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Area and Space Planning

BIM for Architecture, Engineering, and Construction Curriculum

Exercise 2.1.1: Defining and Displaying Areas and Area Plans

In this exercise, students will learn how to:

  • Create gross building type area plans with custom area type parameters and color fills.
  • Generate area schedules with desired fields, formatting, sorting, and grouping.
  • Display the area plans with legends and schedules on sheets.
Figure 2.1.1 - Creating new gross building area plans

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Student Exercise

Download Unit2_Lesson1_Exercise1_Start.zip: Imperial or Metric
Revit
    • Create a gross building area plan for Building 2 that divides the space among five departments whose requirements are outlined below:
      • Earth Systems: 4000 SF (372 square meters)
      • Civil Engineering: 6500 SF (604 square meters)
      • Architecture: 4500 SF (418 square meters)
      • Electrical Engineering: 3500 SF (325 square meters)
      • Urban Studies: 2500 SF(232 square meters)

 

  • Use the Building 2 Area Schedule, which is already created in the project file, to verify that the program requirements are being met by your proposed area plan.

 

Figure 2.1.2 - Example area plan and schedule for Building 1

Exercise 2.1.2: Defining and Displaying Rooms and Room Plans

In this exercise, students will learn how to:

  • Add room objects and defining new room object parameter types.
  • Generate and configure room schedules that group and tally across different parameters. 
  • Display the room plans and schedules on sheets for sharing.
Figure 2.1.3 - Adding room separation lines to differentiate rooms unbounded by walls

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Student Exercise

Download Unit2_Lesson1_Exercise2_Start.zip: Imperial or Metric
Revit 
  • Add interior walls to Building 2 to divide the areas created in Exercise 2.2.1 into the room types needed, including offices, classrooms, and conference rooms. Use room separation lines to define room spaces not divided by walls.
  • Create room objects and number them sequentially. Then use the room properties to assign their room types and department. 
  • Generate two room schedules, one that groups by room type and the other by department. Configure them with the proper fields, sort/group criteria, and formatting rules. Also define the ceiling, floor, and wall finish types for each room.
  • Duplicate the plan views at each level and crop the new views to show the room layouts in Building 2 only. Then place these views and the room schedules on D-size 24x36 (0.61 m x 0.91 m) sheets, similar to the example shown in Figure 2.2.4.

 

Figure 2.1.4 - Example room layout with color fill legend and room schedule