When large Revit projects are split into multiple files, Room and Space elements often exist in one linked Revit file while another Revit file may contain elements such as Doors, Fixtures, Equipment, and Lighting that need to reference information from the Rooms or Spaces.

Recognizing that this created a challenge for Revit users, we developed functionality in Ideate ReNumber (and in Ideate BIMLink) that enables users to easily renumber elements in the parent file based on the Room or Space number found in a linked file.

To take advantage of this functionality, simply ensure that you are using a Rule that specifies whether you are looking at the Room or Space data. Ideate ReNumber will then determine which file the data lives in, and it will use that information to populate your element with a new number. 

Here’s an example:

The out-of-the-box sample Rule called “Lighting” is designed to automate Lighting Fixture numbering based on the Space Number:

Renumber and Linked Files - Lighting Fixture

However, you can also import a Rule from the Bonus folder called “Lighting – Room.” This Rule references the Room Number field:

ReNumber and Linked Files - Lighting - Rooms

This valuable, time-saving feature is just one of the many Revit tasks simplified by Ideate ReNumber, which is one of the tools included in our IdeateApps collection. To learn more, read our blog post, Renumber and Rename Revit Elements Based on Associated Room; watch a recording of our recent class, Advanced Numbering: Improving Project Documentation; and check out the many how-to videos posted on our site. 

About the Author

Glynnis Patterson, NCARB – Director of Software Development
Glynnis is a registered architect and has worked within the building information modeling (BIM) industry since 1998. A graduate of Carnegie Mellon University, she has worked as an architect, educator and construction site manager. Glynnis is the Director of Software Development Services and continues to work with AECO clients worldwide, developing, and consulting on solutions to BIM challenges. In her spare time, Glynnis volunteers for the local high school and with Find Glynnis on LinkedIn.