July

17

2020

Want to simplify your Revit data challenges? If so, this webinar is for you.

Ideate Software is all about helping you confidently manage Revit model data. Part of that help is through Ideate Software’s robust support services. We have online Help files for each product, short how-to videos, live and recorded classes, blog posts, and a technical support team made up of all Ideate Software employees. 

Watch the recording of this webinar to get an overview and demonstration of each of our Revit productivity tools and how they help users manage their Revit data challenges: 

  1. Ideate BIMLink – Take Revit model data into Microsoft Excel where you can copy/paste, fill down, concatenate, find/replace, translate to other languages, and more. Then bring the updated data back into your Revit project. 
  2. Ideate Explorer – A true model browser that allows you to audit your BIM models with certainty. With it, you can find anything in your model. It comes with Ideate Query, which allows you to refine a selection of elements based on a large selection of parameters, and Ideate Warnings Manager, which offers many more features than the Revit warnings manager and makes reviewing and addressing warnings an easy task.
  3. Ideate StyleManager – Aggregates essential graphic style and visibility controls within a single solution, so you can find non-standard styles and decide whether to keep, merge or delete them. This task is nearly impossible to safely accomplish using the native Revit tools.
  4. Ideate Sticky – Allows you to live-link Excel files as schedules, or Word, PDF, or Excel files as images into your Revit projects. Changes to the documents are automatically reflected in Revit. 
  5. IdeateApps – A collection of nine tools that simplify common Revit tasks. This webinar covered Ideate SmartDelete, Ideate ReNumber, Ideate SheetManager and Ideate ViewCreator

Watch a recording of the 75-minute webinar.
 

 

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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July

15

2020

San Francisco, CA, July 15, 2020 – Ideate Software, a veteran Autodesk Developer Network member, announced that it released new data highlighting the time saved by its customers who use Ideate BIMLink for Revit.

“With Ideate BIMLink, Revit users streamline workflows by pulling data into Microsoft Excel to use its copy/paste, find/replace, and formulas to automate data management tasks,” said Glynnis Patterson, Director of Software Development. “This new data we are releasing represents the results of a survey in which we asked customers from around the world to detail how they use Ideate BIMLink and the actual time saved.”

The survey results are presented in a blog series stretching over six-months, ending mid-September, and composed of bi-weekly blog posts focused on specific tasks. It includes information on how customers:

All posts can be found in the Ideate BIMLink section of the blog.  The survey results can also be found on the web page, Explore the Time Savings of Ideate BIMLink for Revit, where the findings are separated by discipline:

  • Architects and Interior Designers
  • Structural Engineers
  • MEP Engineers
  • Construction and Design/Build Professionals 
  • All disciplines

More information about Ideate BIMLink and the other Revit productivity tools is available on the Ideate Software website where people can also download 14-day trial versions or subscribe to the software
 


About Ideate Software
Ideate Software an Autodesk® AEC Industry Partner and Autodesk® Authorized Developer, empowers Revit users to gain unprecedented control over their data. Ideate BIMLink, Ideate Explorer, Ideate Sticky, IdeateApps, and Ideate StyleManager were all developed to solve persistent problems in architecture, engineering, and construction, and owner (AECO) workflows. Ideate Software solutions enable Revit users to save time, increase accuracy, improve project deliverables, and elevate design.

Autodesk, the Autodesk logo, ATC, and Revit are registered trademarks or 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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July

8

2020

For any Revit user who works on workshared-enabled projects, managing the workset assignment for model elements is tedious work. For starters, the settings for the current workset is located at the bottom of the screen in Revit, making it easy to ignore. Since Revit does not use layers and colors (generally speaking) for elements, you may not realize that you are placing model-elements on the incorrect workset. As you place more and more elements on the incorrect workset, you find out that backtracking is time consuming and error prone, especially when you are isolating elements graphically to look for workset anomalies.

Manage Workset Assignments

Common Workaround

A common workaround to address model elements that have been placed on the incorrect workset is to create a series of 2D and 3D views that only display one workset per view. When reviewing elements in that view, we are looking for model elements that do not belong in that view. This would indicate elements that are on the incorrect workset. For example, if we isolate a workset called FF&E in a 3D view, we are looking for non-FF&E model elements, such as structural floors, mechanical equipment, etc. When we find those elements, we can then select them and move them to their respective workset.

While this method does work for auditing the workset assignment for model-based elements, it may be nearly impossible to see smaller elements, as they tend to get buried within the larger elements. Trying to account for all elements would require many QC views and hours of auditing.

Manage Workset Assignments

A Better Solution: Use Ideate BIMLink

Thankfully, we have Ideate BIMLink to assist us with this challenge.

Ideate BIMLink reports both editable and non-editable workset assignment for elements, so users can perform QA/QC tasks of workset assignment using Excel. When necessary and applicable, the workset assignment for model elements can be changed in Excel and then pushed back into the Revit model. This process does not require the use of special 2D and 3D views. In this case, all the viewing and editing is done from a data perspective, which is much easier, faster, and more accurate.

Manage Workset Assignments

Step-by-Step Instructions

The process for this workflow would look something like this:

  1. In Ideate BIMLink, navigate to the …\Quality Control sub-folder
  2. Select the link called QC-MC-Workset
  3. If necessary, under the Properties Tab, add or remove any parameters that will assist you with your QC tasks. For example, you may want to add Level: Name and/or Room: Name so that you can identify the level and room reference for certain elements, if applicable (example: Scope boxes do not have level nor room assignments, but Furniture may have level and room assignments)
  4. If necessary, under the Categories tab, remove any categories that you wish not to export for quality control and editing purposes
  5. If necessary, under the Filters Tab, add or remove any filters that will help you export only the data you want to view and edit
  6. Under the Link tab, verify that Export with dropdown values is checked. This will ensure that you get an accurate export list of project worksets. In addition, it is recommended that if you make any changes to the link definition, give it a new name so that it is not confused with the original link definition that ships with Ideate BIMLink
  7. Export the data to Excel 
  8. Review the workset assignment for each model element and make all necessary changes
  9. Import the data using Ideate BIMLink
  10. Review all changes in the summary windows and then click Import to commit to the changes

It is important to note that while this blog post focuses on changing the workset assignment for model-elements, the process for exporting, reviewing, and changing model data using Ideate BIMLink is essentially the same.

To learn more about this process, be sure to watch this video.

It is also possible to manage worksets with Ideate Explorer. Here are links to our online Help file and a recorded webinar with details:

Visit 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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July

6

2020

Revit contract holders have probably heard that Autodesk is changing its license file structure and moving everyone toward named user licensing. 

At Ideate Software, we want to give you a choice.

Currently all Ideate Software solutions are available as standalone (named user) or network. We would like to retain those options and add a new option for a cloud network that would not require a dedicated on-premise license server. 

As we work on this floating cloud network licensing system option, we’d like to hear from you. What type of licensing do you prefer?

Please take a few minutes to complete this survey and:

  • Provide feedback on existing functionalities
  • Influence future developments
  • Suggest new features 

Want to test this new system before it goes live? Simply check the Opt-in button at the end of the survey, and we will contact you within two weeks.

If you have any questions about licensing matters, please email [email protected].


About the Author

Glynnis Patterson, NCARB – Director of Software Development
Glynnis is a registered architect and has worked within the building information modeling (BIM) industry since 1998. A graduate of Carnegie Mellon University, she has worked as an architect, educator and construction site manager. Glynnis is the Director of Software Development Services and continues to work with AECO clients worldwide, developing, and consulting on solutions to BIM challenges. In her spare time, Glynnis volunteers for the local high school and with growitgreenmorristown.org. Find Glynnis on LinkedIn.

 

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July

2

2020

While designing structures to be safe and stable, structural engineers deal with large models that contain detailed elements. Managing the details of elements in Revit can be tedious, time consuming and risky if they are not properly coordinated. Use Ideate BIMLink instead, and you can pull the Revit data into Excel, easily make changes, quickly verify the accuracy of the updates, and push it all back into Revit within just minutes. 

Tasks: Data Extractions/Imports and Level and Grid Comparisons

Save 10 Hours Per Project Using Ideate BIMLink to Extract/Import Coordinate Data and Confirm Level and Grid Information

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We have several resources available online that can help you get the most out of Ideate BIMLink:

Similar Posts

This post is the eighth in a series related to the results of our survey of architecture, engineering, construction, and building-owner companies. Our previous posts covered the time savings possible by using Ideate BIMLink to:

  1. Manage Revit sheets 
  2. Create and modify rooms and areas
  3. Swap structural framing instances
  4. Coordinate spaces & rooms and audit & fix device elevation
  5. Compile quantity takeoffs, assign assembly codes, and swap types
  6. View and revise tasks
  7. QA/QC doors, hardware, and other elements

Keep an eye out for our next blog post, which will cover coordinating survey data and height data for virtual design and construction usage. And check out our Ideate BIMLink ROI web page, where we separated the time savings data by discipline.

Contact us if you have any questions. We look forward to hearing from you. 

Visit 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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