July

30

2020

This is the first post in a series of three provided by BIMAGE Consulting, our value-added reseller in Singapore. Keep an eye out for additional posts on how our other Revit productivity tools also contribute to successful BCA BIM e-submissions in that country.

Established in 2010, BIMAGE is the leading technology company in BIM/VDC and Digitized Construction within Singapore. BIMAGE helps customers optimize design development, construction and operation phases of buildings and infrastructure while using various technologies, including Revit and Ideate Software tools plus other BIM software such as virtual design and construction, augmented reality/virtual reality, geographic information systems, cloud, mobile and more. 

The Challenge – Complying with Varying E-Submission Requirements

For several years, Singapore Building and Construction Authority (BCA) has mandated that design consultants submit their native BIM models for new developments with a gross floor area of more than 5,000 square meters through an e-submission system for design approval. E-submission is voluntary for developments with a gross floor area less than or equal to 5,000 square meters.

In line with this, BCA published several Code of Practices for BIM e-submission to clearly define the requirements for each discipline. There are also templates for different BIM software along with the respective guidelines and recommended processes.

BIMAGE - Singapore
 
Screenshot of e-submission page showing the many links to instructions and forms by discipline

Using the e-submission system, design consultants must obtain approval from seven different authorities before commencing the construction work for any project, and each has different criteria and requirements. 

When design consultants prepare the BIM models for the submission, they often spend a significant amount of time:

  • Creating multiple views and sheets for all regulatory agencies
  • Adhering to the various naming conventions and standards
  • Completing extensive quality checks

Some examples include removing worksets, making sure all views are located on the correct View Category, updating the cover page, and ensuring the BIM model meets all the requirements. 

BIMAGE - Singapore
Example of View Categories and Views for one of the seven regulatory agencies

Speeding the Process with Three IdeateApps Tools

With Ideate Software tools, most of these tasks can be quickly completed within hours or even minutes. Here are some examples of how three tools within the IdeateApps collection speed the process, eliminate errors, and reduce frustrations:

  1. Ideate ViewCreator is a perfect tool to help consultants create multiple views with customizable rule sets and criteria. While duplicating the required views, consultants can easily adjust many settings, including:
    • View naming
    • View scales
    • View templates
    • Scope boxes
  2. Ideate SheetManager is used by consultants to create multiple new sheets and manage the views on sheets, as well as perform one-click sheet cloning and view alignments to satisfy submission needs. 
  3. Ideate SpellCheck can then be used to check the spelling of all sheets at once, so the team can spot mistakes and make corrections in time.

Undoubtedly, IdeateApps is a valuable productivity application that assists in the BCA BIM e-submission process. BIMAGE Consulting has helped many consultants to adopt Ideate Software workflows on multiple projects. 

Browse the Ideate Software website for more information on Ideate Apps and our other Revit productivity tools. Give them a try with a free trial version, or subscribe today

Authors

Ms. Lee Yih Perng – Manager, BIM/VDC/Smart Cities, BIMAGE Consulting
Ms. Pratibha – BIM Consultant, Architecture & Planning, BIMAGE Consulting


 

 

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July

28

2020

Revit allows a dizzying array of sophisticated options to display or hide elements within the building information model. Every model manager knows about Visibility Graphics and Reveal Hidden Elements, but layer on top of that Phasing, View Filters, Linked Files and/or Scope Boxes and things start to get complicated.

Now add in the fact that you have new staff that might just ignore workset definitions or decide to make a new level because they can’t find the one they want in the elevation, and you’re headed for a Revit Visibility Evil Spell that can baffle the most seasoned Revit warrior on their quest for the perfect documentation! Before you even begin to understand the specific visibility issue, how do you select the element if you can’t see it?

Ideate XRay Selection Wizard 

You need a magical wizard. Well, it just so happens that Ideate XRay, part of the IdeateApps collection, has a powerful wizard to help even the most desperate Revit Muggle.

Ideate XRay Selection Wizard

Ideate XRay comes with a powerful Selection Wizard that helps you filter both visible and invisible elements within a view in order to easily select the element you need to diagnose. After selecting the element via the Ideate XRay Selection Wizard, you can use the powerful diagnostic tools within Ideate XRay to review and fix visibility issues while continuing to interact with any Revit command while Ideate XRay is open and at your fingertips.

Ideate XRay Selection Wizard

The Ideate XRay Selection Wizard will appear by default if nothing is selected within Revit when you choose to initiate Ideate XRay, however you can always access the Ideate XRay Selection Wizard from the main Ideate XRay dialog:

  • Open Ideate XRay from the IdeateApps ribbon panel
  • Choose your Ideate XRay Selection Wizard method
  • Select the element you are looking for, depending on the method
  • Make sure the target view is set to the view in which you wish to find the element
  • Choose the Find Element button on the main dialog
  • Review the information from Ideate XRay
  • Choose Show Me, Fix, or More Options as possible selections
  • Using Revit, initiate the proper commands to fix the visibility issue

Please read our online Help topic about the Ideate XRay Selection Wizard, and you also review the full online Help topics on using Ideate XRay for Revit.

To learn more about this process and to see quick examples of all four selection methods within the Ideate XRay Selection Wizard, be sure to watch this short video

For a more in-depth recent presentation on Ideate XRay and all the features, please watch this recording.

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

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

17

2020

Want to simplify your Revit data challenges? If so, this webinar is for you.

Ideate Software is all about helping you confidently manage Revit model data. Part of that help is through Ideate Software’s robust support services. We have online Help files for each product, short how-to videos, live and recorded classes, blog posts, and a technical support team made up of all Ideate Software employees. 

Watch the recording of this webinar to get an overview and demonstration of each of our Revit productivity tools and how they help users manage their Revit data challenges: 

  1. Ideate BIMLink – Take Revit model data into Microsoft Excel where you can copy/paste, fill down, concatenate, find/replace, translate to other languages, and more. Then bring the updated data back into your Revit project. 
  2. Ideate Explorer – A true model browser that allows you to audit your BIM models with certainty. With it, you can find anything in your model. It comes with Ideate Query, which allows you to refine a selection of elements based on a large selection of parameters, and Ideate Warnings Manager, which offers many more features than the Revit warnings manager and makes reviewing and addressing warnings an easy task.
  3. Ideate StyleManager – Aggregates essential graphic style and visibility controls within a single solution, so you can find non-standard styles and decide whether to keep, merge or delete them. This task is nearly impossible to safely accomplish using the native Revit tools.
  4. Ideate Sticky – Allows you to live-link Excel files as schedules, or Word, PDF, or Excel files as images into your Revit projects. Changes to the documents are automatically reflected in Revit. 
  5. IdeateApps – A collection of nine tools that simplify common Revit tasks. This webinar covered Ideate SmartDelete, Ideate ReNumber, Ideate SheetManager and Ideate ViewCreator

Watch a recording of the 75-minute webinar.
 

 

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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June

24

2020

Need to batch-modify Revit view or sheet names/numbers to accommodate Design Options, Phasing, Scope Box, or other prefix/suffix conditions? If so, the Rename function within Ideate SheetManager awaits your discovery. 

Or have you just made a bunch of dependent views with useless names? Again, the Rename function is the answer. It’s an easy fix. Here’s how to do it:

  1. Search for the word “dependent,” then select all the views and right-click to launch Rename 

    Batch Rename Revit Sheets and Views
     
  2. Use the Find/Replace option to swap all the “Dependent 1” names for the corresponding Scope Box or other logical name, such as “Wing A,” to quickly whip your project back into shape

    Batch Rename Revit Sheets and Views

     

Save time and improve project organization with this easy-to-use method. Watch this short video to see Rename in action.

Ideate SheetManager is just one of the nine applications that come in our IdeateApps collection of tools that improve your Revit day-to-day productivity. For more great tips, please watch this overview video of all nine tools found within the IdeateApps collection.

New to IdeateApps? Start a free trial today to see what you are missing.


About the Author

Glynnis Patterson, NCARB – Director of Software Development
Glynnis is a registered architect and has worked within the building information modeling (BIM) industry since 1998. A graduate of Carnegie Mellon University, she has worked as an architect, educator and construction site manager. Glynnis is the Director of Software Development Services and continues to work with AECO clients worldwide, developing, and consulting on solutions to BIM challenges. In her spare time, Glynnis volunteers for the local high school and with growitgreenmorristown.org. Find Glynnis on LinkedIn.

 

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June

16

2020

San Francisco, CA, June 16, 2020 – Ideate Software, a veteran Autodesk Developer Network member, announced enhancements to its Revit productivity applications.

“As we do every year, we launched updates to all our products shortly after Autodesk released its newest version of Revit software,” said Glynnis Patterson, Director of Software Development. “In addition to aligning our software with Revit 2021, we added enhancements requested by Revit users around the world. One of the most significant changes is within Ideate Sticky, which has always enabled users to link Excel spreadsheets into their Revit projects. With our latest version, users can also link Microsoft Word and PDF documents—even multi-paged PDF documents—into their Revit projects.”

May 2020 Updates

Below are highlights. Click on the links for more details: 

  • The new version of Ideate Sticky now offers: 
    • Support for PDF and Word documents
    • The ability to mass-edit Sticky properties
    • The option to link Excel files into Revit projects as images when greater visual fidelity is needed
       
  • The new version of Ideate StyleManager includes:
    • Improved usage results for families containing older CAD imports object styles
    • Hatch patterns displayed on the Fill Pattern dialog
    • Filled and masking regions renamed from "Detail items" within usage results of the user interface to better indicate their status
       
  • The new version of Ideate BIMLink has the following enhancements:
    • MEP — Create spaces from linked room data 
    • Structure — New data category: Sketch
    • New quality control workflows with additional properties available:
      • Walls: Has Edited Profile and Has Split face
      • Roofs, Ceilings, Floors: Has Split Face
      • Walls, 2021 Only: Cross Section
      • Walls, 2021 Only: Angle from Vertical
    • New Health Check Folder within Library Links
       
  • The new version of Ideate Explorer now offers:
    • Support for new Revit 2021 elements including Direct Shapes and linked PDFs
    • New features in the Ideate Query component:
      • All quality control properties added to Ideate BIMLink also available within Ideate Query
      • Review survey or internal coordinate data for all model elements
    • Support for deployment of company standards in the Warnings Manager component
       
  • The new version of IdeateApps includes the following improvements: 

Those who already subscribe to Ideate Software solutions have access to the current Revit-compatible version (2021) plus three earlier versions (2020-2018), as well as access to point release improvements made during the subscription period. Those who aren’t subscribers yet can download 14-day trial versions from the Ideate Software website or purchase the $500 bundle that gives them access to all the solutions for 6 months.
 


About Ideate Software
Ideate Software an Autodesk® AEC Industry Partner and Autodesk® Authorized Developer, empowers Revit users to gain unprecedented control over their data. Ideate BIMLink, Ideate Explorer, Ideate Sticky, IdeateApps, and Ideate StyleManager were all developed to solve persistent problems in architecture, engineering, and construction, and owner (AECO) workflows. Ideate Software solutions enable Revit users to save time, increase accuracy, improve project deliverables, and elevate design.

Autodesk, the Autodesk logo, ATC, and Revit are registered trademarks or trademarks of Autodesk, Inc. and/or its subsidiaries and/or affiliates in the USA and/or other countries.

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