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.

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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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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

31

2020

Many architecture, engineering, construction, or building-owner companies come to Ideate Software for immediate help with specific Revit challenges. Whether it’s to edit a massive amount of data quickly; confidently audit a large project; merge non-standard styles that always creep into a model; or link Excel, Word and PDF documents to a Revit project, they find an application that helps. Then, when experiencing the time savings and financial payback possible with Ideate Software solutions, they explore our other Revit applications.

Whether you are a one-person shop, a small firm, or a large organization, you will save money as your Revit users and BIM managers gain an unprecedented ability to access, manage, control, find, and filter Revit data. 

Bundle Details

All bundle subscriptions include:

  • Software that works with the current and previous three versions of Revit
  • Bi-annual product updates that offer enhanced functionalities
  • Licensing choices. Select a standalone or floating network (server) license. A third licensing option is in development; soon you can choose a cloud floating network for easier remote access
  • International license use (network; no additional fees) 

“We started with Ideate Explorer and found it provided so much additional functionality to our Revit users that we decided to go with the entire line of Ideate [Software] products. People are amazed at how the Ideate tools streamline so many aspects of their work in Revit.” 

~Mark Schmieding, Director, Digital Practice, Goettsch Partners

For more information, visit the Bundles page on our website or contact us at [email protected].

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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

25

2020

This is the third 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. Read the first post, which was about IdeateApps, and the second post, which was about Ideate BIMLink. 

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

As required by the Singapore Building and Construction Authority (BCA), design consultants 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. They must obtain approval from seven different authorities before commencing the construction work for any project, and all the authorities have different criteria and requirements. 

To prepare their BIM models for submission, design consultants often spend a great amount of time creating multiple views and sheets for the regulatory agencies. While duplicating and modifying the views and sheets, they must follow various naming conventions and standards, and they often spend a lot of time performing extensive quality checks. 


 Screenshot of e-submission page showing the many links to instructions and forms by discipline

Ideate Software Solutions

Ideate Software provides several applications to aid consultants in performing quality checks of BIM models before submission:

  • Ideate Explorer efficiently manages and audits Revit models using a browsable object tree that enables fast search and query, select and edit, replace or delete, warnings management, and model clean-up. 
  • Ideate StyleManager  analyzes styles and can delete non-standard styles or merge them with e-submission approved styles in order to reduce documentation errors.
  • Ideate Sticky is used to directly display information required for submission on Revit sheets by linking Excel, Word or PDF documents as schedules or images. 

These tools help the consultants achieve the desired quality while saving a great amount of time and effort spent on auditing and correcting the models.

Browse the Ideate Software website for more information on our 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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