October

3

2018

Are your Revit projects cluttered with schedules whose sole purposes are to find elements?

There’s no need to create these schedules if you have Ideate Query.

Ideate Query is a powerful selection refinement tool within Ideate Explorer that lets you browse through your Revit elements and make a selection based on the parameters' values. You can also use it to find important properties that aren’t available through the Revit Schedule tool.

With Ideate Query, you can:

  • Select all elements that are assigned to a certain size or Mark value
  • Find Sheets based on their Revision or Issuance numbers
  • Find and review dimensions that have been overridden
  • Review all the elements that are modeled as in-place families

See how easy it is to use the Query function by viewing this short demonstration video:


 

Visit the Ideate Query support section of our website to learn more about this powerful and easy-to-use tool, including how to get started, available properties, examples, and tips.

For implementation services, or to learn more about how Ideate Explorer with Ideate Query 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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September

10

2018

Getting the job done quickly and correctly is what all firms must accomplish in today’s business climate. Autodesk Revit software is about project data, and Ideate Explorer has lightning fast Revit data discovery and manipulation.

Ideate Explorer: A True Revit Model Browser

As you may be aware, a Revit model is made up of thousands of complex elements, supported by a large amount of attached data. As the building information model becomes more complex with the addition of more elements and other design disciplines, it becomes crucial to understand the sum of elements contained within the model as well as the potential relationships between elements. The built-in Revit project browser was never intended to display or help you navigate through these relationships. Ideate Query, on the other hand, is a powerful search, find, and filter tool within Ideate Explorer. 

Ideate Explorer lists every instance of every element by category and type, and you can then use Ideate Query to refine your selections on almost any Revit property associated with the selected elements. This allows you to look at your selection at a granular level, so you can make informed decisions on what to do with the data. Ideate Explorer is a true Revit model browser.

Save Time and Reduce Risks

Without a powerful search, find, and filter tool like Ideate Query, you are guaranteed to spend hours each week looking for specific information in your Revit model the hard way, and you still will not have access to all the data that you need. This could leave your Revit project at risk, exposing you to potential liability during construction, or at best, expensive remodeling and drafting tasks downstream.

Get a Strong Return on Your Revit Software Investment

What will it cost your firm to fix downstream construction errors in the field that could potentially be avoided by maintaining a healthy Revit project? Find out all about the return on investment and business value of using Ideate Explorer with Ideate Query by watching this short video.


Without the ability to look at your Revit model data at a granular level, your Revit project could be at risk, exposing you to potential liability during construction, or at best, expensive remodeling and drafting tasks downstream

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, BCI, BCC - 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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September

5

2018

Getting the job done quickly and correctly is what all firms must accomplish in today’s business climate. Revit software is about project data, and Ideate Explorer provides lightning fast Revit data discovery and manipulation.

Ideate Explorer: Filling Gaps in Revit Software

Ideate Explorer now includes detailed information about Revit warnings, providing superior quality control by giving you the flexibility to define and manage only the warnings you deem appropriate. The warnings interface built into Revit software does NOT allow you to dynamically interact with the elements and warnings while working in the Revit model, thus making reviewing and fixing warnings time consuming and difficult.

Failure to manage Revit warnings in your project has many negative consequences. Use Ideate Explorer with Warnings Manager to keep warnings under control and mitigate your risk.

Return on Investment is Crucial 

What will it cost your firm to fix downstream construction errors in the field that could potentially be avoided by maintaining a healthy Revit Project?  Find out all about the return on investment and business value of using Ideate Explorer with Warnings Manager by watching the short three-and-a-half minute video.

Ideate Explorer with Warnings Manager Demonstration Video


 

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

29

2018

Chances are that, if you are like me, you have been guilty of placing Revit model elements on incorrect Worksets. I have been using Revit since 2005, and I still manage to place elements on the incorrect Workset all the time. Call it habit. After all, the current Workset selector is at the bottom the screen and is easily forgotten.

Fortunately, we have a way to easily audit Worksets and move elements to the appropriate workset with Ideate Explorer and the Query feature built into the software. Here is a brief synopsis on this process.

To easily sort Ideate Explorer by Workset, have the Ideate Explorer tree display your entire model contents by Entire Project (See 1 in the image below) and then sort the entire tree by Workset (2). If you want to filter out other Worksets, such as Project Standards and Views, set the Filter to <Model>, which will only display the User Created Worksets (3).

Looking at this example, we see that we have a Plumbing Fixture Workset with some plumbing fixtures and a wall. The wall should be moved to Workset 1, while the plumbing fixtures should remain. Looking under Workset 1, we can see Plumbing Fixtures (5), which should belong to the Plumbing Fixtures Workset (4). Simply select the elements that are on the incorrect workset, then go to the Properties panel, and select the Workset they belong to. They will move to the correct Workset.

Audit Worksets

If you are unable to change the Workset in the Properties dialog because it is grayed out, it may be because some of the elements that you selected are nested. In this case, you can launch the Query Feature and query the selection by Is Nested.

Audit Worksets

While the elements are still selected, click on the Query button (1). Verify that you have the items selected and that they match the element count in the Ideate Explorer tree (2). Under the search feature, type in a key word, like Nested (3). Find Is Nested and select it (4). Select the non-nested elements, which will be listed as FALSE (5). Click the Select button to further filter the selection (6).

Audit Worksets

Return to the Properties dialog and verify that you can move the elements to the correct workset. In this case, we want to move the plumbing fixtures from Workset 1 to the Plumbing Fixtures Workset.

Audit Worksets

You can also use Query to filter out similar conditions, such as elements that are in modeled as In-Place Families or those that are within Groups, as detailed in our Help file.

Disorganized Revit Worksets will lead to unexpected visibility. Try Ideate Explorer today to prevent printing errors and wasted time in your Revit models. 

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, BCI, BCC - 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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