On July 22, 2020, we published a blog post on how much time our clients reported saving by using Ideate BIMLink to complete certain general Revit data management tasks. This post provides the same information on additional general tasks. With Ideate BIMLink, tasks are completed faster because users, including those who are not Revit users, use the software to pull Revit model data into Excel for easy editing, and then push the corrected data back into Revit to update the model.
Below is information on how much time our users reported saving.
Tasks: General Data Management
Calculate Your Return on Investment
To figure out how much money your company can save by reducing time spent on Revit tasks with Ideate BIMLink:
- Review the chart above as well as related data to learn how much time can be saved by using Ideate BIMLink for various tasks
- Compare that amount of time to your number of projects and your software purchase price
Two ROI Examples
Both examples below assume you will save four hours per project. Because our customers reported an average savings of 78 hours per project on the tasks featured in this blog post alone, your payback will likely be much higher.
- A single standalone license of Ideate BIMLink costs approximately US$795. If you have 20 projects per year and save four hours per project, you’ll save 80 hours each year. The 2018 AIA Small Firm Compensation Report reports that the average designer salary is about $60K per year. Assuming a corresponding hourly rate of $29 (which would exclude overhead), you will have a payback (over covering software costs) of more than US$1500 each year.
- If you are a larger firm with network licensing, you can experience an even higher return on investment. For example, the cost of a single seat is about $2,000 per year. Assuming you save four hours per project, pay a higher burdened salary rate of $50, and have 50 projects a year, you will have a payback of more than $8,000 per year.
We have several resources available online that can help you get the most out of Ideate BIMLink:
- Help File – Using Ideate BIMLink
- Help File – Leverage Revit Linked File Data
- Help File – Import Linked Revit File Data
- Help File – Report Revit Linked Files and Room Data
- Blog Post – Managing Workset Assignments for Revit Model Elements
- 9-Minute Video – Managing Workset Assignments for Revit Model Elements
This is the 13th and final post in a series related to the results of our survey of architecture, engineering, construction, and building-owner companies using Ideate BIMLink. Our previous posts covered the time savings possible by using Ideate BIMLink to:
- Manage Revit sheets
- Create and modify rooms and areas
- Swap structural framing instances
- Coordinate spaces & rooms and audit & fix device elevation
- Compile quantity takeoffs, assign assembly codes, and swap types
- View and revise tasks
- QA/QC doors, hardware, and other elements
- Extract/Import coordinate data and confirm level and grid information
- Perform general data management tasks
- Manage Interior Finish Data and Generate Plumbing Fixture Counts
- Audit Analytical Columns, Structural Framing, and Rebar Shape Data
- Gather and Edit Data for Facilities Management Software
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.
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.