Revit 2013 railings – almost 7 months old, but have you used them?

To be quite honest, I haven’t really used the new 2013 features for Railings, perhaps because my recent work has been more on a master planning level rather than construction documentation.  In any case, there are plenty of resources out there to get you started. 

Here is a quick crash course – in the Type Properties for Railings in Revit 2013, you will see new options for ‘Top Rail’, ‘Handrail 1’ and ‘Handrail 2’.  You can set the Type and Height of these.

To make new Types, go to the Project Browser under Families -> Railings and you will see nodes for Handrail Type and Top Rail Type.  Duplicate and edit the type definitions you see here to make new 2013 ‘continuous’ railing types.

Once you have applied a Top Rail Type to a Railing Type definition, you can now Tab to select the Top Rail!  It is basically separating the Top Rail out as a component so that you can perform advanced edits to it.  From here, you can access the real awesomeness of Revit 2013 Railings – a sketch mode to extend and adjust the Railing …

Click Edit Rail and you are in business.  It will look something like this:

So, if you haven’t used this feature in the past 7 months, hopefully this post will help you get started with it.

I also found the audio interview linked below quite insightful.  It describes the reason railings are undergoing upgrade, including the requirement of railing extensions for accessibility.  For me, this has probably caused the most pain with regard to railings in pre-2013 versions.

Also, this interview gives the following ‘insight’ into Revit 2014 and future versions:
Railing features would be upgraded over several Revit releases

    Railings: Hear Jean Foster, Senior Interaction Designer, speak about railing enhancements.  Jean describes how the top rail and hand rail elements have been changed to better accommodate continuous conditions.  She explains how additional controls allow you to add extensions and different types of extensions to a railing, and how making components within the railing system makes the system more flexible as a whole. Speaker_Icon.png         Interview  6m 09s

    Listen to more interviews at:
    New Features Interviews – WikiHelp

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    Jeff Hanson
    11 years ago

    Thanks for posting a link to the New Features interviews in the wikihelp. I am glad you found them to be insightful.

    Best Training
    11 years ago

    That's a good plan.

    Richard Wright
    11 years ago

    Great post. These railings have always seemed to work out in the past, don't see any reason they would change now.

    kamalini roy
    10 years ago

    Good post, handrails are an important part of making your ramp or stairs friendly for those who need assistance. Hand Rail System includes a straight portion used as the hand rail; hand rail plug for hand rail extension, hand rail bracket for easy installation as well as a hand rail return to meet code.

    9 years ago

    Thanks for this, I've been looking for a solution to railing problem for 2 hours and found it here, very helpful