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Find out how to create compelling architectural designs using the modeling tools in Autodesk Revit software. In this course, author Paul F. Aubin demonstrates the entire building information modeling (BIM) workflow, from creating the design model to publishing a completed project. The course also covers navigating the Revit interface; modeling basic building features such as walls, doors, and windows; working with sketch-based components such as roofs and stairs; annotating designs with dimensions and callouts; and plotting and exporting your drawings.
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 that we would expect. So what I want to do in this movie is help you understand the way that Revit numbers the rooms 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 1, and I want to start by showing you a strategy that's 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 the way those lines display so that it's more obvious what they are. And so 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 previous movie.
Well, beneath it, we have Override Graphics in View. Now this is really just a shortcut to the visibility graphics command. So if I choose Override by Category, what I'm saying is I want to modify the way that this line displays, that all lines of that category display, and what I want to is just do something like change their color. Okay, so I am going to make it orange. Now you could see here this a shortcut to open the Visibility Graphics 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 a working Level 1 floor plan is because I only want to see them orange here. This isn't the floor plan that 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 am 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 am going to go to my Room command here on the Architecture tab. RM 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 am going to click right there. Now really 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 am 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 I renumber it first so that when I go to the room button again and I place my second room, it will automatically go to 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 are not quite done yet, because I want to show you how to leverage what we've done here on upper floors. I am going to rename just a couple of these rooms. I'll rename the conference room. And then I'm going to select with a 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 am going to select all of these offices that I just named and numbered and I am going to select the conference room and its tag with the Control key held down. Go to Filter, check None, and make sure we have Rooms and Room Tags, and click OK.
Now with those items selected I have five rooms, five room tags, a total of 10 objects. I am going to go to the ribbon here and choose Copy to Clipboard, or I can do Control+C on my keyboard. I'm going to go up to Level 2. Now here I am going to go to the dropdown 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 am going to do Control+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 am going to go to my Room command and I am going to manually create this room right here. Cancel out of the 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 Paste 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 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 you would have to go in and rename and renumber every room, which could be very time consuming.
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