Room data sheets are used to convey the client’s requirements for a specific space type to the design teams. They are typically created during the briefing and architectural programming stages. The information they provide can include general requirements and notes or detailed specifications for finishes, fixtures and fittings (F&F) and electrical and mechanical equipment.

Information is usually provided on a single sheet per room and hence the name. However, based on the nature of work, it could be distributed over more than one sheet. They are typically given to contractors along with the drawings and specs.

There are numerous software programs that can help you create RDSs. Some are designed to connect to Revit models to ensure that the model’s content and the room data sheet are compatible. This synchronisation makes the document easier to manage and prevents duplicate entries in both.

Layer is a powerful tool to aid in the management of room data. It has an easy-to-use interface for recording room data and produces multiple sheets for different types of space. It can also backfill room types in existing Revit projects and produce custom reports. Layer also allows users to define naming conventions on sheets, and also manage properties such as scale, browser organisation, and naming.

The Layouts panel lets you define the margin values and the position of the titleblock, and other settings that govern the layout. The option to prevent view titles from estimating size of the sheet’s total view can also be turned on. This can prevent titles from overlapping on the sheet. It could also allow for more elevation views to be generated on one sheet.