I have been enjoying this little series of blogs where I get to focus on a particular workflow. Hopefully, you have followed along and created some of your own content, be it structural or other markups that suit your section of the industry. Today I want to look at Structural Steel Connections, but in a broader sense, small, fiddly details that are needed to communicate the construction requirements in an aspect of a project. To cut to the chase, I use Groups
. But I have been thinking for some years, Bluebeam needs to create some sort of tagging item in Revu, and, I found a workflow that does provide Tags. Well, kinda. Have a read and see what you think.
And today boys and girls we are making a cleat connection.
Let's have a look at what I want to make today, a Structural Steel Connection. 10mm thick steel plate, several bolts and a dashed line to represent the connecting beam behind. Not much really. But now think about making this on the fly for an RFI, then another time for a markup, then another RFI and it goes on. So the math is simple, make an office standard once and use it many times. Break down the detail item into the sub-parts that create it. In this detail, the bolts can be made separately as a Group and used for other detailing, the steel plate is relatively simple, and the hidden line for the steel edge behind. Your details need to be accurate. This could be an aluminium extrusion that you're making for windows, gutter sections or cable tray hangers, so just like the Structural Sections tracing a PDF is the quickest way. Lastly, think about your office standards for markups or detailing. Should these be in Red, Black, Green... Pink?
How to have a tag in your markup.
Typically, I would get a couple of Markups, create a Group to use again and again. But if we want something more accurate, then we need to start using the Sketch to Scale
function. One of the curious things I discovered that was a little unexpected, is that Sketch to Scale objects use…(dramatic music please), Show Captions which include Labels
, which can be used as Tags in Revu.
I'm making an M20 bolt, so let's start with the Sketch to Scale. You will need to make sure that your PDF is Calibrated. A side note about Revu 2019, it knows if the PDF is Calibrated or not and I find it so much easier using the Preset options, but I wish Metric scales had a Unit option, just saying. Calibrate the PDF to 1:10, then select the Ellipse to Scale and type in the radius of 10mm, update the fill colour and the boundary colour and voila! The tip here is that the boundary colour thickness is from the centre of the line and then out each side, so if you want your M20 bolt to be more accurate, use a thin boundary line or better yet, none at all.
To have a tag, we are going to use the Label option. Type in the bolt size M20 and tick the box for Show Caption and make sure the only Label is selected.
Making a Sketch to Scale into a Group.
This may sound simple, but there is a little trick that I stumbled on. First, add in the centre lines for the bolt, use regular markup lines, nothing fancy. Now! When we combine these new markups to the Toolchest, we want to have access to the Subject line and Comments line. If you select any of the regular markups first, then the Sketch to Scale last, remember to use the Shift key to allow you to select multiple items, then Group them (Ctrl+G). This gives you access to the Comments line where you can add additional information to help the under user in using the tool. If you do it the opposite way, the Comments line is prefilled and locked with the Sketch to Scale Label text.
Taking this to the next level.
After this little find, I wondered if I could use multiple Sketch to Scales to have numerous lines of text, and yeah, you can.
In this Pic I have used 1M20 bolt with the line 10 CLEAT PL, another with 6CFW and the Sketch to Scale rectangle which was used to create the plate has the Label, 2ROWS 3M20 8.8/S BOLTS.
Moving and editing content within a Group.
Did you know that if you select a Group and hold the Alt key, you can edit markups within the Groups without having to break the Group? It is also possible to move the Caption(s) and if required, edit the Label on individual Sketch to Scale markups, making the Markup tool completely standardised, and if required, customisable per connection.
Wrapping it up.
Thanks for your time reading through this blog or the series so far. In the last of these, I will be going back over Custom Count tools. It's something that I presented at XCON 2018
and have blogged about in the past, but the pics show the older interface (2017) and I'm sure there is more stuff I want to add to it. Until then, happy Revu.