June

25

2015

With Ideate Explorer, you can review the information in your Revit model in many different ways. Most users are familiar showing elements within the Entire Project or limiting the elements to only the Active View.

Did you also know that you can select elements in the Revit canvas first, and then choose the Current Selection option? If Ideate Explorer is not open and you have selected elements in the model, it will default to Current Selection when Ideate Explorer first opens. You can always change the Display setting to Current Selection after selecting elements in the Revit Model.

Tip: A selection box drawn from left to right will only include those objects completely contained within the selection box. While a selection box drawn from right to left will include any object that overlaps the selection box rectangle.

This is a great way to see how many elements and what categories have been selected. In my example image below, I can quickly see that the room I selected has 147 Revit elements. I'm only getting the categories and instances for the elements that I have selected in the Revit canvas.

OK, so that's quick and easy! There is no clutter or extra information in the Ideate Explorer results pane. It's showing you only the information you need. Ideate Explorer will remember these selected elements in the results pane even if you clear the selection by choosing the None button in the Ideate Explorer dialogue. You can continue to work with these elements until you switch the Display setting to Entire Project or Active View. How about when you change the Display setting to show the Entire Project? Is there a way to limit what Ideate Explorer is showing you in the results pane without selecting objects in the Revit canvas? Of course, the answer is YES!

Switch the Display setting to Entire Project and select the None button on the Ideate Explorer dialogue to clear any previous selection.

Let's say we just want to work with Walls and Wall Tags. Check the box to the left of those categories in the results pane category tree. Switch the Display setting to Current Selection, and voila...Ideate Explorer only shows those two categories in the tree!

You can now clear your selection using the None button on the Ideate Explorer dialogue. You can expand or collapse categories and select other elements if you like. Ideate Explorer will keep the original category list as long as the Display setting is set to Current Selection. You can even add elements in the Revit canvas, and they will be added to the Current Selection results pane category tree.

If you switch the Display setting to Active View or Entire Project, your temporary Current Selection settings will be cleared.


About the Author

Richard W. Taylor - Associate AIA - Technical Evangelist Ideate Software
Richard Taylor has over 25 years of experience working for companies that develop architectural and engineering software solutions such as Intergraph, Bentley, and Autodesk. He has over 15 years of Revit experience, and was part of the original development of Revit while at Revit Technology Corporation. He worked 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 Masters of Architecture from the University of Nebraska, Lincoln. Richard is currently a Technical Evangelist for Ideate Software Solutions and continues to work with AEC clients worldwide, developing, and consulting on BIM solutions. In his spare time, he is active in his local community and is an elected member of the local Planning Board where he evaluates new developments, regional planning, and design criteria. @Rwtaylor_Revit

 

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May

14

2015

Ideate Software is pleased to announce that Ideate Sticky for Revit 2016 and Ideate Explorer for Revit 2016 have been released.

Ideate Explorer for Revit:

Ideate Explorer for Revit is designed to help the everyday Revit user navigate quickly through the building information model, and to assist BIM managers in performing regular project audits.

Watch the What's New in Ideate Explorer video to learn about the 2016 release and related improvements made to version 2015.2. Existing Ideate Explorer 2014 or 2015 owners may purchase an upgrade to this 2016 version by contacting your local area Ideate Software account manager or by contacting [email protected]

Ideate Sticky for Revit:

Ideate Sticky for Revit links Excel files into your Revit project, just like you would link in a CAD file.

Watch the What's New in Ideate Sticky video to learn about the new content added to our 2014.1, 2015.1, and 2016.0 versions in April 2015. Please note that existing Ideate Sticky standalone owners may purchase an upgrade to this 2016 version by contacting your local area Ideate Software account manager or by contacting [email protected]

Get Started Today - Try Ideate Software Risk-Free

Still haven't tried Ideate Software? We offer no-cost trials Ideate BIMLink,  Ideate Explorer for Revit and Ideate Sticky. Ideate Software is available for network and stand-alone licensing. For trials, customer success stories, help files, and ordering information, visit www.ideatesoftware.com. Be Certain of Your Revit Data. 

 

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May

5

2015

In-place families are powerful elements that can be created in the context of the Revit model. However, they come with some performance trade-offs. The following quote is straight from the Revit Help topic:

"You can create multiple in-place elements in your projects, and you can place copies of the same in-place element in your projects. Unlike system families and loadable families, however, you cannot duplicate in-place family types to create multiple types.

Although you can transfer or copy in-place elements between projects, you should do so only when necessary, because in-place elements can increase file size and degrade software performance."

So, how can we use Ideate Explorer to seek out and audit these in-place elements to make sure they are being used properly in our project?

In-place component families may be made up of various 3D forms that are created on different levels or workplanes. Each 3D form gets assigned a workplane. However, when you close the in-place editor to create the in-place component family, the in-place component family does NOT get a level or workplane assigned to it.

This allows us to easily configure a set of sort and filter conditions in Ideate Explorer.

  • Set the Display: "Entire Project"
  • Set the Sort By: "Level"
  • Set the Filter: "" (This is one of the default filters}

You will see the Results Pane shows Model Elements organized by Level. Elements that do not have a level assigned, get grouped into the node.

If you expand the node, you can quickly see Types that have only 1 instance. As outlined above, you can't have multiple types for an in-place family. Even if the in-place family gets copied, Revit will append the family name with a numeral. As the example below shows, the in-place bookshelf family was copied 3 times, and each time the Type Name was indexed with a new numeral. Each Type Name has only 1 placed instance in the tree. This is a GREAT way to review in-place families to see if a loadable family might have been a better option to use.

Keep in mind that this Sort and Filter setup in Ideate Explorer will also show other Revit elements that don't have a level assigned. Some examples are:

  • Unplaced Rooms
  • Unplaced Spaces
  • Unplaced HVAC Zones
  • Non-Workplane Associated Families

However, it's easy to understand the difference because these elements will usually show multiple instances and multiple types in the Ideate Explorer tree. So, go forth and audit your project with Ideate Explorer to truly understand how in-place families are being used in your Revit project. This will help keep your Revit files performing to their maximum potential.


About the Author

Richard W. Taylor - Associate AIA - Technical Evangelist Ideate Software Richard Taylor has over 25 years of experience working for companies that develop architectural and engineering software solutions such as Intergraph, Bentley, and Autodesk. He has over 15 years of Revit experience, and was part of the original development of Revit while at Revit Technology Corporation. He worked 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 Masters of Architecture from the University of Nebraska, Lincoln. Richard is currently a Technical Evangelist for Ideate Software Solutions and continues to work with AEC clients worldwide, developing, and consulting on BIM solutions. In his spare time, he is active in his local community and is an elected member of the local Planning Board where he evaluates new developments, regional planning, and design criteria. @Rwtaylor_Revit

 

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April

8

2015

In addition to our live, online, Ideate Software classes, our expert tech team is working hard on developing targeted videos for all Ideate Software + Revit workflows. Below are just a few of our playlists created to solve persistent issues in common Revit workflows.

BIM Managers

Ideate Explorer for BIM Management

Audit Revit models, manage imports and DWGs for trouble-free models.

Ideate BIMLink Content and Family Management

Edit and manage families, parameters, schedules & assembly codes.

Ideate BIMLink Project Management

Manage revisions, translate, and incorporate data from MS Access or Google Sheets.

Architects and Designers

Ideate BIMLink for Architects and Designers Start out with the NEW Automating Pre-Design video.

Engineers and Designers

Ideate BIMLink for Engineers and Designers See solutions for data management, rename + renumber, and more.

VDC Managers and Estimators

Ideate BIMLink for VDC Managers and Estimators Use Ideate BIMLink for quantity takeoff, construction sequencing, and editing assembly codes.

New to Ideate Software? What's New in Ideate Software Overview of the most recent updates to Ideate Software.

More Ways to Stay Current

Keep up-to-date on new events, learning opportunities and workflow videos by following this blog, following us on Twitter, and subscribing to Ideate Software on YouTube. To find upcoming Ideate Software online classes, view recordings of past classes, or see what events we are headed to next, be sure to keep an eye on our events page. For questions about purchasing Ideate Software, or adding to your current Ideate Software solution, contact [email protected] Get unprecedented control over your Revit data with Ideate Software.

 

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February

12

2015

Use Ideate Explorer for Revit to keep an eye on the Scope Boxes within your project, select and zoom to a Scope Box by the Scope Box name, and to easily transfer all Scope Boxes from one project to another. Learn about this and other Revit auditing tips within the Ideate Explorer online Help file.

Note that Scope Boxes can't currently be transferred between Revit projects using the "Transfer Project Standards" utility. See below how to accomplish this task with Ideate Explorer.


Audit and Transfer Scope Boxes with Ideate Explorer for Revit

To transfer Scope Boxes across projects:

• Use Ideate Explorer to select them all, use Copy to Clipboard, then open the other project and use Paste.

• - OR - select the Scope Box, through the link, by using the Tab select method. This method lets you copy and paste them, though it needs to be done one at a time.


About the Author

Glynnis 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 eclcofnj.org and growitgreenmorristown.org @GVPinNJ

 

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