May

28

2021

Thank you to everyone who participated in the May 2021 Ideate Software user group meetings held at three times to accommodate attendees in the Americas, EMEA and APAC regions. In case you missed it or would like to hear the information again, here’s a link to the recording of the Americas presentation.

We were pleased to welcome two guest speakers during our Americas session who discussed and demonstrated how they used Ideate Software applications to address specific challenges:

  • Mark Schmieding, Director, Digital Practice, Goettsch Partners
    • Challenge: Present building areas in a more readable and graphic way
    • Solution: Use Ideate BIMLink to export building areas and an Excel pivot table to create an accurate area summary in a readable visual style that is easy to use and update

      “I was amazed at how effortless it was to have an automatic, formatted area matrix.” 
       
  •  Brian Mackey, Owner, BD Mackey Consulting
    • Challenge: Easily find and select elements within Revit 
    • Solution: Use Ideate Explorer as a model browser to search all elements within the Revit model and Ideate StyleManager to find styles within a project that are loaded into the project but not displayed with Ideate Explorer.

      “I’m all about everyday productivity … I believe in Ideate Software tools.” 

During the calls, we also covered general improvements in our May 2021 release, which include language support in Chinese (Simplified), French, German, Japanese and Spanish, and Cloud Networking licensing that now works in VDI and most other remote access environments.

This recording is of the presentation made in the Americas region. The content is similar as the other presentations. Brian Mackey presented in all three regions. Dan Hines from A2K Technologies presented in the APAC region.


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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May

12

2021

San Francisco, CA, May 12, 2021 – Ideate Software, an Autodesk® AEC Industry Partner and Autodesk® Authorized Developer, is pleased to announce its collaboration with Surbana Jurong. Headquartered in Singapore, Surbana Jurong is a global urban, infrastructure and managed services consulting firm that offers a full suite of multidisciplinary consultancy services across multiple sectors.

“We at Ideate Software are pleased to be associated with such a prestigious company,” said Richard Taylor, Technical Evangelist, Ideate Software. “Surbana Jurong and subsidiary companies, SAA Architects, Robert Bird Group, and SMEC subscribe to our Enterprise offering of all five Ideate Software solutions available for each Revit user within their organizations.”

Recently, Surbana Jurong provided an example of how they used Ideate BIMLink to reduce the time they spent creating 361 Revit sheets from 24 hours to just three minutes. 

“Sheet creation is essential for most BIM projects. Conventionally, a BIM modeler would create sheets in Revit, typing the information manually, one by one. Each sheet could take about three minutes,” said Tang Minjing, Executive BIM Manager, Surbana Jurong. “Automating the process with Ideate BIMLink reduces the time to just seconds. Here are the four simple steps that save us hours of time.”

  1. Create the Ideate BIMLink link definition with the required properties (30 seconds)
  2. Export the data to Microsoft Excel and fill in the information (20 seconds to export the data. Time spent filling in the Excel spreadsheet varies.)
  3. Import the updated information into Ideate BIMLink (30 to 60 seconds)
  4. Create new Sheets and Select the Title Block (30 to 60 seconds)

  

“We are honored that Ideate BIMLink eliminates a time-consuming task and allows Surbana Jurong to focus on critical design and engineering,” said Richard.

Learn more and see screen shots of each step by reading the whole story on our website

To experience how Ideate Software tools can help you streamline your Revit processes, download trial versions or subscribe online.
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About Ideate Software - Ideate Software, an Autodesk® AEC Industry Partner and Autodesk® Authorized Developer, 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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March

23

2021

Thank you to everyone who participated our March online user group meetings. The workflows shared by our guest speakers as well as the discussions and questions from attendees made for informative meetings that we hope delivered value to everyone.

Although you may have attended the meeting scheduled for your local region, you may want to listen to the others, because each featured different guest speakers and Q&A sessions. 

Here are links to each of the recordings and a few details of the speakers and the topics covered:

Recording of Americas User Group Meeting

Guest Speakers

Thesla CollieThesla Collier, Genslerr
Associate BIM Manager
Gensler 
Thesla shared some of her favorite tips to using Ideate Software applications.

 

Sara Troy, Modulus ConsultingSara Troy
Director of Operations
Modulus Consulting
Sara presented a creative Ideate BIMLink and Ideate Sticky workflow that Modulus developed to manage municipal grading calculation requirements.

Jan Sako, Ideate SoftwareJan Sako
Support and QA Manager
Ideate Software
Jan talked about the benefits of Ideate Installer.

 

Recording of APAC User Group Meeting 

Guest Speakers

Holger DeGroot, ModmationHolger DeGroot
CEO & Founder
Modmation
Holger showcased some tips for managing warnings to ensure Revit model health with Ideate Explorer.


Tang MinJin, Surbana JurongTang MinJin
Executive BIM Manager
Surbana Jurong 
Tang demonstrated how Surbana Jurong automated the creation of 300+ sheers with Ideate BIMLink.

 

Recording of EMEA User Group Meeting

Guest Speakers

Neil Rooney, ElecktaNeil Rooney
Senior Medical Facility Design Specialist
Elekta
Neil shared some tips for converting a Revit project from English into other languages.

     

Paul Suggleby, HOKPaul Duggleby
Senior Associate
HOK 
Paul discussed how he uses Ideate Explorer to audit his Revit projects at HOK.

     

Jan Sako, Ideate SoftwareJan Sako
Support and QA Manager
Ideate Software
Jan talked about the benefits of Ideate Installer.

 

Plans for our next online user group meetings are well underway. Check out our Events page for dates and times and register today!

If you are interested in being a guest presenter, please contact Richard Taylor

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March

17

2021

San Francisco, CA, March 17, 2021 – Ideate Software, an Autodesk® AEC Industry Partner and Autodesk® Authorized Developer, is pleased to announce its collaboration with Pollard Thomas Edwards (PTE), a UK firm that works with communities, local authorities and commercial clients to design homes, neighborhoods, public and mixed-use buildings throughout the United Kingdom.  

One of the ways PTE helps its 150+ professionals focus on enhancing the local towns, cities and villages is by using Ideate Software tools.

Steve Deadman, Head of BIM at PTE said, “I have been a fan of Ideate Software for several years. Their tools simplify a lot of Revit tasks the team and I perform every day.”

When talking about some of their favorite uses of Ideate Software tools, Steve mentioned: 

  • “The Query function within Ideate Explorer is powerful. I do a lot of model auditing, and this tool speeds the process by making it easy to find in-place families. I can either let the team know about them or simply delete them. This task would be a struggle without Ideate Explorer.” 
     
  • “We’ve all been in the situation where a rogue level appears in a project, and we’re tempted to hit the delete button. Before taking that step, we use Ideate SmartDelete to see what will be deleted along with the level. We then remove anything we need to keep.”
     
  • “Everyone on our team loves Ideate Clone. Copying a sheet and its viewports should be native in Revit, but it isn’t. The ability to do it in Ideate Clone is very useful and saves us a lot of time.”
     
  • “We really like the new function within Ideate SheetManager that allows us to place unplaced views onto sheets using another one as a template. This process gives us another dimension for managing sheets quickly.”
     
  • “Where would we be without Ideate BIMLink? From simple data management tasks like updating sheet information and editing schedule information to project setup tasks such as creating views and sheets and placing views on the sheets, Ideate BIMLink does it all. We simply would waste so much time without it.”

Read more about this collaboration and learn more about three PTE projects recognized at the 2020 British Home Awards. 

To experience how Ideate Software tools can help you streamline your Revit processes, download trial versions or subscribe online.
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About Ideate Software - Ideate Software, an Autodesk® AEC Industry Partner and Autodesk® Authorized Developer, 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 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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February

2

2021

We were honored that in 2020, ZGF Architects, BD Mackey Consulting and BIM Guru participated in our webinar series on how customers use Ideate Software solutions. In case you missed the webinars or you’d like to watch them again or share them with your colleagues, below are the links. The recordings are also in our Customer Webinars Playlist on our YouTube Channel. 

If you are interested in showcasing your company, BIM management best practices and use of Ideate Software solutions, please contact us. We’d love to hear from you and share your expertise with our customers.

ZGF Architects and Ideate Software Unveil Winning Revit Strategies


 

Simplify Revit Tasks with Brian Mackey and Ideate Software


 

Revit Model Management with Gavin Crump and Ideate Software


 

We’d also encourage you to access customer-focused webinars from previous years, filled with Revit data management tips and tricks shared by BIM professionals from the following firms:

We will continue this series in 2021, so please keep an eye on our Events page for details. If you’d like to be added to our email distribution list, send a note to [email protected].


 

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