RC Details || Ground Beams || Automated Workflow in Revit

I will share in this post about automation in RC Detailing.

This post will outline you new BIM possibilities concerning parametric and automated preparation and delivery of your RC Details for Ground Beams in Revit.

For year 2023 and technological world developing fast this process will be definitely highly desirable solution for Revit Technicians, Structural Engineers and BIM Managers. Follow this post and bear with me. Most likely you will like to implement this solution while preparing your RC details and scheme.

Example of some RC Details as part of Automated BIM.

3D RC Details - Ground Beams - Pile Caps
3D RC Details – Ground Beams – Pile Caps

Example of Recent Scheme – Ground Beams and Pile Caps.

3D View Ground Beams - Pile Caps
3D View Ground Beams – Pile Caps

Lets Start.

What is Parametric BIM?

Parametric BIM (Building Information Modelling) is a type of 3D modelling and data management system used for design, construction, and operations of buildings and infrastructure. It uses intelligent objects to store data, allowing users to create digital models that are parametrically driven and can be used to automate processes. It also Improve accuracy, and streamline workflow. Parametric BIM is used to create virtual representations of how a building will look and function and can include structural, architectural, mechanical, electrical, and plumbing systems.

What is Automated design?

Automated design is a process of creating a design with the help of computer algorithms, software, and tools. This type of design is used to create aesthetic, functional, and efficient designs faster and more efficiently than traditional design techniques. Automated design can be used in a variety of industries such as architecture, interior design, product design, and web design. Automated design can also be used to generate custom designs for unique applications.

Example of live £8m project astonishingly delivered in fast accurate manner in Revit using Dynamo.

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000000-BJK-Z1-00-DR-S-101 – RC Element Division

I explored some possibilities of Dynamo Revit and successfully managed to implement these in RC Detailing. These possibilities have been utilised in Automation process for Rebar Creation in RC Structure as well as Automated Rebar annotation (used in creation of my GA RC Plans).

Example of some neat Rebar Annotations using Automation. Annotations Tag applied Automatically with Dynamo Script. All Tags will read Rebar Parameters (assigned in Automated Rebar Creation process using Dynamo)  i.e. Number of Bars, Bar Dia, BM no, CTRS, Layer no and Comment.
00000-BJK-Z1-00-DR-S-103 - RC Details Ground Beams - Plan - Sheet 1
00001-BJK-Z1-00-DR-S-103 – RC Details Ground Beams – Plan – Sheet 1

00000-BJK-Z1-00-DR-S-103 - RC Details Ground Beams - Plan - Sheet 1_SM_TR
00002-BJK-Z1-00-DR-S-103 – RC Details Ground Beams – Plan – Sheet 1_SM_TR

00000-BJK-Z1-00-DR-S-103 - RC Details Ground Beams - Plan - Sheet 1_XSM_TR
00003-BJK-Z1-00-DR-S-103 – RC Details Ground Beams – Plan – Sheet 1_XSM_TR

Example of some neat RC Sections. Annotations Tag applied manually this time by tagging rebars. All Tags are reading Rebar Parameters (assigned in Automated Rebar Creation process using Dynamo) i.e. Number of Bars, Bar Dia, BM no, CTRS, Layer and Comment.

000000-BJK-Z1-ZZ-DR-S-105 - RC Sections - Sheet 1_Sect_9_SM_TR
000000-BJK-Z1-ZZ-DR-S-105 – RC Sections – Sheet 1_Sect_9
000000-BJK-Z1-ZZ-DR-S-105 - RC Sections - Sheet 1_Sect_16_SM_TR
000000-BJK-Z1-ZZ-DR-S-105 – RC Sections – Sheet 1_Sect_16
000000-BJK-Z1-ZZ-DR-S-011 - Lift Pit Sections_SM_TR
000000-BJK-Z1-ZZ-DR-S-011 – Lift Pit Sections
00000-BJK-Z1-00-DR-S-022 - RC Lift Pit_SM_TR
00000-BJK-Z1-00-DR-S-022 – RC Lift Pit
00000-BJK-Z1-00-DR-S-022 - FND Section_SM_TR
00000-BJK-Z1-00-DR-S-022 – FND Section
000000-BJK-Z1-00-DR-S-101 - RC Element Division - Pile Caps Details + PIT_SM_TR
000000-BJK-Z1-00-DR-S-101 – RC Element Division – Pile Caps Details + PIT

Example of some Automated Rebar Schedules.

000000-BJK-Z1-ZZ-SH-S-107 - Rebar and Fabric Mesh Schedule_SM_TR
000000-BJK-Z1-ZZ-SH-S-107 – Rebar and Fabric Mesh Schedule
000000-BJK-Z1-ZZ-SH-S-108 - Rebar Schedule by Element Grouping_Sm_TR
000000-BJK-Z1-ZZ-SH-S-108 – Rebar Schedule by Element Grouping

Set you goals first and what do you want achieve. I have accomplished mine and developed scripts for RC Details Ground Beams.

Article on Standard Method of detailing structural concrete.

| ref. The Institution of Structural Engineers, The Concrete Society |


2.1 General

Drawings are prepared so that the structural designer can communicate his requirements through the detailer to the contractor in a clear, concise and unambiguous manner. It is important to ensure that drawings are not unnecessarily congested or complicated.

Drawings used on construction sites will get dirty, wet and dog-eared. The clarity of the original drawing that will be reproduced is, therefore, most important, and this will usually be enhanced by the use of ink in the preparation of the original drawings.

I recommended that:

Al size drawings are generally used, larger sized drawings being used only when unavoidable. For each project, the chosen drawing size should be used consistently. The written descriptions on drawings should be as brief as possible, consistent with completeness, and the lettering should be clear. Any instructions on drawings should be positive; they should be written in the imperative. 

Each drawing should give all the information (together with reference to associated drawings) necessary for the construction of the portion of the work shown, omitting other irrelevant detail. Details of materials to be used will normally be given in a separate specification, and reference to the concrete or other types of material on drawings will be in an abbreviated form.

Reference to any special items concerned with construction drawings details and should be made on general arrangement drawings and not in separate letter or document. Special requirements of the designer, e.g. details of cambers, chamfers, sequence of construction, position and type of joints, etc., should all be described on the general arrangement drawings.

Link to The Institution of Structural Engineers ISTRUCTE

RC Details of Ground Beams, Revit Dynamo Package as a result of Hard work. It will reward you after all.
Thank you for your attention! We are happy to reward you with my Dynamo Script Revit Package containing Rebar Creation, Annotation for Ground Beams. The package will contains Dynamo Scripts and Schedules required to prepare your RC detailed Scheme Inc Automated BIM of Rebar and useful tools in preparation of GA drawings Sections and Schedules concerning Ground Beams application, including their geometrical  properties used in schedules, as well as 3D models of the Reinforcement used in production of drawings and other visualizations like IFC files which can be used on Site by Contractor. We also included instructions on how to properly install and use these Dynamo Scripts for Creation of Rebar in the ground beams to ensure the best results. We hope you find this Package useful and that it helps you with your projects. Finally, thank you for your hard work and dedication.

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