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Measuring Distances in the Autodesk Viewer

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Exercise -  Measuring Distances in the Autodesk Viewer

In this exercise you will setup and measure distances in the Autodesk Viewer and test them against the original model in Revit. You will also post comments that include measurements.

You need to have access to a Revit and a shared view to work through these steps. If you have not created a shared view in an earlier practice do that now. If you do not have access to Revit, ask someone who does to create a shared view and you can work through the Autodesk Viewer portion of the practice. You will also need a free Autodesk Account to access the Markup tools, but the rest of the Autodesk Viewer tools are available without signing in.

  1. Open the Small Medical Center shared view through Revit or through a link that was shared with you.
  2. In the Autodesk Viewer, sign into your Autodesk account.
  3. In the toolbar at the bottom of the window, click Measure.
  4. In the Measure toolbar click Settings.
  5. In the dialog, set the Unit Type to Feet and Fractional Inches.
  6. Click Settings to close the dialog.
  7. Zoom in so you are closer to the end of the building.
  8. Move the cursor so you can see snap points on the 3D model.
  9. Click one endpoint snap and the other endpoint snap along the base of the wall.  You may not pick exactly the right points but get close.
  10. Open Revit if needed. Open the Small Medical Center_A-2021.rvt file if it is not already open.
  11. Open the Working Ground Floor Plan.
  12. In the Quick Access Toolbar click  Measure Between Two References.
  13. Pick points on each end of the wall on the right.
  14. The temporary dimension and the Options Bar displays that the distance is 71’-0”.
  15. Switch back to Autodesk Viewer and review the measurement you made. Modify the endpoints if needed to get closer to 71’-0”.  
  16. Orbit and zoom to see the front door. You are still in the Distance tool. Measure the opening of the door.
  17. Switch back to Revit and measure the door opening size. It should be 5’-8”.
  18. Switch to in the Autodesk Viewer.  
  19. In the Measure toolbar click Calibrate.
  20. Pick two points that define the door opening.
  21. In the Calibration dialog, set Define Size to 6’-0” and click Set Calibration.
  22. Click Distance. The measurement returns and now displays 6’- 0”.
  23. Pan over to see the other dimension. It has changed as well.
  24. Change the calibration back to 5’-8”.  
  25. Click Measure to see the correct measurements.
  26. In the top toolbar click Comments. The Comments pane displays where you see a copy of the existing view with the measurements showing.
  27. Type in a short question such as  “These are the dimensions I’m using. Are they right?”
  28. Click Post.
  29. Switch back to Revit.
  30. In the Shared Views palette, click Refresh.
  31. Review the comment. Click Reply and type “Good for a general estimate” and click Post.
  32. Switch back to Autodesk Viewer.
  33. In the browser, click in the URL and press Enter to reload the page. It zooms back out to the original view, but you can also see the reply.
  34. Use the ViewCube to switch to the Front view and zoom in on the Lobby area.
  35. In the Measure tool select angle and pick three points that define the angle.
  36. Create a section view modifying the Z-plane so you can see the area under the canopy.
  37. In the ViewCube click Top so you are looking straight down.  Zoom in as needed to see this view.
  38. Click Measure.
  39. Select the angle dimension and, in the Measure toolbar, click Delete.
  40. In the Measure toolbar, click Settings.
  41. In the dialog, set the Unit type to Feet and fractional inches and select Enable free measure.
  42. Click Settings again to close the dialog.
  43. In the Measure toolbar, click Distance. Add several approximately 6’-0” dimensions down the sidewalk.
  44. In the Comments pane, type “Add circle stickers at 6’-0” apart down the sidewalk.” Click Post.
  45. You are finished measuring, so in the Measure toolbar, click Done.
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