January

14

2020

Great ideas to address Revit challenges often stem from discussions with other users. To facilitate these discussions, we are hosting two in-person meetings in San Francisco on February 4, 2020. The morning session is for existing customers, and the afternoon session is for prospective customers: 

  • Existing customers will learn about Ideate Software updates and tools and future product development plans
  • Prospective customers will get a high-level technical overview of how to use our five Revit applications to save time, enhance quality control, ease model management and increase collaboration

Both sessions include a networking lunch with peers and Ideate Software team members. 

Details:

  • Date: February 4, 2020
  • Place: Autodesk Office, Steuart Tower, 2nd Floor, One Market Street, San Francisco, CA 94105
  • Time: 
    • Customers: 9:45 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.
    • Prospective Customers: 12:00 p.m. – 3:15 p.m.

Seating is limited, so reserve your spot today!

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January

6

2020

The Ideate Software team was thrilled to be invited to show off a prototype web project we’ve been working on at the Forge DevCon Village Expo and Autodesk University 2019 in Las Vegas.

Overview of our Project 

The web project is our internal Beta Forge Integration solution, which allows BIM 360 subscribers to easily assess the warnings in their models by adding model health Key Performance Indicator (KPI) cards to their Project Home or Insight dashboard from the BIM 360 platform’s Card Library. 

We started with the count of Revit warnings as a key metric for assessing a model’s risk and paired it with the ranking organization from Ideate Software’s Warnings Manager to present “Stoplight” KPI cards and “Top 5 Worst Offenders” bar charts. Warnings Manager is a component of Ideate Explorer, our application for fast Revit data discovery.

Revit Warnings
 
On the Top 5 cards, users can get additional data about the BIM 360 projects and files upon hover and drill-down, and on the Stoplight card they can easily send emails pre-populated with project-identifying information to alert co-workers that a file needs fixing. 

Feedback from Potential Users

In showing off our work-in-progress at the Forge DevCon Village Expo and Autodesk University, we aimed to get conversations started about the potential value of this tool and the direction users would like to see it go. We were not disappointed. 

We were gratified to hear interest in areas that align with our current plans for this project, including: 

  • Exporting data and visualizations to Power BI
  • Closing the loop by connecting cards on the BIM 360 platform back to the desktop version of those Revit files
  • Providing notifications to make insights from these data visualizations more immediately actionable

Most of all, people expressed interest in seeing this prototype expand to become a full Ideate Software product or add-on to one of our existing products with a complete catalog of cards that can make up a model health dashboard. One visitor told us that something like this would have saved him considerable time and effort on a recently finished project by helping him locate files with problems and notify the “fixers” easily.

Thank you to everyone who took the time to provide feedback and suggestions on this prototype work! We are encouraged by the responses and will continue our investigation into how it can best serve our customers’ needs.

Your Thoughts?

If you weren’t able to make it to Forge DevCon or Autodesk University 2019 and have an idea you would like to share, as always, we would be delighted to hear it. 
 

About the Author

Stephanie FitzgeraldStephanie Fitzgerald – Software Developer
Stephanie earned her Ed.M. in Technology, Innovation, and Education from the Harvard Graduate School of Education and her B.S. in Physics and Mathematics from University of Oregon. She also gained a certificate in Advanced Full-Stack JavaScript from Alchemy Code Lab in Portland, OR. In past roles, Stephanie wrote C# and web design curriculum for Zaniac, where she was also the project manager for development, managed a research study of student motivation to learn math for Harvard University, and redesigned the website for a Tufts University library. As a student, she built a social network site for athletes, a back-end security package, and a tablet game app for the California Science Center. 

 

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December

20

2019

Those of you who use Revit software will appreciate the lessons in this 30-minute webinar on some of the new element creation features in Ideate BIMLink. Ideate BIMLink is our productivity tool that allows you to extract data from a Revit model, send it to Microsoft Excel where you can review and modify it, and then import it back into Revit with speed, ease, and accuracy. 

In November 2019, we updated Ideate BIMLink for Revit 2017 – 2020 to streamline the user interface, making it easier to use and discover specific functions. In this webinar, I discuss the 300+ link definitions that are included with our library and concentrate on the ability to create new Revit elements such as levels, sheets, views, and viewports. Here’s a link to the recording


 

I encourage you to also check out our What’s New in Ideate BIMLink video, where we cover additional new features. 

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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December

17

2019

Watch the recording of this 30-minute webinar to learn how to keep your Revit models clean and organized by quickly and efficiently purging unwanted styles and other information using Ideate StyleManager.

Ideate StyleManager aggregates essential graphic style and visibility controls within a single solution and identifies the source of non-standard styles, so you can:

  • Safely delete styles that can’t be deleted or purged in Revit software 
  • Merge non-standard styles into standard styles 
  • Forensically analyze the usage of all styles to understand the true scope of a deletion 
  • Clean up Object Styles, Line Styles, Line Patterns, Fill Patterns, Materials, Material Appearance Assets, View Filters, Templates, and Scope Boxes 
  • Understand which views are using which View Filters

In this webinar, I focus on the imports that can clog your Revit model when you import or link information from CAD files, like MicroStation, AutoCAD, or IFC.  My examples are from an AutoCAD file, because it’s the most common. 

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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December

13

2019

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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