Every day, our Ideate Software Support team fields all types of questions from AECO professionals all around the world.

Recently, a customer asked us about the ability to find Revit In-Place families using Ideate Explorer. We actually have a nice Ideate Explorer Help Topic on exactly that workflow using Ideate Query, which is a component of Ideate Explorer.

If fact, we have a number of Ideate Query examples for different discipline workflows such as Architectural, Structural, or MEP that are posted to our Online Help for Ideate Explorer.

But did you know that with the May 2021 release of Ideate Explorer we’ve updated the number of available properties that can be selected from three to FIVE

Ideate Query
Ideate Query dialog showing the new ability to choose up to FIVE fabulous properties

Did you also know that you can sort on ANY column by just clicking on the column header within the dialog?

Ideate Explorer - Revit In-Place Families
Here, I’m clicking on the “Is Pinned” column header to sort all the In-Place families by their pinned status

You can also move the columns and data around by just dragging and dropping them by the column header. I might want to move columns around to better analyze the results and additionally make it easier to select them. 

Ideate Explorer - Revit In-Place Families
I’ve moved the columns around to have the Pinned Status immediately after the Family Name

You can change the property selection by using a crtl+select on a property that is already included within the results. This will remove the property from the list. Then, you can add a different property if you’ve already reached the five property limit.

Ideate Explorer - Revit In-Place Families 
I’ve removed workset and added Room Name

We also have a few specific videos for using Ideate Query to Select by Host Phase and using Ideate Query to audit elements in groups.

If you are new to Ideate Query, this short video is an excellent overview about the value for all Revit users.

So, Ideate Query may not be the original Fabulous Five British Invasion, but let’s Twist and Shout and Come Together over Ideate Explorer With a Little Help From My Friend, Ideate Query.

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 20 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 and LinkedIn.