Monday, August 31, 2009

Dept. of Subtle - Ceiling Types and RME

I mentioned this item in a tweet the other day after I finished and scheduled it for posting.

When an architect uses the Basic Ceiling > Generic type they are creating a situation for the Revit MEP user they may not be aware of. Face based content does not orient themselves to the correct side or face of this ceiling. For air terminals and others this means they are usually upside-down. I created a short video to demonstrate what I'm writing about.

You can listen and watch below:

Here's an image to convey the issue without watching the video. The left side is a Basic Ceiling and the air terminals are upside down. The right side is the Compound Ceiling and the air terminals are okay.


Rob Clark said...

Really intresting, thank you.

Have you experienced or seen this problem elsewere within the platform? Should we be encouraging users away from using generic elements in all instances such as walls and slabs?

Architect said...

Thank you for bring this to my attention. We've used generic ceilings where we need to show lighting, but want an underside of structure look.

Christopher Hubbard said...

Why use a ceiling at all when you want an underside of structure look?

We have stopped allowing MEP to host their elements on the ceilings and provide a Reference plane for them to use. If we have too many ceiling heights we scope box the planes to reduce confusion. Saves the issue of haveing to turn over all the ceilings to the MEP, but requires us to tell them when we move a ceiling