VIDEO TUTORIALS - SINGLE-LEVEL COLUMNS

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Revit plugin InstaCrete - How to add columns?

InstaCrete is a Complete automation software to build a concrete model. The resulting model is ready for 4D & 5D analysis. This Revit plug-in consists of 22 tools. 
InstaCrete works as a data entry software. The user needs to select a construction member at appropriate grid points. 
The software takes care of its positioning. 
It is different from the traditional CAD/BIM software where you are required to work in graphics windows. 
The modelling procedure becomes easier if you get your data in the form of a list.

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Single level columns I – Adding columns & attaching data to it.

In this video tutorial, we will add a few columns in the drawing by using “x” & “y” symmetry & also we will attach data to the column.
Open the single-level column manager. Select the base level three. Automatically the top level is level four. Now, select level one as the base level. The top level is level two. So, are going to add columns from level one to level two.
Select “x” symmetry. Select any column size at A1 & A2. You can see the list of foundations. Apply the base offset as minus five hundred millimetres to columns at A1. User name C1. Select phase one & concrete mix M-45.
Similarly, apply minus two hundred millimetres as the base offset for the column at A2. User name C2. Select phase one & concrete mix M-45.
Hit the okay button. You can see columns are placed at A1, A2, F1 & F2.
Select the column at A1. Check its bottom level. Similarly, check bottom levels for columns at F1, A2 & F2.
Reopen the dialogue box. Select the “y” symmetry. Select column sizes at B1 & B2. Hit the okay button. You can see columns are placed at B1, B2, B5 & B6.
So, we have seen the use of single-level column. It places columns at multiple grid points at a single level.

Single-level columns Part II – Adding columns with "x" or "y" offset value.

In this video tutorial, we will add more column sizes and place columns with “x” or “y” offset values.
Let us add two column sizes in the file. Click the structure tab  & column tool. From the properties palette select the column size six hundred by seven hundred fifty millimeters. In the type properties box click the duplicate button. Name the new size as four hundred by seven hundred fifty millimeters. Change the size six hundred to four hundred in the type properties box. Hit the okay button.
I will repeat the procedure to add another column of the size of six hundred by five hundred fifty millimeters.
I will open the single-level column manager. Select base level as level one. Select “x” symmetry. Select column size six hundred by seven fifty for the grid point A1. Hit the okay button. Observe the two columns in the drawing.
Reopen the dialogue box. Select base level as level one. Select the “y” symmetry. Select column size six hundred by seven fifty for column grid B1. Hit the okay button. Check the columns in the drawing area.
Reopen the dialogue box. As we want to place the column from level two to three, select base level as level two. Select “x” symmetry. Select column size four hundred by seven fifty for the grid point A1. Use offset value as minus hundred. Hit the okay button. Observe the two columns in the drawing.
Now we will place the columns in “y” symmetry. Reopen the dialogue box. Select the “y” symmetry. Select column size six hundred by five fifty for column grid B1. Use offset value as minus hundred. Hit the okay button. Check the columns in the drawing area.

Single-level column Part III - Simultaneously deleting & changing the size of the column.

In this video tutorial, we will delete the columns on B1, B6. And change the size of the columns on A1, F1. While doing this, we will use the data file used for the last tutorial.
Open the single-level column manager. Select “x” symmetry. Select base level two. Change the column size at A1 to six hundred by seven fifty. Change the offset value to zero. Select none as the column size for B1 & B6 grid points.
Hit the okay button. Observe the drawing.
Reopen the dialogue box. Select base level one. Select none as the column size for B1 & B6 grid points. Click the okay button. Study the drawing.

Single-level column part IV - Checking cross connection between single & multi-level column tool.

In this tutorial, we will cross-check the connection between two column tools. We will use the data file which we have created for the earlier tutorial. We have constructed columns at B1 & B6 grid points using single-level column tool. We will open the multi-level column tool & delete those columns on B1 & B6 grid points.
Open the multi-level column tool. Select “y” symmetry. Select grid point as B1 from the drop-down list. Select none as columns size. Hit the okay button. Study the drawing.
Reopen the multi-level column tool. Place column at A1 with “x” symmetry. Hit the okay button.
Open the single-level column tool. Select “x” symmetry.
Select base level one from the drop-down list. Select none as the column size. Hit okay button & study the drawing. You will notice, the columns on A1 & F1 are removed.
So, there is interconnection between two column tools.