November 25, 2021

New feature for Smart Dimensions: Dimension to nearest Revit element

Placing dimensions on views in Autodesk® Revit® is a very time-consuming process, but it’s got to be done in order to have drawings to send to the manufacturer. So, the faster it can be done, the better.

Our auto-dimensioning technology for Revit – Smart Dimensions – is useful for wood and metal frames, precast elements, and more, but individual drawings are a bit different from plans, sections, and elevations. So, we have updated Smart Dimensions so that it gives better results in those views for dimensioning to the nearest surrounding elements.

Helping BIM professionals in the AEC industry automate their daily tasks is our aim, and this new feature of Smart Dimensions will definitely help in this regard.

Dimension to nearest

This new feature allows elements to be measured from the nearest grids, levels, floors, walls, etc.

Smart Dimensions configurations window

Below are some examples of ways that this ‘Dimension to nearest’ feature can be used in different types of Revit projects.

Fire sprinklers can be measured in the plan view from the nearest walls:

fire sprinkler plan in Revit

Here we have wall openings, created with our Cut Opening solution, and measured with Smart Dimensions:

MEP opening plan in Revit

Structural engineers might want to use it on foundations or columns:

column plan in Revit
foundation plan in Revit

There are lots of ways this feature can be applied: measure windows and doors, pipes and ducts, current project elements, or elements from a linked model. Whether you create assemblies with our Smart Assemblies add-on or detail views with Smart Views, you can apply it to views through the configurations or directly in any manually created view.


Free Demo

If you want to be more efficient when it comes to Revit documentation tasks, we invite you to request a free demo and solve these headaches by automating them with our Smart Dimensions technology.

We encourage you to get a free demo before taking a trial. That way, you’ll go into your trial period with a better idea of how to use the add-ons and have answers to your preliminary questions.

Free Trial

To start a free trial, download our TOOLS4BIM Dock for your Revit version. Once you have the Dock open in Revit, you can select which of our tools you’d like to take for a test drive.