Join Paul F. Aubin for an in-depth discussion in this video Controlling room numbering, part of Revit 2018: Essential Training for Architecture (Imperial).
- [Voiceover] If you watched the previous movie, you've already seen the basic process for adding rooms. In this movie, I'm gonna focus on the process of adding rooms with the idea in mind of getting them to number sequentially the way that I want. So we're gonna really be talking more about numbering strategy here than the actual mechanics of adding rooms. So, what I'm looking at is the first floor plan of a commercial building and there's no rooms in here, and I wanna start adding those rooms. I'm actually in a view called Working Level 1. Now, what's different about this view is, right here, and here, and here we have some room separation lines.
If I go to the standard Level 1 floor plan, notice those room separation lines are not displayed here. If I go to Reveal Hidden Elements, you can see that that category has been hidden. Okay, so I'm just gonna close the Reveal Hidden Elements and I'll go back to my Working Level 1. So it's pretty common for firms to adopt the process of creating a working view, and this view's sole purpose is just for you to do the work in. So you use this view to manipulate the model, therefore, you can change the graphics to display the tasks associated with manipulating the model and not worry about it affecting the way things are gonna print or the way they're gonna be exported to other recipients.
That's the job of the standard Level 1 or the Level 1-Furniture, and so on. So this working view, I can change the graphics any way I want to suit the purposes that I have in mind. So, I'm gonna select this room separation line, and then, on the Modify Tab, I'm gonna click the paint brush icon here, the overriding view object, and I'm gonna Override it by Category. I'll change the color to a nice, bright orange and the line weight to a very thick pin-weight eight. Now, it says here, Open the visibility graphics dialogue...
Everything I'm doing here you could actually do in Visibility Graphics because, as you will see, it'll affect all instances of the room separation line. In other words, it's a category-level modification. So, we could certainly do it in Visibility Graphics as well, if you wanted to. So now that I can see very clearly where the room separation lines are, I can tell that I'm ready to start adding the rooms. So, I'm gonna go to my Room command. Now, I wanna accept the Tag on Placement, and I'm gonna move my mouse into the space, specifically, into whatever space I want to be the first room.
Because when I click, as we've already seen, Revit will default to number one. So the next step is to click your Modify tool and cancel out of the command. The trick here is to make sure you change number one to whatever you want your first number to be. In most commercial buildings, you wouldn't want to start with one. You'd probably wanna do 101. Once you've done that, if you return to the Room command, the next room you place will be 102, and then 103, and then I'll just keep going.
I'll put 104 in the stairs and place the two toilet rooms, the break room, and the conference room. Now, before I place the remaining six rooms, those are all offices, what I'm gonna do is come over here on the Properties palette and show you another trick that we can do. If you put in the name first, so I'll type in the name "Office" here on Properties. Now, when I come back into the floor plan and begin placing them, not only are they sequencing in the correct numerical order, but they're all getting the proper name of Office.
So, I'll click my Modify tool and cancel out of there. Now, that's the first floor. So, what I'm gonna do here is just rename a couple of these. Now, I'm gonna select all of these offices over here and the Conference Room and its tag right here. I'm gonna go to Filter, Check None, and pick Room Tags and Rooms only. All of those elements also exist on the second floor.
So, I'm gonna copy them to the clipboard using the Copy to Clipboard icon here, or just simply pressing Control + C. Now I'm gonna go up to my Working Level 2 floor plan and choose the dropdown on Paste and choose Paste Align to the Current View. And the way that it numbers the rooms is probably not what we expected. Notice that it's continuing the sequencing from the first floor. So let me do Control + Z to undo that. So the trick here is, when you switch floors, you need to create your first room always on the new floor.
So I'm gonna go to the Room command, click in this space right here, I've already got a room separator right there, and, most importantly, renumber it. So this one is gonna be 201 and then, not Office; It's going to be Corridor. Now, I'll go to Paste Aligned to Current View, and notice that all the rooms will now pick up the correct sequencing. So, if you have a multi-story building with lots of rooms and lots of spaces that are similar from floor to floor, you can select all the rooms that are similar in those locations, like in the CORRs, or in other spots like that, and do this trick to copy and paste them to the other floors.
Just always remember that you have to create the first room first on each floor independently. Get it numbered properly and then paste. Go to the next floor, create the next room, number it properly, and paste again. And in this way, you can make really short work of a building that has lots of floor plates and lots of rooms. Now, there's no automated way to renumber rooms built into the software. So if you find yourself in a situation where you need to renumber a lot of rooms, there are third-party applications that you can download.
Some of them are free. Some of them are not free. So, just do a Google search for "automatic renumbering in Revit," and you should come up with several options available for the task.
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 author Paul F. Aubin helps you dive into modeling: adding walls, doors, and windows; using joins and constraints; creating and mirroring groups; linking to external assets and DWG files; and modeling floors, roofs, and ceilings.
Paul also shows advanced techniques for modeling stairs and complex walls, adding rooms, and creating schedules. Finally, discover how to annotate your drawings so all the components are clearly understood, and learn how to output sheets to DWF, PDF, or AutoCAD.
- Understanding BIM and the 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