December

6

2018

Believe it or not, the first release of Ideate Explorer was over 10 years ago at Autodesk University 2008. 

In 2006, Ideate Software’s president Bob Palioca challenged me to “do something interesting” using the still-new Revit API development platform. Thanks to Bob’s vision and support, that “do something interesting” has grown into Ideate Software’s current offering of a dozen (and growing) Revit tools.

Then…   Ideate Explorer 2009

 …and now! Ideate Explorer 2019


      
Ideate Explorer was born around 2007 in brainstorms between some of our early partners (with a special shout out to our friend Mario Guttman, then at HOK) and me. The germ of the originating idea was an “iTunes-like” explorer for the Revit building information model.

Now over 25 releases later, Ideate Explorer is in the capable hands of our Director of Software Development, Glynnis Patterson, who seeks out the BIM needs of our clients, and the wizardry our Senior Software Developer, Hank DiVincenzo,who  plumbs the depths of the Revit building model; Ideate Explorer has +17,000 lines of code and an impressive list of features, including:

  1. Warning Manager - Review and manage Revit warnings
  2. Navigate - Navigate through view-based elements: legends, schedules, sheets, and views
  3. Query - Search for model element on parameters, such as elements assigned a certain size
  4. Modeless dialog – Click back and forth between Revit, Explorer updates live as project changes 

Ideate Explorer is considered by many firms worldwide the indispensable tool to investigate, clean-up, and manage the Revit building model. Its features allow you to easily search for, filter, quantify, index, and select all Revit model elements, even ‘missing’ and hard-to-find ones, and make selections based on filters or data sets.

For more information on how to use Ideate Explorer to manage your Revit building information model, visit our comprehensive help files or our informative how-to videos.

Give Ideate Explorer a try with a free trial version or subscribe today.


About the Author

Ben Bishoff, Senior Software Developer
Ben has been a software engineer for over 25 years. With a bachelor’s degree in physics, he has worked at several software companies developing applications for the architecture, engineering, and construction (AEC) industries, including Sage Timberline (construction accounting and estimating) and ArchT (architectural drafting for AutoCAD). He also worked at Microsoft creating AEC and other diagramming solutions for Office Visio. Ben has been with Ideate Software for 10 years developing add-ins for Revit, including Ideate Explorer, Ideate BIMLink, Ideate Sticky, and IdeateApps.

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October

29

2018

While leading a webinar on the Warnings Manager in Ideate Explorer, I received a great question:

“Can Ideate Explorer grab lines inside a Revit Family?”

At the project level, Ideate Explorer doesn’t investigate all the sub-components of Revit Families. Depending on the project size and loaded Revit Families, it could take an extensive amount of time to review every sub-component within each Revit Family. However, the better option would be to open a specific Revit Family for editing within the Family Editor and let Ideate Explorer display all the Revit Family sub-components for review and auditing.

Here’s an example of how to select lines within a Revit chair Family:

  1. In the image below, you can see the selected chair. It has 2D representation, 2D detail lines, and some 3D geometry. At the project level, Ideate Explorer is displaying information about the Category, Family, and Type plus any parameter data via Ideate Query, meaning that Ideate Explorer will not reveal the individual lines in that chair while still in the project.



     
  2. The Ideate Explorer results tree will automatically update depending on your location, either in the project or the Family Editor. If you edit and open the family while in the Revit project, Ideate Explorer reveals how many symbolic lines there are, and you can highlight one of the lines, double click, and see which view it will be in. You can also search on extrusions, such as the back of the chair or the sweep that makes up the leg of the chair. From this place, you can drill into the individual family and show the 2D line information or any 3D geometry.


     
  3. You can review the components of the Revit Family and audit the entire family to ensure that 2D geometry such as lines and 3D geometry such as forms are constructed the way they are supposed to be. You can also check for CAD files, images, and other family sub-components that may impact the performance of the Revit Family when it’s loaded into the project. For more detail on auditing your Revit project with Ideate Explorer, check out Auditing your Revit Project with Ideate Explorer video and pay close attention to tip #6!     

For more information on how to use Ideate Explorer to explore, quantify, and manage your Revit building information model, visit our robust help files or our short how-to videos.
 


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 18 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.

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October

3

2018

Are your Revit projects cluttered with schedules whose sole purposes are to find elements?

There’s no need to create these schedules if you have Ideate Query.

Ideate Query is a powerful selection refinement tool within Ideate Explorer that lets you browse through your Revit elements and make a selection based on the parameters' values. You can also use it to find important properties that aren’t available through the Revit Schedule tool.

With Ideate Query, you can:

  • Select all elements that are assigned to a certain size or Mark value
  • Find Sheets based on their Revision or Issuance numbers
  • Find and review dimensions that have been overridden
  • Review all the elements that are modeled as in-place families

See how easy it is to use the Query function by viewing this short demonstration video:


 

Visit the Ideate Query support section of our website to learn more about this powerful and easy-to-use tool, including how to get started, available properties, examples, and tips.

For implementation services, or to learn more about how Ideate Explorer with Ideate Query can help your business, please contact sales@ideatesoftware.com.


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 18 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.

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September

10

2018

Getting the job done quickly and correctly is what all firms must accomplish in today’s business climate. Autodesk Revit software is about project data, and Ideate Explorer has lightning fast Revit data discovery and manipulation.

Ideate Explorer: A True Revit Model Browser

As you may be aware, a Revit model is made up of thousands of complex elements, supported by a large amount of attached data. As the building information model becomes more complex with the addition of more elements and other design disciplines, it becomes crucial to understand the sum of elements contained within the model as well as the potential relationships between elements. The built-in Revit project browser was never intended to display or help you navigate through these relationships. Ideate Query, on the other hand, is a powerful search, find, and filter tool within Ideate Explorer. 

Ideate Explorer lists every instance of every element by category and type, and you can then use Ideate Query to refine your selections on almost any Revit property associated with the selected elements. This allows you to look at your selection at a granular level, so you can make informed decisions on what to do with the data. Ideate Explorer is a true Revit model browser.

Save Time and Reduce Risks

Without a powerful search, find, and filter tool like Ideate Query, you are guaranteed to spend hours each week looking for specific information in your Revit model the hard way, and you still will not have access to all the data that you need. This could leave your Revit project at risk, exposing you to potential liability during construction, or at best, expensive remodeling and drafting tasks downstream.

Get a Strong Return on Your Revit Software Investment

What will it cost your firm to fix downstream construction errors in the field that could potentially be avoided by maintaining a healthy Revit project? Find out all about the return on investment and business value of using Ideate Explorer with Ideate Query by watching this short video.


Without the ability to look at your Revit model data at a granular level, your Revit project could be at risk, exposing you to potential liability during construction, or at best, expensive remodeling and drafting tasks downstream

For implementation services or to learn more about how Ideate Explorer can help your business, please contact sales@ideatesoftware.com.


About the Author

Sash Kazeminejad - AIA, LEED AP, BCI, BCC - Customer Success Manager
Sash earned his Master of Architecture from Montana State University and is a California registered architect, LEED Accredited Professional, and a Bluebeam Certified Instructor. 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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September

5

2018

Getting the job done quickly and correctly is what all firms must accomplish in today’s business climate. Revit software is about project data, and Ideate Explorer provides lightning fast Revit data discovery and manipulation.

Ideate Explorer: Filling Gaps in Revit Software

Ideate Explorer now includes detailed information about Revit warnings, providing superior quality control by giving you the flexibility to define and manage only the warnings you deem appropriate. The warnings interface built into Revit software does NOT allow you to dynamically interact with the elements and warnings while working in the Revit model, thus making reviewing and fixing warnings time consuming and difficult.

Failure to manage Revit warnings in your project has many negative consequences. Use Ideate Explorer with Warnings Manager to keep warnings under control and mitigate your risk.

Return on Investment is Crucial 

What will it cost your firm to fix downstream construction errors in the field that could potentially be avoided by maintaining a healthy Revit Project?  Find out all about the return on investment and business value of using Ideate Explorer with Warnings Manager by watching the short three-and-a-half minute video.

Ideate Explorer with Warnings Manager Demonstration Video


 

For implementation services or to learn more about how Ideate Explorer can help your business, please contact sales@ideatesoftware.com.


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 18 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.

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