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    It is not immediately obvious when using Revit steel connection detail components on how to allow for grout between a column base plate and its support.

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    Consider a steel column situated on a concrete pile cap with a base plate detail added. Looking in section we can see that the plate is flush to the concrete, but we would need a 25mm gap to allow for grout. Adding an offset to the plate for the grout can be achieved by editing its type of property settings.

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    To offset the plate, select the properties palette and click Edit Type Parameters, then choose ‘Edit...’

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    Within the plate layout settings, change the Column Shortening option to ‘value’ and adjust the shortening extension value to be the Plate Thickness, PLUS the required gap for the grout.

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    Once applied, the offset will apply to all base plates of that type if done within Type Properties, which would be the usual case.

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