February 13, 2013

Free the Walls – Publishing Unconnected Wall Height Data with Ideate BIMLink

It’s hard to do a detailed analysis or cost estimate if you don’t know the height of the walls in your Autodesk Revit project. Ideate BIMLink exposes this information as well as other hard to access wall data such as phase, design option, orientation, and location data (XYZ). Many of our VDC customers take this data and move it forward, but of course it can also be pushed back into Revit for use in tags or schedules, if needed. This video shows the simple process of extracting all of the wall height data and then pushing it back into a project parameter so that it can be displayed in a schedule.

While the technique shown here relates to the unconnected wall height values, this same procedure is being used by many Ideate BIMLink customers to push other kinds of data into schedules or tags. Managing occupancy data is another very similar workflow that can also be used to save time and improve accuracy.

Glynnis Patterson is a registered architect and the Director of Software Development at Ideate, Inc. In a previous life Glynnis spent many hours looking at blueprints with a scale, highlighters, and a scratch pad to develop detailed cost estimates.