How to Automate the Creation of Room Drawings Using the Naviate Room Drawing Tool
If you are tasked with the responsibility of creating room drawings in Revit, then you know that whilst the standard Revit approach isn’t difficult, it can be extremely tedious and time consuming. For example, if you are working on a multi-storey building design, you may need to create hundreds of rooms.
Fortunately, the Revit add-in, Naviate, now offers an innovative solution for addressing this aspect of your workflow via the use of the Room Drawing tool. The Room Drawing tool is a sophisticated command that simply automates the process of creating room drawings.
The tool comes as part of the Naviate Architecture toolset and is highly intuitive to use. The different features and settings from within this command provide its users with powerful functionality for generating multiple room sheets in just a few clicks.
After launching the tool, the process begins by configuring the settings for your room drawing requirements from the Room Drawing Dialogue.
Under the Room Selection panel on the left, a list of rooms from your project will be displayed. Above the room list is a filter search that will allow you to filter by room name or number. The filter search also allows you to create an advanced filter by parameter value.
At the bottom of the Room Selection panel is a small report showing the total number of rooms created. You will notice in this example, that there are 260 rooms in this project.
From the room list you can simply select the rooms for which you wish to create room drawing sheets.
In this example, x2 rooms have been selected.
Directly to the right, you will notice a Settings panel which allows you to save your configured settings for future use.
Underneath this is the View Selection panel and in here are a number of different options that enable you to choose from the view types and view templates that you wish to include in your sheet setup.
The first setting you come across is a toggle button which can be switched on or off. Toggled on will generate the elevation views for your rooms.
To the right of this are settings that will allow you to set the crop offsets for views when placed onto their sheets. In this example, the front plan offset has been set to 400mm.
Within the View Selection panel, you can also choose which walls to include in the room drawing.
The All Walls option will create a view for every wall within the room whilst the 4 Walls option will create a view of walls for each North, South, East and West orientation of the room.
The Merge Walls setting allows any walls that have a gap to be merged when shown on the room drawing sheet.
The next step involves choosing which view types and view templates to include as part of your room drawing setup.
The Room Drawing tool will allow you to include a floor plan, ceiling plan and even a 3D view which is a nice extra feature to show on your drawing.
In this example, all view types have been selected. Underneath each view type, you also have the ability to choose a template to add to your room drawing configuration.