February

12

2019

We have had an Ideate BIMLink revision workflow for Revit for quite some time.  A recent blog post by my colleague Sash Kazeminejad explains the process quite well.

We even have an in-depth topic in our online Help that explains the process quite thoroughly. As a bonus to Ideate BIMLink customers, they can request an Excel macro template and dataset that supports the automation of a Document Issuance Record. The resultant Excel file is organized as a matrix with the Sheets as Rows with the Revision dates and per Sheet numbering as the Columns.

We recently had an excellent question from one of our customers, KEO International Consultants, regarding that specific Excel macro template. He was trying to add custom columns to the Excel template immediately to the left of the Ideate BIMLink generated sequence data. We have instructions and setup within the Excel document to explain that the number of columns needs to be set to the left of the sequence data. This number will be set based on the added columns or properties, but we failed to mention that the columns also need to be added to the DIR tab within the Excel spreadsheet. With that little tidbit of information, KEO International Consultants was in Revit Revision heaven, if there is such a place!

“I added the additional columns to the DIR sheet and now it is working as expected. Thank you for the great support and the fantastic software.”
~Robert L. Fernandez, BIM Manager – Design, KEO International Consultants

Thank you Robert for bringing this question to us! We have now added this important step to our process. 

Here’s the process:

On the setup tab of the Excel Macro, the columns left of Sequence Data will calculate the proper number based on the columns to the left of the sequence data.

In my example, I’ve added 4 properties before the sequence data, so the Columns Left of Sequence Data will automatically be set to 4.  (A quick way to think about this is that EACH property is a column within Excel.)


 

Now here is the critical part. For my example, the Sheet Number, Sheet Name, Checked By, and Current Owner MUST be added to the DIR Excel tab as columns in order for the Excel file to work properly.


 

For more in-depth information about managing Revit Sheet-based revisions with Ideate BIMLink, please sign up for my webinar on the topic on February 21st.

Visit our website for more information on our applications. 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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February

5

2019

We recently had a question at our BIM Superstar webinar with Laura Kay Smith about door hardware schedules. We dug through our vast archives and found an older video from 2012!

This shows that the power of Ideate BIMLink has been around for some time. Of course, we have improved the features considerably since the video was created, but the basic workflow is still valid and every bit as useful today as it was in 2012. You can review the video and check out a more recently updated workflow on our online help.

Visit our website for more information on our applications. 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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January

31

2019

Recently I had the honor of welcoming Laura Kay Smith to our first-in-a-series of customer-led webinars. Laura is the BIM Manager Lead, Complex Building Department at SNC Lavalin, one of the largest engineering firms in the world. She has more than 20 years of experience as an industry leader in the integration and implementation of BIM, and she is passionate about sharing her experiences to help others move forward and make BIM more prevalent in their firms. She is a frequent speaker at industry events such as Autodesk University and BIM User Groups across the U.S. and Canada, and she runs the BIMFreak blog and website.

At this webinar, Laura spoke about how to use Ideate Software applications to become a BIM manager superstar. She talked about the applications she uses, why she decided to use them, and where they fit into her workflow. She also provided examples of how she uses them.

Using Ideate Software Applications
 
The presentation was well-received; here are some quotes from attendees:

  • “Laura's explanation of how to create a standard process made a lot of sense. That, with how she used Ideate tools to get productivity out of the workflow, helped me better understand what I can do to improve my own BIM process.”
  • “I liked seeing how she combines both BIMLink and Sticky to get accurate information in the correct format.”
  • “I found value in her problem-solving skills. She has given me ideas to further leverage Ideate Software.”
  • “Managing large amount of data in big and complicated projects is always challenging and sometimes even tedious. It is encouraging to know from experienced BIM users that there is a way to do it properly.”

If you missed the presentation, would like to watch it again, or know someone that you think would enjoy it, here’s a link to a recording.

To hear more from Laura, visit her website, BIMFreak. Visit our website for more information on our applications. 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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January

7

2019

San Francisco, CA, January 7, 2019 – Ideate Software, a veteran Autodesk Developer Network member, announced enhancements to its Revit software add-ons.

“While making all of our products compliant with the EU General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), we took the opportunity to implement some improvements and fixes,” said Glynnis Patterson, director of software development. “These November 2018 updates demonstrate our commitment to anticipating and quickly responding to customer needs and industry trends.”

Below are highlights of the updates. Click the links for more details: 

Ideate BIMLink 

  • Ability to edit data in the program; no longer need to export it to Excel first
  • Ability to export metric units with the expected Excel formatting for German customers
  • Ability to edit the revision sequence of a revision cloud

Ideate Explorer

  • Option to pre-define the importance of all 915 Revit warning types
  • Ability to search for specific warnings and edit multiple warnings at once
  • Option to gather warnings data only when the Warnings tab is active
  • Ability to see when a project has exceeded a specified number of warnings

IdeateApps

  • Ideate ReNumber now supports multi-category rules
  • Ideate ViewCreator better handles visibility and graphic override conditions when duplicating plans by level

Ideate Sticky

  • Ability to move or rename project folders in Windows Explorer and maintain Ideate Sticky pathing
  • Ability to access Excel files that are part of an Autodesk BIM360 project
  • Some previously incompatible Excel files are now compatible

“I appreciate the time our customers spend discussing Revit workflow challenges with us,” said Bob Palioca, president, Ideate Software. “By staying in touch with the architecture, engineering, construction, and building owner community, we know about their needs. And by hiring and retaining top software developers who understand the market, we’re able to enhance our products to address those needs.”


About Ideate Software

Ideate Software empowers Revit users to gain unprecedented control over their data. Ideate BIMLink, Ideate Explorer, Ideate Sticky, 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.
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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September

26

2018

Microsoft’s Power BI is a business analytics tool and service that is popular with Ideate Software customers. In our post last week, we demonstrated one example of connecting user-data from Ideate BIMLink. Once you’ve built a report or dashboard, you’ll probably want to share it with co-workers or with others external to your organization.

Your collaboration and sharing experience will be different based on the level of Power BI account you and your recipient each have. To distill the extensive and sometimes contradictory information found online, we offer the following table of options available for Power BI content. The table generally moves from the most cost and control at the top to the least cost, interactivity, and control at the bottom.

These are the different account levels considered in the table. Every step up in account level allows the affordances of the levels beneath it:

  • No Power BI Account
  • Power BI Free Account
  • Power BI Pro Account with no purchase of capacity, meaning Shared Capacity is used
  • Power BI Pro Account with organizational purchase of Premium Capacity
  • Power BI Pro Account with organizational purchase of Power BI Embedded from Azure

Note: App Workspaces are in the process of being updated, and the sharing options will be affected. The new App Workspaces are in preview mode and currently allow assigning member roles: Admin, Member, and Contributor. A read-only Viewer role is also in the works. Note that you can have finer control over who can see what data by using Row-level security.

Learn more here:


About the Author

Stephanie 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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