How to Create Room Data Sheets in Revit

Room data sheets are used to convey the client’s requirements for a specific type of space to the design teams. They are typically created during the meeting and architectural programming phases. The information they contain could include general requirements as well as guidance notes as well as detailed specifications for finishes, fixtures and fittings (F&F) and mechanical and electrical equipment.

The information is normally presented on one sheet for each room (hence the name) but depending upon scope could be spread out over more than one sheet. The sheets are usually provided to contractors with the drawings and specs.

There are numerous software programs to help you create RDSs. Some are designed to link to Revit models to ensure that the contents of the model and the room data sheet are compatible. This makes the document easier to manage and prevents duplicate entries in both.

Layer is a powerful tool that can assist in the management of room data. It provides an easy to use interface to capture room information and generate multiple sheets for each space type. It also allows you to backfill existing Revit projects with room types, and create custom reports. Layer allows users to specify naming conventions for views on sheets. It also allows users to modify properties such as scale, browser organization and naming.

The Layouts panel allows you to define the margin values as well as the position of the titleblock, and other settings that affect the layout. The option to block view titles from estimating size of the sheet’s total view can also be enabled. This will prevent titles from being overlapping on the sheet. It can also allow more elevation views to be generated on one sheet.

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