September

13

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:

Due an Revit API limitation, we are only able to report linked rooms for doors that use ‘Room Calculation Point.’

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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September

12

2017

Dynamically Locate Revit Elements Within Complex Models

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

Ideate Explorer is a powerful tool that allows our customers to dynamically locate elements within complex models. It is used to:

Quickly Review Properties of Selected Elements

Within Ideate Explorer is a powerful tool called Ideate Query. It allows you to quickly review the properties of the currently selected elements in Revit and refine the selection based on that information.

Ideate Query in Ideate Explorer
 Ideate Query can be accessed using the indicated button. It can also be access via a right-click on the list of elements.

Make More Intelligent Selections That Span Views

This quick select type function can make more intelligent selections that span views. Isolating elements based on properties ensure that you know exactly what elements you are changing and that all the elements in the set will react the same way.

Ideate Query uses the enhanced room data in its reporting. With this reliable information, you can:

  • Select all the elements that are in rooms of a specific function
  • Select all the elements that are truly not placed in a room
  • Select electrical and mechanical equipment after comparing the data of the space or room it services with the matching properties on the element
  • Find and resolve under-designed elements

Ideate Query selecting air terminals 

Ideate Query reviewing space and room data for air terminals
 

The enhanced room data is just one of the new features in Ideate Explorer, just 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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September

12

2017

San Francisco, CA, 09/12/2017 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 EUR 2017. They will demonstrate proprietary Ideate Software tools that enhance the experience of Autodesk® Revit® software users.

“Ideate Software tools streamline Revit workflows for professionals in the architecture, engineering, and construction (AEC) community,” said Mr. Dodge. “This conference provides an ideal opportunity for us to connect with our customers and others in the community, listen to their challenges and show them how Ideate Software addresses those challenges, and learn of new issues with Revit workflows that we may address in future releases of our software.”

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

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 EUR 2017 conference will be held on October 5 - 7, 2017 at the Radisson Blu Scandinavian Congress Centre in Aarhus, Denmark. Visit the Ideate Software team in the Exhibition Hall at booth number 11.


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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September

7

2017

Looking for an objective review of how IdeateApps can simplify the Revit tasks you perform most often? Listen to the 30-minute podcast published by BIMThoughts, a leading developer of podcasts on BIM technology.  Hear Bill Debevc, Autodesk software and IT expert, lead a discussion on practical, time-saving uses of our four tools recently added to the IdeateApps collection:

  1. Ideate Sheet Manager
  2. Ideate SpellCheck
  3. Ideate Align
  4. Ideate Clone

Here are some of our favorite quotes from the podcast:

  • “I wish [Ideate SheetManager] was there when I was doing a lot of production work.”
  • “Ideate was smart enough to realize that people misspell all over the place, so they made a better spellchecker.”
  • “[Ideate Software] has one of the best Help [systems] in the industry.”

To get a free trial of IdeateApps or for information on all of our Revit software add-in solutions, visit the Ideate Software website or contact your authorized Ideate Software partner.

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September

5

2017

We’ve been talking about leveraging BIM data for pre-construction and construction coordination tasks for years, but have never aggregated the juiciest bits into video format. So, for those of you who are Virtual Design & Construction specialists, consider taking 15 minutes out of your busy schedules to learn how Ideate BIMLink can utilize the BIM data in Revit to expedite pre-construction and construction tasks.

 

 

With Ideate BIMLink and Revit your team can:

  1.  Export point data from Revit for in-field coordination of foundation work, complex structural layout, or even duct hangar layout to ensure accuracy and expedite 4D modeling.
  2.  Import point (CSV) data from a total station into Revit for improved accuracy between the as-built and designed models.
  3.  Publish critical coordinate data inside of Revit for improved coordination across the team.

You can try Ideate BIMLink by downloading a free trial.

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


About the Author

Glynnis Patterson, Revit expertGlynnis Patterson, NCARB — Director of Software Development
Glynnis is a Registered Architect and has worked within the BIM industry since 1998. A graduate of Carnegie Mellon University, she has worked as an architect, educator and construction site manager. Glynnis is currently the Director of Software Development at Ideate Software, and she continues to work with AEC clients worldwide, developing, and consulting on solutions to Building Information Modeling challenges. In her spare time Glynnis does volunteer work for ECLC of New Jersey and Grow it Green Morristown. Follow Glynnis on Twitter.

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