Wednesday, February 12, 2014

Repeating Stuff Along a Line

How does one quickly make a repeating object along a line? This might be used for repeating site elements like parking and trees. You can do this one of three ways:

1. Railing
2. Curtain Wall
3. Divided Line in Conceptual Mass

Pros and Cons:

1. Railing
Pro: Easy to Edit
Pro: Can be Hosted to Ramp
Con: Can't schedule the individual Balusters
Con: Categorized as a Railing

2. Curtain Wall
Pro: Easy to Edit
Pro: Can Schedule the Individual Panels
Pro: Can be stacked
Con: Categorized as a Curtain Wall
Con: Cannot be sloped in Z

3. Divided Line in Conceptual Mass
Pro: More 'Z' direction possibilities
Pro: Easier to extract location data (x,y,z)
Con: Not easy to Edit
Con: Standard Parking and Tree Families don't attach very well to Adaptive Points.
Con: Can't change in Project, it's a static Family

Process for Either Railing or Curtain Wall
New Family
Baluster-Post or Curtain Wall Panel Template
Insert Families: Parking, Trees, Cars etc.
Import into Project

Railing/Curtain Wall, Edit Type Duplicate
Replace Balusters/Panel with New Family
Set Spacing