December

3

2019

At Ideate Software, our support team is integral to our development efforts. Every question teaches us how we can improve.

Here’s a great question that came from Erica Spicer, an Architect, Interior Designer and BIM Manager at Gensler

Support Question 

“I went to manage worksets with Ideate Explorer yesterday where I learned about the warnings tool. I was wondering if it would be possible to add a parameter within Ideate Explorer to define something as an ‘ignorable’ warning. That is, I’ve gone to the warning, decided that it’s ok, and I’d like to not see it again next time I evaluate warnings, or at least be able to easily filter it out.”  

Support Answer

“Your wish is our command.”

In this case, we had already designed the solution, and we pointed Erica to the step-by-step instructions in the Help file. 

It’s always gratifying to hear that a customer wants to do something that we have already designed. In our early discussions about how to display Revit warning data inside of Ideate Explorer, we heard from a lot of beta testers that some warnings (in some projects) were just big distractions and would be better off ignored. 

Our solution is shown below on the right-click menu. Being able to filter out non-essential information is becoming increasingly important in our data-rich Revit models. Helping customers stay focused on only the relevant data is something we continually strive to do.

Revit Warnings

What We Learned

We learned from this support case that juicy features that exist only on the right-click menu are not always being discovered. It’s an on-going user interface lesson for us. We always appreciate hearing about our users’ delight and confusion.
 
What’s your question about Ideate Explorer and Revit warnings management? Contact support@ideatesoftware.com and ask us.
 


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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November

18

2019

We often get asked a variety of different questions about streamlining electrical workflows using Ideate Software. So, I’ll address a few electrical and equipment workflows in two parts, or should I say two circuits? Hopefully, you had a chance to review Circuit #1, and here is Circuit #2, which highlights Ideate Explorer and IdeateApps

Can I use Ideate Explorer to find and select Electrical Data within the Revit model?

Ideate Explorer allows Revit users to quickly find, filter and select electrical data and sort by Category, Level, Phase, Room, Space or Zone. In a Worksharing-enabled model, you can also sort by Workset and ‘Edited By’ properties.

With Ideate Query, a component of Ideate Explorer, you can select Lighting Devices as an example. You might want to review elevation parameters that are just not available to be shown in a default Revit Schedule. You can select all the Lighting Devices that have an incorrect elevation and quickly change them all via the Revit Properties Palette.

Ideate Query gives you access to more parameters and data than is available in Revit. For instance, you can search for Pinned Status, Flipped Status or In-Place family status … just to name a few! Please review some of the tips for using Ideate Query here.

You might want to review additional information in our HELP files on MEP Examples for Ideate Query.

Electrical Data

Ideate Explorer helps easily locate Electrical Equipment within the Revit model, and it can sort by many options such as Space.

You can use Ideate Query to review important information such as elevation of Lighting Devices. Almost any parameter can be used to select a series of elements for further refinement.

Can I use IdeateApps to help me renumber lighting fixtures based on the architect’s room data?

With the Ideate ReNumber application that is part of the IdeateApps collection, you can renumber almost any Revit element. You can create a rule that extracts the Architect’s Room Number as part of the light fixture numbering sequence, even if that room is located within a Revit linked file. In fact, Ideate ReNumber gives you access to geometric spatial data on Room, Space or Zone parameters. You can also access Instance, Type, Assembly, Host, Level, Model Group, Phase, Project Information and RVT Link parameters as part of a numbering sequence. In addition, critical coordinate data is also accessible for renumbering rules.

You might want to review additonal information in our HELP files for including Revit Linked information such as rooms.

electrical data
Ideate ReNumber ships with many pre-defined rules, and you can create your own rule that might extract the room number from the architect’s model. The room data doesn’t need to be loaded into a MEP Space first, which reduces errors and speeds up the process.

These are just a few of the questions we get about using Ideate Software with Revit electrical data. Check out our Video Library

Our Ideate StyleManager can also assist with many workflows for EVERY Revit engineer or user, but that’s a shockingly bright idea blog for a different day and different circuit!  (I promised myself no bad electrical puns until the VERY end. Sorry!)

Visit 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 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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November

15

2019

It’s a Revit best practice to place new elements on the correct worksets as defined by the BIM Manager or Revit Standards team. Failure to do so could result in model mismanagement and visibility issues. However, when we are very busy working on our models, we tend to forget to set the current workset. As we place instances of Revit elements, those instances may end up on the incorrect workset. Over time, this issue can compound, making the auditing and correction of these elements difficult and time consuming. 

Since we are mostly concerned with model-based components (as opposed to drafting components and view-based elements) being placed on the correct Worksets, we tend to create QA/QC views that isolate model elements by their workset. For example, let’s say we have Plan views and/or 3D views that isolate elements by a workset called Mech-Equipment. When reviewing these views, we can visually look at elements in these views to see if any model-based elements look out of place. Perhaps we get lucky and see a lighting fixture or a plumbing fixture that does not belong to the Mech-Equipment Workset. If we see those elements, we can select them and move them to the appropriate Workset. While this sounds somewhat easy, how does one handle the smaller elements, such as a duplex outlet or a fire sprinkler? What if they are buried deep within the model? Perhaps we need many Plan Views and 3D Views for Workset QA/QC. Even with all these views, we are guaranteed to miss elements, which could prove to be costly.

Here is an example of using a 3D view a filter for Worksets and the Worksharing Display (green arrow) enabled. While some elements and their Worksets are obvious (red arrows), some items may be very difficult to see (purple arrow) due to their sizes and how far buried they are within the model.

Auditing Worksets

Luckily for us, we can use Ideate Explorer and the power of Ideate Query to easily refine our selections and move elements to the correct Worksets without the need for QA/QC views, since Ideate Explorer lists all elements and their Worksets in list form. Having the QA/QC views is a bonus, since you can isolate views by Workset and even use the Worksharing Display option in the View Control Bar. 

The image below shows how easy it is to identify elements and their current Workset assignment by changing the Sort by: to Workset (orange arrows) and then reviewing the categories that fall under the user-created worksets. In this example, some Mechanical Equipment (red arrow) and Pipe Fittings (blue arrow) elements were found under the Shared Levels and Grids Workset and need to be moved to their respective Worksets. Regardless of which views these elements are in or their size, Ideate Explorer makes it very easy to identify Workset assignment.

Once elements are selected to move to the correct Workset, it is as simple as swapping their Workset out from the Properties palette. If you find that the Workset selection option is grayed out, as seen below (red outline), be sure to select the Ideate Query button (yellow outline) and then Query the selection based on Model Group Name and/or Is Nested parameter to see if any of the selected elements are part of a group or nested family. If they are, de-select those elements and then verify that you can change the Workset in the Properties palette. 

Auditing Worksets

As stated earlier, it is a best practice to place new elements on the correct worksets. Failure to do so will result in model mismanagement and visibility issues. As we place instances of Revit elements on the incorrect workset, this issue can compound, making the auditing and correction of these elements difficult, let alone time consuming. Ideate Explorer can help correct these issues quickly and accurately so that you can be certain of your BIM data.

Ideate Explorer is an amazing Revit data discovery and manipulation tool. It is used daily to do simple selections of elements, all the way to detailed selection refinement and workset and Revit warnings management. Without Ideate Explorer, managing the Revit model becomes complex and tedious.

For more information on using Ideate Explorer to Audit Revit Worksets, be sure to view this 30-minute recording on this process.

Visit 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, 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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November

5

2019

San Francisco, CA, 11/05/2019 – Established in 1967 in Boston, MA, CBT Architects is a leading design firm. Its 230 professionals play an important role in a broad range of local, national and international projects in architecture, interior design and urban design. They use Ideate Explorer to keep their Revit models clean and accurate by finding, editing and deleting elements; viewing all elements in a Revit model; and auditing Revit warnings. 

“Ideate Explorer give us deeper insight into Revit model elements and allows for enhanced selection options,” said William Paquette, CBT Design Technology Team. “This significantly aids in model management, allowing us to quickly identify where issues may be and areas that can be cleaned up.” 

CBT uses Ideate Explorer to find and fix problems that could impact model size, sync time and performance in several ways, including to:

  • Identify and delete views that aren’t on sheets
  • Find and remove CAD files inadvertently imported into Revit
  • Sort by workset, note elements in the wrong place and move them
  • Update outdated standards on older models
  • Verify that users adhere to standards
  • Clean up Revit warnings
  • Align worksets after binding a model

William provided a few detailed examples:

  • “We reused a model with thousands of instances of a non-standard pen. With Ideate Explorer, we updated them all at the same time. It would have taken a long time to update them one by one.”
  • “When cleaning up some design options that purged into a model, we found some overlapping mullions. Coupled with some Revit features, we used Ideate Explorer to create a section view, narrow it down, and easily determine which mullions needed to be deleted.”
  • “We binded some information into a model, which means we lost the phasing and workset information. Working with a script we made to assign the phase created or demolished and the worksets the original element lived on, we aligned those things in the model after the fact by selecting that set and changing that property. In one instance, Ideate Explorer told me that I selected 600 elements that were original conditions, but by narrowing the search with Ideate Query, we could see that 173 were actually new construction. We easily fixed it.” 

“We are proud to be associated with CBT, an award-winning company that places a high value on creativity, collegiality and social responsiveness,” said Glynnis Patterson, Director of Software Development, Ideate Software. “It’s rewarding to know that the products we develop help CBT move past persistent Revit challenges to focus on designs that elevate each client’s image and brand.” 


About Ideate Software
Ideate Software 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, 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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November

4

2019

Did you miss the webinar where I reviewed worksets for all disciplines and demonstrated how to move elements to the correct worksets using Ideate Explorer? Here’s a link to the recording.

Watch the recording to also learn about the power of two key components of Ideate Explorer:

  1. Get more information about selected elements with Ideate Query. You can try to schedule some information in a Revit schedule, but that is limited in the amount and type of data shown. With Ideate Query, you can easily get more information on a selection of elements, for example, their in-place usage, if they are pinned or which levels they are on.
     
  2. Eliminate potential performance issues caused by warnings with Ideate Warnings Manager. In Revit, you can see warnings at a simple level. With Ideate Warnings Manager, you can  categorize your warnings, easily select them, get information about who created/updated them and more, so you can make informed decisions about what you want to do with them. 
 

About Ideate Explorer

Ideate Explorer allows you to audit your BIM models with certainty; it provides lightning-fast Revit data discovery and manipulation. It is a true model browser that shows content in your Revit model, not only the items that are currently in your project.

Visit 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, 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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