Set Up Projects with Ideate BIMLink
Ideate BIMLink can be used to expedite the many aspects of Revit project setup. You can utilize the sample Links found in the Create Elements folder to create levels, views, sheets and then lastly to place views onto sheets . Follow the exercise below to learn how to quickly setup a new project via Ideate BIMLink and Excel.
One of the first steps in project setup is to setup our levels to match the size and anticipated height of our building design. This exercise is designed to work with the Mechanical Template file that installs with the English>Imperial installed content.
- In Revit select New>Project then select the Mechanical Template.
- From the Project Browser, select the Elevation view called “North — Mech”. In this view you can see that the file already has (2) levels setup.
- Launch Ideate BIMLink from the Ideate Software tab.
- Select the New button, the select the Browse method along the left hand side of the New dialog.
- Go to the Create Elements folder, as shown above, and then pick the first link, called “00 Levels-Create_NEW”. Select "Next" to review the properties, then "Done" to create the link.
- On the main dialog, select the Import button and browse to sample Excel file called “Ideate Software Project Setup-Mechanical.xlsx” which is typically located at C:\Program Files\Ideate\Ideate Software 20XX\Ideate BIMLink\en-US\Samples\Create Elements.
- Choose to import the 00 Levels-Create_NEW worksheet and notice that after selecting OK (4) new levels are now in the project.
- Close Ideate BIMLink and adjust the grid lines to match the extents of the project.
Next Step: Create Plan Views
Create Plan Views
Once the project levels have been set, it is easy to have Ideate BIMLink generate plan, structural plan, ceiling plan and area plan views to match your project-specific view names. The exercise below is a continuation of the one above, which uses the Mechanical Template as a starting point.
- Within Ideate BIMLink, select the New button, the select the Browse method along the left hand side of the New dialog.
- Go to the Create Elements folder, as before, and use multi-select to create all three links:
- 01 Views-Create_NEW_Plans
- 02 Sheets-Create_NEW
- 03 Viewports-Create_NEW
- On the main dialog, select the 01 Views-Create_NEW_Plans link definition and select the Properties button to edit.
- Use the Search feature to find and add the custom Sub-Discipline property. This value is used in this project to organize the view folders within the Project Browser.
- Use the “Move Up” button to make this property the third one, just below the “Family and Type” property, then select OK to return to the main dialog.
- Next, select the Import button and browse to the same Excel file, then select the 01 Views-Create_NEW_Plans worksheet for import.
- On closing Ideate BIMLink you will notice that (24) new views have been created per the details of the Excel file. Additionally, several edits were made to the (6) existing views as shown in yellow below.
Next Step: Create Sheets
To create sheets from the same Excel file, follow these steps:
- Within Ideate BIMLink, select the Import button again and then select the 02 Sheets-Create_NEW worksheet for import.
- On closing Ideate BIMLink you will notice that (30) new sheets have been created per the details of the Excel file.
For additional information about creating sheets, see this related topic.
Last Step: Place Views on Sheets
Place Views on Sheets
To complete the project setup tasks we can now use Ideate BIMLink to place the newly created views onto the newly created sheets. Revit does not allow empty views to be placed on a sheet, so before you complete this last step you will need to ensure that all views have a visible element.
- Open the floor plan view called “1 — Electrical” and see that it is empty. Place an elevation marker on this view to ensure that all electrical views will have at least one visible element before proceeding to the viewport creation process.
- Within Ideate BIMLink, select the Import button again and then select the 03 Viewports-Create_NEW worksheet for import.
- On closing Ideate BIMLink you will notice that each of the (30) new sheets now have one placed plan view (aka viewport).