February

16

2023

Every day, our Ideate Software Support team fields all types of questions from AECO professionals all around the world. You can review some of these recent question and answers via our Ideate Software support series blog category.

Here is a good question that came across our virtual desk.

“I was wondering if there is a way to number doors according to the ‘To Room’ number information, and following a sequence off 1, 2, 3, etc.; without the need to pick the doors or marking a path.”

There are several ways to accomplish this task very easily within Ideate ReNumber which is a tool within the IdeateApps collection.

The easiest step-by-step answer for the question asked by our customer is included in our “Getting Started” online Help topic for IdeateApps called Renumber Doors.

Within a default Revit Schedule View, you can modify the ‘From Room’ and ‘To Room’ values if those properties appear within your schedule.

Revit Schedule Change
 

Ideate ReNumber can easily modify those ‘From Room’ and ‘To Room’ properties on the fly within the renumbering process. You can also choose to report on the ‘From Room’ value instead of making the change within the Revit database.

Ideate ReNumber can be used to change the Revit values for the ‘To Room’ and ‘From Room’ properties whether you are using the Room Calculation Point property or not. (Door swing graphics will only change if you are using the Room Calculation Point property.) Once the doors are properly set to the correct room, future numbering tasks are a snap.

swap value 
The Flip Room button will change the relationship within the Revit database and update the Door Mark value.   

Report Value
If you just want to report on the ‘From Room’ value, this will push the value into the door Mark but NOT change the Revit database.

 
Ideate ReNumber will identify doors that are using the ‘Room Calculation Point’ property. When this property is active, the door swing graphics will update when changing the ‘To Room’ and ‘From Room’ flip button. If this property is not in use, the door swing graphics will not update.

You can use our delivered door rule to renumber doors based upon the room values.

Please review this very detailed 8-minute video on the features of door renumbering with Ideate ReNumber.

Additionally, you can renumber door instance marks via a Revit Schedule View by activating the Ideate ReNumber tool within an active Revit Schedule View.

When Ideate ReNumber is started from an active Revit Schedule View, the only available selection method will be Auto-Number by View.

This online help article is a detailed explanation for managing door numbering with Ideate ReNumber

Keep those amazing questions coming to [email protected] and we will keep answering them!


About the Author

Richard Taylor, Ideate Software Technical EvangelistRichard 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 23 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 and LinkedIn.

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February

14

2023

We are pleased to present this article highlighting how Ideate Explorer is used by Modmation, a leading BIM consultancy providing independent consulting services to the AECO industry.  

Thank you, Holger de Groot, CEO and Founder of Modmation, and Maciej Wypych, CTO and Co-Founder of Modmation, for sharing.  

Holger De Groot, Modmation Maciej Wypych, Modmation
Holger de Groot, CEO and Founder, Modmation Maciej Wypych, CTO and Co-Founder, Modmation

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With over 30 years of combined experience in the design and construction of buildings worldwide, Modmation's goal is to help architects, engineers, contractors, owners, and operators design, plan, build and operate projects more efficiently.

Modmation and Ideate Explorer

Here are some examples of how Modmation streamlines model auditing with Ideate Explorer, a software tool for managing and organizing data within Autodesk Revit.

“By using Ideate Explorer, we can improve the accuracy and efficiency of our BIM audits, ensuring that our clients receive high-quality results,” said Holger.

Ideate Explorer enables Modmation to perform tasks such as auditing, cleaning, and modifying Revit data. As a result, Ideate Explorer saves time and reduces the risk of errors in the design and construction process. This not only improves the quality of Modmation consulting services but also saves time and reduces costs for their clients, who can rely on Modmation to deliver accurate and efficient audits.

One specific example of how the Ideate Explorer – Warnings Manager tool creates value is during the auditing process. The Warnings Manager can quickly identify and report any issues or discrepancies in the Revit data, such as missing elements, incorrect properties, or broken links. This helps Modmation to quickly identify and resolve any potential issues in the BIM process, ensuring that their clients receive accurate and comprehensive audits.

Ideate Explorer and Modmation

“By using Ideate Software solutions, Modmation is delivering value to clients by providing high-quality BIM auditing services that help design, plan, build, and operate projects more efficiently,” said Maciej. “Additionally, by streamlining our auditing process with Ideate Explorer – Warnings Manager, we can quickly identify and report any potential issues in the BIM process, ensuring that our clients receive the best possible outcome for their projects.”

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February

9

2023

Ideate Software was delighted to participate in the BIM Day GVA event in the beautiful city of Geneva on Thursday 2nd February.

About the Event

The event was focused on the future of construction, and attendees could attend conferences where experts presented their knowledge, methodologies, and recommendations on a range of hot topics in the construction sector. Attendees were also able to keep up to date on the latest industry innovations in artificial intelligence, digital twins, big data, and automation.

Julie Bismuth
Operations Director, Altam

Conversing with Attendees in French

We were also delighted to have Julie Bismuth, the Operations Director for our partner in France, Altam. Julie’s knowledge, expertise, and ability to articulate to French-speaking individuals who came onto our stand was a major benefit for us.

Discussing Revit Data Management 

Managing data in Revit and Ideate Automation were two of Ideate Software’s key themes at this event.

We were pleased to see many people representing Swiss and French architectural and engineering organisations take a real interest in Ideate Automation to see how they could reduce their costs of repetitive, time-intensive tasks that BIM/Revit teams regularly perform that can be relegated to automation in the Revit environment.

Attendees were also interested in understanding how they could make their desired outcomes become highly predictable and standardized, and how they could free their staff up to focus on more important work, erase end-user errors, and make their jobs more enjoyable.

Ideate Software at BIM Day GVA

While in the country, we took the opportunity to meet and present the latest updates in Ideate Software tools to some customers in Geneva and Lausanne.

With many leads from the event to follow up on and presentations to arrange, it remains for me to say……thank you Geneva, we had a blast!


About the Author

Nick JohnsNick Johns, UK/EMEA Territory Lead
Nick joined Ideate Software in 2021 after being a customer and advocate of our company and products for many years. He brought extensive experience gained while in sales and sales manager roles at several companies in the United Kingdom, including Graitec, Excitech, Cats Group, Hobs Group and Xerox Business Services. When not working, Nick can be found running, coaching football, and enjoying music, wine, and traveling. Find Nick on LinkedIn


 

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February

7

2023

San Francisco, CA, February 07, 2023 – Ideate Software, an Autodesk® AEC Industry Partner and Autodesk® Authorized Developer, presents its latest customer spotlight. This story is about Parkin Architects, a well-known architectural leader in Canada for acute and mental healthcare, recreation, science, technology and research, justice, corrections, and education. 

Parkin initially started using Ideate BIMLink to meet a specific need and has since expanded its use of Ideate Software tools to include Ideate Explorer, Ideate Sticky, and IdeateApps.

“Delivering as promised is critical, and Ideate Software helps us do that,” said Oscar Ramos-Martinez, BIM Manager, Parkin. “Their products address challenges we face, and they are easy to learn and use.”

Here are some examples of how Parkin uses Ideate Software add-ins for Revit:

  • Ideate BIMLink: Set up new models with functional project data, transfer parameter values to doors from hosts, manage FF&E ID information, and manage room data
  • Ideate Explorer: Quality control activities. “With Ideate Explorer and its Query tool, we can find any element in the model, select it, locate it within the model, browse through its properties, identify issues, and more,” said Oscar. 
  • Ideate Sticky: Live-link Microsoft Excel spreadsheets containing code requirements to Revit files
  • IdeateApps: Apply room numbers to doors, create views, align views. “As we are preparing documents for submission, we simply run Ideate Align and the alignments are perfect,” said Oscar.   

Read Spotlight on Parkin Architects for more.

Visit www.ideatesoftware.com to learn how Ideate Software add-ins for Revit help users save time, increase model accuracy, improve deliverables, and elevate design. Give them a try by  downloading trial versions or purchasing the bundle for access to Ideate BIMLink, Ideate Explorer, Ideate Sticky, IdeateApps, and Ideate StyleManager for six months.


About Ideate Software - Ideate Software, an Autodesk® AEC Industry Partner and Autodesk® Authorized Developer, empowers Revit users to gain unprecedented control over their data. They developed Ideate BIMLink, Ideate Explorer, Ideate Sticky, IdeateApps, and Ideate StyleManager to solve persistent problems in architecture, engineering, and construction, and owner-operator (AECO) workflows. They developed Ideate Automation to boost the power of their Revit plugins by running time-intensive activities in the background.

Autodesk and Autodesk Revit are trademarks of Autodesk, Inc. and/or its subsidiaries and/or affiliates in the USA and/or other countries. Microsoft Excel is a registered trademark of Microsoft Corporation in the United States and other countries. All other brand names, product names or trademarks belong to their respective holders.

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February

3

2023

Those of you responsible for maintaining or verifying data and documentation quality in your Revit models will find the recording of this webinar valuable. You’ll learn about our six Revit add-in solutions that can streamline your QA processes of implementing Revit model standards and your QC processes of fixing problems that occur within a Revit model either as they happen or as part of a review process. You’ll also see demonstrations of common workflows for each of the Ideate Software solutions:

 

This webinar was held on 01-31-23 for the Americas region. A similar one was held on 02-15-23 for the EMEA region, and one will be held on 04-27-23 for the APAC region. See our Events page to register. 

Browse our website to learn more about how Ideate Software add-ins help Revit users save time, increase model accuracy, improve deliverables and elevate design. You can give them a try by downloading trial versions or purchasing the bundle for access to the Revit plugin solutions Ideate BIMLink, Ideate Explorer, Ideate Sticky, Ideate StyleManager, and IdeateApps for six months. 
 


About the Author

Richard TaylorRichard 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 20 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 and LinkedIn.

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