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September

7

2016

As an architectural project progresses, it is quite typical go through a series of design changes. One example of a design revision might be modifications to a plan layout which would require building elements such as rooms for example - to be either added or deleted from the Revit model. Because of these types of revisions, a renumbering of this category of elements is then required for documentation purposes. This task can become very time-consuming – especially if needing to be done several times throughout the life of a project. With the Ideate ReNumber tool, the process of renumbering rooms in Revit can now be expedited!

The Ideate ReNumber tool can be found in the Ideate Software ribbon on the Revit User Interface, along with other IdeateApps and Ideate Software tools.

When renumbering rooms in our project, we can create renumbering rules within the Ideate ReNumber dialog.

There are also several options for numbering sequence methods that we can choose from. For more information on numbering methods, read more on our support page.

After setting up the rule and numbering method, selecting the ‘start renumbering’ button at the bottom of the dialog, brings up a Preview dialog. This dialog shows information on the rooms being renumbered. It lists the element ID of the room, the Room Name, as well as the original and new value of the room number. Once the Preview dialog has been reviewed, the next step is to accept changes.

Watch the video to take a closer look at how the Ideate ReNumber tool can help streamline your design and documentation process when it comes to renumbering rooms in Revit!   


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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September

6

2016

Have you ever received the Revit warning that “none of the created elements are visible in the current view”? What could be the cause? There are dozens of reasons why an object doesn’t display within a Revit view. Ideate XRay checks over 50 reasons why an element may be hidden within a specific view, allowing you to understand or fix the issue. One of the top questions a BIM Manager receives from the Revit team is “why doesn’t something display in this view?”

Ideate XRay helps the whole Revit team understand and fix visibility issues, therefore allowing the BIM Manager to focus and concentrate on higher level issues, thus increasing efficiency and productivity for the Revit project, and the entire Revit team.

Ideate XRay is a powerful application that is part of the IdeateApps suite of solutions for Revit. Ideate XRay allows you to understand why Revit elements don’t display within a specific Revit view. Revit allows many sophisticated ways to display or hide elements within the Building Information Model, based on intelligent parameters or properties.

As an example, every element has a category, phase, discipline, or workset that could impact whether that element displays within a selected view. In addition, there are scope boxes, crop regions, and view ranges that may also impact the display of Revit elements. Ideate XRay helps to make sense of why an object doesn’t display in a specific view. Ideate XRay gives ANY Revit user a powerful arsenal of forensic tools to understand why something doesn’t display, along with in-depth information on how to fix the issue.

IdeateApps is a collection of four Revit add-on applications that are designed for the everyday Revit user. IdeateApps will improve your productivity and increase your efficiency with difficult, time-consuming, and error-prone Revit workflows. Thus, allowing you to concentrate more on the process of design, rather than wasting time trying to manage your Revit project.

Use these powerful tools independently or together to realize increased productivity and efficiency, ease of design, and enhanced quality for all your Revit projects.

Watch the video to learn more about IdeateApps XRay!


About the Author

Richard W. Taylor - Associate AIA - Technical Evangelist Ideate Software
Richard Taylor has over 25 years of experience working for companies that develop architectural and engineering software solutions such as Intergraph, Bentley, and Autodesk. He has over 15 years of Revit experience, and was part of the original development of Revit while at Revit Technology Corporation. He worked 12 years at Autodesk where he presented, taught, and worked to improve features in Revit. Richard holds both a Bachelor of Science in Architectural Studies and Masters of Architecture from the University of Nebraska, Lincoln. Richard is currently a Technical Evangelist for Ideate Software Solutions and continues to work with AEC clients worldwide, developing, and consulting on BIM solutions. In his spare time, he is active in his local community and is an elected member of the local Planning Board where he evaluates new developments, regional planning, and design criteria. @Rwtaylor_Revit

 

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September

2

2016

Ideate SmartDelete is a powerful application that is part of the IdeateApps suite of solutions for Revit. Ideate SmartDelete allows you to reduce liability issues occurring from the Revit model by understanding exactly what you are deleting. When you delete the RVT link or the ceiling elements, are you sure you’re only deleting the selected elements? Done improperly, Revit mode deletion will impact liability and the project schedule. With Ideate SmartDelete you’ll get that second chance to review your deletion set AND, more importantly, you can preview what else will be deleted, before it happens.

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You can’t afford to not know what’s being deleted! This tool increases efficiency and saves you from important liability issues while allowing you a full understanding of the impact of your Revit edits.

IdeateApps is a collection of four Revit add-on applications that are designed for the everyday Revit user. IdeateApps will improve your productivity and increase your efficiency with difficult, time-consuming, and error-prone Revit workflows. Thus, allowing you to concentrate more on the process of design, rather than wasting time trying to manage your Revit project.

Use these powerful tools independently or together to realize increased productivity and efficiency, ease of design, and enhanced quality for all your Revit projects.

Watch the video to learn more about Ideate SmartDelete!


About the Author

Richard W. Taylor - Associate AIA - Technical Evangelist Ideate Software
Richard Taylor has over 25 years of experience working for companies that develop architectural and engineering software solutions such as Intergraph, Bentley, and Autodesk. He has over 15 years of Revit experience, and was part of the original development of Revit while at Revit Technology Corporation. He worked 12 years at Autodesk where he presented, taught, and worked to improve features in Revit. Richard holds both a Bachelor of Science in Architectural Studies and Masters of Architecture from the University of Nebraska, Lincoln. Richard is currently a Technical Evangelist for Ideate Software Solutions and continues to work with AEC clients worldwide, developing, and consulting on BIM solutions. In his spare time, he is active in his local community and is an elected member of the local Planning Board where he evaluates new developments, regional planning, and design criteria. @Rwtaylor_Revit

 

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August

25

2016

Design changes are inevitable throughout the life of a project. And because of this doors, rooms and other building elements may be added or deleted in the process. In turn, we go through a cycle of renumbering these categories of elements, which equates to too much time spent renumbering, when we could be focusing on other tasks at hand. 

Now, with Ideate ReNumber you can easily re-number elements by selection, path, or auto-update; create and even save customized renumbering rules.

Ideate ReNumber can be found along with other IdeateApps, and Ideate Software add-ons, in their own Ideate Software ribbon on the Revit User Interface.

Within the Ideate ReNumber dialog, you can create rules to be applied when renumbering doors in your project.

You also have several options for numbering sequence methods. For additional information on the different numbering methods, please visit this our support page.

After deciding on the rule and numbering method, you can now start renumbering! A Preview dialog will give you information on the doors being renumbered. It shows the element ID of the room, the Door Type, as well as the original and new value of the door number. Once you’ve reviewed the Preview dialog, and everything looks good – you can then accept changes!

If you were to go through multiple design changes throughout a project - and doors are perhaps deleted and/or added to your design in the process – you can continue to use the Ideate ReNumber tool to renumber the doors in your project.

Let’s take a closer look at how this tool can help streamline your design and documentation process when it comes to renumbering doors in Revit with this video.


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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August

23

2016

The Latest IdeateApps Review Is In — 


At the last SeaRUG, the Ideate Software team was thrilled to hear about the latest review of our new tool suite for Revit, IdeateApps. Tim Grimm at Revit Add-Ons has reviewed IdeateApps and awarded the must-have tool suite an Editor’s Choice Award. Read the review.

Learn more about IdeateApps:

IdeateApps is a new collection of four Revit add-in tools that simplify the tasks that daily Revit users perform most often:

  1. Ideate ReNumber – Speed through the process of renumbering elements by selection, path, or auto-update; create and save customized renumbering rules
  2. Ideate XRay – Reduce frustration by quickly discovering why some elements aren’t visible in certain views
  3. Ideate SmartDelete – Avoid accidental deletions by discovering all of the elements that will be deleted along with a selected element
  4. Ideate QuickSelect – Easily select elements and zoom to elements within the Revit project, template, or family file

Use these applications separately or together to realize increased productivity, ease of design, and enhanced quality for your Revit projects.

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The development of these new tools demonstrates our commitment to providing the building design, engineering, construction, and facilities management community with unprecedented access to and control over their Revit data.

For more information, contact our team via email or at 888.662.7238.

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