Friday, January 3, 2014

Slab Depressions

Some time ago, I helped out on a project that had a lot of slab depressions that seemed to keep on changing all the time. The problem was in their setup; the sketch of the main slab had to be edited to create a void, after which a new slab with a negative offset was modeled inside that void. Lastly, a slab edge had to be added matching the depth of the slab depression, after which all elements had to be joined so the section would read cleanly. Certainly a few steps too many, and that's when I get unhappy.

It didn't take long to create a rectangular and an L-shaped stretchable generic model that creates a slab depression and performs all the above mentioned steps at once.

The geometry was based on this structural detail, and adapts to the thickness of the host slab.

For starters, I created types for 1”, 2”, 3” and 4”.

If a section is cut through them, joining the slab and the depression family will clean up the linework.

The files can be downloaded here (2013).

1 comment:

  1. ...and Solid Blends can give you nice sloped slab depression too :)

    I make sure to use Reference Planes that have at least Weak IsReference settings so dimensions "see" the edges. Older versions of Revit didn't see the void edge as "real". I think they fixed it in 2013 and newer.