February

14

2019

Thank you to everyone who attended our webinar on IdeateApps last week. This is one of the webinars we host several times a year for new users and experienced users who would like a refresher. Unlike the past webinars, this one was only 30 minutes; we shortened it from 60 minutes after hearing that attendees prefer shorter sessions. Although we did it in half the time, we still covered a lot of good information about our Revit sheet and view management tools:

  1. Sheet Manager – Access and control a number of sheets and views from a centralized location
  2. Align – Keep view ports aligned in the correct location on the sheet
  3. Clone – Duplicate a sheet and control the views on that sheet 
  4. View Creator – Easily create views with a series of rules

Here’s a link to the recording. It’s available to everyone, so please view it and share it with others.

Link to recording
 

Questions and Answers

Here are some questions about the IdeateApps tools featured in the webinar that I have received recently:

Q. Will the align work if the view crop is different?

A. It will align, but if you have a large view crop, it will be based on the upper left crop region, so it may be larger. If it’s a plan view, it will be based on the X and Y coordinates.

Q. If we clone a view that is dependent to a parent, will the parent clone?

A. No. It only creates the dependent view; it doesn’t not duplicate the parent.

Q. Can you align with a scope box?

A.  The views are aligned with the X and Y model coordinates or the upper left crop region. It is not currently possible to align only by the scope box. Here is more detailed information on exactly how the views are aligned:

When Ideate Align is used to relocate Viewports on Sheets, the Views are relocated as described below.

  • Floor, Ceiling, Area, or Structural Plan Views
    When the Alignment View is a Floor, Ceiling, Area, or Structural Plan View, and the selected View(s) to align are designated as "similar," those views will be relocated such that the X and Y model coordinates will maintain the same relationship to the title block as the Alignment View. This will ensure that any Plan-based View will be organized on the Sheets in a similar fashion. When non-similar Plan-based View(s) are selected to be aligned, those Views will have the same X and Y relationship between the upper-left corner of the Viewport and the title block.
  • Non-Plan Views
    When the Alignment View is not a Plan-based View, the selected Views will have the same X and Y relationship between the upper-left corner of the Viewport and the title block.
Q. How do you create the view if you have one floor and different unit types?

A. It would depend on how those type units are created. Are they groups, linked files, or design options? You could easily setup the view properties needed and then choose the unit type needed based on the method you used to create the unit type.
 

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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 18 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.

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February

12

2019

We have had an Ideate BIMLink revision workflow for Revit for quite some time.  A recent blog post by my colleague Sash Kazeminejad explains the process quite well.

We even have an in-depth topic in our online Help that explains the process quite thoroughly. As a bonus to Ideate BIMLink customers, they can request an Excel macro template and dataset that supports the automation of a Document Issuance Record. The resultant Excel file is organized as a matrix with the Sheets as Rows with the Revision dates and per Sheet numbering as the Columns.

We recently had an excellent question from one of our customers, KEO International Consultants, regarding that specific Excel macro template. He was trying to add custom columns to the Excel template immediately to the left of the Ideate BIMLink generated sequence data. We have instructions and setup within the Excel document to explain that the number of columns needs to be set to the left of the sequence data. This number will be set based on the added columns or properties, but we failed to mention that the columns also need to be added to the DIR tab within the Excel spreadsheet. With that little tidbit of information, KEO International Consultants was in Revit Revision heaven, if there is such a place!

“I added the additional columns to the DIR sheet and now it is working as expected. Thank you for the great support and the fantastic software.”
~Robert L. Fernandez, BIM Manager – Design, KEO International Consultants

Thank you Robert for bringing this question to us! We have now added this important step to our process. 

Here’s the process:

On the setup tab of the Excel Macro, the columns left of Sequence Data will calculate the proper number based on the columns to the left of the sequence data.

In my example, I’ve added 4 properties before the sequence data, so the Columns Left of Sequence Data will automatically be set to 4.  (A quick way to think about this is that EACH property is a column within Excel.)


 

Now here is the critical part. For my example, the Sheet Number, Sheet Name, Checked By, and Current Owner MUST be added to the DIR Excel tab as columns in order for the Excel file to work properly.


 

For more in-depth information about managing Revit Sheet-based revisions with Ideate BIMLink, please sign up for my webinar on the topic on February 21st.

Visit our website for more information on our applications. 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 18 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.

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February

7

2019

Ideate Software applications help Revit users solve persistent problems in architecture, engineering, construction, and owner workflows. One way we learn about those problems is by reviewing public forums. 

While reviewing this week’s Revit Ideas Forum posts, we found a suggestion from a dedicated Revit user who wants to be able to copy and paste ID numbers from the Revit error messages window. The suggestion said, “At the moment, you can either export the message then find it by ID or write in the ID number manually. Why not just copy?”

We agree that this is a great suggestion for an improvement to Revit and warnings management. However, even if Autodesk does implement this suggestion, it will still take more steps and be more time-consuming than the currently available workflow within Ideate Explorer.

Here is a comparison of the steps:

Want to see a demonstration? There’s an example in this short how-to video

Copy Paste Error ID

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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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February

5

2019

We recently had a question at our BIM Superstar webinar with Laura Kay Smith about door hardware schedules. We dug through our vast archives and found an older video from 2012!

This shows that the power of Ideate BIMLink has been around for some time. Of course, we have improved the features considerably since the video was created, but the basic workflow is still valid and every bit as useful today as it was in 2012. You can review the video and check out a more recently updated workflow on our online help.

Visit our website for more information on our applications. 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 18 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.

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January

31

2019

Recently I had the honor of welcoming Laura Kay Smith to our first-in-a-series of customer-led webinars. Laura is the BIM Manager Lead, Complex Building Department at SNC Lavalin, one of the largest engineering firms in the world. She has more than 20 years of experience as an industry leader in the integration and implementation of BIM, and she is passionate about sharing her experiences to help others move forward and make BIM more prevalent in their firms. She is a frequent speaker at industry events such as Autodesk University and BIM User Groups across the U.S. and Canada, and she runs the BIMFreak blog and website.

At this webinar, Laura spoke about how to use Ideate Software applications to become a BIM manager superstar. She talked about the applications she uses, why she decided to use them, and where they fit into her workflow. She also provided examples of how she uses them.

Using Ideate Software Applications
 
The presentation was well-received; here are some quotes from attendees:

  • “Laura's explanation of how to create a standard process made a lot of sense. That, with how she used Ideate tools to get productivity out of the workflow, helped me better understand what I can do to improve my own BIM process.”
  • “I liked seeing how she combines both BIMLink and Sticky to get accurate information in the correct format.”
  • “I found value in her problem-solving skills. She has given me ideas to further leverage Ideate Software.”
  • “Managing large amount of data in big and complicated projects is always challenging and sometimes even tedious. It is encouraging to know from experienced BIM users that there is a way to do it properly.”

If you missed the presentation, would like to watch it again, or know someone that you think would enjoy it, here’s a link to a recording.

To hear more from Laura, visit her website, BIMFreak. Visit our website for more information on our applications. 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 18 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.

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