April 18, 2014

Navisworks 2015: Autodesk 360 Rendering

Autodesk 360 rendering is now available for Navsiworks 2015, as shown in this sample file from Ideate Inc. Rendering options in the cloud are faster and offer new types of output – interactive panoramas and color-coded illuminance (lux or foot-candles).

Viewpoints, with daylight or interior lights, can be rendered “on the cloud” and files stored and reviewed on the Render Gallery. You no longer have to wait for Navisworks to complete a rendering. Submit a view and continue to work. Images can also be downloaded if you need local copies.



This image was processed in two minutes. All materials and lights in the Navisworks file were imported with a Revit model. It took 7 minutes to produce the same view as an interactive panorama, where you can interactively look around in room.



This image was processed in seven minutes. All surfaces are color-coded to show lighting levels.


Check out the video: Navisworks 2015: Autodesk 360 Rendering

Also, for information on training and consulting for the various products Ideate services, visit our website at www.ideateinc.com

Don’t forget to look through other great features our Ideate Technical Team has found in the new 2015 releases for Navisworks, Revit MEP, Revit Structure, Revit Architecture, AutoCAD and more: ideateinc.com/2015


Jim Cowan
Ideate AEC Application Specialist

Jim Cowan’s extensive AEC design industry experience and Autodesk design solutions expertise have made him a sought after university curriculum developer, instructor and presenter. Jim’s areas of expertise include 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 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

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April 17, 2014

Navisworks 2015: New Enhancements to Model Based Quantification

The 2015 release of Navisworks introduces new enhancements to the model based quantification module.

It is now possible to assign complete parent structures of geometry to the takeoff workbook. In the past, users had to select the model at the geometry node level in the selection tree hierarchy, making the process very tedious and difficult to perform. The quantification is streamlined by assigning whole branches of geometry from the Selection Tree into the takeoff workbook. This can be done three ways: 

  1. By using the Model Take off button in the work.
  2. Via the right-click menu. 
  3. By dragging and dropping the selection into the workbook.


New in this release is also the ability to add comments to a takeoff items. A new column of comments was added to the takeoff workbook, and comments are sorted by a numerical identifier. The comment can be later managed, or edited via the Navisworks comment dialog box in the Review tab.




Navisworks 2015 also introduces Property Mapping in the Item Catalog for global Item Calculations. This dialog box and allows you to discretely specify which Takeoff properties will be matched to the model properties. This may be required where the dimensional parameters of the geometry have multiple customized names.  



To override these mapping rules for any particular item, there is a new ‘Item Map Rules’ tab by the Item Calculation tab. The property mapping provides users greater flexibility and control on which properties of the geometry execute the takeoff calculations.





Stay tuned for more announcements of new exciting features in Navisworks 2015.


Check out the video: Navisworks 2015 New Enhancements to Model Based Quantification

Also, for information on training and consulting for the various products Ideate services, visit our website at www.ideateinc.com

Don’t forget to look through other great features our Ideate Technical Team has found in the new 2015 releases for Navisworks, Revit Structure, Revit Architecture, AutoCAD and more: ideateinc.com/2015



Cesar Escalante, AIA, LEED AP, CCCA
AEC Solutions Application Specialist

Cesar has a Bachelor of Architecture degree from the University of Central America in El Salvador, a Master of Architecture from the University of Texas, and is a CCCA (Certified Construction Contract Administrator). His experience includes roles as Project Manager and Project Captain at architecture firms in Oakland, California. As a member of the Ideate Tech Expert team, Cesar teaches Revit Architecture Fundamentals and provides client support and consulting. Cesar’s interest in the built environment includes his work as a volunteer for Habitat for Humanity.

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April 16, 2014

Trim / Extend Multiple Elements in Revit 2015

In Revit 2015, users now have the ability to trim and/or extend multiple elements using a selection box. In previous versions of Revit, this feature was unavailable, therefore, users had to select individual elements to trim and/or extend.

In Revit 2015, simply select the Trim/Extend Multiple Elements button, then select the trim/extend reference boundary, and finally, click and drag your mouse over the elements that you want to extend or keep. You can also still click to select individual elements to trim and/or extend and do a combination of individual selections and selection boundaries under the same command.



Check out the video Autodesk Revit 2015: Trim/Extend Multiple Elements

Also, for information on training and consulting for the various products Ideate services, visit our website at www.ideateinc.com

Don’t forget to look through other great features our Ideate Technical Team has found in the new 2015 releases for Revit MEP, Revit Structure, Revit Architecture, AutoCAD and more: ideateinc.com/2015

Sash Kazeminejad, LEED AP
AEC Application Specialist
Sash Kazeminejad brings proficiency in Autodesk solutions including AutoCAD and Revit Architecture to Ideate customers. His industry experience includes project management, IT, and staff design for Hennebery Eddy Architects in Portland, Oregon. He has completed seven divisions of the Architectural Record Exam, leads Revit workshops, is LEED AP accredited and is on track to achieve California licensure in 2013 with Oregon to follow. In his academic life, Sash was awarded a Montana AIA Scholarship, earned a BA in Environmental Design, an MA in Architecture from Montana State University (MSU) and taught Building Information Modeling (BIM) and related topics at MSU Gallatin College. As a Revit Architecture Autodesk Certified Professional, Sash provides Revit Architecture training and support for AEC firms.


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April 15, 2014

View Title Enhancements in Revit 2015

View Title Family in the new release of Revit 2015 displays new and powerful enhancements at the parameter level. The list of parameters a View Title can report was expanded to a total of 16 parameters, this is a significant increase from the 6 parameters in previous versions. The new fields the label can use include parameters like ‘View Family and Type,’ ‘Phase,’ and ‘Associated Level.’



This enables the View Titles to be constructed with View Parameters only instead of manually placed entries. It reduces errors and improves the accuracy of the information reported by Titles. In addition, the label can now report custom Shared Parameters, expanding the flexibility of the reported information. This was a long standing feature request that was finally addressed in this release.



Below is an example of a View Title built with a label with multiple View Parameters. If you notice, there is no need for any redundant user entry because all the fields are extracted from information existing in the actual model.
Check out the video Autodesk Revit 2015: View Title Enhancements

Also, for information on training and consulting for the various products Ideate services, visit our website at www.ideateinc.com

Don’t forget to look through other great features our Ideate Technical Team has found in the new 2015 releases for Revit MEP, Revit Structure, Revit Architecture, AutoCAD and more: ideateinc.com/2015



Cesar Escalante, AIA, LEED AP, CCCA
AEC Solutions Application Specialist

Cesar has a Bachelor of Architecture degree from the University of Central America in El Salvador, a Master of Architecture from the University of Texas, and is a CCCA (Certified Construction Contract Administrator). His experience includes roles as Project Manager and Project Captain at architecture firms in Oakland, California. As a member of the Ideate Tech Expert team, Cesar teaches Revit Architecture Fundamentals and provides client support and consulting. Cesar’s interest in the built environment includes his work as a volunteer for Habitat for Humanity.

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