The Ideate Software team had the pleasure this week of meeting with many London-based architectural, engineering and construction customers at the fabulous Institution of Engineering and Technology.

Engineering Institute of Technology - EIT - London

Joining presenter Glynnis Patterson, Director of Ideate Software, was Jan Sako, Support and QC Manager, as well as Ana Rogerson, Director of Marketing.

At our first meeting, held in the Lovelace Room, we gave some of our existing customers and beta testers a sneak peek at our in-progress software development efforts. More importantly, we got some great feedback on how to improve both our existing solutions and our work-in-progress. There’s really no replacement for in-person communication, and we are grateful to our customers who care to be part of these conversations and share our goal of improving building information modeling such that there’s less hassle and more time for great design. 

In the afternoon, we invited prospective customers to come learn about our Ideate Software solutions for Revit, including our newest solution, Ideate StyleManager. With a mix of construction, engineering and architectural companies at the table, there was some good dialog about the challenges to productivity found on all sides. One of the common refrains from this groups was the appreciation for the sophistication of Ideate BIMLink and recognizing that it’s so much more than an ‘Excel to Revit’ tool. We also received lots of compliments related to the simplicity and elegance of our IdeateApps solutions, particularly Ideate Clone and Ideate ReNumber.

As to the Right Honourable Ada Lovelace, we learned about her very early (1840s) contributions to computing technology from the placard within our Lovelace meeting room at the Engineering Institute. She was the first to recognize that the proposed computing machine designed by Charles Babbage had applications beyond pure calculation, and she published the first algorithm intended to be carried out by such a machine. As a result, she is sometimes regarded as the first to recognize the full potential of a "computing machine" and one of the first computer programmers. As software developers, we were honored to be in her company that day.

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About the Author

Glynnis Patterson, NCARB – Director of Software Development
Glynnis is a registered architect and has worked within the building information modeling (BIM) industry since 1998. A graduate of Carnegie Mellon University, she has worked as an architect, educator and construction site manager. Glynnis is the Director of Software Development Services and continues to work with AECO clients worldwide, developing, and consulting on solutions to BIM challenges. In her spare time, Glynnis volunteers for the local high school and with Find Glynnis on LinkedIn.