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Adding sheets

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You've built your Revit model, You've added notes and annotation. You've even added a detailer too. Now it's time to prepare your file for output. The most common way to output a file in Revit and any other program is to simply print it. You can certainly print directly from any view you happen to have open on the screen, and you can even plot several at one time. However, a more professional way to print is to prepare sheets for your project. Sheets are often going to be required by most projects anyhow then it seems like the appropriate way to do it. So I am in a project called Adding Sheets, and I'm just looking at a first floor plan.

Adding sheets

You've built your Revit model, You've added notes and annotation. You've even added a detailer too. Now it's time to prepare your file for output. The most common way to output a file in Revit and any other program is to simply print it. You can certainly print directly from any view you happen to have open on the screen, and you can even plot several at one time. However, a more professional way to print is to prepare sheets for your project. Sheets are often going to be required by most projects anyhow then it seems like the appropriate way to do it. So I am in a project called Adding Sheets, and I'm just looking at a first floor plan.

Now if you recall back at the beginning of this training series, we started this project with the commercial default Revit template. The commercial default Revit template actually included several pre-made sheets. So if I scroll down here on the Project Browser and look at the Sheets branch of the tree, you'll see that there is already an A-1 Floor Plan, an A-2 Reflected Ceiling Plan. There is a roof plan, elevations and so on. So many sheets are already provided in here, and if I go ahead and open up one of these like the A-1 Floor Plans, you can see that there is already viewports on some of these sheets and what we've been doing all along throughout the training series has already been kind of on the sheet and ready to go.

So what's nice about starting with a template like that, we kind of bring everything full circle from the beginning of the training series, is when you get to the point when you're ready to actually output, you don't have to expand a ton of time building an entire document set. You already kind of have most of the work done for you. Now, I am saying most, because it's unlikely that it will be perfect. It's pretty typical that you'll have to go in and make some modifications. But again, it's pretty nice to have this much to get started with.

So you can see we've got our first floor and our second-floor on here, we've got a sheet with reflected ceiling plans, we've got a sheet with a roof plan and so on. Now, perhaps there might be a sheet or two that's missing that you haven't planned for. For example, earlier in the training series, we added a furniture plan, we added a power plan, and these might not have sheets readily available. We added some building sections, whatever it might be. So, let's go ahead and add in some sheets for some of these missing items.

So to add a single sheet is a pretty easy affair. We can just right-click on the Sheets branch of the Project Browser, click the New Sheet item, and we'll get the New Sheet dialog that comes up. Now, this particular project has two title blocks already loaded, a B size and an E size. If you don't see the title block that you want or if you want to use your office standard title block, you could click Load and go out and browse and load the family like you can any other family. I am just going to go ahead and choose the E1 sheet that came from Autodesk like the ones we have in the rest of the document set here, and click OK.

That just gives me a blank sheet of paper. Now, like anything else that gets numbered in Revit, let's go ahead and zoom in on the title block here, Revit will go ahead and just use the last number available based on the list of sheets we already have. So this one is going to be A14, and if I wanted this to be maybe E1 because it's an electrical or power plan, or let's do P1 because it's a power plan. I could just simply type P1 there. That will update not only here on the sheet, but if I scroll down and look at my list, you'll see that it updates there in the Project Browser as well.

So instead of unnamed, let's do the same thing, and we'll make this Power Plan. Now other information gets filled in here, like the project number, the issue date, and so forth. So we could put in a date here. I will put in something for the summer of 2010. I am the author, so I will put my initials, and whatever other information we need to fill in there. Now, scale is not something we need to fill in.

As soon as we drag in the file that we want to place on the sheet, the scale will automatically fill itself in. So let me zoom back out and let's go ahead and add our plan to the sheet. So I am going to scroll back up, and locate my Level 1 Power Plan. All you have to do is from the Project browser, grab that Level 1 Power Plan and drag it and then drop anywhere on the sheet, and you'll get this rectangle attached to your cursor, and then you just click where you want it to go.

And just like that, you'll have your power plan appearing on the sheet and if I do a zoom in the region, you can take a little better look. You can see that it looks exactly the way we left it with the halftone furniture and the power symbol showing and so on. So while we're here on the sheet, let me just point out another thing for you. I am going to go over and do a zoom in region just around these callouts and you will notice with the section callouts, we've got Section 1, Section 2 and Section 3, and they're all calling out sheet A6.

If I come down here in the Project Browser, scroll down and locate sheet A6, you can see that there is your 1, 2, and 3 sections all on the sheet. So all of your references kind of take care of themselves, and Revit handles all of the cross coordination between those different sheets for you. Now, one other thing that might be nice to have here since we have a fairly large collection of sheets is let's go ahead and do a sheet index of the sheets we have, and we can place that on one of our sheets as sort of an index or table of contents.

So I am going to go to the View tab, and then on the View tab, we need Schedules. We have two kinds of lists that we can create. A view list is a list of all the views on the Project Browser. A sheet list is an actual list of the actual sheets, the drawings that we're going to print from. So this is the one we want. This is the sheet index that we're going to create here. Now, it looks a lot like a schedule because in fact it is. It's just a schedule of sheets. So we're going to keep this one fairly simple and I am just going to do Sheet Number and Sheet Name, I am going to click OK, and expand this out a little bit.

You can see all the different sheets listed and there they all are. Now, it looks like they're all sorting correctly when in fact that's just sort of the order they were created in. It's a little tricky to get them to sort exactly correctly without getting into some custom parameters. In other words, I can sort alphabetically in Revit. So I can get all the As grouped together, but then it'll do C next, and the S and the P. Well, technically speaking, the C really ought to come before the As. The civil plans always come before the architectural.

To get that kind of a sorting to happen, we would need to get it to custom parameters. So I just kind of want to mention that to you. It's a pretty good chance that most of your firms, your CAD manager or other support person has taken care of this for your project template. So let's go ahead and take the sheet list as is, and we'll drag it on one of our sheets. I am going to just put it on the first floor plan right now. So we'll go back to that plan, Zoom to Fit, and then we'll locate our sheet list, which will be under Schedules and Quantities. There it is right here, and we will drag it in here.

Now, this is the first time we put a schedule on a sheet. This still kind of intrigues me, that Revit handles at this way. You notice I resized the columns when we were looking at the view, but then when you drag it to the sheet, they always kind of squish up really mini like this? Well, we have these little grips right here, and we can just kind of drag it out to give it a little bit more room. So there we go. We have our sheet index, and our new sheet. In the next movie, we'll actually create a list of sheets from placeholders.

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Revit Architecture 2011 Essential Training

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  1. 1m 59s
    1. Welcome
      1m 27s
    2. Using the exercise files
      32s
  2. 13m 45s
    1. Introducing building information modeling (BIM)
      3m 0s
    2. Working in one model with many views
      5m 51s
    3. Understanding Revit element hierarchy
      4m 54s
  3. 47m 31s
    1. Using the Recent Files screen and the Application menu
      3m 21s
    2. Using the Ribbon and the Quick Access Toolbar (QAT)
      5m 3s
    3. Understanding context ribbons
      3m 0s
    4. Using the Project Browser and navigating views
      7m 37s
    5. Using the Properties palette
      10m 1s
    6. Selection and modification basics
      10m 27s
    7. Accessing Revit options
      8m 2s
  4. 42m 18s
    1. Creating a new project
      3m 26s
    2. Understanding the importance of template files
      5m 7s
    3. Understanding project settings
      6m 9s
    4. Opening and saving projects
      9m 9s
    5. Adding levels
      5m 0s
    6. Adding grids
      8m 41s
    7. Adding columns
      4m 46s
  5. 58m 21s
    1. Adding walls
      8m 39s
    2. Using snaps
      6m 39s
    3. Understanding wall properties and wall types
      7m 24s
    4. Locating walls
      7m 34s
    5. Using the modify tools
      7m 33s
    6. Adding doors and windows
      6m 37s
    7. Using constraints
      4m 47s
    8. Adding plumbing fixtures and other components
      4m 8s
    9. Using Autodesk Seek
      5m 0s
  6. 50m 52s
    1. Working with DWG files
      7m 51s
    2. Creating topography from a DWG link
      7m 45s
    3. Understanding CAD inserts
      6m 8s
    4. Using import tips
      4m 6s
    5. Creating a group
      9m 20s
    6. Working with Revit links
      9m 3s
    7. Managing links
      5m 51s
    8. Understanding file formats
      48s
  7. 1h 2m
    1. Working with floors
      8m 37s
    2. Working with footprint roofs
      7m 13s
    3. Working with extrusion roofs
      6m 0s
    4. Roof modifications and examples
      6m 27s
    5. Working with slope arrows
      6m 17s
    6. Adding openings
      8m 13s
    7. Working with stairs
      7m 41s
    8. Working with railings
      4m 29s
    9. Working with ceilings
      7m 36s
  8. 35m 52s
    1. Creating a custom basic wall type
      6m 10s
    2. Understanding stacked walls
      7m 31s
    3. Adding curtain walls
      6m 50s
    4. Adding curtain grids, mullions, and panels
      6m 44s
    5. Creating wall sweeps
      8m 37s
  9. 32m 43s
    1. Using object styles
      4m 45s
    2. Working with visibility/graphic overrides
      6m 52s
    3. Using Hide/Isolate
      7m 11s
    4. Understanding view range
      7m 40s
    5. Using the Linework tool
      4m 2s
    6. Using cutaway views
      2m 13s
  10. 21m 44s
    1. Adding rooms
      7m 4s
    2. Controlling room numbering
      8m 16s
    3. Understanding room bounding elements
      6m 24s
  11. 27m 2s
    1. Understanding tags
      7m 42s
    2. Adding schedules
      6m 50s
    3. Modifying schedules
      6m 8s
    4. Creating a key schedule
      6m 22s
  12. 48m 38s
    1. Adding text
      7m 21s
    2. Adding dimensions
      7m 26s
    3. Adding symbols
      3m 54s
    4. Adding legend views
      4m 42s
    5. Creating a detail callout
      6m 25s
    6. Using detail components
      9m 36s
    7. Adding filled and masking regions
      9m 14s
  13. 34m 39s
    1. Understanding families
      2m 37s
    2. Using reference planes, parameters, and constraints
      10m 46s
    3. Adding solid geometry
      8m 40s
    4. Adding void geometry
      4m 49s
    5. Completing the family
      7m 47s
  14. 32m 6s
    1. Adding sheets
      7m 58s
    2. Working with placeholder sheets
      4m 16s
    3. Outputting sheets to a DWF file
      6m 5s
    4. Exporting to AutoCAD
      5m 50s
    5. Plotting and creating a PDF
      7m 57s
  15. 25s
    1. Goodbye
      25s

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