Subscriptions users…if you haven’t downloaded and installed Revit Structure 2010 Extensions and/or the Subscription Advantage Pack for Autodesk Revit Structure 2010, you are missing some additional, valuable features that may provide time-saving functionality.

While there are several add-ins, I’ll focus on two for structural detailing. It is true in a Revit Structure model that connections do not need to be detailed to take advantage of the analysis capability, but at times it is advantageous to represent a connection in 3D for communication, presentation, etc. The following screen shots show tools for and “End-plated Column to Beam” connection, and a “Column Base” connection. Both tool sets use a dialog-driven approach that simplifies a three-dimensional detailing process by selecting from a “catalog” of choices to define the connection.

Extensions Manager

Extensions Manager

After selecting the column and beam to detail a connection for, launch the Extensions Manager and select Beam to column – end plated. Then select appropriate settings for each tab in the dialog to define the connection. Materials will be used from the template so your settings may need alteration if you do not find settings you are wanting.

Settings Dialog

Settings Dialog

Steel Detailing_01

Added Connection

To edit settings of the connection, select the assembly, launch the Extensions Manager and double-click on the tool again to access the dialog.

A second modeling feature is for column base detailing. The process is similar with selections to define the specifics you need.

Settings Dialog

Settings Dialog

Steel Detailing_05

Added Base Plate

Even though connections aren’t usually needed for documentation purpose by Engineers, Detailers and Fabricators using Revit Structure 2010 can take advantage of these and other extension tools to streamline their workflow.

Access your Subscription account today and see what is available for you to enhance how you work with Revit Structure 2010.


  1. I am an owner of a mid-sized steel fabricaiton company. THrough over a year of trial and error we have been able to completely represent some of the most complicated connections in REVIT, and now are able to do it on all the projects we do. They are not generic but actually detailed for each connection. Do you think there is need for this representation during the design phase?

  2. That’s a good question, Nicholas, and in my experience, there are a few different takes on it. Generally, this level of detail isn’t needed during the design phase, and in fact can sometimes slow down the design. However, in some cases, having real members that are dimensionally accurate and detailed enough to show possible conflicts, clearance issues, installation methods, and relationships could be very helpful, and may not be clearly identified if using on general or nominal members and connections. I think the best thing to do is to foster good and open communication with all members of the design and construction teams so that your workflow can be adjusted to best suit the project and team.

    As software gets more and more powerful, I think some of these methods will change. Generally, we don’t put every little detail into the model in 3d at the design stage, since our current hardware and software sort of limits the amount of detail we can put into the project without bogging things down. This improves every year, though, and we are putting way more detailed 3d info into our projects than we used to.
    One thing that probably won’t change, though, and has a huge impact on the level of detail that designers put in, has more to do with the separation of design and construction. Even if it becomes possible for the design model to have every connection, piece of hardware, reinforcement, etc. in it, many of these things are items that aren’t up to the designer to spec or create. The engineer may design an adequate structure, but the fabricator is going to have the intimate knowledge of the means and methods to get the structure built.

    Feel free to reply with your own take on the matter!

    Patrick Villella

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