Ideate Explorer is great at hundreds of model auditing and model management tasks. One common use involves using the Ideate Query function within Ideate Explorer to find in-place families. In-place families are not parametric and are limited in the amount of the parameters they can contain. Also, excessive in-place families can cause the Revit model size to increase because unlike component families, they are actually duplicated for each placement.

In-Place Families
Select the categories you want to review and use Ideate Query to find the In-place families. 

Once the families have been selected they can easily be viewed within the model

In-Place Models in Revit
Once the in-place families have been identified they can be reviewed, modified, or changed into possible component families, which will reduce the model size.

Check out this video to learn more about Ideate Explorer and Ideate Query. You can also choose the Ideate Query playlist from the Ideate Explorer Video page to learn about additional Ideate Query features and workflows.
Iceate Explorer Video Playlist
The Explore Ideate Query playlist will show you videos specifically focused for Ideate Query.

For additional training tips, check out our Training blog series.

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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.