August

5

2019

Companies with one person using Ideate Software tools see that person move away from tedious, time-consuming Revit tasks to more interesting, creative work. That person is happier because he/she can focus on what matters most, and clients are happier because they get more innovative and accurate designs, quicker.

Now imagine the sweeping changes that would occur if your whole team used all the Ideate Software tools.

Making these changes is easier than you think with savings available through multi-product and multi-user pricing:

  • Single-user, stand-alone license annual subscription
  • Multi-user, network license annual subscription
    • All five Ideate Software solutions for one person at a time on the network – US$2,495
    • All five Ideate Software solutions for five people at a time on the network – US$7,000
    • All five Ideate Software solutions for 25 people at a time on the network – US$10,000
  • Enterprise, multi-user network license annual subscription
    • All five Ideate Software solutions to all Revit users in your company – US$20,000
ALL SUBSCRIPTIONS INCLUDE:
  • Instructor-led online training and access to recorded webinars, how-to videos, and robust Help files 
  • Support from technical experts 
  • Software that works with the current and previous three versions of Revit
  • New Ideate Software releases for subscribed titles within the subscription period
  • International license use (network; no additional fees) 

More and more of our customers around the world take advantage of the bundles. So don’t put it off any longer. Join hundreds of satisfied Ideate Software customers all over the globe and opt for a bundle today. Not sure which pricing option is right for you? Contact us to discuss your current situation, and we will help you discover the appropriate solution for your firm. 
 

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July

31

2019

The Ideate Software team has returned from a busy yet fun time at BILT NA 2019 in Seattle! We enjoyed speaking with existing customers and new friends about challenges with current Revit workflows and processes. Our own David Haynes was Chairperson for 2019 Data Day before the official BILT conference started on Thursday.  I had an excellent turnout for my Revit Warnings class, and Sash Kazeminejad filled the room with people, excitement and enthusiasm for a presentation on Revit Parameters on a Saturday morning! Now, that is a herculean accomplishment!

Of course along the way, our Ideate Software booth was the hub of activity for existing clients and interested BIM professionals. We even enlisted a few family members to join the activity at the booth. How cool is that!

Seattle was a perfect venue, not only for the stunning weather, but because the construction boom is evident around every corner. New buildings are sprouting like weeds in the capital of the Pacific Northwest, and it was exciting to see our customers’ work first-hand. Our suite of Revit productivity applications is such a vital component to many AEC firms, and it’s humbling to see our hard work translate into stunning end-products that users can enjoy.

This was the first official unveiling of our Ideate StyleManager at a conference. The interest and enthusiasm for this new arrow in the Ideate Software quiver has been unmatched. I’ve been hosting a few webinars with the tagline, “Ideate Software has Style.” I think these crazy photos from the BIMSmith Gala on Saturday night say it all; not only does Ideate Software bring extreme value and style to Revit workflows, but I think we carry a certain “style” ourselves if I do say so!

Ideate Software team at BILT NA
(L-R Craig Dodge, Richard Taylor, Sash Kazeminejad, David Haynes)

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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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July

30

2019

Recently, I had the thrill and honor of welcoming Steinberg Hart’s BIM-VDC Director Gautam Shenoy to a webinar to share his knowledge of product delivery. With more than 15 years of BIM experience and 10 years of experience working with Ideate Software tools, Gautam has developed a lot of best practices and successful workflow options. He presented some of them at our webinar, which covered some of the following topics:

  • Questions to ask when trying to win a project or on the path to procurement
  • How design technology connects with data 
  • Project delivery methods
  • Timelines
  • How to effectively measure ROI 

Throughout the session, Gautam shared how he and his team use Ideate Software tools to streamline processes, keep their models clean, and enhance collaboration with all stakeholders, including non-Revit users. He also shared this spreadsheet he created to determine the return on investment of IdeateApps and convey that ROI to leadership (click on the image):

Here are some comments from people in attendance:

  • “Definitely liked the ROI slide.”
  • “Gautam's graphic representation of his team's workflow was fantastic!”
  • “Gautam clearly explained how the Ideate Software solutions can be applied to many aspects of the AEC industry and for different project scenarios (design-bid, design-build, etc).”

Did you miss the webinar? Want to see it again? Here’s a link to the recording.


 
 

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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July

26

2019

Earlier this year, I presented some ideas to a focus group on how Ideate BIMLink can be leveraged to gather Area Plan data related to BOMA. Area Plans were chosen over rooms, because Area Plans can have multiple schemes, which are easily separated by views and scheduling. In addition, the Project Browser will separate the Area Schemes by each type, making navigation much easier. Rooms are more challenging to attempt in this manner and can confuse data with other room-specific information. In addition, the room boundary lines are determined by a global Revit setting, whereas Area boundary lines are determined manually or by Area rules.

Area Schemes Created for BOMA

This image of the Project Browser depicts the different Area Schemes created for the BOMA for Office Buildings Standard Methods of Measurement. In this case, we have one scheme for the overall BOMA boundary area and a scheme for both Method A and Method B. You can see that the browser organization is much easier to understand.


The BOMA references presented were the BOMA 2017 for Office Buildings, Method A (Multiple Load Factor), and Method B (Single Load Factor). Regardless of which method is used, the end results will be the same.

After creating Area Schemes for Method A, Method B, and the Boundary Area (not to be confused with Gross Area – they are not the same in this context), the user will need to reference the BOMA guide to understand where the Area boundary lines are to be placed. For example, if you have a Tenant area next to a Floor Service Area, where does the demising Area line reside? The BOMA guide is very specific about these details.

Example

Shown below is an example of a BOMA 2017 for Office Buildings Method B Area Plan with a Color Fill legend applied in Revit. Each Area type (Base Building Circulation, Floor Service Area, etc.) has been depicted as a BOMA Space Classification, which then translates to a color in the Area Plan. The Area boundary lines were determined based on the rules laid out in the BOMA guide.

Once the Areas have been placed, named, and numbered, the user has the option to set the BOMA Space Classification (Building Service Area, Floor Service Area, MVP, etc.) which is used for the BOMA datasheet. The user also has the option to set another value for the color of the Area to be represented in plans. These colors are set to match the colors in the BOMA guidelines.

Gathering Area Data from Revit to Excel Using Ideate BIMLink for Easy Editing

What was then presented to the focus group was how we can gather the Area data from the Revit model using Ideate BIMLink and push that data to an Excel file. While an Area schedule for each BOMA Method is easy to create natively in Revit, one issue that arises is how to combine the Boundary Area schedule with both the Method A and Method B schedules, since you cannot add schedules together. 

Here is an example of the New Schedule option that shows the schedule categories separated. Adding them in Revit is not possible.


In Ideate BIMLink, it is easy to create a link that lists all areas, no matter what the Area Scheme is. This allows a user to export a lot of Area data to one spreadsheet. For us to export the data for only the overall Boundary Area and a BOMA Method, we need to go to the Filters tab (see below image) and filter the data to show only the Area Scheme for Method A or B and the Boundary Area (1). Once the filter is applied, the data that Ideate BIMLink reports will show all the Boundary Areas (2) and all the areas that belong to the filtered Method A or B (3). Once this data is properly gathered, it can then be exported to Excel.

Here is an example of what the raw data export from Ideate BIMLink would look like. You can see that the data is well organized and very thorough.

Options for Restructuring Data for a Leasing Document (BOMA Global Summary of Areas)

For this data to be presented in a leasing document (BOMA Global Summary of Areas) that a client would be interested in, you will more than likely need to take the summarized Ideate BIMLink data and restructure it. Here are a few options regarding restructuring the data:

  1. Use this data to then manually fill in a BOMA spreadsheet that has formulas set in the correct cells. This method has a lot of downsides because doing manual entry can be time consuming and error prone. Any changes to the BOMA data will require the user to revisit the BOMA spreadsheet for manual updates. 
  2. Create a series of Pivot Tables that references the raw data from the Ideate BIMLink export and compose them so that they match the BOMA guidelines for the leasing data tables. The upside to this method is that there is no need to write any Excel macros to structure the data. Also, Pivot Tables have a low learning curve, though they can get tedious at times because formatting them to your liking can take some time.
  3. Write a macro inside an Excel template that gathers all the data from the Ideate BIMLink export and then structures that data to match the look and feel of the leasing table that the BOMA guide references. The upside to this method is that once you get the macro dialed in, the look and feel of the table should be consistent.
Example BOMA Global Summary of Areas Table

Shown here is an example of a BOMA Global Summary of Areas table formatted to match the BOMA guide. This table can be created by using a Pivot Table or a Macro that references the data that was exported out of the Revit model through Ideate BIMLink. Trying to enter this data manually in this table is time consuming and error prone.

Updating Data in the Revit Model 

If the data needs to be updated in the Revit model, all the user would have to do is re-export the data using Ideate BIMLink into the same Excel file that contains the original raw data from Ideate BIMLink. The Pivot Table or Macro that reads the raw data will refresh to reflect the updated data from the Revit model.

Whichever method you choose, you can easily use Ideate BIMLink to gather all your BOMA data and push it out to Excel, so you can use your preferred methods of generating and maintaining the leasing data tables.

Existing Ideate BIMLink customers are welcome to request access to our Revit 2017 BOMA sample dataset.

Not an Ideate BIMLink customer? Download 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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July

23

2019

San Francisco, CA, July 23, 2019Ideate Software, a veteran Autodesk Developer Network member, announced that its Revit workflow and training content is now available to users of Eagle Point Software’s Pinnacle Series

Pinnacle Series logoPinnacle Series is a platform designed to help maximize the productivity and performance of architects, engineers, construction (AEC) and manufacturing professionals around the globe. It allows users to take full advantage of their technology solutions by allowing and enhancing continuous learning, knowledge capture and sharing and increased productivity.

Pinnacle Series customers now have access to the vast range of eLearning workflow solutions from Ideate Software. The Ideate Software Revit productivity solutions are purpose-built to enable their users to access, manage, control, find, and filter all their Revit data with ease. 

“Along with our add-on applications for Autodesk Revit software, we develop clear and concise support material, including short how-to videos,  online Help files, and webinar recordings,” said Bob Palioca, President, Ideate Software. “All around the world, Ideate Software customers refer to this support material to find innovative ways of using our applications. By offering these eLearning assets through Pinnacle Series, we are further supporting their learning process, helping them save time, enhance quality control, and collaborate with their team members better.”

For more information about these powerful solutions for AEC professionals, please visit www.ideatesoftware.com and www.pinnacleseries.com


About Ideate Software

Ideate Software empowers Revit users to gain unprecedented control over their data. Ideate BIMLink, Ideate Explorer, Ideate Sticky, Ideate StyleManager, and IdeateApps 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.

Autodesk, the Autodesk logo, ATC, and Revit are registered trademarks or trademarks of Autodesk, Inc. and/or its subsidiaries and/or affiliates in the USA and/or other countries.

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