Finding Rooms in Revit with Default Name

When using Autodesk Revit Architecture, users typically place Rooms in the model and give each Room a name.  By default, the Room will receive the name of “Room”, unless the user selects a predefined name for that Room or changes the name.  When a project contains hundreds (or thousands) of defined Rooms, it is easy to lose track of Rooms that may not have been renamed to something other than the default “Room” name.  This article will show you how to create a filter that accentuates any Rooms that have the name of “Room”.

The following is a step by step process.

Step 1 – Create the Filter:

On the View tab, select the Filters command on the Graphics panel.  In the Filters dialog box, select the New button at the lower left corner of the dialog box.  In the Filter Name dialog box that appears, give it the name of “Default Room Name in Red” and pick the OK button.  With that new filter highlighted, place a checkmark next to the Rooms category in the middle of the dialog box.  In the Filter Rules section, set “Filter by” to “Name” “equals” and type “Room” as the name of the room.  Pick the OK button to exit the dialog box.

Step 2 – Create a View to Highlight the Filter:

Use your desired method of creating a floor plan view so that you have a view that will be specifically for seeing the Rooms.  In that new view, type VG or VV to open the Visibility/Graphic Overrides dialog box.  In the Annotation Categories tab, turn off most annotation except forRoom Tags” so that there is not a lot of “clutter” displaying in the view.  In the Model Categories tab, turn off unnecessary categories to eliminate “clutter” and making it easy to see just Rooms and associated walls, doors, or other helpful information.   Still in the Model Categories tab, expand the Rooms category and place a checkmark next to the “Interior Fill” option.

Step 3 – Apply the Filter:

In the Visibility/Graphic Overrides dialog box, go to the Filters tab and pick the Add button toward the bottom left of the dialog box.  In the Add Filters dialog box, select the “Default Room Name in Red” filter that we created in Step 1 above and pick the OK button.  Back in the Visibility/Graphic Overrides dialog box, select the Override… button under Projection/Surface Patterns column.

In the Fill Pattern Graphics dialog box, change the Color to “Red” and the Pattern to “Solid fill“.  Pick the OK button.  Pick the OK button to exit the Visibility/Graphic Overrides dialog box.

The following illustrates a simple plan that displays the Red color fill for the Rooms that have the default name of “Room”.

The above process also works for Autodesk Revit MEP when using Spaces, except that the user would need to substitute “Space” any time the term “Room” is used since Revit MEP utilizes Spaces instead of Rooms.

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