As many people know, Ideate BIMLink is a great tool for extracting data from your Revit model to Excel, making changes in Excel, and pushing that data back into Revit to update your model. What some people may not know is that you can create new data using Ideate BIMLink. This online Help file has more information on which elements you can create using Ideate BIMLink.

In this blog post, we look at how you can use Ideate BIMLink to create new plan views. Ideate BIMLink ships with over 300 pre-loaded link definitions, several of these are related to creating views. In this example, we are using the 01 Views-Create_NEW_Plans link definition

 Ideate BIMLink - Pre-loaded link definitions
Ideate BIMLink ships with MANY pre-loaded link definitions that help you create new Revit elements easily. There are a few that reference view creation.

You can customise the properties easily from the Properties tab. You can fill out data for these properties within Excel that will be added to your new element created in Revit.

Ideate BIMLink - Edit Views Link
This dialog shows some existing views within the Revit model. You can optionally filter out any existing views, so you only show the proper column headers.

In Excel, fill in the information about the new plan views you wish to create. In this example, we created the new view names, assigned the views the appropriate family and type, assigned the views to scope boxes, and applied view templates to control each views visibility. Tip: Remember to add NEW in the element Id column to instruct Ideate BIMLink to create the NEW elements. 

Ideate BIMLink - Create Views 
This image shows one existing view that has an element ID plus many additional views that will be created once imported into Revit.

When importing back into Revit, the views are created with scope boxes applied, view templates applied, and in their correct place in the project browser.

Ideate BIMLink - Creating Views 
Since the family and type of view was automatically set, the location of the views appears correctly in the Revit project browser.

Bulk creating new elements in Revit has never been so easy and powerful.

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About the Author

Steve Deadman - Customer Success Manager - EMEA
Steve provides support to customers and helps them get a strong return on their software investment. He has a B.Eng (Hons) degree in Mechanical Engineering and various certifications in engineering. Before joining Ideate Software, he worked at several top architectural firm in the United Kingdom where he specialized in the implementation and management of BIM processes and technology. Find Steve on LinkedIn.