Revit Architecture 2015 Essential Training
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Controlling room numbering


Revit Architecture 2015 Essential Training

with Paul F. Aubin

Video: Controlling room numbering

In this movie, we're going to talk about some strategies for room numbering. Go to Filter, check None and make sure I Now, with those items selected, I have five Now, that's 201.
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  1. 1m 56s
    1. Welcome
      1m 1s
    2. Using the exercise files
  2. 14m 43s
    1. Introducing building information modeling (BIM)
      3m 0s
    2. Working in one model with many views
      4m 48s
    3. Understanding Revit element hierarchy
      6m 55s
  3. 1h 11m
    1. Understanding the different versions of Revit
      2m 52s
    2. The Recent Files Screen and the application menu
      5m 20s
    3. Using the Ribbon and the Quick Access Toolbar (QAT)
      7m 12s
    4. Understanding context ribbons
      4m 43s
    5. Using the Properties palette
      8m 31s
    6. Stacking properties and project palettes
      2m 49s
    7. Using the Project Browser
      5m 30s
    8. Navigating views (Zoom, Pan, and Rotate)
      5m 57s
    9. Selection and modifying basics
      9m 48s
    10. Understanding selection toggles
      3m 29s
    11. Accessing Revit options
      8m 19s
    12. Understanding view extents and crop regions
      6m 32s
  4. 47m 0s
    1. Creating a new project from a template
      7m 42s
    2. Accessing a multiuser project using worksharing
      4m 16s
    3. Configuring project settings
      6m 27s
    4. Adding levels
      7m 40s
    5. Adding grids
      6m 23s
    6. Refining a layout with temporary dimensions
      6m 58s
    7. Adding columns
      7m 34s
  5. 1h 11m
    1. Adding walls
      8m 48s
    2. Using snaps
      6m 24s
    3. Wall properties and types
      7m 27s
    4. Locating walls
      7m 27s
    5. Using the modify tools
      9m 32s
    6. Adding doors and windows
      7m 39s
    7. Using constraints
      8m 24s
    8. Adding plumbing fixtures and other components
      8m 39s
    9. Using Autodesk Seek
      4m 19s
    10. Wall joins
      3m 0s
  6. 1h 10m
    1. Linking AutoCAD DWG files
      10m 16s
    2. Creating topography from a DWG link
      7m 43s
    3. Understanding CAD inserts
      7m 56s
    4. Import tips
      6m 31s
    5. Create a group
      7m 10s
    6. Mirroring groups to create a layout
      5m 3s
    7. Creating Revit links
      5m 23s
    8. Rotating and aligning a Revit link
      7m 6s
    9. Establishing shared coordinates
      6m 5s
    10. Managing links
      5m 10s
    11. Understanding file formats
      1m 42s
  7. 54m 17s
    1. Working with floors
      8m 57s
    2. Working with footprint roofs
      6m 22s
    3. Working with ceilings
      9m 36s
    4. Working with extrusion roofs
      4m 59s
    5. Attaching walls to roofs
      3m 17s
    6. Using the shape editing tools to create a flat roof
      6m 33s
    7. Working with slope arrows
      6m 0s
    8. Adding openings
      8m 33s
  8. 28m 51s
    1. Working with stairs
      7m 55s
    2. Adding railings to stairs
      3m 40s
    3. Working with component-based stairs
      9m 58s
    4. Adding extensions to railings
      7m 18s
  9. 49m 21s
    1. Creating a custom basic wall type
      10m 17s
    2. Understanding stacked walls
      8m 12s
    3. Adding curtain walls
      8m 17s
    4. Adding curtain grids, mullions, and panels
      10m 59s
    5. Creating wall sweeps and reveals
      7m 14s
    6. Model lines
      4m 22s
  10. 55m 2s
    1. Using object styles
      4m 19s
    2. Working with visibility and graphic overrides
      7m 3s
    3. Using view templates
      8m 16s
    4. Hiding and isolating objects in a model
      6m 37s
    5. Understanding view range
      7m 5s
    6. Displaying objects above and below in plan views
      6m 35s
    7. Using the Linework tool
      6m 27s
    8. Using cutaway views
      4m 25s
    9. Using sketchy lines
      4m 15s
  11. 22m 20s
    1. Adding rooms
      8m 15s
    2. Controlling room numbering
      6m 13s
    3. Understanding room bounding elements
      7m 52s
  12. 36m 37s
    1. Understanding tags
      9m 58s
    2. Adding schedule views
      7m 43s
    3. Modifying schedule views
      7m 12s
    4. Creating a key schedule
      7m 21s
    5. Using images in schedules
      4m 23s
  13. 58m 36s
    1. Adding text
      7m 29s
    2. Adding dimensions
      9m 2s
    3. Adding symbols
      4m 42s
    4. Adding legend views
      4m 51s
    5. Creating a detail callout
      8m 31s
    6. Adding detail components
      8m 52s
    7. Using arrays to duplicate objects parametrically
      7m 43s
    8. Adding filled and masking regions
      7m 26s
  14. 42m 49s
    1. Understanding families
      2m 37s
    2. Creating a new family from a template
      6m 29s
    3. Using reference planes, parameters, and constraints
      8m 29s
    4. Adding solid geometry
      8m 40s
    5. Cutting holes using void geometry
      5m 9s
    6. Adding blends
      6m 2s
    7. Completing the family
      5m 23s
  15. 37m 22s
    1. Adding sheets
      7m 44s
    2. Working with placeholder sheets
      4m 3s
    3. Aligning views with a guide grid
      5m 57s
    4. Outputting sheets to a DWF file
      6m 34s
    5. Exporting to AutoCAD
      5m 42s
    6. Plotting and creating a PDF
      7m 22s
  16. 2m 38s
    1. Next steps
      2m 38s

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Build your Revit skills from the ground up. In this course, Paul F. Aubin teaches you the core building information modeling (BIM) techniques you need to complete solid architectural projects in Revit 2015. First, get comfortable with the Revit environment, and learn to set up a project and add the grids, levels, and dimensions that will anchor your design. Then get to modeling: adding walls, doors, and windows; creating and mirroring groups; linking to external assets and DWG files; and working with floors, roofs, and ceilings. Paul also shows advanced techniques for modeling stairs, complex walls, and partially obscured building elements, as well as adding rooms and solid geometry. Finally, discover how to annotate your drawing so all the components are perfectly understood, and learn how to output sheets to DWF, PDF, or AutoCAD.

Topics include:
  • What is BIM?
  • Understanding Revit element hierarchy
  • Navigating views
  • Creating a new project from a template
  • Adding walls, doors, and windows
  • Adding plumbing fixtures and other components
  • Linking AutoCAD DWG files
  • Rotating and aligning Revit links
  • Working with footprint and extrusion roofs
  • Adding openings
  • Adding railings and extensions to stairs
  • Creating stacked and curtain walls
  • Hiding and isolating objects
  • Adding rooms
  • Creating schedule views and tags
  • Adding text and dimensions
  • Creating new families
  • Using reference planes, parameters, and constraints
  • Plotting and creating a PDF
Revit Architecture
Paul F. Aubin

Controlling room numbering

In this movie, we're going to talk about some strategies for room numbering. Revit numbers objects like rooms automatically. But it doesn't always do it in the way we would expect. So, what I want to do in this movie is help you understand the way that Revit numbers the room as you're placing them and then help us develop a strategy to take advantage of that numbering to avoid as much rework and renumbering as possible. This strategy won't work for every project, but it's a good tool to have in your arsenal for the cases where it does suit your purposes. So I'm in a file called Numbering Rooms, and there aren't currently any rooms yet in this project.

Now I'm in a floor plan called Working Level One, and I want to start by showing you a strategy that is pretty common among many firms when dealing with rooms and room separations in particular. These lines right here are room separation lines. We discussed those in the previous movie. What's fairly common to do is to actually change how those lines display so that it's more obvious what they are. So what I'm going to do is select one of these room separation lines. And then, right here, we talked about the Hide in View feature in a previous movie, well, beneath it, we have Override Graphics in View.

Now, this is really just a shortcut to the visibility graphics command. If I choose override by category, what I'm saying is, I want to modify the way that this line displays, but all lines of that category display and what I want to do is just do something like change their color, okay? So I'm going to make it orange, now you can see here there's a shortcut to open the visibility graphic's dialogue, so if you want, it can take you there, and you can make additional modifications. But notice that when I deselect that several lines turned orange.

Now, the reason I'm doing this in working level one floor plan is, because I only want to see them orange here. This isn't the floor plan I'm going to print; this is just the one where I'm going to do the work-in. So the next step. Now, I'm going to start adding my rooms to my plan here; again, I want to do this somewhat systematically in order to take advantage of the way that Revit numbers. So I'm going to go to my Room Command here on the architecture tab. R + M is the shortcut. Make sure Tag on Placement is on. And decide where I want my first room to be.

So I want my first room to be here in the lobby. And I'm going to click right there. Now, Revit decides to call that room number one. If you're satisfied with room one, you can continue. But in a lot of commercial buildings, you typically want a different number there. So I'm going to Escape out of here. Cancel out of the command. This is very important because the next room would be room two and then room three and so on. But maybe, I want this one to actually be 101. If that's what I want from my first room, then I want to make sure that I renumber it first, so that when I go to the Room Button again and I place my second room, it will automatically go 102.

And over here, I'll get 103 and over here 104, 105, 106, and I can just keep going and what I'll do is just place these in. You can see that they're all numbering sequentially at this point, based on that first number that I put in. So that saved me a lot of time because if I hadn't done that, I would have to go in now and renumber all these rooms. Now, we're not quite done yet, because I want to show you how to leverage what we've done here on upper floors.

I'm going to rename just a couple of these rooms. I'll rename the Conference room. And then, I'm going to select where the crossing window right here and grab all four of those offices. Go to Filter. Check None and pick Rooms Only. Click OK. So now, I have four rooms selected. That's confirmed for me over here. Scroll down, and I want to change that to Office. And then finally, this one, I will make Corridor.

Now, you can rename the others as well if you want, but I just want to start with those because these rooms also occur on the second floor. So I'm going to select all of these offices that I just named and numbered, and I'm going to select the Conference room and its tag with the Ctrl key held down. Go to Filter, check None and make sure I only have Rooms and Room Tags and click OK. Now, with those items selected, I have five rooms, five room tags, a total of ten objects. I'm going to go to the ribbon here and choose Copy to Clipboard, or I can do Ctrl + C on my keyboard.

I'm going to go up to level two. Now, here, I'm going to go to the drop down and choose Paste, Align to Current View. Now watch what happens. When I do that, the rooms remember where they left off on the first floor. That's probably not what I want, so I'm going to do Ctrl + Z here, and here's what we need to do instead. I need to create at least one room on each floor of my building, so I'm going to go to my Room Command, and I'm going to manually create this room right here.

Cancel all other command, select it, give it a name and more importantly, renumber it 201. Enter. Now, that's 201. Watch what happens now when I go back to Modify, go to the Page drop down and choose Align to Current View. All of these rooms that I just pasted in will now pick up where they left off from this number, instead of the numbers on the first floor, and now they're all sequenced in a much more logical fashion. If you've got lots of floor plates that all have a similar layout, this is going to save you a tremendous amount of time with respect to having to rename and renumber all of those rooms.

So it's just a little strategy that you might want to keep in mind. It's not going to work for every project, but if you understand the way that Revit numbers things, you can use that to your advantage and save yourself a lot of rework. The alternative is that you'd have to go in and rename and renumber every room, which could be very time consuming.

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Q: Which versions of Revit should I use with this course?
A: This course is written for users of Revit Architecture 2015 and Revit LT 2015. Because Revit LT does not have all of the same features as Revit Architecture, some movies in this course will not be relevant for Revit LT. Additionally, there are some topics that are relevant in both versions, but the button layout or location of those tools are different. In those cases, the features and procedures for Revit Architecture are shown in the course.
Q: Which content in this course is different or not relevant for Revit LT?
Chapter 2 – Accessing Revit Options (There are some slight variations in the option dialog in LT. Not all options shown are available in LT.)
Chapter 3 – Accessing a multiuser project using worksharing (The worksharing feature is not available in LT.)
Chapter 4 – Using modify tools (LT has a slightly different ribbon layout, but most tools covered should work the same. Some buttons will be located in slightly different spots.)
Chapter 5 – Establishing shared coordinates (The shared coordinates feature is not available in LT.)
Chapter 6 – Using the shape editing tools to create a flat roof (The shape editing tools are not available in LT.)
Chapter 7 – All movies (Sketch-based stairs are not available in LT. LT only has component-based stairs.)
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