June

2

2022

We were delighted to host our first Revit Data Management Insights Group meeting in May. Attendees included BIM managers, heads of BIM, BIM coordinators, and Revit technicians from architectural and engineering firms in the London area. Steve Deadman, our UK/EMEA Customer Success Manager and Nick Johns, our UK/EMEA Territory Lead greeted both new and existing customers and shared insights on recent and upcoming product developments and industry feedback.
 
James Gray, Squire and PartnersIt was a pleasure to have James Gray, BIM Manager at Squire and Partners as a guest speaker.

A long-standing Ideate Software customer, James presented his best practices on Revit model management featuring the Ideate Software solutions he uses. He made the case for regular model reviews and the importance of managing and fixing warnings in Revit. The best practices he shared were very much appreciated by all the attendees.  
 
During this invitation-only event, we also covered topics such as: 

  1. Wishes Granted - Top User Requests and Implemented Features. Steve presented Autodesk Forum ideas and Revit Roadmap wish list items that we translated into software features revolving around Revit model productivity, project auditing, model/data health and data management. He focused on the following Revit user requests:
     
    • Controlling view title alignments
       
    • Quickly reviewing and fixing Revit warnings
       
    • Live-linking Excel, PDF, and Word documents into Revit projects

     Read our Wishlist Granted blog post series for more examples.

  1. New Features and Developments. During this section of the meeting, we announced and offered a flavour of the upcoming Ideate Software improvements for Revit versions 2020-2023. Watch our blogs for more news!

The discussions continued after the presentations around canapés and wine, and we’d like to extend a heartfelt thank you to our attendees for their presence, questions, and glowing feedback. We look forward to the next Revit Data Management Insights Group meeting. More details to follow in due course.

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 all the Revit plugin solutions (Ideate BIMLink, Ideate Explorer, Ideate Sticky, Ideate StyleManager, and IdeateApps) for six months.

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April

12

2022

San Francisco, CA, April 12, 2022 – Ideate Software, an Autodesk® AEC Industry Partner and Autodesk® Authorized Developer, is pleased to present its latest customer spotlight, which highlights how JGMA benefits from Ideate Software add-ins for Revit. JGMA is a Chicago-based architecture and design firm with projects across North America, Latin America, Asia, and the Middle East. Its professionals look at each project as an opportunity to influence civic life and transform communities.

Bringing Ideate Software to JGMA

Esperanza Health Centers designed by JGMA
Esperanza Health Centers. JGMA designed this fully accessible building utilizing forward-thinking design to attract and unite the surrounding community.

When Darya Minosyants Stefanovic joined JGMA as the Director of Technology, she brought extensive experience with Ideate Software tools for Revit. “My last employer was a strong user and advocate of Ideate Software products,” said Darya. “I came to JGMA knowing their power, and after a few discussions and demonstrations of how we would spend less time on tedious Revit tasks, the team was sold.”

JGMA subscribed to all Ideate Software products, and within just a few weeks, the team was experiencing significant benefits:

  • Ideate StyleManager – Darya uses this Revit plug-in tool to streamline the process of managing templates and ensuring projects are set up with company standards. 
     
  • Ideate BIMLink – The architects and designers are digging into the functions of Ideate BIMLink for Revit. They immediately appreciated the fact that it enables them to quickly change worksets throughout a project and rename families.
     
  • Ideate Sticky – JGMA works extensively in MS Excel. They benefit from live-linking Excel spreadsheets to Revit projects, so the Stickies automatically reflect changes made to the Excel document.
     
  • Ideate Explorer – JGMA’s Senior Project Designer Ted Hogan has been advocating for the use of Ideate Explorer. As the team delves into the many ways it can help keep their models clean, they are using it get a broader understanding by isolating and previewing elements in 3D. 
     
  • IdeateApps – So far, JGMA’s favorite tools from the collection are Ideate SheetManager, which they use to quickly clone sheets with similar properties, place views on sheets, and align views between similar sheets and Ideate QuickSelect,which makes it easy to find out why elements are hidden and resolve problems. 

Read more about Ideate Software’s collaboration with JGMA. 

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


About Ideate Software - Ideate Software, an Autodesk® AEC Industry Partner and Autodesk® Authorized Developer, 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.

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

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

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November

3

2021

San Francisco, CA, November 3, 2021 – Ideate Software, an Autodesk® AEC Industry Partner and Autodesk® Authorized Developer, is pleased to present its latest customer spotlight, which highlights how Engineering PLUS benefits from Ideate Software add-ins for Revit. Engineering PLUS was established in 1996 to fill a need for extremely detailed drawings for contractors. Today, they deliver smart, cost-effective infrastructure designs to large and small companies around the world. 

Miguel Granja, BIM Manager, Engineering PLUS, said, “When I interviewed with Engineering PLUS and discussed their reputation for delivering outstanding innovative technology design solutions, I suggested that they look into Ideate Software, whether they hired me or not. It’s a year later, and I’m here and we use Ideate Software tools on a daily basis.”

Tremendous Value Within Month One

Within Miguel’s first month at Engineering PLUS, the company used Ideate BIMLink on a transportation project to change a few instance parameters on a large number of families. “With Ideate BIMLink, the time spent editing reduced from hours to less than 10 minutes, and we were confident that all the data on the changed parameters was correct. Our staff was happy because they delivered high-quality work quickly without having to perform tedious tasks.”

Daily Tasks Simplified  

When talking about how Ideate Software tools for Revit have saved them time while enhancing their designs, the team at Engineering PLUS shared several ways they use the plugins:

  • They use Ideate BIMLink to quickly manage sheet revisions, create and update sheet information, extract data from link models and populate schedules.
  • Ideate Sticky is their Revit add-in tool of choice for importing schedules and charts from Excel, importing specification documents from Word and creating schedules from linked models to use as references.
  • The two tools from the IdeateApps collection they use most often are Ideate SheetManager for initial model set up and Ideate ReNumber for renumbering and reorganizing detail sheets or sheets with multiple views.

Read more about Ideate Software’s collaboration with Engineering PLUS

To learn more about how Ideate Software add-on products help Revit users save time, increase model accuracy, improve deliverables and elevate design, visit the website. You can give them a try by downloading trial versions or purchasing the US$500 bundle for access to all the Revit plugin solutions for six months.


About Ideate Software - Ideate Software, an Autodesk® AEC Industry Partner and Autodesk® Authorized Developer, 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.

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

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

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October

20

2021

San Francisco, CA, October 20, 2021 – Ideate Software, an Autodesk® AEC Industry Partner and Autodesk® Authorized Developer, is pleased to present its latest customer spotlight, which highlights how HLW benefits from Ideate Software add-ins for Revit. HLW has been designing buildings for more than 135 years, and its designs have earned the firm a solid reputation in multiple sectors, including government, education, financial, residential, hospitality and technology.

Jeff Baily, BIM manager at HLW said, “I use and love all the Ideate Software tools for Revit. They allow HLW to stay on the forefront of integrating technology into architecture and design while providing a clean interface that doesn’t distract users or spam the toolbars with useless gizmos.”

Jeff continued, “At HLW, we continually challenge ourselves to reach beyond our imaginations to create places that enhance the user experience. The Ideate Software tools support us in this challenge by streamlining workflows, so we have more time to focus on innovative and creative thinking.”

Here are some ways HLW uses Ideate Software’s Revit plugin tools:

  • Ideate Explorer – Filter, locate and isolate specific elements or systems in a model; ensure elements reside in the proper workset; verify the accuracy of certain data exports used in project health checks
  • Ideate BIMLink – Ensure the consistency and accuracy of various kinds of schedules
  • Ideate Sticky – Add layers of information to drawing sets that might not exist in the model 
  • Ideate StyleManager – Keep clutter down; develop or revamp templates
  • IdeateApps
    • Ideate XRay – Nearly eliminate support tickets related to issues with visibility
    • Ideate ViewCreator – Get projects set up quickly with standard views
    • Ideate SpellCheck – Check a whole set of sheets to remove typos 
    • Ideate Clone – Document design options for client approval and advance designs 

Read more about Ideate Software’s collaboration with HLW.

To learn more about how Ideate Software add-on products help Revit users save time, increase model accuracy, improve deliverables and elevate design, visit the website. You can also download trial versions or purchase the US$500 bundle for access to all the Revit plugin solutions for six months.


About Ideate Software - Ideate Software, an Autodesk® AEC Industry Partner and Autodesk® Authorized Developer, 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.

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

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May

28

2021

Thank you to everyone who participated in the May 2021 Ideate Software user group meetings held at three times to accommodate attendees in the Americas, EMEA and APAC regions. In case you missed it or would like to hear the information again, here’s a link to the recording of the Americas presentation.

We were pleased to welcome two guest speakers during our Americas session who discussed and demonstrated how they used Ideate Software applications to address specific challenges:

  • Mark Schmieding, Director, Digital Practice, Goettsch Partners
    • Challenge: Present building areas in a more readable and graphic way
    • Solution: Use Ideate BIMLink to export building areas and an Excel pivot table to create an accurate area summary in a readable visual style that is easy to use and update

      “I was amazed at how effortless it was to have an automatic, formatted area matrix.” 
       
  •  Brian Mackey, Owner, BD Mackey Consulting
    • Challenge: Easily find and select elements within Revit 
    • Solution: Use Ideate Explorer as a model browser to search all elements within the Revit model and Ideate StyleManager to find styles within a project that are loaded into the project but not displayed with Ideate Explorer.

      “I’m all about everyday productivity … I believe in Ideate Software tools.” 

During the calls, we also covered general improvements in our May 2021 release, which include language support in Chinese (Simplified), French, German, Japanese and Spanish, and Cloud Networking licensing that now works in VDI and most other remote access environments.

This recording is of the presentation made in the Americas region. The content is similar as the other presentations. Brian Mackey presented in all three regions. Dan Hines from A2K Technologies presented in the APAC region.


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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