Join Paul F. Aubin for an in-depth discussion in this video Working with sheets, part of Revit 2018: Essential Training for Architecture (Imperial).
- In this video, we're going to look at sheets. There comes a time in every project where you need to present the information in your project to some outside recipient. The most common way to do that is to print them out on sheets. Now sheets give us a nice professional presentation for the various views within our project, gives us a title block and they're printed to scale, and you can print your sheets either on a physical plotter or create digital plots with PDFs or export them in other ways. But in all cases, the sheet is usually a nice way to organize the output that you're planning to create. So right now, I'm just looking at a floor plan, but if you'll recall when we first set up this project, we used a template that came with the software, and that template actually included among other things several pre-made sheets.
So let's scroll down and see how those sheets are shaping up. So as I scroll down here on the Project Browser, I'm looking for the sheets branch, and sheet A1 is labeled, "Floor Plans." If I double-click that, as you can see, if I zoom in on this floor plan here at the top, this view is actually the view we were just looking at, and it's kept up with our project quite nicely. So a really nice thing about the sheets is if they're in the project early on, there's really nothing for you to do to keep them up to date. They manage themselves, and at any time you can go to print, and your sheets are ready to go.
Now let me zoom in a little bit closer over here, and I want to talk about these section and elevation marks. If you look at this one, this one, this one, and these two elevation marks here, you can see they all have numbers filled in. So what this is telling us is that this is section one on A6. This is two, and this is three, also on A6. Here we're on two on A5, here we're on two on A4. Now this one doesn't have any values at all. So that particular section is not yet on the sheet. So let's look at these first.
I'll go to this section sheet. All three of these are on A6. So that's this sheet right here. Double-click to open that up. And you can see those three views there on the sheet. But there's plenty of room here, so if we wanted to add that fourth sheet that wasn't yet on the sheet, it's really easy to do. So there's a couple ways to add views to sheets, and the first way is to drag and drop from Project Browser. So locate the branch on Project Browser where the view lives, in this case the Sections branch, and the name of that section is the "Section at Break Room." And I will drag it out of Browser; you'll see a small little plus sign on the cursor.
Let go. A box will appear, and I can bring it in. It will try to line up with the other views that are already here on the sheet. So in this case it's going to line up in both directions. And I will click to place that section. Now if I zoom in, notice that that automatically became drawing number four. Furthermore, if I go back to my A1 sheet, you can see that this bubble has now filled in as four on A6. Now let me return to sheet A6 here.
Zoom out a little bit. Sometimes folks like to re-number the views. At the moment, it goes one, two, three, four. Maybe you want it to go one, two, three, four this way. Well, all you have to do is select a view, and when you look over at the Properties palette, the detail number is right here. The trouble is you can't use a number that's already in use. So if I type two, it'll tell me that I have to enter a unique number. So here's the workaround. I'll select this one. And I haven't used five yet.
So I'll make that one five. Now I can select this one, and it can now be three, because this one is no longer three. So I'll select this and make it three. Now that frees up number two. So now I can go back to this one, and change it back to number two. Now this one didn't need to change; it stayed four. But now if I go back to the A1 sheet, you can see that they've reversed, and two and three are now switched from one another. So, little bit of a workaround there, but it's pretty easy to change the way the views are numbered, if you need to do that.
Now what about creating new sheets? Sometimes you need to do that as well. And if we look up here at the Project Browser, there's lots of views in this project that weren't here when the original template was created. So what I'm going to do is right-click directly on the sheets item, and choose New Sheet. It will offer me a choice of titleblocks. I'm going to choose my E1 size. If you want a different titleblock, you can click Load, and find that titleblock. And I'm going to get a blank sheet.
Now this new sheet shows up here on the browser, and it just numbers itself in order, whatever the next number was. So if I zoom in over here, this is now sheet number A14. Notice that there are other fields available here. The name of the building filled in automatically. If I had given the project an owner, that name of the owner would fill in. The date and the project number have already filled in. So these are things that I can edit directly. Now, if I want to, I can click right here on the author, put in my initials, I can click on the checker, and put in some initials for that.
I could even change the name and number of this sheet. So this is gonna be my power plans, so I'm gonna change this to P1. And here, instead of "Unnamed," call this "Power Plans." Notice that both of those changes occur immediately over here in the Project Browser. Now anything that's a global change will affect the other sheets as well. So if I change the project number as an example, and call this 2017.01, and then I go open up one of the other sheets, notice that if I zoom out here, this sheet is already 2017.01.
They can't have different project numbers. The project number is shared by all of the sheets. Now let me go back to my power plans here, zoom out, and let's look at the other way that we can add views to sheets. So we already saw that we could drag and drop. The other option is to go to the View tab, and click this button right here to place a view on the sheet. That will display a list of all the views that are not yet on a sheet, and you can simply choose them off the list here. So I'll choose Level One Power, add it right there, click away from it, repeat the command, Level Two Power, it'll line up right there, and now I've got those two power plans placed on the sheet.
So it's as simple as that to create a new sheet and add views to it. Let's do one more thing with sheets to finish things up. We can add a sheet list. A sheet list is really just a schedule of all of your sheets. So to add a sheet list, you go to the Schedules drop-down, and you choose Sheet List. This will bring up the familiar schedules dialogue, and I'm simply going to add the Sheet Number, and the Sheet Name. If you want, you could add as many of the other fields as you want.
I'll click OK. I'm going to increase the width of this column here, so we can read those names a little bit better. And with this sheet list now, I can go back to some other sheet. Now, I would probably want to put this on a cover sheet, but in this case, I don't actually have a cover sheet to use, so I'll just simply put it with my floor plans for now, and you could always move it later. But if I expand Schedules and Quantities, there's my sheet list. Drag it out, place it on the view, right there, zoom in, and there's my list of sheets.
Now this is a pretty short list, but if for some reason it got too long to fit, there's a small little split grip right here that will split the table into two columns. Or if you just like that look a little bit better, and then this grip adjusts how many items are in each column. So you can make adjustments to your lists that way. And that works on any schedule. That's not just for sheet list. So when you're ready to add sheets to your project, it's a simple matter of adding a new sheet, and then either dragging and dropping, or using the Add Views command to populate those sheets with views.
All of the numbering of views will take care of itself, and Revit will automatically cross-reference all of the numbers for you from sheet to sheet.
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