Want to hear what three BIM experts have to say about Ideate Software tools? Tune in to the April 28, 2020 episode of BIMThoughts from their website or their new YouTube channel. You’ll hear a deep dive discussion into Ideate Software tools, and in particular, Ideate StyleManager, by:

  • Bill Debevc – BIMThoughts founder and AEC software expert with 29+ years of experience using, supporting and customizing AutoCAD and Revit software
  • Carl Storms – Technical Solutions Lead at BIM Track with 20+ years of AEC experience, including 10 years of teaching at the collegiate and industry level. Read his blog, The BIMSider
  • Dana De Filippi – BIM Technologist at SmithGroup with almost a decade of experience in base building architecture, including developing advanced workflows using Revit

The three panelists provide an entertaining, 30-minute overview of how they and their teams use Ideate StyleManager to analyze the styles in their models, delete styles, batch merge styles, and more.  
Here are a few quotes from the podcast:

  • “Ideate has been able to break the borders in a lot of the things that Revit can’t do.”
  • “Reach out to our friends at Ideate to get some free trials and you will be sold, just as we are, with every single one of their tools.” 
  • “Ideate Software’s fit and finish is second to none.” 

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San Francisco, CA, 04/15/2020 – Ideate Software, a veteran Autodesk Developer Network member, is pleased to share how San Francisco-based architectural firm WRNS Studio uses Ideate Software tools.

“We’ve been working with Ideate Software for years,” said Jason Halaby, Architect & BIM Manager at WRNS Studio. “Each one of their products tackles specific challenges we face with Revit software. They help us save time with a variety of model tasks, freeing up time for our designers to do what they do best, innovate and design.”

WRNS uses Ideate Software’s Revit productivity solutions in the following ways:

  • Ideate StyleManager - “Ideate StyleManager is our go-to tool for model cleanup at project milestones. Revit does not provide easy access and manipulation of certain classes of elements, such as LineStyles, Object Styles, Filters, etc. With Ideate StyleManager, we can find unused or duplicate styles and merge or delete them – this provides a level of model cleanup that was not previously possible.”
  • Ideate BIMLink - “Increasingly our model data is becoming a part of our deliverables. Ideate BIMLink gives us an easy way to manipulate model data efficiently in Excel and bring it back to Revit. Door schedules, Finish schedules, Sheet indexes, Type management schedules are commonly edited with Ideate BIMLink at WRNS.”
  • Ideate Explorer - “Without Ideate Explorer, Revit is not a fully functional BIM authoring platform. WRNS relies on Ideate Explorer’s detailed selection filtering, query tools, and warning manager for many of our model management tasks, which include finding in-place families, auditing worksets, filtering selections by type, finding and resolving warnings, and generally providing a more transparent window into the model database.”
  • IdeateApps - “We use Ideate Renumber extensively to number rooms, doors, parking stalls, and other elements. Ideate SmartDelete is critical to our workflow during the documentation phase because it helps us determine where model changes will impact documentation views. Ideate X-Ray is great for troubleshooting those tricky visibility issues. And Ideate SheetManager is a great alternative to the Revit Project Browser for finding and manipulating views and sheets.”

WRNS Project: Sonoma Academy

Read more about WRNS and Ideate Software. 

About Ideate Software
Ideate Software 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, construction, and owner (AECO) workflows. Ideate Software solutions enable Revit users to save time, increase accuracy, improve project deliverables, and elevate design.

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Did you missed this webinar? If so, I recommend you take just 30 minutes and watch the recording. You’ll hear three people from the ZGF Architects Design Technology Team talk about the following topics:

  1. How they approach absolutely huge projects (......millions of square feet) like Google, Expedia and Expensify
  2. How planning over the past several years helped them successfully transition their people from the office to remote home-working to comply with the Covid 19 shelter-in-place orders
  3. How they supplement Autodesk Revit software with tools, including those from Ideate Software, to build the complex geometries needed for their ambitious designs

ZGF project for Google - Interior remodel of the hangar where Howard Hughes stored the Spruce Goose

I was pleased to welcome the following people from ZGF:

•    Andrew Cocke, Design Technology Manager
•    Dane Stokes, Design Technology Specialist
•    Trevor Taylor, Associate Principal

Trevor said, “Ideate Software products are central to our toolkit. We particularly use Ideate BIMLink and Ideate Explorer. They're the MRI and CT scanners of our toolkit; they help to get inside the Revit model.”

Providing an example, they talked about a project with 1,500 parking spaces that needed to be sequentially numbered and labeled. The team used Ideate BIMLink to export the data to Microsoft Excel, where they easily sorted, numbered and labeled the spots. The project, which had been budgeted for three days, took less than 30 minutes.

“Focus on using the right tools,” said Trever. “If you only have a sledgehammer, all your projects will end up looking like rocks.”

Visit 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

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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We are pleased to share how Lemay, an award-winning architectural firm, uses Ideate Software tools.

Jean-Marc Demeo, Gestionnaire BIM Principal at Lemay said, “Our teams are motivated by design challenges. You can see, hear and feel the energy as they work together to explore options and create solutions.”

Lemay project: Bellechasse Transport Center

To help them stay focused on creative thinking, Lemay provides the best technology, including Autodesk Revit software and Ideate Software applications. 

“The Ideate Software portfolio is awesome. Our teams are really happy with the tools,” said Jean-Marc. “Ideate Explorer is a strong and stable tool we use every day and Ideate StyleManager has been a huge game changer for many people in our company.”

Here are some ways in which Lemay uses Ideate Software tools:

Ideate Explorer

  • BIM Coordinators in charge of quality control use Ideate Explorer to get a quick view of a model and its current state
  • Staff saves time by using Ideate Explorer to easily find specific items / families that they know are in a project 
  • Everyday Revit users address model warnings fast and efficiently by using the Warnings Manager component of Ideate Explorer 

Ideate StyleManager

  • BIM Coordinators love using Ideate StyleManager to understand the use of filters and to wipe unused ones
  • Staff uses Ideate StyleManager to find duplicate linestyles, fill patterns and other styles, and to merge them

“Our goal is to develop software that solves persistent challenges with Revit software,” said Glynnis Patterson, Director of Software Development. “We’re always happy to hear from well-known and well-respected companies like Lemay who trust our products to help them achieve their goals.”

Read more about Ideate Software and Lemay. 

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CBT Architects is a leading design firm headquartered in Boston, MA. Its 230 professionals create tomorrow’s landmarks through a broad range of local, national and international projects in architecture, interior design and urban design.

The CBT Design Technology Team uses Ideate Software applications to help project teams validate their project data and resolve individual model issues, and they proactively support all projects by incorporating the applications into model management processes.

Nirva Fereshetian, CBT’s Chief Information Officer and Associate Principal said, “Revit software is one of our Design Technology Team’s primary tools, and we use add-ons, including those from Ideate Software, to make Revit processes more efficient.”

Here are some examples of how they use our tools:

  • Fix Visibility Issues with Ideate XRay
    Rood Vincent, from the Design Technology Team, said, “We get a lot of calls from Revit users who place an object into a view in Revit and then can’t find it anywhere. With Ideate XRay, the solution is fast and simple.”
  • Ensure Accuracy with Ideate BIMLink
    When the Design Technology Team’s Lynn Quagliato talked about a hotel project that included six buildings, 700 guest rooms, and furniture counts for all the rooms, she said, “Getting the furniture data through Revit wasn’t ideal, because the software can’t show it all. It was easy with Ideate BIMLink.”
  • Keep Models Stable with Ideate Explorer
    “Ideate Explorer give us deeper insight into Revit model elements and allows for enhanced selection options,” said William Paquette, CBT Design Technology Team. “This significantly aids in model management, allowing us to quickly identify where issues may be and areas that can be cleaned up.” 

“We appreciate Ideate Software’s tools as well as its support,” said Nirva. “They help us ensure our people get the most of out their software by providing training, how-to videos and Help files that our Design Technology Team can dig into, and then showcase highlights to our designers using one of our real projects.”  

Read more about how CBT Architects uses Ideate Software tools. 

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