October 7, 2015

Revit 2016 Place Rooms and Open Sheet Views

After a long hiatus to Afghanistan, I have once again returned to the office to find a few changes… the Portland @Ideateinc office moved to a new a location, @IdeateSoftware released a new product called “Sticky”, and of course, @Autodesk released a new version of #Revit. So where does one begin??? Let’s start by looking at two new features within Revit 2016 that have caught my eye…

The first improvement that I liked is the ability of placing rooms within enclosed spaces of your model with a single click. In previous releases, the placement of rooms within a model was a long and arduous process of picking enclosed spaces in order to add a room element. Now with Revit 2016, selecting the Room tool reveals a new Tool called “Place Rooms Automatically”. Selecting this tool will automatically place rooms in any valid enclosed space greater than ¼ square foot, on the current level selected in the Options bar. This dramatically reduces the laborious process of picking enclosed spaces individually.   

Another feature that appealed to me is the ability to locate and open a Sheet view that a view has been placed on. This includes any 3D, Section, Callout, Plan, Elevation, Drafting or Detail view. In earlier releases, I would need to look through several Sheet views to find the sheet a particular view had been placed in. With Revit 2016, right-clicking over a view name in the Project Browser reveals a new option in the context sensitive menu called “Open Sheet”. Revit will immediately locate and open the sheet. Talk about efficiency! No more scrolling through several sheet views. 

If you would like to check these new features out or see what else is new in Revit 2016, take a look at my, and my colleagues blogs on the Ideate, Inc. YouTube page.  

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Ron Palma

AEC Application Specialist

Ron has over 24 years of experience in the architectural industry as a drafter, designer, lead project designer, trainer, and a CAD manager implementing Autodesk Architectural Solutions for a residential design firm. His instructional background includes being an Autodesk Certified Instructor (ACI), trainer, support technician, educator at Portland and Clackamas Community Colleges, as well as a U.S. Army certified instructor where he was a senior instructor at Ft Lewis Washington. Ron is a member of the Oregon Army National Guard, where he is a platoon sergeant specializing in training and mentoring soldiers in their careers. Ron is a published writer and continues to author professional technical training manuals and shorts for AutoCAD, AutoCAD Architecture, and Revit. As an Autodesk Certified Instructor and Revit Architecture Autodesk Certified Professional, Ron provides Revit Architecture and AutoCAD training and support for AEC firms. @RonPalmaAEC