Plug-in for Revit - How to add beams using InstaCrete?

Plug-in for Revit – The quick beam tool in InstaCrete helps to add beams in the Revit model. The beams are added on the sequential grid points. The user can add 30 beams at a time.

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Plug-in for Revit - InstaCrete resources

Quick-beam I - Adding beams in symmetry using Quick-beam tool.

In this tutorial, I will demonstrate the functioning of quick beam tool. Adding beams with “x” & “y” symmetry.
Let us study the drawing. We have thirty-six foundations and thirty-four columns.  We do not see columns on A five & F four grid points. Other columns are placed on consecutive grid points & they are in a straight line.

Now open the quick-beam tool from beam menu. Click on the reference level pull-down menu. We can see a list of the levels present in the project file. As we want to draw beams at level two, select level two from the list. See this highlighted pull-down lists under beam size. Click on on the list, you can see the available beam sizes.

Click the list on A four – A five. This pull-down list is not available as we do not have a column on A five grid point. In the same manner, we can’t use the pull-down list on grid points, A five – B five &  A five – A six. This means to construct a quick beam we need columns at two consecutive grid points.

Now, select “x” symmetry. select beam sizes for A one – A two, A two – A three & A three – A four. Hit the okay button. See the alert message, can’t create the beam at the location F3-F4.
close the message. As we do not have a column at F4,  InstaCrete will not construct the beam at that position.

Open the dialogue box again. Select “y” symmetry & reference level two. Select A one – B one & B one – C one. Hit the okay button. Observe the drawing.
InstaCrete is for R C C designers as well as for construction companies.

Quick-beam II - Effect of various offset distances on placement of beams.

Let us see the effect of various offset distances on the placement of beams.
Open the quick-beam manager. Select base level as level two. Select any beam size for A1-B1. let the “z” offset be minus 50.
Select any beam size for A1-A2. Let offset be minus 25. Similarly, select any size for A2-A3. Let offset be 25.
Again select any size for A2-B2. Let offset be minus 25.
Similarly, select any size for A3-B3. Let offset be 25.
Hit okay to place the beams in the drawing. Select beam A1-B1. Observe its “z” offset value in the property palette.
Open the Level 2 plan view. By default, InstaCrete places the centre of the beam on the grid line.  Measure offset distances of all the beams.

Quick beam III - Editing the beams.

In this tutorial, we will see all the tools that help us to edit the beams. I have this drawing in which there are few beams. Open the dialogue box. Select level 2 for the base level. The table shows various details of the beams from the drawing.

Use next or previous buttons to navigate through the table. Change the beam size which is at E3-F3 position. Similarly, delete the beam at the position E4-F4. hit okay button. Validate that the beams are deleted from the drawing.

Once again open the dialogue box. From the user name pull-down list select b-18. You can see details of that beam in the table. Change the size of the beam apply data such as phase & concrete mix. Press the okay key. Observe the beam in the drawing.

Following dialogue box is used to place the beams on sequential grid points.


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