September

19

2018

After the 2018 BiLT NA Conference in St. Louis, the event organizers announced the top 10 speakers and sessions as decided by the audience. We are pleased to let you know that Sash Kazeminejad’s presentation titled “Revit Phasing from A to Z” was ranked number eight! View the Top 10 list.

“I’m thrilled that attendees found my presentation so valuable,” said Sash. “As a Customer Success Manager, I get to work with and help solve problems for a lot of Revit users. I keep track of hot topics and try to present information that will help a broad audience address current challenges and streamline workflows.”

Sash’s presentation on Revit phasing:

  1. Served as a reminder of the importance of coordinating phasing before modeling anything
  2. Explored the graphical settings for phasing and where phasing belongs in Revit’s overall graphical hierarchy
  3. Highlighted the reasons users should not create demolition phases
  4. Featured tips and tricks, such as how to use phasing for presentations

Watch this video to see how to create new views with the correct phase settings with the Ideate Software Ideate ViewCreator tool, one of the nine tools included with our IdeateApps collection that streamline tasks that daily Revit users perform most often. 

For implementation services or to learn more about how IdeateApps can help your business, contact sales@ideatesoftware.com

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September

17

2018

Ideate BIMLink comes with a huge variety of sample link definition files to help you make the most of the software immediately. One set of sample link definitions is for quality control. In that sample link folder, you’ll find templates for a variety of tasks. “QC” in the link definition title means “Quality Control.” “MC” in the title means “Multiple Categories.”  

Each sample link definition also includes a brief description explaining the use. Be sure to review these descriptions for important information about each defined workflow.

The Perfect Tool for Cleaning and Managing your Revit Model

Here are three examples of how you can use Ideate BIMLink to streamline the quality control process:

  1. Audit names for BIM protocol standards – Many building codes or owner requirements reference COBie or other BIM protocol naming standards that include rules on how the model elements, rooms, and spaces should be named, and often the names cannot include spaces. You can use the out-of-the-box sample link in Ideate BIMLink to find elements that have spaces in the names and then easily remove those spaces.
  2. Manage duplicate type marks – One of the most common Revit warnings relates to duplicate type marks. Most databases, as well as COBie, require that type marks be unique. By removing duplicates, you improve file performance and follow good database protocol. This can be accomplished with the sample link called "QC-MC-Duplicate_Marks_Type" that comes with Ideate BIMLink.
  3. Audit Revit room and space data related to view references – For interior elevation views, the ability to report on the room or space data means that the view name can be easily correlated to the room/space number and name. The simplest way to audit the interior elevation is to use the sample link that comes with Ideate BIMLink called "QC-Views_Interior-Audit."

For more information on each of these workflows, read the related help file.  

For implementation services or to learn more about how Ideate BIMLink can help your business, please contact sales@ideatesoftware.com.


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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September

13

2018

Ideate BIMLink and Ideate Sticky are two powerful Ideate solutions that connect Autodesk Revit software and Microsoft Excel:

  • Ideate BIMLink: Pull information from a Revit file into Excel for editing
  • Ideate Sticky: Display non-BIM data from an Excel worksheet in a Revit project

Using Ideate BIMLink and Ideate Sticky Together 

 
Many workflows can be enhanced by extracting data from Revit with Ideate BIMLink, reformatting it in Excel, and then displaying that formatted data in Revit projects using Ideate Sticky. Here are two examples:

  1. Document Issue Records – Revision data can be exported from the Revit project via Ideate BIMLink and reorganized in a matrix format in Excel. This matrix data can be linked into Revit via Ideate Sticky to be displayed on a Sheet. Watch the YouTube video, Ideate BIMLink - Document Issue and Revision Records.
  2. Plumbing Fixture Counts or Occupancy Summaries – For plumbing calculations with conditional statements to be applied only to subtotaled data, raw data can be exported via Ideate BIMLink, subtotals can be calculated and formatted in alignment with code requirements in Excel, and the formatted data can be linked to Revit via Ideate Sticky.  

For more information on each of these workflows, visit the related Help page

For implementation services or to learn more about how Ideate BIMLink and Ideate Sticky can help your business, please contact sales@ideatesoftware.com.


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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September

10

2018

Getting the job done quickly and correctly is what all firms must accomplish in today’s business climate. Autodesk Revit software is about project data, and Ideate Explorer has lightning fast Revit data discovery and manipulation.

Ideate Explorer: A True Revit Model Browser

As you may be aware, a Revit model is made up of thousands of complex elements, supported by a large amount of attached data. As the building information model becomes more complex with the addition of more elements and other design disciplines, it becomes crucial to understand the sum of elements contained within the model as well as the potential relationships between elements. The built-in Revit project browser was never intended to display or help you navigate through these relationships. Ideate Query, on the other hand, is a powerful search, find, and filter tool within Ideate Explorer. 

Ideate Explorer lists every instance of every element by category and type, and you can then use Ideate Query to refine your selections on almost any Revit property associated with the selected elements. This allows you to look at your selection at a granular level, so you can make informed decisions on what to do with the data. Ideate Explorer is a true Revit model browser.

Save Time and Reduce Risks

Without a powerful search, find, and filter tool like Ideate Query, you are guaranteed to spend hours each week looking for specific information in your Revit model the hard way, and you still will not have access to all the data that you need. This could leave your Revit project at risk, exposing you to potential liability during construction, or at best, expensive remodeling and drafting tasks downstream.

Get a Strong Return on Your Revit Software Investment

What will it cost your firm to fix downstream construction errors in the field that could potentially be avoided by maintaining a healthy Revit project? Find out all about the return on investment and business value of using Ideate Explorer with Ideate Query by watching this short video.


Without the ability to look at your Revit model data at a granular level, your Revit project could be at risk, exposing you to potential liability during construction, or at best, expensive remodeling and drafting tasks downstream

For implementation services or to learn more about how Ideate Explorer can help your business, please contact sales@ideatesoftware.com.


About the Author

Sash Kazeminejad - AIA, LEED AP, BCI, BCC - Customer Success Manager
Sash earned his Master of Architecture from Montana State University and is a California registered architect, LEED Accredited Professional, and a Bluebeam Certified Instructor. 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

5

2018

Getting the job done quickly and correctly is what all firms must accomplish in today’s business climate. Revit software is about project data, and Ideate Explorer provides lightning fast Revit data discovery and manipulation.

Ideate Explorer: Filling Gaps in Revit Software

Ideate Explorer now includes detailed information about Revit warnings, providing superior quality control by giving you the flexibility to define and manage only the warnings you deem appropriate. The warnings interface built into Revit software does NOT allow you to dynamically interact with the elements and warnings while working in the Revit model, thus making reviewing and fixing warnings time consuming and difficult.

Failure to manage Revit warnings in your project has many negative consequences. Use Ideate Explorer with Warnings Manager to keep warnings under control and mitigate your risk.

Return on Investment is Crucial 

What will it cost your firm to fix downstream construction errors in the field that could potentially be avoided by maintaining a healthy Revit Project?  Find out all about the return on investment and business value of using Ideate Explorer with Warnings Manager by watching the short three-and-a-half minute video.

Ideate Explorer with Warnings Manager Demonstration Video


 

For implementation services or to learn more about how Ideate Explorer can help your business, please contact sales@ideatesoftware.com.


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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