August

5

2020

San Francisco, CA, August 5, 2020 – Ideate Software, a veteran Autodesk Developer Network member, is pleased to announce its collaboration with Diller Scofidio + Renfro (DS+R), an interdisciplinary design studio whose practice spans architecture, urban design, installation art, multi-media performance, digital media, and print.

“Knowing that our Revit productivity tools help the architects, designers, artists, and researchers at DS+R automate tedious tasks and become more productive makes the whole Ideate Software team proud,” said Glynnis Patterson, Director of Software Development. “Our goal is to help our clients succeed. By freeing DS+R to focus on their goals of addressing the changing role of institutions and the future of cities, we have achieved ours.”

Here are some of the ways the professionals at DS+R use Ideate Software applications:

  • Ideate BIMLink
    DS+R uses Ideate BIMLink to produce and maintain Revit schedules of all types. “In particular, our Index for Construction Document packages has been completely handled with the help of Ideate BIMLink,” said Eranga De Zoysa, BIM Manager, DS+R.
     
  • Ideate Explorer
    As a BIM Manager, I get a lot of questions, even from advanced Revit users, about missing or hidden elements,” said Eranga. “Ideate Explorer removes a lot of time-consuming steps we used to take to locate the elements. It also helps us delete unnecessary views and sheets when running through our routine maintenance management.”
     
  • Ideate StyleManager
    “We save a lot of time by using Ideate StyleManager to remove unnecessary imported styles from Revit projects,” noted Eranga. “It also allows for surgical precision when we need to combine styles that commonly appear because of the different workstyles of users.” 

Read more about this collaboration. Visit Diller Scofidio + Renfro to learn more about the firm.

Download a trial of Ideate Software solutions or subscribe online.
 


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, 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.

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.

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July

24

2020

Watch the recording of this 35-minute webinar to learn how to create new family types within your Revit projects using Ideate BIMLink, which supports the last four releases of Revit software (2021, 2020, 2019, and 2018). Demonstrations in the video use Revit 2021, but everything shown is available in the other three Revit versions as well. 

Ideate BIMLink, which celebrated its 10-year anniversary last year, is a proven product that helps thousands of Revit users all around the globe manage their Revit data by extracting it from the Revit model, sending it to Microsoft Excel for review or manipulation, and then importing it back into the Revit project for updates. As you will see in the video, many Revit elements can also be created more easily by using Excel and Ideate BIMLink.

This video shows you how to use Ideate BIMLink to move, edit and create data using Excel so your entire project team, even those who don’t know Revit, can easily use its superior editing tools to accurately and quickly:

  • Copy/Paste
  • Autofill fields
  • Concatenate Revit data
  • Search/Replace
  • Automate options and build powerful formulas

Ideate BIMLink automates the process of creating many new Revit element types such as Generic Annotation Types, View Types, Planting Types, and Wall Types, just to name a few examples. See how easy it is to create many new family types for use within your Revit project.

This is only one of the many ROI workflows we have documented on our website. Check out the workflows and usage directly from our customers and see how Ideate BIMLink can save over eight hours per project on creating new Revit family types.

Watch the recording today. 

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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 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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July

22

2020

Whether you are working on project-specific Revit tasks or those you perform on every Revit project, Ideate BIMLink can speed the process and enhance the accuracy of your Revit model data by pulling model data into Excel where you can easily make changes, quickly verify the accuracy, and push it all back into Revit within just minutes. 

Below is information on how much time our Revit users reported saving when they used Ideate BIMLink for the tasks shown below. While you may only perform some of them occasionally, each one of them can take a significant amount of time and energy if performed natively in Revit. 

Tasks: General Data Management 

Ideate BIMLink - Time Savings

What’s Your Return on Investment?

How should you assess the value of Ideate BIMLink to your business? Start by reviewing the chart above along with previously published data for a full picture of how much time can be saved, then compare that number to the number of projects you have and your software purchase price.

For example, a single standalone license of Ideate BIMLink is approximately US$795. If you have 20 projects per year and only save four hours per project, that’s 80 hours saved per year. The 2018 AIA Small Firm Compensation Report lists the average designer salary at approximately $60K per year. If we assume a corresponding hourly rate of $29 (which would exclude overhead), you will have a payback (over covering software costs) of more than US$1,500 each year. 

For larger firms, network licensing can return an even higher return on investment. For example, the cost of a single seat is approximately $2,000 per year. If you again assume only four hours saved per project, a higher burdened salary rate of $50, and that you have 50 projects, you will have a payback of more than $8,000 per year. Bear in mind that the average customer is reporting dozens of hours saved per project on the tasks featured in this post alone, so your payback will likely be much higher.

Learn More

We have several resources available online that can help you get the most out of Ideate BIMLink:

•    Help File: Quickly Manage Revit Project Standards
•    Help File: Who Did That?
•    9-minute Video: Translating Your Revit Project
•    5-minute Video: Renumbering and Renaming – A COBie Example

Similar Posts

This post is the ninth in a series related to the results of our survey of architecture, engineering, construction, and building-owner companies. Our previous posts covered the time savings possible by using Ideate BIMLink to:

  1. Manage Revit sheets 
  2. Create and modify rooms and areas
  3. Swap structural framing instances
  4. Coordinate spaces & rooms and audit & fix device elevation
  5. Compile quantity takeoffs, assign assembly codes, and swap types
  6. View and revise tasks
  7. QA/QC doors, hardware, and other elements
  8. Extract/Import coordinate data and confirm level and grid information

Keep an eye out for our next blog post, and check out our Ideate BIMLink ROI web page, where we separated the all the time-savings data by discipline.

Contact us if you have any questions. We look forward to hearing from you. 

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About the Author

Sash Kazeminejad - AIA, LEED AP - Customer Success Manager
Sash earned his Master of Architecture from Montana State University and is a California registered architect, LEED Accredited Professional. 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

17

2020

Want to simplify your Revit data challenges? If so, this webinar is for you.

Ideate Software is all about helping you confidently manage Revit model data. Part of that help is through Ideate Software’s robust support services. We have online Help files for each product, short how-to videos, live and recorded classes, blog posts, and a technical support team made up of all Ideate Software employees. 

Watch the recording of this webinar to get an overview and demonstration of each of our Revit productivity tools and how they help users manage their Revit data challenges: 

  1. Ideate BIMLink – Take Revit model data into Microsoft Excel where you can copy/paste, fill down, concatenate, find/replace, translate to other languages, and more. Then bring the updated data back into your Revit project. 
  2. Ideate Explorer – A true model browser that allows you to audit your BIM models with certainty. With it, you can find anything in your model. It comes with Ideate Query, which allows you to refine a selection of elements based on a large selection of parameters, and Ideate Warnings Manager, which offers many more features than the Revit warnings manager and makes reviewing and addressing warnings an easy task.
  3. Ideate StyleManager – Aggregates essential graphic style and visibility controls within a single solution, so you can find non-standard styles and decide whether to keep, merge or delete them. This task is nearly impossible to safely accomplish using the native Revit tools.
  4. Ideate Sticky – Allows you to live-link Excel files as schedules, or Word, PDF, or Excel files as images into your Revit projects. Changes to the documents are automatically reflected in Revit. 
  5. IdeateApps – A collection of nine tools that simplify common Revit tasks. This webinar covered Ideate SmartDelete, Ideate ReNumber, Ideate SheetManager and Ideate ViewCreator

Watch a recording of the 75-minute webinar.
 

 

Browse 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 - Customer Success Manager
Sash earned his Master of Architecture from Montana State University and is a California registered architect, LEED Accredited Professional. 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

15

2020

San Francisco, CA, July 15, 2020 – Ideate Software, a veteran Autodesk Developer Network member, announced that it released new data highlighting the time saved by its customers who use Ideate BIMLink for Revit.

“With Ideate BIMLink, Revit users streamline workflows by pulling data into Microsoft Excel to use its copy/paste, find/replace, and formulas to automate data management tasks,” said Glynnis Patterson, Director of Software Development. “This new data we are releasing represents the results of a survey in which we asked customers from around the world to detail how they use Ideate BIMLink and the actual time saved.”

The survey results are presented in a blog series stretching over six-months, ending mid-September, and composed of bi-weekly blog posts focused on specific tasks. It includes information on how customers:

All posts can be found in the Ideate BIMLink section of the blog.  The survey results can also be found on the web page, Explore the Time Savings of Ideate BIMLink for Revit, where the findings are separated by discipline:

  • Architects and Interior Designers
  • Structural Engineers
  • MEP Engineers
  • Construction and Design/Build Professionals 
  • All disciplines

More information about Ideate BIMLink and the other Revit productivity tools is available on the Ideate Software website where people can also download 14-day trial versions or subscribe to the software
 


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, 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.

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.

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