December

17

2018

We were pleased with the number of attendees at our inaugural webinar on using Ideate Software tools to clean/organize templates, review the entire project for anomalies, and:

  1. Delete unnecessary views and placed content
  2. Merge non-standard content
  3. Check the titleblock family

In addition, we provided tips and instructions on how to purge each type of object (e.g., Custom Family Types, CAD Import Types, and Object Styles). 

We developed this class name as “Purge your Template, Free your Model” but realized from survey feedback that a better name is “Tuning your Revit Template with Ideate Software.” Going forward, we will continue to develop and refine the class along the need to tune and manage the Revit template for optimum performance. Thanks for all the great feedback! 

If you missed the class, would like to see it again, or know someone else that would benefit from the lesson, here’s a link to the recording

 
Throughout the session, my colleague Richard Taylor and I answered questions. Here are some that I think may interest others:

Q. In Ideate ViewCreator, where does a view get defined when using specific sized views and scope boxes?
A. When you select the view to use as a base, it becomes the foundation for newly created views. You can start to make View Property changes to the new view. 

Q. Can you talk more about warnings definitions list you recommended that we add to the template?
A. Our Warnings Manager comes with a definition list of all 915 possible warnings. You can define a warning outside of your project or inside your template. You can establish a corporate standard on how each warning is ranked, so you can give your end users feedback into the severity of the warning. 

Q. Regarding the threshold of warnings in Warnings Manager, is it a user setting or a file setting?
A. It’s either saved in the actual file in the template, or if it’s not saved in template or the project itself, it’s based on the user setting on where to pull the information from. 

Q. I have a template that has another company’s name all over it. Can I search on the company name throughout the entire template?
A. Using Ideate BIMLink, you can filter the family and type names and export the list to Excel, search for the other company name, and replace it with a blank field. Then you can import the data back into Revit.


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

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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December

10

2018

Thank you to everyone that attended our recent webinar on IdeateApps where I covered:

  • Sheet and View tools in IdeateApps
  • BIM standards for naming
  • How to customize rules to fit your needs
  • Creative workflows
  • Tips and tricks

Did you miss the webinar? Would you like to listen to it again or share it with a colleague? Here’s a link to the recording

Questions Answered 

Throughout the webinar, my colleague Sash Kazeminejad and I answered questions. Here are a few that I think will be of interest to others:

Q. Can you assign a view template to the duplicated views when you create them, or do you have to assign them manually after they are created?
A. You can “apply” up to three view templates and finally “assign” one to be permanent.  

Q. Are ViewCreator rules by project, or are they loaded from that central file? Will they overwrite each other if reloaded?
A. By default, when ViewCreator runs the first time in a project, it will load the rules from the default location. If you centralize rules you have customized, you can repath rules to your server. If you load rules with the same name, they will overwrite the original rules. When you load rules, they are on a per-project basis.

Q. Where can I get more information on the BIM Link Placeholder Sheet function?
A. Visit “Create New Placeholder Sheets in Revit with BIMLink” on our website.  

Q. Can you modify title block parameters within the rules?
A. Not with the rules, but Ideate BIMLink is great for modifying more properties, and Ideate Clone allows you to do sheet names and numbers when creating sheets.

Q. Do all the views have to be the same scale to align the views?
A. The view scales do not have to be the same, but they will be in the same location with that scale. We give people flexibility because by default, we look at views that have the same scale and same type, so if the scale or type are different, we give you options for a swap out.

Want to learn more about IdeateApps? Check out the short how-to videos on our website. Give it a try with a free trial version, or subscribe today. 

For more information on how Ideate Software tools can enhance your business, please contact us at [email protected]c.com.


About the Author

Richard 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 18 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.

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November

9

2018

Thank you to everyone who attended one of the webinars in our recent series called, “Elevate your Revit Projects with Ideate Software.” We appreciate your time and enjoy hearing how you use our products and answering your questions. 

We hold these webinars in three time zones each quarter for customers and prospective customers. We demonstrate each of our applications for Revit software that enable users to eliminate laborious data editing, viewing, and management tasks:

Streamline project management by extracting information from a Revit model, sending it to Excel for review or manipulation, and importing it back into the Revit model

Enhance model accuracy by auditing your Revit project and understanding all the relationships. During the webinars, we delved into the new Warnings Manager, which enables users to review and manage warnings within a Revit project

Enhance cross-team workflows by linking Excel data into Revit projects as schedules
 

Simplify daily Revit tasks with this collection of nine tools

 

If you weren’t able to attend one of the webinars, or if you attended and would like to reinforce your learning by listening again, here’s a link to the November 1 session. The information presented is the same that was presented in the other two sessions. For detailed information on specific workflows, view our short how-to videos

For more information on how Ideate Software tools can enhance your business, please contact us at [email protected].


About the Author

Richard 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 18 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.

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October

22

2018

Here are some tips and tricks I shared at a recent presentation on Ideate ReNumber, one of the nine tools included in the IdeateApps collection for daily Revit users:

  1. Be aware of your view depth. If you get odd numbering behavior with curtain panels, it could be because the view depth is too deep. To avoid this problem, make your elevations shallow. Simply adjust the Far Clip Offset to go just to the back edge of the front curtain panel.
     
  2. Exclude Nested Elements.  You can have Ideate ReNumber exclude Nested Elements by two methods:
     
    • Edit the ReNumber rule and use the Ignore Parameter feature OR
    • Make sure the nested family is set to “not shared”
       
  3. Use the Vertex method. This method provides exact precision for the order you want to renumber elements by renumbering at the vertices of the renumber path.
     
  4. Renumber and rename views of sheets. Draw lines through your viewports to rename and renumber views in order. 
     
  5. Understand the “Flip” button on doors. If your door uses the Room Location (Calculation) Point and you click the flip button, your door will flip. This is the same behavior as changing the To and From room values through a schedule. To change the numbering without flipping the door, check the “Report ‘From Room’ Value” box.

Want to learn more about how easy it can be to renumber elements in your Revit project? Here are several resources available to you from the Ideate Software website:

For implementation services or to learn more about how IdeateApps can help your business, please contact [email protected].


About the Author

Sash Kazeminejad - AIA, LEED AP, BCI, BCC - Customer Success Manager
Sash earned his Master of Architecture from Montana State University and is a California registered architect, LEED Accredited Professional, and a Bluebeam Certified Instructor. 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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September

24

2018

As a Technical Evangelist for Ideate Software, I take great pride in sharing the details of our tools that streamline Revit workflows. And I LOVE hearing back from Revit users.

After presenting information on Ideate ViewCreator at one of our recent free webinars, an attendee commented, “Nice tool. I just created four views with 20 dependents for each just using [the Revit] project browser. That was a pain.”

Although I wish she had heard my presentation before spending so much time on that manual work, I’m happy that next time, she will get it done much quicker and eliminate the “pain” factor.

Ideate ViewCreator is one of nine tools in our IdeateApps collection that simplifies the tasks that Revit users perform most often.

With Ideate ViewCreator, it’s easy to:

1.    Batch-create multiple Revit views while complying with company-established BIM standards
2.    Create multiple Revit views at the same time based on smart rules
3.    Create copies of plans from one level to many levels

Learn more by reading our help files or watching this short video.

Watch the entire webinar of IdeateApps, including the section on Ideate ViewCreator that spawned the comment.

For implementation services or to learn how IdeateApps can benefit your business, contact [email protected].

 


About the Author

Richard 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 18 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.

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