November

5

2019

San Francisco, CA, 11/05/2019 – Established in 1967 in Boston, MA, CBT Architects is a leading design firm. Its 230 professionals play an important role in a broad range of local, national and international projects in architecture, interior design and urban design. They use Ideate Explorer to keep their Revit models clean and accurate by finding, editing and deleting elements; viewing all elements in a Revit model; and auditing Revit warnings. 

“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.” 

CBT uses Ideate Explorer to find and fix problems that could impact model size, sync time and performance in several ways, including to:

  • Identify and delete views that aren’t on sheets
  • Find and remove CAD files inadvertently imported into Revit
  • Sort by workset, note elements in the wrong place and move them
  • Update outdated standards on older models
  • Verify that users adhere to standards
  • Clean up Revit warnings
  • Align worksets after binding a model

William provided a few detailed examples:

  • “We reused a model with thousands of instances of a non-standard pen. With Ideate Explorer, we updated them all at the same time. It would have taken a long time to update them one by one.”
  • “When cleaning up some design options that purged into a model, we found some overlapping mullions. Coupled with some Revit features, we used Ideate Explorer to create a section view, narrow it down, and easily determine which mullions needed to be deleted.”
  • “We binded some information into a model, which means we lost the phasing and workset information. Working with a script we made to assign the phase created or demolished and the worksets the original element lived on, we aligned those things in the model after the fact by selecting that set and changing that property. In one instance, Ideate Explorer told me that I selected 600 elements that were original conditions, but by narrowing the search with Ideate Query, we could see that 173 were actually new construction. We easily fixed it.” 

“We are proud to be associated with CBT, an award-winning company that places a high value on creativity, collegiality and social responsiveness,” said Glynnis Patterson, Director of Software Development, Ideate Software. “It’s rewarding to know that the products we develop help CBT move past persistent Revit challenges to focus on designs that elevate each client’s image and brand.” 


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.

Autodesk, the Autodesk logo, ATC, and Revit are registered trademarks or trademarks of Autodesk, Inc. and/or its subsidiaries and/or affiliates in the USA and/or other countries.

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October

29

2019

San Francisco, CA, 10/29/2019Ideate Software, a veteran Autodesk Developer Network member and provider of applications for Autodesk Revit software, is pleased to report the tremendous success of its newest Revit productivity solution, Ideate StyleManager.

“We started getting positive comments almost immediately after launching Ideate StyleManager this past June,” said Glynnis Patterson, Director of Software Development at Ideate Software. “Many customers had provided input as beta testers during its development, and they had high expectations. I congratulate the entire software development team for meeting and even exceeding those expectations.” 

Ideate StyleManager addresses problems that occur when styles associated with content load into a model along with the content, or when users create non-standard styles. Managing those unwanted styles in Revit can be time consuming and risky but ignoring them can cause publishing errors and end-user confusion. Ideate StyleManager fixes the problems by making it easy to:

  • Delete styles that can’t be deleted in Revit software 
  • Merge non-standard styles into standard styles 
  • Analyze the usage of all styles to understand the true scope of a deletion 
  • Clean up Object Styles, Line Styles, Line Patterns, Fill Patterns, Materials, Material Appearance Assets, View Filters, Templates and Scope Boxes 
  • Understand which views are using which View Filters

One company using Ideate StyleManager is Mackenzie, a provider of professional design services in the Pacific Northwest. When talking about Ideate StyleManager, Rusty Gesner, an Associate Principal, Director of CAD/BIM at Mackenzie, said, “It’ll save you a lot of time by ensuring your efforts at cleanup and standards maintenance don't cause inadvertent side effects.”

He continued to say that you’ll appreciate Ideate StyleManager if you’ve ever been frustrated by:

  • Searching and drilling down to determine if and where styles are used
  • Making sure there won't be collateral damage if you modify a style
  • Cleaning up the issues caused by importing and exploding a DWG
  • Combining duplicate styles

“We appreciate Rusty and the entire Mackenzie firm,” said Glynnis. “Not only do they use and promote our solutions, they also participate in beta testing, helping us achieve our goal of developing software that solves persistent problems encountered by BIM professionals in architecture, engineering, construction, and building owner workflows.”

Read more about Mackenzie 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.

Autodesk, the Autodesk logo, ATC, and Revit are registered trademarks or trademarks of Autodesk, Inc. and/or its subsidiaries and/or affiliates in the USA and/or other countries.

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October

8

2019

Recently, when looking into establishing a method of revision management for Revit models, Paul Cook, a Civil 3D, BIM & CAD Technician at Jacobs, learned about a limitation within Revit: you can’t view the revision history of each sheet in schedule form. 

Because of past success with Ideate Software tools, Paul looked to us for a solution. Starting with the Help page on managing Revit sheet-based revisions, Paul found that Ideate BIMLink enables the creation of a document issuance record, and that Ideate Software offers an Excel Macro template and dataset free-of-charge to customers. He reached out to the Support Team for details.

Jan Sako, Support Manager, sent Paul the information as well as links to short how-to videos that demonstrate how to use Ideate BIMLink to quickly and accurately update all sheets with the proper revision or sheet issuance information at one time.

The information was what Paul was looking for, and some customization was needed, because Jacobs uses an alphanumeric revision number that shows on sheets, in place of the Sequence number, that they have assigned to the ‘Issued To’ parameter to represent the Revision Number.

Paul reached out to the Ideate Software Support Team again, and this time connected with Glynnis Patterson, Director of Software Development. She offered a few suggestions that weren’t quite right, but they sparked some thoughts in Paul.

“I managed to achieve what I was after by using Excel formulas on a new tab to recreate the register. It’s basically a clone of the DIR tab using cell links, except that where an issue is shown on the ‘DIR’ tab, it searches for the ‘Issued To’ entry for that sequence number and reports that instead of the issue count.” 

“I appreciate how responsive the Ideate Software Support team was and how flexible Ideate Software tools are,” said Paul. “I’ve already thought of other ways to customize the spreadsheet, and I know that if I have any trouble, I can give Ideate Software a call.”

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September

10

2019

Nothing beats positive comments from a customer to prove the claims of a company. We recently released a video with positive comments from five customers.

Have you been curious about why your peers choose Ideate Software tools and how they use those tools to create a competitive advantage? Take just a few minutes to watch this video.

Here is a sampling of the quotes you’ll find in the video that demonstrate the breadth of the participants’ comments:

  • SmithGroup – Galen Hoeflinger, Associate - Corporate BIM Technologist, said, “We deploy all the Ideate tools to all 1,300 of our staff, reasons being that it’s a very clear tool: it works very well …it’s easy for staff to get into and use them very quickly.”
     
  • NBBJ Digital – Dan Tartaglia, Senior Associate - BIM Platform Leader, said, “It’s a learning tool, because it helps our newer users actually know how to use Revit in a better way.”
     
  • BD Mackey Consulting – Brian Mackey, BIM/Revit Consultant, said,“The tools I really like are Ideate Explorer, StyleManager and the Ideate SmartDelete tool.”
     
  • bKL Architecture – Mark Schmieding, Director - Practice Technology Lead, said, “I can quantify the benefit … ‘This task used to take me 40 minutes, and now it takes me 5.’”
     
  • Stantec – Robert Bell, Digital Practice Specialist, said, “[Ideate BIMLink] really improved our documentation and made it easier from a QC perspective, because we knew we could count on what was in the model.”

If you've been considering Ideate Software products for a while and were waiting for the perfect opportunity to subscribe, this is it!

Our 6-month bundle priced at $500 will give you access to all the tools you need to kick off 2020 with more efficiency and less stress, as far as your Revit workflows are concerned.

This Single-User bundle includes 1 subscription to all our products—Ideate BIMLink, Ideate Explorer, Ideate Sticky, Ideate StyleManager and IdeateApps—all for use by a single-user. Ideate Software solutions are compatible with Revit 2017 - 2020. Visit the online store. For any questions, please email us at sales@ideatesoftware.com. This offer expires on December 31, 2019.

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August

21

2019

San Francisco, CA, 08-21-19 –  McMillan Pazdan Smith (MPS) is a proven design industry leader that leverages building information modeling (BIM) technology on all of their projects. Autodesk® Revit® is one of the BIM technology solutions they use to improve engineer coordination, enhance stakeholder communications, and increase building efficiencies and cost savings. To quickly assess Revit model health and identify sub-optimal practices, MPS uses Ideate Explorer.

Dan Warren, MPS’ BIM Operations Administrator, said, “Ideate Explorer allows our team to rapidly triage problems, so we spend our efforts on issues that provide the greatest return on model health. Providing a thorough model health assessment used to take a half to full day; now, we can turn our reports around in less than half the time.”

He continued, “Having used Ideate Explorer for a while, I can say that it is by far the best tool I’ve ever seen for both managing model health and resolving pesky Revit issues that plague our project teams. I cannot imagine how we could efficiently resolve the issues we face daily without this tool.”

When discussing the benefits of Ideate Explorer, Dan also mentioned:

  1. Ideate Explorer helps users understand the importance of data structure and modeling practices
  2. With Ideate Explorer, it is easy to document situations where modeling and drafting practices impact performance
  3. The Ideate Explorer interface is quick, reliable, and easy to understand

Ideate Explorer provides numerous ways for users to decrease the time spent on model management, increase the accuracy of their models, and reduce model size. Revit professionals use it to find and delete problem items, find and edit elements, and gain a full view of all elements in a Revit model. Ideate Explorer also includes Warnings Manager for reviewing and managing Revit warnings, Navigate for navigating through view-based elements within Revit, and Query for searching on parameters.

For more information on how MPS uses Ideate Software products, visit our website. For a free trial or to subscribe to any Ideate Software solution, please check ideatesoftware.com
 


About Ideate Software

Ideate Software empowers Revit users to gain unprecedented control over their data. Ideate BIMLink, Ideate Explorer, Ideate Sticky, Ideate StyleManager, and IdeateApps were all developed to solve persistent problems in architecture, engineering, and construction, and owner (AECO) workflows. Ideate Software solutions enable Revit users to save time, increase accuracy, improve project deliverables, and elevate design.

Autodesk, the Autodesk logo, ATC, and Revit are registered trademarks or trademarks of Autodesk, Inc. and/or its subsidiaries and/or affiliates in the USA and/or other countries.

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