Breaking Up Is Hard to Do

We are using stacked walls almost exclusively for our exterior walls.  It gives a nice organizational structure for the architects, and it lets the structural guys have their own “wall” at the bottom for foundations that they can control.

This lends itself to some issues that we are working through, ones that I’ll probably address more fully at a later date: clean-ups get odd, level association, etc.

With a particularly nasty clean-up, we found ourselves wanting to just “explode” the stacked wall into its sub wall components so we could change the type of one of the subwalls, but not lose any of the layout.  We figured we would have to go through a horrific process of deleting the wall and manually building the wall back up, one piece at a time.

Well, lo and behold if Revit hadn’t thought of it for us already.  We just had to find it.

While doing my usual stab at selecting and right-clicking, I saw an option in the menu called “Break Up”.  Normally, a command called “Break Up” would freak me out, assuming that something is going to be torn asunder into its core geometric components and leaving me with thousands of triangles to deal with.

Alt-click brings up the BREAK UP tool

So, with one hand on the mouse and the other firmly over CTRL-Z, I clicked.  Revit dumped the stacked wall out to its component walls, maintained the hosted elements, associated it with the original level and offset appropriately.  Then it was just a case of selecting the basic wall whose type I needed to change, and change it.

Simple, clean and elegant.  I love it when things work like I want them to.


Hello world!

The grand experiment?  Perhaps, knowing my desire to be lazy.

Good morning!  I’m an IT director for a large east coast architecture/engineering firm.  We are about two years into our Revit deployment.  I thought I would find a nice spot to throw out some of what we’ve done with good old Revit.  The highlights, the low points, everything that feels Revit-y.

I’ll post when the mood strikes.  As with anything tech, some things you will know, most I hope you’ll enjoy and make you think.  Thanks for taking the time to say ‘hi’.

Speaking of ‘hi’… I more than welcome comments, but I will be moderating them as I see fit.  I will not delete any disagreeing points, simply because they disagree, in fact I welcome the conversation.  I will immediately remove anything that looks like a personal attack or an inappropriate comment.  Thanks for playing!