November

2

2022

Failure to manage the health of your Revit project could result in poor performance, slow synchronization times, and model crashes, which can lead to delays, file corruption, and missed deadlines.

Keeping your Revit model healthy is essential to any successful project. A healthy model will prevent crashes from happening, ensure all the correct data is contained within the model, and be efficient and productive to work on.

Using Ideate BIMLink, you can set up a comprehensive Revit model health check and publish to a single Excel file with relevant information about the health of the selected Revit model.

How can I use Ideate BIMLink to perform a health check?

Ideate BIMLink is delivered with many health check link definitions that can be exported from the Revit model. Each link can be exported to the same Excel file to build a comprehensive health check.

Health Check Link Definitions that Ship with Ideate BIMLink
Health check link definitions that ship with Ideate BIMLink.

Each link definition has a description to show exactly what the link contains.

Decriptions show exactly what the links contain 

The link definitions can be exported one by one to the same Excel file.

Resulting Excel Spreadsheet with Tabs
The resulting Excel file has a separate tab for each exported Ideate BIMLink health check link definition.

Once the Excel has been created, it can be formatted using Pivot tables and macros to display the information more efficiently. Or the data can be pushed into Power BI to create a more visual interpretation.

For more details see the Help file.

Ideate Automation

If you need to create health check reports on a regular basis, the process can be automated by using Ideate Automation. For more information see our Ideate Automation webpage and our Help file, How to Create a Health Check Report with Ideate Automation.

For additional training tips, check out our Training blog series

Browse our website to learn more about how Ideate Software add-on products 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

Steve Deadman - Customer Success Manager - EMEA
Steve provides support to customers and helps them get a strong return on their software investment. He has a B.Eng (Hons) degree in Mechanical Engineering and various certifications in engineering. Before joining Ideate Software, he worked at several top architectural firm in the United Kingdom where he specialized in the implementation and management of BIM processes and technology. Find Steve on LinkedIn.

 

 

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October

31

2022

Building Information Modeling (BIM) is a collaborative process that allows architects, engineers, contractors, and other construction professionals to plan, design, and construct structures within a single 3D model. It also supports owner-operators in building maintenance and management processes. 

The Road to BIM

The road to BIMInitially, designers, architects, and engineers created drawings and blueprints to express their visions and information about building plans. Then, computer aided design (CAD) brought the plans into a digital environment. Next, CAD evolved to 3D, enabling more realistic illustrations. The concept of BIM came around in the 1970s, and today it is the standard and increasingly becoming a mandated process to ensure that the planning, design, and construction of buildings are efficient.

The Power of BIM

The power of BIM is the information, or the “I” in BIM, because it is actionable; BIM components are intelligent, have geometry, and store data, and when they are changed, the BIM software updates the model to reflect that change. These automatic and instant updates dramatically reduce the chance of problems associated with outdated information and version control. 

Structural engineers, architects, MEP engineers, civil engineers, designers, project managers, contractors, and owner-operators can all access the information in a BIM model through a common data environment, and it can be used in all stages of a structure’s life, from inception through operation and even renovations.

The 4-Step BIM Process

Plan  Design  Build  Operate
Generate context models of the existing built and natural environment Perform conceptual design, analysis, detailing, and documentation Begin fabrication using BIM specifications; share construction logistics with trades and contractors  Strip unneeded data from models; leverage remaining data for operations, maintenance, and renovations

BIM Tools

BIM is a process, not a tool. There are several tools available that support the BIM process, and Autodesk leads the pack with:

  • Revit – One of the industry’s most popular BIM authoring tools used by architects, designers, engineers, contractors, and others 
     
  • Navisworks – More of a project review solution for AEC professionals than an authoring tool like Revit
     
  • BIM 360/Autodesk Construction Cloud – Unifies the design, project, and construction processes into a single process
     
  • Civil 3D – Designed on top of AutoCAD for civil engineers; typically broken up in to separate pieces, like grading, alignments, and pipe networks 

User Requests

As powerful as Autodesk software is, it does have limitations. And even though Revit is the leading BIM tool for architects, engineers, and construction teams in the world, users need more. Anyone who checks out the Autodesk Revit Forums can read feature requests submitted through various channels, including Revit Architecture Forum, Revit MEP Forum, Revit Structure Forum, Revit API Forum, and Revit Ideas. Autodesk created Revit Ideas as a way for users to communicate their frustrations with the software, including what they wish the software could do and how existing features can be improved. Other users can give “kudos” to ideas they also deem important. There are also independent Revit forums, such as www.RevitForum.org, where people post questions, share knowledge, and discuss Revit software. 

Ideate Software Responds

Regularly reviewing these public channels is just one of the ways the professionals at Ideate Software remain aware of the needs of the Revit community and able to develop Revit tools that address the needs expressed by Revit users. We also sponsor and participate in industry events, host webinars, lead virtual and in-person user group meetings, attend Autodesk University every year, and regularly ask our customers for feedback. Then, we take all the knowledge we gain to determine how to bring exceptional value to our customers by investing in product enhancements and new product development.   

Gathering information about the needs of Revit users is our first step. Then we create beta versions and ask our customers to give them a try. Because our professionals have been developing Revit tools since 2008 and have proven over and over again that we deliver products that help Revit users do their jobs better, we have a large and loyal group of people who regularly help us fine-tune our products and updates, ensure they meet real needs, and verify that they perform as described. 

Today, our suite boasts six products, each developed and iterated in direct response to requests from Revit users. These Revit plugins for architecture, engineering, construction, and owner-operator industries automate time-consuming manual processes, streamline repetitive processes, make it much easier for designers and engineers to build models that look good, perform well, and help construction professionals and owner-operators perform their duties with fewer errors, less waste, and greater job satisfaction.  

Here's how our tools can help you:

Quickly find and delete incorrect, obsolete, and hidden problem items—including imported or linked DWG drawings—as well as find, refine, and revise elements, even those not included in the Revit project browser. This functionality dramatically decreases the amount of time spent on model management and enhances model performance. Included with Ideate Explorer are three additional features that will also help you keep your models in top working order:

  • Warnings Manager – Audit and address Revit warnings that are ranked by importance and fix problems using tools in Revit while the Warnings Manager dialog box is open
  • Navigate – Navigate through view-based elements and find unused sheets and views; find and filter legends, schedules, sheets, or views by category and/or keyword; and customize working environments without altering the project browser 
  • Query – Search within set parameters for elements like unused annotations, design options, in-place usage, structure usage/area scheme, and revisions

Instead of working inside of Revit to verify and/or edit data one element at a time, you can use Ideate BIMLink to export the data you need to review to Microsoft Excel where you can view and manipulate massive amounts of data at the same time. You can then use Ideate BIMLink to import the verified or updated data back into Revit, and the model will immediately update.  

Share accurate and nicely formatted non-BIM data with Revit teams by live-linking Microsoft Word, Microsoft Excel, and PDF documents to the Revit file with Ideate Sticky. These “stickies” look nice, are easy to read, and can be easily updated within Revit when changes are made to the original file. Whether it’s building codes, consultant data, abbreviation lists, general notes, or any of the many other non-BIM data critical to a project’s success, you can be sure your team always has access to current information.    

Eliminate the problems frequently caused by pasting data from one Revit file to another. Often, styles associated with the original file get copied along with the data, clogging up the model with incorrect information that can take a long time to remove if working in Revit. Not removing it isn’t an option, because extraneous data can cause model performance problems. With Ideate StyleManager, a top Revit plugin, you can quickly and easily analyze, merge, or delete non-standard Revit styles. You can also use Ideate StyleManager to see the view filters applied to views and to clean object and line styles and patterns, text, fonts, parameters, and more. 

Eliminate tedious Revit tasks that when performed on large complex models can contribute to mistakes, rework, and frustrations. By using the 10 tools that come in the IdeateApps collection, you can automate hundreds of common tasks. The names of the tools describe their functions: Ideate SpellCheck, Ideate Align, Ideate Clone, Ideate ViewCreator, Ideate SheetManager, Ideate Annotate, Ideate XRay, Ideate ReNumber, Ideate SmartDelete, and Ideate QuickSelect

Run time-intensive BIM tasks silently in the background while you do more meaningful work with Ideate Automation. Either started manually or scheduled to run at a convenient time, Ideate Automation can increase your productivity, eliminate the need to train staff of repetitive tasks, and ensure task outcomes are highly predictable, free of user errors, and standardized. 

Examples of tasks to automate include: 

  • Exporting key Revit model health data
  • Creating document issue records
  • Preparing COBie data drops
  • Generating quantity take-off data 
  • Generating regular, automated PDF exports
  • Delivering CSV reports on key Revit family and project metrics

 Here’s a short video that shows how to use Ideate Automation to perform Revit model health checks:

     

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If you have any questions, reach out to us. We are here to help you understand and use our Revit plugin solutions. 

Browse our website to learn more about how Ideate Software add-on products 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.

 

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October

28

2022

Do you have a strategy for implementing BIM within your firm? Are you looking to refine and improve your current BIM implementation? Well, this webinar is for you!

If you are responsible for developing, updating, or contributing to your company’s BIM strategy, you’ll want to take an hour to hear from three BIM experts as they discuss key ingredients of a successful strategy:

  1. Revit Data Management and Health Checks – Richard Taylor, Technical Evangelist, Ideate Software
     
  2. The Importance of Learning – Steve Biver, Chief Operating Officer, Eagle Point Software
     
  3. BIM Content Management & Project Health – Karen Pierce, Associate Product Manager, UNIFI Labs

About the Companies

Ideate Software – An Autodesk app developer for more than 25 years known for exceptional software, outstanding support, and a simple and intuitive user interface
 
Eagle Point Software – Helps the AEC world leverage the power of technologies through their Pinnacle Series, the leading AEC e-learning solution 

UNIFI Labs – The industry-leading, cloud-based BIM content management and project health system that offers content engagement software and content creation services for AECO companies

Visit our Events page for details on more virtual and in-person opportunities to learn about how to enhance your productivity and efficiency.
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October

26

2022

If you use IdeateApps and haven’t yet learned about its newest tool Ideate Annotate, you’ll want to take 30 minutes to watch this recorded webinar.

In June 2022, we aligned our software with Revit 2023 and made feature updates to Ideate Software versions 2020-2022. These updates included a new tool in the IdeateApps collection called Ideate Annotate. This tool is available to existing subscribers at no additional cost, and it helps improve design documentation and quality control activities by ensuring the legibility of Revit tags, text, dimensions, and other annotative elements.

In addition to learning about Ideate Annotate, you’ll learn about updates to two other tools in the IdeateApps collection: Ideate XRay and Ideate QuickSelect

Stay up to date on Ideate Software add-in tools for Revit. Visit our Events page for details on more virtual and in-person opportunities to learn how to use our tools to enhance your productivity and efficiency.

Browse our website to learn more about how Ideate Software add-on products 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 add-in solutions Ideate BIMLink, Ideate Explorer, Ideate Sticky, Ideate StyleManager, and IdeateApps for six months. 


About the Author

Steve Deadman - Customer Success Manager - EMEA
Steve provides support to customers and helps them get a strong return on their software investment. He has a B.Eng (Hons) degree in Mechanical Engineering and various certifications in engineering. Before joining Ideate Software, he worked at several top architectural firm in the United Kingdom where he specialized in the implementation and management of BIM processes and technology. Find Steve on LinkedIn.

 

 

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October

24

2022

People who use Revit and will be at BILT ANZ – Gold Coast on November 24 – 26 won’t want to miss the presentation lab by our Technical Evangelist, Richard Taylor. When promoting the event, the conference called Richard, a “highly rated returning international speaker.” His presentation will cover:

  • How datums such as grid lines and reference planes can impact geometry and elements in 2D and 3D views
  • How scope boxes within Revit can control specific view information as well as datum information
  • View references and data that can be constructed within the family environment that may impact datum information
  • How to clean up, quality control, and review datum information

Get more details about the presentation.

While at the conference, be sure to have discussions with Richard Taylor and Craig Dodge, Director of Ideate Software Sales. They will be attending classes and social functions sponsored by the conference.

About BILT ANZ 2022

  • Australia Gold CoastDate: November 24-26, 2022
  • Location: RACV Royal Pines Resort, Gold Coast, Australia
  • Description: Designed for those who work in design, engineering, consulting, and construction, this in-person three-day event will feature classes on leadership, team building, BIM auditing, model management, dynamo, automation, quantity surveying, asset management, and site tools.

Visit our Events page for details of more virtual and in-person opportunities to learn about how our Revit add-ins can enhance your productivity and efficiency.

 

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