June

19

2020

Architects, engineers and interior designers who use Revit software can save a significant amount of time by using Ideate BIMLink for quality control tasks. No longer will you have to check elements one by one. Instead, you can pull all the data from the Revit file into Excel, easily review it and make corrections, and then push it all back into Revit to instantly update your model.   

Tasks: Quality Control

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

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This post is the seventh 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 blog post, which will cover extracting coordinate data as well as comparing levels and grids. And check out our Ideate BIMLink ROI web page, where we separated the ROI data by discipline.

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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June

17

2020

Revit software includes a basic tool that allow users to create MEP Spaces from Architectural Rooms. These rooms are typically contained within a Revit linked model. However, this built-in automatic space creation tool is quite limited and not very customizable.

MEP Space Information  - Problem

The Solution: Ideate BIMLink 

Using Ideate BIMLink, you can easily create hundreds of spaces from rooms on different levels, all at the same time. You can also modify the space naming and space numbering at the same time to match your project standards. Plus, you can review and share ANY room-based property into the relevant space-based property.

MEP Space Information - Solution

Workflow Overview

Ideate BIMLink is delivered with two library link definitions to make quick work of this process.

Browse to the Ideate BIMLink library links named Rooms-to-Spaces and Rooms-to-Spaces_CREATE and modify the properties to meet your specific needs. Export both link definitions to the SAME spreadsheet, and then copy the needed Room information from the Room-to-Spaces worksheet tab over to the Rooms-to-Spaces_CREATE worksheet tab. Fill out column A (Element ID) with the word NEW, and then import the Rooms-to-Spaces_Create worksheet tab back into Revit via Ideate BIMLink. Copying the same coordinate information from the Room locations will allow Ideate BIMLink to create placed Spaces in the same location. Both models must be using the SAME coordinate system.

MEP Space Information - Workflow Overview

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

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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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June

16

2020

San Francisco, CA, June 16, 2020 – Ideate Software, a veteran Autodesk Developer Network member, announced enhancements to its Revit productivity applications.

“As we do every year, we launched updates to all our products shortly after Autodesk released its newest version of Revit software,” said Glynnis Patterson, Director of Software Development. “In addition to aligning our software with Revit 2021, we added enhancements requested by Revit users around the world. One of the most significant changes is within Ideate Sticky, which has always enabled users to link Excel spreadsheets into their Revit projects. With our latest version, users can also link Microsoft Word and PDF documents—even multi-paged PDF documents—into their Revit projects.”

May 2020 Updates

Below are highlights. Click on the links for more details: 

  • The new version of Ideate Sticky now offers: 
    • Support for PDF and Word documents
    • The ability to mass-edit Sticky properties
    • The option to link Excel files into Revit projects as images when greater visual fidelity is needed
       
  • The new version of Ideate StyleManager includes:
    • Improved usage results for families containing older CAD imports object styles
    • Hatch patterns displayed on the Fill Pattern dialog
    • Filled and masking regions renamed from "Detail items" within usage results of the user interface to better indicate their status
       
  • The new version of Ideate BIMLink has the following enhancements:
    • MEP — Create spaces from linked room data 
    • Structure — New data category: Sketch
    • New quality control workflows with additional properties available:
      • Walls: Has Edited Profile and Has Split face
      • Roofs, Ceilings, Floors: Has Split Face
      • Walls, 2021 Only: Cross Section
      • Walls, 2021 Only: Angle from Vertical
    • New Health Check Folder within Library Links
       
  • The new version of Ideate Explorer now offers:
    • Support for new Revit 2021 elements including Direct Shapes and linked PDFs
    • New features in the Ideate Query component:
      • All quality control properties added to Ideate BIMLink also available within Ideate Query
      • Review survey or internal coordinate data for all model elements
    • Support for deployment of company standards in the Warnings Manager component
       
  • The new version of IdeateApps includes the following improvements: 

Those who already subscribe to Ideate Software solutions have access to the current Revit-compatible version (2021) plus three earlier versions (2020-2018), as well as access to point release improvements made during the subscription period. Those who aren’t subscribers yet can download 14-day trial versions from the Ideate Software website or purchase the $500 bundle that gives them access to all the solutions for 6 months.
 


About Ideate Software
Ideate Software an Autodesk® AEC Industry Partner and Autodesk® Authorized Developer, 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, and 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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June

12

2020

Duplicate instances of legends, keynote legends, and schedules are sometimes needed on multiple sheets within the same Revit project. It is difficult and time-consuming to replicate these views while maintaining a consistent sheet layout.


 
With IdeateApps for Revit versions 2017 and onward, the Ideate SheetManager tool lets you easily copy and paste legends, keynote legends or schedules to multiple sheets at once. Watch this video to see how.

Save time and ensure your sheet consistency with this simple method. For more great tips on how to improve your Revit day-to-day productivity, be sure to review an overview of all nine tools found within the IdeateApps collection.

New to IdeateApps? Start a free trial today to see what you are missing.


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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June

10

2020

Most offices that work on medium to large Revit-based projects must carefully manage view naming. This is true for views found in the project browser and on sheets. Architects, interior designers, and structural engineers may have to manage the naming of many elevation views as well. For example:

  • Architects and interior designers may generate over 100 interior elevations, depending on the size and scope of their projects
  • Structural engineers may generate many framing elevations, depending on the complexity of the framing requirements 

Many Elevation Tags = A Long and Disorganized View List

As elevation tags are placed at will in floor plan views, Revit assigns default view names. As more elevation tags are placed, the longer and more disorganized the view list becomes. Next thing you know, you become overwhelmed with how many hours it will take to rename all of the views so they appear correctly in both the project browser and on the sheets they are placed on.

Easy Elevation Management with Ideate BIMLink

Challenges Renaming Elevation Views with Revit Software

While we can review some of the naming conventions through Revit schedules, Revit fails to provide us with enough data to make informed decisions on how we want to rename our elevations. Once such example is with the view orientation. Since Revit does not provide us with this information, we must carefully review our plans to figure out the orientation of our elevation tags, so we can use that information to appropriately rename our elevation views.

A Faster and Easier Process with Ideate BIMLink

Thankfully, we have Ideate BIMLink to assist us with our elevation naming challenges. Ideate BIMLink makes short order of elevation naming tasks by allowing us to export elevation-related data, such as elevation orientation, room name, room number, and level location, so we can create a naming schema for our elevations, as seen here (click image to enlarge):

Easy Elevation View Management with Ideate BIMLink

 
A process that normally takes many hours or days can now be completed within minutes using the power of Ideate BIMLink and Excel. 

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

It is important to note that while this video focuses on editing interior elevation names, the process of renaming other views, such as exterior elevations, framing elevations, and so forth, using Ideate BIMLink, is essentially the same.

Visit our Ideate BIMLink how-to videos, online Help files,  and blog posts for more ways to use this solution to control your Revit data with precision and speed.

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 - 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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