July

18

2019

Thank you to everyone that attended the recent 30-minute Ideate Software webinar about our latest application that enhances Revit software, Ideate StyleManager

During the session, I gave an overview of the Ideate StyleManager user-interface and demonstrated how to: 

  • Assess the risk of Revit line style deletion
  • Fix and standardize Revit material
  • Manage duplicate styles
  • Delete unused object styles, including CAD imports

If you missed the session, would like to see it again, or would like to share it with  colleagues, here’s a link to the recording


Here are a couple of comments from people who attended the webinar:

  • “Maintaining standards and keeping projects healthy requires constant cleanup. StyleManager should help make this easier.”
  • “We have staff that explode CAD files in drawing. This tool will make cleaning easy, even for beginner staff.” 

Visit our website for more information on Ideate StyleManager. Give it a try with a free trial version, or subscribe today.
 


About the Author

Glynnis Patterson, NCARB – Director of Software Development
Glynnis is a registered architect and has worked within the building information modeling (BIM) industry since 1998. A graduate of Carnegie Mellon University, she has worked as an architect, educator and construction site manager. Glynnis is the Director of Software Development Services and continues to work with AECO clients worldwide, developing, and consulting on solutions to BIM challenges. In her spare time, Glynnis volunteers for the local high school and with growitgreenmorristown.org. Find Glynnis on LinkedIn.

 

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July

17

2019

BIM Managers and Revit users, you owe it to yourself and to your firm to implement the right solutions to your Revit problems and be freed from wasting time on menial tasks.

To make it easier for you and your team to adopt the tools you need, we launched a new promotion valid through September 30 2019.

Get the Ideate Software Bundle Multi-User (network) 5 - SUBSCRIPTION for $5,000
(down from $7,000)

This bundle includes 5 network licenses for each of the following titles: Ideate BIMLink, Ideate Explorer, Ideate Sticky, Ideate StyleManager, and IdeateApps.

Do you need to further increase your Ideate Software license count? Get 25 network licenses for twice the price of 5.

Ideate Software Bundle Multi-User (network) 25 - SUBSCRIPTION $10,000
This bundle includes 25 network licenses for each of the following titles: Ideate BIMLink, Ideate Explorer, Ideate Sticky, Ideate StyleManager, and IdeateApps.

Contact us or order this or any other bundle online today straight from our website.
 

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July

16

2019

Software. It is a huge part of how we get through our days, and its usage continues to grow at an exponential rate. Processes that now take minutes or hours once took days or weeks. The future of software continues to be big, and it continues to radically change our landscape.

Third-Party Software Defined

Third-party software is a major industry within the software development market. It typically runs inside or side-by-side software from the first party (the OEM software developer). In many cases, the first party opens its Application Programming Interface (API) up to third-party developers, so they can develop additional software that enhances the original.

Ideate Software’s Third-Party Software

Ideate Software focuses on improvements and workflow enhancements to Autodesk Revit software. We currently offer five Revit plug-in products that helps users simplify their Revit data challenges. As we like to say, we focus on the “I” in BIM, since we do a deep dive into the Revit API to expose important features and new workflows for customers to use on their Revit-based projects.

Charting a Business Case for Third-Party Software

Deciding to procure software such as ours requires thoughtful analysis, both from a usability perspective and an acquisition perspective. For example, when analyzing your current software, you need to understand:

  • Your current needs
  • The tasks you perform to meet current needs
  • How you complete those tasks
  • The amount of daily and weekly effort (hours and cost) it takes to complete those tasks
  • The time and cost savings will result if you acquire third-party tools
  • Who will use the third-party software 

One of the best ways to complete this analysis is by charting a business case in a format that is easy for everyone to understand, from end users to the decision makers. With everything laid out in this form, proposing solutions for buy-in will be easy, because the ROI on cost and time will be apparent. 

Getting Buy-in from End Users and Decision Makers – An Example

One great example comes from Gautam Shenoy at Steinberg-Hart. After the Ideate Software team demonstrated IdeateApps to him and his Revit users, Gautam went to work putting together a needs analysis of each of the nine tools that come with IdeateApps. Once completed, the results were compelling, and the ROI potential was immediately apparent.

Gautam presented his analysis to the decision-makers in his firm and got instant approval to add IdeateApps to their Ideate Software collection. Here is an example of the business case analysis that Gautam created for IdeateApps (click on the image):

Making the Case for Plugin Software

Although a cost for manual time vs. app-driven time was not identified in his analysis, the difference in effort between the two was drastic enough that anyone reading the chart would understand that the ROI is huge. Also, information in the Notes column explained the issues in more detail, making the case for the procurement of IdeateApps even stronger.

If you are looking for solutions to workflow challenges and are in the market to purchase third-party software such as Ideate Software solutions, leveraging a chart like this will help you understand the value and validate your claims, as you will easily be able to identify the cost and time savings.

Contact Us

If you have any ideas to share, such as how your office goes about procuring software solutions, we would love to hear from you. We always welcome comments, suggestions, and feedback.

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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

9

2019

San Francisco, CA, 07/09/2019 – Ideate Software, a veteran Autodesk Developer Network member and provider of applications for Autodesk Revit software, will attend, exhibit, and lead presentations at  BILT NA 2019 in Seattle, United States, July 18-20, 2019.

BILT NA

BILT NA is part of Digital Built Week and is the main conference for AECO industry professionals. Ideate Software continues its tradition of providing best-in-class presentations at BILT NA.

Ideate Software Application Demonstrations

Attendees are invited to visit booth #37 to talk about Revit challenges and see how Ideate Software applications address those challenges:

  1. Ideate BIMLink – Precise Revit data control
  2. Ideate Explorer – Fast Revit data discovery
  3. Ideate Sticky – Accurate Excel data display
  4. Ideate StyleManager – Easy Revit style management
  5. IdeateApps – Efficient Revit data production. BILT NA 2019 attendees are invited to participate in Ideate Software’s research and get a no-cost subscription to IdeateApps expiring 15 December 2019. Please visit Ideate Software on booth #37 for more information.

Enquire about our latest promotion — get $2,000 off this Ideate Software Bundle. 

Two Ideate Software Presentations

Title: Deciphering the Language of Revit Warnings
Date: July 18, 2019
Presenter: Richard Taylor, Technical Evangelist, Ideate Software
Overview: Failure to manage warnings in a Revit project could result in poor performance, slow synchronization times, incorrect schedule data, or even file corruption. During this session, attendees will learn how to manage and fix Revit warnings using Revit tools and how the Warnings Manager add-on application developed by Ideate Software can streamline the process. 

Title: We All Secretly Love Revit Parameters
Date: July 20, 2019
Presenter: Sash Kazeminejad, Customer Success Manager, Ideate Software
Overview: Project, Key, Family, Shared, Global … the list of parameters goes on and on, and the types and uses can seem overwhelming. Attendees of this session will learn about common pitfalls of poorly organized Revit data, how and when to use Shared and Project parameters, how to manage parameters for use across linked Revit files, and common strategies for resolving poorly managed parameters. 

Data Day

Leaders from the architecture, engineering, construction, and building owner industries attend Data Day to talk about data in their industry. Starting the day before BILT NA, Data Day presentations, labs, and discussions focus on the current state of data, what can be done with the data, and how data drives business decisions. “This event has grown in popularity so much that we extended it from one day to two this year,” said David Haynes, Ideate Software director and Data Day chairperson.  David has been the Data Day chairperson for the past 3 years.


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, construction, and owner (AECO) workflows. Ideate Software solutions enable Revit users to save time, increase accuracy, improve project deliverables, and elevate design.

Microsoft Excel is a registered trademark of Microsoft Corporation in the United States and other countries. All other brand names, product names or trademarks belong to their respective holders.

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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July

4

2019

In June 2019, I had the privilege of presenting a Revit-related topic to the Seattle Revit Users Group (“SeaRUG”). I have presented to SeaRUG several times, and it was nice to go back and present to them again. I always enjoy my trips up to Seattle from Portland.

My presentation was titled, “Get Your Revit Templates and Projects in Order,” and I delivered it shortly after we released our fifth Revit add-in called Ideate StyleManager.

The premise of the presentation was to remind people that is important to add and create targeted content for Revit templates, such as defining certain System Types, loading important component families, and safely auditing templates, projects, and families for non-standard Revit Styles, such as Object Style sub-categories, Line Styles, Fill Patterns, Materials and Assets, etc.

As Revit templates and projects continue to be created and updated, non-standard Styles always find their way into these files, no matter how hard you try to keep them out. The capabilities of the Purge command in Revit are limited, and deleting non-standard Styles in Revit is tedious and extremely risky, as I demonstrated live to the audience; I deleted the default Viewport Type from a Revit model and it literally destroyed the Revit file.

Near the end of my presentation, I demonstrated how Ideate StyleManager can:

  • Analyze Revit Styles
  • List where the Styles are in use
  • Give users the option to delete the Styles safely or merge them with standard Styles

With Ideate StyleManager, you will be confident that the decisions you are about to make are safe ones. Trying to make these decisions without software like Ideate StyleManager is too risky and can damage your file if you are not careful.

At the end of the presentation, my message to the group was to not delete anything without being informed. Ideate Software products help users make informed decisions. After all, we want you to be certain of your Revit data.

Shown below are some images and captions from the SeaRUG presentation. If you are interested in viewing the recorded presentation, please visit the SeaRUG YouTube channel for more information: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ucVZeT6Er5A 

This slide depicts some of the categories that should be considered when creating Revit templates. Items highlighted in blue (exception: Starting View & Ideate Software Settings) were a focus of the discussion, since they tend to be standards that start to deviate as CAD imports and non-standard content find their way into Revit templates and projects. This is where Ideate StyleManager saves the day.

Revit Templates

 
This slide depicts the importance of Starting Views in templates and projects as they relate to important project information. For this discussion, we reviewed the option to use an Ideate Sticky to post company-based information, so when all users open a Revit model daily, they see relevant information that a BIM manager posts for the day. Some folks mentioned during the presentation that they use Ideate Sticky in a Starting view for project checklists.

Revit Templates

 
This slide depicts some of the ways in which Styles (Object Style sub-categories, Fill Patterns, Line Styles, Materials, etc.) find their way into Revit Templates, Projects, and Families. These are some of the reasons keeping Revit files clean can be a constant battle, especially when Revit experience levels vary. Ideate Software applications can help with these battles.

Revit Templates

 
This slide depicts some ways in which objects can be cleaned up from Revit templates and projects. Most categories of objects can be safely cleaned up with the Purge command. For those that cannot be cleaned with the Purge command, manual deletion of Styles can be harmful to your project. Ideate Software tools can help mitigate these risks so you are certain of your Revit model data.

Revit Templates

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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