A big thanks to everyone who graciously gave us their input last month for the third annual Ideate BIMLink survey. Our winner from this year's Ideate BIMLink survey is Trent Best of Rosendin Electric. Enjoy that iPad mini Trent! When you purchase Ideate BIMLink you're buying not only a piece of software, but also the email support, online classes, and development efforts that are on-going. For example, your past input has resulted in the following "point" releases:

2013.0 :: March 2012, Revit 2013 ships, and so do we, with new and improved workflows!

2013.1 :: August 2012 - improvements for ease of network deployments

2013.2 :: December 2012 - Top 3 user requests added plus many improvements.

2014.0 :: March 2013 - Revit 2014 ships and so does Ideate BIMLink 2014.0

2013.4/2014.1 :: July 2013 - We provide improvements for both 2014 and 2013 users. What's New Video

2013.5/2014.1 :: Give us a bit of time, we just got your feedback!

In addition to some great ideas about how to make Ideate BIMLink even more useful, users are reporting an average of ***23.7 hours saved per project***, meaning that for most customers they re-coup their initial investment within the first project. Sign-up for online training to learn how you can make the most of Ideate BIMLink. Missed the survey? You can always provide your input from within the Help menu.

This post was originally published on the Ideate Solutions Blog 10.15.2013


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A few weeks ago we gave a gentle nudge to BIM Managers to take the courageous step of actually executing on their workset plans. That post generated a lot of positive feedback and discussion. Including this follow-up question.

Q: Can I use Ideate Explorer for Revit to generate a list of elements per Category or by Workset for offline review? 

A: Yes, any elements selected within Ideate Explorer can be exported to Excel from the Detail View. After Exporting to Excel the information can be easily transformed to include element counts by using a Pivot table.

Related video: Auditing Worksets with Ideate Explorer  

Try the Ideate Explorer for Revit Free Trial today.

This post was originally published on the Ideate Solutions Blog 11.11.2013


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You've spent the time to devise a great way to organize your Autodesk Revit project with worksets. Your plan is excellent and will decrease time wasted opening unnecessary information and ensure that only the desired information will be printed within the deliverables.

BUT½ are you actually executing on this plan?

Ideate Explorer for Revit knows, so take a peek at your project today and be sure that you are executing on your workset plan!

Try the Ideate Explorer for Revit Free Trial today.


This post was originally published on the Ideate Solutions Blog 10.30.2013

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  1. Your engineer/architect has modeled your new facility in Revit and the building is done
  2. Get your hands on the Building model, you own it, right?
  3. Open up Revit
  4. You launch Ideate BIMLink and you export the COBie_Type and COBie_Components to an Excel file. Whether you intend to do COBie or not these links are a great way to quickly get all of the asset list that you need to get started.
  1. If your budget permitted, you required the model to be updated to reflect as-built conditions. Congratulations, you get to skip ahead to Step 7.
  2. If the model does not reflect the as-built conditions then you should pay your architect and engineers to fill out the Excel files from step 4 above or have your own staff fill out any missing info. This can be done with a tablet as outlined in this earlier post.
  3. Congratulations, you now you have a complete list of all the building assets for use in managing the building's maintenance and operations. That was easy!

This post was originally published on the Ideate Solutions Blog 9.25.2013


About the Author

Glynnis Patterson, Revit expertGlynnis Patterson, NCARB — Director of Software Development
Glynnis is a Registered Architect and has worked within the BIM industry since 1998. A graduate of Carnegie Mellon University, she has worked as an architect, educator and construction site manager. Glynnis is currently the Director of Software Development Services at Ideate, Inc. and continues to work with AEC clients worldwide, developing, and consulting on solutions to Building Information Modeling challenges. In her spare time Glynnis does volunteer work for ECLC of NJ and Grow it Green Morristown. Follow Glynnis on Twitter.

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Did I link it or did I import it? Was the box checked for "Current view only" selected or not? Where is it! It wasn't exploded was it??? Do these phrases come to mind when asked these questions? I don't remember? I think I did? I have no clue½, I hope not! I recently had a conversation with a client who wanted to search for CAD files within a Revit Model and had these very questions. With the latest release of Ideate Explorer for Revit you'll be able to answer these questions and more½

Did I Link or Import the CAD file?

Within the Revit products the only way to know if a user linked a CAD file is to go to Insert tab and select the Cad1.php button then the CAD Formats tab. Using this function in Revit gives the user an idea of what CAD Files in the Revit Model have been Linked. Note that it does NOT provide any information about files that have been imported! Ideate Explorer. informs the user if CAD Files in Revit are Linked or Imported by separating them out into two distinct categories: CAD Imports & CAD Links


Was the box checked for "Current view only" selected or not?

Within the Revit products the only way a user knows if the "current view only" option has or hasn't been selected is when the CAD File shows up in a view other than the inserted view. That is of course, as long as a team member hasn't turned it off with the various Revit graphic tools. Ideate Explorer informs the user through separating out the CAD files into DWG File or DWG File whether they are linked or imported.

  • DWG File = CAD Files found in this section informs the user that these CAD Files may be found in multiple views because the "Current view only" option wasn't used during insertion/linking.
  • DWG File = CAD files found under this section informs the user that these CAD Files can only be found in the view that they have been inserted in, or there was a check in the box for "Current view only".


Where is it! It wasn't exploded was it????

To find a linked or imported CAD file within the Revit products it is truly a "hunt and peck" process for the user. One of the method that could be used to find an Import is by using the Line Styles cad4 tool found in the Manage Tab > Settings panel. Within this tool the user is able to tell if an imported CAD file has been exploded by the presence of certain line styles. When using Ideate Explorer a user can quickly determine if an imported CAD file has been Partially or Fully exploded. My two favorite ways within Ideate Explorer are:

1. Searching for symbols = Within Ideate Explorer CAD Imports category I look for DWG files that repeat multiple times with symbol name at the end. 


2. Search for Line Styles - Within Ideate Explorer I look at the Lines > detail Lines category looking for CAD Layers names like DEFPOINTS etc. Ideate Explorer can quickly find elements in the model like imported CAD Files. Ideate Explorer has a Show Elements tool which when selected will zoom to the item in Revit that you've. This is similar to the "Highlight in Model" function in Revit schedules. Users can access the Show Elements several different way. My favorite method is as follows: • Select an element in the Results window. • Select the Show Elements (Zoom to Selected) button from the Top right of the Results window.


Happy searching! If you would like to make suggestions on what you would like to see in future releases of Ideate Explorer for Revit send us your ideas.

About the Author

Eugene A. O'Day, IX - AEC Application Specialist Eugene A. O'Day, IX, with more than 25 years of architectural and mechanical experience, offers a trained focus on all things Revit and BIM. Teaching is a passion of his. Eugene has been an instructor in undergraduate degree programs, has traveled worldwide teaching Autodesk solutions to major corporations, has taught at accredited ATCs throughout the Northwestern region, and is a frequent and popular instructor, speaker, and presenter for AUGI® CAD Camps, Revit - and related product user groups. He has also been a trusted public school district advisor on new drafting instructor hires. At Ideate, Eugene provides training and support for Revit Architecture, Revit Structure and AutoCAD. Eugene is also a Revit Architecture Autodesk Certified Professional.


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