November

20

2019

Revit users face several challenges when creating enlarged floor plans. Here’s a short video that shows how to use Ideate ViewCreator, Ideate SheetManager, and Ideate Clone to tackle a few of the common challenges, including: 

  • Quickly creating multiple enlarged floor plans for each relevant level
  • Consistently naming multiple enlarged floor plans for each relevant level
  • Quickly placing and arranging these plans on sheets 

Enlarged Floor Plan

Ideate ViewCreator, Ideate SheetManager, and Ideate Clone are three of the tools included in the IdeateApps collection of nine tools that simplify the tasks that daily Revit users perform most often.

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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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November

18

2019

We often get asked a variety of different questions about streamlining electrical workflows using Ideate Software. So, I’ll address a few electrical and equipment workflows in two parts, or should I say two circuits? Hopefully, you had a chance to review Circuit #1, and here is Circuit #2, which highlights Ideate Explorer and IdeateApps

Can I use Ideate Explorer to find and select Electrical Data within the Revit model?

Ideate Explorer allows Revit users to quickly find, filter and select electrical data and sort by Category, Level, Phase, Room, Space or Zone. In a Worksharing-enabled model, you can also sort by Workset and ‘Edited By’ properties.

With Ideate Query, a component of Ideate Explorer, you can select Lighting Devices as an example. You might want to review elevation parameters that are just not available to be shown in a default Revit Schedule. You can select all the Lighting Devices that have an incorrect elevation and quickly change them all via the Revit Properties Palette.

Ideate Query gives you access to more parameters and data than is available in Revit. For instance, you can search for Pinned Status, Flipped Status or In-Place family status … just to name a few! Please review some of the tips for using Ideate Query here.

You might want to review additional information in our HELP files on MEP Examples for Ideate Query.

Electrical Data

Ideate Explorer helps easily locate Electrical Equipment within the Revit model, and it can sort by many options such as Space.

You can use Ideate Query to review important information such as elevation of Lighting Devices. Almost any parameter can be used to select a series of elements for further refinement.

Can I use IdeateApps to help me renumber lighting fixtures based on the architect’s room data?

With the Ideate ReNumber application that is part of the IdeateApps collection, you can renumber almost any Revit element. You can create a rule that extracts the Architect’s Room Number as part of the light fixture numbering sequence, even if that room is located within a Revit linked file. In fact, Ideate ReNumber gives you access to geometric spatial data on Room, Space or Zone parameters. You can also access Instance, Type, Assembly, Host, Level, Model Group, Phase, Project Information and RVT Link parameters as part of a numbering sequence. In addition, critical coordinate data is also accessible for renumbering rules.

You might want to review additonal information in our HELP files for including Revit Linked information such as rooms.

electrical data
Ideate ReNumber ships with many pre-defined rules, and you can create your own rule that might extract the room number from the architect’s model. The room data doesn’t need to be loaded into a MEP Space first, which reduces errors and speeds up the process.

These are just a few of the questions we get about using Ideate Software with Revit electrical data. Check out our Video Library

Our Ideate StyleManager can also assist with many workflows for EVERY Revit engineer or user, but that’s a shockingly bright idea blog for a different day and different circuit!  (I promised myself no bad electrical puns until the VERY end. Sorry!)

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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 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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November

11

2019

When a Revit building information model is so big that it needs to be split into ‘sectors’ just to fit onto a sheet, most BIM managers turn to Revit scope boxes and dependent views to keep the project well-organized. The IdeateApps collection of nine productivity tools includes several tools that can be applied to this large building project challenge:

Watch this video to see exactly how this can be done, saving you hours of time while ensuring the highest level of consistency for view and sheet naming conventions.

 
Try it out by downloading a trial of IdeateApps.

 


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

22

2019

Your head could ache with the dull threat of a day spent handling COBie Asset numbering, or you could automate that task and be done with it quickly with Ideate ReNumber, one of the tools in the IdeateApps collection of productivity tools for Revit. This excellent idea was inspired by Sheena Shook — BIM Project Manager at Modulus Consulting — who is frequently immersed in streamlining COBie deliverables for her customers. 

Here are the top three reasons to use Ideate ReNumber for COBie Asset numbering, even if you also use the COBie Extension for Revit:

  1. Ideate ReNumber includes a built-in rule to automate filling out the COBie.Component.AssetIdentifier parameter.
  2. The built-in rule can be easily customized to combine any project-specific parameter. IdeateApps subscribers should contact support with any questions about customizing Ideate ReNumber.
  3. MOST IMPORTANTLY: Ideate ReNumber can assign the room number for elements even when the room exists within a linked file.

You can find this built-in COBie rule within the Bonus Rule folder. Once the rule is loaded, it’s easiest to use while in a schedule view that includes the COBie.Component.AssetIdentifier parameter. If you are using the COBie Extension for Revit, open the schedule called “COBie.Component.”

Ideate ReNumber and COBie

Download a trial of IdeateApps to see how easy it is to use.

 


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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September

23

2019

MEP engineers, did you miss our recent webinar or would you like to see it again? Here’s a link to the recording

During this 30-minute webinar, I focused on Ideate ReNumber’s ability to streamline MEP workflows of updating Revit element numbers and names. Ideate ReNumber is part of the IdeateApps collection. It plays an important role in model management for engineering and construction companies by providing a way to efficiently document building elements with logical numbering schemas.

The presentation includes:

  • A quick tour of the rules for MEP workflows that ship with Ideate ReNumber, including base rules for frequently used workflows like grids, lighting and fabrication parts, as well as bonus rules for workflows like conduits, COBie requirements, and ducts 
  • Step-by-step instructions on how to create custom rules to meet your company’s requirements or those of a client
  • A demonstration of how to use Ideate ReNumber to quickly renumber MEP elements, including how to do it in a Schedule
     

We host these webinars to help clients get the most out of their Ideate Software tools. If you have a topic you’d like us to cover, please let us know

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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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