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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October

11

2017

 It is probably safe to say Revit models contain a wealth of information. Some of this information can be generated on your own terms, and some of it is automatically generated by Revit itself, but a lot of it is unavailable to the end user, unless they have software that can tap into the Revit API.

One of the issues with having all of this information is having to decide what will be available for viewing, and how it should be composed or used within a Revit project.

For those of you who have had experience with Revisions in Revit, you probably have discovered there are a lot of benefits, and limitations to the revision tools. For example, you have the ability to customize the numbering schemes to match your office standards or client requirements. Clouding and tagging views and sheets is generally easy, unless you are clouding Parent Views with dependent views that have been placed on sheets. Revisions can get a little tricky in these situations!

But one of the biggest limitations to revisions in Revit is the scheduling aspect. As of now, Revit only has the ability to schedule revisions based on Current Revision information, such as Current Revision, and/or Current Revision Date. While this information may be sufficient for some folks, many owners and contractors require a schedule listing all sheets, including each revision, on each sheet. Unfortunately, this type of schedule is simply not native to Revit.

We have had many inquiries from customers looking to try and resolve this issue with Ideate BIMLink. As a result, we created a nice Excel Macro Template that works with our pre-defined links in Ideate BIMLink. As an added bonus, you can insert the Excel files back into Revit as a Sticky schedule, if you so choose. If you make any changes to your revisions, all you have to do is re-export the information back into your Excel Macro template to regenerate the information. Sticky will then recognize the updates, and auto-update, as long as this feature is enabled in your Revit model.

For more information on how to use the template and learn some of the basics of Revisions in Revit, be sure to check out our video on how to use the Document Issues Records Template . If you are an existing Ideate BIMLink customer and would like a copy of the Excel Macro Template, be sure to contact Ideate Software.

Ideate Software Document Issue Records Template example 1

Ideate Software Document Issues Record Template example 2

Thank you for reading! For more information on Revit and other Autodesk products, and information on training and consulting for the various products Ideate services, please visit our Ideate Software website.


About the Author

Sash Kazeminejad - ACI, LEED AP AEC Senior Application Specialist
Sash is a registered Architect and LEED Accredited Professional who holds a Master of Architecture from Montana State University. Sash’s experience includes project management, BIM management, and design for architectural firms in California, Montana, and Oregon. As an Autodesk Certified Instructor, Sash provides Revit Architecture training and solutions for AECO firms. Find Sash on Twitter.

 

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September

5

2017

We’ve been talking about leveraging BIM data for pre-construction and construction coordination tasks for years, but have never aggregated the juiciest bits into video format. So, for those of you who are Virtual Design & Construction specialists, consider taking 15 minutes out of your busy schedules to learn how Ideate BIMLink can utilize the BIM data in Revit to expedite pre-construction and construction tasks.

 

 

With Ideate BIMLink and Revit your team can:

  1.  Export point data from Revit for in-field coordination of foundation work, complex structural layout, or even duct hangar layout to ensure  accuracy and expedite 4D modeling.
  2.  Import point (CSV) data from a total station into Revit for improved accuracy between the as-built and designed models.
  3.  Publish critical coordinate data inside of Revit for improved coordination across the team.

Try Ideate BIMLink. Download free BIMLink trial.

For more tips and tricks, visit our Ideate Software blog. For more information on our software add-ins that help customers get the most out of their Revit software, visit the Ideate Software website or contact your authorized Ideate Software partner.


About the Author

Glynnis Patterson, Revit expertGlynnis Patterson, NCARB — Director of Software Development
Glynnis is a Registered Architect and has worked within the BIM industry since 1998. A graduate of Carnegie Mellon University, she has worked as an architect, educator and construction site manager. Glynnis is currently the Director of Software Development at Ideate Software, and she continues to work with AEC clients worldwide, developing, and consulting on solutions to Building Information Modeling challenges. In her spare time Glynnis does volunteer work for ECLC of New Jersey and Grow it Green Morristown. Follow Glynnis on Twitter.

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