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Mon, Nov 24, 2008 at 8:08:54 PM | Centering Elements WITHOUT using the "Equal" dimension

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I am familiar with using the "EQ" feature on the dimensions in revit to make a string of elements all equally spaced, but is there a way to space things out equally WITHOUT using the dimensions?  or to not make all of the elements on a dimension string equal?  Basically, I am trying to center a ceiling grid in a corridor, with a full ceiling tile in the center, and the two smaller pieces of tiles on either side as equal.  Since the ceiling tile is a fixed 2', I can not find any way to center it so that the small pieces on either side are the same dimension.  I have been told that there is no way to do this in revit (and there definitely is in Autocad, using the "Mid two points" command), and have been calculating the math to figure out what sizes the two side pieces need to be.  It seems like there MUST be an easier way to do this.  there will be many many times when we are laying things out and only want the sides or ends to be equal, with a different dimension in the center.  Any help would be greatly appreciated!!  thanks so much!

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Mon, Nov 24, 2008 at 8:25:29 PM | Centering Elements WITHOUT using the "Equal" dimension

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Put a line in the center of the corridor... offset 1/2 a tile and align your grid with that.... erase the line.

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Mon, Nov 24, 2008 at 8:33:34 PM | Centering Elements WITHOUT using the "Equal" dimension

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thanks for the tip..........as a new user to revit, I just feel like everything that was one or two steps in Autocad, is about 5 or 6 steps in revit (draw the line, dimension it and make it equal, offset, align the grid.....etc etc).........haha. 

I also have the same situation with 6" downlights in a drywall soffit over a counter........I'll need the lights to be 3' OC from each other, until the ends on either side which will need to be equal-equal (all different runs of downlights, some are 4 downlights spaced out, some are 6, etc)......any tips for doing that or think I should follow some of the same ideas of drawing lines to space things out?  Thanks for your help!


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Mon, Nov 24, 2008 at 8:38:42 PM | savoy2

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Quoting savoy2 from 2008-11-24 14:08:54

"Since the ceiling tile is a fixed 2', I can not find any way to center it so that the small pieces on either side are the same dimension. "

if you dimension from the wall to the center of the tile that you want center in the room, and to the wall again and click the equal you get the result you want.

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