December

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2022

As a company that develops Revit software plugins, we love Revit. We think you should too.

BIM is Awesome

Many Ideate Software employees have been involved in architecture and engineering for several decades, so they remember the days of creating designs with pencil and paper. 

The move from there to BIM within a career is almost overwhelming; seeing what used to take days come to life within hours really can seem like magic to those of us who have been around for a while. And our newer staff members are just as enthusiastic about where BIM is going as the more experienced ones are about where it has been. 

Revit is the Best BIM Tool

While you may know that Revit is one of the top BIM tools in the world, you may not know why it is better than all the rest. Here are a few reasons:

  1. Unified Database
    All the data needed to generate a Revit model is kept in the same database, and that database is updated anytime the model is modified. No longer do team members need to search for data through numerous project files.
     
  2. Scheduling
    Revit schedules are used to report the information in the model in a tabular format. Scheduling, which can be one of the more time-consuming tasks in the architectural design process, is greatly simplified with Revit because the schedules automatically update as changes are made to the model, ensuring they are always in alignment.
     
  3. Collaboration
    With Revit, several users can work on the model at the same time. Users push the work they do to the central model while pulling changes made by colleagues into their local copy. This not only speeds the process, it also exposes clashes that can be mitigated in the design phase rather than when the structure is being built.


     
  4. 3D Renderings
    There are a lot of programs available that provide 3D visualization outputs, but those from Revit are truly realistic. With views from any angle or perspective, architects can “walk” customers through early designs to point out large and small details, incorporate customer feedback into the next version, and quickly iterate until the customer sees that their vision is accurately reflected in the design. Design options can also be easily explored. 
     
  5. Parametric Modeling
    Parametric modeling lets you specify the key parameters of your project and make changes interactively, with the model automatically updating. Revit employs parametric modeling in the form of families. Everything in Revit is part of a family; some are integrated into the software, others are accessible through libraries, and others are created from scratch.
     
  6. Cost Estimating
    Accurate cost estimating is vital to the success of a project. Revit can be used to develop a detailed construction cost estimate in various ways. 
     
  7. Consistent Documentation
    Using templates that come with Revit or storing custom templates within Revit means you can deliver consistent construction paperwork across all your projects. Consistency contributes to clarity, which helps eliminate frustration caused by confusion. 

Ideate Software is the Best Revit Software Plugin

You may say we are biased, but we’re not the only ones saying that our products are great. Here are a few examples:

Customer Reviews on the Autodesk App Store

  1. “Why these application functions haven't been replicated, bundled or brought out into Revit itself astounds me. They simply transform the process of using Revit from a data perspective entirely into one that is 100% more automated, feasible and enjoyable.”
     
  2. “Ideate's suite of tools is indispensable at our firm. There are so many tasks that are made more efficient, and many tasks that would just be flat out impossible without these tools. Ideate does a fantastic job at listening to their customers and they implement suggestions and feature requests quite rapidly. I have been using their products for more than 6 years and highly recommend all of them.”
     
  3. “The Ideate suite of tools are one of very few tools I've come across for Revit that do exactly what they're supposed to, without spamming your toolbars with useless gizmos.”
     
  4. “I recommend every firm within AECO that uses Revit to invest in the Ideate Software Bundle.  Not only does the software make Revit users more efficient within the program, allowing for advanced communication with Revit itself, it also has a user interface that is second to none.  All Ideate applications are essential for every Revit user to be able to utilize on a daily basis - BIMLink for interaction with Revit data through Excel, Sticky to bring in static Excel data to a Revit sheet, Explorer to analyze the model in an advanced way, etc.”

Success Stories

We are pleased that companies in all disciplines and across the world have taken the time to share their experiences with Ideate Software through success stories, blog posts, and webinars. Access information about them all via the Case Studies filter on our blog posts

Our most recent success story is about Evolve Consultancy, one of the UK’s premier BIM and design consultancies. Evolve uses Ideate BIMLink to populate Revit models with COBie (Construction to Operations Building information exchange) data to satisfy ISO 19650-2 requirements. Read more and see screen shots here

Here’s a short video about another company, HLW, and why they recommend Ideate Software tools:


 

The Ideate Software Difference

Visit our website for details of each of our products. Here are highlights:

Ideate Explorer – Dramatically decrease the amount of time spent on model management and enhance model performance with this Revit software plugin. Use it to quickly find and delete incorrect, obsolete, and hidden problem items—including imported or linked DWG drawings—as well as to find, refine, and revise elements, even those not included in the Revit project browser. Included with Ideate Explorer are three features that also help you keep your models in top working order:

  • Warnings Manager – Audit and address Revit warnings ranked by importance and fix problems using tools in Revit while the Warnings Manager dialog box is open
  • Navigate – Navigate through view-based elements to find unused sheets and views; find and filter legends, schedules, sheets, or views by category and/or keyword; and customize work environments without altering the project browser 
  • Query – Search within set parameters for elements like unused annotations, design options, in-place usage, structure usage/area scheme, and revisions

Ideate BIMLink – Instead of working inside of Revit to verify and/or edit data one element at a time, you can use Ideate BIMLink for Revit. Import to Excel where you can easily view and manipulate large amounts. Once the data is updated, you can then use Ideate BIMLink for Revit to import Excel data back into Revit, and the model will immediately update.  

Ideate Sticky – Share accurate and nicely formatted non-BIM data with Revit teams by live-linking a Revit file to Excel, Word, and PDF documents. These “stickies” look nice, are easy to read, and can be easily updated when changes are made to the original file.     

Ideate StyleManager – Problems frequently occur when data is pasted from one Revit file to another and the styles associated with the original file get copied along with the data. This can clog up the model with incorrect information that can take a long time to remove if working in Revit. It’s important to remove that data, otherwise it can cause model performance problems. With Ideate StyleManager you can quickly and easily analyze, merge, or delete non-standard Revit styles. You can also use Ideate StyleManager to see the view filters applied to views and to clean object and line styles and patterns, text, fonts, parameters, and more. 

IdeateApps – Repetitive Revit tasks performed on large complex models can contribute to mistakes, rework, and frustrations. The 10 tools that come in the IdeateApps collection streamline hundreds of common tasks. Descriptions of their functions are in their names: Ideate SpellCheck, Ideate Align, Ideate Clone, Ideate ViewCreator, Ideate SheetManager, Ideate Annotate, Ideate XRay, Ideate ReNumber, Ideate SmartDelete, and Ideate QuickSelect

Ideate Automation – Run time-intensive BIM tasks silently in the background while

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If you have any questions, reach out to us. We are here to help you understand and use our Revit plugin solutions. 

Browse our website to learn more about how Ideate Software add-on products help Revit users save time, increase model accuracy, improve deliverables and elevate design. You can give them a try by downloading trial versions or purchasing the bundle for access to the Revit plugin solutions Ideate BIMLink, Ideate Explorer, Ideate Sticky, Ideate StyleManager, and IdeateApps for six months.

 

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November

30

2022

Ideate ReNumber, one of the tools in our IdeateApps collection, is a great tool for renumbering virtually any element in your Revit model. Whether its rooms, doors, windows, areas, you’ve probably used the tool when in a plan view.

But did you know you can also use Ideate Renumber in schedule views?

Ideate Renumber from Schedule View

Example

In this example, I’m renumbering sheets to match the ISO 19650 UK standards.

I’ve built a custom rule using custom shared parameters for each of the different containers of the ISO 19650 UK document naming standard. The parameters are concatenated and then pushed into the Sheet number parameter to renumber the sheets. 

With the schedule view open, run the Ideate ReNumber tool. The sorting order of the schedule drives the order in which the elements are numbered, meaning the order in which the increment part is applied.

Ideate ReNumber - Sheet Updates
 
After the renumbering, the sheet numbers have been changed.

Bonus! 

There is also a rule to renumber details views on sheets. This rule can be loaded from our standard as delivered content.

Ideate ReNumber - Renumber details views on sheets

Load the rule by clicking on Import. 

Once loaded, customize the rule to suit your company standard, then start renumbering!

 Ideate ReNumber


Just click on the viewport to renumber them.
 

For additional training tips, check out our Training blog series

Browse our website to learn more about how Ideate Software add-on products help Revit users save time, increase model accuracy, improve deliverables and elevate design. You can give them a try by downloading trial versions or purchasing the bundle for access to the Revit plugin solutions Ideate BIMLink, Ideate Explorer, Ideate Sticky, Ideate StyleManager, and IdeateApps for six months. 


About the Author

Steve Deadman - Customer Success Manager - EMEA
Steve provides support to customers and helps them get a strong return on their software investment. He has a B.Eng (Hons) degree in Mechanical Engineering and various certifications in engineering. Before joining Ideate Software, he worked at several top architectural firm in the United Kingdom where he specialized in the implementation and management of BIM processes and technology. Find Steve on LinkedIn.

 

 

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November

29

2022

Our Team is Growing!

If you are an experienced software developer living in the Pacific Time Zone—ideally the Portland, OR metro area—skilled in object-oriented and functional programming (C# preferred), we’d like to hear from you!

We offer a collaborative work environment with a team of personable, hardworking, creative people.

This position is full-time with average hours expected to be Monday through Friday between 8:30 a.m. and 5:30 p.m. Pacific Time. While remote work is supported, we encourage working in the Portland office with teammates occasionally, and in-person participation in quarterly departments is required. Travel is rare, however employees located outside of the Portland metro area are required to travel to Portland up to four times per year. 

Read the full job description and submit your cover letter and resume to resumes to [email protected].
 

 

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November

29

2022

Recently I had the opportunity to meet in person with many of our customers and partners at London Build Expo 2022, an award-winning show widely viewed as one of the best construction exhibitions in the world.

The conference featured 500+ speakers sharing insight on topics of interest to senior-level decision-makers, buyers, and influencers from across the UK’s built environment. This free event delivered networking and learning opportunities to discuss key issues, talk about trends, and gain inspiration.

Ideate Software at London Build

Here is information on two of the talks I attended:

  • Virtual Collaboration – Have we changed the way we work?
    A panel of experts, including representatives from Ideate Software customers, shared tips on how to improve internal and external collaboration, productivity, efficiency, and standardisation.
     
  • Unlocking Opportunities – Digitally Transforming the UK’s Construction Industry
    At this standing-room-only event, panellists discussed how the UK needs to embrace digital tools, skills, and capabilities to move the industry forward. Themes included:
     
    • “Digital transformation” can mean a quick revolution of an organisation’s processes, but the term “digitalisation” suggests moving to digital technologies and processes in a structured way over time
    • People, process, technology—in that order—are the key areas in effectively digitalising an organisation; creating the right culture is critical to lead a behavioural change.
    • “We have always done it this way,” won’t work moving forward
    • All processes/workflows need to be reviewed to see if there is a more efficient digital way 
    • The investment may seem daunting, but organisations cannot keep putting it off

Take-Aways for Ideate Software

Events like this are always a good use of our time, because can we learn about areas of high importance to leaders in AEC industries and then use that knowledge to continue to stay relevant to our customers. 

A lesson from this event for Ideate Software is that process-based technical training and adoption of software tools over a consistent period is what leaders are looking for, so they can free their teams from daily mundane tasks and give them more time to focus on the creative tasks they enjoy more.


About the Author

Nick JohnsNick Johns, UK/EMEA Territory Lead
Nick joined Ideate Software in 2021 after being a customer and advocate of our company and products for many years. He brought extensive experience gained while in sales and sales manager roles at several companies in the United Kingdom, including Graitec, Excitech, Cats Group, Hobs Group and Xerox Business Services. When not working, Nick can be found running, coaching football, and enjoying music, wine, and traveling. Find Nick on LinkedIn


 

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November

28

2022

Recently, I the opportunity to deliver a presentation on Ideate Software add-in tools for Revit at a meeting of BIMxt Network, which started as a collection of U.S. Revit user groups on the east coast that discussed BIM on monthly Zoom calls. The meetings have gotten so popular that they now have attendees from across the United States and even some from other countries.

During the call, I introduced Ideate Software and demonstrated how:

 

Want to attend a presentation on how our tools streamline Revit workflows? Visit our Events page for information on upcoming online and in-person events. 

Browse our website to learn more about how Ideate Software add-on products help Revit users save time, increase model accuracy, improve deliverables and elevate design. You can give them a try by downloading trial versions or purchasing the bundle for access to the Revit plugin solutions Ideate BIMLink, Ideate Explorer, Ideate Sticky, Ideate StyleManager, and IdeateApps for six months. 


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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