Ideate Sticky is a powerful tool that allows you to live-link Microsoft Excel files in Revit as Schedules. Any changes made to the Excel file can easily be updated in your Revit model, either automatically or with a simple click of the update button.

Since a Sticky renders itself in a Schedule header, limitations of features in a Revit Schedule header prevent us from splitting a long Sticky directly in Revit. The body of a Schedule, however, has this feature. Luckily for us, we can easily and effectively accomplish the splitting of a long Sticky directly in Excel. Once accomplished, you can simply link each of the split Stickies into your Revit model as separate Stickies.

Example of one Sticky split up into multiple Stickies using the OFFSET feature in Excel. This feature allows the user to simply input the number of rows of data they want in each split Sticky and Excel will elegantly split the data evenly.

To learn more about this process, watch this detailed video on splitting long Stickies.

For more information on Ideate Sticky, be sure to visit our support page.

For implementation services or to learn more about how Ideate Sticky 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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Microsoft’s Power BI is a business analytics tool and service that is popular with Ideate Software customers. In our post last week, we demonstrated one example of connecting user-data from Ideate BIMLink. Once you’ve built a report or dashboard, you’ll probably want to share it with co-workers or with others external to your organization.

Your collaboration and sharing experience will be different based on the level of Power BI account you and your recipient each have. To distill the extensive and sometimes contradictory information found online, we offer the following table of options available for Power BI content. The table generally moves from the most cost and control at the top to the least cost, interactivity, and control at the bottom.

These are the different account levels considered in the table. Every step up in account level allows the affordances of the levels beneath it:

  • No Power BI Account
  • Power BI Free Account
  • Power BI Pro Account with no purchase of capacity, meaning Shared Capacity is used
  • Power BI Pro Account with organizational purchase of Premium Capacity
  • Power BI Pro Account with organizational purchase of Power BI Embedded from Azure

Note: App Workspaces are in the process of being updated, and the sharing options will be affected. The new App Workspaces are in preview mode and currently allow assigning member roles: Admin, Member, and Contributor. A read-only Viewer role is also in the works. Note that you can have finer control over who can see what data by using Row-level security.

Learn more here:

About the Author

Stephanie Fitzgerald – Software Developer
Stephanie earned her Ed.M. in Technology, Innovation, and Education from the Harvard Graduate School of Education and her B.S. in Physics and Mathematics from University of Oregon. She also gained a certificate in Advanced Full-Stack JavaScript from Alchemy Code Lab in Portland, OR. In past roles, Stephanie wrote C# and web design curriculum for Zaniac, where she was also the project manager for development, managed a research study of student motivation to learn math for Harvard University, and redesigned the website for a Tufts University library. As a student, she built a social network site for athletes, a back-end security package, and a tablet game app for the California Science Center.


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As a Technical Evangelist for Ideate Software, I take great pride in sharing the details of our tools that streamline Revit workflows. And I LOVE hearing back from Revit users.

After presenting information on Ideate ViewCreator at one of our recent free webinars, an attendee commented, “Nice tool. I just created four views with 20 dependents for each just using [the Revit] project browser. That was a pain.”

Although I wish she had heard my presentation before spending so much time on that manual work, I’m happy that next time, she will get it done much quicker and eliminate the “pain” factor.

Ideate ViewCreator is one of nine tools in our IdeateApps collection that simplifies the tasks that Revit users perform most often.

With Ideate ViewCreator, it’s easy to:

1.    Batch-create multiple Revit views while complying with company-established BIM standards
2.    Create multiple Revit views at the same time based on smart rules
3.    Create copies of plans from one level to many levels

Learn more by reading our help files or watching this short video.

Watch the entire webinar of IdeateApps, including the section on Ideate ViewCreator that spawned the comment.

For implementation services or to learn how IdeateApps can benefit your business, contact sales@ideatesoftware.com.


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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We constantly hear, “I want to know who did that, and when” from all our customers, in all countries, and across all disciplines in the building design industry. It’s the blessing and the curse of a parametric building information model (such as that delivered by Autodesk Revit): a change in one place percolates throughout the model, and quite often those side effects are not apparent at the time of the change.

So, this data forensics ambition is understandable.

To accommodate this long-standing request, we’ve added both “Created by” and “Last Updated by” to our Ideate BIMLink data model. You can find this as part of our quality control built-in sample links called “QC-MC-WhoDidThis”.

I asked our software developer Stephanie Fitzgerald, who has been reviewing Power BI for us, to help with a visualization of this data. Using the data from Ideate BIMLink and Power BI, we were quickly able to investigate the contribution per team member to both the creation and modification of the Revit model elements for two linked files that are part of the same project.

Through Power BI, it’s easy to take our BIMLink data and use a slicer to analyze just the Level and Grid elements.

I was alarmed to see that the mysteriously named “Employee2” has been modifying these critical building datum elements; now that’s an actionable piece of data!

Within Ideate BIMLink, we strive to highlight essential pieces of the Revit database for your use by building our Quality Control (QC) sample links. Using this data in conjunction with tools such as Power BI extends this value by making it easy to spot the outliers. You can test drive this new data by downloading the latest version of Ideate BIMLink and using the Sample Link, as shown below.

Now it’s time to go and have a chat with Employee 2.


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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After the 2018 BiLT NA Conference in St. Louis, the event organizers announced the top 10 speakers and sessions as decided by the audience. We are pleased to let you know that Sash Kazeminejad’s presentation titled “Revit Phasing from A to Z” was ranked number eight! View the Top 10 list.

“I’m thrilled that attendees found my presentation so valuable,” said Sash. “As a Customer Success Manager, I get to work with and help solve problems for a lot of Revit users. I keep track of hot topics and try to present information that will help a broad audience address current challenges and streamline workflows.”

Sash’s presentation on Revit phasing:

  1. Served as a reminder of the importance of coordinating phasing before modeling anything
  2. Explored the graphical settings for phasing and where phasing belongs in Revit’s overall graphical hierarchy
  3. Highlighted the reasons users should not create demolition phases
  4. Featured tips and tricks, such as how to use phasing for presentations

Watch this video to see how to create new views with the correct phase settings with the Ideate Software Ideate ViewCreator tool, one of the nine tools included with our IdeateApps collection that streamline tasks that daily Revit users perform most often. 

For implementation services or to learn more about how IdeateApps can help your business, contact sales@ideatesoftware.com

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