July

25

2017

You want your Revit models to reflect your attention to detail, but the Revit spellchecker doesn’t check data in Schedules. Take pride in your deliverables with Ideate SpellCheck. Available for Revit 2016, 2017, and 2018, Ideate SpellCheck, a tool in our IdeateApps collection of Revit add-on applications, enhances your quality control process by checking all open Sheets and Views, Sheets in a Sheet list, and all Schedules. It even checks the spelling in many languages, including some not covered in Revit. 

  • Avoid embarrassing mistakes
  • Eliminate time-consuming manual processes
  • Increase your clients’ confidence in you

Learn more about Ideate SpellCheck. Then try it out with a free trial of IdeateApps, tools designed to streamline the tasks that everyday Revit users perform most often.

Have a Revit challenge you’d like addressed? Post it on the Revit Ideas page of the Autodesk Revit Forum or send us an email. Either way, we’ll review it and take it into consideration.

For more information on our Revit software add-ins that help our customers get the most out of their Revit software, visit the Ideate Software website or contact your authorized Ideate Software partner.

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July

19

2017

San Francisco, CA, 07/19/2017 Ideate Software, a veteran Autodesk Developer Network member, announced today that Craig H. Dodge, director of Sales, and Richard Taylor, technical evangelist, will attend BILT North America 2017. They will demonstrate the tools that Ideate Software developed to address challenges that architects and engineers face when working in Autodesk® Revit® building information models (BIM).

BILT is the premier global BIM training conference for those who design, build, operate, and maintain built environments. It’s the only global, non-profit conference series dedicated to expanding BIM adoption through education.

“Ideate Software is dedicated to streamlining Revit workflows for the architecture, engineering,  and construction (AEC) community,” said Mr. Dodge. “This conference provides an outstanding opportunity to talk with professionals in this community about workflow challenges, Ideate Software solutions that address those challenges, and new challenges that we may address in future releases of our software.”

Here are highlights of the tools developed by Ideate Software that keep Revit projects on time and budget by dramatically reducing the time spent on tedious tasks, and increase the accuracy of Revit models by eliminating error-prone editing and updating processes:

  • Ideate BIMLink – Moves data from Revit into Microsoft Excel for easy editing
  • Ideate Explorer – Searches all elements in a Revit model, even those not in the Revit browser
  • Ideate Sticky – Places Excel files containing non–BIM data onto Revit project files, which are not able to manage or format non-BIM data
  • IdeateApps – Streamlines the tasks that daily Revit users perform most often

The BILT North America 2017 conference will be held on August 3 - 5, 2017 at the Westin Harbour Castle in Toronto, Canada. Visit the Ideate Software team in the Exhibition Hall at booth number 38.

In addition to participating in the conference, Mr. Dodge and Mr. Taylor will visit AECO companies in the Toronto area. “Please send me an email if you’d like us to visit your office for a personal demonstration on how your productivity and efficiency will increase when you add Ideate Software to your BIM workflows,” said Mr. Dodge.


About Ideate Software

Ideate Software allows Revit users to have unprecedented control over their data. Ideate BIMLink, Ideate Explorer for Revit, Ideate Sticky, and IdeateApps were all developed to solve persistent problems in Architecture, Engineering, and Construction (AEC) workflows. Ideate Software solutions enable Revit users to save time, increase accuracy, improve project deliverables, and elevate design.

Autodesk, the Autodesk logo, ATC, and Revit are registered trademarks or trademarks of Autodesk, Inc. and/or its subsidiaries and/or affiliates in the USA and/or other countries.

Microsoft Excel is a registered trademark of Microsoft Corporation in the United States and other countries. All other brand names, product names or trademarks belong to their respective holders.

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July

18

2017

The Challenge: Provide more in-depth room and space data for Revit elements

In an architectural model, rooms are a basic building block, influencing how the building is shaped and used. Rooms help orient us within the building, both before and after it is built. Working on the design or maintenance of a building is easier when you know which room a specific part of the building is associated with. Despite its utility, this information is often incomplete or inaccurate in a Revit model. The first step to solving this problem is understanding how the room information is generated.

Recently, I took on the challenge of providing more in-depth room (and space) data for the elements in Revit. This was enlightening process, and I want to share what I learned with the community. The results of my work will be presented here in a series of short blog posts.

In this first post, I elaborate on how room data is reported natively in Revit.

The Solution – Step 1: Understand the three factors to reporting room data within Revit

There are three factors to reporting room data within Revit: rooms, schedules, and elements.

Rooms

Rooms (and spaces) are specific to one phase in Revit. When they are created, their phase is set based on the view they are created in and can’t be changed. This is different than other elements in the model, which span phases. This is an important distinction that is essential to understanding room data.

The phasing information only lists a single phase that is not editable

Room data will be easier to gather if all the rooms are associated with the same phase.

Schedules

Revit reports room data in schedules for a limited set to categories. When setting the fields used by a schedule, there a drop down labeled ‘Select available fields from:’. If room data is supported for the schedule, the drop down will contain ‘Room’. When selected, the list of fields will change to list parameters that appear on a room. When these fields are added to the schedule, Revit will locate the room the element is in, and then report the parameter value for that room.

This can be very useful for grouping furniture or lighting by where it is located. The trick is that the schedule will only display information for rooms that are the same phase as the schedule. If the room is in a different phase, then the values are blank. This is controlled by the ‘Phase’ parameter in the schedule’s properties. The ‘Phase Filter’ is ignored for rooms

To work around this limitation, all rooms should be placed on the same phase or a schedule must be created for each phase that rooms exist in.

In addition to phase, rooms placed in a design option are only reported in schedules that are set to that same design option. The design option that is displayed by a schedule is controlled by the ‘Visibility/Graphics Overrides’ parameter, which is only displayed if design options are in use.

Elements

The elements that can report room information are limited to a few categories. When creating a family that wants to report room information, first review a matching schedule. Temporarily create a schedule for the desired category and verify that it lists ‘Room’ data in the drop-down.

Lighting Fixture schedule showing the Room data available from the drop-down menu.

Room Data in Lighting Fixture Schedule

Room data is accessed in the available fields drop-down

In addition to the category, the structure of the family determines the exact point that is used to locate the room. Here are the specific rules depending on the family and how it was constructed.

Most Families

The geometric center of the element.

Room Location for Standard Families

The point at which Revit will look for a room when the family is a typical model family and does not use a ‘Room Calculation Point’

Face Based Families

1’ from the face, taken from the geometric center of the element.

Room Location for Face Based Families

The point at which Revit will look for a room when the family is face based and does not use a ‘Room Calculation Point’

Spaces

At the combination of the location of the space’s reference point (in plan) and the ‘Computation Height’ of the level the space is associated with (in elevation).

Doors and Windows

1’ from the face of the wall, taken from the geometric center of the element. The ‘To Room’ is determined when the element is placed, set to the swing (for a door) or exterior (for a window) side. The rooms can be “flipped” by editing any of the ‘To Room’ or ‘From Room’ values in a schedule.

Families using a ‘Room Calculation Point’

The point at which the Room Calculation Point is located. The location of this point is the same for all elements of this family, it can’t vary by type or instance.

Doors and Windows using a ‘Room Calculation Point’

The point at which the Room Calculation Point is located. The location of this point is the same for all elements of this family, it can’t vary by type or instance.  The ‘To Room’ is the side the Room Calculation Point points towards. It is “flipped” when the door or window is flipped. Changing the ‘To Room’ or ‘From Room’ values in the schedule will flip the geometry of the door in the model.

Next Steps

With this information, you can begin to troubleshoot room information in Revit. In my next few blog posts, I will highlight the extended information the Ideate Software reports for room data, giving more reliable and complete results.

For information on our Revit software add-ins that help our customers get the most out of their Revit software, visit the Ideate Software website or contact your authorized Ideate Software partner.


About the Author

Jesika DiGregorio - Software Team Lead Jesika received her Bachelor of Architecture from the University of Oregon in Eugene where she also spent time studying advanced math. Her work experience includes Junior Designer at an award-winning firm specializing in architecture and land planning, and Intern Architect at a firm that provides services in planning, design, construction documents and construction administration for projects of all sizes. After working in architecture design for several years, Jesika decided to pursue her interest in programming and her love of efficient systems. She now serves as a Software Team Lead for Ideate Software.

 

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July

11

2017

You’ve said that Revit guide grids aren’t easy to use and that they have too many limitations. Those limitations disappear with Ideate Align! Available for Revit 2016, 2017, and 2018, Ideate Align, a tool in our IdeateApps collection of Revit add-on applications, eliminates time-consuming manual processes by enabling you to align all Plan Views in a set, so they will synchronize perfectly across all Sheets. 

  • Coordinate View locations across many Sheets
  • Use it for any View type, including Schedules, Legends, Sections, Elevations, and Drafting
  • Create easy-to-read deliverables

Learn more about Ideate Align. Then try it out with a free trial of IdeateApps, tools designed to streamline the tasks that everyday Revit users perform most often.

Have a Revit challenge you’d like addressed? Post it on the Revit Ideas page of the Autodesk Revit Forum or send us an email. Either way, we’ll review it and take it into consideration.

For more information on our Revit software add-ins that help our customers get the most out of their Revit software, visit the Ideate Software website or contact your authorized Ideate Software partner.

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June

26

2017

San Francisco, CA, 06/26/2017Ideate Software, a veteran Autodesk Developer Network member, announced today the publication of its latest “Spotlight on” customer success profile. This profile features Kumpen and its use of Ideate BIMLink, an Autodesk® Revit® add-in tool developed by Ideate Software. Ideate BIMLink enables users to move BIM data from a Revit file into Microsoft Excel, so even those who don’t work in Revit can easily edit and update the data.

“After working with Ideate BIMLink, the Kumpen BIM team and I realized that it was the perfect tool to use to solve the challenge of working with architects and engineers who only work in 2D,” said Sien van der Have, BIM manager, Kumpen.

Founded in 1945, Kumpen’s activities include construction, infrastructure fit renovations, real estate development, tunneling, and private-public partnerships. Kumpen uses Ideate BIMLink to update and change Autodesk Revit data with integrity and speed as well as to communicate in an innovative and productive fashion.

“[BIMLink] is a very handy and safe way to check all the changes. This whole method of working takes place before the building process begins, ensuring that fewer mistakes occur on site and significantly reducing costly mistakes,” said Ms. van der Have

The Spotlight on Kumpen story provides details of how the company used Ideate BIMLink to:

  1. Transfer hundreds of questions and remarks from a Revit model to an Excel spreadsheet, so its architect and engineer could easily respond to and update the information
  2. Have its foreman complete an Excel spreadsheet that was then imported into Revit to generate quantity surveys of realized quantities

“I always enjoy learning about specific ways in which clients use our tools to streamline their Revit model management,” said Bob Palioca, president, Ideate Software. “Kumpen gives us great examples of how Ideate BIMLink speeds the process and enhances model accuracy by enabling all project team members—even those not familiar with Revit—to easily review and edit complex BIM data.”

Read Ideate Software Presents: Spotlight on Kumpen for more details.

Ideate BIMLink carries a five-star rating on the Autodesk Exchange Apps Store. Free trials of all Ideate Software products are available. For more information, call 888.662.7238, or contact sales@ideatesoftware.com.
 


About Ideate Software

Ideate Software allows Revit users to have unprecedented control over their data. Ideate BIMLink, Ideate Explorer for Revit, Ideate Sticky, and IdeateApps were all developed to solve persistent problems in Architecture, Engineering, and Construction (AEC) workflows. Ideate Software solutions enable Revit users to save time, increase accuracy, improve project deliverables, and elevate design.

Autodesk, the Autodesk logo, ATC, and Revit are registered trademarks or trademarks of Autodesk, Inc. and/or its subsidiaries and/or affiliates in the USA and/or other countries.

Microsoft Excel is a registered trademark of Microsoft Corporation in the United States and other countries. All other brand names, product names or trademarks belong to their respective holders.

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