August

16

2018

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August

16

2018

Revit software enables some revision capabilities. Ideate BIMLink and Ideate Sticky take over where Revit leaves off.

  • Do you need revisions that aren’t in Revision Clouds to appear in the Titleblock?
    If yes, in Revit you must update the “Revision on Sheet” option within each sheet view.
  • Do you need a schedule of all revisions on each sheet?
    If yes, chances are that you have created a workaround, because Revit only lists the latest revision.

While the methods above can get the job done, they take a lot of time and they increase the chance of errors.

Watch our short video to see how you can use Ideate BIMLink to aggregate revision information in Microsoft Excel to edit the options in bulk and Ideate Sticky to bring the formatted Excel schedule back into Revit to place onto sheets.

 

You’ll see how the work that has taken you hours if not days can be reduced to just minutes by completing two simple steps.

For implementation services or to learn more about how Ideate BIMLink and Ideate Sticky can help your business, please contact sales@ideatesoftware.com


About the Author

Sash Kazeminejad - AIA, LEED AP, ACI - Customer Success Manager
Sash earned his Master of Architecture from Montana State University and is a California registered architect, LEED Accredited Professional, and a Bluebeam Certified Instructor. 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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August

15

2018

The Revit warning, “Identical Instances” doesn’t have to create stress. You can easily resolve the problems with Ideate Explorer. If you ignore this warning, you face the possibility of incorrect schedule data, model inaccuracy, and potential errors in the field.

Ideate Explorer provides superior quality control by giving you the flexibility to define and manage only the warnings you deem appropriate.

Here are the steps to resolve the Identical Instances issue:

  1. Open Ideate Explorer and have the Warnings tab active
  2. Expand on the Identical Instance warnings to see which elements are in conflict
  3. Click on each element to get to additional details, such as the element ID, who created the element, and who last updated the element in the central model
  4. Review the display in the Revit Property Pallet, because the geometry might be identical, but the data might be quite different
  5. Choose which elements to keep and which to delete

To see a demonstration, view our short video, “Revit Warnings – RESOLVED! Identical Instances.

Failure to manage the warnings in your Revit project could result in poor performance, slow synchronization times, or even file corruption. Use Ideate Explorer to keep warnings under control.

For implementation services or to learn more about how Ideate Explorer can help your business, please contact sales@ideatesoftware.com


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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August

13

2018

Recently I came across a request to filter walls based on their bottom and top constraints, since some of the wall’s tops were past their intended levels. This was part of a QA/QC process that needed to happen. In this instance, the issue with Revit is that the view filters are very limited in terms of available properties, so using a filter is not an option. In addition, there are other properties that a user might be interested in, such as the top offset and whether a wall is attached to a floor or not. To show everyone how easy and powerful Ideate Explorer is, I wanted to take a moment and show you how you can take a wall selection and filter them by their base & top levels, top offset, and top extension distance so you can have a granular look at how your walls have been placed. Let’s review some of the results of using Ideate Query to determine how the walls were placed and constrained.

As the architecture, engineering, construction and owner (AECO) industries continue to develop data standards and deliverables, we must continually be aware of how we input data into our BIM models. I always remind folks that garbage in is also garbage out - if the inputs are incorrect, so will be the outputs.

For this example, I decided to look at the walls that are referencing Floor 1. The wall tops can go to any level. I created a 3D View and assigned the Section Box to a Scope Box that spans from Floor 1 to Floor 2 to isolate what I am viewing. This is completely optional.

With Ideate Explorer launched, I set the Display to Entire Project (1), then sorted by Level (2) and then expanded Level 1 (3). Since my focus is on Wall elements, I selected all Walls on Level 1 (4). From the graphic on the left, you can see all the walls that have been selected. I can also confirm the element count by looking at the lower right corner of Ideate Explorer (5). From there, I need to Query my walls to filter them by my criteria. This will allow me to have a granular look and further filter my Walls down to the ones that need a closer look. With that in mind, I selected the Ideate Query Option (6).

Once the Ideate Query button has been selected, we can confirm the element categories and count on the left side of the dialog box (1). For the first round of selection filters, I looked for the base and top constraint parameters by typing in the search field (2). Optionally, you can scroll through the list if you so choose. I always recommend scrolling through the list a few times to become familiar with the Parameters that you can use within Ideate Query. For the base and top parameters, I will look for Base Constraint: Name (3) and Top Constraint: Name (4). For both to populate, you will have to CTRL + click to select both. You can see them populate on the right side of the dialog box. Since I am interested in looking at the walls from Level 1 to Level 2, I will select only the walls that meet this criterion. In this case, the original selection of 289 walls will be filtered to 234 walls (5). Once selected, I will click on the Select button (6) to confirm the selection.

After the filter selection has been made, we can confirm the Wall elements that meet the criteria of Base Constraint: Level 1 and Top Constraint: Level 2 (1), however this selection only shows walls from Level 1 to Level 2 and does not reflect any of the top of wall conditions that we are interested in investigating. We will need to further query the selection. To do so, I will select the Ideate Query button (2) again to further filter the selection.

Once back in the Ideate Query dialog box, I can further refine my selection by some of the top constraints parameters. In this case, I am interested in investigating the Top offset and whether the top of the wall is attached or not. Under the Select Property area, I CTRL + Select two parameters: Instance: Top Offset (1) and Instance: Top is Attached (2). This will give me a good idea as to how the top of walls are behaving. Looking at (3), we have 7 walls that are attached at the top but with a wall offset of -6”. This indicates that the wall was (or was not) intended to be 6” below the floor above, but it is also attached to the floor above. This warrants further investigation. Looking at (4), we see 6 walls with a strange Top Offset. In addition, the walls are not attached to the floors above. We need to investigate these walls to see if the top offset is correct. Finally, looking at (5), we have some walls whose top offset is above Level 2. We should select these walls and further investigate from there.

With the granular selection in place, we can see the results in Ideate Explorer’s tree view (1). From here, we can take the selection and isolate the selection by clicking on the sunglasses (2). Once isolated, we can investigate the walls and correct their properties, if necessary. If you are interested in saving any selection as a Selection Set, you can use the Save Selection Set menu in Ideate Explorer (3).

At Ideate Software, we cannot stress enough the importance of auditing your Revit models and running them through a QA/QC process. In this example, we were able to look at wall constraints to determine if walls were referencing the correct levels, and if the tops of the walls were below or above a level and attached to a floor or not. From there, we were able to determine which walls needed further investigation and corrections.

For related blog posts on Ideate Query, visit:
Determine Flipped Elements with the Query Feature to Avoid Change Orders
Determine Revit Wall Location Lines with the Query Feature

For more information on Ideate Explorer and Ideate Query, be sure to check out our online help file and search feature.

For implementation services or to learn more about how Ideate Explorer can help your business, please contact sales@ideatesoftware.com


About the Author

Sash Kazeminejad - AIA, LEED AP, ACI - Customer Success Manager
Sash earned his Master of Architecture from Montana State University and is a California registered architect, LEED Accredited Professional, and a Bluebeam Certified Instructor. 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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August

9

2018

Long-time customer Interior Architects installed the latest release of Ideate Software applications, and Clinton Johnston, Information Technology Manager, noticed a difference in the installation process. 

Here’s the conversation he had with Jan Sako from our customer service team:

In addition to network licensing improvements, and as a part of our effort to streamline future software installations, the May 2018 release contains many improvements. It allows standalone licensed customers to use a completely new license code that activates on multiple versions of Revit. This new license code will work for all product year versions between 2016-2019, and only needs to be used once per PC.

We always appreciate hearing from our customers. If you have thoughts on changes we can make to enhance our applications or streamline your Revit workflows, please contact us at sales@ideatesoftware.com.


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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