If you’re an architectural drafter or interior designer, you likely have plenty of experience with the repetitive and time consuming task of manually entering data in your schedules. In the March From AutoCAD to Revit webinar, Kristin Rhein shared some powerful tips and tricks on how Revit can speed up your drafting process with schedules. Here are three examples from her presentation:
#1: Automatically Calculating and Filling Data
When creating schedules in AutoCAD, using dynamic blocks and tables to calculate schedules can be time consuming—especially if you’re working with a high volume of schedules. However, when you create a schedule in Revit, it is intelligent and makes calculations based on the components in the models. It will recognize data entered in your sheet and correctly reflect that information in your schedules, and vice versa.
Kristin demonstrates this in the below video of creating a Furniture Schedule in Revit:
#2: Adding and Removing Changes Are Reflected Across Sheets, Floor Plans, and Schedules
The first draft of a floor plan is never the final draft. Edits are made throughout the drafting process and things are constantly being added and removed. When working in AutoCAD, changes in one sheet will not be accounted for in the respective schedule. This requires the user to make every change on every sheet, schedule, and floor plan. In the video below, Kristin demonstrates how changes made in a Revit model are reflected in all other sheets, floor plans, and schedules automatically.
#3: Creating Floor Finish Plans with Room Schedules
One exception to the auto-populating intelligent models in Revit is the Room Schedule. This requires you to manually fill in data in the Room Schedule, unlike, for example, the Furniture Schedule. This begs the question: what’s the difference between Revit and AutoCAD then?
Kristin explains that Room Schedules is just about the only exception to automatically calculating that data. At the end of the day, users will still save more time in making changes and edits in Room Schedules in Revit as opposed to working in AutoCAD because mistakes made in Revit are easily fixed with a few clicks to repopulate as opposed to completely redoing your whole schedule.
Once the data is filled into your Room Schedule, that information can be pulled directly into creating a Floor Finish Plan. Kristin demonstrates how easy it is to pull this information while using the visibility graphics to create her Floor Finish Plan in the video below:
Do you currently use Revit on all your drafting projects? How else does Revit help you in your drafting process? Share your thoughts in the comments below!