Revit Modeling: Ramps & Railings
This article covers the modeling of ramps and railings in Revit.
When you create a ramp, specify the Base Level and Top Level, which determine from where to where the stairs will run. For both the base and top you can specify an additional offset, if required. These values are set in the Properties Palette.
Ramp Type properties
Before you start drawing your ramp, make sure you selected or created an appropriate Type. The Type Properties determine the most important properties of the ramp:
- thickness of the Ramp construction
- Maximum Incline Length
- Maximum length of the inclined parts of your ramp. In between there will be horizontal landings.
- Ramp Max Slope
- maximum grade of the ramp expressed in 1/x: One meter elevation in every x meters of ramp (in plan projection)
Railings are usually placed automatically for stairs and ramp, but can also be placed manually. In the architecture Tab, click the arrow under (Railings) to open the fold-out. Revit offers two options to create railings:
- Railing Sketch Path
- Create a railing by drawing lines in plan view.
- Railing Place on Host
- Create a railing by selecting a ramp or stair.
Railing Type Properties
- Rail Structure
- configuration of the horizontal elements of the railing (excluding the top rail!). You can add or remove rails, or change the profile.
- Baluster Placement
- configure the vertical elements of the railing. Spacing, profile, corner posts, etc.
- Top Rail Height
- height of the top railing
- Top Rail Type
- profile of the top railing