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March

1

2017

As an Autodesk Authorized Developer, we are serious about developing plugins that help companies in the architecture, engineering, construction, and owner communities get the most out of their Autodesk® Revit® software.  We regularly ask customers about challenges they face and workarounds they’ve developed, and we ask for feedback on the products we developed to address those challenges and eliminate clunky workarounds.

Recently we heard from Dan Dankert, CAD / BIM / VDC Manager at Mead & Hunt. He shared some ways he and his team are benefiting from IdeateApps, a set of four tools we launched last year to streamline the activities that daily Revit users perform most often - they are Ideate ReNumber, XRay, SmartDelete and QuickSelect. Here are his comments:

“IdeateApps are great time savers that help me support our users every day. Just this week I have used 2 of the apps, and its only Monday!

  • “I used Ideate XRay to find display issues on two views when employees were having a hard time figuring out why they could not see families that should be visible in views. Not only did it provide an answer, it did it within seconds. The employee had spent minutes trying to figure it out by going through the complex hierarchy of Revit visibility rules.  
  • “The second app I used was Ideate ReNumber. I used it to renumber details on a sheet after moving them around to better match the client’s and our standards for a project. Not a complex process, but using the tool is both simpler and quicker than the classic ways in Revit.

“Each of these cases provided quick results that would have added stress and time to my daily tasks removing frustration in the process.”

Thank you, Dan, for sharing this information with us!

If you would like to experience the time-saving and stress-reducing benefits of IdeateApps, download the fully functional free trial.

For more information on Ideate Sticky and other Revit software add-ins that help customers get the most out of their Revit software, visit the homepage of our website.

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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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February

16

2017

AC Martin Partners was one of the first companies to purchase Ideate Sticky, which we introduced in 2015. Elisa de Dios, BIM Manager/ Production Coordinator and Associate at AC Martin, forwarded our launch video to her assistant, Henry Diaz, who walked right into her office and said, “What are you waiting for? We’re getting this, right?” He was certain that its ability to connect non-BIM data from Microsoft Excel into Revit models would save tremendous amount of time. He was correct.

AC Martin Partners, a Los Angeles-based architecture, planning, interior architecture, and research firm, uses Ideate Sticky mostly in the production phase and in construction documents.

“Because Ideate Sticky displays non-BIM tabular text in Revit, our team can quickly create and update those notes and code specifications, consultant data, and abbreviation lists in Excel, using the tool we already know,” says de Dios.

She continued, “If our project managers or project architects need to access or update the information on the Ideate Sticky schedule, they don’t have to go into the Revit model to check on files. That’s extremely important to our workflow, because not all project architects are Revit-savvy. We can also hand work to our administrative assistant, who doesn’t need to be Revit-savvy either.”

An average AC Martin project can consist of between 300 to 400 sheets, with perhaps a quarter of those created in Revit. “Someone used to spend hours in Revit typing line by line the sheets not already in Revit. Now an assistant can put it all together in Excel, which saves us significant project time,” said de Dios.

Companies throughout the Architecture, Engineering, and Construction industries use Ideate Sticky to “stick” Microsoft Excel files containing non-BIM data, such as code checklists, design data, and general notes, onto Revit project files, which are not able to manage or format non-BIM data. Ideate Sticky allows for formatting and editing in Excel or Revit, while maintaining graphical fidelity.

For more information on how AC Martin benefits from Ideate Sticky, view the case study. For more information on Ideate Sticky and other Revit software add-ins that help customers get the most out of their Revit software, visit the homepage of our website.

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February

14

2017

We are happy to pass along word of a job opportunity. Our client,  Eppstein Uhen Architects (EUA), is looking for a Design Technology Specialist. EAU is a 109-year-old architecture firm headquartered in Milwaukee. It specializes in workplace, healthcare, learning, living, science and technology, and entertainment environments. 

EUA is looking for a third person to join its design team and work with BIM project teams in Milwaukee and Madison. The ideal candidate will be motivated, energetic, creative, and able to juggle multiple tasks in a fast-moving environment. Requirements include experience using Revit in an AEC practice environment; experience with Revit, AutoCAD, Navisworks, SketchUp, Lumion, and other similar software; and a general familiarity with Revit family content creation, design visualization, augmented and virtual reality, and building performance analysis applications.  

Here are highlights of the responsibilities:

  • Provide daily staff support, including participating in kick-off meetings, advising teams on applications and solutions, monitoring best practices and standards, and helping create project-specific content.
  • Assist with creating and managing the EUA Revit content library.
  • Participate in research and development of new design technologies.
  • Assist with maintaining and developing content for the EUA intranet.

The company employs almost 200 people who love what they do. It nurtures young talent and offers tools for learning and training. Its senior teams mentor its young professionals, and its young professionals inspire its senior leaders. Even its open workspaces encourage interaction and collaboration.

For details about this opportunity, including a link to apply, visit the post on  Revit JOBS on Blog Spot.

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February

1

2017

Do you need some fun and light listening material on the way to and from work?

BIMThoughts is podcast about BIM technology and techniques, and recently, they dedicated an entire podcast to a review of IdeateApps from Ideate Software.

BIM experts, Bill Debevc and Kristina Gardenhire, give an independent and honest look at IdeateApps. You can enjoy their light banter and helpful, but frank discussion about IdeateApps here.

Learn more about BIMThoughts, the team, and other important BIM topics.


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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