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Space planning allows interior designers to allocate rooms for specific tasks and arrange elements like furniture, to determine if a potential space is appropriate, or to make an existing space as efficient and comfortable as possible for their clients. Join Ed Cotey in this course, as he goes over the finer technical points of space planning in Autodesk Revit. Learn how to add your building's parameters into a schedule, make a block plan with mass elements, use Revit's Tag and Area tools to track room names and types, and use color schemes to explain where materials go and where rooms are located.
The next step in working with areas after you've gone ahead and defined the boundaries is to go ahead and actually add in the area tool. The area tool is very similar to the room tool. At this point. But with a Room tool you can just go ahead and do it. You can't use the Area tool until you have the other two options done. In other words, we had to do gross building and rentable, and we had to come up with the areas that we want to define. So, in this case you'll notice that the office here is indicated, and down here as well.
So, what we're going to do is go up to the area tool and pick area. Now, when you pick area This looks very similar to the room elements tool. You can have tags on placement or not. If you're not sure what you're going to call the area yet, you don't have to place a tag. We'll keep it on for this one and we'll come over here and we'll kind of zoom in and if you notice. Same thing, it's looking for basically an area, location. So in this case, we're going to go ahead and click here.
Then we'll come over here, and click here. So now you'll notice that, after I hit modify, that those two areas have area tags in it. Now, again, you can change this view if you type in V+G, and you go, look at areas, you can put on interior fill. And when you press okay, the interior fill will show, and that will tell you basically, where you're working and it's usually kind of nice to be able to have that in there. Also we are working currently on the area plans rentable first floor version.
So, basically we're using that for our work. We're going to take a look at the area that we just went ahead and created here. I'm going to click on this and go over to Properties. Now, right now it's just called Area2 which we can go ahead and change. We can change this to offices. By coming over here where it says area, and we'll just type in all offices or if you have any lists there you can use that and we'll just come in and change this.
And the thing that's really important is area type. Area type is going to kind of define, what this grouping of rooms is, in this case you want to define it as office area. Now some of this if you notice is coming off of what we've already established in the schedules. So we're going to hit that, and then hit Apply, and you'll see Offices are there, you'll come over here and find again the cross, click that, and we will again name that Offices as well.
And as far as area type, we'll call that an office area as well. So now we have two areas that have been defined as offices and that is the beginning of what we need to do, for the other areas. Other areas like conferencing we would go ahead and draw basically a boundary to come through here and make again the entire office area, conference area, lobby area, whatever the areas are going to be and then you'll have another full plan.
Looking at these areas, we have tags. Tags are very similar to their own tag. I'm going to zoom in and I'm going to use my modify tool. kind of click out. What I'm going to do is click on offices here and you'll notice that I can come in and actually make changes just like you do on a room tag right here. Also, you can move the tag around, so if you want it to be a little bit more centralized, other than where you placed it initially, you can go ahead and move it. It will still recognize where you are.
The other thing is, is if you go ahead and have not placed tags, I'm going to go ahead and delete this one as an example, you'll get a warning message here because I did delete it. I'll click on that and you'll see that there's no tag that is available. Going back up to area tags, you'll notice here that I can actually place a new tag in the area. And I'll do that. It already kind of knows that it's offices and that's basically what you need to do if you haven't placed a tag.
Lastly, you might want to look at the area computation tools again. So, we're going to come up here to room and area, and look at area and volume computations and, in this case, go to the tab that's called area schemes. Right now, we have two schemes that are made up. If you come over here to new, you can create a new one, and give it a new name. So I'm just going to call this, interior scheme. And what's nice about this, is just that these new schemes that you create.
Can be used to create color schemes, which is one of the last things that we're going to do in the whole area procedure. So, we're just going to go ahead and hit no, again, and you can create another one and keep on doing that for as long as you need to. You can also come in here and make changes to descriptions. When you're done, just come down here to okay. And you're pretty much done now with the first two pieces of this process. Where you have basically put in the areas and modified tags or added tags. So generally speaking what would be left here to do is finish off the rest of these areas with area definitions, and then you would add in area tags.
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