June

16

2017

This week, I had the pleasure of meeting with the pdx Revit User Group at the fabulous Portland AIA to share Excel knowledge gleaned from years of trial and error in my role at Ideate Software. Many people in the room contributed to the discussion both from a technical standpoint and by providing examples of how they use Excel in their Architecture, Engineering, and Construction workflows.

My favorite new tip came from Ideate Software’s Jesika DiGregorio…I did not know that you can use “Alt+Enter” within a formula to help visually organize complex nested formulas without impacting the results!

Thanks to all who attended, welcomed me to your group, and shared your expertise.

You can download the presentation and sample files from here:

For more information on our Revit software add-ins that help customers get the most out of their Revit software, visit the Ideate Software website or contact your authorized Ideate Software partner.


About the Author

Glynnis Patterson, Revit expertGlynnis Patterson, NCARB — Director of Software Development
Glynnis is a Registered Architect and has worked within the BIM industry since 1998. A graduate of Carnegie Mellon University, she has worked as an architect, educator and construction site manager. Glynnis is currently the Director of Software Development at Ideate Software, and she continues to work with AEC clients worldwide, developing, and consulting on solutions to Building Information Modeling challenges. In her spare time Glynnis does volunteer work for ECLC of New Jersey and Grow it Green Morristown. Follow Glynnis on Twitter.

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April

17

2017

The first ever BILT Conference (Building Infrastructure Lifecycle, supported by Technology) recently wrapped up in Singapore. This conference had previously been called the Revit Technology Conference.

BILT is an annual event run in multiple regions around the globe, designed to cater to the needs of those who design, build, operate, and maintain our built environment. As a community of professionals, it is dedicated to improving the way industry works together.

The Singapore event kicked off a series of 2017 events that will bring the BILT Conference to Adelaide, Australia; Toronto, Canada; and Aarhus, Denmark.

Singapore skyline at dusk

It is still a very Revit-centric event, but the classes, meetings, and discussions have expanded to include BIM process, VDC, Digital Engineering, and the overall built-environment lifecycle for buildings and infrastructure.

Ideate Software is an exhibitor at all four BILT events for 2017. We were thrilled to make the LONG journey to Singapore. It’s 9,535 miles from New York City to Singapore on a direct flight. Since it’s only a mere 215 miles from New York up to Boston, I will use the New York flight-miles number as my yardstick! I’m located in Boston, Massachusetts, and I took a direct flight from Boston to Hong Kong. That was ONLY 7,945 miles and a very short 16 hour duration. Yes, it’s literally halfway around the world from Boston!

The trip was worth the long journey to discuss all things Revit and BIM with many Ideate Software existing customers and new prospects. Ideate Software also took the time to visit AEC firms in Singapore and Hong Kong before and after the BILT Asia Conference.

It was an exciting trip, full of incredible discussions about the power of BIM and Ideate Software for this region.

We look forward to more engaging discussions with our customers in Australia, North America, and Europe as the BILT Conference spans around the globe in the coming months. Please look for us at BILT ANZ, BILT North America, and BILT Europe in 2017!

The flight to Australia will be a long one too, so Toronto and Denmark will seem like a short walk up the road for us! However, Ideate Software is thrilled to be a part of the BILT world-wide events.


About the Author

Richard W. Taylor - Associate AIA - Technical Evangelist, Ideate Software
Richard Taylor has over 25 years of experience working for companies that develop architecture and engineering software solutions such as Intergraph, Bentley, and Autodesk. He has over 15 years of Revit experience and was part of the original development of Revit while at Revit Technology Corporation. He worked 12 years at Autodesk where he presented, taught, and worked to improve features in Revit. Richard holds both a Bachelor of Science in Architectural Studies and Masters of Architecture from the University of Nebraska, Lincoln. Richard is currently a Technical Evangelist for Ideate Software Solutions and continues to work with AEC clients worldwide, developing, and consulting on BIM solutions. In his spare time, he is active in his local community and is an elected member of the local Planning Board where he evaluates new developments, regional planning, and design criteria. @Rwtaylor_Revit

 

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March

1

2017

Autodesk Revit software allows a dizzying array of sophisticated options to display or hide elements within the Building Information Model. Model managers know about Visibility Graphics and Reveal Hidden Elements, but add Phasing, View Filters, Linked Files, or Scope Boxes, and things start to get complicated.

Now, add in the possibility that you have new staff who might just ignore Worksets or decide to make a new Level because they can’t find the existing one in the Elevation, and you’re headed for a Visibility Tornado of problems!  

We’ve recently add a new class to our extensive schedule of online classes titled, “Hide-and-Seek with Revit Elements using Ideate XRay and Ideate QuickSelect.”   

This class is geared towards advanced and guru-level Revit users who are responsible for model management. The goals of the class are to:

  • Provide a methodology to evaluate the causes of visibility problems
  • Demonstrate how to solve some of the more complicated visibility conditions
  • Train staff on how to solve visibility issues without help from the BIM Manager

Register for our next live online class scheduled for April 20th at 11:30 PDT. We hope you’re able to join us!

If you aren’t available for the April 20th class date, we have made a recording of an earlier presentation you can review ANY time! (Eat pizza and watch in your pajamas!)


About the Author

Richard W. Taylor - Associate AIA - Technical Evangelist Ideate Software
Richard Taylor has over 25 years of experience working for companies that develop architecture and engineering software solutions such as Intergraph, Bentley, and Autodesk. He has over 15 years of Revit experience and was part of the original development of Revit while at Revit Technology Corporation. He worked 12 years at Autodesk where he presented, taught, and worked to improve features in Revit. Richard holds both a Bachelor of Science in Architectural Studies and Masters of Architecture from the University of Nebraska, Lincoln. Richard is currently a Technical Evangelist for Ideate Software Solutions and continues to work with AEC clients worldwide, developing, and consulting on BIM solutions. In his spare time, he is active in his local community and is an elected member of the local Planning Board where he evaluates new developments, regional planning, and design criteria. @Rwtaylor_Revit

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December

7

2016

We wouldn’t be here without our customers. The message may sound cliché, but only because it’s so true, and we at Ideate know it. Our work is interesting and rewarding because of our customers. We thank our customers throughout the year, and we look forward to each December when we bring them together with our team to express our gratitude, celebrate our accomplishments, and have a little fun.

On December 8, 2016, at 11:30 AM at Autodesk Gallery in San Francisco, we are hosting our 6th annual Bay Area Customer Appreciation Party. We will honor our customers and celebrate in the spirit of the word “ideate,” which means to have or form an idea. From the spark of an idea through fruition, we work with customers to strengthen their businesses with building information modeling (BIM).  Those ideas—the new, innovative ways of designing, building, and managing structures—create an energetic atmosphere at Ideate in which we all continue to learn, develop strong relationships, and make a positive difference to our teams, customers, and communities. 

In addition to using BIM software at their own companies, several of our customers have worked to advance the Architecture, Engineering, Construction, and Owner industries by leading discussions at our user group meetings. At the party, Bob Palioca, Ideate president and CEO, will take the opportunity to formally thank them all and present them each with a nice gift.  

And of course, we will have food and fun … Bring your smile, because there will be a photo booth!

For more information about our Bay Area Customer Appreciation Party, contact Qatanna Palioca.

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November

14

2016

Will you be at Autodesk University (AU) in Las Vegas this week? 

If so, please visit us at booth #2570.

AU, the premier Autodesk software users event, is an ideal time for you to see a demonstration of IdeateApps, our newest collection of Autodesk Revit add–in tools. Spend a few minutes with us and see how you can use this collection, which we developed to streamline the tasks that daily Revit users perform most often, to:

•    Save time by quickly renumbering elements by selection, path, or auto–update
•    Minimize stress by learning the reasons an element is not visible in a certain view
•    Reduce rework by learning which elements will be deleted along with a selected element
•    Easily select and zoom to elements within the Revit project, template, of family file

Then, take advantage of our special offer to experience the power that Ideate Software offers by getting a three-month trial of the 2017 version of any or all of our products, including IdeateApps, for just $50.00 each. This special offer is good for software purchased with a credit card through December 16, 2016.

We hope to see you here! If you have any questions in the meantime, please contact us at sales@ideatesoftware.com.

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