Quite often generic structural columns and structural framing elements will be placed at the beginning of a project as placeholders. Then, after the formal analysis and design work is complete, those elements need to be swapped for the intended structural members.
Here are some tips to effectively manage Structural data within Ideate BIMLink to manage this Type Swapping. In this example, Structural Columns are used but this also applies to other Revit model categories.
The quickest way to update the Structural Columns is to use the Sample Link called "Structural_Columns-SWAP". This is an Instance Link for the Structural Column category.
Large volumes of Structural Column data can now be edited within the Excel workbook. The list of available types is displayed as a list to the right side of the exported data, as shown.
During the import process Ideate BIMLink will check to confirm that the selected Structural Column can be swapped for the newly specified column.
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