September

26

2022

Ideate Software was pleased to sponsor the September Women in BIM (WIB) meeting held in Scotland. Both Steve Deadman, our UK/EMEA Customer Success Manager, and Nick Johns, our UK/EMEA Territory Lead, attended the event.

Women in BIM - Scotland“It was great to meet so many people who love BIM as much as we do,” said Steve. “In addition to introducing our products to attendees, we heard from leaders in the BIM community on topics top-of-mind to professionals across the AECO space.”

  • David Philp, Lead, WIB Scotland, welcomed everyone and introduced the speakers
     
  • Kirsty Duncan, Associate Impact Manager – Digital, Construction Scotland Innovation Centre, spoke about innovation in the built environment, training, skills, diversity, and inclusion, as well as the BE-ST (built environment - smarter transformation) strategy she is leading
     
  • Michael McGuire, a lecturer on digital construction, spoke about World Skills/Digital Construction, an Olympic-like event where competitors demonstrate their skills in interpreting client briefs, time management, quality assurance, attention to detail, communication, modeling, and visualization
     
  • Robyn Rooschuz, Digital Information Specialist, Digital Guerrilla Consultancy, spoke about information management, career paths, and typical responsibilities

Visit the Events page on our website to find other opportunities to connect with our team in person or virtually.
 
About Women in BIM

Women in BIM is a diverse international network of female professionals within the built environment dedicated to supporting women in BIM related roles for skills, education, and career progression. WIB Scotland promotes equality, diversity, and inclusion. All are welcome to attend and be part of the group.
 

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September

23

2022

At Ideate Software, we like to provide a wealth of support to our customers, either via our website, which has a ton of useful information, or within our products. For example, Ideate BIMLink ships with a great extent of preconfigured content; you get more than 350 predefined link definitions to help you get up and running as soon as possible.

All the content provided within Ideate BIMLink is displayed as shown below and can be manually imported as needed into the Revit project.

Content provided within Ideate BIMLink
The Ideate BIMLink content is saved and loaded from this folder C:\ProgramData\Ideate\Ideate BIMLink\en-US\Samples

You might not be aware, but you can also load additional content for some of our other applications too, for example, Ideate ViewCreator, one of the tools in the IdeateApps collection.

Start from the settings cog and select Manage View Rules.

Start with the Settings Cog
You can also import additional Room rules.

From here you can choose to import additional rules into your projects to help with your workflows. 

Import additional rules
You can also Export custon rules from this dialog, for wider use within your company.

This opens a folder where you can load the additional rules that ship with Ideate ViewCreator. The default folder shown below, called Basic Rules, contains the list of rules that automatically import into any new Revit project where Ideate ViewCreator has been previously used.

Additional Content
Lots of additional content is available.

If that wasn’t enough, there is also a Bonus Rules folder! My favorite bonus rule within Ideate ViewCreator is the one called “DUPLICATE - Phase New.” This rule can be used to copy existing views to make '-New' views. Newly created views have a hard-wired Phase and Phase Filter override.

Bonus time!

For more information see our Help file on this topic.

Additional content is also available for Ideate ReNumber, another tool within the IdeateApps collection. See more in our Help file.  

Our European and UK customers might find the bonus rule called “Sheets - BS ISO 19650.rule” particularly valuable. This rule is designed to work with customer parameters within a title block as described in my earlier blog post, Renaming Sheets to ISO 19650.


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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September

22

2022

IdeateApps users who weren’t able to attend this webinar, will want to watch the recording to learn and see demonstrations of recent updates, including the newest addition to the IdeateApps collection, Ideate Annotate. Updates are available in Revit versions 2020 – 2023.


 
If you don’t yet use the IdeateApps collection and are curious about how it can help you streamline common Revit workflows, take 30 minutes to watch the recording. In addition to providing a detailed overview of Ideate Annotate, we also briefly discuss updates to other tools in the collection that are sure to grab your attention. 

About Ideate Annotate

Ideate Annotate, available to existing IdeateApps subscribers at no additional cost, allows the user to ensure the legibility of Revit tags, text dimensions, and other 2D annotative elements by reviewing clashes, and browsing through 2D annotative elements to understand usage throughout projects.  

About IdeateApps

IdeateApps is a collection of 10 focus-driven tools that decrease the time spent on common Revit tasks and increase the accuracy of BIM data in Revit models by allowing the users to quickly and easily:

  • Renumber anything
  • Select and review anything
  • Safely delete elements
  • Find hidden elements
  • Check project spelling
  • Place views on sheets
  • Align views on sheets
  • Copy sheets with aligned views
  • Bulk-create views
  • Review and check annotations on sheets and views

You can also review a short video for an overview of the previous collection of productivity tools contained with IdeateApps.

In addition, we will present the content again at a webinar for the UK and Europe on October 18. You can register here.

Visit our website to learn more about IdeateApps as well as our other Revit add-in tools. Download a free trial or subscribe today
 

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September

16

2022

“The BIM Coordinators Summit was our first in-person event in Ireland,” said Steve Deadman, Customer Success Manager – UK/EMEA. “We met with so many people in the AEC space that were new to Ideate Software and were impressed with the efficiencies our products deliver.”

Glynnis Patterson - BIM Coordinators Summit
Glynnis Patterson, Director of Software Development, discussed Revit challenges and demonstrated Ideate Software products. 

Attendees had several occasions to hear about Ideate Software tools:

  • Advanced Revit Model Health and Data Checks,” presented by Steve. Covered strategies and tactics to ensure models are in good health
     
  • Take Care of Your Revit Models,” written by Steve. Find it on pages 26 and 27 of the BIM Coordinators Summit – 2022 magazine
     
  • Product demonstrations led by Glynnis Patterson, Director of Software Development; Nick Johns, UK/EMEA Territory Lead; and Steve

In addition to learning about BIM needs and discussing our solutions, we were thrilled to nominate several people who made significant contributions to the AECO community for BIM Hero Awards. Winners were recognized in BIM Coordinator Summit LinkedIn and Twitter posts, were included in its Hero Register, and received a “Hero” token. 

Nick Johns and Steve Deadman - BIM Coordinators Summit
Nick Johns (L), UK/EMEA Territory Lead, and Steve Deadman (R), UK/EMEA  Customer Success Manager, enjoyed introducing our Revit add-ins to this market new to Ideate Software.

We were pleased to see that several friends of Ideate Software were also leading presentations at the summit, including Holger de Groot, CEO and Founder of Modmation, who gave a presentation called, “Distributed Workforce - How to Support a Remote BIM Team.

The Ideate Software team will attend several events across the globe throughout the rest of the year and lead several webinars. Keep an eye on our Events page for opportunities to connect with us about your BIM challenges or reach out to us at [email protected].

Browse our website for more information on our Revit addins. Download free trials or subscribe today. 

 

 

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September

14

2022

Every day, our Ideate Software Support team fields all types of questions from AECO professionals all around the world. You can review some of these recent question and answers via our Ideate Software Support Series blog category.

Thousands of users all around the world use Ideate Sticky every day to combine the ease and flexibility of Excel, Word, and PDF editing with the convenience of a sticky note. Ideate Sticky elegantly connects non-BIM data from an Excel, Word, or PDF document into Revit projects, enhancing cross-team workflows.

Over the past few years, we’ve had several support cases where a specific user updates the Ideate Sticky schedule, and the formatting width of the Sticky schedule changes. A Sticky schedule can change size unexpectedly when updated or auto-updated on a computer with a different display scaling than the display scaling value used on the computer that originally created the Sticky schedule. This issue is most commonly manifested when using remote desktop applications or laptops with docking stations, as well as with external devices such as projectors where display scaling could be changed during a Windows session.

Display Settings

 

Formatting Differences 
Different computers might have different scaling and display resolutions that could potentially impact the width of a Sticky schedule, as shown in these images.

For our June 2022 release, we solved this condition with a new width calculation option.

Use this new project-based setting to use an improved width calculation for all Sticky schedules found within the project. This option is turned on for all new projects and off for any projects with Stickies created prior to the June 2022 release for Revit 2020-2023. Please refer to this online Help file for additional details.

Stick Settings

The improved Sticky schedule width calculation is turned on for any new projects. This can be accessed via the Settings cog from the Ideate Sticky main dialog.

All customers are encouraged to deploy the latest version of Ideate Sticky for Revit versions 2020-2023 to take advantage of this improvement. Because this feature controls the size of text it is imperative that all users within the company are utilizing the same build version for Ideate Sticky. 

Keep those amazing questions coming to [email protected], because this is critically important feedback allows us to continue to improve our software every release.
 

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