September

2

2020

Revit user tasked with managing Revit model content and standards have probably run into a need to create new View Types to better help organize views and meet the deliverable requirements set forth by owners and jurisdictions.

One of the challenges with Revit is the ability to bulk create View Types for the different View Categories in a project. While it may take a short amount of time to create new View Types for small projects, creating many different View Types and standardizing the naming and View Template assignments for large projects can take a very long time. Unfortunately, Revit does not have an easy way to create new View Types. In this situation, users have to create new View Types one by one by selecting an existing View Type, then duplicating it, renaming it, and changing any required properties, such as View Template assignments.

A Better Solution: Use Ideate BIMLink

Thankfully, we have Ideate BIMLink to assist us with this challenge. Ideate BIMLink reports on existing View Types in Revit models and allows users to export the associated View Type data to Excel. From there, users can make changes to the existing data, such as the name of the View Types, View Template Assignment for New Views, and so forth. In addition to making edits to existing View Type data, users can also create new View Types using the same Excel worksheet by using NEW in the Element ID column, assigning the View Types appropriate names, category assignments, and View Templates, if applicable.

Using Ideate BIMLink to edit existing View Type information and to create NEW View Types will help bring project standards into alignment and save users many hours and the hassles that come along with doing things manually in Revit.

Step-by-Step Instructions

The process for this workflow looks something like this:

  1. In Ideate BIMLink, navigate to the …\Quality Control sub-folder.
  2. Select the link called View_Types-Create_New**
  3. Add or remove any parameters you wish to export to Excel, such as Project Information or RVT link information.
  4. Once all your data is compiled in Ideate BIMLink, export it to Excel.
    • Note: In the corresponding video, we exported this data to an Excel file that had a worksheet set up with some basic information, such as proposed View Type names and Revit categories. This setup is not necessary. New View Types can be specified in the Excel file that you export.
  5. Under the Type Name column, at the end of the existing Type Name data, create a list of the View Types you would like to create. 
  6. Assign the new View Types the appropriate Family Name. For example, if you want to create some new View Types for Floor Plans, input Floor Plan for the Family Name. This will ensure that the new View Types are assigned the appropriate category.
  7. Under the View Template applied to new views column, you can assign a view template so that when new views are created using the associated type, those views will be assigned the appropriate view template. This setting is optional and will not affect the creation of new View Types.
  8. Under the Element ID column, be sure to type in the word NEW. This will instruct Ideate BIMLink to generate the NEW View Types. 
  9. Once the Excel file is completed, save your work.
  10. In Ideate BIMLink, select the IMPORT button and browse for the recently completed Excel file. 
  11. Review the results in Ideate BIMLink. Check for items that have been edited, created as new, and any errors and warnings you may receive. Export any errors and warnings to Excel for review.
  12. Once complete, review the results in Revit. Verify that the View Types have been created and that settings, such as View Template assignments, have also been applied.

** Note: if you do not see the link called View_Types-Create_New, you can start with the link called 
Project_Stds-View_Types and modify the link to match the one seen in the corresponding video. You can also reach out to [email protected] to request a copy of this link.

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

For a related blog post and video, go to Transferring View Types in Revit using Ideate BIMLink, which demonstrates how you can copy View Types to other Revit files to keep standards and deliverables in alignment.

Be sure to browse 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 - 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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September

1

2020

Many Ideate BIMLink subscribers use the software to simplify data editing tasks. With Ideate BIMLink, Autodesk Revit users can pull information from Revit models into Microsoft Excel and push volumes of precise, consequential BIM data back into their models with speed, ease, and accuracy. 

But did you know that Ideate BIMLink is also used for QA/QC tasks related to overall model health reviews and standards? 

Watch the recording of this 30-minute webinar to see live demonstrations of some of the additional capabilities of Ideate BIMLink:

  1. Health Check: General health check and editing of Dimensions, Grids, Ideate, Levels, etc.
  2. Project Standards: General review of project standards, such as detail naming, renaming all Family and Types, View Type data, etc.
  3. Quality Control: Check elements, such as dimension overrides, door fire ratings, flipped and in-place family reviews, etc.

Here are some comments from webinar attendees:

  • “I look forward to sharing the information to the office and looking like a genius.”
  • “The health check feature will be extremely useful. BIMLink is a superb tool.”
  • “Great overview of how you can check on your model health using BIMLink.”

Browse 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 - 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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August

27

2020

Auditing Revit projects is critical, but probably not a favorite task for many. Fortunately, with Ideate BIMLink, engineers can quickly check data, verify accuracy, and make necessary changes, so they can confidently get back to the more interesting aspects of their jobs. 

Ideate BIMLink users, including those who are not Revit users, use the software to pull Revit model data into Excel for easy auditing and editing, and then push the verified data back into Revit to update the model. 

Below is information on how much time our users reported saving. 

Tasks: Auditing Analytical Columns, Structural Framing, and Rebar Shape Data 

Ideate BIMLink ROI

Calculate Your Return on Investment

Do you need to determine the value of Ideate BIMLink to your company? Here’s how: 

  1. Review the above chart above and additional related data to understand how much time can be saved by using Ideate BIMLink for various tasks
  2. Compare that amount of time to the number of projects you have and your software purchase price

ROI Examples

Here are two examples. For simplicity’s sake, these examples assume you save four hours per project. Because our customers reported an average savings of 32 hours per project on the tasks featured in this blog post alone, your payback will likely be much higher.

  1. Single Standalone License
    A single standalone license of Ideate BIMLink costs approximately US$795. If you have 20 projects per year and save four hours per project, you’ll save 80 hours per year. According to the 2020 Economic Research Institute, the average Structural Engineer’s salary is about $99K per year. Assuming a corresponding hourly rate of $48 (which would exclude overhead), you will have a payback (over covering software costs) of more than US$3000 each year. 
     
  2. Network Licensing
    For larger firms, network licensing can deliver an even higher return on investment. For example, the cost of a single seat is about $2,000 per year. Assuming that you save four hours per project, pay a higher burdened salary rate of $59, and have 50 projects, you will have a payback of more than US$9,800 per year. 

Learn More

We have several resources available online that can help you get the most out of Ideate BIMLink:

Similar Posts

This post is the 11th 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 reported by using Ideate BIMLink to:

  1.  Manage Revit sheets 
  2. Create and modify rooms and areas
  3. Swap structural framing instances
  4. Coordinate spaces & rooms and audit & fix device elevation
  5. Compile quantity takeoffs, assign assembly codes, and swap types
  6. View and revise tasks
  7. QA/QC doors, hardware, and other elements
  8. Extract/Import coordinate data and confirm level and grid information
  9. Perform general data management tasks
  10. Manage Interior Finish Data and Generate Plumbing Fixture Counts

Keep an eye out for our next blog post, and check out our Ideate BIMLink ROI web page, where we separated the all the time-savings data by discipline.

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

Browse 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 - 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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August

19

2020

This is the second post in a series of three provided by BIMAGE Consulting, our value-added reseller in Singapore, about how companies in that country use Ideate Software products to comply with BCA BIM e-submission requirements. The first post was about IdeateApps. Keep an eye out for the next one, which will be about Ideate Explorer, Ideate StyleManager, and Ideate Sticky.

Established in 2010, BIMAGE is the leading technology company in BIM/VDC and Digitized Construction within Singapore. BIMAGE helps customers optimize design development, construction and operation phases of buildings and infrastructure while using various technologies, including Revit and Ideate Software tools plus other BIM software such as virtual design and construction, augmented reality/virtual reality, geographic information systems, cloud, mobile and more. 

The Challenge – Complying with Varying E-Submission Requirements

Singapore Building and Construction Authority (BCA) requires design consultants to submit their native BIM models for new developments with a gross floor area of more than 5,000 square meters through an e-submission system for design approval. It has published several Code of Practices for BIM e-submission to clearly define the requirements for each discipline. There are also templates for different BIM software along with the respective guidelines and recommended processes.

Preparing BIM Models with Required Custom Parameters

Consultants using the e-submission system often face challenges when trying to prepare BIM models that have many required custom parameters for different elements. In these situations, the consultants need to extract large amount of data from the models, which is not easy to do via Revit schedules or properties. The consultants often spend days or weeks in Revit trying to locate this hidden data. For data requirements that come from external sources, manual data entry in Revit schedules or element properties palettes is the only way to go. Because Revit does not support autofill or mapping functions like Excel, the repetitive and mundane data entry and verification tasks are extremely tedious and time consuming.

BIMAGE Part 2 - Ideate BIMLink
BCA BIM e-submission parameter examples for civil & structural (C&S) requirements

Simplifying the Process with Ideate BIMLink

Ideate BIMLink gives consultants unprecedented access to the required Revit data with speed, ease, and accuracy. With the help of Ideate BIMLink, consultants can quickly pull BIM data from Revit to Excel using predefined and custom templates, efficiently edit the data in Excel, then push the changes back to Revit. Editing Revit object data and schedules becomes as simple as updating an Excel spreadsheet, which can be easily done by anyone without Revit knowledge. The consultants can then focus on their design works in Revit with an enhanced and effective workflow.

For example, while preparing the BCA submission, consultants need to fill in specific information related to “Mode of Ventilation” for Rooms, as well as “BCA_Accessible” parameters for all door and parking categories. For Urban Redevelopment Authority submissions, consultants need to submit Gross Floor Area (GFA) plans that include various information, as shown in the image, for all the floor plans and make sure that the applicable fields are completed appropriately.


Consultants can use Ideate BIMLink to quickly export these Revit parameters to Excel, use Excel to complete all the information, then simply import everything back to Revit. This streamlined process can effectively save time and effort in completing the tasks.

Undoubtedly, Ideate BIMLink is a valuable productivity application that assists in the BCA BIM e-submission process. BIMAGE Consulting has helped many consultants adopt Ideate Software workflows on multiple projects. 

Browse the Ideate Software website for more information on Ideate Apps and our other Revit productivity tools. Give them a try with a free trial version, or subscribe today

Blog Article Authors

Ms. Lee Yih Perng – Manager, BIM/VDC/Smart Cities, BIMAGE Consulting
Ms. Pratibha – Senior Consultant, Architecture & Planning, BIMAGE Consulting


 

 

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August

10

2020

Architects and interior designers know that managing interior finish data and generating accurate plumbing fixture counts can take a lot of time when performed natively in Revit software. Those who have Ideate BIMLink know it can be done quickly, even if they are not Revit users themselves. These time savings are possible because Ideate BIMLink quickly pulls model data into Excel where team members can easily update the data. Then Ideate BIMLink pushes it all back into Revit, updating the model. 

Below is information on how much time our users reported saving. 

Tasks: Managing Interior Finish Data and Generating Plumbing Fixture Counts

Ideate BIMLink Time Savings

What’s Your Return on Investment?

How can you assess the value of Ideate BIMLink to your business? 

  1. Review the chart above along with previously published data to understand how much time can be saved
  2. Compare that number to the number of projects you have and your software purchase price

Here are examples assuming you save four hours per project. Please bear in mind that the average customer reports 23 hours saved per project on the tasks featured in this blog post alone, so your payback will likely be much higher than in these examples.

  1. A single standalone license of Ideate BIMLink costs approximately US$795. If you have 20 projects per year and save four hours per project, you’ll save 80 hours per year. According to the 2018 AIA Small Firm Compensation Report, the average designer salary is about $60K per year. Assuming a corresponding hourly rate of $29 (which would exclude overhead), you will have a payback (over covering software costs) of more than US$1500 each year. 
  2. For larger firms, network licensing can experience an even higher return on investment. For example, the cost of a single seat is about $2,000 per year. Assuming that you save four hours per project, pay a higher burdened salary rate of $50, and have 50 projects, you will have a payback of more than $8,000 per year. 

Learn More

We have several resources available online that can help you get the most out of Ideate BIMLink:

Similar Posts

This post is the 10th 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 reported by using Ideate BIMLink to:

  1.  Manage Revit sheets 
  2. Create and modify rooms and areas
  3. Swap structural framing instances
  4. Coordinate spaces & rooms and audit & fix device elevation
  5. Compile quantity takeoffs, assign assembly codes, and swap types
  6. View and revise tasks
  7. QA/QC doors, hardware, and other elements
  8. Extract/Import coordinate data and confirm level and grid information
  9. Perform general data management tasks

Keep an eye out for our next blog post, and check out our Ideate BIMLink ROI web page, where we separated the all the time-savings data by discipline.

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

Browse 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 - 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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