LS3P ASSOCIATES LTD. is committed to the production of high quality design and documentation. As leaders in the profession, it is expected that everything produced by the firm will be of a consistently high quality. Please ensure all LS3P documents are prepared in accordance with the standards identified here.

All employees of LS3P ASSOCIATES LTD. are required to become familiar with and use the production methods established for the firm. Each employee should have a good working knowledge of their computer, the LS3P network, project directory structures, and the various software programs used to produce their work. This page provides the information and tools necessary to prepare consistent, accurate, and high quality documents in Revit through all phases of our projects. As a desk reference, this wiki page provides answers to many production questions. Please contact the BIM Administrator or a Revit Captain if you can’t find an answer to a production question. Help menus available within the software programs are a good source of information to address general software questions. The goal is to make everyone’s job easier, and to improve overall efficiency, productivity, and quality by using the standards and procedures outlined in this document.

With the recent merger of Dawson Architects, Hubbard Architests and LS3P, the firm continues to grow and as the firm evolves, LS3P Standards will also evolve—especially as object-based design and Building Information Modeling continue to change our production processes.

With the release of this page, LS3P strives to address issues as they relate to LS3P Production Standards and the use of Revit Architecture in the creation and documentation of our building designs.

SECTION 1:  Drawing Set Organization

Drawing Set Organization

Drawing Set Organization

The organization of a drawing set should support the requirements and facilitate the production efforts of the design and construction team. This organization system is flexible and adaptive to the influences of project size and complexity, including delivery requirements. UDS (Uniform Drawing System) provides the methodology to organize drawing sets in the following manner:

  • Segregate the information by disciplines (both design and construction) to form subsets of the total drawing package.
  • Order the subsets to correspond to the natural sequence of construction, closely associating disciplines where topics are similar. Where construction priorities are equal, follow the order established by MasterFormat.
  • Collect and present each drawing (plan, elevation, section, …) on a sheet dedicated to that drawing type.
  • Present information within each subset from general to specific.

Subsets - Following the cover sheet, sheets are organized into subsets in the order illustrated below. All of the subsets may not apply, or more specific additional categories may be required depending on the size, scope, and complexity of the project. Also note that the INTERIORS subset (or “I” sheets) is only to be used by an outside interiors consultant, NOT BY LS3P ASSOCIATES LTD., unless contracted to do so.

Revit Drawing Set Organization

Within Revit, the drawing set organization is found on the PROJECT INFORMATION SHEET in the Revit project file. This sheet contains the lists of sheets for each discipline. The architectural and general sheet lists are automatically generated from the sheets created in the set. The two scenarios for generating consultant sheet lists are:

  • If the consultant is using Revit and their model is linked into the architectural model, the sheet list can be generated from the linked model.
  • If the consultant is not using Revit, the sheet list must be generated manually from a known list of sheets.

Steps for adding sheet lists of consultants' drawings using Revit

  1. In your Revit project file, click on the View tab> Schedules> Sheet List.
  2. Then in the Sheet List Properties dialog box, select the Sheet Number and Sheet Name fields.
  3. Make sure to check the box beside “Include elements in linked files”.
  4. Click OK and the Sheet List is created. In order to filter out only the specific sheets you want in the list, go to the Filter parameter in the Schedule Properties and click “Edit”.
  5. Beside the words “Filter By:” select the Sheet Number parameter, select “begins with” and then type in the first two characters in the sheet names that you need such as “M-”. Now this sheet list will only include sheets that begin with those two letters.

SECTION 2:  Sheet Identifiers

Sheet Organization

Sheet Organization

This module of the National CAD Standards establishes a grid system within the drawing area for the purpose of organizing graphics and related information on a sheet. Each sheet has 2 major areas;

Title Block Area - The right side of the drawing sheet is used as the standard location for project, client, designer, sheet identification, and sheet management information. See section IV.C.1 for a detailed description of the Titleblock configuration and proper plotting procedures.

Drawing Area - The drawing area is subdivided into modules based on an alphanumeric coordinate system. Rows are identified with a letter, starting with A at the bottom and increasing towards the top, while columns are identified with a number beginning with 1 and increasing to the right. The alphanumeric coordinates are used to identify each drawing or detail on a sheet. Grid lines should be drawn to separate drawings/details for clarity. The right most column (6) of the drawing area is used as the standard location for Reference Keynote Legends, General Notes and Key Plan. This area may also be used for graphic information if the entire column is not required for notes etc. The illustration below is of a 30 x 42 sheet. A similar grid system is used for 24 x 36 sheets. The grid is predefined in all LS3P standard Title Blocks

The Note area may be oriented horizontally at the bottom of the sheet when the building plan extends into column 6 as indicated by a dashed line in the diagram above.


Revit Sheet Organization

Title Blocks - Within Revit, the LS3P project template comes with preloaded titleblocks for each office and the two most common sizes; 24“x36” and 30“x42”. To change the size of office of the titleblocks in the project file, click on one of them, right-click and “Select All Instances> In Entire Project.

Then choose a different titleblock from the Properties dialog box. All of the sheets in the project of the type you selected will be changed to the new type. If there are other types of titleblocks in the set, they will need to be updated as well.

Drawing Titles - Each view that you drag and drop onto a sheet will come in with the default drawing title. If needed, the drawing title can be change by selecting it after placement and changing the type, such as “No Title” for legends. View title can be edited by clicking on them and then clicking a point in the view which activates the title. Then type in the field that needs to be changed.

 Drawing titles are number as illustrated above according to their position on the sheet. If there is only one view on the sheet, the number should be “A1”.

Revit File and View Naming Conventions

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