November

14

2019

We often get asked a variety of questions about streamlining electrical workflows using Ideate Software. So, I’ll address a few electrical and equipment workflows in two parts, or should I say two circuits? Let’s start with Ideate BIMLink and Ideate Sticky.

Can I use Ideate BIMLink to edit my Revit Electrical Panel Schedule?

Ideate BIMLink allows Revit users to pull information from a Revit model into Microsoft Excel and push volumes of precise, consequential BIM data back into their Revit model with speed, ease and accuracy.
Revit electrical panel data is an aggregate of information coming from these sources: 

  • Electrical Panel Element (Electrical Equipment)
  • Electrical Circuit Elements
  • Location Data (Spaces)
  • ‘Calculated’ Data (This is everything from the Panel ‘location,’ which is the Space Name+Number to the Apparent Load, etc.) 

Because Ideate BIMLink is designed to export data such that it can be edited in Excel and then re-imported into Revit, the format of this electrical panel data needs to be broken down into each of these unique data sources.  

Ideate BIMLink ships with many pre-configured Electrical Link Definitions.  Please review the Sample Link Definitions under MEP Links\Electrical  (Please refer to the image below.)

This specific question about Ideate BIMLink as well as many others are detailed in our FAQ Online Help.


You can review all the pre-configured Electrical Links under our Ideate BIMLink Sample Content for Electrical, which is located under the MEP heading and folder. Any of these pre-configured links can be customized to your own preferences, and you can easily add or remove relevant parameters.

Can I integrate non-BIM Panel Schedules created within Excel to my Revit model?

Ideate Sticky for Revit embeds existing Excel documents into Revit by rendering spreadsheets as native Revit schedules; the ease and flexibility of Excel spreadsheet editing is married with the power and integration of Revit schedules. Ideate Sticky for Revit connects and formats non-BIM data. If you have existing panel schedule information that was created in Excel, Ideate Sticky is a great way to integrate that non-BIM data into your Revit model. In fact, many electrical engineers and designers use Excel for the creation and calculation of the data, and then use Ideate Sticky to place or link that information into the Revit model via a native Revit schedule.

We even include a Panel Schedule in our sample Excel files that come with Ideate Sticky. Please review this list to see all our engineering delivered content.


Non-BIM panel schedules created within Excel can easily be integrated onto a Revit drawing sheet using Ideate Sticky.

These are just two highlights out of the hundreds of supported workflows from Ideate Software that might appeal to electrical engineers. Check out our Video Library to learn more.

[UPDATE: Here’s a link to the second post in this series, Circuit #2]

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

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

12

2019

San Francisco, CA, November 12, 2019 – Ideate Software, a veteran Autodesk Developer Network member, announced enhancements to Ideate BIMLink, its Revit productivity application that simplifies model management by facilitating the movement of data from Autodesk® Revit® software to Microsoft Excel for editing, and then back into Revit with speed, ease and accuracy.

“As we celebrate the 10-year anniversary of Ideate BIMLink, we enjoy looking back at the meaningful enhancements added with every release,” said Glynnis Patterson, Director of Software Development. “This fall, the big change is that we’ve simplified access to the hundreds of link definitions requested by customers. These link definitions contain all the properties needed to complete specific BIM workflow challenges.”

Here are highlights of the Ideate BIMLink updates that will make it easier for new and existing users to discover the hundreds of ways in which BIM data can be leveraged for productivity and quality control within the Revit project, template and family files:

  • New “Beyond Schedules” folder to access non-schedule data such as text, dimensions, revision clouds and view templates
  • A new customizable Home page with links to information to help users get up and running quickly
  • The ability to create more elements from Excel via Ideate BIMLink, including sheets, model elements, views, viewports, levels and types
  • New methods available for easy-to-deploy standardized network-hosted Ideate BIMLink content

All these enhancements have been added to Ideate BIMLink 2017, 2018, 2019, and 2020. Watch this video to learn more.

Ideate Software is always looking for ways to enhance the Revit users’ experience and encourages Revit users to contact them with ideas. Visit them at Autodesk University 2019 booth AE490 to submit your best ideas and participate in prize draws and special promotions.
 


About Ideate Software
Ideate Software empowers Revit users to gain unprecedented control over their data. Ideate BIMLink, Ideate Explorer, Ideate Sticky, Ideate StyleManager and IdeateApps were all developed to solve persistent problems in architecture, engineering, 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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November

11

2019

When a Revit building information model is so big that it needs to be split into ‘sectors’ just to fit onto a sheet, most BIM managers turn to Revit scope boxes and dependent views to keep the project well-organized. The IdeateApps collection of nine productivity tools includes several tools that can be applied to this large building project challenge:

Watch this video to see exactly how this can be done, saving you hours of time while ensuring the highest level of consistency for view and sheet naming conventions.

 
Try it out by downloading a trial of IdeateApps.

 


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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November

5

2019

San Francisco, CA, 11/05/2019 – Established in 1967 in Boston, MA, CBT Architects is a leading design firm. Its 230 professionals play an important role in a broad range of local, national and international projects in architecture, interior design and urban design. They use Ideate Explorer to keep their Revit models clean and accurate by finding, editing and deleting elements; viewing all elements in a Revit model; and auditing Revit warnings. 

“Ideate Explorer give us deeper insight into Revit model elements and allows for enhanced selection options,” said William Paquette, CBT Design Technology Team. “This significantly aids in model management, allowing us to quickly identify where issues may be and areas that can be cleaned up.” 

CBT uses Ideate Explorer to find and fix problems that could impact model size, sync time and performance in several ways, including to:

  • Identify and delete views that aren’t on sheets
  • Find and remove CAD files inadvertently imported into Revit
  • Sort by workset, note elements in the wrong place and move them
  • Update outdated standards on older models
  • Verify that users adhere to standards
  • Clean up Revit warnings
  • Align worksets after binding a model

William provided a few detailed examples:

  • “We reused a model with thousands of instances of a non-standard pen. With Ideate Explorer, we updated them all at the same time. It would have taken a long time to update them one by one.”
  • “When cleaning up some design options that purged into a model, we found some overlapping mullions. Coupled with some Revit features, we used Ideate Explorer to create a section view, narrow it down, and easily determine which mullions needed to be deleted.”
  • “We binded some information into a model, which means we lost the phasing and workset information. Working with a script we made to assign the phase created or demolished and the worksets the original element lived on, we aligned those things in the model after the fact by selecting that set and changing that property. In one instance, Ideate Explorer told me that I selected 600 elements that were original conditions, but by narrowing the search with Ideate Query, we could see that 173 were actually new construction. We easily fixed it.” 

“We are proud to be associated with CBT, an award-winning company that places a high value on creativity, collegiality and social responsiveness,” said Glynnis Patterson, Director of Software Development, Ideate Software. “It’s rewarding to know that the products we develop help CBT move past persistent Revit challenges to focus on designs that elevate each client’s image and brand.” 


About Ideate Software
Ideate Software 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, 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.

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November

4

2019

Did you miss the webinar where I reviewed worksets for all disciplines and demonstrated how to move elements to the correct worksets using Ideate Explorer? Here’s a link to the recording.

Watch the recording to also learn about the power of two key components of Ideate Explorer:

  1. Get more information about selected elements with Ideate Query. You can try to schedule some information in a Revit schedule, but that is limited in the amount and type of data shown. With Ideate Query, you can easily get more information on a selection of elements, for example, their in-place usage, if they are pinned or which levels they are on.
     
  2. Eliminate potential performance issues caused by warnings with Ideate Warnings Manager. In Revit, you can see warnings at a simple level. With Ideate Warnings Manager, you can  categorize your warnings, easily select them, get information about who created/updated them and more, so you can make informed decisions about what you want to do with them. 
 

About Ideate Explorer

Ideate Explorer allows you to audit your BIM models with certainty; it provides lightning-fast Revit data discovery and manipulation. It is a true model browser that shows content in your Revit model, not only the items that are currently in your project.

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, 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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