One of the more tedious and labor-intensive BIM tasks confronting architects and engineers is the act of renumbering or renaming 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  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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We are pleased to share a client success story about Aspin Group, published by our partner in the UK, Excitech. Below are highlights; read the full story here.

Project Overview

The project, initiated by Hampshire County Council, concerned the Redbridge Causeway. It’s made up of two 3-span bridges, one 1-span bridge, and a 20-span viaduct.


The main contractor asked Aspin to undertake a structural inspection of the bridge and deliver a BIM model that could be used in the future by the Council’s asset management team. It needed to include links to critical data such as records ownership, rights and restrictions, surveys, work that had been carried out, operational performance information, and condition information.


Aspin asked Excitech to recommend the best solution, and they recommended Ideate BIMLink. Ideate BIMLink offers a quick and easy solution for importing data into a Revit project, such as updating hyperlink information on specific elements. With Ideate BIMLink, Apsin incorporated the records and links into the model, and it delivered a relatively complex requirement in an efficient and user-friendly way.

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

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Summary of Responsibilities

Ideate, Inc. is looking for an MEP Application Specialist-AEC to be part of its team that provides training/support for the Autodesk Architectural/ Engineering/ Construction (AEC) line of software. He/She will consistently demonstrate an ability to deal with clients at a business-to-business level, identifying and providing solutions that fulfill their business and technical needs.

Job Description


  • Teach open enrollment and customized training (from Revit MEP fundamentals to advanced level) through face-to-face and on-line delivery methods
  • Develop web-based (quick starts and just-in-time) training

Technical Support

  • Provide telephone, online, virtual, and on-site technical support
  • Maintain detailed notes of all client communications within our CRM database


  • Provide technical product assistance to both inside and outside sales representatives in the development and closing of sales opportunities.
    • Pre-sales: Qualifying Process
      • Technical Audits, Needs Assessment, Training Assessment, and Pre-sales Presentations
    • Technical Alignment: Development Process
      • Understand business drivers and customer pains, and develop solutions to address those drivers and pains
    • Post-sales:  Retention and Referral Process
      • Training, technical support, and consulting services
      • Customer acquisition, satisfaction, and retention
    • Maintain detailed notes of all communications within our CRM database
    • Create social media interest in Ideate and Autodesk solutions
    • Present Autodesk technologies to C-level executives and power users at user groups, executive briefings, and pre-sale activities
    • Learn new Autodesk and third-party design technology programs (example: Navisworks, Infrastructure Modeler, etc.)

Required Skills

The MEP Application Specialist – AEC position candidate must be able to work comfortably in a virtual team environment (your direct report may be in another office). The ideal candidate will already have or work toward developing skills in the following categories:


  • BS in Engineering or related field
  • 2 years practical experience or equivalent


  • Experience in Autodesk software product line, with emphasis in:
    • Revit
    • Autodesk BIM 360 cloud solutions, including Field, Glue, and Docs, as well as experience in construction solutions highly desirable
  • The aptitude and patience to provide software training and telephone support
  • Strong troubleshooting/investigative/research skills
  • Ability to communicate effectively over the phone, via email, and virtually with customers who have pressing deadlines and software issues


  • Self-starter. Work in a virtual team environment
  • Comfortable in multiple (pre-sales, training, and support) roles
  • Problem solver, sets goals with a “get it done” attitude and strong self-motivational attributes
  • Superior organizational/time management skills and a “make-it-happen” attitude
  • Straightforward, honest, team player
  • Smart, flexible, diligent, and professional – willing to work hard and have fun
  • Ability to learn and communicate concepts to customers; ability to ask business, workflow, and technical questions and analyze customer answers
  • Maintain a sense of urgency and goal orientation


San Francisco (Financial District)


Up to 30% of the time, averaged over a year 

For more information, contact

Ideate, an Equal Opportunity Employer

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