Join Paul F. Aubin for an in-depth discussion in this video Reporting coordinate locations, part of Revit: Managing Location Coordinates.
- As you begin discovering the origin points in your Revit projects and trying to leverage their use, you may want to find out how objects relate to the coordinate system. A real easy way to do that is to use a tool called the Spot Coordinate Tool, and it's located on the Annotate tab. What we're going to do is just really quickly query the locations of a few simple objects here in this project file. Now you can see that I've got my survey point turned on over here, and it's location is at 0.00-0.00. Then I've got my project point turned on over here, and it's location is at 0.00, 70, and 0.00.
On the Annotate tab, there is a command here called Spot Coordinate. I'm going to click on that. This will simply allow you to click an existing object in your model and get the coordinates of that object. I'm going to roll my wheel slightly to zoom in and then go to the left top corner here, click a point to place it. Then you click another point for the elbow, and then place it again. Let's do that in a couple locations. Click a point to place it, the elbow, and then again, and we'll do one more right here.
And finally one right there. Now this one here at the bottom should be the most obvious, because if I select the project base point it's 0.00, 70.6, and 0.00, and you can see that that coordinate is showing exactly that same information. Now if you go straight up, the east coordinate here, 70.67 should not be surprising. Then, of course, the height of this wall up here is at 10.3, which it is here as well, and then over here at 50, and then finally this one over here at 50.
Now if you remember, this guy's at 0.00. So if we do the sport coordinate right there, it confirms in fact for us that that one is at 0.00. You can pull as many of these spot coordinates as you want, in any location you want, and what you can see here is that they're all measuring back to ultimately this survey point location right here. Now in the previous movie we talked about the relationship between these two points, but you can see that much more clearly now when you start throwing in some spot coordinates there. Now, you can use spot coordinates in really two ways.
You can use them because you actually want to call out these coordinates, maybe in a site plan or something. Or you can use them really more for yourself, just to kind of prove to yourself that your building is located where you think it is with respect to the various origin points. So whichever way you're using them, the spot coordinate can be a really handy tool to do a kind of quick check to make sure that everything is actually, in fact, correct and set up the way that you want before you progress forward.
- Finding the origin point
- Configuring project north and true north
- Understanding elevation
- Saving shared coordinates
- Linking multiple buildings
- Copying linked files
- Getting coordinates from CAD and DWG files