We often get asked a variety of questions about streamlining electrical workflows using Ideate Software. So, I’ll address a few electrical and equipment workflows in two parts, or should I say two circuits? Let’s start with Ideate BIMLink and Ideate Sticky.

Can I use Ideate BIMLink to edit my Revit Electrical Panel Schedule?

Ideate BIMLink allows Revit users to pull information from a Revit model into Microsoft Excel and push volumes of precise, consequential BIM data back into their Revit model with speed, ease and accuracy.
Revit electrical panel data is an aggregate of information coming from these sources: 

  • Electrical Panel Element (Electrical Equipment)
  • Electrical Circuit Elements
  • Location Data (Spaces)
  • ‘Calculated’ Data (This is everything from the Panel ‘location,’ which is the Space Name+Number to the Apparent Load, etc.) 

Because Ideate BIMLink is designed to export data such that it can be edited in Excel and then re-imported into Revit, the format of this electrical panel data needs to be broken down into each of these unique data sources.  

Ideate BIMLink ships with many pre-configured Electrical Link Definitions.  Please review the Sample Link Definitions under MEP Links\Electrical  (Please refer to the image below.)

This specific question about Ideate BIMLink as well as many others are detailed in our FAQ Online Help.

You can review all the pre-configured Electrical Links under our Ideate BIMLink Sample Content for Electrical, which is located under the MEP heading and folder. Any of these pre-configured links can be customized to your own preferences, and you can easily add or remove relevant parameters.

Can I integrate non-BIM Panel Schedules created within Excel to my Revit model?

Ideate Sticky for Revit embeds existing Excel documents into Revit by rendering spreadsheets as native Revit schedules; the ease and flexibility of Excel spreadsheet editing is married with the power and integration of Revit schedules. Ideate Sticky for Revit connects and formats non-BIM data. If you have existing panel schedule information that was created in Excel, Ideate Sticky is a great way to integrate that non-BIM data into your Revit model. In fact, many electrical engineers and designers use Excel for the creation and calculation of the data, and then use Ideate Sticky to place or link that information into the Revit model via a native Revit schedule.

We even include a Panel Schedule in our sample Excel files that come with Ideate Sticky. Please review this list to see all our engineering delivered content.

Non-BIM panel schedules created within Excel can easily be integrated onto a Revit drawing sheet using Ideate Sticky.

These are just two highlights out of the hundreds of supported workflows from Ideate Software that might appeal to electrical engineers. Check out our Video Library to learn more.

[UPDATE: Here’s a link to the second post in this series, Circuit #2]

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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.