There are HUNDREDS of ways to manage Revit data with Ideate BIMLink, and we really appreciate The Architect’s Newspaper giving us the opportunity to spend some time discussing a few of them during a webinar in their CE Strong series of AIA-approved courses on an online platform.
To appeal to a broad audience, we selected six workflows that apply to Revit users in all industries:
- Manage Revit revision data with ease
- Create new Revit elements from information added to Microsoft Excel files
- Perform comprehensive Revit model health checks
- Edit Revit schedule data with ease and efficiency using Microsoft Excel
- Easily review Revit project standards to keep data consistent
- Create a quantity take-off report of your Revit project
Watch the recorded webinar to see demonstrations of these six workflows and for more information about how Ideate BIMLink allows users to access the huge amounts of data in their Revit models, push it out to Microsoft Excel for review/editing, and then pull the updated data back into Revit to update the model. Companies in the architecture, engineering, construction, and building-owner communities around the world use Ideate BIMLink daily to:
- Access large amounts of data including from linked files
- Edit parameter data quickly
- Manage data beyond schedules
- Manage Revit model coordinate data
- Create new model and data content
About the Author
Sash Kazeminejad - AIA, LEED AP - Customer Success Manager
Sash earned his Master of Architecture from Montana State University and is a California registered architect, LEED Accredited Professional. 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.
Learn More About the Power of Ideate BIMLink
As mentioned in the introduction paragraph, there are hundreds of ways to use our Ideate BIMLink Revit plugin to streamline Revit workflows. For more examples, check out our Ideate BIMLink blog posts. Here are links and summaries of some of the most recent posts:
Copy Room Data to Other Phases and Models – This blog post shows how we helped two customers with similar challenges.
- One customer needed to copy Room data from hundreds of rooms in one phase to the same location in another phase where the rooms already existed. The customer hesitated to delete the new rooms and replace them with copy/pasted rooms, because they were worried that they would orphan hundreds of room tags in consultant models that already referenced the new rooms.
- The other customer needed to copy room data from a linked architectural model into the rooms of an interiors model; the architectural model contained a lot of room data and the interiors consultant needed to match that data in their rooms to add additional room finish information to the rooms in their models.
In addition to providing step-by-step instructions and screenshots that help convey the workflow, the post includes a tip on when a manual review may be needed.
Place Viewports on Sheets – Ideate BIMLink for Revit comes with more than 300 pre-loaded link definitions to help users transfer data from their Revit models to Microsoft Excel for easy reviewing and editing. In this blog post, we show how to use one of those links to place viewports on a sheet. The link definition contains data such as the view name, sheet number, coordinate point, and viewport title data. The coordinate and viewport title data is especially important as it allows users to accurately place the viewports and view titles on the sheets. The blog post describes and shows screenshots of the next steps, which are filling out the information in Excel and then importing the data back into Revit.
Create New Revit Views – When people think of our Ideate BIMLink Revit addin tool, they generally think about its ability to move data from a Revit model to Excel for easy editing and then push the updated data back into the model. This blog post features another benefit of Ideate BIMLink: Easily creating new data. Read the post to see how to create new plan views using link definitions that come pre-loaded in the software. You’ll see an example with screenshots showing how easy it is to customize the properties by using Excel to enter the data about the new plan views you wish to create and then using Ideate BIMLink to import the data back into Revit.
Swap Revit Families While Preserving Instance Parameter Data – We have heard from some customers who have had trouble type swapping some of their older Revit families with new ones because some of the parameter data from the older families did not transfer. They then had to edit the data manually, which is very time consuming and prone to errors. We were pleased to tell them that they can the Ideate BIMLink addin for Revit. We show the steps in this blog post, which uses an example of a series of details using the out-of-the-box break line detail component and type swapping the detail components with a newer break line with more appropriate jag and a heavier line weight.
Learn More about Ideate Software’s Full Suite of Revit Plugin Solutions
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