You may have heard that Autodesk® Revit®  2019 includes the addition of the variable “or” to view filters. This gives users greater control over view graphics by enabling them to create view filters with multiple rules and nested sets with AND and OR conditions. This feature was the most requested change suggested to Autodesk!

Revit Filter Dialog

Autodesk screen shot reprinted courtesy of Autodesk, Inc.

If you’ve always wanted to use this same filtering but with schedules, you should check out Ideate BIMLink, which has offered sophisticated filtering since 2014.

The ability to use “or” for filters is essential to Ideate BIMLink’s support of quality control, quantity takeoff, and other similar processes when casting a broader data ‘net’ is useful. In the image below, for example, unchecking the “Elements Must Pass All Filters” lets Ideate BIMLink look for Design Option content that is either in the Main Model or in the Primary.

Ideate BIMLink Filter Dialog

Don’t wait for the features you need, try Ideate BIMLink today.

See what else is new in Revit 2019.

Visit the Ideate Software website to learn more about how Ideate Software applications can streamline your Revit workflows.

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Richard Taylor Before presenting Hide & Seek with Revit Elements to the Houston Revit User Group, Richard Taylor, Ideate Software’s Technology Evangelist, sat down with BIM Meet host Dat Lien to discuss the past, present, and future of building information modeling and Revit software.

With experience dating back to the Revit Technology company before the first official release of Revit 1.0, Richard has a wealth of knowledge about the software as well as the industry, including current trends and upcoming developments.

Listen to the audio interview to hear reflections, anecdotes, and insights from Richard, including:

“By using all the data points available, we won’t guess a building’s size, noise level, daylighting, etc. We will make educated decisions about the best built environment for us.”

Interested in Richard’s presentation on visibility issues with Revit elements? Here’s a recording.

Visit the Ideate Software website to learn more about how Ideate Software applications can streamline your Revit workflows.

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One of the more tedious and labor-intensive BIM tasks confronting architects and engineers is the act of renumbering or renaming Revit elements. We've had customers who require that all of the system families, for example, are prefixed with their company name. So instead of "Wall: 1-HR" we need "Wall: ABC_1-HR." Likewise, even simple design changes can set off a chain reaction that requires significant renumbering of details, views, or equipment. Many times furnishings, fixtures, and equipment need to be renumbered in the middle of a project because new rooms or floors have been added, and the equipment numbering needs to align with the room and floor numbering schemas.

Naming and numbering tasks can also be driven by an owner requirement for external database compatibility. The COBie specification, which is now mandated for federal government projects in the US, is a prime example of this. For those of you not familiar with COBie you can learn more at the Whole Building Design Guide website. The COBie Guide* makes it clear that "During design, the Architect shall be responsible to resolve all conflicts in duplicative naming by their own staff and all consulting engineers."

This sounds like a very daunting task but with Ideate BIMLink you can turn a day-long project into a (5) minute task. This video demonstrates how Ideate BIMLink can be used to create and manage the unique type, component, and space naming requirements mandated by this COBie specification.

A typical COBie project will require at least (4) iterations:

  1. For 35% Design Development
  2. At 100% Construction Documentation
  3. At the Beneficial Occupancy stage
  4. Within the As-Built documents

That's a lot of data entry! Whether your renaming/renumbering task is driven by COBie or any other reason let Ideate BIMLink + Excel do the heavy lifting and put your architects and engineers onto higher order tasks.

About the Author

Glynnis 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 the Director of Software Development Services 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 the local high school and with growitgreenmorristown.org.  Find Glynnis on Twitter.

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San Francisco, CA, 03/08/2018 – Ideate Software, a veteran Autodesk Developer Network member and provider of Autodesk Revit plugin software for precise building information modeling (BIM) data management and enhanced workflow, announced that Craig H. Dodge, Director of Sales, and Richard Taylor, Technical Evangelist, will attend and exhibit at BiLT Asia 2018 in Singapore. They, along with representatives from Ideate Software’s partner in Singapore, BIMAGE, will demonstrate how Ideate Software tools streamline Revit workflows. The conference will be held at the Marina Bay Sands Hotel and Conference Center on April 5-7, 2018.

“This conference, which is recognized as a global leader in BIM education, provides a perfect opportunity for us to meet with customers and potential customers,” said Mr. Dodge. “In addition to demonstrating our products, we will ask Revit users to explain challenges they face, so we can consider addressing them in future releases of our software.”

Here are highlights of Ideate Software tools that dramatically reduce the time spent on tedious tasks and increase the accuracy of Revit models by eliminating error-prone editing and updating processes:

Attendees of BiLT Asia can visit the Ideate Software and BIMAGE team at booth number 5.

BiLT, the premier global BIM training conference for those who design, build, operate, and maintain built environments, is also holding 2018 conferences in Australia, the United States, and Europe. Ideate Software will announce its participation, which will include technical presentations, at later dates.


About Ideate Software

Ideate Software allows Revit users to have unprecedented control over their data. Ideate BIMLink, Ideate Explorer, 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.

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When large Revit projects are split into multiple files, Room and Space elements often exist in one linked Revit file while another Revit file may contain elements such as Doors, Fixtures, Equipment, and Lighting that need to reference information from the Rooms or Spaces.

Recognizing that this created a challenge for Revit users, we developed functionality in Ideate ReNumber (and in Ideate BIMLink) that enables users to easily renumber elements in the parent file based on the Room or Space number found in a linked file.

To take advantage of this functionality, simply ensure that you are using a Rule that specifies whether you are looking at the Room or Space data. Ideate ReNumber will then determine which file the data lives in, and it will use that information to populate your element with a new number. 

Here’s an example:

The out-of-the-box sample Rule called “Lighting” is designed to automate Lighting Fixture numbering based on the Space Number:

Renumber and Linked Files - Lighting Fixture

However, you can also import a Rule from the Bonus folder called “Lighting – Room.” This Rule references the Room Number field:

ReNumber and Linked Files - Lighting - Rooms

This valuable, time-saving feature is just one of the many Revit tasks simplified by Ideate ReNumber, which is one of the tools included in our IdeateApps collection. To learn more, read our blog post, Renumber and Rename Revit Elements Based on Associated Room; watch a recording of our recent class, Advanced Numbering: Improving Project Documentation; and check out the many how-to videos posted on our site. 

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