April

27

2016

Ideate BIMLink 2015.5, Ideate BIMLink 2016.3, and Ideate BIMLink 2017.0 are now available. These solutions are designed to work with Autodesk Revit 2015, 2016, and 2017, and the timing aligns with the Autodesk launch of Revit 2017.

Ideate BIMLink is a Revit add-in solution that dramatically reduces the time spent on Revit data management tasks. It enhances workflows by enabling users to pull information from Revit files into Microsoft Excel for easy editing and the push it back into Revit with speed, ease and accuracy.

“Ideate Software maintains a very active user community,” said Glynnis Patterson, director of software development, Ideate Software. “We continuously listen to our clients. We hear about their pain points and their desire to push the boundaries of BIM, design innovation, and workflow collaboration. We base our developments on their feedback and requests.” Highlights of the enhancements in this release include: 

  • Improved accuracy and ease of use through the addition of drop-down lists
  • Increased accuracy and user confidence through new quality control sample content
  • Greater opportunity for creative designs through new curtain panel management within the Family Editor
  • Stronger team communications and pre-construction models through the ability to easily use survey data points. 

“Our goal is to help our clients be more successful,” said Bob Palioca, president, Ideate Software. “Updating Ideate BIMLink concurrently with the latest Autodesk Revit launch is one of the many ways we do this, because it enables our clients to benefit from the advancements as soon as possible.”

Ideate BIMLink for Revit carries a five-star rating on the Autodesk App Store and is available with a non-commercial free trial. Download Ideate BIMLink trial today. For more information on Ideate BIMLink for Revit 2017, call 888.662.7238 or email Ideate Software. For Ideate BIMLink support, contact the Ideate Software support team. 

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February

16

2016

It’s nice to hear from our customers about how they are using Ideate Software solutions to stay productive with Revit. Here’s a great tip to pass along for those who need to re-use older Revit projects, but also need to update the family content within those projects. This tip comes from Phyllis Robbins, Design Applications Manager and Associate at Eppstein Uhen Architects, Inc. 
 
Content that has (unshared) instance parameters for things like Length or Backsplash Visibility or Mounting Height are notoriously difficult to swap for updated or different families.  A swap typically means the instance parameter value reverts to the original default and we have a mess. This is a huge issue with old content, particularly since old parameters might not be named identically to newer parameters.
 
If we create an Ideate BIMLink export before we swap the content, we can save it with a Before suffix and open it. Next, we make the content swap in Revit. We export again (making any changes to match parameter names), saving without the suffix. We then go the Before version, grab all the values from the columns we want to match and paste it into the newest export.  Save and import and all the families revert to the instance value from the original families before we made the swap.
 
The trick is to sort by element ID to be sure we are pasting the correct values. And, it is seriously easy to demonstrate…
 
Small thing but with more than 10 years of old projects we are now resurrecting for new work, it is a great solution.
 
Use Ideate BIMLink to filter based on whether a parameter is editable.  Ideate BIMLink support both “AND” and “OR” filters.
Fig 1: Using Filters to simplify the task of swapping content in Revit. 
 
Keep in mind that if you have a huge project with lots of duplicates and old stuff to swap, using Ideate BIMLink Filters is critical. 
 
A big thanks to Phyllis Robbins, Design Applications Manager and Associate at Eppstein Uhen Architects, Inc.  for sharing this valuable tip!
 

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January

25

2016

Join the Ideate Software tech experts for eLearning. Make the most of your Revit workflow with free, live, online classes that provide your entire organization with easy access to premium education.

January 27 // Ideate BIMLink
Revit Model Management with Ideate BIMLink
In this class, we will explore several ways in which Ideate BIMLink can help with efficiently managing a Revit model. Some of the examples we will review include: extracting a full multi-category quantity take-off, managing Revit families, managing views and sheets, managing view templates, performing a full project spell check, and renaming or renumbering objects with ease. 

February 4 // Ideate BIMLink
Ideate BIMLink for Revit MEP Projects

This class will explore several ways in which Ideate BIMLink can effect changes to a Revit MEP model. One topic to be covered is crucial for settings that affect Energy Performance. We will also explore how Ideate BIMLink can globally assist with Electrical Device changes and Lighting Level Analysis. We will also look at the various pre-built Ideate BIMLink Revit MEP Sample links and how they can make you more productive. If you’ve only used Ideate BIMLink for one particular kind of task then this is the class for you. 

February 18 // Ideate Explorer
Auditing Your Revit Project with Ideate Explorer
You’ve used Ideate Explorer to find the hidden DWGs in your Revit project, but did you know that you can find and cleanup many other culprits that may be lurking? This class will take students through nine additional auditing processes to help keep Revit projects running smoothly. We recommend auditing your Revit project weekly with these methods.

View Ideate class descriptions and registration links here for full class descriptions, times and registration link.

Questions? Contact education@ideateinc.com

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January

20

2016

One of the requirements for specifying a door is to know which way it swings, both left or right and, if it has a keyed side, in or out. In Revit this information is not readily available, but the information is there. This piece will help you manage your door quantity takeoffs by first identifying how Revit represents this information and how to use that information to populate the doors with the correct information using Ideate BIMLink or to verify that information with Ideate Query in Ideate Explorer.

There are four types of swings: Left Hand (LH), Right Hand (RH), Left Hand Reverse (LHR), and Right Hand Reverse (RHR). There are many explanations online with diagrams of each.

Default Revit Family
Default Revit Family

For this example we will be using the default Revit door as a reference. It is modeled in the family as a Left Hand Reverse. This is important as it impacts the way the Revit properties should be interpreted. If you are using families modeled in a different hand than the default family, you will have to note those families and adjust the calculations as appropriate. This workflow also requires that the family have flip controls in place, one horizontal and one vertical.

The different door orientations labeled with their swing, Revit, door families, door swing, Revit Architecture
Doors in Plan

Here is an image of a Revit file that I created for this piece. There is one of each swing, using the Revit placement tools and the flip controls. I then used the mirror command to make another set of doors (in blue) to show that the mirror command does get captured.

There are two properties in Revit that are not listed in the properties palette but are accessible through the API that will determine the swing of the door. These properties are exposed by both Ideate BIMLink and Ideate Query. The two properties are:

  • Is Facing Flipped – This indicates the side of the wall the door swings towards. Since the default Revit family swings out (up in the family) a value of ‘False’ indicates that the door is a ‘Reverse’ door, and a value of ‘True’ is not reversed. 
  • Is Hand Flipped – This indicates the hand of the door. Since the default Revit family is modeled as a Left Hand, a value of ‘False’ indicates that the door is a ‘Left Hand’, and ‘True’ indicates that the door is ‘Right Hand.’

Additionally, you can include ‘Host Wall: Function’ or your ‘Has Lock’ parameter to identify those doors that do or do not need to be marked as ‘Reverse.’ In this example we won’t be including those parameters.

There are two workflows to manage these parameters, allowing you to rely on one resulting text parameter. 

In Ideate BIMLink, a door instance link is created with the parameters listed above, along with the text parameter that will store the resulting value. If you are using families that are modeled differently, you will also want to include the ‘Family Name’ property. 

The property values for newly placed doors, Revit, door swing, excel, Ideate BIMLink,
Properties in Ideate BIMLink

This information is then exported to Excel. To convert the information we can use one of the following Excel formulas, where C is the ‘Is Facing Flipped’ column, D is the ‘Is Hand Flipped’ column.

With Full Text

=CONCATENATE(

IF(D2,"Right Hand","Left Hand"),

IF(C2,""," Reverse"))

Abbreviated

=CONCATENATE(

IF(D2,"RH","LH"),

IF(C2,"","R"))

Once this formula has been put in place, it can be dragged down to the rest of the rows. The data can then be imported back into Revit, updating the parameter.

The result of importing the Excel formula, Revit, Excel, Ideate BIMLink, Door Swing, calculate, swing parameter, Revit parameters
Properties After Import

In Ideate Query (a part of Ideate Explorer) you can verify that the swing parameter you have defined is accurate. Select the doors that you would like to examine (or all the doors). Open Ideate Query. Select the swing parameter and either one or both of the ‘Is Facing Flipped’ and ‘Is Hand Flipped’ properties from the list using ctrl+select. The query tool will group the elements by these values allowing you to spot discrepancies. You can then select the discrepancies to fix. 

Finding values that are incorrect, Ideate Query, Ideate Explorer, Revit, door swing, door hand, Revit Parameters
Doors in Ideate Query

Here is an image showing some issues I made on purpose, one blank value from a new door, one that is using the wrong syntax for the parameter, and one that was mislabeled, creating a duplicate in the list.


About the Author

Jesika DiGregorio – Software Engineer
Jesika received her Bachelor of Architecture from the University of Oregon in Eugene where she also spent time studying advanced math. Her work experience includes Junior Designer at an award-winning firm specializing in architecture and land planning, and Intern Architect at a firm that provides services in planning, design, construction documents and construction administration for projects of all sizes. After working in architecture design for several years, Jesika decided to pursue her interest in programming and her love of efficient systems. She now serves as a Software Team Lead for Ideate Software.

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January

20

2016

Join the Ideate Software tech experts for eLearning. Make the most of your Revit workflow with free, live, online classes that provide your entire organization with easy access to premium education.

January 27 // Ideate BIMLink
Revit Model Management with Ideate BIMLink
In this class, we will explore several ways in which Ideate BIMLink can help with efficiently managing a Revit model. Some of the examples we will review include: extracting a full multi-category quantity take-off, managing Revit families, managing views and sheets, managing view templates, performing a full project spell check, and renaming or renumbering objects with ease. 

February 4 // Ideate BIMLink
Ideate BIMLink for Revit MEP Projects

This class will explore several ways in which Ideate BIMLink can effect changes to a Revit MEP model. One topic to be covered is crucial for settings that affect Energy Performance. We will also explore how Ideate BIMLink can globally assist with Electrical Device changes and Lighting Level Analysis. We will also look at the various pre-built Ideate BIMLink Revit MEP Sample links and how they can make you more productive. If you’ve only used Ideate BIMLink for one particular kind of task then this is the class for you. 

View Ideate Software class descriptions and links here for full class descriptions, times and registration link.

Questions? Contact education@ideateinc.com

Get It. Know It. Use It.

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