Revit TotD – 10.12.09: Revit’s “Center” Command
Oh, hello there! Thought I had completely forgotten about you, didn’t you? Well, no, not completely. I had to deal with some personal issues, namely the beginning of my family! You can all blame it on my new son when he’s old enough to understand what you’re all upset about. Till then, I’m going to ease my way back into the mix here, starting off with a nice simple TotD. Enjoy!
I will never forget when someone asked me where the “center” command is in Revit. I was actually stumped for about half a second, before I proudly and in a fashion my grand-dad would be proud of answered with the following:
The center between two objects (midpoint along a line stretching between two objects) can be found a couple of ways, the easiest is through the midpoint snap (‘SM’ on your keyboard).
But sometimes, you just have too many lines all bunched up on top of each other and you need to know that you have the right center point. The alternate, and slightly more accurate, method of finding a center between two objects is demonstrated by simply placing a Reference Plane (or a detail line if you’re dealing with sheets) between the two objects
Dimension between the two objects and the Reference Plane
And click the ‘EQ’ that appears above the dimension when it is selected.
This will place the Reference Plane an equal distance from both objects, and unless my geometry teacher was completely wrong, that is the midpoint between the two objects, also known as “Centering” an object (in this case a Reference Plane). You can also do this with other objects such as Doors and Windows.
Well, like I said; a nice easy one to ease my way back into the mix. Stay tuned for the next Revit TotD!