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).
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.
In the Fine Level of Detail you do see the fillet of the web.
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.
Using the Rectangle tool I draw a open area as shown below. Click the green Accept tick mark.
The result in Medium LOD is shown below.
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.
To do this type of cut you should use the “Opening By Face” tool found in the Architecture or Structural Tabs.
Then select the appropriate plane to draw on.
Then draw the area you want to cut and click the green accept tick mark.
The opening stays visible even if I set the view set to Medium…
Or to Fine.
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/