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Telecom and Audio-Visual Setup: Revit MEP Plan Sheet Creation

When setting up a Revit project for Telecom and Audio-Visual, there is a vital step in the setup process that needs to be considered for our disciplines and the architect who is traditionally responsible for the project. In the early stages of a project, the architect will ask Telecom and Audio Visual for a sheet list produced for the project.

After the architect receives the sheet, they can start detailing the project cover sheets. Creating your Construction Document plan views and corresponding sheets is a best practice when it comes to sheet creation for Telecom and Audio Visual in Revit. Doing this during project setup helps limit the amount of work required during the delivery process.

Preparing Sheets: Low Voltage-Telecom and Audio-Visual

There are several factors to consider when preparing sheets in Revit for Low Voltage Telecom and Audio-Visual. The main factor we need to understand is where Technology Telecom and Audio-Visual has our sheets within the naming and number convention category.

Depending on the type of project, what architect you’re working with, or if the project is classified as state, local or federal, there are standards in which our set(s) fall under:

For projects where state, local or federal are involved, we need to follow up with our reviewer(s) on which letter sheets our set falls under:

In Wisconsin, State and Local projects telecom and audio-visual fall under the E category, which stands for electrical.

When we work on projects with architect firms that are not using state, local or federal government money, we can be flexible on the sheet numbering convention:

For those projects we have flexibility in naming our sheets from T for Telecom or Technology, IT for Information Technology, S for Security, AV for Audio-Visual or ES for Electrical Systems. These projects may also allow us to be more descriptive in the naming of the project.

Establishing Sheets

After establishing our letter and discipline within our sheet numbering sequence, we can follow the numbering sequence dictated by the architects numbering convention. With low voltage plans, however, we need to establish the sheets we need and where these sheets fit within the sequence.

We need to split out our set of low voltage plans to include floor and ceiling plans (traditionally, only floor plans are included) when we are working on a large scope for Low Voltage. This is full system for telecom, access control, security camera, paging and audio visual. Multiple letters and disciplines are needed and created in the numbering sequence if large scopes for Audio Visual and Low Voltage/Telecom are present.

Sub-Disciplines

Some projects that have extensive scopes per category and a lot of low voltage/technology can get messy. We must understand what sub-disciplines fall under low voltage/technology when viewing and organizing the sheet list.

Those sub-disciplines are:

  • Telecom/structured cabling/IT
  • Access control
  • Security camera
  • Paging
  • Mass Notification
  • Nurse Call
  • Audio visual

Organizing Your Sheet List

After we understand the sub-disciplines of low voltage, we can find ways to organize our sheet list. Next, the key piece of information we need to understand is how our numbers come together in sequence of a project.

E-000

  • E = Electric
  • 0 = Organization sequence
  • 0 – Building/ sub-discipline number
  • 0 – Floor number

For general overall organization, we set our sheet list up per the example below:

  • 0 – Discipline Cover Sheet
  • 01 – Site Plan
  • 1 – Demolition Floor Plans
  • 2 – New Construction Floor Plans
  • 3 – New Construction Reflected Ceiling Plans
  • 4 – Sections & Elevation Plans
  • 5 – Details
  • 6 – Building Risers & Diagrams
  • 7 – Equipment Diagrams
  • 8 – 3D Views
  • 9 – Schedules

Sheet Numbering

With floor and ceiling plan view sheets, without demolition, we can condense the sheet number up in sequence from the 200 series to the 100 series. In some cases, Electrical demolition sheets will be added to our demo if there isn’t enough justification for Telecom and Audio-Visual to include demolition sheets. Make sure to add proper notes to the Electrical demolition sheets to cover low voltage demolition.

Next, for sheets involving details, there are several ways to approach this. One way that has been successful is to break up detail sheets into their sub-categories, so details are not mixed. If additional details are added, we can continue within a specified numbering sequence. When looking at our additional sheets for signal flow diagrams, equipment elevations and schedules, we can also follow a similar sheet number sequence we used for our detail sheets.

Low-Voltage Technology Sheets

Here is an example of sheet numbering and naming for low voltage technology sheets on a large size project:

  • T-000 – TECHNOLOGY COVER SHEET
  • T-001 – TECHNOLOGY SITE PLAN
  • T-101 – TECHNOLOGY DEMOLITION FLOOR PLAN – LEVEL 01
  • T-102 – TECHNOLOGY DEMOLITION FLOOR PLAN – LEVEL 02
  • T-111 – TECHNOLOGY DEMOLITION CEILING PLAN – LEVEL 01
  • T-112 – TECHNOLOGY DEMOLITION CEILING PLAN – LEVEL 02
  • T-201 – TECHNOLOGY FLOOR PLAN – LEVEL 01
  • T-202 – TECHNOLOGY FLOOR PLAN – LEVEL 02
  • T-301 – TECHNOLOGY CEILING PLAN – LEVEL 01
  • T-302 – TECHNOLOGY CEILING PLAN – LEVEL 02
  • T-401 – MDF 112 SECTIONS & ELEVATION PLAN
  • T-402 – IDF 212 SECTIONS & ELEVATION PLAN
  • T-501 – TECHNOLOGY DETAILS – TELECOM
  • T-502 – TECHNOLOGY DETAILS – TELECOM
  • T-503 – TECHNOLOGY DETAILS – TELECOM
  • T-511 – TECHNOLOGY DETAILS – ACCESS CONTROL
  • T-512 – TECHNOLOGY DETAILS – ACCESS CONTROL
  • T-513 – TECHNOLOGY DETAILS – ACCESS CONTROL
  • T-521 – TECHNOLOGY DETAILS – SECURITY CAMERA
  • T-531 – TECHNOLOGY DETAILS – PAGING
  • T-541 – TECHNOLOGY DETAILS – MASS NOTIFICATION
  • T-551 – TECHNOLOGY DETAILS – NURSE CALL
  • T-601 – TECHNOLOGY RISER DIAGRAM – TELECOM
  • T-602 – TECHNOLOGY RISER DIAGRAM – CONDUIT
  • T-621 – TECHNOLOGY RISER DIAGRAM – SECURITY
  • T-621 – TECHNOLOGY SIGNAL FLOW DIAGRAM – PAGING
  • T-621 – TECHNOLOGY SIGNAL FLOW DIAGRAM – MASS NOTIFICATION
  • T-701 – TECHNOLOGY RACK ELEVATIONS – MDF 112
  • T-711 – TECHNOLOGY RACK ELEVATIONS – IDF 212
  • T-801 – TECHNOLOGY 3D VIEWS – MDF 112
  • T-811 – TECHNOLOGY 3D VIEWS – IDF 212
  • T-901 – TECHNOLOGY SCHEDULES – TELECOM
  • T-911 – TECHNOLOGY SCHEDULES – ACCESS CONTROL
  • T-921 – TECHNOLOGY SCHEDULES – SECURITY CAMERA
  • T-931 – TECHNOLOGY SCHEDULES – PAGING
  • T-941 – TECHNOLOGY SCHEDULES – MASS NOTIFICATION
  • T-951 – TECHNOLOGY SCHEDULES – NURSE CALL

Low-Voltage Audio-Visual Sheets

Here is an example of sheet numbering and naming for low voltage audio visual sheets on a large size project:

  • AV-000 – AUDIO VISUAL COVER SHEET
  • AV-101 – AUDIO VISUAL DEMOLITION FLOOR PLAN – LEVEL 01
  • AV-102 – AUDIO VISUAL DEMOLITION FLOOR PLAN – LEVEL 02
  • AV-111 – AUDIO VISUAL DEMOLITION CEILING PLAN – LEVEL 01
  • AV-112 – AUDIO VISUAL DEMOLITION CEILING PLAN – LEVEL 02
  • AV-201 – AUDIO VISUAL FLOOR PLAN – LEVEL 01
  • AV-202 – AUDIO VISUAL FLOOR PLAN – LEVEL 02
  • AV-301 – AUDIO VISUAL CEILING PLAN – LEVEL 01
  • AV-302 – AUDIO VISUAL CEILING PLAN – LEVEL 02
  • AV-401 – SECTIONS & ELEVATIONS PLAN – EOC 183
  • AV-402 – SECTIONS & ELEVATIONS PLAN – CONFERENCE 124
  • AV-402 – SECTIONS & ELEVATIONS PLAN – ENTRY 101
  • AV-411 – SECTIONS & ELEVATIONS PLAN – CLASSROOM 211
  • AV-412 – SECTIONS & ELEVATIONS PLAN – DIRECTORS OFFICE 214
  • AV-413 – SECTIONS & ELEVATIONS PLAN – BREAKROOM 238
  • AV-501 – AUDIO VISUAL DETAILS
  • AV-502 – AUDIO VISUAL DETAILS
  • AV-502 – AUDIO VISUAL DETAILS
  • AV-502 – AUDIO VISUAL DETAILS
  • AV-601 – AUDIO VISUAL SIGNAL FLOW DIAGRAM – EOC 183
  • AV-602 – AUDIO VISUAL SIGNAL FLOW DIAGRAM – CONFERENCE 124
  • AV-602 – AUDIO VISUAL SIGNAL FLOW DIAGRAM – ENTRY 101
  • AV-611 – AUDIO VISUAL SIGNAL FLOW DIAGRAM – CLASSROOM 211
  • AV-612 – AUDIO VISUAL SIGNAL FLOW DIAGRAM – DIRECTORS OFFICE 214
  • AV-613 – AUDIO VISUAL SIGNAL FLOW DIAGRAM – BREAKROOM 238
  • AV-701 – AUDIO VISUAL RACK ELEVATIONS – EOC 183
  • AV-702 – AUDIO VISUAL RACK ELEVATIONS – CONFERENCE 124
  • AV-801 – AUDIO VISUAL 3D VIEWS – EOC 183
  • AV-802 – AUDIO VISUAL 3D VIEWS – CONFERENCE 124
  • AV-802 – AUDIO VISUAL 3D VIEWS – ENTRY 101
  • AV-811 – AUDIO VISUAL 3D VIEWS – CLASSROOM 211
  • AV-812 – AUDIO VISUAL 3D VIEWS – DIRECTORS OFFICE 214
  • AV-813 – AUDIO VISUAL 3D VIEWS – BREAK ROOM 238
  • AV-901 – AUDIO VISUAL SCHEDULES – EOC 183
  • AV-911 – AUDIO VISUAL SCHEDULES – CONFERENCE 124
  • AV-921 – AUDIO VISUAL SCHEDULES – ENTRY 101
  • AV-931 – AUDIO VISUAL SCHEDULES – CLASSROOM 211
  • AV-941 – AUDIO VISUAL SCHEDULES – DIRECTORS OFFICE 214
  • AV-951 – AUDIO VISUAL SCHEDULES – BREAK ROOM 238

Conclusion

The examples above help to organize your sheet set for Technology and A|V. If the project you are working on is not necessarily complicated, adding additional sheets in other design phases, addendum or CB phases will give you the opportunity to condense down your sheet lists and spare detail in the naming convention. Make sure you follow the naming and numbering conventions given by the architect. From there, you will be able to accomplish this task with less issues at each delivery phase of your project.

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This blog is written by Sr. MEP Technical Specialist Joe Levija. If you have any questions or need help with your Autodesk needs, please email us at whyATG@atgusa.com.

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