, from bottom to top. Can I do this, or will I have multiple Ramps that I'll join together?

    Anyways, just looking for some tips to get me pointed in the right direction. Thanks in advance!

    - Tannar
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    Floors can have a slope as well. The ramp tool is a PIA - I usually use floors instead. Your railing wall could be done as a custom rail: http://www.revitforum.org/architectu...apet-beam.html

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    Yep, floors all the way. You can also attach your wall to the bottom of the floor, so no need to edit all those profiles. For the concrete railing, try putting in some RP's and attaching the walls to them, that way you don't have to edit the profile of those walls either. Or, even better, do a custom railing as Chad suggested.

    Since it looks like these ramps don't go over each other (they are all adjacent to each other in plan, right?), you could even create a single floor and modify the sub elements to give each point the proper elevation. Now, you only have one "ramp" to deal with.
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    Thanks for the responses fella's. I'll try some of these approaches and see how far I get. Thanks again!!

    - Tannar

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    forgot to mention that before you modify the sub element, you'll have to add a few more points to the floor. They go where the ramp meets the landing (on the outer edge). You'll see what I mean when you get into it.

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    I've had some recent experience with the Sub-Elements, in the Pool Floor I just did. Thanks for the heads up tho. I'll report back when I have something built.


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    I don't understand the advices in this thread about not using the ramp tool. By looking at the attachment in the original post, it seems like a task that can be done easily with the ramp tool, in one single piece, with railing, instead of making little small pieces of floors, all disconnected from each other.
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    Alf, the floor I did was one single floor. I just modified the sub elements. It's not little pieces of floor all disconnected from each other. I haven't had much luck with the ramp tool. For me, it's easier to just create it using a floor.

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    Oh, I see. So, you create a floor plan of all the ramp first as a flat floor, and then you put slope arrows and/or elevate points with edit sub-elements?

    I would just setup the properties of the ramp, base and top constraints, width, some reference planes as a guide, and then just click at the intersections of the reference planes.
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    Yep. That's what I did (elevated the points, no slope arrows). Your way does sound easy, but I pretty much don't even think about using ramps anymore. I may have to give them another look.

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