January

26

2022

As many people know, Ideate BIMLink is a great tool for extracting data from your Revit model to Excel, making changes in Excel, and pushing that data back into Revit to update your model. What some people may not know is that you can create new data using Ideate BIMLink. This online Help file has more information on which elements you can create using Ideate BIMLink.

In this blog post, we look at how you can use Ideate BIMLink to create new plan views. Ideate BIMLink ships with over 450 pre-loaded link definitions, several of these are related to creating views. In this example, we are using the 01 Views-Create_NEW_Plans link definition

 Ideate BIMLink - Pre-loaded link definitions
Ideate BIMLink ships with MANY pre-loaded link definitions that help you create new Revit elements easily. There are a few that reference view creation.

You can customise the properties easily from the Properties tab. You can fill out data for these properties within Excel that will be added to your new element created in Revit.

Ideate BIMLink - Edit Views Link
This dialog shows some existing views within the Revit model. You can optionally filter out any existing views, so you only show the proper column headers.

In Excel, fill in the information about the new plan views you wish to create. In this example, we created the new view names, assigned the views the appropriate family and type, assigned the views to scope boxes, and applied view templates to control each views visibility. Tip: Remember to add NEW in the element Id column to instruct Ideate BIMLink to create the NEW elements. 

Ideate BIMLink - Create Views 
This image shows one existing view that has an element ID plus many additional views that will be created once imported into Revit.

When importing back into Revit, the views are created with scope boxes applied, view templates applied, and in their correct place in the project browser.

Ideate BIMLink - Creating Views 
Since the family and type of view was automatically set, the location of the views appears correctly in the Revit project browser.

Bulk creating new elements in Revit has never been so easy and powerful.

For additional training tips, check out our Training blog series.


About the Author

Steve Deadman - Customer Success Manager - EMEA
Steve provides support to customers and helps them get a strong return on their software investment. He has a B.Eng (Hons) degree in Mechanical Engineering and various certifications in engineering. Before joining Ideate Software, he worked at several top architectural firm in the United Kingdom where he specialized in the implementation and management of BIM processes and technology. Find Steve on LinkedIn.
 

 

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January

24

2022

The Ideate Software support team has posted information pertaining to a known issue that is under review right now. Ideate Sticky customers may be impacted by this issue. Please read below for important details.

An Ideate Sticky updated version that fixes the issue is now available, please download it here.

Last updated: 4:38am PST 26 Jan 2022

Issue: Images created with the latest release of Ideate Sticky are displaying an evaluation message related to a 3rd party component in the upper-left-hand corner of the image. 

Ideate Sticky
 

This issue does not impact Sticky-Schedule elements. Only images are affected.

Ideate Sticky
 
Any Sticky-Image created or updated after 22 Jan 2022 using Ideate Sticky build 44628 (May 2021 release) will experience the issue. You can check your build number from the Control panel as shown. 

Image Stickies created or updated by a release with a build number lower than 44628 will work as expected.

Ideate Sticky

An Ideate Sticky updated version that fixes the issue is now available, please download it here.

We apologize for this bug. If you have any additional questions, please contact [email protected].
 

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January

20

2022

Every day, our Ideate Software Support team fields all types of questions from AECO professionals all around the world. You can review some of these recent questions and answers via our Ideate Software Support Series blog category.

We always strive to make our user interface more intuitive and easier to understand for all our Revit solutions.  A few years ago, we did a major user interface update to Ideate BIMLink.

One of our longtime customers recently contacted us about the ability to load an existing link definition, as it used to be available on the primary Ideate BIMLink dialog as a pull-down option. In order to streamline the creation of NEW Ideate BIMLink link definitions, we moved the ability to load links under the NEW button.  Once you select on NEW, you have the option to:

  • Create a new link by browsing our library of hundreds of delivered link definitions
  • Create a new link definition from scratch by using category
  • Create a new link definition from an existing Revit schedule within the project
  • Create a new link by loading an existing link definition (This button appears under the browse method for creating new links.)

You can find more information about loading link definitions via this Ideate BIMLink Help article.

Ideate BIMLink - New Link
The Load of a previously saved Ideate BIMLink definition is available under the Browse method for creating NEW Ideate BIMLink link definitions.

Always make sure you have the latest Ideate Software updates! You can review the latest on our website and easily download the latest versions.

If you have any comments on how we can improve our user interfaces, please let us know! Just send an email to [email protected].

Until next time, happy loading of your Ideate BIMLink data!

This post is part of a series of real questions posed to our Support team and our solutions. View more


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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January

11

2022

Questions come in from time to time about whether Ideate BIMLink can be configured so that both type and instance parameters can be edited in the same worksheet. The answer is that the ability to edit both type and instance parameters in the same worksheet is not allowed, as we have added a layer of protection to avoid major data editing pitfalls. 

Let’s have a look at one (there are many) potential pitfalls if type and instance parameters were editable in the same Excel worksheet.

The example below represents both editable type and instance parameters in the same worksheet, as indicated by the white cells (the colored columns also have white cells):

  • Columns A-E are instance parameter
  • Columns F-K are type parameters
  • Column E, highlighted in green, represents the family and type parameter, which allows users to take a placed family instance and swap (called type swapping) it out for another instance

Where users could run into trouble with a mix of editable type and instance parameters in the same worksheet is by type swapping families from column F while also editing other type-based properties from columns F-K. The big problem here is that when working in Excel, if you were to type swap some instances in column E and decide to change other type-based properties at the same time, you could be making unintended mistakes. 

Let’s say that you wanted to type swap family instances in rows 8-15 for another type and at the same time change the air flow values from column K (highlighted yellow). By doing this, you would accidently change the airflows for the entire family type without even knowing it. Trying to import the changes back into Revit wouldn’t work because you would have a mix of different values for the same type parameter.

Editing Type and Instance Parameters
 

To avoid any potential pitfalls of data editing mistakes, Ideate BIMLink allows users to safely export both editable type- and instance-based link data to the same Excel file in the form of multiple worksheets (tabs). This way, there is no mistaking whether you are editing type- or instance-based data, as the information is carefully exported to separate tabs. 

To learn more about how to implement this workflow, be sure to review this Help topic.


About the Author

Sash Kazeminejad - AIA, LEED AP - Customer Success Manager
Sash earned his Master of Architecture from Montana State University and is a California registered architect, LEED Accredited Professional. He has extensive experience in project management; BIM management; design for architectural firms in California, Montana, and Oregon; and leading classroom and online BIM training. He provides consulting, sales, support, and training solutions to AECO customers around the globe. Find Sash on LinkedIn.

 

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January

10

2022

AECO companies that do business in the UK will be interested in the recording of BIMThoughts that aired on December 14, 2021. During this 40-minute chat, Ideate Software’s Nick Johns, UK/EMEA Territory Sales Lead; Steve Deadman, Customer Success Manager UK/EMEA and Richard Taylor, Technical Evangelist, discussed several topics geared toward a UK audience, including:

  • UK BIM vs. North America BIM
  • Insights gained from recent UK construction conferences
  • The benefits of standards, including:
    • ISO 19650 - Organization and digitization of information about buildings and civil engineering works, including BIM        
    • BS8644 - Digital management of fire safety information (Due for publication during the first half of 2022) 
  • Upcoming “Golden Thread” initiative requiring building owners to store, manage and keep an up-to-date record of all data required to maintain and operate a built asset Ideate Software tools

Over the course of this call, BIMThoughts hosts, Bill Debevc, Carl Storms and Dana De Filippi complimented Ideate Software several times. Here are a few quotes:

  • “For me, Revit and Ideate go hand in hand.”
  • “Over the years, Ideate has added so many great things!”
  • “I just love Ideate tools.”

Browse our website to learn more about how Ideate Software tools for Revit streamline workflows, improve data quality, and enhance design. Give them a try with free trial versions or subscribe today

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