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Best Revit plug-in InstaCrete: Beginner's guide

Chapter 1

Grid, Level & Foundation:

Introduction

We have given you an alternate method to develop your models in revit. If properly used you can save more than 30% of your time.  A lot of InstaCrete users are asking in-depth video tutorials. So we are trying to fulfil their demand.

As we all know This Revit plug-in IstaCrete has got 22 tools.

So in this series of video tutorials, I will be giving you –

In-depth knowledge of all the tools.

How they work

The best procedure to use them

How the backup data files are created

Everything step by step.

Grid & Level...

The fact of the matter is you can use any tool to draw the grid lines. Be it instaCretes grid manager or Revit’s grid tool. InstaCrete can read all the grid lines whichever method you use.

Now let us add a few levels. To add levels you can use InstaCretes level manager or the level tool given by Revit. Let us open the level manager. Using level manager you can add a number of levels at a time. Suppose you want to add 4 levels & levels are at a non-uniform distance. Put the distances in the table. This the way you can add multiple levels using the level manager.

We all know that we can use the level tool to add the levels in the drawing. Let us open the level tool & select pick lines. Add the distances you want. This is another method to add levels in the drawing.

The reason to demonstrate the grid & level tool is that  I want to stress that you can use any method to draw grids & levels. Istacrete is able to read them irrespective of the method you use to draw them.

Structural Foundation

Let us review the Foundation tool

Whenever you open any tool like foundation, column, beam or floor a warning message appears. Which says, do not use cut, copy, paste, redo, undo, delete commands. & also asks you not to change the property from the property palette box.

First time user might be wondering, “how I am going to build the model without these commands?” Because, while working, these are the most common commands used. 

You will find that while using InstaCrete these commands are not required. All modelling is done from the dialogue boxes. It’s a complete automation tool for revit modelling. And due to this, you save more than 30% of your valuable time.

Let us select this checkbox so that you will not see this message again.

It’s necessary that you save the file at the proper location before beginning the modelling procedure. At the same location, all the data files are saved. In Instacrete automation is achieved by using these data files.

Let us load a few foundation families in this test file.

I have placed the foundations in the drawing using the foundation manager. This procedure we have seen in the foundation section of the video tutorials on my site www.rcccad.com

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Data Files

The data file is created automatically once the foundations are placed in the drawing. Likewise whenever you place columns, beams, Floors the corresponding data files are created & placed in the folder.

I have saved the revit file with the name as demo 1. And this file is in the demo folder on D drive.

You can see the folder which is named as rcccaddatademo1. In this folder, all the data files are saved.

Let us open the folder. Here you can see the file demo 1foot which is an Excel file. This is all automatically done.

You can see the footing data in the excel file. You can see here the foundations placed at the corresponding grid points.

Never edit these files, never change its name because these are the files which are responsible for the modelling automation.

InstaCrete users have all the construction data in the form of the revit model as well as in the text format. You can see the model & it’s corresponding data. In this case which is a foundation data. Let us open the foundation manager. You can see the foundation data is in text format. So if you want to edit one foundation size & delete another do it from the dialogue box. That way the data is updated in the data files.

If you edit the foundation by the traditional method the data is not updated in the data file. And you lose the automation. Never edit the model this way.

You can download the trial version of InstaCrete from my site. Please share this video with your friends. Put your comments below this youtube video. I personally will reply to it. If you have doubts send me an email to support@rcccad.com

Points to remember

Always use InstaCrete to place or edit foundations. Never use the traditional method.

Never edit the data file.

Never change its name.

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And finally –

How do you find placing & editing the foundations using InstaCrete?

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Chapters

Chapter 1: Grid, Level & Foundation

Chapter 2: Single-level & Multi-level column

Chapter 3: Quick Beam, Beam by selection & Direct Beam

Chapter 4: Floor

Chapter 5: Quick Wall, Wall by selection & Direct Wall

Chapter 6: All Stair tools

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Vikram Baraskar is the founder director of the RCCCAD IT Solution Pvt. Ltd. He is a civil engineer by profession. He has got over 25 years of handling construction projects, teaching CAD software. He has carried out over 6 million sq. ft. of RCC auditing & Revit modelling work. 
He loves all sports with a special liking to chess.