September

4

2014

Register here!

Ideate Software Presents - We are pleased to announce that Ideate Software will be holding a morning seminar event in New York City on Tuesday, September 16th. Discover what Ideate BIMLink and Ideate Explorer for Revit can do to help you save time, enhance collaboration, and increase accuracy on Revit projects. This seminar is suitable for Revit users of all levels and disciplines. Please read on for the presentation description and schedule. September 16th, 2014

Convene 730 Third Ave (between 45th and 46th) New York, NY 100174
 
*Located in the TIAA-CREF building. Location is secured, so pre-registration is required and we suggest arriving a few minutes early.

8:00 am : Light Breakfast, Networking, and Introductions

8:30 am : Auditing Your Project with Ideate Explorer for Revit

If you are not yet providing weekly auditing on your Revit models, then your project is at-risk. Learn our top 10 ways to audit the Revit model.

9:30 am : Mastering Your Revit Data With Ideate BIMLink

With Ideate BIMLink, you can pull a variety of information from your Revit model into Microsoft Excel, and push edited BIM data from Excel back into Revit with speed, ease, and accuracy, saving you a lot of time and money. We will be showing you several ways to quickly edit your sheets and views using BIMLink. For more information:  View the full invitation. Register here. Ideate Software keeps you on the leading edge of BIM.

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September

3

2014

We add new features, and you just ask for more. (Thanks!)

In July of 2013 we created an easy way for Ideate BIMLink users to assign sheets to their respective revisions or issuances in: Ideate BIMLink for Revit 2014 Conquers Revisions!

The response was swift, "Thanks for saving me hours of time, but NOW I need help with this other Revit revision nonsense. I'm required to manage a complete list of all revisions for all sheets as a record, with the list of sheets as the rows, the list of revision dates as the columns, and, this is the kicker, the per sheet number of the revision within each corresponding cell, as shown."


Typical Document Issue Record with Revit Sheet and Revision Data.

We like it when you ask us to solve soul-sucking problems such as this. So here's your solution:


Ideate BIMLink and Document Issue and Revision Records

Existing Ideate BIMLink customers should contact support@ideatesoftware.com to request a copy of the Excel macro template used in this video.


About the Author

Glynnis Patterson, NCARB - Director of Software Development
Glynnis is a Registered Architect and has worked within the BIM industry since 1998. A graduate of Carnegie Mellon University, she has worked as an architect, educator and construction site manager. Glynnis is currently the Director of Software Development Services at Ideate, Inc. and continues to work with AEC clients worldwide, developing, and consulting on solutions to Building Information Modeling challenges. In her spare time Glynnis does volunteer work for eclcofnj.org and growitgreenmorristown.org @GVPinNJ

 

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August

22

2014

Picture this. You are quickly approaching a deadline on a project and there is still a lot to do before submitting your drawings for review. You are looking all over the place for content that you can grab and drop into your Revit model. You look at other Revit projects, the internet, or your hastily create your own content. At this point you do not even care how you got it, how it's named or how it's organized in your model. As long as it works and conveys intent, everything is fine, right?

Now that you have met your deadline and things have settled, you proceed with the next phase of your project. As you continue to develop your model, you quickly realize that you cannot find any of the content that you have loaded into your model because of the way the families have been named and organized. Out of frustration, you either try to load the family again or you continue to find similar content, making the model more and more complex.

Perhaps this situation sounds a little familiar, right? I know that I have been guilty of this in the past, especially when deadlines are approaching and there is no time to manage the Revit model. Thankfully, we have a quick and simple solution for managing Family names and data using Ideate BIMLink. Using the method outlined below, you can quickly rename your families and update family data, to meet your office standards and make them easier to find. Once your families are well organized, you have the option of exporting the newly renamed families to your project directory or to another location for shared usage.

Below is an example of families that are improperly named, which usually leads to difficulty in finding content within a model.


Improperly Named Families

Use the Project_Stds-Rename_Types .Link file that ships with Ideate BIMLink as a starting point for renaming and editing project families.


Use the Project_Stds-Rename_Types .Link file to start renaming and editing project families.

Once you have selected the .Link file, you can add and/or remove Type Based parameters that you want to edit. In this example, we are only interested in editing the Family Names and Type Names.


Add and/or remove Type Based parameters that you want to edit.

If you are interested in removing any categories from the Multi-Category list, you have the option of doing so before exporting to Excel. In this example, we chose to keep all of the family types, including the System Families.


Editing the Multi-Category List 

Before exporting to Excel, you have the option of sorting your data so that it is pre-sorted when you open the Excel file.


Sorting Parameters

If your current Family Name and Type Name parameters have the improper use of upper and lower case lettering, you can use a feature in Excel called Proper. Using Proper will make the first letter of a word uppercase and the rest of the letters will be lower case. If you want everything to be UPPERCASE, you can use the Upper feature. Once you have set up one of the cells, simply fill down to complete the Proper feature. You can then copy-clip the column of Proper cells and paste-special under the family and (and Type name) to replace the old names with the Proper names.


Ensuring Proper Case

In the example shown below, we have added a CSI division number prefix to the family name. We first added the correct CSI number in a column off to the side (column E) and then concatenated (using & for Concatenate) the CSI column (column E) with the Family Name column (column F). Since we do not want the CSI number to increase by 1 for each cell that we fill down, we must put a $ in front of the cell letter and another $ in front of the cell number. When we fill down, the CSI division number will not change from cell to cell. Once you have set up one of the cells, simply fill down to complete the Concatenate feature.


Concatenate, CSI and Family Name

Once you have completed the fill, simply copy-clip the column of concatenated cells and paste-special under the Family Name to replace the old names with the concatenated names.


Copy & Paste Family Names

When you Excel file has been completed, saved and closed, you can return to Ideate BIMLink and Import the recently saved Excel file. Review the Import Link dialogue box for any errors and warnings, then click on Import. Close out of BIMLink to complete the import process.


Review Errors and Warning

As you can see from the image below, our families are nicely named and organized. At this point, you can Export your entire Component-based Family Library to your project directory or to another location of your choice. 


Result: Organized Families

Managing Revit Families to have a streamlined and well organized model will save you a lot of time, money and hassle. While the example shown focused on renaming Component Based Families, you can also dig deeper by editing System Family Type Names and Type Based Parameters as well. Once your families are well organized and edited, you have the option of exporting the newly renamed component families to your project directory or to another location for shared usage. For additional Family editing tips and tricks, see our video on the Family name editing process.

 


About the Author

Sash Kazeminejad - ACI, LEED AP AEC Senior Application Specialist Sash brings proficiency in Autodesk solutions including AutoCAD and Revit Architecture to Ideate customers. His industry experience includes project management, BIM Management, and design for Architectural firms in California, Montana and Oregon. He is LEED accredited professional and is on track to achieve California licensure with Oregon to follow. In his academic life, Sash was awarded a variety of college scholarships, earned a BA in Environmental Design, a MA in Architecture from Montana State University (MSU) and taught Building Information Modeling courses at MSU Gallatin College. As a Revit Architecture Autodesk Certified Instructor, Sash provides Revit Architecture training and support for AEC firms. @sashpdx

 

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July

31

2014

I've given several presentations now on the topic of Revit data management and in particular on the use of shared parameters and one of the consistent questions that I get is, "how can I push lots of parameters to Revit family files (.RFA)?" For those of you that are on Autodesk subscription, there's a tool that does just that, though it's a little difficult to find and navigate through. Here's a recent link from Autodesk that mentions the tools, though surprisingly it omits this particular feature from the list:

After you locate and install the Revit Extensions you will find the tool hidden on the Extensions Tab under the Tools button. It's called "Shared/Project Parameters" from the pull-down, but when it's launched it will open a dialog that says "Shared Parameter Converter".

This image shows that I am asking the tool to read all of the .RFA files found within my "11 Specialty Equip" folder and that I am going to read particular parameters from my Shared Parameter file and push them into these families. The modified families will then be copied into a new folder called "Updated Specialty Equip" and the results of this work will be included in my "!test" folder as a log file.


The Shared Parameters Converter Dialog From Revit Extensions (2014/2015)

In this example my goal is to transfer two new shared parameters into these families. The Configuration dialog looks like this:


Shared Parameters Configuration Settings

To confirm that this worked, I then loaded all families into a single blank project file (.RVT). Revit supports multi-select for this process. You can also drag-drop from Windows.


Using a blank template file, load the modified families for review.

The results confirm the existence of these new parameters, but now I want to fill out the values. I can use Ideate BIMLink to complete this task.

Editing the parameter values with Ideate BIMLink and then importing back to the test file.[/caption] Once the families are cleaned up, you can right-click from Family Browser to export them back to the desired folder location. Pushing multiple parameters to multiple Revit family files is a powerful function that is made possible by the Revit Extensions tool. Before you alter your families in this way you should be sure to consult with your BIM team and also to review whether the parameters truly need to be specified within the families themselves. You can read more on that topic, here: I ♥ Revit Parameters Part 1: Should It Be Shared?


About the Author

Glynnis Patterson, NCARB - Director of Software Development
Glynnis is a Registered Architect and has worked within the BIM industry since 1998. A graduate of Carnegie Mellon University, she has worked as an architect, educator and construction site manager. Glynnis is currently the Director of Software Development Services at Ideate, Inc. and continues to work with AEC clients across the nation, developing, and consulting on solutions to Building Information Modeling challenges. In her spare time Glynnis does volunteer work for eclcofnj.org and growitgreenmorristown.org @GVPinNJ

 

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July

24

2014

After working hard for years and suffering through internships and hours of mind-numbing detailing tasks you deserve better than to spend time transcribing data from one column to another. And yet½if you are managing tag data for occupancy calculations, you are currently doing this, so stop right now.

For years Ideate BIMLink has taken on the task of pushing calculated values into shared parameters (something Revit will not do). Now, we are making it easier. See the video tutorial.

Area and Area Tags showing occupancy loads automated via Ideate BIMLink and an Excel macro template.[/caption] Existing Ideate BIMLink customers can request the sample content shown in the above video which includes Room and Area Tags, Shared Parameters, and the macro-enabled Excel template. Send your request to support@ideatesoftware.com.


About the Author

Glynnis Patterson, NCARB - Director of Software Development Glynnis is a Registered Architect and has worked within the BIM industry since 1998. A graduate of Carnegie Mellon University, she has worked as an architect, educator and construction site manager. Glynnis is currently the Director of Software Development Services at Ideate, Inc. and continues to work with AEC clients across the nation, developing, and consulting on solutions to Building Information Modeling challenges. In her spare time Glynnis does volunteer work for eclcofnj.org and growitgreenmorristown.org @GVPinNJ

 

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