Array a Roof Like a Pro in Revit

Marc Teer

August 02, 2016

Array a Roof Like a Pro in Revit

A free tutorial from the Black Spectacles Course Custom Families and Parameters in Revit 2016.

In this Black Spectacles FREE tutorial, you will learn how to array roof shades in Revit 2016. This tutorial is part of the Black Spectacles course on Custom Families and Parameters in Revit 2016 in which you will learn how to utilize the different types of families and parameters to quickly and efficiently create complex and customized designs in your projects.

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Arraying Roof Shades Tutorial

Step 1: Array the Roof Shades

This version of this family is going to get arrayed. We already know that the distance between insertion points is 2’ 6”. With this first shade highlighted, click on the “Array” tool, then make sure you check the box for “Move To: 2nd,” click anywhere, and type in 2’ 6”. And that places the second one.

Now you don't know how many of these are supposed to fit in this space so unless you’ve worked out the math, you might need to do some trial and error to get the number you need. In this case, the array count is going to be 23.

Step 2: Add the Last Roof Shade

Now you can see this last fin is right about where the facade of the building is, and so that's where the other type of roof shade should start, the one that has the fins on it. It can be helpful to go to the 3D view just so you can see what this is starting to look like.

Now go back to “Canopy 2,” and you're going to place another one of these, except this time it's going to be the one that says, "Fins." Place it far away to start, and then you’ll move it and shift it. And now you can slide this into position.

Step 3: Slide the last shade into place

So how can you locate this? Go to “Edit Group,” and you can see the insertion point for this last array shade.

So draw a small little reference plane right there and then we take the insertion point of this last fin and use the “Move” command and move it back to where that reference plane is. And now that should be in the right position, so now delete that reference plane because you don't need it anymore.

Check the 3D view to make sure that I've got it in the right spot.

Step 4: Array the Last Fin

And so now you’re going to array this last fin the rest of the way up to the facade. To do that, click on it, select the “Array” tool and make sure to check “Move To: 2nd.” This is also 2’ 6” apart, and then it's just a matter of figuring out what the array count should be. In this case, an array count of 50 should be about right.

Step 5: Make an Array with No Fins

So the last part to finish this whole thing off is pretty simple. You just add one more of the version that has “No Fins” at the top of the last array.

And then slide it in to position so this insertion points more or less line up.

Take that shade, and make one last array. It’s still 2’ 6”, and the array count will be around 12.

Now let's look at it in 3D and this is your complete roof structure. It looks pretty close to reality, but obviously without going out and studying the building in-depth, you don't really know for sure exactly what the dimensions are. But this gives you a pretty good idea of how to build a complicated piece of a building out of many different families. And this is a common strategy that is used to create these types of situations.

Keep in mind that when you have these complicated structures, just break it down into its constituent parts and then piece it all together. Making sure that your insertion points make sense, the way that the tops of the beams have the insertion point at the top, and then the roof shades have the insertion points at the bottom so everything landed on the levels appropriately. Things like that that you just have to think about ahead of time in order to build these special constructions.

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