Recently I had the pleasure of speaking with Devon Tilly, the host of The Art of Construction (AOC) podcast, where AOC “explores the world of construction with some of the best minds in the industry.”

We discussed a topic I’m passionate about: the data collection explosion and how data can influence business decisions in our AEC industries. I also provided a recap of Ideate’s involvement in Data Day at Digital Built Week, where AOC is the official media sponsor, and discussed my thoughts on the future of construction and technology.

Devon opened the session with:

“The data explosion continues without an end in sight. Firms are struggling with the velocity of this data. Some AEC firms have hired people specifically for data analysis. Other firms are promoting from within. And some firms are ignoring the issue totally, and I think that’s most of us.”

Want to hear our conversation about the current state of data collection and usage as well as the potential of data to grow a business? Here’s a link to the podcast

If you have any questions or want to discuss data more, please let us know. We’re all interested in the topic; our Revit productivity tools take BIM data out of silos and allow it to be practically shared and used throughout the design and build process.

About the Author

David HaynesDavid Haynes, Director
David is a registered architect and a project management certified professional. Before joining Ideate, David had his own architectural practice and was president of a commercial design-build construction company for 15 years. A graduate of the University of Arizona, he has worked as an architect, contractor, and developer, and he was a national construction manager for a national retailer. David currently provides business process analysis, data integration, and change management solutions for AECO clients involved in the design and construction industry across the United States. Find David on Twitter

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CBT Architects is a leading design firm headquartered in Boston, MA. Its 230 professionals create tomorrow’s landmarks through a broad range of local, national and international projects in architecture, interior design and urban design.

The CBT Design Technology Team uses Ideate Software applications to help project teams validate their project data and resolve individual model issues, and they proactively support all projects by incorporating the applications into model management processes.

Nirva Fereshetian, CBT’s Chief Information Officer and Associate Principal said, “Revit software is one of our Design Technology Team’s primary tools, and we use add-ons, including those from Ideate Software, to make Revit processes more efficient.”

Here are some examples of how they use our tools:

  • Fix Visibility Issues with Ideate XRay
    Rood Vincent, from the Design Technology Team, said, “We get a lot of calls from Revit users who place an object into a view in Revit and then can’t find it anywhere. With Ideate XRay, the solution is fast and simple.”
  • Ensure Accuracy with Ideate BIMLink
    When the Design Technology Team’s Lynn Quagliato talked about a hotel project that included six buildings, 700 guest rooms, and furniture counts for all the rooms, she said, “Getting the furniture data through Revit wasn’t ideal, because the software can’t show it all. It was easy with Ideate BIMLink.”
  • Keep Models Stable with Ideate Explorer
    “Ideate Explorer give us deeper insight into Revit model elements and allows for enhanced selection options,” said William Paquette, CBT Design Technology Team. “This significantly aids in model management, allowing us to quickly identify where issues may be and areas that can be cleaned up.” 

“We appreciate Ideate Software’s tools as well as its support,” said Nirva. “They help us ensure our people get the most of out their software by providing training, how-to videos and Help files that our Design Technology Team can dig into, and then showcase highlights to our designers using one of our real projects.”  

Read more about how CBT Architects uses Ideate Software tools. 

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San Francisco, CA, 12/10/2019 – Ideate Software, a veteran Autodesk Developer Network member, is pleased to be associated with companies recognized for excellence

“As a developer of software that helps companies that design, build and operate built environments focus on their core strengths, we love to learn of their successes,” said Glynnis Patterson, Director of Software Development. 

“BIM professionals who are passionate about integrating innovation into design, enhancing communities, and collaborating across disciplines work countless hours on everything from the big picture to tiny details. It is both humbling and energizing to know that our products eliminate some of the drudgery.”

One Ideate Software product used by award-winning companies is Ideate Sticky, which enhances cross-team workflows by elegantly connecting non-BIM data from an Excel file into a Revit project.

“The lack of a text editor in Autodesk® Revit® software makes organizing and formatting non-BIM data frustrating and time consuming,” said Glynnis “Ideate Sticky solves this by enabling users to edit data in Excel and ‘stick’ spreadsheets on Revit files.” 

Here are some quotes about Ideate Sticky from companies that have won awards for innovation, sustainability, historic preservation, tenant improvements and even the “coolest office.” 

    Ideate Sticky enhances collaboration by streamlining the process of disseminating non-BIM data. What used to be a tedious, time-consuming task is now done in just minutes.”
    ~Evelyn Peterson, CSHQA
  • Eppstein Uhen Architects
    “Equipment planners will develop a list by room that owners want on the architectural drawings. To recreate this schedule in Revit would mean modeling the equipment and creating an element schedule. Ideate Sticky allows us to use the consultant list with minimal editing and a few minutes of effort.”
    ~Phyllis Robbins, Eppstein Uhen Architects
  • Mead & Hunt
    “Ideate Sticky makes a picture of the Excel file so you can view it phenomenally quickly. It seems transparent to its users, and most importantly, it is trusted by users.”
    ~Dan Dankert, Mead & Hunt

Visit the Ideate Software website to learn more about how these companies use Ideate Sticky.

About Ideate Software
Ideate Software 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, 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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We were pleased to welcome people from Belgium, Canada, Germany, Saudi Arabia, Switzerland, the United Kingdom and the United States to our webinar on the new features of IdeateApps for Revit, our collection of tools that streamline the tasks Revit users perform most often.

The November 2019 release of IdeateApps includes several significant improvements and new features. Here is a link to a recording of the webinar where I detailed and demonstrated the improvements and features.

Here are some highlights of the November 2019 updates to IdeateApps:

  • Improved searching 
  • Enhanced batch editing 
  • Improved sheet composition
  • Ability to:
    • Multi-select unplaced views and turn them into sheets
    • Rename sheets, numbers and views
    • Do odd and even numbering 
    • Copy and paste legends across multiple sheets 
    • Customize a view/sheet browser for individual team members

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

Sash Kazeminejad - AIA, LEED AP, BCI, BCC - Customer Success Manager
Sash earned his Master of Architecture from Montana State University and is a California registered architect, LEED Accredited Professional, and a Bluebeam Certified Instructor. 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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