Columns and Beams

Last modified by superadmin on 2021/05/04 17:12

Columns and Beams module

There are included family files in the 1100 IMPACT standard for all parametric beam and column types. To create a new company standard element according to IMPACTs regular parametric sections, simply copy those needed from the 1100 IMPACT standard and modify dimensions and types as needed. As usual in Revit, each type represents one definition in IMPACT, so only one family file is needed for each geometry (although there may be other reasons to have multiple versions, such as a different lift or rebar configurations). 

  • Copy any family files needed to the revit/elements folder of the new standard.
  • Rename the family as needed
  • Edit the family
  • Create types for each definition that exists
  • For each Type, modify parameters accordingly

There is also another way to adjust already created families. Simply choose the family you are about to use, draw it where necessary. If you have some dimension that you want to change for this family but it is not seen in the family parameters:

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Then add the dimension parameters that are needed to adjust this item. Open this family and edit parameters by adding new and flexing them.

Click on "parameters" icon and then add additional parameters. Once parameters are added, can draw dimension line between references and flex them. Now select the profile of the item and click to edit it. Then select the dimension line and choose the parameter to use.

Please note that those new parameters will be applied to all specific family types.

Lift configuration

Elements like columns and beams in this module contain "Lift and bracing settings" that this section will talk about in details.

First, lift configuration starts in a family itself. Choose one of the elements from IMPACT library. For example, open RC column: IMPACT - Lift and bracing - Settings:

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This family already contains many settings. Add new lift and bracing settings (New type "TEST"):

Name new type "TEST", select how many lift points this method should use (points (Side 2, Side 4, Top 1, Hole)):

Then to choose which type of lift family to use, load the family first:


If IMPACT family is used, family in the type name contains maximum weight according to manufacturer's specifications. State in the first configuration max weight that lift can handle. 


After clicking "Apply", "TEST" configuration with a weight of max 2,5 t with 2 lift points will be added into configurations list.


Now add more weights configuration (for example 7,5t). 

Tip: Do not use rotation here, unless you want to change family's rotation itself. There are settings that can be changed anytime in "General settings" on the right (left, right rotation).

  • Method - A category/method of lifting (defined by user in configuration)
  • Lift points - A number / type of lift points (1,2,4,points, holes)
  • Lift + family type - a family used for specific method and weight limits
  • Max mass - max mass allowance for specific lift (program calculates and chooses the right lift according to this table)
  • Rotation - degrees rotation for the element (lift) 

When many types and weights are configured, general settings have to be adjusted as well:

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As there are all check marks on the right (which means program will look after 2 lifts on the side (side), one on the top (end) and one hole), in this case more configurations are needed:

The final settings foe example could look like this:

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After configurations are added, go through the default settings for lift placement.

Min. spacing (2 LP): If two lift points are used, this is the minimum distance between them.

Max. spacing (2 LP): If two lift points are used, this is the maximum distance between them. If 0, no maximum is set.

Spacing (4 LP): The distance between the two lifts on one side of the element.

Placing long side: Center of gravity, Fixed, Part of length

Parameter: If Placing = Fixed, distance from edge to lift in mm. If Placing = Part of length, distance from edge to lift will be Element Length / Parameter

Tip: lift rotation with four lift points works just like in IMPACT AutoCAD:


So far, it is not possible to check lift configurations unless the family configured is loaded into project. 

Inside the project (Revit) it is possible to overwrite configuration (on individual elements) and use double lift line:


To overwrite individual element settings (does not save them), draw the element, go to IMPACT - Insert Lift:

The following window pops up:

To change settings for one element per time ( the program does not save these new settings and does not apply weight and CIM match). Below is how different settings "Insert lift" look like for beams and columns:

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How it works: Once elements are ready (from steps 2 & 3), all families-elements are organized into different folders under IMPACT link. Elements are taken by IMPACT functions in Revit. To draw some elements, open already created project (step 1 & 2).

Draw element

Go under IMPACT Tab and in section "Elements", choose columns, from the dropdown list, choose newly configured RC column:drop.png

When a column is chosen, several settings before click have to be checked - make sure to be on level 1 (base), set height setting as a height up to floor 3 and have a vertical column:


If the same settings were applied as above, the final look (go to 3D views in Project Browser) should look like that:



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