How to Insert Joists in Revit Structure

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How to Insert Joists in Revit Structure
Joists support a horizontal plane, such as a floor or roof. (Michael Blann/Digital Vision/Getty Images)

Autodesk Revit Structure 2011 is a building information modelling program some structural engineers use to design building structural systems using three-dimensional models. Revit produces orthographic drawings, such as plans, sections and elevations, from the structural engineer's model for design coordination among the other engineers and the architect. Structural dimensions are one of the most important aspects of a building design that must be conveyed, so the mechanical, electrical and plumbing engineers and the architect can place their building systems correctly. Among the many structural member tools, Revit Structure provides the "beam" tool to place dimensionally accurate beams, including joists, girders and purlins.

Skill level:


  1. 1

    Determine the location to place the joists. They can be supported by walls, columns or girders, but they cannot be supported by purlins and bracing.

  2. 2

    Click the "Structure" tab on the menu ribbon. Press the "Beam" button in the "Structure" panel. The drawing area will activate.

  3. 3

    Load a beam component family by clicking the "Load family" button in the menu ribbon. Click the "Type selector" in the "Properties" palette and select a beam type. Select the "Structural usage" menu on the "Options" bar and select "Joist."

  4. 4

    Click the mouse where you would like to place the joist starting point. Click the mouse again where the joist will end. Press the "Finish" button.

Tips and warnings

  • Many people do not realise that joists are a type of beam. Change the beam "Structural usage" to "Joist" if your drawings or schedules are registering a joist as a girder, purlin, bracing, etc.

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