Hanger Specifications

Hanger Specification Overview

The Hanger Placement feature in eVolve is controlled by rules dictated through Hanger Specifications. Here you can create custom rule sets for placement as well as choose from a multitude of options.

  1. Add - Creates a new entry in the configuration.
  2. Duplicate - Duplicates the hanger specs from the row that is currently selected.
  3. Edit - Modifies an existing entry.
  4. Delete - Removes an entry in the configuration.
  5. Save As Default - Stores the current settings a standard on the workstation. All future projects will load with the specified settings.
  6. Restore Default - Reverts the current configuration to the previously save configuration.
  7. Export to File - Generates an .xml file of the current settings to share with other or for backup purposes.
  8. Import From File - Load an .xml file into current project.

Specifications can be created using 2 methods.

  1. By Material
  2. By Service

Specification are stored within the .rvt project file. After initial setup for your company database, within Export/Import click Default. The values will be loaded into all new .rvt projects where they instantly become project specific specifications and can be altered per project requirements not affecting the default/master settings.

Creating Hanger Specification by Material

Material Configurations will be deprecated in coming releases due to new features in Service Configuration.
  1. Type - Defines the types of elements the Specification be relevant.
  2. Material - Contains a list generated from the Materials found in the Fabrication Config.
  3. Gauge - A user definable field meant to help organize Materials in a way that is consistent with the Fabrication Config.
  4. Thickness - A user definable field, but must match exactly to what is found in the Fabrication Config.
  5. Size <= - Defines the size range to apply standards outlined in the configuration. Standards are applied to elements that are less than or equal to the specified value.
  6. Spacing - Defines the maximum distance between hangers.
  7. From End - Defines the distance from the end of a run and also the before/after bends.
  8. From Joint - Defines the distance before/after each joint, typically, for Cast Iron Pipe.
  9. Hanger Type - Generates a list of hangers based on the specified Service.
  10. Hanger Type w/ Insulation - Generates a list of hangers based on the specified Service and will be placed on parts with insulation.

Creating Hanger Specification by Service

  1. Service - Contains a list of all Services loaded into the project.
  2. Material - Contains a list generated from the Materials found in the Fabrication Config.
  3. Type - Defines the types of elements the Specification be relevant.
  4. Size <= - Defines the size range to apply standards outlined in the configuration. Standards are applied to elements that are less than or equal to the specified value.
  5. Spacing - Defines the maximum distance between hangers.
  6. From End - Defines the distance from the end of a run and also the before/after bends.
  7. From Joint - Defines the distance before/after each joint, typically, for Cast Iron Pipe.
  8. From Branch/Tap - Defines the distance from each branch or tap.
  9. Hanger Type - Generates a list of hangers based on the specified Service.
  10. Hanger Type w/ Insulation - Generates a list of hangers based on the specified Service and will be placed on parts with insulation.

Rod Embeds

Adding an embed

  1. From Hanger Specifications\Rod Embeds, click the top row.
  2. From the Family File Path cell, click the ellipsis button, browse and open the desired .rfa file. The eVolve embed families can be found in C:\Program Files\eVolve\eVolve Mechanical for Revit 20xx\Resources\Families.
  3. From the grid, specify the family name for each type in the Name cell.
  4. From the grid, select the rod diameter for each type in the menu contained in the Rod Size cell.
  5. From the grid, specify the Rod Inset Depth for each type in the Embed Depth cell.
The Rod Inset Depth can be located in Dimensions when Editing each Family Type.
  1. From the grid, specify the optional value for each type in the Rounding cell.
  2. From the grid, specify the family name for each type in the Family Name cell, this should automatically be populated after performing step #2.
  3. From the grid, specify the Family Type name for each type in the Family Type cell.
The Family Type name can be located when Editing each Family Type.

Options

Hanger Placement Method

The Hanger Placement Method menu switches the Hanger Configuration to place hanger by either Service or Material.

Half Perimeter for Rectangular Duct

To provide the ability to align to SMACNA specifications, this option treats values entered in Size as half perimeter and evaluates elements accordingly.

Collision Adjustment

When placing hangers, eVolve can automatically detect collisions and attempt to adjust the place to where the hangers will not collide with other elements.

Enabled checkbox

When checked, eVolve applies the specified values when placing hangers.

Highlight Unresolved

Though you can always use our Clash Detection commands on the Ribbon, with this option you can be alerted to any occurring crashes at placement.

Tolerance

Increases the collision detection area around the rod by the selected amount.

Interval

When a collision is detected, eVolve will attempt to incrementally place the rod closer to the previously placed rod based on the specified value until the Maximum Movement value is reached. If eVolve fails to place the hanger without colliding into another element, the hanger is placed in the original location.

Maximum Movement

Is used to limit the hanger placement. When a collision is detected, the rod is incrementally placed based on the designated Interval value until it reaches the specified Maximum Movement value.

Ignore CID/Name

Choose to ignore certain element collisions based on either their pattern number or their family name. Note that this field does accept wildcard characters.

Clash Highlight Color

Used to select the color to highlight clashes in the model.


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