April

28

2020

It’s time to update your IdeateApps subscription. 

IdeateApps now works with Revit 2018-2021. All functionality is identical across Revit versions, unless noted otherwise. 

Below are highlights of the improvements and new tools. You can also review related videos on our YouTube What's New in Ideate Software playlist and get all the details from our Help file

May 2020 Updates:

  • Ideate QuickSelect supports new Revit 2021 elements including infrastructure Direct Shape elements and linked PDFs
  • For versions 2018-2021, Ideate QuickSelect supports the new Ideate Sticky images
  • For versions 2018-2021, this release includes improved support for deployment of company standards for Ideate ReNumber and Ideate ViewCreator content

Improvements and Fixes in the November 2019 Update:

Improved Searching

  • The Search function in Ideate SheetManager, Ideate ViewCreator, Ideate Align, and Ideate QuickSelect treats un-quoted words as "and" statements. Using quotation marks will enforce an exact match. For example, entering Floor 2 into the Search area will now find any view that contains both the word "Floor" and the word "2" such as "Level 02 - Floor Plan" or "2nd Floor." Previously, that same search would have only found views that contained exactly the words "Floor 2." If you want to only find two or more words in an exact order, use ""

Ideate ReNumber

Support for odd and even numbering added. This is particularly useful for rooms and parking spaces

Rule added to Basic folder:

  • Rooms - Skip.rule - The numbering increment will increase by 2 instead of 1 for this rule. For example, when the first number begins with an odd number, all subsequent numbers will also be odd. When the increment begins with A, the subsequent letters will be C, E, G, etc.

Rules added to Bonus folder:

  • Parking - Skip.rule - See above
  • Sheets-Suffix - Use this rule to suffix any sheets displayed within a sheet list

Ideate SheetManager

  • Rename Views or Sheets
    Quickly rename existing views or sheets by selecting and using the new right-click option 


     
  • Create Sheets
    Quickly create new sheets based on a list of selected unplaced views, legends or schedules 
  • Array Viewports
    Multi-select unplaced views, and when they are dropped onto a new sheet, the views will array within the specified margins of the titleblock 
  • Batch Copy and Paste Legends/Schedules
    Select a placed legend or schedule from one sheet to right-click and copy, then select one or more sheets to paste the same legends/schedules to multiple sheets  


     

Ideate ViewCreator

View naming modifications added 

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

27

2020

In this webinar, we focused on four tools within the IdeateApps collection that you can use to increase the productivity of your entire BIM staff by streamlining the process of managing sheets and views.

Watch the recording of the webinar for:

  1. An overview of our sheet and view tools (Sheet Manager, Align, Clone, and ViewCreator)
  2. Instructions on how to use the tools to standardize view naming
  3. A demonstration on how to customize the rules
  4. Creative workflows for using the tools as a suite to increase efficiency
  5. Tips and tricks


Here are a couple of comments we received at the conclusion of the webinar:

  • “The presentation was very informative on showing the power of IdeateApps. This will greatly increase our productivity.”
     
  • “Your new format was a plus because it gave training the feel of having a real classroom experience without having to travel.”

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 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

23

2020

For some large architectural and interior design firms, the need to schedule and tag the “To: Room” and “From: Room” parameters is a necessary part of their workflows. While Revit software does allow users to schedule “To: Room” and “From: Room” values natively in a schedule, those system parameters are not available to us natively in Revit tags.  (Click on image to enlarge)

copy to from room data into door tags

Common Workaround

A common workaround for this workflow is to create custom “To Room” and “From Room” parameters that can be used for tags. The shared parameter creation process is very straightforward but copying the “To: Room” and “From: Room” data to the tag values can be painful, especially if done manually through a schedule or other means.

A Better Solution: Ideate BIMLink

Thankfully, we can easily gather the “To: Room” and “From: Room” values using Ideate BIMLink and push those values into custom “To Room” and “From Room” parameters that can be used for custom door tags or other Revit categories that use “To Room” and “From Room” parameters. (Click on image to enlarge)

copy to from room data into door tags

Step-by-Step Instructions

The process for this workflow would look something like this:

  1. Create custom “To Room” and “From Room” Shared Parameters using Room name and Room Number
  2. Create custom tags, such as door tags and window tags that utilize the custom shared parameters
  3. Add the custom project shared parameters to your Revit templates and projects and map those parameters to the appropriate categories (doors, windows, etc.)
  4. Create quality control (QC) schedules that list the desired “To: Room” and “From: Room” parameters and your custom project shared tag parameters
  5. Using Ideate BIMLink, create a new link from your QC Schedule, which will automatically build a list of the parameter data you want to export to Excel
  6. Once the link has been created in Ideate BIMLink, you can export that data to Excel and copy the relevant data from the Revit “To: Room” and “From: Room” parameters over to your custom tag parameters
  7. Save the results and import the data back in using Ideate BIMLink. Your doors, windows, etc. should now have the tag values displayed in the QC schedules, the tags themselves, and in the properties palette of the selected elements

It is important to note that while this blog post focuses on gathering room data to push into door tags, the process of gathering data to push into custom parameters works for many other categories, such as areas, spaces, mechanical equipment, etc.

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

Request a Sample Dataset

Existing Ideate BIMLink customers can request a sample dataset to copy the parameters and tags to projects and templates by emailing us as support@ideatesoftware.com.

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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April

21

2020

Do you place generic structural columns and structural framing elements into your Revit model at the beginning of a project and swap them out with the actual structural elements after the formal analysis is complete? If yes, you should check out Ideate BIMLink. With it, you can:

  1. Export all the instances and types of structural columns into a single Excel file
  2. Make changes to the structural data in Excel, such as editing beam and column information and/or swapping framing members for other framing members
  3. Use Ideate BIMLink to import the data back into Revit

Our structural engineering customers also find this workflow of high value for VDC-related tasks.

Task: Structural Framing Instance Swapping

This post is the third in a series related to the results of our survey of architecture, engineering, construction and building-owner companies. Our previous posts covered Revit sheet management and how to create and modify rooms and areas. Keep an eye out for our next one, which will cover space and room coordination and device elevation.

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: 

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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April

20

2020

Before sending off drawing packages and/or issuance records, many of our customers use Ideate BIMLink to report on Revit’s revision clouds to ensure that all placed clouds are on views that have been placed on a sheet. This is a fantastic use of Ideate BIMLink, highlighting one of many of the creative uses of data that are otherwise not possible within native Revit.

To create a revision cloud report in Ideate BIMLink, we recommend using the sample called “Revision_Clouds-Review” as shown below.

Revision Cloud

This built-in link definition includes important properties that come from the revision sequence, the sheet (where applicable), the view (where applicable) and the revision clouds themselves. Typically, the comments on the cloud instances are also used as part of this quality control process.

One challenge to this workflow is the usage of dependent views. When dependent views are used in the project, Revit is not able to discern which sheet the cloud “lives on.” This is because all annotative elements, including revision clouds, are hosted by the parent view and not the dependent view. So, when a dependent view is placed on a sheet and the parent view is not on a sheet, Revit will report that the revision cloud belongs to the parent view AND that there is no corresponding sheet name for that revision cloud. While this revision cloud data is true, is not very helpful! You can see this conundrum reflected in Revit’s property palette as shown. The cloud reports the parent view, but is clearly intended to be part of the dependent view and the sheet on which that view is placed.

Revision Cloud
 

There are two methods to get accurate data about the sheet location of revision clouds. Neither method is perfect and for this reason, each should be considered carefully with your BIM Manager. The first method, which is my preference, is to place the revision cloud on the sheet, at least for dependent views. The second method is to not use dependent views, or to convert them to independent views at some point. This video showcases both the problem and the solution.

Revision cloud management with Ideate BIMLink is an integral part of quality control for sheet issuance. For other ideas about using Ideate BIMLink for quality control, refer to the Quality Control Help topic. To learn more about using Ideate BIMLink to manage revision-related workflows, please refer to the Manage Sheet-Based Revisions Help topic.

New to Ideate BIMLink? 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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