Revit software includes a basic tool that allow users to create MEP Spaces from Architectural Rooms. These rooms are typically contained within a Revit linked model. However, this built-in automatic space creation tool is quite limited and not very customizable.

MEP Space Information  - Problem

The Solution: Ideate BIMLink 

Using Ideate BIMLink, you can easily create hundreds of spaces from rooms on different levels, all at the same time. You can also modify the space naming and space numbering at the same time to match your project standards. Plus, you can review and share ANY room-based property into the relevant space-based property.

MEP Space Information - Solution

Workflow Overview

Ideate BIMLink is delivered with two library link definitions to make quick work of this process.

Browse to the Ideate BIMLink library links named Rooms-to-Spaces and Rooms-to-Spaces_CREATE and modify the properties to meet your specific needs. Export both link definitions to the SAME spreadsheet, and then copy the needed Room information from the Room-to-Spaces worksheet tab over to the Rooms-to-Spaces_CREATE worksheet tab. Fill out column A (Element ID) with the word NEW, and then import the Rooms-to-Spaces_Create worksheet tab back into Revit via Ideate BIMLink. Copying the same coordinate information from the Room locations will allow Ideate BIMLink to create placed Spaces in the same location. Both models must be using the SAME coordinate system.

MEP Space Information - Workflow Overview

To learn more about this process, be sure to watch this video.

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About the Author

Richard W. Taylor, Associate AIA – Technical Evangelist 
Richard has more than 30 years of experience working for companies that develop architectural and engineering software solutions, such as Intergraph, Bentley, and Autodesk. He has over 20 years of Revit experience, and he was part of the original development of Revit while at Revit Technology Corporation. He worked for 12 years at Autodesk, where he presented, taught, and worked to improve features in Revit. Richard holds both a Bachelor of Science in Architectural Studies and Master of Architecture from the University of Nebraska, Lincoln. As Technical Evangelist, Richard works with AECO clients worldwide, developing and consulting on BIM solutions. Find Richard on Twitter and LinkedIn.