December

5

2019

Are you are seeking a building permit in New York City and interested in expediting your permitting process? If so, read on for our tip.

Tip - Use Ideate ReNumber to Meet your Sheet Numbering Requirements

Most building departments have rigorous graphic standards checklists requirements that must be met before a permit can be reviewed. In New York City, as well as many other jurisdictions, this checklist includes the need to number your sheet set with the page number and total number of sheets within the title block, as shown below.

One Less Item

This requirement can be achieved in less than a minute with Ideate ReNumber. In this 5-minute video, we demonstrate how to set up your title block and your project to expedite this requirement, so you can focus on real work.

Give it a Try

Ideate ReNumber is one of the tools in our IdeateApps collection. Download a trial version of IdeateApps to try this today. For detailed steps on this process or for other examples of how to use Ideate ReNumber, refer to the How To portion of our Help Files.


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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November

26

2019

San Francisco, CA, November 26, 2019 – Ideate Software, a veteran Autodesk Developer Network member, announced enhancements to IdeateApps, its collection of Revit add-on tools that streamline tasks daily Autodesk Revit users perform most often.

“The majority of the updates in this release improve the way Revit users manage sheets and views,” said Glynnis Patterson, Director of Software Development. “Earlier this year, we asked for ideas on how to enhance Revit productivity, and one recurring theme from the 500+ responses was to improve sheet and view creation.”

Here are highlights of the sheet and view updates available for Revit 2017, 2018, 2019, and 2020:

  • Ideate SheetManager
    • Rename Views or Sheets – Easily rename views or sheets with the new right-click option 
    • Create Sheets – Quickly create sheets based on a list of selected unplaced views, legends or schedules from the right-click menu or the new tool button
    • Array Viewports – Multi-select unplaced views, drop them on a new sheet, and they will array within the margins of the title block
    • Batch Copy and Paste Legends/Schedules – Select a placed legend or schedule from one sheet to right-click and copy, then paste to many sheets
  • Ideate ViewCreator
    • Improved View Name Editing – Use the new view naming modifications to easily get to the view names you need

Additional enhancements include:

Learn more by watching the “What’s New” video

Download a free trial from our website.


About Ideate Software
Ideate Software empowers Revit users to gain unprecedented control over their data. Ideate BIMLink, Ideate Explorer, Ideate Sticky, IdeateApps, and Ideate StyleManager were all developed to solve persistent problems in architecture, engineering, construction, and owner (AECO) 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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November

20

2019

Revit users face several challenges when creating enlarged floor plans. Here’s a short video that shows how to use Ideate ViewCreator, Ideate SheetManager, and Ideate Clone to tackle a few of the common challenges, including: 

  • Quickly creating multiple enlarged floor plans for each relevant level
  • Consistently naming multiple enlarged floor plans for each relevant level
  • Quickly placing and arranging these plans on sheets 

Enlarged Floor Plan

Ideate ViewCreator, Ideate SheetManager, and Ideate Clone are three of the tools included in the IdeateApps collection of nine tools that simplify the tasks that daily Revit users perform most often.

Visit our website for more information on our Revit productivity tools. Give them a try with a free trial version, or subscribe today.


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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November

18

2019

We often get asked a variety of different 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? Hopefully, you had a chance to review Circuit #1, and here is Circuit #2, which highlights Ideate Explorer and IdeateApps

Can I use Ideate Explorer to find and select Electrical Data within the Revit model?

Ideate Explorer allows Revit users to quickly find, filter and select electrical data and sort by Category, Level, Phase, Room, Space or Zone. In a Worksharing-enabled model, you can also sort by Workset and ‘Edited By’ properties.

With Ideate Query, a component of Ideate Explorer, you can select Lighting Devices as an example. You might want to review elevation parameters that are just not available to be shown in a default Revit Schedule. You can select all the Lighting Devices that have an incorrect elevation and quickly change them all via the Revit Properties Palette.

Ideate Query gives you access to more parameters and data than is available in Revit. For instance, you can search for Pinned Status, Flipped Status or In-Place family status … just to name a few! Please review some of the tips for using Ideate Query here.

You might want to review additional information in our HELP files on MEP Examples for Ideate Query.

Electrical Data

Ideate Explorer helps easily locate Electrical Equipment within the Revit model, and it can sort by many options such as Space.

You can use Ideate Query to review important information such as elevation of Lighting Devices. Almost any parameter can be used to select a series of elements for further refinement.

Can I use IdeateApps to help me renumber lighting fixtures based on the architect’s room data?

With the Ideate ReNumber application that is part of the IdeateApps collection, you can renumber almost any Revit element. You can create a rule that extracts the Architect’s Room Number as part of the light fixture numbering sequence, even if that room is located within a Revit linked file. In fact, Ideate ReNumber gives you access to geometric spatial data on Room, Space or Zone parameters. You can also access Instance, Type, Assembly, Host, Level, Model Group, Phase, Project Information and RVT Link parameters as part of a numbering sequence. In addition, critical coordinate data is also accessible for renumbering rules.

You might want to review additonal information in our HELP files for including Revit Linked information such as rooms.

electrical data
Ideate ReNumber ships with many pre-defined rules, and you can create your own rule that might extract the room number from the architect’s model. The room data doesn’t need to be loaded into a MEP Space first, which reduces errors and speeds up the process.

These are just a few of the questions we get about using Ideate Software with Revit electrical data. Check out our Video Library

Our Ideate StyleManager can also assist with many workflows for EVERY Revit engineer or user, but that’s a shockingly bright idea blog for a different day and different circuit!  (I promised myself no bad electrical puns until the VERY end. Sorry!)

Visit our website for more information on our Revit productivity tools. 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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November

11

2019

When a Revit building information model is so big that it needs to be split into ‘sectors’ just to fit onto a sheet, most BIM managers turn to Revit scope boxes and dependent views to keep the project well-organized. The IdeateApps collection of nine productivity tools includes several tools that can be applied to this large building project challenge:

Watch this video to see exactly how this can be done, saving you hours of time while ensuring the highest level of consistency for view and sheet naming conventions.

 
Try it out by downloading a trial of IdeateApps.

 


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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