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HOW TO: Convert a Structure


Setup Assumptions

This article describes how to convert structure geometry from Rhino to Revit with the Conveyor tools.

  • Revit Requirements: A document with loaded types for structural framing and structural columns
  • Rhino Requirements: Curves with structural category assignment.
    • Alternative workflow allows for solids to create DirectShapes with a structural category

Workflow with Rhino – Curve

1. (Rhino) Create curves representing structure centerlines

Draw curves representing the centerlines of structural framing.

2. (Rhino) Assign curves to a structure type

Assign the curves to a structural type defined by the family name and family type.

Save the Rhino file.

3. (Revit) Launch Rhino Conveyor and select saved Rhino 3DM file

Launch the Rhino Conveyor tool in Revit and select a 3DM file containing structure objects.

4. (Revit) Load selected structure into Revit

Load the curve objects to create Revit structural framing or columns.


Modify and Update Curve-based Structure

1. (Rhino) Modify Rhino curves

Modify the curves in the Rhino document.

Save the Rhino file.

2. (Revit) Refresh the file in Rhino Conveyor to review changes

Refresh the Rhino file in the Rhino Conveyor panel. Review the updated elements for changes.

3. (Revit) Update the selected structure

Reload the updated structure. The existing structure will be updated to the new curve conditions.


Workflow with Rhino – Solid

1. (Rhino) Create sold object geometry

Surfaces and solids can also be used to define structures. First model a solid object defining a custom structure.

2. (Rhino) Assign solid to a structure category

Assign the structure geometry to a structure type. It is recommended that you create a special type containing the words “beam” or “column”.

Save the Rhino file.

3. (Revit) Launch Rhino Conveyor and select saved Rhino 3DM file

Launch the Rhino Conveyor tool in Revit and select a 3DM file containing structure objects.

4. (Revit) Load selected structure into Revit

Load the curve objects to create Revit structural DirectShape elements.


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