Thank you to Sanjay Gangal, who invited me to speak on an AECCafe Bunker Broadcast, a set of video conversations designed to keep the architecture, engineering and construction community informed of industry commentary, news, product reviews, events, and more during the COVID-19 crisis. 

During the 15-minute interview, I had fun highlighting the features and benefits of our products and services, letting people know how they can connect with Ideate Software at Autodesk University 2020, discussing why our products should continue to be relevant as Autodesk develops internally, and sharing a few personal facts about me, including a picture of my dog, Bear.

Richard Taylor AECCafe Interview

Thank you to Sanjay, for inviting me to participate. I look forward to seeing you in person when COVID-19 is behind us. 
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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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San Francisco, CA, November 17, 2020 – Ideate Software, an Autodesk® AEC Industry Partner and Autodesk® Authorized Developer, is pleased to announce the release of Ideate Automation for Revit, a scripting tool for use with Ideate BIMLink. It is designed to significantly reduce costs by letting repetitive, time-intensive, low-value BIM tasks run silently in the background, freeing designers and engineers for higher-level, more valuable work. It is an important solution for architecture, engineering and construction businesses that use Autodesk Revit® software for large or complex building information modeling projects.

“Automating repetitive tasks is one of the surest and most straightforward ways to improve the bottom line,” said Glynnis Patterson, Director of Software Development, Ideate Software. “Not only does Ideate Automation allow staff to spend more time on meaningful work, it also ensures that task outcomes are highly predictable and standardized.”

Michael Hartley, Technical BIM Manager at Ramboll said, “We were waiting with anticipation for the release of Ideate Automation and we have not been disappointed by its potential. We have started implementing Ideate Automation and the tool is already influencing our workflows. Ideate Automation is allowing us to perform previously fragmented automation tasks and increase our efficiency whilst offering us new possibilities for data collection. This is one tool we have been missing and finally helps connect the dots!”

There are hundreds of tasks within the Revit project environment that could be relegated to Ideate Automation. 

The software is optimized to work with Ideate BIMLink, which enables Revit users to pull information from a file into Microsoft Excel for editing and then push volumes of precise, consequential BIM data back into the Revit model with speed, ease and accuracy. 

Watch this three-minute video for an overview of Ideate Automation:

Watch these short demonstration videos for examples of specific automated Ideate BIMLink workflows:

  1. Export Project Health Check Data – Create an Excel file with multiple tabs per each link definition that exists in the Health Check folder within Ideate BIMLink
  2. Streamline Quantity Takeoff Process – Automate this labor-intensive but necessary task performed by VDC managers and general contractors

Ideate Automation is available for US$995 per company. It is also included at no cost in the Enterprise bundle. For more information about this service, please contact the Ideate Software Sales team.

To learn more about the Ideate Software Revit productivity solutions, visit their website.

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, Ideate StyleManager and Ideate Dashboard for Autodesk® BIM 360® 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, BIM 360 and Revit are registered trademarks or trademarks of Autodesk, Inc., in the USA and/or other countries. All other brand names, product names, or trademarks belong to their respective holders.

Microsoft Excel is a registered trademark of Microsoft Corporation in the United States and other countries. 


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San Francisco-based Modulus Consulting provides BIM guidance, support and services to companies with needs that range from an extra hand in drawing production through full project BIM coordination and management. While providing BIM coordination services for an electric company, Modulus was asked to pull some information needed for the company to purchase prefabricated parts.

The client asked for information about strut lengths, rod insets and offsets,” said Javi Candelas, BIM Specialist, Modulus Consulting. “My first thought was to try to create a schedule in Revit, but I wasn’t able to find the reporting parameters I needed in the available field box. As I was thinking about the pretty laborious task ahead of me (identifying instance/type reporting parameters), I remembered that a co-worker had shown me how to perform a similar task with Ideate BIMLink.”

Having decided to spend a few minutes trying Ideate BIMLink before resorting to Revit, Javi launched the software and tested some options.

First I, tried to export info from a schedule I had already made” said Javi. “But then decided to make a whole new schedule through Ideate BIMLink to do the job.” 

Ideate BIMLink - Modulus
That did the trick,” said Javi. “In the next screen, the properties I needed were under the Available Properties tab in the Available Properties field box. I selected the properties, added them, verified the selection on the preview and finished my link.”

 After exporting the link and cleaning up the Excel spreadsheet a bit, Javi had the information he needed.

A process that could have taken a few hours in Revit took just minutes with Ideate BIMLink,” said Javi. “It was a win for the customer, Modulus and me.” 

After rediscovering how easy Ideate BIMLink is to use and how it simplifies tedious Revit tasks, Javi decided to look at the other Ideate Software applications. He quickly found an opportunity to use Ideate SheetManager, one of the tools in the IdeateApps collection that streamlines Revit tasks performed most often.

Ideate Software tools are becoming part of my regular routine,” said Javi. “I suggest that team members take a few minutes to get comfortable with them, because they are user friendly and they make it much easier to do our jobs better and faster.

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Our special offer designed for new customers of a 6-month subscription to all our products for just US$500 just got better! 

Now, to keep Revit model management moving smoothly, we will give each new company that takes advantage of this offer a $500 virtual coupon to use in 2021 toward an annual bundle once the 6-month subscription expires.

Current Promotions

The initial offer is for a Single-User bundle that includes 1 subscription to Ideate BIMLink, Ideate Explorer, Ideate Sticky, Ideate StyleManager and IdeateApps for use by a single-user. 

This promotion is quite a deal! Should you decide to subscribe to a one-year, stand-alone license for each of our products individually, you would pay: 

  • Ideate BIMLink - $795 
  • Ideate StyleManager - $795
  • Ideate Explorer - $495
  • Ideate Sticky - $495
  • IdeateApps - $495 

Sign up today and get access to all the tools you need to work more efficiently and with less stress.

Visit the online store to subscribe today. For any questions, please email us at [email protected]

Ideate Software solutions are compatible with Revit 2018 - 2021. This offer expires in June 2021. 

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We extend a big thank you to Aimee Molleken, Mechanical CAD Technician/IT Support Specialist at GLHN Architects & Engineers for letting us know how she and her team use Ideate Sticky, how much time they save and how that time-savings covered the cost of the software.  

Here’s what Aimee said:

“Ideate Sticky reduces the time we spend getting Excel schedules into Revit by a minimum of nine minutes per project per reload. It paid for itself in just one month.”

Before Ideate Sticky  “Our previous workaround for getting an Excel schedule into Revit was to print it to PDF, convert the PDF to an image and then bring the image into the sheet. The image quality was poor, the process took 10 minutes and it had to be done every time the schedules or calculations changed.”

With Ideate Sticky  “Using Ideate Sticky, the initial process takes less than one minute, updates take just a few seconds and the printed output looks identical to a Revit Schedule. That’s a minimum of a 9-minute savings per user per project per reload. With eight users, that brings the time savings to 72 minutes if each only uses it for one project. Based on standard billing rates and using Ideate Sticky to reload a schedule eight times on an average number of projects, a license pays for itself in a month.”


Want to experience the time savings and quality improvements possible when using Ideate Sticky to connect non-BIM data from Excel, Word or PDF files into your Revit projects? Download a  free trial version today.

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