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IIDA April Revit Tip

Date: 2014-04-10 12:00:00 am

Creating Simple Yet Useful Bubble Diagrams in Revit

Not everyone starts a Revit Project from CAD plans or building masses.  Sometimes we need to start from a basic bubble diagram. This is a quick way to make that happen in Revit.

From a new project file, select the Architecture tab. Pan right on the ribbon until you see the Room Separator command.  After selecting the command, use the draw tools on the Contextual tab to draw circles, squares or elliptical bubbles on your plan view.  The size of the bubbles is not necessarily important.  Only the size relationships matter.

Once you have established your bubble size, shape and relationships, place rooms from the Room command in each bubble and in any areas of the bubbles that may overlap.  Assign a Department to each space. This Department is a parameter in the Instance Parameters property palette of each of the placed rooms.

Once this is complete, assigning a color scheme is as simple as going to the Annotation tab and selecting the Color Fill Legend command and placing the legend on the view.  Colors can be adjusted based on your preferences by selecting the legend then selecting the Edit Scheme command on the Ribbon above.

These bubble diagrams can be later used for mass models or plan layouts.


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