How to Measure an Area in a Revit

by Michelle Deer ; Updated September 28, 2017

Items you will need

  • Revit Architecture 2009 (or newer)

  • 3-D Model

Architects use various design programs like Revit as a tool to create construction documents consisting of floor plans, elevations, sections and other important drawings needed to express their ideas. Creators of these programs build shortcut tools into the programs which makes the designing process easier on the architect. Calculating the area of a room or building is one shortcut that Autodesk built into Revit. With this tool the designer can quickly calculate the area of an entire multi-story building within a few minutes.

Create an Area Plan

Click on the "Home" tab, select the arrow beside "Area" in the "Room & Area" panel and choose the "Area Plan" option.

Change the "Type" settings to select an area scheme in the "New Area Plan" dialog box. You have two options: Gross Building, which will contain the total constructed area of the building, or Rentable, which measures the area based on the standard method for calculating the floor area in office buildings.

Select the level to which you want to apply an area plan. If you select more than one level, Revit will create a separate area plan for each level and they will be grouped by scheme in the "Project Browser."

Creating Areas

Open an area plan view and check the boundaries that were created when the area plan was created. Depending on your Revit settings the lines might appear as another color; however, as the default, boundary lines should appear in purple.

Fix any boundary mistakes and draw any missing boundary lines. Click on the "Home" tab, select the arrow beside "Area" in the "Room & Area" panel and choose the "Boundary Line" option. You will be able to draw or pick lines on the area plan.

Click on the "Home" tab, select the arrow beside "Area" in the "Room & Area" panel and choose the "Area" option. To place a room tag and area tag with the area change the settings on the "Options Bar" to "Tag on Placement."

Select "New Area" on the "Options Bar," or select an existing area from the drop-down list.

Place an area tag on the area plan by clicking inside any room with a boundary. The room will get a grayed-out "X" with the area in the middle of the "X."

About the Author

Michelle Deer has a Bachelor of Fine Arts in architecture, a master's degree in architecture and an electronic design minor from the Savannah College of Art and Design. She has spent over five years working in architecture firms writing magazine ads, newspaper ads and designing websites. Deer's articles specialize in home-improvement and other technical topics.

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