Hi there, I'm trying out the idea of using railings as egress path markers on our code plans. I've created a simple baluster family that is just a vertical model line (5' Should be tall enough to get cut through in plan) and a nested annotation symbol (in our case, an arrowhead to indicate direction) on the reference level. The baluster is supposed to show up every 4' along the railing, ideally giving me a line for the rail with arrowheads every 4' in a plan view. When I bring the family into a railing and make the railing, the annotation symbol doesn't show up in plan. Am I missing something? Is this a weird/wrong way to approach this? any help would be appreciated, thanks!
Hi checkis! Welcome to the Discussion Groups!
I don't think that the Generic Annotations will show up at all. Symbolic Lines display, just not the embedded Generic Annotation.
On a side note, are you certain you wish to use a model element for an egress path? There may be complications with visibility (especially when someone links in your model), clashes, schedules, and material take-offs that may arise from this. There is a method of using Line-Based Detail Items to create and schedule a path of egress described on AUGI.com, which you can find following the link below.
To add to and clarify, Detail Items can now be scheduled in Revit 2014, so this should make the ideal Travel Distance method, since it will only be visible on the View in which they were drawn. I've attached a video of my process in quickly making one from scratch, and I am using Revit 2014.
The only thing I left out of the Schedule was the Filter. You can easily set it to include only those Detail Item Elements that possess the "Travel Path" parameter. Additionally, the Detail Item Tag can easily be an embedded Generic Annotation with a Label. I hope this helps!