How to Create Room Data Sheets in Revit

Room data sheets are used to communicate the requirements of the client for a particular type of space to the design teams. They are typically developed during the planning and briefing stages. The information they contain can include general requirements and notes or detailed specifications for fixtures, finishes, (F&F) and mechanical and electrical equipment.

The information is usually presented on a separate sheet for each room (hence the name) but, depending on the scope, it may be spread across more than one sheet. The sheets are usually provided to contractors along with the drawings and specs.

There are numerous software programs that can assist you in creating RDSs. Some are designed to link to Revit models so that the model’s content and the room data sheet match. This makes it easier to manage the document and avoids duplicate entries.

Layer is a powerful management tool for room data. It has an easy-to navigate interface to collect room information and generate multiple sheets for each type of space. It is also able to backfill existing Revit projects with room types, and create custom reports. Layer allows users to define naming conventions for views on sheets and alter properties like scale, browser organisation and name.

The Layouts panel lets you control the layout of views on a page including margin values as well as the position of the titleblock. In addition, the option of exclude the view titles from estimating the total view size on a sheet can be enabled. This will stop titles from overlapping on the sheet and it allows for more elevation views to be created on a single sheet.