April

16

2021

Object styles subcategories. Line patterns. Fill patterns. Text notes. Fonts. Dimensions. Arrowheads. 

These are just some of the many types of Revit styles used to maintain consistency in BIM models. Managing styles is important to:

  • Streamline model and family content
    • Keep file size to a minimum
    • Navigate Revit models more easily
    • Make informed decisions on which Styles to use
       
  • Improve file performance
    • Prevent file bloat
    • Open, save and reload latest faster
       
  • Keep project and company standards in alignment

Unfortunately, the style management process within Revit can be time consuming and difficult to manage manually. Fortunately, it’s easy with Ideate StyleManager.

Here’s a link to the recording of our webinar where I discuss and demonstrate the power of Ideate StyleManager. 


 

This session was also presented in Asia Pacific and European time zones on April 6 and April 7. The content of this North American recording is the same except for the specific attendee questions asked during the webinar.

Interested in learning more? Visit the Ideate StyleManager section of our website. When you’re ready, download a free trial version or subscribe online


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

14

2021

Every day, our Ideate Software Support team fields all types of questions from AECO professionals all around the world. Questions about simplifying the process of creating views are fairly common, so in this post, I’ll show you some of the ways Ideate ViewCreator makes the process fast and easy.

Ideate ViewCreator has the power to efficiently copy plan views to other levels while maintaining settings such as view template assignment, scope box setting and even custom parameters that are often used to help sort views within the Project Browser. In addition, Ideate ViewCreator can assist users by bulk-duplicating views to other phases or to create working views. Like the Plans to Levels method, users can assign view templates, scope boxes and so much more. The possibilities are endless!

While Ideate ViewCreator allows users to create customized rules to meet their needs, Ideate ViewCreator also ships with many pre-configured rules as well. Many of these rules already meet and address the needs of many customers, as seen here:

Creating Plan Views

 
For those interested in copying plan and ceiling plans up to multiple levels, consider using a special rule called *LEVEL, highlighted in the following image:

Creating Plan Views
 
The *LEVEL rule has a special algorithm that can predict how to match the intended naming convention of selected views so they can be copied up to other levels while adhering to the naming conventions. 

For example, let us assume you are working on a project with eight levels (LEVEL 1, LEVEL 2, LEVEL 3, etc.) and you have the need for floor and ceiling plans for those levels. Let us also assume you have already created a LEVEL 1 MECHANICAL FLOOR PLAN and LEVEL 1 MECHANICAL CEILING PLAN with the correct View Template, scope box, view organization parameters, etc. already assigned. If your views and levels have the same naming conventions, such as LEVEL 1 as the level name and LEVEL 1 MECHANICAL FLOOR PLAN for the View name, then the *LEVEL rule in Ideate ViewCreator should be able to predict how to copy those plans to the other levels while adhering to the naming standards. 

The advantage of using the *LEVEL rule is that you can quickly bulk create views of different types (Floor Plan, Ceiling Plan, Structural Plan) quickly and efficiently with the same settings that were applied to the views that you copied.

In the following image, you can see how we copied the LEVEL 1 MECHANICAL FLOOR PLAN and LEVEL 1 MECHANICAL CEILING PLAN to LEVEL 2, LEVEL 3, on up to LEVEL 8. Looking at the New View column, you can see that the naming conventions match the copied views from the Original View column, which is exactly what we wanted to. It is worth noting that the *LEVEL rule works best when the Level name and view names use the same naming conventions.

Creating Plan Views
 
There may be times in which the *LEVEL rule algorithm cannot predict the New View name as intended. This situation usually happens when the level name and Original View names differ slightly. In the following image, you can see that the New Level (the name of the level you want to copy to) is called LEVEL 2, but the Original View name has LEVEL 01 in it. 

Creating Plan Views

In this case, you have a couple of options. The first option would be to review your view names and correct them so that the levels and views have the same naming convention, i.e., LEVEL 1 and LEVEL 1 MECHANICAL PLAN, not LEVEL 1 and LEVEL 01 MECHANICAL PLAN. Your other option would be to use the Find and Replace in Ideate ViewCreator to correct the new view name so you can proceed with creating the views.

In summary, if you are looking to bulk create many plan views easily and efficiently, consider using the *LEVEL rule. Keep in mind that this rule works best when the level name and view names have matching information. This will help the algorithm to predict how the rest of the view names should match.

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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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March

23

2021

Thank you to everyone who participated our March online user group meetings. The workflows shared by our guest speakers as well as the discussions and questions from attendees made for informative meetings that we hope delivered value to everyone.

Although you may have attended the meeting scheduled for your local region, you may want to listen to the others, because each featured different guest speakers and Q&A sessions. 

Here are links to each of the recordings and a few details of the speakers and the topics covered:

Recording of Americas User Group Meeting

Guest Speakers

Thesla CollieThesla Collier, Genslerr
Associate BIM Manager
Gensler 
Thesla shared some of her favorite tips to using Ideate Software applications.

 

Sara Troy, Modulus ConsultingSara Troy
Director of Operations
Modulus Consulting
Sara presented a creative Ideate BIMLink and Ideate Sticky workflow that Modulus developed to manage municipal grading calculation requirements.

Jan Sako, Ideate SoftwareJan Sako
Support and QA Manager
Ideate Software
Jan talked about the benefits of Ideate Installer.

 

Recording of APAC User Group Meeting 

Guest Speakers

Holger DeGroot, ModmationHolger DeGroot
CEO & Founder
Modmation
Holger showcased some tips for managing warnings to ensure Revit model health with Ideate Explorer.


Tang MinJin, Surbana JurongTang MinJin
Executive BIM Manager
Surbana Jurong 
Tang demonstrated how Surbana Jurong automated the creation of 300+ sheers with Ideate BIMLink.

 

Recording of EMEA User Group Meeting

Guest Speakers

Neil Rooney, ElecktaNeil Rooney
Senior Medical Facility Design Specialist
Elekta
Neil shared some tips for converting a Revit project from English into other languages.

     

Paul Suggleby, HOKPaul Duggleby
Senior Associate
HOK 
Paul discussed how he uses Ideate Explorer to audit his Revit projects at HOK.

     

Jan Sako, Ideate SoftwareJan Sako
Support and QA Manager
Ideate Software
Jan talked about the benefits of Ideate Installer.

 

Plans for our next online user group meetings are well underway. Check out our Events page for dates and times and register today!

If you are interested in being a guest presenter, please contact Richard Taylor

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March

11

2021

IMAGINiT Technologies recently hosted a webinar on Ideate Software products. IMAGINiT is a value-added reseller of Autodesk products, including Revit, making them an ideal partner of ours. 

During the webinar, our Technical Evangelist Richard Taylor fielded questions while I led a presentation on the importance of addressing Revit model and health standards as well as behaviors that lead to model health and standards issues. I also demonstrated some of the ways to combat these issues using two of our Revit applications, Ideate Explorer and Ideate StyleManager

  • Ideate Explorer
    • Filter to review model standards for model clean-up of CAD imports, groups and lines
    • Refine selections to find elements modelled as in-place families and pinned elements
    • Compile and rank warnings and select elements for easy warnings clean-up
       
  • Ideate StyleManager
    • Review object styles sub-categories, including usage analysis, delete unused elements, merge and purge from one style to another
    • Review filters, including usage analysis, delete unused elements, merge and purge from one filter style to another
    • Review fonts and text styles, including usage analysis, merge and purge from one style to another

I used architectural and MEP models for the examples, but the workflows covered can be extended to other disciplines.

In case you missed the presentation or would like to see it again, here’s a link to the recording.

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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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March

8

2021

Recently I had the pleasure of discussing Ideate Software solutions on a webinar hosted by The Architect’s Newspaper, a publication that serves architects, designers, engineers, landscape architects, lighting designers, interior designers, academics, developers, contractors, and other parties interested in the built urban environment. 

The Architect's NewspaperThe 60-minute presentation called Advanced Revit Model Health Checks using Ideate Software Tools was attended professionals interested in:

  • The importance of performing periodic Revit model health checks
  • Key areas that should be included in Revit model health checks
  • Revit features that can lead to poor model health

In addition to discussing the problems associated with poor model health, I demonstrated some of the ways three Ideate Software solutions can be used to help keep Revit models healthy. 

  1. Ideate BIMLink 
    • Export data to pre-configured Health Check template to review the health of a project
    • Automate the exporting of Revit model data
       
  2. Ideate Explorer
    • Review model standards for model clean up
    • Find elements that can contribute to file bloat
    • Compile, rank, select and clean up warnings
       
  3. Ideate StyleManager
    • Find and delete or merge non-standard object styles
    • Find and delete or merge non-standard line patterns
    • Find and delete or merge non-standard fonts

A recording of the presentation is available. 

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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