August

15

2017

Enhanced Room Data Incorporated into Ideate ReNumber

This blog post is part of a series exploring the room data in Revit. In this post, the third of four, I cover how the enhanced room data Ideate Software provides is incorporated into Ideate ReNumber.

Ideate ReNumber, included in the toolset IdeateApps, allows our customers to quickly and repeatedly renumber or rename elements in their model. The process is repeatable with the push of a button, returning consistent results every time and automatically handling uniqueness requirements in Revit.

One Click to Renumber all Doors, Lights, or Furniture in a View

The expanded room data increases the ability to renumber based on room data, either by including the information in the resulting value or by incrementing alphanumeric values per room, starting the increment over with each new room. These two features combined allow all the doors, lights, or furniture in a view to be renumbered with the click of a button, no matter how your project is structured. Ideate ReNumber will automatically handle:

Ideate ReNumber also supports transferring values from one parameter to another. For example, it can be used to transfer room information in a linked file to the associated spaces, or to name interior elevations displayed in a schedule or on a sheet based on the room they display.

Renaming spaces using Ideate ReNumber
Renaming spaces using room names. Space numbers can also be updated.

The name of a space can be updated to match the name of the room in the architectural model. This is most effective in a schedule, where all the spaces of a phase are listed together.

Create and Share Rules

Many of the rules mentioned are included as default choices in Ideate ReNumber, but additional rules can be created or loaded from the ‘Bonus Rules’ folder of the install. These rules can then be shared using a network location so that all installs have access to the same rules. If you would like to learn more about creating rules or sharing them within your company, feel free to contact us.

Improved room data is just one of the new features in Ideate ReNumber, recently released for Revit 2016, Revit 2017, and Revit 2018. Give it a try today.

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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August

8

2017

We’re pleased to share how Ideate BIMLink helped Associated Architects meet client requirements for a validated data rich BIM model to be used in an iPad-based facilities management solution. This information is from a customer success story published by our partner, Excitech.

Associated Architects, a design-led architectural practice, turned to Excitech for guidance after being appointed by a leading university to design and deliver the first phase of a new campus development.

“This would entail vast amounts of data coming into the mix, and we needed to find out how to handle that efficiently and swiftly, making sure that data was consistent across all companies involved in the project,” said David Simpson, Associate and BIM Manager at Associated Architects.

Critical to the project’s success was the ability to avoid the errors and wasted time that can arise from double-handling of data, which often occurs when data installed for the facilities management model clashes with items supplied by subcontractors who are not familiar with BIM. To address these challenges, Excitech recommended Ideate BIMLink.

With Ideate BIMLink, Revit users push information into Microsoft Excel, where Revit users and non-Revit users review and edit. Then volumes of updated, precise, and validated BIM data is pulled back into the Revit model with speed, ease, and accuracy.

By using Ideate BIMLink, Associated Architects improved quality control by eliminating manual errors and reduced costs by speeding up user interaction with the master model without requiring Revit trained users or software. Here are the top five efficiencies they reported:

  1. Automation of tasks
  2. Simplicity
  3. Improved drawing management efficiencies
  4. Faster data manipulation
  5. Visibility

Read the Excitech - Associated Architects case study for more details.

Interesting in experiencing the time-saving, cost-reducing benefits of Ideate BIMLink? Get a free trial today.

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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August

3

2017

Recently, a customer with advanced Revit skills contacted us with a challenge. She needed to renovate a completed project that had lived in the archives for years. She knew what to do:

  • Select the view and use the Save to New File method to export the model only.
  • Bring the file into a new model using the current template. She removed all demolished content from the original, so she could bring the exported model into a new model and get everything correct on the existing phase.

This worked like a charm with one exception, when she created a view to show demo only, she couldn’t delete the demo walls created when a new door was inserted into an existing wall without the host wall being deleted.

She wanted to quickly and easily find all the new doors and windows hosted by existing walls, and she was hoping to avoid the tedious search process of changing the phase to existing. She asked if Ideate Software could help.

This short video with step-by-step instructions shows how to use Ideate Explorer and Ideate Query to solve the problem.

“Being able to dig into the data and find only the new elements that are hosted within existing walls was a perfect challenge for Ideate Query,” said Glynnis Patterson, Director of Software Development. “Ideate Query is an incredibly powerful data-mining tool that is included within Ideate Explorer.” For those who want to learn more about this tool, the online Help suggests several discipline-specific examples.

Have a Revit challenge? Don’t spend time digging for an answer. Check out our extensive video library, class recordings, and blog posts in the  Support section of our website, or send an email to Support@IdeateSoftware.com

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

27

2017

Our Investment in Enhancing Room Data Features of Ideate BIMLink

This blog post is part of a series exploring the room data in Revit.

In this post, the second of four, I cover the newly enhanced information that Ideate Software is providing, specifically as it is accessible through Ideate BIMLink.

Ideate BIMLink is a powerful tool that exposes an expansive amount of data much more than is easily accessible from within Revit. Room data is an area that Ideate Software has made a significant investment in, allowing Ideate BIMLink to report on room data in a variety of situations beyond Revit capabilities.

New Room Data Features

For model elements in Revit, Ideate BIMLink finds room information in each of the following scenarios:

  • Rooms in different phases. Ideate BIMLink looks in the phase defined for the link first and then works backwards through the phases in which the element exists until it locates a room.
  • Rooms in design options. Ideate BIMLink will looks in rooms in design options and the main model for elements that exist in either the main model or a design option.
  • Rooms in linked files. If Ideate BIMLink does not find an associated room in the same model as the element, it will look in the linked files. The cases covered include:
    • Elements located in the main file and rooms located in the linked file.
    • Rooms located in the main file and elements located in the linked file.
    • Rooms located in a linked file and elements located in a different linked file.

In addition to reporting room data for a given element more completely, Ideate BIMLink expands the scope data available by reporting on a greater array of elements. Columns, structural elements, and interior elevations are just some of the categories that are not supported in Revit but are supported in Ideate BIMLink. We also have room data in our multi-category links to help provide a complete picture of the model in one place.

Lighting Fixture Schedule without Room Data

 
 

 

 



Missing data within a Revit schedule because the room exists within a linked file.

When lighting fixtures exist in a different file than the rooms, Revit will not report values for the room fields.

Workflows Supported by the Expanded Room Data

With this information, Ideate BIMLink can empower all participants of the design process to utilize room information, even when they do not have control over the rooms. Existing Revit schedules can easily be used as a template for creating links in Ideate BIMLink. Once created, the schedule and the Excel export of the link can be compared side by side, allowing you to see the additional data. Here are a few of the workflows supported by the expanded room data:

  • Match up spaces in the MEP file with rooms in the architecture file
  • Furniture layouts in design options can be reported together with their rooms
  • Furniture in an FF&E file can include room information from the architecture file
  • Interior elevations can be renamed to reflect the name of the room they display
  • Electrical and ventilation equipment can be identified by the room in which it is located
  • Complete project data can be exported from a campus file, including data spanning multiple files

 Ideate BIMLink Link Room Properties

 

 

 

 

 



Lighting Fixture data, including important data related to rooms within a linked file

When the same lighting fixtures data is viewed in Ideate BIMLink, the room data from the linked file is reported.

Once the data is exposed, Excel can be used to generate reports, which can then be brought back into Revit using Ideate Sticky. The room data can also be copied to a custom parameter on the element for reporting in Revit schedules.

The enhanced room data is just one of the new features in Ideate BIMLink, recently released for Revit 2016, Revit 2017, and Revit 2018. Give it a try today, and feel free to contact us. We are always happy to discuss your workflow challenges.

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

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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