Revit Steel Contour Cut issue

Revit Steel Contour Cut issue

Revit Steel Contour Cut issue

Introduction

We have recently come across an issue when using the Contour Cut tool within the Revit Steel Tab. The issue is when cutting through a web of a column that contained a fillet then the cut is disabled when the fillet is should. The fillet only is shown in the fine Level of Design/Detail ( LOD).

Problem Explained

To explain the issue, I have drawn a steel column. In the Medium Level of Detail view you do not see the fillet  in the web.

Contour-Cut-1.-Medium-Lod Revit Steel Contour Cut issue

In the Fine Level of Detail you do see the fillet of the web.

Contour-Cut-2.-Fine-Lod Revit Steel Contour Cut issue

I set the View to Medium LOD and then used the Contour Cut tool from the Steel Tab in Revit. I then selected the web as drawing plane.

Contour-Cut-3.-Select-tool-and-face Revit Steel Contour Cut issue

Using the Rectangle tool I draw a open area as shown below. Click the green Accept tick mark.

Contour-Cut-4.-Draw-area-to-cut Revit Steel Contour Cut issue

The result in Medium LOD is shown below.

Contour-Cut-5.-Result-in-Medium-Lod Revit Steel Contour Cut issue

As soon as I change the Level of Detail to Fine the Contour Cut disappears because of the fillet that prevents the cut from being applied.

Contour-Cut-6.-Opening-is-removed-in-Fine-LOD Revit Steel Contour Cut issue

Solution

To do this type of cut you should use the “Opening By Face” tool found in the Architecture or Structural Tabs.

Contour-Cut-7.-Opening-by-Face Revit Steel Contour Cut issue

Then select the appropriate plane to draw on.

Contour-Cut-8.-Pick-Face Revit Steel Contour Cut issue

Then draw the area you want to cut and click the green accept tick mark.

Contour-Cut-9.-draw-cut-area Revit Steel Contour Cut issue

The opening stays visible even if I set the view set to Medium…

Contour-Cut-10.-cut-in-Medium-LOD Revit Steel Contour Cut issue

Or to Fine.

Contour-Cut-11.-cut-in-Fine-LOD Revit Steel Contour Cut issue

Conclusion

As the Contour Cut tool is part of the new Steel Tab introduced recently in Revit you do accept that teething issue will be encountered. This is obviously a problem and hopefully wil be looked at. Luckily there is a workaround in this case.

If you need any further assistance with the Steel detailing within Revit or come across other problems, please let me know at https://www.mgfx.co.za/contact/

By |2019-09-13T09:32:27+00:00Sep 13th, 2019|

About the Author:

I’m an Architectural Technologist (B.Tech.Arch) that has experience on the technical side of IT especially PCs, Large Format printers and Autodesk software. I am working as an AEC Application Engineer for a Gold Autodesk Reseller in South Africa called Micrographics. My role is focussing on support and training on software applications like Revit ( Arch,MEP and Str), Civil3D, AutoCAD, SANSCalc and Lumion.