Create Beam Pocket in a Bearing wall using Reveals in Revit

Important Note:

You can use Reveal tool in Revit to add horizontal and vertical shapes. Adding Reveals can be done on walls in an elevation or 3D view only. You also have an additional option to add a Reveal on a wall inside the wall assembly edit dialog box as shown below.  In this lesson, we will create a simple beam pocket above a pilaster. As always, don't hesitate to leave a message or ask questions at Revit Users Discussion Board.

Architectural Revit Advanced - Setup a New Project
Add Reveals Using Wall Type/Structure Edit/ Edit Assmebly/ Section View/ Reveal

Step by Step Tutorials

Architectural Revit Advanced - Setup a New Project
Final Product

This image shows, what the final Beam Pocket will look like.

Short information about Beam Pocket:

In residential architecture, beam pockets are usually shorter in height compared to the actual beam, which will be placed in the beam pocket. the reason is that the exterior wood block wall starts with 1 or 2 2x wood blockings, which is called sill plate. The beam pocket should be 1 1/2" shallower than steel beam, if your sill plate contains one 2x blocking. If you use (2) 2x wood blocking, then the height of the beam pocket shall be 3" shallower. These dimensions would change according to the wood lumber actual thickness.

Architectural Revit Advanced Reveals Beam Pocket Step One Start New Family Profile Reveal
Step 1

To create a Reveal:

  • Click on "New"
  • Click on "Family"

Architectural Revit Advanced Reveals Open Profile Reveal Family
Step 2

  • Scroll down to "Profile-Reveal", select and
  • Click "Open"

Architectural Revit Advanced Reveals Create Lines
Step 3

  • Click on "Create" Menu Tab
  • And click on "Line"
The main idea is to draw a 2D shape of reveal. Give attention to where the face of wall is highlighted in the reveal creating view.

Architectural Revit Advanced Reveals Draw Lines
Step 4

  • We already know that our beam pocket in this case is 4" deep x 4 1/2" high x 8" wide. According to these dimensions and the location of the final beam pocket, we need to draw a rectangle as shown with 4 1/2" height and 8" wide centered to the face of the wall reference line as shown in the image.
  • Click "Save" and
  • Then click on "Load into Project"

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