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If you plan to turn your drawings into so-called project documentation, it’s time to master working with sheets. They allow you to present all attachments at a professional level and combine different contents at the same time. On the other hand, if you only need informal sketches, you can create them without any additional effort because the Print function is available to you at any time.

I’ve already opened the appropriate example, so I can go to the Project Browser and look for the sheet section. You will easily recognize it by the title – Sheets, and I already have several ready-made attachments available. To show you what’s in one of them, it’s enough to click on the icon in the shape of a plus sign and show the related contents. As you can see, this sheet shows the plan of the ground floor attachment bearing the same name (Floor Plans: Level 1).

If you want to see what’s on a list, simply click on the main item. I will use the opportunity to show the entire content of the first sheet (A101) in one go, because it contains a whole series of additional elements besides the plan. Before I explain to you in detail what they consist of, I would like to draw your attention to the markings on the drawing itself, so I will use the Zoom function and enlarge a part of the plan. Now you can see the elements that mark the section positions much more clearly, while in the middle there is also a field that refers to a special detail.

If you pay attention to the section marks, you will notice that in addition to the serial number, there is also the name of the sheet containing the corresponding attachment. If one of these fields is empty, it means that this section has not yet found its place on a sheet. That can be changed very easily, but before that I’d like to show you how to get to a sheet that already has the appropriate content. Considering that these two sections have the same labels – A301, it won’t be difficult for me to find the sheet with the same name in the Project Browser and click on the plus sign to its left. At that moment, two additional contents will appear in the list, and based on their names, it can be easily concluded that they are Sections. To display them, it is enough to quickly click twice on the item representing the name of the list and thus open the complete content. As you can see, the sheet shows both sections, but this can be changed very easily. For example, I will remove the part that represents the section and for this purpose I will first click on it and then press the Delete key. At that moment, the entire section will disappear from the screen, and this also applies to the corresponding item from the Sheets section. On the other hand, the attachment containing the same section (Transverse Section) will still remain in the list, which means that with this move I have only removed its reference.

If I now return to the sheet containing the plan of the ground floor, you will notice that the circle indicating the position of the cross-section is completely empty, which is quite logical, since this drawing is no longer on any sheet. I don’t like that, so I’ll cancel the last operation by pressing the Control and Z keys, and it will automatically be reflected in the data related to the intersection mark.

Now that you understand how links between individual contents work, it’s time to show you how they are created. I’ll use the third section as an example because it’s still not properly represented. To that end, I need to redisplay the sheet reserved for sections (A301 Section) and check if there is enough free space on it. Since that shouldn’t be a problem, I’m going to look for the Section in the Project Browser and select the item called Section at Stair. After that, I only need to drag it to the right side with the help of the mouse and determine the final position of the new element. The program will automatically help me with its positioning, which means that I will be able to match the lines on which the titles are located or to use the existing elevations for this purpose. I will opt for the second option, because it seems to me that the whole drawing will be much clearer this way. The program marked this section with the number 3, and this information will be automatically transferred to the drawing that represents the plan.

In the second part of the lesson I’ll show you how you can make changes to the elements that are automatically generated, so to that end I’ll first go back to the section sheet and check that these two segments are at the correct height. As you can see for yourself, the elevations match perfectly but the title line is placed too close. This problem can be solved in a relatively simple way, where you do not need to select the section itself, because this will result in the displacement of the entire element. Instead, it is necessary to click directly on the line with the title and then move the cursor to the desired position. I will use the auto-align feature and complete this operation in one go.

As you can see, there are currently three sections on this sheet, but I don’t like how they are labeled. It would be much better if these two segments (which are normally numbered 2 and 3) swap their labels and this can be achieved in a very simple way. It is enough to select one of these two sections and look for the field containing its sequence number (Detail Number) on the Properties palette. I will take the opportunity to enter the number 2 instead of 3, but the program will immediately warn me that this value is already taken. This means that I have to repeat the entire procedure and this time enter a different number, four. After that, I can move on to the next section, enter a two instead of a three, and finally correct the temporary mark I assigned to the last segment in the meantime. All these changes will be automatically reflected on the marks found on other drawings. To prove it to you, I’ll switch to the sheet containing the plan of the ground floor in one go and check the section marks. As you can see, they are aligned with the new numbering which means you don’t have to worry about things like this.

In the rest of this lesson, I’ll show you how you can create a completely new sheet and place the appropriate drawing on it. To this end, I will use some of the existing plans because many of them are not yet ready for the final presentation. To begin with, I need to right-click on the item called Sheets and activate the New Sheet function from the auxiliary menu. After that, a box will appear on the screen with a list of templates that can be used to automatically create new sheets, and since I currently have only one such element at my disposal, it will not be difficult for me to choose the item A1 metric. Admittedly, there is a possibility to add a few more new templates by selecting the Load button, but for now I will be satisfied with the offered solution and close this box with OK.

At that point, a new sheet will appear on the screen that already contains the appropriate data, so I can zoom in on its lower right corner and show you what it’s really about. As you can see, the name of the project, its numerical designation, the date of creation of the drawing, etc. are already entered there. You can change this data freely, and any new information will be automatically transferred to the other sheets.

If you pay attention to Project Browser, you’ll notice that the new sheet is automatically labeled A502, which means that Revit used the previous names and simply continued the existing sequence. It doesn’t suit me, so I will right-click on this resignation and select the Rename option from the auxiliary menu. After that, it won’t be difficult for me to enter a brand new label for the sheet (P101) and give it an appropriate name (Power Plans). As soon as I close this box, the data I just entered will appear on the drawing, which means that I have successfully completed this task as well. I could have achieved the same result in a simpler way, which involves directly selecting the appropriate element and entering a new value. In this way, I will change the data related to the name of the author and the person in charge of project control.

Before I go any further, I will press the Z and F keys to display the full sheet because it will be easier for me to add new content at this scale. To that end, I need to look for the Place View function in the View section and select the attachment I need from the list. I will choose the ground floor plan (Level 1 Power) and select the Add View to Sheet function to complete this process.

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