December

20

2018

I’m always happy to hear how customers use our software tools to streamline their Revit workflows. Here’s a tip recently sent to me by Phyllis Robbins, Design Content Manager: Associate, at Eppstein Uhen Architects.

The Challenge – Tedious, Manual Process

When deleting Autodesk Revit demo content and combining phases, you get a message stating that deleting a demo wall will delete the insert or host. Manually excluding the infill demo walls is a bit tedious.

The Solution – Ideate Explorer and Query

With Ideate Explorer and its Query function, you can use the phase criteria Name to exclude the infill walls from a selection set and then use Ideate Delete for everything else. This process works because even though infill walls behave correctly as phased, they do not really have a phase property when selected.

Ideate Delete is part of Ideate Explorer and provides the benefit of confirming your selection set prior to deletion.

Once you merge phases when updating old models, the residual infill walls will go away.

Share Your Processes

I’d love to hear how you use our tools to save time and increase model accuracy. Send me an email at glynnis.patterson@ideatesoftware.com


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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December

17

2018

We were pleased with the number of attendees at our inaugural webinar on using Ideate Software tools to clean/organize templates, review the entire project for anomalies, and:

  1. Delete unnecessary views and placed content
  2. Merge non-standard content
  3. Check the titleblock family

In addition, we provided tips and instructions on how to purge each type of object (e.g., Custom Family Types, CAD Import Types, and Object Styles). 

We developed this class name as “Purge your Template, Free your Model” but realized from survey feedback that a better name is “Tuning your Revit Template with Ideate Software.” Going forward, we will continue to develop and refine the class along the need to tune and manage the Revit template for optimum performance. Thanks for all the great feedback! 

If you missed the class, would like to see it again, or know someone else that would benefit from the lesson, here’s a link to the recording

 
Throughout the session, my colleague Richard Taylor and I answered questions. Here are some that I think may interest others:

Q. In Ideate ViewCreator, where does a view get defined when using specific sized views and scope boxes?
A. When you select the view to use as a base, it becomes the foundation for newly created views. You can start to make View Property changes to the new view. 

Q. Can you talk more about warnings definitions list you recommended that we add to the template?
A. Our Warnings Manager comes with a definition list of all 915 possible warnings. You can define a warning outside of your project or inside your template. You can establish a corporate standard on how each warning is ranked, so you can give your end users feedback into the severity of the warning. 

Q. Regarding the threshold of warnings in Warnings Manager, is it a user setting or a file setting?
A. It’s either saved in the actual file in the template, or if it’s not saved in template or the project itself, it’s based on the user setting on where to pull the information from. 

Q. I have a template that has another company’s name all over it. Can I search on the company name throughout the entire template?
A. Using Ideate BIMLink, you can filter the family and type names and export the list to Excel, search for the other company name, and replace it with a blank field. Then you can import the data back into Revit.


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

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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December

6

2018

Believe it or not, the first release of Ideate Explorer was over 10 years ago at Autodesk University 2008. 

In 2006, Ideate Software’s president Bob Palioca challenged me to “do something interesting” using the still-new Revit API development platform. Thanks to Bob’s vision and support, that “do something interesting” has grown into Ideate Software’s current offering of a dozen (and growing) Revit tools.

Then…   Ideate Explorer 2009

 …and now! Ideate Explorer 2019


      
Ideate Explorer was born around 2007 in brainstorms between some of our early partners (with a special shout out to our friend Mario Guttman, then at HOK) and me. The germ of the originating idea was an “iTunes-like” explorer for the Revit building information model.

Now over 25 releases later, Ideate Explorer is in the capable hands of our Director of Software Development, Glynnis Patterson, who seeks out the BIM needs of our clients, and the wizardry our Senior Software Developer, Hank DiVincenzo,who  plumbs the depths of the Revit building model; Ideate Explorer has +17,000 lines of code and an impressive list of features, including:

  1. Warning Manager - Review and manage Revit warnings
  2. Navigate - Navigate through view-based elements: legends, schedules, sheets, and views
  3. Query - Search for model element on parameters, such as elements assigned a certain size
  4. Modeless dialog – Click back and forth between Revit, Explorer updates live as project changes 

Ideate Explorer is considered by many firms worldwide the indispensable tool to investigate, clean-up, and manage the Revit building model. Its features allow you to easily search for, filter, quantify, index, and select all Revit model elements, even ‘missing’ and hard-to-find ones, and make selections based on filters or data sets.

For more information on how to use Ideate Explorer to manage your Revit building information model, visit our comprehensive help files or our informative how-to videos.

Give Ideate Explorer a try with a free trial version or subscribe today.


About the Author

Ben Bishoff, Senior Software Developer
Ben has been a software engineer for over 25 years. With a bachelor’s degree in physics, he has worked at several software companies developing applications for the architecture, engineering, and construction (AEC) industries, including Sage Timberline (construction accounting and estimating) and ArchT (architectural drafting for AutoCAD). He also worked at Microsoft creating AEC and other diagramming solutions for Office Visio. Ben has been with Ideate Software for 10 years developing add-ins for Revit, including Ideate Explorer, Ideate BIMLink, Ideate Sticky, and IdeateApps.

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December

3

2018

BIMThoughts is a podcast about BIM technologies and techniques. In a recent episode, hosts Bill Debevc, Autodesk software expert, and Carla Edwards, BIM implementation specialist, discussed the latest improvements to Ideate Explorer. In addition, they gave a quick review and summary of other Ideate Software solutions they use on a daily basis.

 

Regular users of Ideate Software Revit applications, Bill and Carla provided overviews of each tool, discussed their favorite features, gave real-world examples of how they use the tools, and brainstormed about innovative ways to use the tools to streamline workflows, enhance model accuracy, and empower users. They specifically delved into two newer features included with Ideate Explorer:

  • Ideate Warnings Manager - Ranks Revit Warnings based on importance, notifies users when a “High” ranked warning appears in the model, and enables users to easily fix problems using tools in Revit while the Warnings Manager dialog box is open
  • Ideate Query - Enables users to search on any parameter value and quickly find and filter elements

Here are some quotes from the podcast:

  • “We really do love their software and we know you will too.”
  • “[Ideate Explorer] is great way to get some insight into what’s going on in a Revit file.”
  • “Ideate has some great tutorials and demonstrations on workflows.” 

Here’s a link to the recorded podcast

For more information on how Ideate Software tools can enhance your business, contact us at sales@ideatesoftware.com
 

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November

9

2018

Thank you to everyone who attended one of the webinars in our recent series called, “Elevate your Revit Projects with Ideate Software.” We appreciate your time and enjoy hearing how you use our products and answering your questions. 

We hold these webinars in three time zones each quarter for customers and prospective customers. We demonstrate each of our applications for Revit software that enable users to eliminate laborious data editing, viewing, and management tasks:

Streamline project management by extracting information from a Revit model, sending it to Excel for review or manipulation, and importing it back into the Revit model

Enhance model accuracy by auditing your Revit project and understanding all the relationships. During the webinars, we delved into the new Warnings Manager, which enables users to review and manage warnings within a Revit project

Enhance cross-team workflows by linking Excel data into Revit projects as schedules
 

Simplify daily Revit tasks with this collection of nine tools

 

If you weren’t able to attend one of the webinars, or if you attended and would like to reinforce your learning by listening again, here’s a link to the November 1 session. The information presented is the same that was presented in the other two sessions. For detailed information on specific workflows, view our short how-to videos

For more information on how Ideate Software tools can enhance your business, please contact us at 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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