May

7

2020

Are you an MEP professional using Revit software? If yes, chances are that you coordinate room-based data with space elements several times during each project and you audit and fix the elevation levels of devices and fixtures several times. These tasks may not take much time in simple models, but what do you do if there are hundreds or thousands of elements?

Fortunately, you can use Ideate BIMLink and some of the out-of-the-box content to pull element data to Microsoft Excel where you can easily review the spreadsheets for errors and quickly make any corrections necessary. Then use Ideate BIMLink again to push all the data back into Revit. What once took hours will only take minutes.

Tasks: Space & Room Coordination and Device Elevation Quality Control

Ideate BIMLink ROI

Learn More

We have several resources available online that can help you get the most out of Ideate BIMLink. Here are links to a few: 

•    4-minute Video: Quality Control for Devices and Fixtures 
•    Videos: Ideate BIMLink video playlist
•    Blog Post: Space Needs Analysis: Bridge Revit Areas and Pivot Tables
•    Help File: Assign Space Types
•    Blog Posts: All Ideate BIMLink blog posts
•    Help Files: All Ideate BIMLink Help files

Similar Posts

This post is the fourth 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:

Keep an eye out for our next post, which will cover quantity takeoff and assembly code assignments as well as type swapping.

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

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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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May

6

2020

Would you like to know where our customers say they get the greatest return on investment on our software? Watch the recording of this 60-minute webinar for a demonstration of the top 10 ROI workflows streamlined by our Revit productivity enhancement tools:

Ideate Sticky

10.    Resolves Revit’s lack of support for linked Excel data

IdeateApps

9.    Reduces time wasted on visibility issues
8.    Avoids the liability of unintended deletions
7.    Saves time by automating sheet creation
6.    Saves time and avoids errors on numbering tasks
5.    Makes sheet and view management efficient

Ideate Explorer

4.    Makes complex models easy to navigate

Ideate BIMLink

3.    Reduces time spent managing revisions and sheet issuances
2.    Makes it possible to automate element creation
1.    Saves time and improves accuracy for bulk data editing
 

For more information on the ROI of our software, check out these blog posts:

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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May

5

2020

The latest improvements to Ideate BIMLink are ready! Update your subscription today

We’re pleased to bring our customers new features to our 2021, 2020, 2019 and 2018 versions of Ideate BIMLink. Many of the enhancements are the results of feature requests from customers, and all the enhancements will save you time by streamlining Revit data management tasks. 

Below are highlights of the new features. Get all the details from our online Help files and see related videos on our YouTube playlist, What's New

May 2020 Updates

MEP — Create Spaces from Linked Room Data: Quickly create a space for every room within the linked Revit architectural model. It has the following benefits over the Revit “Automatically Create Space” method:

  • Create all spaces at once, not just floor-by-floor
  • Simultaneously name the spaces per the rooms or add your own prefix/suffix
  • Simultaneously number the spaces to match the rooms or add your own prefix/suffix
  • Simultaneously copy any custom room-based properties into relevant space-based properties

New QC Workflows — Walls: Identify problematic conditions with new link definitions to leverage these properties:

  • QC-Walls_Edited-Profile
  • QC-MC-Has_Split_Face

Note: These properties are available in Revit 2018.1 and later. 

For the Revit 2021 version only: The “Cross-Section” and “Angle from Vertical” property is now available for review and editing within Ideate BIMLink.

Structure — New Data Category <Sketch>: This multi-category link allows reporting on sketch lines from floors, ceilings, railings, roofs or structural foundations. The data can be used as part of a structural comparison with third party analytic tools.

New Health Check Content: Review the Health Check folder for common dashboard-related content. (click image to enlarge)

Ideate BIMLink 2020 Updates

Download the new version today.

If you have a feature request, please let us know. 
 


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 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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April

30

2020

Want to hear what three BIM experts have to say about Ideate Software tools? Tune in to the April 28, 2020 episode of BIMThoughts from their website or their new YouTube channel. You’ll hear a deep dive discussion into Ideate Software tools, and in particular, Ideate StyleManager, by:

  • Bill Debevc – BIMThoughts founder and AEC software expert with 29+ years of experience using, supporting and customizing AutoCAD and Revit software
  • Carl Storms – Technical Solutions Lead at BIM Track with 20+ years of AEC experience, including 10 years of teaching at the collegiate and industry level. Read his blog, The BIMSider
  • Dana De Filippi – BIM Technologist at SmithGroup with almost a decade of experience in base building architecture, including developing advanced workflows using Revit

The three panelists provide an entertaining, 30-minute overview of how they and their teams use Ideate StyleManager to analyze the styles in their models, delete styles, batch merge styles, and more.  
Here are a few quotes from the podcast:

  • “Ideate has been able to break the borders in a lot of the things that Revit can’t do.”
     
  • “Reach out to our friends at Ideate to get some free trials and you will be sold, just as we are, with every single one of their tools.” 
     
  • “Ideate Software’s fit and finish is second to none.” 

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April

29

2020

Most offices that work on medium to large Revit-based projects manage large sheet indexes. Typically, an architect receives sheet information from consultants, such as mechanical, electrical, plumbing, structural, and other professionals, and collates this information in the architectural file to generate an overall project sheet index. After all the information is collated, the sheet indexes become quite large and challenging to organize.

Common Workarounds

While Revit makes it difficult to organize and format a sheet index according to how the user chooses to manage the index, there are ways to work around this. For example, some offices create custom parameters to organize sheets by phase name, volumes, and so forth. Others choose to organize their sheet indexes as just mentioned, but also add additional number-based parameters to define a sort order that does not rely solely on the sheet number. For example, if the cover sheet is numbered COVER and then the subsequent sheets are numbers A-001, A-002, A-201, etc., then the A sheets, by default, will be at the top of the sheet index, then the COVER sheet will be next. To avoid this issue, the use of a number-based parameter that organizes the sheets based on assigned values rather than sheet numbers can help with this process.

While editing these values for small projects is easy to do in a Working Sheet Index, managing this information for hundreds of sheets can take a lot of time, as seen in this partial sheet index:

Managing Sheet Indexes
 
And what happens if sheets are added in the middle of the sheet index? Would you have to change all the custom numeric parameters after those sheets? If so, it can take a lot of time to manage this.

Using Ideate BIMLink to Streamline the Process

Thankfully, we have the power and efficiency of Ideate BIMLink on our side. Instead of managing sheet index information manually through a schedule, you can push that data to Microsoft Excel, where you can easily edit your custom parameter data to help you organize your sheet indexes. (Click on image to enlarge)

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

It is important to note that while this blog post focuses on editing custom sheet parameters to organize sheet indexes, the process of editing all parameter data in Revit using Ideate BIMLink is essentially the same.

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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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