About the Revit Add-in
The Masonry Unit Generator add-in for Autodesk Revit is an application plug-in which connects to the Masonry Unit Database. The add-in can generate accurate models to be used directly in your Revit designs.
It features an intuitive interface, graphic representations of units, search capability and can save native Revit families to your library for later use.
The add-in version is currently Beta V1 . Updates to this version fix errors generating single open end units, creates Revit materials for each color and can apply different colors to faces if they have been confiugred.
installation program by double-clicking the .msi file that was
downloaded. The program will install the necessary files for all
versions of Autodesk Revit which are installed on the destination
license agreement to proceed and click next until the program
completes the installation successfully.
Verifying the Installation
Autodesk Revit and start a new, empty project.
Look for the
Add-ins Tab in the tools ribbon. Then, launch the
Masonry Unit Generator by left-clicking the tool icon:
Unit Generator will present an interface with two large icons –
US and SI. Double-click on the US icon to see the various types of
masonry units that are available. If there are four or more types
listed, the add-in has successfully connected to the MUD (Masonry
Unit Database, online)
The Masonry Unit Generator Interface
Using the Add-in in a Revit Project
There are two
ways to insert units directly into a project – drag a unit from
the add-in directly to a plan or 3D view -or- right-click on a unit
and choose “Add to Project”.
When a unit is
dropped into a view, it will wait for placement and continue until
the command is canceled. This is identical to the way Revit functions
when dragging a family type from the project browser.
When a unit is
added to the project, it does not start the insert command
automatically. A unit instance can be placed using standard Revit
functionality for inserting family types. The unit can be found in
the 'Generic Models' category under Families (in the Project Browser
Using the Add-in to Build a Library
Masonry unit models can be generated and saved directly to folders on your workstation for distribution or use at a later time by choosing the “Add to Library...” item from a unit right-click menu.
Configure your library location on the 'Library' tab of the tool. This is the default starting point where the add-in will store and list the masonry unit Revit families as the library is being built.
Note: It is recommended to use the lowest version of Revit when building the library to ensure maximum compatibility. For example, if your office uses Revit 2016 and up on projects, use the add-in in 2016 to generate families for the library. The add-in does not permanently store family files in folders unless the “Add to Library...” function is used.
On the Library tab, click the folder icon and browse to a directory where the masonry unit families will be saved. This will be the starting point whenever the tool is used to generate a family model file.
The masonry units listed in the library can be used and loaded just as they can from the 'Explore' and 'Search' tabs.
Searching for Masonry Units
The MUD not only stores the instructions to generate CAD models of masonry units but also contains “meta” information to better organize and enhance searching. As the MUD continues to develop, more and more useful information will provide many ways to find the masonry units you seek.
On the Search tab, there are several controls the aid in the filter/refinement of results. The easiest and most broad is the text box search. Simply type a term and click the search button. The add-in queries the database for matching terms, beginning with what was typed in the box.
For example, typing double open end and clicking the search button will return all of the units whose name contains those words.
48 returns an 8x8x48 Lintel unit (and more as the database grows).
To start a new search, delete the words in the box or click “Clear”
A right-click on
a result will present the usual options with one additional: “Find
Similar Items”. This shortcut will attempt to locate additional
results of units which may be related to the other such as by name,
material, color, system type, etc.
drop-down menus that contain filter terms for units
of measure and all of the available materials. These can be used together
to further refine the search results.
The Revit add-in can be downloaded from the CTC Sharefile Service |
Download the current version securely from Sharefile
The Masonry Unit Database has been prepared by CAD Technology Center (CTC) of Bloomington, MN, as a consultant to BIM-M.
CTC is a worldwide leader in building information modeling technologies and services. As one of the largest Autodesk partners in the United States, CTC provides professional services and design technology solutions to the building, infrastructure, and facilities management industries.