December 22, 2014

eLearning - Upcoming Revit, Navisworks, and Ideate Software Classes

Join the Ideate Tech Experts for eLearning – live online classes that provide your entire organization with easy access to premium education.
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Working with Parts in Revit
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Clash Detection

Revit 201
Converting Blocks to Families & Working with 2D Content in Revit
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Working with Wall Types in Revit
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Scheduling 201
Each class is designed to give you specific, improved results in a particular topic. You can interact with the instructor right from your own office, while eliminating travel time. Because the class schedule rotates, you can easily select your topics of interest and choose the day which best meets your schedule.

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December 18, 2014

Ideate, Inc. Announces a New Update for Ideate Explorer for Revit

San Francisco, CA, 12/18/2014–Ideate, Inc., a multi-decade veteran Autodesk Developer Network member and Autodesk Gold Value Added Reseller today announced the availability of Ideate Explorer for Revit 2015.1. This Ideate Software solution includes enhanced functionality customers have requested, specifically a modeless interface. Now, users will be able to work in the Autodesk Revit and the Ideate Explorer for Revit environments at the same time. 

Ideate Software is a set of far-reaching Building Information Modeling (BIM) data management tools that help the Revit community clean up models, delete problem items, analyze files quickly, improve speed and accuracy in data flow, increase collaboration and overcome repeated workflow interruptions. 

This recent Ideate Explorer for Revit update provides BIM and Virtual Design and Construction (VDC) managers, project leaders, facility managers, architects, engineers, and other users an enhanced tool for model auditing, power selection and model maintenance. With it, they can get a global view of model contents, and locate, isolate, modify and/or effectively delete unwanted elements from the Revit model.  

Ideate Director of Software Development Glynnis Patterson says, “This new release lets our customers delve both deeply and seamlessly into their Revit files, since they can now work in Revit and Ideate Explorer at the same time. We make sure our BIM data management solutions are robust and our updates meaningful and frequent. This new functionality answers a No. 1 customer request.”

Bob Palioca, President, Ideate Inc. says of the new Ideate Explorer release, “As our AEC customers ask for greater speed and fluidity in our Revit-based solutions, we respond. This point release is another leap forward in our ongoing commitment to our customers’ success.” 

Customers who tested the new functionality offered comments on the most valuable aspect of Ideate Explorer to their workflows. Marcus Roman, Associate/Architect for NBBJ, noted greatest value in “Being able to quickly see elements in the model and identify errors.” Andy Brahney, Senior Revit Technician at Ramboll UK said, “Being able to find which workset elements are on; this helps greatly with the QA process.” And, Dan Dankert, CAD/BIM Manager for Mead & Hunt acknowledged, “Finding lost and incorrect objects.”

Ideate Explorer for Revit carries a five star rating on the Autodesk Exchange Apps Store, and is available with a non-commercial free trial. For more information, call 888.662.7238, contact, and for support, contact

About Ideate, Inc.
Ideate, Inc. is a leading Autodesk Authorized Developer with 25+ years’ experience in software development and specific focus on Building Information Modeling (BIM). As an Autodesk solutions provider, Ideate has offered quality software, training, support and custom consulting services to the architectural, engineering and construction (AEC) industries since 1992. Headquartered in San Francisco, California and operating Autodesk Authorized Training Centers (ATCs) in California, Oregon and Washington, Ideate is recognized as an Autodesk Gold Partner for Architecture, Engineering and Construction, one of Autodesk’s highest levels of authorization. 

Ideate Software is a comprehensive set of far-reaching BIM data management tools. Ideate BIMLink powers the “I” in BIM, allowing users to pull data from an Autodesk Revit file into Microsoft Excel for fast and precise editing, and push the data back into Revit with equal ease. Ideate Explorer for Revit lets users search, filter, quantify and select to easily manage the 100,000+ elements in a Revit model. Both solutions help Autodesk Revit users solve problems in AEC workflows and help the Revit community leverage BIM to its fullest advantage. 

Autodesk, Autodesk Revit and ATC are registered trademarks or trademarks of Autodesk, Inc., and/or its subsidiaries and/or affiliates in the USA and/or other countries. Microsoft Excel is a registered trademark of Microsoft Corporation in the United States and other countries. All other brand names, product names or trademarks belong to their respective holders.

This post was originally published on the Ideate Software Blog.

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December 16, 2014

Average Estimated Illumination and Gradient Color Fill Plans

Using color to fill to indicate value in Revit MEP models can visually convey data in a meaningful way. For example, indicating average illumination with meaningful colors, red for high lux, yellows and oranges for mid lux, and green for low lux can help one make more sense of a model with a quick glance than having to reference and re-reference the legend when using neutral and/or non-ordered color fills. Follow this Revit MEP workflow to customize the color fill in your models. 

Place the color fill legend anywhere in the drawing area to describe the color scheme used in the view. 
  1. Open a floor plan view or section view. 
  2. Click Annotate tab Color Fill panel(Legend). 
  3. Click in the drawing area to place the color fill legend. 
  4. In the Choose Space Type and Color Scheme dialog, select the space type and color scheme, and click OK. 
If the color fill legend that displays does not reflect the color scheme that you want to use, do the following: 
  1. In the drawing area, select the legend. 
  2. Click Modify Color Fill Legends tab Scheme panel Edit Scheme. 
  3. In the Edit Color Scheme dialog, select a different color scheme from the list, and click OK. 
You can also create a new color scheme in this dialog. 

In the illustration below is a typical Average Illumination color fill in Revit MEP. Although the legend indicates the lux level next to a color, the range of colors used is not particularly indicative of the value. 
A better representation would be to use a range from green, through yellow to red, as illustrated with this alternative color fill where green rooms have a low lux level and red rooms have a high lux level, and yellow is used for the mid-range: 
This can simply be set up by manually assigning colors using an RGB value. Let’s take a look at the RGB values of green, yellow and red: 
In order to change from green to yellow, we simply increase the R value incrementally from 0 to 255, then to change from yellow to red we simply decrease the G value from 255 to 0. Let’s consider a lux level range from 0 to 500+ and interpolate the appropriate RGB values: 
These can then be easily assigned to the Color Fill in the Edit Color Scheme dialog:
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Bill Johnson
Ideate Senior Application Specialist MEP/AEC Solutions

Bill has over 25 years experience in applying MEP & AEC design solutions for large commercial companies, this has led to actively develop Autodesk® Revit® implementation strategies, techniques, and procedures for architectural and MEP companies. He has worked for TEECOM Design Group, GTE/GTEL, Greg LeDoux and Associates, and Scottish Power in England. Bill is a Autodesk MEP Implementation Certified Expert, and has been the Lead Designer for several multimillion dollar communication sites which have included structural, electrical, HVAC, conduit, cable plans and equipment layouts. He graduated from the Pasadena Institute of Technology and has a Sustainable Design Certification from the University of California at Berkeley.

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