August 27, 2012

Revit MEP Fittings and Allow Slope Adjustment

It must be the alignment of the stars or some such phenomena that I worked my way through a Revit MEP Fitting issue on a Ideate support customer case earlier this week, only to find that a few days later that David Butts (Gannett Fleming) and David Pothier (Autodesk) blogged about Revit MEP Fittings and Slope Adjustments.

In my case it was a Revit MEP out of the box WYE fitting on a sloped pipe that just would not connect correctly for the client. I found upon “editing” the family that the Revit MEP “connectors” had been set to Fitting (for the life of me I still do not know truly why) and had no ability to set Slope Adjustment.

So, the variable lets you establish whether pipe attached to the connector can be sloped. If you do not select the box, then when you apply a slope to pipe that is connected to the connector, you will receive an error message that the angle between the elements is too great, and the pipe will become disconnected from the equipment.

If you draw sloped pipe from a connector that allows for slope adjustment, the Pipe Connector Tolerance angle defined in the MEP settings of your project will determine the maximum angle that a sloped pipe can enter a connector. If the angle is exceeded, a straight run of pipe and an elbow fitting will be drawn from the connector prior to the sloped pipe.

Here is a short video showing how and where to make the change on a Revit MEP fitting.

Bill Johnson
Ideate Senior MEP Application Specialist

Bill has over 20 years experience in applying AEC design solutions for large commercial companies. A graduate of Pasadena Institute of Technology, he has worked for TEECOM Design Group, GTE/GTEL, Greg LeDoux and Associates, and Scottish Power in England. Bill has also had the opportunity to act as Lead AutoCAD Designer for multimillion dollar communication sites which have included structural, electrical, HVAC, conduit, cable plans and equipment layouts. He has a Sustainable Design Certification from the University of California at Berkeley.

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