July

25

2013

Ideate Software is pleased to show a greatly improved workflow for data management with Ideate BIMLink. In addition to being able to push and pull data from a Revit Building Information Model (BIM) to a regular Excel spreadsheet, you can host the sheet on Google Docs and use Google Sheet to provide worldwide simultaneous access to the sheet BIM data. Anyone can use the Google Doc App or a link to access the sheet collaboratively and simultaneously and then with the use of Ideate BIMLink, can publish that same information back to the Revit model.

The benefits of this realtime collaboration in the cloud include a security and notification system, so that you can control who has access to the sheet and whether they can review, comment or edit. The version control features allow for historic rollbacks to previous versions.

Take your Revit data to the cloud with Ideate BIMLink and Google Sheet.

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This post was originally published on the Ideate Solutions Blog 07.25.2013

 

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July

9

2013

SAN FRANCISCO, California - 7/9/2013 - Ideate, Inc., a leading Autodesk Authorized Developer and Autodesk solutions provider offering quality software, training, support and custom consulting services for Building Information Modeling (BIM) to the Architecture, Engineering and Construction (AEC) industries, today announced a new release of Ideate Explorer for Revit, the Autodesk Revit add-on that lets users explore, quantify and manage the more than 100,000 building elements in an Autodesk Revit file. Ideate Explorer for Revit 2013.3 is a significantly enhanced release over previous versions. Its productivity-related improvements and enhancements support several important workflows:

  • It is three times faster than previous versions, with ultra-fast launch and ability to speed through mega files
  • Added pre-defined filters let users find Model, Annotation or Audit elements
  • Users can create custom filters for use in making parameter-specific selections
  • A new, improved user interface provides even more time- and click-savers:
    • A smaller dialog that remembers user preferences
    • Improved, faster Export to Excel
    • Check All/Uncheck All--a faster one-step operation
    • Ability to isolate Elements from within Ideate Explorer
  • Enhanced information about CAD Links and Imports

Glynnis Patterson, Ideate Director of Software Development says, "Ideate Explorer for Revit is designed to help the everyday Revit user navigate quickly through the building information model and to assist BIM Managers in performing regular project audits. These audits are vital to the health of the Revit project and can now be done in less time due to our significant performance improvements."

Bob Palioca, President, Ideate Inc., says of this latest release, "We develop our solutions to contribute to our customers' success. We are delighted with this highly intuitive, greatly enriched, more powerful Ideate Explorer for Revit."

Revit users can test drive the software with a 30 day free trial, and can also register for Free Online Training with no purchase required. Those who already have Autodesk Revit 2014, pre-2013 versions of Autodesk Revit, or who are interested in network licensing options can contact sales@ideatesoftware.com Keep up with the latest improvements to Ideate Software on YouTube. 

About Ideate, Inc.

Ideate, Inc. is a leading Autodesk Authorized Developer with 25+ years' experience in software development and specific focus on Building Information Modeling (BIM).  As an Autodesk solutions provider, Ideate has offered quality software, training, support and custom consulting services to the architectural, engineering and construction (AEC) industries since 1992. Headquartered in San Francisco, California and operating Autodesk Authorized Training Centers (ATCs) in California, Oregon and Washington, Ideate is recognized as an Autodesk Gold Partner for Architecture, Engineering and Construction, one of Autodesk's highest levels of authorization. Ideate Software is a comprehensive set of far-reaching BIM data management tools.

Ideate BIMLink powers the "I" in BIM, allowing users to pull data from an Autodesk Revit file into Microsoft Excel for fast and precise editing, and push the data back into Revit with equal ease.

Ideate Explorer for Revit lets users search, filter, quantify and select to easily manage the 100,000+ elements in a Revit model. Both solutions help Autodesk Revit users solve problems in AEC workflows and help the Revit community leverage BIM to its fullest advantage.

Autodesk, Revit and ATC are registered trademarks or trademarks of Autodesk, Inc., and/or its subsidiaries and/or affiliates in the USA and/or other countries. Microsoft Excel is a registered trademark of Microsoft Corporation in the United States and other countries. Google and the Google logo are registered trademarks of Google Inc., used with permission. All other brand names, product names or trademarks belong to their respective holders.

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This post was originally published on the Ideate Solutions Blog 07.25.2013

 

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June

27

2013

RevitForum deserves the support of the entire Autodesk® Revit® using community.

At Ideate, we are convinced Revit Forum is far more than informative reading. It's where some of the most talented Revit users around the world give their valuable time and extensive knowledge generously. It's free to any and all Revit-using professionals who simply ask for help. It's an indispensable contribution to the AEC community.

Revit Forum is also highly relevant. It helps us get the most out of Revit, saves us time and money, and adds to our individual and collective knowledge.

Your give, we match Ideate is committed to supporting this important knowledge base. We know Revit Forum is self-funded. The org needs to raise $3000 every year just to keep the site up and running. They still need funding to reach their 2013 goal. So here is what Ideate is committed to do.

Matching gift deadline: July 11, 2013 Ideate will match up to a total of $1000 of all donations from June 26, 2013 until the Revit Technology Conference North America on July 11, 2013. Every dollar you contribute becomes two with this matching program.

So please join Ideate in this fundraising effort and donate today.  Send a copy of your donation receipt to Glynnis.patterson@ideateinc.com and we'll ensure that your contribution counts towards this matching program.

RevitForum is an independent and non-profit discussion group, for everyone passionate about Autodesk Revit software. RevitForum is independent of Autodesk, Inc., and is not authorized by, endorsed by, sponsored by, affiliated with, or otherwise approved by Autodesk, Inc.

Autodesk® and Revit® are registered trademarks or trademarks of Autodesk, Inc., in the USA and other countries.

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June

26

2013

SAN FRANCISCO, California - 6/26/2013 - Ideate, Inc., a leading Autodesk Authorized Developer and Autodesk solutions provider offering quality software, training, support and custom consulting services to the AEC industry, today announced the publication by Autodesk, Inc. of its latest Autodesk Developer Network Partner Success Story, "Exceling at problem solving: Ideate leverages decades of experience to help customers solve problems and reap the rewards of BIM."

The Autodesk Developer Network Partner Success Story reveals how Ideate-developed Autodesk Revit product-based applications--Ideate Explorer for Revit and Ideate BIMLink--have become highly successful solutions that stem from customer pain points. Marketed worldwide directly, through partners and via Autodesk Exchange Apps, these tools address the ever-growing need to access and manage BIM data with ease, speed and precision.

Glynnis Patterson, Ideate Director of Software Development says, "We are helping customers identify and understand the hidden costs and loss of revenue due to process inefficiencies, while our solutions help customers eliminate bottlenecks, overcome workflow gaps and dramatically improve efficiencies. Tasks that once took days and hours take seconds. Costs drop substantially. Productivity climbs. The outcomes are gratifying."

According to Jim Quanci, director of the Autodesk Developer Network, "The dedication to interoperability with Autodesk Revit makes Ideate a valued and trusted Autodesk Developer Network partner. Ideate consistently delivers comprehensive, easy-to-use applications to our AEC customers so they can maximize productivity and efficiency, and extend the power of their Autodesk software."

Bob Palioca, President, Ideate Inc., says of the Autodesk Developer Network partnership, "We were BIM and Autodesk Developer Network pioneers. Being a member of ADN is a robust and strategic relationship. We find it's important to be informed about upcoming functionality and to get the tools and technical assistance for early application development. It is one important way we enhance our customers' workflows and contribute to their success."

Ideate has published "Exceling at problem solving: Ideate leverages decades of experience to help customers solve problems and reap the rewards of BIM" online. Download the Study in Success at http://www.ideateinc.com/ideas/case.html

About Ideate, Inc.

Ideate, Inc. is a leading Autodesk Authorized Developer with 25+ years' experience in software development and specific focus on Building Information Modeling (BIM) and is an Autodesk solutions provider offering quality software, training, support and custom consulting services to the AEC industry since 1992. Headquartered in San Francisco, California and operating five Autodesk Authorized Training Centers (ATCs) in the northwestern U.S., Ideate is recognizedas an Autodesk Gold Partner for Architecture, Engineering and Construction, one of Autodesk's highest levels of authorization.

Ideate BIMLink lets users pull data from an Autodesk Revit file into user-friendly Microsoft Excel and push Excel data into Revit with equal ease. 

Ideate Explorer for Revit is a simple, powerful Autodesk Revit add-on to explore, quantify and manage the 100,000+ building elements in a Revit model. 

Autodesk, ATC, and Revit are registered trademarks or trademarks of Autodesk, Inc., and/or its subsidiaries and/or affiliates in the USA and/or other countries. All other brand names, product names or trademarks belong to their respective holders.

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May

28

2013

SAN FRANCISCO, California - 5/28/2013 - Ideate, Inc., a leading Autodesk® Authorized Developer and Autodesk solutions provider offering quality software, training, support and custom consulting services to the AEC industry, today announced the publication of its latest Study in Success, "Kasian Sets a New Facilities Planning Standard using Ideate BIMLink."

The study reveals how Kasian Architecture, Interior Design and Planning, with offices in Canada, China and the Middle East, is eliminating information bottlenecks and easing workflows by using Ideate BIMLink for Autodesk Revit®. The Kasian office in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada, developed and spearheaded the use of Room Data Sheets (RDS) which enable the firm to harness all relevant BIM data for project stakeholders. The practice is fast becoming facilities planning policy for the firm worldwide.

The Ideate BIMLink-facilitated approach came out of a need to overcome escalating costs in time and prospective software purchases. To formulate and verify a single large project's program/spatial requirements via traditional methods, Kasian estimated a cost of $400,000 Canadian (CA$). By revising workflows with Ideate BIMLink, those anticipated expenditures were reduced to $5,000 CA$.

Kasian BIM Support Specialist Laura Kay Smith says, "In the past, we did all the Room data and qualifications by hand, which cost us expensive time. With our new standard that brings in Ideate BIMLink at the beginning of every Integrated Project with Strategic Facilities Planning, we save an immeasurable amount of time and money. And designers are apt to have less re-design."

Brigid Barriscale, Kasian Associate, adds, "When the Strategic Facilities Planning Department used to check data sheets by hand, it took two to three weeks. With Ideate BIMLink, it takes more like two to three hours."

Along with examples of savings, the Study in Success also details several Kasian projects and the role Ideate BIMLink had in the project's success.

Bob Palioca, President, Ideate Inc. says of this latest Study in Success, "When we see our Ideate-developed software become integral to a firm's standards, we are especially gratified. We consider changed workflows a demonstration of the value of our solutions."

Ideate has published "Kasian Sets a New Facilities Planning Standard using Ideate BIMLink" online. Read the Study in Success.

This post was originally published on the Ideate Solutions Blog 05.28.2013

About Ideate, Inc.

Ideate, Inc. is a leading Autodesk Authorized Developer with 25+ years' experience in software development and specific focus on Building Information Modeling (BIM) and is an Autodesk solutions provider offering quality software, training, support and custom consulting services to the AEC industry since 1992. Headquartered in San Francisco, California and operating five Autodesk Authorized Training Centers (ATCs) in the northwestern U.S., Ideate is recognized as an Autodesk Gold Partner for Architecture, Engineering and Construction, one of Autodesk's highest levels of authorization.

Ideate BIMLink lets users pull data from an Autodesk Revit file into user-friendly Microsoft Excel and push Excel data into Revit with equal ease.

Ideate Explorer for Revit is a simple, powerful Autodesk Revit add-on to explore, quantify and manage the 100,000+ building elements in a Revit model.

Autodesk, ATC, and Revit are registered trademarks or trademarks of Autodesk, Inc., and/or its subsidiaries and/or affiliates in the USA and/or other countries. All other brand names, product names or trademarks belong to their respective holders.

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