June

8

2020

With Ideate BIMLink, Autodesk Revit users can push large amounts of information from a Revit file into Microsoft Excel to use its superior editing capabilities, including:

  • Copy/Paste & Search/Replace for accuracy and speed
  • Powerful formula usage to automate data management

When editing is complete, volumes of precise BIM data can be pulled back into Revit with speed, ease, and accuracy. 

Ideate BIMLink also facilitates many other workflows not available in Revit software. In this 30-minute webinar, we focused on renaming families, types and any other data by using a few of the ~300 link definitions that come with Ideate BIMLink. We focused on reviewing link definitions that are delivered as a part of the following sample libraries:

  1. Project Standards – Prevent problems from occurring (Type Information)
  2. Quality Control – Fix problems that have occurred (Instance Information)
  3. Health Check (new in our May 2020 update!) – Look at dimensions, levels, standards, model lines, revision clouds, etc.

We also reviewed other recent videos that touch upon this workflow such as Elevation Naming Management and Managing Custom Sheet Indexes

Check out the recording of the webinar to get all the details and to hear the 10-minute Q&A session at the end.

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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 20 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 and LinkedIn.

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June

4

2020

Architects, engineers, designers and others who use Revit software should consider using Ideate BIMLink for view and revision tasks. By pulling volumes of data from the Revit file to Excel for easy editing, you can dramatically speed up the process, increase the accuracy of your data, and reduce the frustration caused by working on tedious tasks.   

Tasks: Views and Revisions

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We have several resources available online that can help you get the most out of Ideate BIMLink:

Revision-related links:

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This post is the sixth 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 possible by using Ideate BIMLink to:

Contact us if you have any questions. We look forward to hearing from you. 

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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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June

2

2020

You may be familiar with our Ideate BIMLink solution for creating sheets. It is a powerful workflow that allows you to create hundreds of Revit sheets within minutes, not hours.

But did you know that you can easily create new sheets from unplaced views by using Ideate SheetManager within IdeateApps?

We added a workflow within our November 2019 release that allows you to use a matching sheet as a base and then create new sheets using specific matching sheet properties, such as title blocks. You can also decide to use the matching sheet-based linework, annotations, and images. Plus, you can choose to include any legends or schedules that are placed on the matching sheet. You can easily create many sheets at once and then edit their individual sheet numbers and sheet names.

Ideate SheetManager is your central location for many view and sheet workflow management tools. Within the Ideate SheetManager dialog, views are organized on the left side and sheets are organized on the right side. Access to Ideate Align, Ideate Clone, and Ideate ViewCreator is also very easily accessible via the main Ideate SheetManager dialog. You can review the Help files for all the Ideate sheet and view tools.

I like to think of Ideate SheetManager as the “central traffic cop” that directs you to all the many available workflows and tools that makes Revit sheet and view management so much more efficient with IdeateApps!   

Create new sheets from unplaced views
Ideate SheetManager is your central location for many view and sheet workflow management tools available within IdeateApps

 

Create new sheets from unplaced views
Ideate SheetManager makes quick work of the tedious task of creating many Revit sheets

Don’t just take my word for it. Watch this video and see the power for yourself!

 
Ideate SheetManager is part of the IdeateApps collection, a set of nine tools we developed to streamline activities that daily Revit users perform most often.

New to IdeateApps? Start a no-cost trial today to see what you are missing.


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 20 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 and LinkedIn.

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June

1

2020

Brian Mackey of BD Mackey Consulting joined our webinar to speak about how he uses Ideate Software applications. Brian has worked in the AEC industry for more than 30 years. He is a frequent speaker at industry events, and he hosts Revit Radio and shares insights regularly through blog, Twitter and LinkedIn posts.   

During this 60-minute webinar, Brian demonstrated how he uses Ideate Software tools. “I did a webinar for Ideate Software already on Ideate StyleManager. Because I use some of their other tools in kind of round-about ways, I wanted to talk about how I use them.”

Brian started with his favorite tool, Ideate StyleManager, which he uses on a daily basis.

Then he switched gears to talk about Ideate Explorer, a tool he has started using more often when reviewing and cleaning up projects for clients. He demonstrated how he uses the Sort by and Navigate features and gave several examples of how they helped him quickly solve client challenges. He talked about the Warnings Manager feature and said, “I don’t ever touch the Revit warnings anymore.” When demonstrating Warnings Manager, Brian pulled up the warnings on a project and stumbled across a recent update that simplifies the processes of correcting overlapped sketch lines on handrails. “You guys eliminated a step for me,” he said. “Kudos to the team!” 

If you missed the session or would like to see it again, here’s a link to the recording.


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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 20 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 and LinkedIn.

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May

27

2020

Do you struggle trying to figure out the differences between the types of parameters offered in Revit software? Project, Project Shared, System, Global, Family, Family Shared, Reporting, and more? Which should be used and in what situation? You may just choose them as you go, but doing so could result in data mismatches and end-user confusion. It is best to plan ahead for the parameters you need and how you intend to use them. 

We created this two-part webinar series to help you understand parameters and their use cases.

In Part 2, we covered:

  • A quick recap of Revit Parameter Primer - Part 1
  • Linked files and project parameters 
  • Strategies for resolving poorly managed parameters, such as using Ideate BIMLink to transfer parameter data to other parameters

Here are a couple of comments made by attendees:

  • “I already used project parameters in a whole new way since your Part 1. Thank you so much!”
  • “Part 1 opened new doors for me, and I already put them in practice, but also prompted some questions. The VERY FIRST topic in Part 2 answered my questions.”

Here’s a link to the recording. Watch it and share it with others that would benefit from its content. 


 

Did you miss part 1? No worries. We recorded it as well.  In it, we talked about: 

  • Parameter Types
  • Parameter Creation Methods
  • Parameter Pitfalls
  • When to use Shared Parameters vs. Project Parameters

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

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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