As an AEC Application Specialist with 18 years of experience, I have heard many customers discuss the challenges of deleting view-based elements in Autodesk Revit software. Fortunately, Ideate Explorer makes the process easy.

When working on Revit projects, it is common for project teams to add view-based elements, such as legends, schedules, sheets, and views, to the model as the project progresses. Some of these view-based elements are needed at one time, but not necessarily when moving forward with the project or when handing the finished model over to a consultant. It is in these instances that we are faced with the tedious task of cleaning up the non-essential, view-based elements from what has most likely become a very long list we all know as the Project Browser.

Accounting for Revit legends, schedules, sheets, and views

To delete ALL view-based elements at once, simply follow the steps below. Please note that Revit will allow deletion of all views except for the active view. Therefore, skipping step #3 below will result in a warning from Ideate Explorer.

  1. Make a 3D model view your active view.
  2. Use Ideate Explorer to select all the items on the Navigate tab.
  3. De-select your active view.
  4. Use the delete button within Ideate Explorer to remove the selected view-based elements.

See a demonstration on how to use the Ideate Explorer Navigate tab to remove non-essential legends, schedules, sheets, and views from your Revit model.

Get more tips and tricks by visiting the Ideate Software blog.

For more information on our Revit software applications that help customers get the most out of their Revit software, visit our Ideate Software website.


About the Author

Katrina Vea Rodriguez, RA, AIA – AEC Application Specialist
Katrina is an AEC application specialist at the Ideate, Inc. San Francisco office. She is a California–licensed architect with a Bachelor of Science degree in Architecture from the University of the Philippines. Katrina has over 18 years of experience in the AEC industry with a focus on both commercial and hospitality projects. She is also a Revit Certified Professional with over 8 years of experience utilizing the software on both small and large scale projects, from programming to project close out.


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Dynamically Locate Revit Elements Within Complex Models

This blog post is part of a series exploring the room data in Revit. In this post, the final of the four, I cover how the enhanced Revit room data Ideate Software provides is incorporated into Ideate Explorer.

Ideate Explorer is a powerful tool that allows our customers to dynamically locate elements within complex models. It is used to:

Quickly Review Properties of Selected Elements

Within Ideate Explorer is a powerful tool called Ideate Query. It allows you to quickly review the properties of the currently selected elements in Revit and refine the selection based on that information.

Ideate Query in Ideate Explorer
 Ideate Query can be accessed using the indicated button. It can also be access via a right-click on the list of elements.

Make More Intelligent Selections That Span Views

This quick select type function can make more intelligent selections that span views. Isolating elements based on properties ensure that you know exactly what elements you are changing and that all the elements in the set will react the same way.

Ideate Query uses the enhanced room data in its reporting. With this reliable information, you can:

  • Select all the elements that are in rooms of a specific function
  • Select all the elements that are truly not placed in a room
  • Select electrical and mechanical equipment after comparing the data of the space or room it services with the matching properties on the element
  • Find and resolve under-designed elements

Ideate Query selecting air terminals 

Ideate Query reviewing space and room data for air terminals

The enhanced room data is just one of the new Ideate Explorer features , just released for Revit 2016, Revit 2017, and Revit 2018. Give Ideate Explorer a try today.

For information on our Revit software add-ins that help our customers get the most out of their Revit software, visit the Ideate Software website or contact your authorized Ideate Software partner.

About the Author

Jesika DiGregorio - Software Team Lead Jesika received her Bachelor of Architecture from the University of Oregon in Eugene where she also spent time studying advanced math. Her work experience includes Junior Designer at an award-winning firm specializing in architecture and land planning, and Intern Architect at a firm that provides services in planning, design, construction documents and construction administration for projects of all sizes. After working in architecture design for several years, Jesika decided to pursue her interest in programming and her love of efficient systems. She now serves as a Software Team Lead for Ideate Software.


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Recently, a customer with advanced Revit skills contacted us with a challenge. She needed to renovate a completed project that had lived in the archives for years. She knew what to do:

  • Select the view and use the Save to New File method to export the model only.
  • Bring the file into a new model using the current template.
  • Remove all demolished content from the original
  • Bring the exported model into a new model and get everything correct on the existing phase.

This worked like a charm with one exception. She created a view to show demo only, but then couldn’t delete the created demo walls when a new door was inserted into an existing wall without the host wall being deleted.

She wanted to quickly and easily find all the new doors and windows hosted by existing walls, and was hoping to avoid the tedious search process of changing the phase to existing. She asked if Ideate Software could help.

This short video provides step-by-step instructions using Ideate Explorer and Ideate Query to solve the problem.  

“Being able to dig into the data and find only the new elements that are hosted within existing walls was a perfect challenge for Ideate Query,” said Glynnis Patterson, Director of Software Development. “Ideate Query is an incredibly powerful data-mining tool that is included within Ideate Explorer.” For those who want to learn more about this tool, the online Ideate Query Help suggests several discipline-specific examples.

Have a Revit challenge? Don’t spend time digging for an answer. Check out our extensive video library, class recordings, and blog posts in  Ideate Software Support on our website, or send an email to

For more information on our Revit software add-ins that help our customers get the most out of their Revit software, visit the Ideate Software website or contact your authorized Ideate Software partner.

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Will you be at Autodesk University (AU) in Las Vegas this week? 

If so, please visit us at booth #2570.

AU, the premier Autodesk software users event, is an ideal time for you to see a demonstration of IdeateApps, our newest collection of Autodesk Revit add–in tools from Ideate Software. Spend a few minutes with us and see how you can use this collection, which we developed to streamline the tasks that daily Revit users perform most often, to:

•    Save time by quickly renumbering elements by selection, path, or auto–update
•    Minimize stress by learning the reasons an element is not visible in a certain view
•    Reduce rework by learning which elements will be deleted along with a selected element
•    Easily select and zoom to elements within the Revit project, template, of family file

Then, take advantage of our IdeateApps Offer to experience the power that Ideate Software offers by getting a three-month trial of the 2017 version of any or all of our products, including IdeateApps, for just $50.00 each. This special offer is good for software purchased with a credit card through December 16, 2016.

We hope to see you here! If you have any questions in the meantime, please contact us at

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One of the common issues MEP Engineers face is with the duct and pipe fitting angles. The “Angles” setting within the Mechanical Settings needs to be set up at the beginning of the project. However, if it has not been set up initially and you already have your ductwork and piping within your project, it’s a time-consuming task and a tedious task to QC each of the fittings. Although you can schedule the duct fittings, fitting angle is not a schedulable parameter and hence cannot be changed in the schedule.

A workaround in Revit would be to create a shared parameter with a formula that pulls the elbow angle, which can then be scheduled and modified.

However, with the help of Ideate Explorer, you can quickly query the problematic duct fittings and fix them with the desired fitting angle.

Project Dialog BoxQuery with Ideate Explorer

Benefits of using Ideate Explorer:

  • No need to create a shared parameter
  • No need to edit the fitting family
  • No need to create a schedule to show elements with the wrong fitting angle

Take a look at an example involving duct fittings. however, the process is the same for pipe fittings. Video of an Ideate Explorer Query Process.

About the Author

Vasudha Dixit

Vasudha Dixit – MEP Application Specialist
Vasudha is an MEP Application Specialist at Ideate, Inc. based on San Francisco office. She has a Master’s degree in Energy Engineering from the University of Illinois at Chicago where she specialized in HVAC design, green buildings and energy analysis. Prior to Ideate, she interned at a few multinational companies where she performed finite element analysis for design validation of components. Vasudha provides Revit MEP training and support for various AEC firms




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