Revit Architecture: An introduction to Ramps

In this Revit Architecture tutorial I am going to give you an introduction to the use of the Ramp tool. I’ll show you how to create a straight ramp with an intermediate landing. I’ll also show you how to change the cross-sectional profile of the ramp.

First select the “Architecture” menu (1) and then “Ramp” (2), which is located on the “Circulation” panel…..



The Ramp tool uses “Sketch Mode”. You can create your Ramp either by placing down “Runs” or by actually sketching out the Runs yourself using “Boundary” and “Riser” lines. We are going to stick with creating Runs semi-automatically. So make sure that “Run” is selected on the Ribbon menu….



Now before we actually place a Run, let’s take a quick look at the Properties Palette. Here we can choose the “Type” of Ramp we want and also tell Revit which (vertical) Levels our ramp spans between. In this tutorial I am going to create a Ramp that starts at Level 0 and goes up to Level 1. We are also going to create a horizontal landing (approximately) halfway along it’s length…..



So let’s create the first Run. Starting on the lefthand side of the active view, click to define the start point of the run. Then move your cursor over to the right of the view…..

As you do so notice how Revit gives you a dynamic running total of the distance you have created so far and the distance you still have to place- these values are with respect to the total length of ramp needed to span (vertically) between the 2 Levels you specified in the Properties Palette. As stated earlier we want to create a landing halfway up our ramp. With this in mind, we do NOT want the first Run to span the whole distance. So I’m going to make my first Run 2700mm in length…..

Once I make the 2nd click of my mouse, Revit creates the first Run- which you can see in the image above. Notice the text below the Run confirms the length of the Run that we have created and the length still required to reach the upper Level we have specified. To create the horizontal landing, I simply need to leave a gap between the end of the first Run and the start of the 2nd. So If I now move my cursor over to the right and click at point (1)…..


….and then move it further over to the right again and click at point (2), I create the 2nd Run. In the image below you can see the two Runs and the landing that Revit has automatically created between them….


All I need to do now is hit the “Green Tick” to tell Revit that I have finished sketching the Ramp and instruct it to create the 3D geometry….


If I now switch to a 3D view we can clearly see our new ramp. Notice how Railings have automatically been added to each side of the Ramp. Also notice that the ramp (base) itself is of a uniform thickness along it’s length…..


Sometimes you want your ramp base  to be tapered along it’s length. We can do that by changing one of the Type parameters of our ramp. Make sure that your ramp is selected and then hit the “Edit Type” button in the Properties Palette…



You are now presented with the Type Properties for the ramp. We are interested in the parameter named “Shape”. This parameter simply toggles between 2 values- “Thick” and “Solid”…..



Change the value over and then hit “Apply”. Notice how the ramp is now tapered along it’s length….



We also saw how Railings were automatically added to the sides of the ramp and landing. When you are in Sketch Mode (after hitting the “Ramp” button), there is a “Railing” icon on the far-right of the ribbon menu……



If we go ahead and select this icon, a “Railing” panel opens. This is a simplified version of the same panel that is accessible when creating Stair Runs. Here you can choose the type of Railing that is to be created at the same time as your ramp….



If you delete the Railings from your ramp and wish to add them back in, just use the “Railing > Place on Stair / Ramp” tool.

Key Points

  • Ramps are System Families
  • Ramps use Runs and Landings in their creation- just like Revit Stairs
  • Ramps can be a uniform thickness or tapered along their length.
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