August

25

2021

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.

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July

27

2021

Every day, our Ideate Software Support team fields all types of questions from AECO professionals all around the world. In this series of support blog posts, we highlight questions and our answers.

I’m a big fan of ice cream! One of my favorite dishes is locally called a Smoosh-In, where several different ice cream flavors or toppings are combined in fun ways. This same concept can be applied to Revit where you need to smoosh several parameters or properties into a single item like a Door Mark.

Here is a recent support question that came from a customer with a specific request. However, it’s a broader question that gets asked in so many different ways by our Ideate Software customers. 

The customer asked: “If I wanted to renumber doors by exporting Door Marks out into Excel, is there a way in Excel to select a large number of fields (Door Mark IDs from one level) and automate the sequential numbering of selected fields with a prefix? For example, I would want to renumber door Marks to follow this naming convention of:

<DoorFunction>-<Level>-DoorNumber>

Example = ID-00-001, ID-00-002 etc.”

Ideate BIMLink excels at this!  (OK, pun intended)

I know that I’ve mentioned this a dozen times, but it’s always good to start with one of our pre-defined Library Link Definitions that you can easily browse to locate. A simple one to use and potentially modify is just called Doors. Notice that it is defined as an Instance link because we want to edit each instance of the Door Mark’s value.

Ideate BIMLink - Libraries
Creating a new Link Definition by browsing the Library Definitions

You will want to be sure to add the properties that you might want to use within the door tag to smoosh together. I just added Assembly Code and Keynote as two property options.

Ideate BIMLink - Edit Doors Link
Select from many available properties from Doors, categories and additional properties from the dropdown list.

Once you export the information to Excel, you can use an Excel formula to combine the information. I first might want to create a “scratch” column or temporary workspace to just renumber the doors in a sequential order. That’s what I’ve done with column “I” in the Excel image below. Then I’ve used a formula within the Mark cell to combine Level Name as well as Keynote properties. Of course, keep in mind that your Door Tag family might need to be enlarged to contain the text string. In many cases, you may just have a level prefix such as 01, 02, etc. plus the Door Number, as was requested by this customer. They also wanted the Door Function, which is probably a short code.

(Click image to enlarge)

 Ideat BIMLink
The Excel export from Ideate BIMLink showing the formula definition within cell B2

If you would like to learn now to place From Room data and To Room data within a Door Tag, we have an excellent blog article and video that explain the process, which is similar to the process I outlined above.

For more tips and information, please review the online Help topics for Ideate BIMLink. Our Frequently Asked Questions page is also a good place to start.   

Once you have mastered the property/parameter combinations, I recommend you celebrate with some ice cream, and be sure to combine many flavors together for your own Smoosh-In!


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.

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May

26

2021

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

Did you know that if you are an Ideate Software customer, you can request a dataset containing instructions, sample datasets and solutions for a variety of challenging Revit workflows? We see these requests for datasets cross our Support desk all the time, so please don’t be shy in requesting the information from us.

Here are short descriptions of what we offer:

  1. BOMA Dataset for Ideate BIMLink - BOMA is an acronym for the Building Owners and Managers Association. Please read this BOMA Calculations blog article by Sash Kazeminejad that explains our available dataset and the workflow process in detail.

    Dataset

 

  1. Programming with Masses Dataset for Ideate BIMLink - Please review this informative blog article about how you can use Ideate BIMLink to assist with creating Revit Masses for programming requirements.

    Dataset
     
  1. Sample Pivot Table Dataset for Ideate BIMLink - Please review this Ideate BIMLink Help topic on how to use pivot tables in Excel with Ideate BIMLink.  We even have a snazzy new video on the subject!



     
  2. Plumbing Fixture Counts Dataset for Ideate BIMLink and Ideate Sticky - This online Help topic is a great place to start for reviewing Plumbing Fixture Counts or Occupancy Summaries. You can also read this blog article on the topic.

    Dataset

 

  1. Pile Cap Renumbering Dataset - Check out this excellent blog article that details the specific challenge of numbering Pile Caps because they need to be numbered in a way that reflects their relative location as well as their relationship to the nested pile families. Using Ideate ReNumber is easy and efficient. 

    Dataset
     
  2. Document Issue Record (DIR) Dataset - Last but not least, this is one of our MOST requested datasets. You can review the main blog post detailing how you can use Ideate Software applications to manage the sheet revision process, and you can also review this follow-up blog post for customizing the Document Issue Record. We also have information in our online Help for Managing Revit Sheet-based Revisions with Ideate BIMLink. Using both Ideate BIMLink and Ideate Sticky together allows perfect synergy.

    Dataset

 

Summary

  1. BOMA Dataset
  2. Massing Dataset
  3. Pivot Table Sample Dataset
  4. Plumbing Fixture Counts Dataset
  5. Renumbering Pile Cap Dataset
  6. Document Issue Records (Revision) Dataset

So please don’t beat your head against the wall trying to create your own solutions. Send an email to [email protected] and request one dataset or request them all!  We will be waiting to hear from you!

This post is one in our series covering questions frequently addressed by our Support team. View other posts in the series. 
 


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.

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April

27

2021

Every day, our Ideate Software Support team fields all types of questions from AECO professionals all around the world. Here’s information about a topic that comes up occasionally.

At Ideate Software, we strongly encourage weekly Revit model audits to ensure that models run smoothly and adhere to project and office standards. 

One common issue we see during model audits is the way groups are used. In many cases, groups are over utilized and inappropriately named. Heavy group usage is known to cause performance issues, especially if they are part of an array. When groups are left as their default names, such as Group 1, Group 2, etc., the usage can be confusing, because no one knows the intended use of the group until it gets audited. 

I recently worked with a customer and showed them how to use the <Ideate Audit> filter to isolate Revit categories that should be part of weekly audits. When we reviewed group usage, we noticed that most of the groups mimicked detail components that ship with Revit, like the detail shown here:

Revit Model Audits

While it is not possible in Revit to select groups and swap them out with model or detail components, as shown here …

Revit Model Audits

… you can use Ideate Explorer to identify inappropriate group usage so you can edit the groups, swap out the content for similar model or detail components, finish the groups (which now have the model or detail components) and then ungroup the updated groups to ‘swap’ the groups with model or detail components.

To learn more about this process, be sure to watch this short video on how you can use Ideate Explorer to identify and fix groups that should be Type Swapped with model or detail components.

Additional references:

Check out the other posts in our Ideate Software Support Series.

Browse our website for more information on our Revit productivity tools. Give them a try with a free trial version, or subscribe today


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.

 

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April

7

2021

Every day, our Ideate Software Support team fields all types of questions from AECO professionals all around the world. Here’s information about a topic that comes up occasionally.

Structural engineers frequently perform structural analysis to determine the proper sizing of structural members after a schematic building information model has been developed. The results of the analysis are then used to swap beams, columns and footings from that schematic layout to the accurate sizes. 

Ideate BIMLink supports this process with two important features that all structural designers and engineers should utilize:

  1. The ability to create new types for existing families
  2. The ability to exchange one instance of an element for another, which we call ‘Type Swapping’

Type Creation and Swapping 
Example of an early design with generic foundation sizes

When used in tandem, these two features can be used to transform that early schematic building information model into a mature model with just a few simple steps. We will reference structural foundations in our example, but these same steps apply to any structural element.

  1. Export your schematic design foundation data from Ideate BIMLink to Excel
  2. Perform the structural analysis to define any changes needed to the pre-defined model sizes
  3. Import any new structural foundation types that will be needed. This will update the existing families with new sizes.
  4. Import the modifications to the foundation instances to swap the schematic version for the required family and type to set the correct size per each location.

 Type Creation and Swapping
Revised design with the foundations swapped for the correct sizes

To see a video on this entire process, be sure to follow this link.

Creating new types and type swapping are the key to efficiencies, not only for structural design, but for any design process where you have placed Revit elements early in the design process with the intent of adjusting the size or type later in design development or even during the project handover phase.

Related topics:

Check out the other posts in our Ideate Software Support Series.

Browse our website for more information on our Revit productivity tools. Give them a try with a free trial version, or subscribe today


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.

 

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