April

23

2020

For some large architectural and interior design firms, the need to schedule and tag the “To: Room” and “From: Room” parameters is a necessary part of their workflows. While Revit software does allow users to schedule “To: Room” and “From: Room” values natively in a schedule, those system parameters are not available to us natively in Revit tags.  (Click on image to enlarge)

copy to from room data into door tags

Common Workaround

A common workaround for this workflow is to create custom “To Room” and “From Room” parameters that can be used for tags. The shared parameter creation process is very straightforward but copying the “To: Room” and “From: Room” data to the tag values can be painful, especially if done manually through a schedule or other means.

A Better Solution: Ideate BIMLink

Thankfully, we can easily gather the “To: Room” and “From: Room” values using Ideate BIMLink and push those values into custom “To Room” and “From Room” parameters that can be used for custom door tags or other Revit categories that use “To Room” and “From Room” parameters. (Click on image to enlarge)

copy to from room data into door tags

Step-by-Step Instructions

The process for this workflow would look something like this:

  1. Create custom “To Room” and “From Room” Shared Parameters using Room name and Room Number
  2. Create custom tags, such as door tags and window tags that utilize the custom shared parameters
  3. Add the custom project shared parameters to your Revit templates and projects and map those parameters to the appropriate categories (doors, windows, etc.)
  4. Create quality control (QC) schedules that list the desired “To: Room” and “From: Room” parameters and your custom project shared tag parameters
  5. Using Ideate BIMLink, create a new link from your QC Schedule, which will automatically build a list of the parameter data you want to export to Excel
  6. Once the link has been created in Ideate BIMLink, you can export that data to Excel and copy the relevant data from the Revit “To: Room” and “From: Room” parameters over to your custom tag parameters
  7. Save the results and import the data back in using Ideate BIMLink. Your doors, windows, etc. should now have the tag values displayed in the QC schedules, the tags themselves, and in the properties palette of the selected elements

It is important to note that while this blog post focuses on gathering room data to push into door tags, the process of gathering data to push into custom parameters works for many other categories, such as areas, spaces, mechanical equipment, etc.

To learn more about this process, be sure to watch this video.

Request a Sample Dataset

Existing Ideate BIMLink customers can request a sample dataset to copy the parameters and tags to projects and templates by emailing us as [email protected].

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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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April

21

2020

Do you place generic structural columns and structural framing elements into your Revit model at the beginning of a project and swap them out with the actual structural elements after the formal analysis is complete? If yes, you should check out Ideate BIMLink. With it, you can:

  1. Export all the instances and types of structural columns into a single Excel file
  2. Make changes to the structural data in Excel, such as editing beam and column information and/or swapping framing members for other framing members
  3. Use Ideate BIMLink to import the data back into Revit

Our structural engineering customers also find this workflow of high value for VDC-related tasks.

Task: Structural Framing Instance Swapping

This post is the third in a series related to the results of our survey of architecture, engineering, construction and building-owner companies. Our previous posts covered Revit sheet management and how to create and modify rooms and areas. Keep an eye out for our next one, which will cover space and room coordination and device elevation.

Learn More

We have several resources available online that can help you get the most out of Ideate BIMLink. Here are links to a few: 

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

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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April

20

2020

Before sending off drawing packages and/or issuance records, many of our customers use Ideate BIMLink to report on Revit’s revision clouds to ensure that all placed clouds are on views that have been placed on a sheet. This is a fantastic use of Ideate BIMLink, highlighting one of many of the creative uses of data that are otherwise not possible within native Revit.

To create a revision cloud report in Ideate BIMLink, we recommend using the sample called “Revision_Clouds-Review” as shown below.

Revision Cloud

This built-in link definition includes important properties that come from the revision sequence, the sheet (where applicable), the view (where applicable) and the revision clouds themselves. Typically, the comments on the cloud instances are also used as part of this quality control process.

One challenge to this workflow is the usage of dependent views. When dependent views are used in the project, Revit is not able to discern which sheet the cloud “lives on.” This is because all annotative elements, including revision clouds, are hosted by the parent view and not the dependent view. So, when a dependent view is placed on a sheet and the parent view is not on a sheet, Revit will report that the revision cloud belongs to the parent view AND that there is no corresponding sheet name for that revision cloud. While this revision cloud data is true, is not very helpful! You can see this conundrum reflected in Revit’s property palette as shown. The cloud reports the parent view, but is clearly intended to be part of the dependent view and the sheet on which that view is placed.

Revision Cloud
 

There are two methods to get accurate data about the sheet location of revision clouds. Neither method is perfect and for this reason, each should be considered carefully with your BIM Manager. The first method, which is my preference, is to place the revision cloud on the sheet, at least for dependent views. The second method is to not use dependent views, or to convert them to independent views at some point. This video showcases both the problem and the solution.

Revision cloud management with Ideate BIMLink is an integral part of quality control for sheet issuance. For other ideas about using Ideate BIMLink for quality control, refer to the Quality Control Help topic. To learn more about using Ideate BIMLink to manage revision-related workflows, please refer to the Manage Sheet-Based Revisions Help topic.

New to Ideate BIMLink? Start a free trial today to see what you are missing.


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

15

2020

San Francisco, CA, 04/15/2020 – Ideate Software, a veteran Autodesk Developer Network member, is pleased to share how San Francisco-based architectural firm WRNS Studio uses Ideate Software tools.

“We’ve been working with Ideate Software for years,” said Jason Halaby, Architect & BIM Manager at WRNS Studio. “Each one of their products tackles specific challenges we face with Revit software. They help us save time with a variety of model tasks, freeing up time for our designers to do what they do best, innovate and design.”

WRNS uses Ideate Software’s Revit productivity solutions in the following ways:

  • Ideate StyleManager - “Ideate StyleManager is our go-to tool for model cleanup at project milestones. Revit does not provide easy access and manipulation of certain classes of elements, such as LineStyles, Object Styles, Filters, etc. With Ideate StyleManager, we can find unused or duplicate styles and merge or delete them – this provides a level of model cleanup that was not previously possible.”
     
  • Ideate BIMLink - “Increasingly our model data is becoming a part of our deliverables. Ideate BIMLink gives us an easy way to manipulate model data efficiently in Excel and bring it back to Revit. Door schedules, Finish schedules, Sheet indexes, Type management schedules are commonly edited with Ideate BIMLink at WRNS.”
     
  • Ideate Explorer - “Without Ideate Explorer, Revit is not a fully functional BIM authoring platform. WRNS relies on Ideate Explorer’s detailed selection filtering, query tools, and warning manager for many of our model management tasks, which include finding in-place families, auditing worksets, filtering selections by type, finding and resolving warnings, and generally providing a more transparent window into the model database.”
     
  • IdeateApps - “We use Ideate Renumber extensively to number rooms, doors, parking stalls, and other elements. Ideate SmartDelete is critical to our workflow during the documentation phase because it helps us determine where model changes will impact documentation views. Ideate X-Ray is great for troubleshooting those tricky visibility issues. And Ideate SheetManager is a great alternative to the Revit Project Browser for finding and manipulating views and sheets.”


WRNS Project: Sonoma Academy

Read more about WRNS and Ideate Software. 


About Ideate Software
Ideate Software empowers Revit users to gain unprecedented control over their data. Ideate BIMLink, Ideate Explorer, Ideate Sticky, IdeateApps, and Ideate StyleManager were all developed to solve persistent problems in architecture, engineering, construction, and owner (AECO) workflows. Ideate Software solutions enable Revit users to save time, increase accuracy, improve project deliverables, and elevate design.

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April

9

2020

Using Revit schedules to place rooms and areas is one thing, but including all the data, such as room/area name, number, department, and target SQFT, can take hours.  

You can dramatically reduce that amount of time by using Ideate BIMLink, our application that moves information from Revit to Microsoft Excel for easy editing and then pushes it back into Revit with speed, ease and accuracy.

Review the chart below to see how much faster you can create and modify rooms and areas if you use Ideate BIMLink. This powerful Revit productivity application will free your time to spend on more interesting and valuable activities.

Topic: Creating and Modifying Rooms and Area

This post is the second in a series related to the results of our survey of architecture, engineering, construction and building-owner companies. Our previous post covered Revit sheet management. Keep an eye out for our next one, which will cover structural framing instance swapping. 

Learn More

We have several resources available online that can help you get the most out of Ideate BIMLink. Here are links to a few: 

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

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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