January 29, 2016

Have You Ever Wanted to Add a Tolerance to a Revit Dimension?

Hi folks IX here.  One of the Senior Application Specialist here at Ideate, Inc.

Have you ever wanted to add a Tolerance (±) to a dimension in Revit?  Well you can and here are a couple workflows for you…

Workflow 1 using Microsoft Character Map:

I’m using Windows 7 and found the character map program in the flowing location

• “Start > All Programs >> Accessories >>> System Tools >>>> Character Map



Once in the Character Map program I took the following step to copy the character

1. Select the Font: drop-down and select the font that you are using in your Revit project for your dimensions
2. Locate the Plus or Minus Symbol (±).  Double-click on the character to add it to the characters to copy section
3. Select the Copy button

Your tolerance symbol has now been added to the windows clipboard for pasting. 



Back in Revit follow these easy steps to add your copied tolerance symbol to a Revit dimension

1. Double-click on the dimension that you wish to add the Plus or Minus (±) symbol to
2. Select into the Suffix: field and right-click to get the menu
3. Select Paste from the menu
4. Add additional content to the field to finish your tolerance
5. Select the OK button to finish add the tolerance to the dimension



          
Workflow 2 using the Keystroke equivalent:

If you know the keystroke equivalent you can type it in into the Suffix: field.  In my example above for the Arial font you can insert the Plus or Minus (±) symbol by holding down the Alt key and typing the number 0177.

I hope that you enjoyed this Dimensioning Tolerance workflow tips and tricks.

Cheers
IX
 

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ENI Application Specialist 

Eugene A. O’Day, IX, with more than 25 years of architectural and mechanical experience, offers a trained focus on all things Revit and BIM. Teaching is a passion of his. Eugene has been an instructor in undergraduate degree programs, has traveled worldwide teaching Autodesk solutions to major corporations, has taught at accredited ATCs throughout the Northwestern region, and is a frequent and popular instructor, speaker, and presenter for AUGI® CAD Camps, Revit – and related product user groups. He has also been a trusted public school district advisor on new drafting instructor hires. At Ideate, Eugene provides training and support for Revit Architecture, Revit Structure and AutoCAD. Eugene is also a Revit Architecture Autodesk Certified Professional.

January 28, 2016

Revit Soffit Cleanup Between Ceiling and Bulkhead Wall


Here at Ideate, we frequently get questions in the classroom from students – and we frequently get solutions from our students. I decided to document some of the solutions. This blog deals with how you can get the gypsum wall board to turn the corner between a ceiling and a bulkhead wall – so you do not see a line separating the materials.



Before



After

Typically walls and ceilings have layers of materials and their function determines which is dominant when walls or ceilings meet. Core structural materials can be joined graphically so they appear correctly, when for example you join the structural layer of a floor to the structural layer of a wall.

This example shows a “fix” that lets you join the structural layers of a wall and a ceiling.


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AEC Senior Application Specialist

Jim Cowan’s extensive AEC design industry experience, Autodesk design solutions expertise and status as an Autodesk Certified Instructor have made him a sought after University Curriculum developer, instructor and presenter. Jim’s areas of expertise include eLearning, interoperability between solutions and overcoming barriers to the adoption of Building Information Modeling (BIM). Educated in Architecture at Edinburgh College of Art/Heriot–Watt University and in Landscape Architecture at the University of Manitoba, Jim has special focus on sustainability issues: daylight analysis, sun studies, lighting analysis, modeling buildings and conceptual energy modeling (models with shading devices).YouTube Channel: MrJimCowan

January 27, 2016

Ideate Software Announces New Version of Ideate Sticky for Autodesk Revit

PRESS RELEASE: San Francisco, CA, 1/26/2015 – Ideate Software, a veteran Autodesk Developer Network member, announced today that updates are available for Ideate Sticky for Autodesk Revit versions 2014, 2015 and 2016. Ideate Sticky imports and synchronizes Microsoft Excel file content into the Revit project environment. The updates to Ideate Sticky for Revit include significant enhancements and improvements.
In response to a top customer support request, visual fidelity has been improved by added support for Line Style Mapping. “Ideate Sticky user feedback was integral in the development of the features in this update,” says Glynnis Patterson, Ideate Director of Software Development. “We designed this to allow end-user control of the assigned line styles, as well as out-of-the-box default values to get our customers up and running with great results.”
Other improvements in this release of Ideate Sticky include:
  • Added support for hidden rows and columns within your Revit project
  • Designers and engineers can now use any Named Region as a way of defining a Sticky, an easy method for splitting a long Excel worksheet into separate 'pages'
  • Versions 2015 and forward now support inclusions of an image, such as a company logo, within the header
Richard Taylor, Ideate Software Technical Evangelist says, “The ability to support embedded graphic images in the Microsoft Excel schedule, plus the ability to support many Excel line styles, will greatly enhance the graphic fidelity of the Sticky Schedule within the Revit environment, reducing the necessity for additional schedule editing.  Customers can easily link the Excel Schedule into Revit knowing that the proper formatting of fonts, graphic images, line styles, hidden rows and columns, and merged cells, will be handled by Ideate Sticky effortlessly and elegantly.” 
He adds, “No matter your discipline, Ideate Sticky allows you to extend the project team by providing the ability to link non-BIM Excel data directly into the Revit project.”
Bob Palioca, President, Ideate Software says, “Ideate Software is always listening and deeply involved in how are customers are using our Ideate Software solutions. The latest release of Ideate Sticky reflects that commitment to our customers.”
To ensure consistent graphic results, all Ideate Sticky end-users should be updated at the same time.
Ideate Sticky carries a five-star rating on the Autodesk App Store, and is available with a non-commercial free trial. Download the trial today.
For more information, call 888.662.7238, or contact sales@ideatesoftware.com
About Ideate Software
Ideate Software allows Autodesk Revit users to have unprecedented control over their data. Ideate BIMLink, Ideate Explorer for Revit, and Ideate Sticky were all developed to solve persistent problems in Architecture, Engineering, and Construction (AEC) workflows. Ideate Software solutions enable Revit users to save time, increase accuracy, improve Revit project deliverables, and elevate design.
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Dynamically Linked Corridor Profiles


Recently, a couple customers asked me how to create a dynamically linked corridor profile along a top-of-curb or flowline in Civil 3D.  They wanted to monitor the corridor elevation data along a particular feature line against a frontage road or pipe network.  I typically suggest Option 4 described below. But, decided to explore profile creation alternatives and discuss the pros and cons of each.

Option 1: Create Profile from Corridor
This tool is available from the Home>Create Design>Profile fly out which creates a profile from a corridor feature line.  The profile is added to the corridor's baseline alignment collection in the prospector and is automatically drawn in the profile view. 


Upon creation you'll notice a unique icon (See below...) in the prospector that gives the impression that this profile is dynamically linked to the selected feature line.  It is not.
 



Pros:
o Easily create a profile from a corridor feature line.
o Can be labeled with all profile label sets.


Cons:
o The profile is Static.

Option 2: Create Surface Profile - Sample Offset
First create a corridor surface using the subassembly Top links with overhang correction. Next "Create Surface Profile" using the corridor baseline with a Sample Offset value equivalent to the offset distance to the desired corridor feature line. The profile is added to the corridor's baseline alignment collection in the prospector and is automatically drawn in the profile view.

Pros:

o The offset profile dynamically updates.
o Can be labeled with all profile label sets.


Cons:
o Requires a corridor surface and a few more steps than Option 1.
o The profile is sampled only at a specific offset distance from the baseline and may not follow the corridor feature line.

Option 3: Offset Alignment- Create Surface Profile
This option is very similar to 'Create Surface Profile - Sample Offset' except you use the Offset Alignment tool and then generate a surface profile from the corridor surface.  The surface profile will then need to be superimposed upon the corridor baseline alignment's profile view from either the contextual ribbon or from Home>Create Design>Profile fly out.

Pros:
o An offset alignment can follow a corridor feature line more closely through Add Widening.
o The offset alignment profile dynamically updates.
o Can be labeled with all profile label sets.


Cons:
o Requires a corridor surface and a new offset alignment.

Option 4:  Dynamically Linked Corridor Feature Line - Project Objects to Profile View
From the corridor's contextual ribbon or from Home>Create Design>Feature Line fly out, select the desired corridor feature line.  In the Create Feature Line from Corridor dialog, ensure that "Create dynamic link to the corridor" is checked and that you give the feature line a descriptive name. Once created, select the desired Profile View and from the contextual ribbon, choose Project Objects to Profile View.

Pros:
o Requires the least number of steps to create a dynamically linked corridor profile.
o Best at displaying elevation data of a corridor feature line along its' actual alignment.
o Non-corridor feature lines can also be projected onto the baseline profile view.

 
Cons:
o Only basic Profile View labels are available for a projected object.

Note: To remove projected objects from a Section or Profile View, see this short video http://autode.sk/1WCZLW6


 
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ENI Application Specialist 

Daniel is an Application Specialist for Infrastructure Solutions at the Ideate Sacramento office. He is a California licensed Civil Engineer and LSIT with over 9 years land development design experience and 7 years Civil–GIS software consulting. Additionally, he provided 6 years of engineering support at a municipal public works department. At Ideate, Daniel assists Civil Engineering and Surveying firms in maximizing their utilization of AutoCAD Civil 3D through consulting, training, mentoring, and technical support. He conducts standard classroom and custom training on AutoCAD, Map 3D, and Civil 3D.

 

January 26, 2016

Hard Drive Space and Corrupt Revit Files


Working in software development for Ideate Software, it is common for me to get my computer into strange states. Recently I managed to consume all my hard drive space with my virtual memory and I ran into a curious situation in Revit. When I attempted to open a Revit file, Revit told me that the file was corrupt and could not be opened. 

Now this was a file that I had been actively working on. Panicked, I attempted to open another file which Revit also stated was corrupt. I then decided it was too dangerous to open any more files and stepped away from the computer.

After taking a deep breath, I started to do some digging and I found that I had used all the space on my small C: drive. In particular it was being consumed by the page file for my virtual memory. I managed the virtual memory settings to move the cache to my much larger D: drive and rebooted my system.

Now with my C: drive no longer at capacity I opened the Revit files again. Magically they were no longer being reported as corrupt.

The lesson of the story is that Revit will not tell you that you have run out of space on your computer. If a Revit file is being reported as corrupt, especially on a specific computer, take a look at how much space there is on the computer first, then panic second.
 

 
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Software Engineer

Jesika received her Bachelor of Architecture from the University of Oregon in Eugene where she also spent time studying advanced math. Her work experience includes Junior Designer at an award-winning firm specializing in architecture and land planning, and Intern Architect at a firm that provides services in planning, design, construction documents and construction administration for projects of all sizes. After working in architecture design for several years, Jesika decided to pursue her interest in programming and her love of efficient systems. She now serves as a Software Team Lead for Ideate Software.

 

January 25, 2016

e-Learning - Upcoming Revit, AutoCAD Civil 3D, InfraWorks and Ideate Software Classes

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January 22, 2016

Two Ways to Get an Overhead Water Tank into Your InfraWorks 360 Model


In a recent InfraWorks training for a water services company there was need to show a water tank in the InfraWorks model. You can achieve that in the following two ways:

Option 1
For a non-elevated ground level water tank, you can use the Point of Interest > 3D Model > Shapes > Green Solid 1M Cylinder. It doesn’t have to be green, this was the first in the list. You can also use this for oil tanks in an oil refinery.


 
This is a simple process – follow the numbered steps from the figure above. You may need to scale the model after insertion as needed.

Option 2
For an elevated water tank, you can import a 3D model from Sketchup warehouse https://3dwarehouse.sketchup.com/. This website has known landmarks such as Golden Gate Bridge as well as some generic models uploaded by the community. Search for a model that is appropriate for your job. Once you have found a model that works, simply download the latest version of the model as an SKP file.


Drag and drop the SKP file inside your model in InfraWorks. A dialog box pops up in InfraWorks asking you to use cloud account to process the import and then another one that says that the materials might not be imported. Accept the defaults and click okay at both the prompts – we will address the material issue at the end of this write up.



 
The next step is to configure the model. Simply double click the model in the Data Sources panel (as highlighted in red in the figure above) to display the Data Source Configuration dialog box.



Then follow the numbered steps to specify the model Type as Building and click Interactive placing… The dialog box will hide; double click to place the object in the model.


 

After that the Data Source dialog box will appear again – click Close & Refresh. That completes the process. Notice, I did not fret about the units of coordinates.

Now the object does not have any material or texture. To fix this you will need to open the SKP file in Sketchup and export the object to DAE file from Sketchup. Then you will need to make sure all supporting files including the DAE file are in the same folder. Now you can drag and drop the DAE file into InfraWorks instead of SKP file.

For more on this process refer to a blog I wrote earlier on our Ideate blog:

http://bit.ly/1OJFRVE

Also, this video from Willy Campbell of Autodesk explains the same thing:

http://autode.sk/1OAxHBj

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Senior Application Specialist Infrastructure 

Gaurav is a Senior Application Specialist for Infrastructure Solutions at Ideate based out of San Francisco. He has over 18 years of experience in construction and related software industry. With this extensive design technology background he helps engineering and surveying companies, federal and state government agencies, and ENR 500 firms critically analyze and improve their construction drawing production process. He implements Civil infrastructure design technology led by InfraWorks and Civil 3D and has helped Ideate grow Civil Infrastructure Services. Being an industry recognized speaker he has presented cutting edge design technology at several industry conferences such as Autodesk University. @BeGeez

 

January 20, 2016

e-Learning - Upcoming Revit and Ideate Software Classes

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January 19, 2016

Did You Know That You Can Add Equality Formula’s To A String Of Dimensions?


Hi folks IX  here.  One of the Senior Application Specialist here at Ideate, Inc. 

NEW TO REVIT 2016!!!  Well okay how about NEW to Revit 2013.  Did you know that you have the ability to add equality formula’s to a dimension string giving you the ability to take your dimension to the next level? 

To add an equality formula to a dimension string you’ll first have to setup the equality formula in the dimension family and assign the instance of the dimension string to display the equality formula.  It’s very straightforward.  But let’s not get ahead of ourselves here.
  
Let’s start off with the equality formula options.  You have the ability to report back 4 separate parameters within a formula.  Length of Segment, Number of Segments, Number of Witness Lines, & Total Length.  Users also have the ability to set spaces, a prefix, as well as a suffix.

Equality Formula (Dimension Parameters)

• Length of Segment = Reports the equality length
• Number of Segments = Reports the number of dimension in a string
• Number of Witness Lines = Reports the number of dimension witness lines in a string
• Total Length = Reports the total length of the dimension string
 
 
Once you have setup your equality formula you’ll need to assign the dimension string to report the display of the formula.  Each dimension string has the ability to report the string in 3 separate ways Value, Equality Text or Equality Formula.
  
Equality Display:

• Value = Reports the dimension value regardless if equality is on
• Equality Text = Reports the Equality Text parameter set in the dimension family found in the “Other” group parameter category area
• Equality Formula = Reports the Equality Formula parameter set in the dimension family found in the “Other” group parameter category area
 


 
 
Putting it all together…  All you need to do is create a dimension family that has a Dimension Equality Formula setup to your desired look and a dimension string instance parameter reporting the Equality Formula set in the dimension family.
 
 
Enjoy this Dimensioning String Equality Formula workflow tips and tricks.  Look for my next month’s BLOG where I’ll be covering adding tolerances to a dimension string.
 
Cheers
IX
 
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AEC Senior Application Specialist

Eugene A. O’Day, IX, with more than 25 years of architectural and mechanical experience, offers a trained focus on all things Revit and BIM. Teaching is a passion of his. Eugene has been an instructor in undergraduate degree programs, has traveled worldwide teaching Autodesk solutions to major corporations, has taught at accredited ATCs throughout the Northwestern region, and is a frequent and popular instructor, speaker, and presenter for AUGI® CAD Camps, Revit – and related product user groups. He has also been a trusted public school district advisor on new drafting instructor hires. At Ideate, Eugene provides training and support for Revit Architecture, Revit Structure and AutoCAD. Eugene is also a Revit Architecture Autodesk Certified Professional.

January 11, 2016

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January 8, 2016

Understanding Transfer Project Standards Feature in Revit


One of the advantages of supporting any type of software is that you are often confronted with the customer’s workflows and needs. Many times, the support case leads to further investigation to understand what the customer is trying to accomplish and whether the software can accomplish the tasks natively, or if it requires a workaround. Lately, we have had a few cases that dealt with the Transfer Project Standards feature in Revit. Some customers simply want to transfer one or two items from another project, instead of transferring the entire category of settings or Family Types. In some cases, however, we were asked why some elements do not transfer over with the Transfer Project Standards feature.

When it comes down to Revit Families, Transfer Project Standards will NOT transfer loaded (component) families (well, sort of. I’ll explain later). If you want to transfer Revit Families, you can either find the external Families and load them into your project, or if you cannot find the external families but can find them in another project, you can simply open that project, find the family, click the “Edit Family” button and then select the “Load into Project” feature to load them into your current project.

So if Transfer Project Standards does not transfer over component Families, what does it load or transfer over? According to the Autodesk Help file, Transfer Project Standards copies over the following project standards:

• Family Types, including System Families (Floors, Walls, Roofs, Ceilings, etc.)
• Line weights, materials, view templates, & object styles.
• Mechanical settings, piping, and electrical settings.
• Annotation styles, color fill schemes, and fill patterns.
• Print settings.


If you want to transfer or copy over Families that are not part of the Transfer Project Standards feature, then you could try a few of the options in this blog post.

 
For this example, we are going to look at the Profiles category in this Revit file. There are (5) profiles being used (as underlined in red) by the two walls that are shown. Take note that each of the (5) profile Families have more than one Family Type. For example, the Family named ‘Reveal-Brick Course’ has three Family Types (1 Brick, 2 Bricks, 3 Bricks).



To test out the Transfer Project Standards, we cleared out all of the Profiles in our new Revit project and then selected only the Wall Types from the Transfer Project Standards. Remember, Walls are System Families, therefore, they will transfer over with the Transfer Project Standards Feature.


After the Transfer Project Standards completed, the (5) Profile Families that were part of the system Families (the walls in this case) transferred over, however, the additional Family Types that were not used by the Wall Types did not transfer over. This clearly indicates that Transfer Project Standards will not copy over ALL component Families, rather, Transfer Project Standards will copy over only the component Family Types that are part of a System Family.



If you want to transfer over all the Family Types from one project to another, you have a few options. The first one, of course, is to find the component family on your computer or network server and then simply load it into your new project. This feature is by far the most widely used method. But if you cannot find the component family outside of your Revit model, then find the Family in the Project Browser, right-click on it and select the Edit option.



Once the Edit option is selected, you will be in the Family Editor. Rather than editing the family, simply select the Load into Project or Load into Project and Close option. By selecting either of these two buttons, you will be able to load the entire Family and all of its Types into your new Project.



If you only need to transfer a few Families to another project, then the aforementioned method may be the easiest, however, if you want to transfer many families over, you can save all your project families to a folder and then load the ones you need into your new project. Depending on how many Families exist in a Revit project, the export process can take some time to process.
 
 
 
 

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Sash Kazeminejad

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 

January 7, 2016

Autodesk Webcast = Keys to Launching a Successful BIM Pilot for Construction


By now it’s safe to say you have heard about BIM (Building Information Modeling) and the benefits it can deliver to your business. However, it can be difficult to know when or how to implement it in your firm. The good news is we are here to walk you through getting started on your BIM pilot. We will even provide the step-by-step guide to get you up and running for long term success.
 
During this webinar you will learn:

• ROI of using BIM
• Keys to a successful BIM Pilot
• Organizational plan
• Pilot Deployment Plan- How to get started
• Resources to help get you started


Join Autodesk technical experts, Jarrod Krug and Shawn Butler for this live and interactive online event - make sure to bring your questions!
 

Date: Thursday January 14, 2016
Time: From 9:30 am to 10:30 am (Pacific Standard Time)


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January 5, 2016

May The “Force” Be With You…..

 
Schedule without forcing a hard return

Have you ever wanted to force line breaks into your schedules views, or even perhaps into your view titles?

While in a schedule you can force the line break using Ctrl+Enter
 

Here is an example of the schedule before adding in the hard returns:


Schedule before forcing a hard return

Schedule View after adding the hard returns:



Schedule after forcing a hard return

The end result of the schedule on the sheet:


Schedule on Sheet

A similar trick can be used in view titles that do not wrap the way you desire. Utilizing the Title on Sheet field, instead of the View Name field you can Ctrl+Enter your title as noted below.

Cheers to new beginnings and new endings, thanks to the Ctrl+Enter keys!
 
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Emily Clark

AEC Application Specialist

Emily Clark holds a Bachelor of Architecture degree from Kansas State University, and has over 19 years of experience in the Architecture industry. Her experience includes working for a number of Architecture and Design/ Build firms in the Western United States. She has been a Project Designer, Intern Architect, BIM Manager and Design Technology Manager. She has contributed to the completion of projects ranging from high–end custom residential to Education and Healthcare design. She has worked with multiple platforms and her passion for BIM has enabled her to help transition firms and advance with technology. At Ideate, Emily provides training and support for Revit Architecture.

January 4, 2016

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Worksharing Best Practices
1.13::Ideate Software:
Auditing Your Revit Project with Ideate Explorer
1.20::Ideate Software:
Introduction to Ideate Sticky 
1.21::Revit 201:
Rapid Detailing
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.

Click here for class descriptions, times and registration link. Questions? Contact education@ideateinc.com

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