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 usually created during the briefing and architectural programming stages. The information they include could include general requirements and guidance notes as well as detailed specifications for fixtures and finishes (F&F) and mechanical and electrical equipment.

The information is typically presented on a separate sheet for each room (hence the name) but based on the scope could be spread out over more than one sheet. They are typically given to contractors with drawings and specs.

There are a variety of software programs which can assist you in creating RDSs. Certain software is designed to connect Revit models, so that the content of the model and the room data sheet are the same. This synchronisation makes it easier to manage the document and avoids duplicate entries.

Layer is a powerful management tool for the room data. It comes with an easy-to-use interface for capturing room data and can produce multiple sheets for each type of space. It can also add room types to existing Revit projects and produce custom reports. Layer permits users to define naming conventions for sheets, and can modify properties such as scale, browser organisation and the naming.

The Layouts panel allows you to adjust the margins and the position of the titleblock and other settings that regulate the layout. Additionally, the option to exclude view titles when the calculation of the total size of views on a sheet can be activated. This will stop titles from overtaking views on the sheet and also allows for more elevation views to be created on sheets.