July

24

2018

Autodesk Revit data management tasks take a small fraction of the time they once took with Ideate BIMLink. The task of creating masses for space planning or programming is no exception. With Ideate BIMLink, you will dramatically reduce time spent and increase accuracy by:

  • Using existing owner programming data to quickly create mass data in Microsoft Excel
  • Using the power and accuracy of Excel and Ideate BIMlink to create massing forms
  • Placing hundreds of masses in a matter of seconds at any location as an array

For details, watch this short demonstration video or read the step-by-step instructions in the Help file

Ideate BIMLink customers can request a massing sample dataset that includes a schedule, custom tag, and corresponding Excel file that can be used to create new masses using Ideate BIMLink.


 
For implementation services, or to learn more about how Ideate BIMLink 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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June

8

2018

San Francisco, CA, June 8, 2018 – Ideate Software, a veteran Autodesk Developer Network member, announced today the launch of its applications for Autodesk Revit 2019.

“Throughout the year, we listened as our customers explained their design, BIM, and workflow challenges,” said Glynnis Patterson, director of software development. “In direct response, our software developers created enhancements to our popular and effective tools for Revit.”

The updates are also for Autodesk Revit versions 2016, 2017, and 2018, and they streamline Revit BIM data management:

  • Ideate BIMLink enables precise Revit data control.  This Ideate BIMLink video highlights the updates, which include:
    • Access to more data for items such as conduit runs, cross-section rotation, reference planes, and primary design options
    • Data about who created and updated elements and types
    • Streamlined installation and activation
  • Ideate Explorer enables fast Revit data discovery. This Ideate Explorer video highlights the updates, which include:
    • Revit warnings review interface tab
    • Access to more Revit data and information about who created what elements
    • Streamlined installation and activation
  • IdeateApps offers efficient Revit data production. This IdeateApps video highlights the updates, which include:
    • The ability to renumber elements from within a schedule view
    • The ability to renumber conduit runs
    • The ability to use ViewCreator to duplicate sections and elevations
    • QuickSelect support for <direct shapes> and <ifc> elements,
    • Streamlined installation and activation
  • Ideate Sticky provides accurate data display. This Ideate Sticky video highlights the updates, which include:
    • Streamlined installation and activation

“Our customers know the value of saving time and improving their design deliverables. I am both proud of the accomplishments of the Ideate Software team and our customers who continue to push us to develop better products to solve their design and business challenges,” stated Bob Palioca, president.


About Ideate Software

Ideate Software empowers Revit users to gain unprecedented control over their data. Ideate BIMLink, Ideate Explorer, Ideate Sticky, and IdeateApps 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

1

2018

As a company committed to developing software that addresses persistent Revit challenges, we regularly review posts to the Autodesk Knowledge Network. One of those posts asked about setting annotation crop sizes. This was Autodesk’s response:

“Thanks for taking the time to submit your idea. Unfortunately, this idea did not get the support of the community over the last 6 months and as such we will not be pursuing it at this time. Please feel free to rework (titles and clear descriptions are really important) and resubmit this one down the road.”

Do not despair! We heard you and we built the ability to batch edit annotation crops into Ideate BIMLink. 


 
Annotation crops are typically used on dependent views as a way of hiding text and dimensions. They are also used on non-dependent views to crop and/or include section and elevation markers without callout or other duplicate views. Because Revit does not permit the editing of more than one crop offset at once, this new function in Ideate BIMLink can be a significant timesaver for large projects.

For more information about this and other new features included in the May 2018 release, check out this Ideate BIMLink video

Visit the Ideate Software website to learn more about how Ideate Software applications can streamline your Revit workflows.


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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April

23

2018

You may have heard that Autodesk® Revit®  2019 includes the addition of the variable “or” to view filters. This gives users greater control over view graphics by enabling them to create view filters with multiple rules and nested sets with AND and OR conditions. This feature was the most requested change suggested to Autodesk!

Revit Filter Dialog

Autodesk screen shot reprinted courtesy of Autodesk, Inc.

If you’ve always wanted to use this same filtering but with schedules, you should check out Ideate BIMLink, which has offered sophisticated filtering since 2014.

The ability to use “or” for filters is essential to Ideate BIMLink’s support of quality control, quantity takeoff, and other similar processes when casting a broader data ‘net’ is useful. In the image below, for example, unchecking the “Elements Must Pass All Filters” lets Ideate BIMLink look for Design Option content that is either in the Main Model or in the Primary.

Ideate BIMLink Filter Dialog

Don’t wait for the features you need, try Ideate BIMLink today.

See what else is new in Revit 2019.

Visit the Ideate Software website to learn more about how Ideate Software applications can streamline your Revit workflows.


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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March

12

2018

One of the more tedious and labor-intensive BIM tasks confronting architects and engineers is the act of renumbering or renaming Revit elements. We've had customers who require that all of the system families, for example, are prefixed with their company name. So instead of "Wall: 1-HR" we need "Wall: ABC_1-HR." Likewise, even simple design changes can set off a chain reaction that requires significant renumbering of details, views, or equipment. Many times furnishings, fixtures, and equipment need to be renumbered in the middle of a project because new rooms or floors have been added, and the equipment numbering needs to align with the room and floor numbering schemas.

Naming and numbering tasks can also be driven by an owner requirement for external database compatibility. The COBie specification, which is now mandated for federal government projects in the US, is a prime example of this. For those of you not familiar with COBie you can learn more at the Whole Building Design Guide website. The COBie Guide* makes it clear that "During design, the Architect shall be responsible to resolve all conflicts in duplicative naming by their own staff and all consulting engineers."

This sounds like a very daunting task but with Ideate BIMLink you can turn a day-long project into a (5) minute task. This video demonstrates how Ideate BIMLink can be used to create and manage the unique type, component, and space naming requirements mandated by this COBie specification.

A typical COBie project will require at least (4) iterations:

  1. For 35% Design Development
  2. At 100% Construction Documentation
  3. At the Beneficial Occupancy stage
  4. Within the As-Built documents

That's a lot of data entry! Whether your renaming/renumbering task is driven by COBie or any other reason let Ideate BIMLink + Excel do the heavy lifting and put your architects and engineers onto higher order tasks.


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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