October

30

2013

You've spent the time to devise a great way to organize your Autodesk Revit project with worksets. Your plan is excellent and will decrease time wasted opening unnecessary information and ensure that only the desired information will be printed within the deliverables.

BUT½ are you actually executing on this plan?

Ideate Explorer for Revit knows, so take a peek at your project today and be sure that you are executing on your workset plan!

Try the Ideate Explorer for Revit Free Trial today.

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This post was originally published on the Ideate Solutions Blog 10.30.2013

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September

23

2013

  1. Your engineer/architect has modeled your new facility in Revit and the building is done
  2. Get your hands on the Building model, you own it, right?
  3. Open up Revit (trial version works fine - get it here).
  4. You launch Ideate BIMLink and you export the COBie_Type and COBie_Components to an Excel file. Whether you intend to do COBie or not these links are a great way to quickly get all of the asset list that you need to get started.
  1. If your budget permitted, you required the model to be updated to reflect as-built conditions. Congratulations, you get to skip ahead to Step 7.
  2. If the model does not reflect the as-built conditions then you should pay your architect and engineers to fill out the Excel files from step 4 above or have your own staff fill out any missing info. This can be done with a tablet as outlined in this earlier post.
  3. Congratulations, you now you have a complete list of all the building assets for use in managing the building's maintenance and operations. That was easy!

This post was originally published on the Ideate Solutions Blog 9.25.2013

 


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 Services at Ideate, Inc. and 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 NJ and Grow it Green Morristown. Follow Glynnis on Twitter.

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September

16

2013

Did I link it or did I import it? Was the box checked for "Current view only" selected or not? Where is it! It wasn't exploded was it??? Do these phrases come to mind when asked these questions? I don't remember? I think I did? I have no clue½, I hope not! I recently had a conversation with a client who wanted to search for CAD files within a Revit Model and had these very questions. With the latest release of Ideate Explorer for Revit you'll be able to answer these questions and more½

Did I Link or Import the CAD file?

Within the Revit products the only way to know if a user linked a CAD file is to go to Insert tab and select the Cad1.php button then the CAD Formats tab. Using this function in Revit gives the user an idea of what CAD Files in the Revit Model have been Linked. Note that it does NOT provide any information about files that have been imported! Ideate Explorer. informs the user if CAD Files in Revit are Linked or Imported by separating them out into two distinct categories: CAD Imports & CAD Links

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Was the box checked for "Current view only" selected or not?

Within the Revit products the only way a user knows if the "current view only" option has or hasn't been selected is when the CAD File shows up in a view other than the inserted view. That is of course, as long as a team member hasn't turned it off with the various Revit graphic tools. Ideate Explorer informs the user through separating out the CAD files into DWG File or DWG File whether they are linked or imported.

  • DWG File = CAD Files found in this section informs the user that these CAD Files may be found in multiple views because the "Current view only" option wasn't used during insertion/linking.
  • DWG File = CAD files found under this section informs the user that these CAD Files can only be found in the view that they have been inserted in, or there was a check in the box for "Current view only".

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Where is it! It wasn't exploded was it????

To find a linked or imported CAD file within the Revit products it is truly a "hunt and peck" process for the user. One of the method that could be used to find an Import is by using the Line Styles cad4 tool found in the Manage Tab > Settings panel. Within this tool the user is able to tell if an imported CAD file has been exploded by the presence of certain line styles. When using Ideate Explorer a user can quickly determine if an imported CAD file has been Partially or Fully exploded. My two favorite ways within Ideate Explorer are:

1. Searching for symbols = Within Ideate Explorer CAD Imports category I look for DWG files that repeat multiple times with symbol name at the end. 

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2. Search for Line Styles - Within Ideate Explorer I look at the Lines > detail Lines category looking for CAD Layers names like DEFPOINTS etc. Ideate Explorer can quickly find elements in the model like imported CAD Files. Ideate Explorer has a Show Elements tool which when selected will zoom to the item in Revit that you've. This is similar to the "Highlight in Model" function in Revit schedules. Users can access the Show Elements several different way. My favorite method is as follows: • Select an element in the Results window. • Select the Show Elements (Zoom to Selected) button from the Top right of the Results window.

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Happy searching! If you would like to make suggestions on what you would like to see in future releases of Ideate Explorer for Revit send us your ideas.


About the Author

Eugene A. O'Day, IX - AEC Application Specialist Eugene A. O'Day, IX, with more than 25 years of architectural and mechanical experience, offers a trained focus on all things Revit and BIM. Teaching is a passion of his. Eugene has been an instructor in undergraduate degree programs, has traveled worldwide teaching Autodesk solutions to major corporations, has taught at accredited ATCs throughout the Northwestern region, and is a frequent and popular instructor, speaker, and presenter for AUGI® CAD Camps, Revit - and related product user groups. He has also been a trusted public school district advisor on new drafting instructor hires. At Ideate, Eugene provides training and support for Revit Architecture, Revit Structure and AutoCAD. Eugene is also a Revit Architecture Autodesk Certified Professional.

 

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August

30

2013

Autodesk recently updated their Revit Model Performance Technical Note for version 2014. This document contains a wealth of information related to optimizing Revit files and is highly recommended for all BIM Managers who are using Revit. Here's just one example, that can be found under the "Revit Model Optimization and Best Practices" section.

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Example: Found under the "Revit Model Optimization and Best Practices" section[/caption] Ideate Explorer for Revit can be used to find Arrays and other problem areas, as shown.

Arrays - Show Elements

Use Ideate Explorer to select all your Arrays at once and then use the ungroup option as recommended by Autodesk for improved performance. You can find "Revit 2014 Model Performance Technical Note" and other Revit-related white papers on our website.


About the Author

Glynnis Patterson, NCARB - Director of Software Development Glynnis is a Registered Architect and has worked with 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 Services at Ideate, Inc. and continues to work with AEC clients across the nation, developing, and implementing best practices solutions. In her spare time Glynnis does volunteer work and builds Lego projects. @GVPinNJ

 

This post was originally published on the Ideate Solutions Blog
 
 

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August

26

2013

We've had many Ideate BIMLink customers request access to the Revisions on Sheet properties. These properties allow the project team to identify, on a per sheet basis, whether the sheet is part of a particular issuance (Bid Set, Owner Review, Request for Information, Addendum, etc.). Without Ideate BIMLink using this Revit feature requires that the user select each Sheet and then pick to the "Revisions on Sheet" button and then check the box next to the relevant Revision Sequence - very tedious. View Here!

With Ideate BIMLink for Revit 2014.1 we now have access to the revision sequences so that all the sheets can be edited quickly, outside of the Revit environment, saving time and reducing liability. See how: Download the latest version of Ideate BIMLink (note this feature is for 2014 only).


About the Author

Glynnis Patterson, NCARB - Director of Software Development
Glynnis is a Registered Architect and has worked with 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 Services at Ideate, Inc. and continues to work with AEC clients across the nation, developing, and implementing best practices solutions. In her spare time Glynnis does volunteer work and builds Lego projects. @GVPinNJ

This post was originally published on the Ideate Solutions Blog
 

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