Beams Tied to height of Columns

When Revit 2012 was released there was this new feature on structural beams that didn’t get addressed in any of the “NEW” documentation.  I stumbled across it during a training session and have been using it so much that it has become second nature to me.  This week while using this tool one of my clients saw it and had no clue it was even there.  So I told them that I would blog it so they can have documentation on it.

If you have a a beam connected to a column, similar to what is shown (element types can vary), there is a value in the instance properties of the beam called “Start/End Attachment Type”.   This property can be changed to End Elevation or Distance, by default the value is End Elevation.  End Elevation maintains the value of the beam to the placement level and Distance orients the value to the join location on a column.  So if you are wanting the beams to move up and down with the top (or bottom) of a column then you simply change this value to Distance.

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Once the value is changed to Distance then you will see two new properties show up for the beam, “Attachment Distance” and “End of Referenced Column”.  Attachment Distance option allows a user to put in a value for an offset of the beam to the top of the column, so that the beam will still move up and down with the column just be that given value away.  End of… allows the beam to be either associated to the Top or Bottom of the column.

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