Tuesday, June 12, 2012

Measure Between Two References

Saw a post at Revitforum.org asking how best to go about finding out what the perimeter of a given building is. I was a little late to the party there and I was mulling over what to write about tonight...

The catch, the building is a linked file. Not much of a catch but there is no equivalent floor in this case. If there was a floor there I'd just check the properties of the floor. Technically if a linked floor matched the perimeter of the building you can still see properties of the linked element if you use the TAB select technique to grab a hold of the element in the link.

...or you could sketch your own a floor around the perimeter pretty quickly. or you could use the area tools. or you could draw a property line. or you could....

Use the Measure Between Two Reference (MbTR) AND check the Chain Option! This will give you a running total as you pick additional points along the perimeter of the building. Here's a quick video demo.



For my money, I'd probably favor a floor. That way when the person who asked you to find out says something like this, "Hey what was that perimeter value again? Sorry I didn't write it down" You can just check the properties of the floor instead of using MbTR again, or flinging your scale at them.

4 comments:

Tony Isenhoff said...

Hey Steve,

Have you tried the other Measure method; "Measure along an Element"? Using that method in conjunction with key to select ALL the walls, you can get a VERY quick SF. The downside is that is uses the wall's centerline... Still a very close approximation.

Steve said...

Yes, tried that and thought about mention it. In this case though the elements to measure are in a link and it doesn't "see" them.

Jason Coe said...

Steve -
Have you considered mass floors? I have always found that using a mass and making a mass floor works nice. I can then produce a mass floor schedule to view the floor area. In addition, I can use the grips of the mass to adjust the perimeter if I need to and the floor area dynamically changes. Because mass objects are off by default in views, I always thought this was a nice choice.

Steve said...

Yeah, in the context of the thread at Revitforum the comment was quick, and in a link...didn't care about retaining the information or documenting it. Nearly every possibility was mentioned, except the "quick and dirty" measure tool. My mentioning it in the thread didn't get any traction though so this post is only to remind people it's lurking there, getting lonely.