Automation for Ideate BIMLink

Ideate Automation is a scripting solution for use with Ideate Software solutions. This topic covers how Ideate Automation can be used to run Ideate BIMLink silently. Before you begin please refer to the Setup Instructions

Examples of Automation for Ideate BIMLink

  1. Automatically Create Your Document Issue Record (DIR)
  2. Project Health Check Data Export
  3. Export Link (QTO Example)
  4. COBie Data Drops

NOTE: This solution works with BIM 360 Revit cloud model files, but only when they have been previously opened (cached) on the local machine.

START HERE: Example #1 — Automatically Create Your Document Issue Record (DIR) — Video

We recommend that you begin your testing with this simple example. In this example we use a built-in script called “BIMLink DIR Update” to automatically create a document issue record to show all the sheets and the related revisions across a project. Ideate BIMLink customers can request the macro-enabled version of this file by contacting [email protected].

Automatically update your Revit document issuance and sheet index revision lists

 

Example #2 — Project Health Check Data Export — Video

 

In this example we use a built-in script called “BIMLink HealthCheck Export” to automatically create an Excel file with multiple tabs per each link definition that exists in the Health Check folder within Ideate BIMLink.

 

Automatically update your Revit dashboard data

 

Example #3 — Export Link (QTO Example) — Video

In this example we will use a built-in script called “BIMLink Export Link” to automatically load then export data from a specified BIMLink definition. This sample references the QTO Link but can be changed. This workflow is designed to work well when a workbook with an existing Excel pivot table is already setup. You can use the sample Excel file provided as part of your Ideate BIMLink Sample content. By default this Excel file  is installed to C:\Program Files\Ideate\Ideate Software xxxx\Ideate BIMLink\en-US\Samples\By Discipline\Construction Links.

 

Automatically create a quantity takeoff with Ideate Automation and BIMLink

 

Example #4 — COBie Data Drops — Video

 

The BIMLink COBie script can be used to automatically export all of the specified COBie links to one Excel file. This Ideate BIMLink content is designed to work with the latest version of the BIM Interoperability Toolkit offered by Autodesk, meaning it references that version of the shared parameters.  Ideate BIMLink customers can request a sample RVT file to use with this script by contacting [email protected].

 

 

Automatically update your COBie data drops with Ideate Automation and BIMLink

 

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