Modeling Walls with Floors

There are several downsides to modeling walls in a more complex landscape, including:

  • Sloped walls can only be created via profile editing, which is a fairly imprecise method
    • Landscape framework of design and layout tend to want to control where these happen in plan, so doing this in profile is often counter-intuitive
  • If you have sloped walls that also curve, profile editing isn’t even an option

A solution that I commonly use for both of these issues is to use Floors.

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Floor framework with voids

When working with shaped-edited Floors, it can be a bit cumbersome to work with complex shapes, since Revit will create a point at each vertex of the outline.

So for example, if you are making a sidewalk shaped like this, Revit forces a point at each vertex:

One way around this is to create a larger floor “framework” and then to cut out the shape you want using voids.

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Placing Annotations in Dynamo

I recently had a reader reach out and ask if is is possible to place Spot Slopes on every face of a Floor with Dynamo. Though there are no nodes (both ootb or custom) that I know of that will place a Spot Slope, you can still achieve a similar result by calculating slopes and putting those slopes into Generic Annotations.

This method can be used to place any number of symbols, annotations, or even detail components in a specific view.

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