October

18

2021

An improvement to the multi-category schedule in Revit is one of several new features added to Revit 2022. As noted by Autodesk, this feature is listed as a top Revit Ideas Forum request. 

If we consult with the Wayback Machine, we’ll see that the Ideate Software team developed a multi-category offering in 2013, as detailed in this older blog post. As part of our Ideate Software due diligence for our 2022 release, we did an extensive review of this new Revit feature to ensure our own multi-category continues to both align and surpass the Autodesk version. 

There are a few noteworthy differences between the Revit 2022 and Ideate BIMLink multi-category data collections that we discovered during that research. 

Multi-Category Data Goal: Quantity Takeoffs

One purpose of a multi-category schedule is to be able to do an accurate high-level quantity takeoff. In Jan 2015, the Ideate Software team saw and addressed a discrepancy between the Revit curtain panel data being reported, via the API, and the actual BIM model conditions. Specifically, our early users pointed out that Ideate Explorer was reporting more curtain panels than a corresponding Revit curtain panel schedule would display. Thanks to our valued customers, we were able to fix this problem quickly to ensure accurate takeoffs.

In our review of the Revit 2022 multi-category schedule, we discovered that these extraneous curtain panels unfortunately are included. As shown in side-by-side schedules, the Revit Curtain Panel Schedule shows fewer results than the corresponding multi-category schedule. In the image there are two extraneous Glazed Panels and 11 extraneous custom panels, which will lead to takeoff inaccuracies if the multi-category schedule is used.

Multi-Categories - Revit 2022
 
The Revit Panel Schedules quantities shown at the left are accurate and are matched within both Ideate Explorer and Ideate BIMLink.

Be careful with the Revit 2022 multi-category schedule, shown at the right, which is inaccurate! This condition occurs when curtain panels are divided.

Multi-Category Data Goal: Quality Control - MEP Device Example

Ideate BIMLink customers know that another benefit of having high-quality multi-category Revit data is that you can review and make bulk changes easily. In June of 2016, our beta testers requested access to the elevation and offset values for all MEP devices. Being able to edit these values in one place enabled a high level of quality control within their Revit projects.

Edit Multi-Category Link
 
Additionally, filtering by Category has always been easy with Ideate BIMLink, as shown above. These two features combine to complete this quality control workflow, which is one of the top reasons to have a multi-category schedule.

Unfortunately, the Revit 2022 multi-category schedule does not include the elevation or offset properties, so you cannot achieve this type of goal. Additionally, the Revit multi-category schedule does not let you filter by Category, so it is very difficult to gather all these categories into one place. 

Schedule Properties
 

These are just two of the ways in which the new Revit multi-category schedule varies from the Ideate BIMLink version. 

At Ideate Software, we understand at a deep level the value of a comprehensive multi-category schedule. And when we do not understand, we listen to our customers to quickly improve our data model. We have updated our multi-category definition at least seven times in the past eight years.

If you are not content to wait eight years for your top features, you should consider subscribing to our Ideate Software Revit solutions.


About the Author

Glynnis Patterson, NCARB – Director of Software Development
Glynnis is a registered architect and has worked within the building information modeling (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 AECO clients worldwide, developing, and consulting on solutions to BIM challenges. In her spare time, Glynnis volunteers for the local high school and with growitgreenmorristown.org. Find Glynnis on LinkedIn.

 

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October

14

2021

We hope everyone enjoyed the virtual events of Autodesk University 2021 and enhanced their knowledge of Ideate Software plug-ins for Revit. Although we didn’t see anyone in person, we connected with many Revit users, both customers and non-customers, to hear about Revit challenges and how Ideate Software add-ins can help. We also shared details of current discounts available: 

Two “Get to Know Us” Opportunities

  • Single-User Bundle* – Prove to yourself the value of our products with our six-month, single-user stand-alone bundle that includes a subscription to all our Revit add-ins for just US$500
  • Small-Teams Bundle* – Introduce your team to all five of our Revit plugins with our six-month multi-user cloud network bundle priced at $US995

*These six-month offers also include a $500 credit toward your next annual subscription purchase of any Ideate Software bundle.

Large Quantity Promotion

  • More Users – More Value Bundle – This bundle includes 25 of each of our five titles in cloud-network format plus a 2-hour software training course. Currently priced at US$8,000 (value is US$12,000)

All subscriptions come with unlimited access to all our learning materials, videos, Help files, technical support and blog posts.

Go to our store to access any of these deals. Have questions? Contact us at [email protected].

Don’t delay! These deals are scheduled to expire soon. 
 

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October

13

2021

We are continuing our monthly Ideate Software Blog series entitled Wishlist Granted.  Each blog article features real user requests from Autodesk forums and discussions, plus many Ideate Software customer requests.

First, it’s important to have the most efficient Revit model possible. Elements that aren’t used can negatively impact Revit model performance. That’s a huge reason Autodesk developed the Purge Unused command within Revit. A page directly from the Autodesk Revit Help file states:

“Remove unused views, families, and other objects from the project to improve performance and reduce file size.”

However, Purge Unused doesn’t remove many styles that may be used within the Revit model. A Revit Ideas Forum request by Matthew Taylor at WSP is a perfect example of the problem, and the perfect summary for the following features requested by Matthew:

  • Purge unused Fill Patterns
  • Purge unused Line Patterns
  • Purge unused Line Styles (and by association, this includes CAD import layers)
  • Purge unused Subcategories

Manually purging these elements out of families is labor intensive

For this reason and many others, we developed Ideate StyleManager.   

Use Ideate StyleManager to:

  • Safely delete styles that otherwise cannot be deleted or purged in Revit software 
  • Merge non-standard styles into standard styles 
  • Forensically analyze the usage of all styles to understand the true scope of a modification
  • Clean up Object Styles, Line Styles, Line Patterns, Fill Patterns, Filled Regions, Materials, Material Appearance Assets, View Filters, View Templates, Viewports, Scope Boxes, Text, Fonts, Dimensions, and Arrowheads
  • Understand which views are using which View Filters

Ideate StyleManager 
Main Ideate StyleManager dialog showing the merge and purge of non-standard and duplicate styles into standard styles. We are merging all the Families, Materials and Elements that have “Dense Sand” to instead have “Sand - Dense” while at the same time deleting the “Dense Sand” definition from the Revit model.

There are at least a half dozen requests on the Revit Ideas Forum for managing all these different Revit Styles with an easier method. 

We love ideas from Revit users – feel free to contact our team via [email protected] to share yours.

Wishlist Granted!

Please review our other Wishlist Granted posts.


About the Author

Richard W. Taylor, Associate AIA – Technical Evangelist 
Richard has more than 30 years of experience working for companies that develop architectural and engineering software solutions, such as Intergraph, Bentley, and Autodesk. He has over 20 years of Revit experience, and he was part of the original development of Revit while at Revit Technology Corporation. He worked for 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 Master of Architecture from the University of Nebraska, Lincoln. As Technical Evangelist, Richard works with AECO clients worldwide, developing and consulting on BIM solutions. Find Richard on Twitter and LinkedIn.

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October

6

2021

You’re not making the most of view types if the only plan-based Revit view type in your project is called “Floor Plan.” 

At Ideate Software, we study many different Revit models and have noticed that many people don’t always use view types to organize their model. What’s the benefit? With Floor Plans, for example, you can create as many types as you wish to group them together in a logical manner. Additional types allow you to apply a specific view template that is set when a new view is created and can also make that view dependent on the template.

View Types
 
With these view types, you can set your project browser to use them for organization. Set your Grouping to use ‘Family and Type’ or ‘Type.’ This eliminates the need to create extra parameters and manage them for use in the Project Browser.

We recommend that each view type have only one plan for each level. Duplicate plans on the same level and type can become confusing and should be designated as different types. Common plan view types are working plans, electrical plans, plumbing plans, enlarged floor plans, etc. And remember that this best practice also extends to other view types, such as building elevations, interior elevations, etc.

To get the most benefit when starting a new project, your firm’s project template should already be set up with standard view types and view templates to reduce the need to set them up each time. 

When you leverage view types to their fullest, you will find that you do not need to use parameters to manage your project browser – one less thing to manage!


About the Author

Michael Coffey – Software Developer
Michael has a Bachelor of Architecture from New Jersey Institute of Technology and is a registered architect in New York, LEED accredited and a Revit Architecture Certified Associate. Before joining Ideate Software, he spent nine years at Gensler. In his latest position there, Michael coded and implemented tools using the Revit API, documented and trained in BIM and Revit tools, and managed content and standards. 

 

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October

1

2021

Anyone interested in managing Revit warnings will want to watch the recording of this interactive webinar. Over the course of one hour, Glynnis Patterson, our Director of Software Development, and I discussed Revit warnings:

  1. Which Revit warnings are most important?
  2. Which can be ignored?
  3. Who should fix warnings?
  4. How can you fix warnings?
  5. How do Ideate Software applications help?

New Features to Ideate Software Tools for Revit Warnings Management 

In addition to Ideate Explorer and Ideate Warnings Manager, which Revit users around the world have used for several years to manage Revit warnings, we talked about the new Warnings Dashboard that can be integrated with Ideate Automation. We demonstrated how the Warnings Dashboard provides insight into the health of a Revit project by displaying items determined by our beta testers as the most important: 

  • Number of warnings
  • Descriptions of Top 10 warnings
  • Warnings per MB
  • Warnings over time

 

Browse our website for more information on our Revit productivity tools. Give them a try with a free trial version or subscribe today
 


About the Author

Richard W. Taylor, Associate AIA – Technical Evangelist 
Richard has more than 30 years of experience working for companies that develop architectural and engineering software solutions, such as Intergraph, Bentley, and Autodesk. He has over 20 years of Revit experience, and he was part of the original development of Revit while at Revit Technology Corporation. He worked for 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 Master of Architecture from the University of Nebraska, Lincoln. As Technical Evangelist, Richard works with AECO clients worldwide, developing and consulting on BIM solutions. Find Richard on Twitter and LinkedIn.

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