By Jordan Mussett, IMAGINiT Building Solutions
It is an everyday occurrence in the electrical discipline so it is good to know how to create these jogs or kicks. The image below presents the problem. The conduit is running right through the VAV box.
This is when a conduit run will route over and up, or over and down, depending on how you see it. The best way to tackle modeling conduit believe it or not is in plans and sections. By limiting yourself to these views, you remove one of the major axes from the equation; in the plan, you are removing accidental Z axis potential and in sections you are removing wither Y or X axis potential.
For this example, we are going to kick over (X direction) and up (Z direction) 6” and 6” to set myself up to create a “kick”. These dimensions work the best with a conduit size of about ¾”. The larger the conduit gets, the more room you need to give Revit to provide the fittings and connecting piece.
The first step will be to split apart the conduit in front of the obstruction.
Split it in two with the Split Element tool in the Modify Panel.
Overall, this operation can be done several ways, but I prefer to make a copy of the conduit and move it over 6” and delete the original. This is only a good move if the other end of the conduit is not connected to anything that you will need to reconnect later.
Select the piece you copied in the previous step and move it 6” up, in the Z direction. Now everything is set up to connect the two pieces.
This next part can be done in Plan or in Section. Back in Plan, click on the low conduit, right click and select draw conduit and connect it to the upper piece. Be sure "Change Slope" is selected.
Here is the finished result in plan.
Here is the finished product, up, over to the side and continuing over top of the obstruction.
It is possible that you would want to make your own family for this. Something similar to a P Trap for plumbing. It is really just pipes but kind of considered its own item. If you do this, all you have to keep in mind is that I cannot specify that a component family falls into the system family category “Conduit” in the project.