August

5

2020

San Francisco, CA, August 5, 2020 – Ideate Software, a veteran Autodesk Developer Network member, is pleased to announce its collaboration with Diller Scofidio + Renfro (DS+R), an interdisciplinary design studio whose practice spans architecture, urban design, installation art, multi-media performance, digital media, and print.

“Knowing that our Revit productivity tools help the architects, designers, artists, and researchers at DS+R automate tedious tasks and become more productive makes the whole Ideate Software team proud,” said Glynnis Patterson, Director of Software Development. “Our goal is to help our clients succeed. By freeing DS+R to focus on their goals of addressing the changing role of institutions and the future of cities, we have achieved ours.”

Here are some of the ways the professionals at DS+R use Ideate Software applications:

  • Ideate BIMLink
    DS+R uses Ideate BIMLink to produce and maintain Revit schedules of all types. “In particular, our Index for Construction Document packages has been completely handled with the help of Ideate BIMLink,” said Eranga De Zoysa, BIM Manager, DS+R.
     
  • Ideate Explorer
    As a BIM Manager, I get a lot of questions, even from advanced Revit users, about missing or hidden elements,” said Eranga. “Ideate Explorer removes a lot of time-consuming steps we used to take to locate the elements. It also helps us delete unnecessary views and sheets when running through our routine maintenance management.”
     
  • Ideate StyleManager
    “We save a lot of time by using Ideate StyleManager to remove unnecessary imported styles from Revit projects,” noted Eranga. “It also allows for surgical precision when we need to combine styles that commonly appear because of the different workstyles of users.” 

Read more about this collaboration. Visit Diller Scofidio + Renfro to learn more about the firm.

Download a trial of Ideate Software solutions or subscribe online.
 


About Ideate Software
Ideate Software an Autodesk® AEC Industry Partner and Autodesk® Authorized Developer, empowers Revit users to gain unprecedented control over their data. Ideate BIMLink, Ideate Explorer, Ideate Sticky, IdeateApps, and Ideate StyleManager were all developed to solve persistent problems in architecture, engineering, and construction, and owner (AECO) workflows. Ideate Software solutions enable Revit users to save time, increase accuracy, improve project deliverables, and elevate design.

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July

30

2020

This is the first post in a series of three provided by BIMAGE Consulting, our value-added reseller in Singapore. Keep an eye out for additional posts on how our other Revit productivity tools also contribute to successful BCA BIM e-submissions in that country.

Established in 2010, BIMAGE is the leading technology company in BIM/VDC and Digitized Construction within Singapore. BIMAGE helps customers optimize design development, construction and operation phases of buildings and infrastructure while using various technologies, including Revit and Ideate Software tools plus other BIM software such as virtual design and construction, augmented reality/virtual reality, geographic information systems, cloud, mobile and more. 

The Challenge – Complying with Varying E-Submission Requirements

For several years, Singapore Building and Construction Authority (BCA) has mandated that design consultants submit their native BIM models for new developments with a gross floor area of more than 5,000 square meters through an e-submission system for design approval. E-submission is voluntary for developments with a gross floor area less than or equal to 5,000 square meters.

In line with this, BCA published several Code of Practices for BIM e-submission to clearly define the requirements for each discipline. There are also templates for different BIM software along with the respective guidelines and recommended processes.

BIMAGE - Singapore
 
Screenshot of e-submission page showing the many links to instructions and forms by discipline

Using the e-submission system, design consultants must obtain approval from seven different authorities before commencing the construction work for any project, and each has different criteria and requirements. 

When design consultants prepare the BIM models for the submission, they often spend a significant amount of time:

  • Creating multiple views and sheets for all regulatory agencies
  • Adhering to the various naming conventions and standards
  • Completing extensive quality checks

Some examples include removing worksets, making sure all views are located on the correct View Category, updating the cover page, and ensuring the BIM model meets all the requirements. 

BIMAGE - Singapore
Example of View Categories and Views for one of the seven regulatory agencies

Speeding the Process with Three IdeateApps Tools

With Ideate Software tools, most of these tasks can be quickly completed within hours or even minutes. Here are some examples of how three tools within the IdeateApps collection speed the process, eliminate errors, and reduce frustrations:

  1. Ideate ViewCreator is a perfect tool to help consultants create multiple views with customizable rule sets and criteria. While duplicating the required views, consultants can easily adjust many settings, including:
    • View naming
    • View scales
    • View templates
    • Scope boxes
  2. Ideate SheetManager is used by consultants to create multiple new sheets and manage the views on sheets, as well as perform one-click sheet cloning and view alignments to satisfy submission needs. 
  3. Ideate SpellCheck can then be used to check the spelling of all sheets at once, so the team can spot mistakes and make corrections in time.

Undoubtedly, IdeateApps is a valuable productivity application that assists in the BCA BIM e-submission process. BIMAGE Consulting has helped many consultants to adopt Ideate Software workflows on multiple projects. 

Browse the Ideate Software website for more information on Ideate Apps and our other Revit productivity tools. Give them a try with a free trial version, or subscribe today

Authors

Ms. Lee Yih Perng – Manager, BIM/VDC/Smart Cities, BIMAGE Consulting
Ms. Pratibha – BIM Consultant, Architecture & Planning, BIMAGE Consulting


 

 

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July

28

2020

Revit allows a dizzying array of sophisticated options to display or hide elements within the building information model. Every model manager knows about Visibility Graphics and Reveal Hidden Elements, but layer on top of that Phasing, View Filters, Linked Files and/or Scope Boxes and things start to get complicated.

Now add in the fact that you have new staff that might just ignore workset definitions or decide to make a new level because they can’t find the one they want in the elevation, and you’re headed for a Revit Visibility Evil Spell that can baffle the most seasoned Revit warrior on their quest for the perfect documentation! Before you even begin to understand the specific visibility issue, how do you select the element if you can’t see it?

Ideate XRay Selection Wizard 

You need a magical wizard. Well, it just so happens that Ideate XRay, part of the IdeateApps collection, has a powerful wizard to help even the most desperate Revit Muggle.

Ideate XRay Selection Wizard

Ideate XRay comes with a powerful Selection Wizard that helps you filter both visible and invisible elements within a view in order to easily select the element you need to diagnose. After selecting the element via the Ideate XRay Selection Wizard, you can use the powerful diagnostic tools within Ideate XRay to review and fix visibility issues while continuing to interact with any Revit command while Ideate XRay is open and at your fingertips.

Ideate XRay Selection Wizard

The Ideate XRay Selection Wizard will appear by default if nothing is selected within Revit when you choose to initiate Ideate XRay, however you can always access the Ideate XRay Selection Wizard from the main Ideate XRay dialog:

  • Open Ideate XRay from the IdeateApps ribbon panel
  • Choose your Ideate XRay Selection Wizard method
  • Select the element you are looking for, depending on the method
  • Make sure the target view is set to the view in which you wish to find the element
  • Choose the Find Element button on the main dialog
  • Review the information from Ideate XRay
  • Choose Show Me, Fix, or More Options as possible selections
  • Using Revit, initiate the proper commands to fix the visibility issue

Please read our online Help topic about the Ideate XRay Selection Wizard, and you also review the full online Help topics on using Ideate XRay for Revit.

To learn more about this process and to see quick examples of all four selection methods within the Ideate XRay Selection Wizard, be sure to watch this short video

For a more in-depth recent presentation on Ideate XRay and all the features, please watch this recording.

Browse our website for more information on our Revit productivity tools. Give them a try with a free trial version, or subscribe today


About the Author

Richard W. Taylor, Associate AIA – Technical Evangelist 
Richard has more than 30 years of experience working for companies that develop architectural and engineering software solutions, such as Intergraph, Bentley, and Autodesk. He has over 20 years of Revit experience, and he was part of the original development of Revit while at Revit Technology Corporation. He worked for 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 Master of Architecture from the University of Nebraska, Lincoln. As Technical Evangelist, Richard works with AECO clients worldwide, developing and consulting on BIM solutions. Find Richard on Twitter and LinkedIn.

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July

24

2020

Watch the recording of this 35-minute webinar to learn how to create new family types within your Revit projects using Ideate BIMLink, which supports the last four releases of Revit software (2021, 2020, 2019, and 2018). Demonstrations in the video use Revit 2021, but everything shown is available in the other three Revit versions as well. 

Ideate BIMLink, which celebrated its 10-year anniversary last year, is a proven product that helps thousands of Revit users all around the globe manage their Revit data by extracting it from the Revit model, sending it to Microsoft Excel for review or manipulation, and then importing it back into the Revit project for updates. As you will see in the video, many Revit elements can also be created more easily by using Excel and Ideate BIMLink.

This video shows you how to use Ideate BIMLink to move, edit and create data using Excel so your entire project team, even those who don’t know Revit, can easily use its superior editing tools to accurately and quickly:

  • Copy/Paste
  • Autofill fields
  • Concatenate Revit data
  • Search/Replace
  • Automate options and build powerful formulas

Ideate BIMLink automates the process of creating many new Revit element types such as Generic Annotation Types, View Types, Planting Types, and Wall Types, just to name a few examples. See how easy it is to create many new family types for use within your Revit project.

This is only one of the many ROI workflows we have documented on our website. Check out the workflows and usage directly from our customers and see how Ideate BIMLink can save over eight hours per project on creating new Revit family types.

Watch the recording today. 

Browse our website for more information on our Revit productivity tools. Give them a try with a free trial version, or subscribe today


About the Author

Richard W. Taylor, Associate AIA – Technical Evangelist 
Richard has more than 30 years of experience working for companies that develop architectural and engineering software solutions, such as Intergraph, Bentley, and Autodesk. He has over 20 years of Revit experience, and he was part of the original development of Revit while at Revit Technology Corporation. He worked for 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 Master of Architecture from the University of Nebraska, Lincoln. As Technical Evangelist, Richard works with AECO clients worldwide, developing and consulting on BIM solutions. Find Richard on Twitter and LinkedIn.

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July

22

2020

Whether you are working on project-specific Revit tasks or those you perform on every Revit project, Ideate BIMLink can speed the process and enhance the accuracy of your Revit model data by pulling model data into Excel where you can easily make changes, quickly verify the accuracy, and push it all back into Revit within just minutes. 

Below is information on how much time our Revit users reported saving when they used Ideate BIMLink for the tasks shown below. While you may only perform some of them occasionally, each one of them can take a significant amount of time and energy if performed natively in Revit. 

Tasks: General Data Management 

Ideate BIMLink - Time Savings

What’s Your Return on Investment?

How should you assess the value of Ideate BIMLink to your business? Start by reviewing the chart above along with previously published data for a full picture of how much time can be saved, then compare that number to the number of projects you have and your software purchase price.

For example, a single standalone license of Ideate BIMLink is approximately US$795. If you have 20 projects per year and only save four hours per project, that’s 80 hours saved per year. The 2018 AIA Small Firm Compensation Report lists the average designer salary at approximately $60K per year. If we assume a corresponding hourly rate of $29 (which would exclude overhead), you will have a payback (over covering software costs) of more than US$1,500 each year. 

For larger firms, network licensing can return an even higher return on investment. For example, the cost of a single seat is approximately $2,000 per year. If you again assume only four hours saved per project, a higher burdened salary rate of $50, and that you have 50 projects, you will have a payback of more than $8,000 per year. Bear in mind that the average customer is reporting dozens of hours saved per project on the tasks featured in this post alone, so your payback will likely be much higher.

Learn More

We have several resources available online that can help you get the most out of Ideate BIMLink:

•    Help File: Quickly Manage Revit Project Standards
•    Help File: Who Did That?
•    9-minute Video: Translating Your Revit Project
•    5-minute Video: Renumbering and Renaming – A COBie Example

Similar Posts

This post is the ninth in a series related to the results of our survey of architecture, engineering, construction, and building-owner companies. Our previous posts covered the time savings possible by using Ideate BIMLink to:

  1. Manage Revit sheets 
  2. Create and modify rooms and areas
  3. Swap structural framing instances
  4. Coordinate spaces & rooms and audit & fix device elevation
  5. Compile quantity takeoffs, assign assembly codes, and swap types
  6. View and revise tasks
  7. QA/QC doors, hardware, and other elements
  8. Extract/Import coordinate data and confirm level and grid information

Keep an eye out for our next blog post, and check out our Ideate BIMLink ROI web page, where we separated the all the time-savings data by discipline.

Contact us if you have any questions. We look forward to hearing from you. 

Browse our website for more information on our Revit productivity tools. Give them a try with a free trial version, or subscribe today


About the Author

Sash Kazeminejad - AIA, LEED AP - Customer Success Manager
Sash earned his Master of Architecture from Montana State University and is a California registered architect, LEED Accredited Professional. He has extensive experience in project management; BIM management; design for architectural firms in California, Montana, and Oregon; and leading classroom and online BIM training. He provides consulting, sales, support, and training solutions to AECO customers around the globe. Find Sash on LinkedIn.

 

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