Room Regions


Instructions from Video:

Room Regions are a great tool for instantly adding in the calculated area, perimeter and volume of a selected area. You can also define other additional notes to show room finishes.

To add Room Regions:

Select Tools>Analyze>Schedules.

There are 2 options for Room Regions; Room Regions by Picking Points or Room Region by Room. If you are designing an open concept living space and want to define the individual spaces by function, use Room Region by Picking Points, for rooms defined by walls, use Room Region by Room.

For this example, in an open-concept space, select Tools>Analyze>Schedules>Room Region by Picking Points.

The Room Region dialog box appears.

Under the General tab, the Title area has an option for Display Name. The name you type here will be displayed on the floor plan of your model and is used to describe the room or area. Alternatively, instead of a Display Name, you could designate a Display Mark. This is a mark, that can be alphanumeric to describe the room. It too will appear on the floor plan and a schedule if you insert one. Either of these options, when inserted on the floor plan can be left-justified, centered or right-justified per the icons to the left of the Name options.

Under the Calculation Display heading you can specify what you also want to display on the floor plan under the name of the Room Region.

As you define the Room Region it can automatically calculate the area, perimeter and volume of that space and if you check that option, it will appear on the floor plan. For Volume, you must designate the height of the walls in the room.

Under the Additional Schedule Fields heading are items that will only appear in the corresponding schedule and not on the floor plan. There is an option for Ref. Note. Here you can type any note that you want to display in the schedule in relation to this room. There is also the opportunity to type the Floor Finish, Ceiling Finish, Wall Finish and Base Finish materials. Type the material in the box adjacent to the field. These all appear in the schedule, on the line related to this room.

Under the Settings tab, you can control the appearance of the text and mark when it appears on the floor plan.

The Title Appearance settings handle the Display Name title that will be inserted on the floor plan. The text style has a button to select a default system text option. The colour, line type and lineweight of the Mark, that will surround all of the text can also be defined. To the right is an option to set the mark as a Circle, Square, Hexagon, Octagon or Text Only without a mark around it.

The Calculation Appearance settings offer a text style for how the room area, perimeter and volume values will appear on the floor plan. Pick the Text Style button to change it.

The Object Appearance allows for a hatch pattern to be displayed in each separate room region. This is a great way to create a coloured floor plan by region. Check to Include the hatch pattern and define a pattern, colour and layer.  Click OK to accept the settings.

Left-click on the corner of the points that will be used to define the room region. When you are finished selecting the corner points, right-click, in the right-click menu you can Finish the command, Repeat the command or Step Back if you made a mistake in a point you picked to pick it again. Once you have the points defined and select Finish.

The Room Region is defined and the text and hatch are inserted. To insert a corresponding schedule, that will report all of the room regions added to a floor plan, select Tools>Analyze>Schedules>Room Region Schedule.

The Room Region Schedule dialog box appears. Click the Setup button.

In the Schedule Setup dialog box you can define the columns of information that you want to be displayed when you insert the schedule. Each column of information is displayed in the Layout section. In our example, we will add a new column before the Notes column. Left-click on the Notes column and then click Insert.

A new Blank column appears.  The remaining information in the Layout section will display the settings for that Blank column. Pick the dropdown beside Content and select Floor Finish. The heading above will describe this column. Change the text from Blank to Floor Finish.  You can repeat the steps to create as many columns that you want, for example if you also want to add Ceiling Finish, Wall Finish and Base Finish column information.

The Schedule Appearance area of the dialog box, defines how the schedule linework and text for the Title of the schedule, the Headings of the schedule and the Content text of the schedule. Each will have a corresponding button to select the appropriate text style.  The border around the schedule is on a default layer of Border and the colour, line type and line weight for the border are displayed. You can select an alternate layer by clicking on the drop-down menu.

Once all selections are finished, click OK. The Room Region Schedule dialog box will preview all of the changes. Click OK.

A copy of the schedule will attach to your cursor. Left-click to place it on the drawing screen.