Profile sections are easily becoming an issue when working in two different environments. First, not all are simply named the same. Revit uses EDI Standard names where CSI tools are using AISC naming. Let alone Eurocodes where some label sections IPE400, IPE-400 or 400IPE. To make things easier for you and for us we implemented a profile section mapper. This mapper will show you all section sizes and what we think you should map it to. However you can change this if you want to.
Let me explain our mapping procedure with Revit:
Konstru first searches for known section profiles using AISC & EDI names in the Revit library. If not found it can create new families on the fly. Konstru Revit has the following priority order to find new types and families:
1. Matching typename & category in the Revit project.
|2a. Looking for default families: If the profile section we are looking for is square, rectangular or circular of material concrete or timber:
Use default families, shipped with Konstru, to create new types (eg. 20 x 40) and load this type. Default families can be changed in the Konstru Settings menu or by replacing the files in %AppData%/Autodesk/Revit/Addins/2017/Konstru/Families.
|2b. Looking for default families: For all other sections (eg. W18X40) search for the type name in the Revit library folder, first looking into folders like AISC. If the typename has been found Konstru will load it and map to it.|
|3. If none of those approaches was successful, create a new family by using the default templates, also shipped with Konstru, from Konstru Settings. In this case Konstru will draw the section profile into the family, extrude it, load it into the project and map to it.|
Now if you download a model you'll always come across one of our mappers and its going to look like this:
Column 1 shows the section name as it is in Konstru and columns 2 and 3 are showing the target family types Konstru suggests to map to. The first entry in those dropdowns is Create New which will create a new family on download. All unidentified sections are usually mapped to Create New.
If you want to change default paths in Revit got to the Konstru tab and click Settings. In there you can specify each default template or family Konstru is using: