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  

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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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May

18

2012

Have you worked on a project in Revit and gone through the trouble of selecting a number of elements to be modified, then realized that you needed some additional information, or needed to check on something else before you modified the elements? Did you then clear the selection, checked on the information or reference, then went back and re-selected the same elements previously so that NOW you could modify it?

New to Revit 2013, you have the ability to save any selection of elements that you have selected, and recall those selections at any point.

In order to Save Selection Sets you must first select the elements that will be within the selection. Standard selection methods apply, [Cntrl] + Pick, Drag the cursor for Window and Crossing selections, or use Ideate Explorer for Revit 2013.

Once the elements have been selected, in the Modify| Xxxx tab, under the Selection panel, you can select the Save tool to create a Saved Selection. Enter a name for the desired selection. Later this selection set can be recalled at any time by accessing the Manage tab, and under the Selection panel selecting the Load tool. This will display the Retrieve Filters dialog where your saved selections can be recalled, selecting the elements within the filter.

As the Load button is placed in the Manage tab, I have found it advantageous for it to be placed in my Quick Access toolbar for quick retrieval of my saved selections. This has been something needed for quite some time and I am very excited to take advantage of saved selection sets in my models.

 


About the Author

Ron Palma - AEC Solutions Application Specialist Ron has 23+ years of experience in the AEC industry as a designer, lead project designer, trainer and CAD manager. His instructional background includes Autodesk Certified Instructor, trainer, support technician, educator at Portland Community College and Clackamas Community College, and a U.S. Army certified instructor. Follow Ron @RonPalmaAEC. This post was originally published on the Ideate Solutions Blog.

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May

17

2012

Have you ever activated a view on a sheet to make some quick changes or adjustments? Have you later needed to find out the name of the view on the sheet so that you can simply work on the actual view and not have to work on the view through the sheet? Here are some quick ways of finding out the name of a view placed on a sheet:
 
  1. While the view is active, turn on the crop boundary. Hover the cursor over the boundary to read the tooltip and status bar. This will tell you what the view name is.
  2. In the Project Browser under the Sheets category, expand the [+] beside the Sheet name and a list of the views assigned to the sheet will be displayed.
  3. My favorite option, especially if you have a number of views on a sheet such as a detail sheet is to use the Ideate Explorer for Revit. With this method, look at the Visible in Active View option. This will display a Viewports Result, expand the Viewports until you can see a list of views.

Now here is where using Ideate Explorer for Revit is cool. The other methods list out the views, so now you have the view names narrowed down, but you have to figure out which view you actually need. With the Ideate Explorer, you can select the view name, which will highlight the view on the sheet. With this method you get a visual of which view you are trying to find with the name listed in Ideate Explorer.

 

Locating views assigned to a sheet in Revit is just one of the ways that Ideate Explorer gives you command of the data in your Revit model. To find out more, download Ideate Explorer by visiting the Ideate Software download page.


About the Author

Ron Palma - AEC Solutions Application Specialist Ron has 23+ years of experience in the AEC industry as a designer, lead project designer, trainer and CAD manager. His instructional background includes Autodesk Certified Instructor, trainer, support technician, educator at Portland Community College and Clackamas Community College, and a U.S. Army certified instructor. Follow Ron @RonPalmaAEC. This post was originally published on the Ideate Solutions Blog.

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