As an AEC Application Specialist with 18 years of experience, I have heard many customers discuss the challenges of deleting view-based elements in Autodesk Revit software. Fortunately, Ideate Explorer makes the process easy.

When working on Revit projects, it is common for project teams to add view-based elements, such as legends, schedules, sheets, and views, to the model as the project progresses. Some of these view-based elements are needed at one time, but not necessarily when moving forward with the project or when handing the finished model over to a consultant. It is in these instances that we are faced with the tedious task of cleaning up the non-essential, view-based elements from what has most likely become a very long list we all know as the Project Browser.

Ideate Software makes this task easier with the Navigate tab in Ideate Explorer, which gives us another way of accounting for all legends, schedules, sheets, and views in our Revit project.

To delete ALL view-based elements at once, simply follow the steps below. Please note that Revit will allow deletion of all views except for the active view. Therefore, skipping step #3 below will result in a warning from Ideate Explorer.

  1. Make a 3D model view your active view.
  2. Use Ideate Explorer to select all the items on the Navigate tab.
  3. De-select your active view.
  4. Use the delete button within Ideate Explorer to remove the selected view-based elements.

For a demonstration on how to use the Ideate Explorer Navigate tab to remove non-essential legends, schedules, sheets and views from your Revit model, click here.

About the Author

Katrina Vea Rodriguez, RA, AIA – AEC Application Specialist
Katrina is an AEC application specialist at the Ideate, Inc. San Francisco office. She is a California–licensed architect with a Bachelor of Science degree in Architecture from the University of the Philippines. Katrina has over 18 years of experience in the AEC industry with a focus on both commercial and hospitality projects. She is also a Revit Certified Professional with over 8 years of experience utilizing the software on both small and large scale projects, from programming to project close out.


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Will you be at Autodesk University (AU) in Las Vegas this week? 

If so, please visit us at booth #2570.

AU, the premier Autodesk software users event, is an ideal time for you to see a demonstration of IdeateApps, our newest collection of Autodesk Revit add–in tools. Spend a few minutes with us and see how you can use this collection, which we developed to streamline the tasks that daily Revit users perform most often, to:

•    Save time by quickly renumbering elements by selection, path, or auto–update
•    Minimize stress by learning the reasons an element is not visible in a certain view
•    Reduce rework by learning which elements will be deleted along with a selected element
•    Easily select and zoom to elements within the Revit project, template, of family file

Then, take advantage of our special offer to experience the power that Ideate Software offers by getting a three-month trial of the 2017 version of any or all of our products, including IdeateApps, for just $50.00 each. This special offer is good for software purchased with a credit card through December 16, 2016.

We hope to see you here! If you have any questions in the meantime, please contact us at sales@ideatesoftware.com.

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One of the common issues MEP Engineers face is with the duct and pipe fitting angles. The “Angles” setting within the Mechanical Settings needs to be set up at the beginning of the project. However, if it has not been set up initially and you already have your ductwork and piping within your project, it’s a time-consuming task and a tedious task to QC each of the fittings. Although you can schedule the duct fittings, fitting angle is not a schedulable parameter and hence cannot be changed in the schedule.

A workaround in Revit would be to create a shared parameter with a formula that pulls the elbow angle, which can then be scheduled and modified.

With the help of Ideate Explorer, you can quickly query the problematic duct fittings and fix them with the desired fitting angle.

Benefits of using Ideate Explorer:

  • No need to create a shared parameter
  • No need to edit the fitting family
  • No need to create a schedule to show elements with the wrong fitting angle

 We will take a look at an example involving duct fittings. however, the process is the same for pipe fittings. Here is a video of the process.

About the Author

Vasudha Dixit

Vasudha Dixit – MEP Application Specialist
Vasudha is an MEP Application Specialist at Ideate, Inc. based on San Francisco office. She has a Master’s degree in Energy Engineering from the University of Illinois at Chicago where she specialized in HVAC design, green buildings and energy analysis. Prior to Ideate, she interned at a few multinational companies where she performed finite element analysis for design validation of components. Vasudha provides Revit MEP training and support for various AEC firms




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Join the Ideate Software tech experts for eLearning. Make the most of your Revit workflow with free, live, online classes that provide your entire organization with easy access to premium education. The following classes are at 11:30 Pacific / 2:30 Eastern. View the full Ideate Software classes & events schedule, including events in other time zones. We welcome questions, so come with challenges you’d like us to address. Register today to save your spot! 

September 27 // Ideate Sticky
Display non-BIM Data in Revit with Ideate Sticky
Revit is an outstanding tool for managing BIM data. But what about the critical non-BIM data, such as code checklists, design data, consultant’s data, project dashboard data, and general notes? Revit users have developed some creative workarounds, but each comes with challenges. Take this online class to see how Ideate Sticky solves the problem by enabling you to “stick” or link Excel files containing non-BIM data onto your Revit files. We will walk you through real-life examples, demonstrating how edits entered once in Excel are reflected in Sticky Schedules across multiple Revit projects. You will learn how Ideate Sticky can help you ensure that your entire team is always accessing the most current data. We welcome questions, so come with challenges you’d like us to address. ​ ​

October 6 // Ideate BIMLink
Simplify Revit Model Managment with Ideate BIMLink — REGISTER

Revit files are made up of massive amounts of data. Microsoft Excel enables quick and easy editing of massive amounts of this Revit data. Take this online class to see how you can use Ideate BIMLink to move data from your Revit file into Excel for editing, and then push it back into Revit with speed, ease, and accuracy. We will provide step-by-step instructions on how to complete some of the BIM tasks often requested by our customers, including creating and reviewing Placeholder Sheets, creating a Quantity Takeoff, managing Family names, completing a project-wide spell check, and managing Elevation names. You will learn how to dramatically reduce the amount of time spent on data management tasks while at the same time increasing the accuracy of your files. 

October 13 // Ideate Explorer
Audit Your Revit Projects with Ideate Explorer — REGISTER

Hidden DWGs, misplaced elements on Worksets, not following BIM standards, and other factors can negatively impact Revit file performance. Take this online class to see how to keep your Revit projects clean in just five minutes a week by using Ideate Explorer. Ideate Explorer is a Model Browser as opposed to a Project Browser, which means that it enables you to search through all 100,000+ elements in a Revit project with many different methods. We will walk you through the steps to inspect and clean up 10 key areas: Element Count; Model/Detail Lines/Keynotes and Revisions; Text and Dimensions; Families; Views; Grids, Levels, and Reference Planes; Groups; Worksets; and Imports. You will learn how to keep your Revit files in top working order while simplifying your quality control processes. ​

October 20 // Ideate BIMLink
Streamline Revit MEP Workflows with Ideate BIMLink — REGISTER

Your time is valuable. The accuracy of your Revit model is critical. Take this online class, designed specifically for MEP professionals, to get step-by-step instructions on how to complete five BIM tasks often requested by our MEP clients: managing Space Types for energy analysis, expediting duct accessory information, managing device data, addressing duplicate type marks, and managing data onsite and in the cloud with Google docs. Through our real-life examples, you will learn how to use Ideate BIMLink to pull data from Revit into Excel for easy and powerful editing, and then push it back into Revit with ease, speed, and accuracy.​​​

Click here for full class descriptions, times and registration links.

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Join Ideate Software for an hour-long webinar and learn how to maximize your efficiency on Revit projects, save time on typically tedious tasks, and diminish many common BIM workflow obstacles. You will learn about Ideate Explorer, Ideate BIMLink, and Ideate Sticky — all of which were recently updated to work with Revit 2017. The latest round of updates also includes new features and improvements our customers have requested.
If you are already using Ideate Software applications, be sure to use the “check for updates” feature to ensure you are using the latest software release specific for your version of Revit. If you do not currently use any Ideate Software applications, download a trial today and bring your questions to the class. 

Register today to reserve your spot!

Australia / Asia
Date: Wednesday, September 21
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Date: Thursday, September 22
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Find Out More About Ideate Software:

Ideate Explorer
Learn how to audit, review, and maintain the health of your Revit project. Find hidden CAD imports and other culprits lurking in your Revit files that are impacting performance. Find, refine and revise elements, even those excluded from the project browser. Use Ideate Query to quickly find elements based on parameter values such as overridden dimensions or In-Place families. Easily maintain standards compliance. Ensure quality assurance and quality control. 

Ideate BIMLink
Learn how to edit the Revit data in Excel to manipulate data in Parameters, Sheets, Views, Rooms, & Families quickly in order to better manage your Revit projects. Edit parameters in schedules — and manage parameters NOT in schedules such as offset/elevation, sizes, Design Option, Scope Box, Revisions, etc. Rename families and types. Extend the BIM project team by using Excel to create and edit large amounts of data with ease.
Ideate Sticky
Learn how to link Excel Spreadsheets directly into your Revit project allowing maximum graphic fidelity, and extending the BIM Project team. Ideate Sticky manages “non-BIM” data such as code checklists, consultant data, general notes, subtotaled or matrix data, non-Revit electrical panels and more. The latest version of Ideate Sticky includes support for images so you can include lighting schedules, company logos, and more. Data and formatting can be changed within Ideate Sticky or Excel, and update automatically or at your command.

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