Maximizing BIM Advantage with Ideate Software

NBBJ logoIdeate Software customer NBBJ faces daily challenges in its complex and sophisticated design work. The firm is maximizing its BIM advantage with Ideate Software – Revit tools that improve information flow, facilitate collaboration and make managing BIM data faster and easier.

Ideate BIMLink Advantages
Challenges Answered With Ideate BIMLink

Labeling and Scheduling

Richard Sachs, NBBJ SeattleRichard Sachs, Project BIM Coordinator, NBBJ, Seattle, Washington, has been in the process of sequentially labeling and scheduling 9,000 curtain panels. As he says, “It would have been impossible to do without Ideate BIMLink.

“We needed to schedule the host wall cardinal direction, the host wall Type and unique ID, all data that Autodesk Revit does not allow you direct access to in schedule or tags. I could only push this information in to the curtain panels with  Ideate BIMLink.

“Revit failed to properly schedule the floor level of the panel and I was able to get the host wall base constraint and push that into the panel by using Ideate BIMLink.”

Ideate Explorer for Revit Advantages

With Ideate Explorer for Revit, users:

Challenges Answered with Ideate Explorer for Revit

Selection Sets

Photo: Project Curtain Wall

NBBJ Image“I have used Ideate Explorer for Revit to create selection sets for the panels, as Revit allows you to select all Instances by Type, but it’s more difficult to select all the Types of one Family; Ideate Explorer makes short work of it.”

“I would not be able to do my job as project BIM lead without Ideate Explorer for Revit. I can easily find CAD imports that Revit gives you no easy way to find. I can select all the room separation lines and move them to the correct workset.

“Revit gives you no way to select all instances of room separation lines. Ideate Explorer for Revit is absolutely the best tool for model auditing, power selection and model maintenance.”


Richard Sachs, featured NBBJ Seattle office team member, offers in summary, “I have been using both Ideate BIMLink and Ideate Explorer for Revit heavily.” And, without these advantages, “I would not be able to do my job as project BIM lead.” 

About Ideate Software

Ideate Software allows Revit users to have unprecedented control over their data and solve persistent problems in architecture, engineering, construction, and owner (AECO) workflows. Ideate Software solutions enable Revit users to save time, increase accuracy, improve project deliverables, and elevate design.