Excitech, Ideate Software’s partner and exclusive distributor in the UK, teamed up with McBains, a leading property and construction consultant, to improve accuracy through effective data manipulation between Revit and site operations.

BIM is bringing collaboration into the heart of the construction industry. It’s helping to drive better outcomes through greater understanding of all parties where their part of the project picks up from and passes on to other parties in the project lifecycle. However, it is still subject to interpretation issues among some companies.

One of the strategic goals for the McBains team is to optimize the use of BIM between the design team and the construction site; providing consistent and accurate information. McBains was looking to use the BIM data in Revit in a specific aspect of construction. This was the incorporation of data from Revit into the advanced coordinate-based calculations of the total station in pile setting out.

The solution was using Ideate BIMLink to leverage coordinate data. In supporting coordinate workflows, Ideate BIMLink makes it easy to export points for use in the field by creating points within the building information model itself. Coordinate data can then be published within a schedule. The result is improved accuracy and a reduction on construction time. Without the use of Ideate BIMLink, McBains’ concrete contractors would spend significant time calculating the relative heights of the pilings, impacting the schedule and the level of accuracy. “BIMLink eliminates this effort by allowing us to take the data directly from the 3D model and bring it into the field with the use of a total station, which can read the coordinates,” said Montana Yeomans, BIM Manager, McBains.

Read the full article about Excitech, McBains, and Ideate Software

For implementation services or to learn more about how Ideate BIMLink can help your business, please contact sales@ideatesoftware.com.

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Since 1993, CLARK | BARNES, formerly Clark Design Group, has provided architectural, historic preservation, and interior design services for buildings throughout Seattle, WA. Its commitment spans from form, space, and details through the broader community, historic fabric, and context.

CLARK | BARNES project: The Publix + Warehouse redevelopment. This building received the 2017 NAIOP Award for Best Redevelopment/Renovation, Historic Seattle’s 2017 Preservation Award for Best Rehabilitation, and the Washington State Department of Archeology SHPO Award for Outstanding Historic Building Rehabilitation.

To attract and retain top talent, CLARK | BARNES offers a comfortable work environment that inspires creativity and tools that enable its people to focus on developing innovative strategies. Ideate Software applications for Revit are included in that toolset.

“I use Ideate Explorer and several tools in the IdeateApps collection,” said Zack Zimay, Designer, Digital Design Manager, CLARK | BARNES. “Ideate Explorer is valuable when I need to change every instance of an element within a project at the same time. And the IdeateApps tools reduce the amount of time I spend on monotonous tasks I don’t want to be doing in the first place.”

Ideate Explorer enables Autodesk Revit software users to keep their BIM projects clean and accurate by automatically searching for, filtering, quantifying, indexing, and selecting all elements in the current view or the entire Revit file. IdeateApps makes everyday Revit tasks easier than ever. It’s a set of Revit applications designed to increase team productivity, decrease the time spent on common tasks, and increase the accuracy of BIM data in a Revit model.

Read the full article about CLARK | BARNES and Ideate Software

Visit the Ideate Software website to learn more about how Ideate Explorer and IdeateApps can streamline your Revit workflows.

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We want customers to come to us first with questions. We don’t want them spending valuable time trying to figure out how to complete a task, when we most likely have the answer at our fingertips. And if we don’t know the answer, we will find it quickly.

Recently, we heard from a customer who had talked with our support team. Joel Roderick, Technical Design Manager with Water Technology, Inc., was working in Ideate Sticky and having trouble loading a tab into Revit software. Our support team found the cell with a formula that caused the problem. A quick change to that cell resolved the issue. Following the resolution, we got an email from Joel with this nice comment:

“I am impressed that you put the effort into figuring this out. You have exceeded my expectations!”

Want a strong support team on your side? Choose Ideate Software tools. In addition to easy access to our team, the Support pages on our website have videos with step-by-step instructions on many workflows, robust Help files, and recordings of many of our webinars.

Visit the Ideate Software website to learn more about how Ideate Software applications can streamline Revit workflows, increase productivity, and enhance deliverables.

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We are pleased to share a client success story about Aspin Group, published by our partner in the UK, Excitech. Below are highlights; read the full story here.

Project Overview

The project, initiated by Hampshire County Council, concerned the Redbridge Causeway. It’s made up of two 3-span bridges, one 1-span bridge, and a 20-span viaduct.


The main contractor asked Aspin to undertake a structural inspection of the bridge and deliver a BIM model that could be used in the future by the Council’s asset management team. It needed to include links to critical data such as records ownership, rights and restrictions, surveys, work that had been carried out, operational performance information, and condition information.


Aspin asked Excitech to recommend the best solution, and they recommended Ideate BIMLink. Ideate BIMLink offers a quick and easy solution for importing data into a Revit project, such as updating hyperlink information on specific elements. With Ideate BIMLink, Apsin incorporated the records and links into the model, and it delivered a relatively complex requirement in an efficient and user-friendly way.

Visit the Ideate Software website to learn more about how Ideate BIMLink can streamline your Revit workflows.

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San Francisco, CA, 12-04-17 Ideate Software, a veteran Autodesk Developer Network member, announced today the publication of its latest “Spotlight on” customer success profile. This profile features WSP and its use of Ideate BIMLink, an Autodesk® Revit® application developed by Ideate Software. Ideate BIMLink enables users to move BIM data from a Revit file into Microsoft Excel, so even those not familiar with Revit can easily edit and update the data.

Dan Popp, Senior Associate in the WSP Chicago office said, “By using best-in-class tools such as Ideate BIMLink, our engineers eliminate drudgery and free their time to anticipate trends, propose innovative ideas, look at complex problems from different angles, and find solutions that delight our clients.”

With 36,000 people in 500 offices across 40 countries, WSP offers the personalized services of a specialist firm and the ability to undertake complex projects. Its engineers, planners, technical experts, strategic advisors, and construction management professionals design lasting solutions in the buildings, transportation, energy, water, and environment sectors. They use Ideate BIMLink to:

  1. Help manage the massive amounts of data in their Revit models
  2. Tie analysis programs, such as RAM Structural System, with Revit
  3. Reduce turnaround time for design changes
  4. Provide higher quality drawings
  5. Enable employees to move from tedious tasks to interesting and valuable activities

“WSP shows us that the process improvements created by Ideate BIMLink also increase employee morale,” said Bob Palioca, President, Ideate Software. “I am pleased that our software contributes to WSP’s ability to attract and retain the professionals it needs to create innovative solutions that shape our communities and environments.”

Read Ideate Software Presents: Spotlight on WSP for more details.

Ideate BIMLink carries a five-star rating on the Autodesk Exchange Apps Store. For more information, call 888.662.7238, or contact sales@ideatesoftware.com.

About Ideate Software

Ideate Software allows Revit users to have unprecedented control over their data. Ideate BIMLink, Ideate Explorer for Revit, Ideate Sticky, and IdeateApps were all developed to solve persistent problems in Architecture, Engineering, and Construction (AEC) workflows. Ideate Software solutions enable Revit users to save time, increase accuracy, improve project deliverables, and elevate design.

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