May

28

2014

Question: Is there a way where I can quickly identify which Revit Schedules have been placed on sheets? There are tons of schedules in the model and it is hard to tell which ones are needed.

Answer:  A Schedule View can be placed on multiple sheets, so programmatically it is difficult to determine the location of a schedule view. However, a 'Schedule Graphic' entity does exist on only one sheet and can be listed by Ideate Explorer for Revit. In the image above there are (4) Revit Schedules and only (3) Schedule Graphics. The Note Block has not yet been placed on a sheet because there is no corresponding Schedule Graphic element.


About the Author

Glynnis Patterson, NCARB - Director of Software Development Glynnis is a Registered Architect and has worked with 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 across the nation, developing, and implementing best practices solutions. In her spare time Glynnis does volunteer work and builds Lego projects. @GVPinNJ

 

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February

18

2014

Here's an oldie but a goodie that surfaced on tech support this week. Dilemma:  I've used a line style called "Redline-Markup" to mark up my project in multiple views and now I need to make sure they are all deleted before I print the bid set. How can I find them all? Selecting all the detail or model lines within a project is a great use of Ideate Explorer. Explorer can help you find them by View or throughout the model, whether they are hidden or not. In this instance we used Ideate Explorer's Search: field to search for all of the "Redline-Markup" elements in the entire project. Ideate Explorer reported back 52 lines: 48 Detail Lines and 4 Model Lines. I then selected both Detail and Model Lines from the Results window and the OK button. Back in Revit I selected thePurging Redlines fig 1button from the Modify panel under the Modify tab in Revit. Now the project is ready for printing.

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Selecting Lines in Ideate Explorer

For more information on how Ideate Explorer can help you audit Model and Detail Lines in a project file select the link below to watch this video from our YouTube channel: Ideate Explorer Production Tasks


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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November

11

2013

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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October

30

2013

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.

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This post was originally published on the Ideate Solutions Blog 10.30.2013

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September

16

2013

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

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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".

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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. 

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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.

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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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