October

15

2019

At Ideate Software, we are committed to making it easy for you to learn and use our powerful Revit productivity tools. One way we do that is by creating short videos of specific workflows. You can find dozens that show how to use Ideate BIMLink to move data from Revit software to Microsoft Excel for easy editing, and then push the updated data back into Revit quickly and easily. Simply go to the Ideate BIMLink playlist on our YouTube Channel or website.

To make it even easier for you, we have separated the videos into sub-categories for architects, building engineers, and construction and facilities, as well as by model management and content and family management.

Here’s just a sampling of the how-to videos available:

Overview on Data Management

 

Experience the Value for AEC Firms

 

Automating Document Issue Records

 

Coordinated Data for VDC

 

What’s New in Ideate BIMLink

Would you like us to consider creating a video to address a question you have? Let us know

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

 

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October

10

2019

Are you an engineering professional looking to take your Revit warnings management skills to the next level? 

Here’s a link to a short, 30-minute recording of a recent webinar that will show you how to do that with the Warnings Manager feature in Ideate Explorer.

Review this recording to get: 

  • A quick overview of Ideate Explorer, our Revit add-on application that shows you every instance of every element in your model 
  • An introduction to the Ideate Explorer Warnings Manager, our feature that makes it easy to avoid the problems that come with too many warnings in a model
  • A demonstration of how to resolve several Common, Calculated, and Geometric Revit engineering warnings

We host these webinars to help clients get the most out of their Ideate Software tools. If you have a topic you’d like us to cover, please let us know

Visit 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 18 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.

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October

8

2019

Recently, when looking into establishing a method of revision management for Revit models, Paul Cook, a Civil 3D, BIM & CAD Technician at Jacobs, learned about a limitation within Revit: you can’t view the revision history of each sheet in schedule form. 

Because of past success with Ideate Software tools, Paul looked to us for a solution. Starting with the Help page on managing Revit sheet-based revisions, Paul found that Ideate BIMLink enables the creation of a document issuance record, and that Ideate Software offers an Excel Macro template and dataset free-of-charge to customers. He reached out to the Support Team for details.

Jan Sako, Support Manager, sent Paul the information as well as links to short how-to videos that demonstrate how to use Ideate BIMLink to quickly and accurately update all sheets with the proper revision or sheet issuance information at one time.

The information was what Paul was looking for, and some customization was needed, because Jacobs uses an alphanumeric revision number that shows on sheets, in place of the Sequence number, that they have assigned to the ‘Issued To’ parameter to represent the Revision Number.

Paul reached out to the Ideate Software Support Team again, and this time connected with Glynnis Patterson, Director of Software Development. She offered a few suggestions that weren’t quite right, but they sparked some thoughts in Paul.

“I managed to achieve what I was after by using Excel formulas on a new tab to recreate the register. It’s basically a clone of the DIR tab using cell links, except that where an issue is shown on the ‘DIR’ tab, it searches for the ‘Issued To’ entry for that sequence number and reports that instead of the issue count.” 

“I appreciate how responsive the Ideate Software Support team was and how flexible Ideate Software tools are,” said Paul. “I’ve already thought of other ways to customize the spreadsheet, and I know that if I have any trouble, I can give Ideate Software a call.”

Get more details in the full story.

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October

7

2019

On Thursday, September 26, 2019, Ideate Software attended the TECHPerspectives event hosted by Microsol Resources in Boston, Massachusetts. Microsol Resources is a strategic partner for Ideate Software.

The event was located on the ninth floor of a downtown Boston office building, complete with a beautiful adjoining roof deck and garden. We actually located our table outside for the welcome breakfast, but we had to move inside the conference facility when the sun and breeze became a bit too strong.

Many excellent Ideate Software customers such as Stantec, Payette, CBT Architects, SMMA, DiMella Shaffer and Gensler also attended the informative sessions, panel discussions, and keynotes. You can review the agenda.

Ideate Software had a small table and was demonstrating our five amazing productivity solutions for Revit. We even played our customer video during breaks.

Ideate Software is proud to partner with Microsol Resources, and we are proud to be an integral part of the AECO community around the globe. From the top of a downtown Boston office building, our view of the future is exciting for Revit productivity and efficiency.


Boston, Coffee, and Ideate Software…………..what more do you need?

 

Boston TECHPerspectives
Andy Hinterman, Senior Associate of LDa Architecture & Interiors poses for a picture with Richard Taylor, Technical Evangelist for Ideate Software. (Andy also coordinates the Boston Revit User Group with sponsorship from Microsol Resources)

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October

1

2019

When developing the content for this webinar on workflows for Revit MEP data management, I asked several Ideate BIMLink and Revit users to talk about the Revit MEP workflows that bug them. Here are the ones mentioned most often:

  • Editing schedule data
  • Controlling visibility 
  • Quality control
    • QA/QC
    • Naming for COBie Standards
    • Device Elevations
    • Reviewing and modifying workset assignments
  • Pulling data from linked files
  • Automating revision workflows
  • Reviewing hard-to-locate coordinate data 

Watch the recording of this 30-minute webinar to learn how to streamline these workflows with Ideate BIMLink. 


 
Ideate BIMLink ships with over 200 pre-defined link definitions with common family and system parameters. It includes a generic MEP categorization that then drills down further into mechanical, electrical and plumbing sub-disciplines. Start with these preconfigured links, and then customize them to meet your needs. You can save the links on a shared drive, so team members can access them, and you can even have them be part of your Revit template. 

We host these webinars to help clients get the most out of their Ideate Software tools. If you have a topic you’d like us to cover, please let us know

Visit 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 18 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.

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