October

22

2019

Your head could ache with the dull threat of a day spent handling COBie Asset numbering, or you could automate that task and be done with it quickly with Ideate ReNumber, one of the tools in the IdeateApps collection of productivity tools for Revit. This excellent idea was inspired by Sheena Shook — BIM Project Manager at Modulus Consulting — who is frequently immersed in streamlining COBie deliverables for her customers. 

Here are the top three reasons to use Ideate ReNumber for COBie Asset numbering, even if you also use the COBie Extension for Revit:

  1. Ideate ReNumber includes a built-in rule to automate filling out the COBie.Component.AssetIdentifier parameter.
  2. The built-in rule can be easily customized to combine any project-specific parameter. IdeateApps subscribers should contact support with any questions about customizing Ideate ReNumber.
  3. MOST IMPORTANTLY: Ideate ReNumber can assign the room number for elements even when the room exists within a linked file.

You can find this built-in COBie rule within the Bonus Rule folder. Once the rule is loaded, it’s easiest to use while in a schedule view that includes the COBie.Component.AssetIdentifier parameter. If you are using the COBie Extension for Revit, open the schedule called “COBie.Component.”

Ideate ReNumber and COBie

Download a trial of IdeateApps to see how easy it is to use.

 


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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October

18

2019

Keeping duplicates of element types in a Revit project may cause poor model performance and larger project files. Eliminate these problems by easily and safely deleting all identical instances of an element in a project with Ideate Explorer, which, in the most recent update, allows you to fix ALL Identical Instances by either Retaining Originals or Retaining Latest.

Here are instructions:

  1. Make sure the Sort By criteria is set to Types
    • You can use the search criteria to limit the Identical Instances for review within the Warnings tab, but only to review information within the Revit properties palette in order to make the decision to Retain Latest or Retain Originals
  2. Right click on the top level warning description
  3. Choose Retain Originals or Retain Latest
  4. Ideate Delete will show you ALL elements that have Identical Instance warnings  
    • If you don’t want ALL elements deleted based on Retain Originals or Retain Latest, you can cancel (They will still be selected)
    • You can switch back to the Explore tab and choose the Current Selection for Display
    • You can uncheck any elements you don’t want deleted
  5. Use the red “x” within Ideate Explorer to delete

Deleting Duplicate Instances

By default, the Retain Originals or Retain Latest will select ALL elements that contain the Identical Instances warning. In the example below, there are 64 Curtain Wall Mullions and 11 Furniture items for a total of 75. These 75 elements will either be original elements or latest elements based on the Revit ID Number.

Deleting Identical Instances

The image below shows a Cancel on the delete and then switching to the Explore tab with the Display set to Current Selection. This allows you to uncheck elements you want to keep. The example now shows ONLY Furniture selected. You can see that 22 items will be shown in the Explore tab, but only 11 will be deleted based on the option of Retain Original or Retain Latest.

Deleting identical instances
 

 

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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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October

16

2019

San Francisco, CA, October 16, 2019Ideate Software, an Autodesk Authorized Developer and Autodesk Developer Network member, is offering several incentives to encourage Autodesk® Revit® software users to visit their booth at AU in Las Vegas on November 19-21, 2019. 

With thousands of BIM professionals in attendance, AU is an ideal place for us to discuss the industry’s workflow challenges,” said Glynnis Patterson, Director of Software Development. “When applicable, we will demonstrate how our applications address those challenges. We will also look for ideas for future software developments that answer the needs of AECO professionals.”

Autodesk Universtiy

Revit users are encouraged to stop by booth AE490 to get demonstrations of all Ideate Software solutions that aid in accessing, managing, controlling, finding, and filtering Revit data. The demonstrations will include the significant fall 2019 updates to Ideate BIMLink and IdeateApps, many of which directly respond to customer requests, as well as demonstrations of the new Ideate StyleManager, launched in June of this year.

Attendees should stop by the Ideate Software booth to:

  1. Meet top industry influencers such as Brian Mackey from BD Mackey Consulting, Duygu Yenerim from Page, Jeremy Skalitzky from Eppstein Uhen Architects, Nirva Fereshetian from CBT Architects and Veronica Quintero from Kohn Pedersen Fox Associates,  while enjoying a wine and cheese buffet and some good conversations – on November 20 from 5:30 PM. Both Brian Mackey and Nirva Fereshetian participated in Ideate Software customer webinars, during which they shared their valuable BIM expertise.
     
  2. Participate in prize draws
    • Daily Revit users – Describe a Revit workflow you want automated and you can win a $200 Amazon voucher. Your entries will be reviewed by a panel of industry experts who will award prizes for the top two ideas that could have the greatest impact on Revit users.
    • Current Ideate Software customers – Bring a non-customer to learn about our products. Judges will offer prizes in the following categories: 
      • New company 
      • New division in a company that already uses Ideate Software products
      • New Revit user (from a new or existing customer company)
    • All Revit users that don’t already have a subscription to IdeateApps – Sign up for a no-cost one-year, single-user subscription to this collection of nine tools. IdeateApps was designed to simplify tasks that daily Revit users perform most often and help BIM Managers reduce the number of support questions they have to answer on a regular basis.
       
  3. Get to know Ideate Software by obtaining a single, 6-month stand-alone subscription to all our products for only US$500. 
     
  4. Learn about the Ideate Software customer appreciation party and join it to celebrate another year of our partnership. 

Ideate Software will also exhibit at Autodesk’s Forge DevCon on November 18, where we will showcase the integration between Warnings Manager for Revit warnings and the Autodesk BIM 360 platform.


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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October

15

2019

At Ideate Software, we are committed to making it easy for you to learn and use our powerful Revit productivity tools. One way we do that is by creating short videos of specific workflows. You can find dozens that show how to use Ideate BIMLink to move data from Revit software to Microsoft Excel for easy editing, and then push the updated data back into Revit quickly and easily. Simply go to the Ideate BIMLink playlist on our YouTube Channel or website.

To make it even easier for you, we have separated the videos into sub-categories for architects, building engineers, and construction and facilities, as well as by model management and content and family management.

Here’s just a sampling of the how-to videos available:

Overview on Data Management

 

Experience the Value for AEC Firms

 

Automating Document Issue Records

 

Coordinated Data for VDC

 

What’s New in Ideate BIMLink

Would you like us to consider creating a video to address a question you have? Let us know

Visit our website for more information on our Revit productivity tools. Give them a try with a free trial version, or subscribe today. 

 

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October

10

2019

Are you an engineering professional looking to take your Revit warnings management skills to the next level? 

Here’s a link to a short, 30-minute recording of a recent webinar that will show you how to do that with the Warnings Manager feature in Ideate Explorer.

Review this recording to get: 

  • A quick overview of Ideate Explorer, our Revit add-on application that shows you every instance of every element in your model 
  • An introduction to the Ideate Explorer Warnings Manager, our feature that makes it easy to avoid the problems that come with too many warnings in a model
  • A demonstration of how to resolve several Common, Calculated, and Geometric Revit engineering warnings

We host these webinars to help clients get the most out of their Ideate Software tools. If you have a topic you’d like us to cover, please let us know

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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