Are you looking for a way to increase the time your team spends on interesting and valuable design work? If yes, watch this recording of our webinar to learn about a real-world example of how an architecture firm teams with a BIM consulting services firm that uses Ideate Software tools to streamline model health check-ins with Revit projects. 


  • Richard Taylor, Technical Evangelist, Ideate Software
  • Dan Gallivan, Director of Information Technology, Payette
  • Cara DiPierro, BIM Manager, myCADD

Payette, the 2019 AIA Architecture Firm of the Year, “aspires to become known for our innovative culture and elegant architecture, which we view as the fusion of design and performance.” Recognizing that its people are its number one asset, it focuses on cultivating knowledge so people can focus on great design.

The architects that work at MyCADD know Revit software, BIM, Payette’s business, and Ideate Software tools. They use Ideate Software tools for a variety of tasks that allow Payette’s architects to concentrate on elevating design and not managing software.

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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 18 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.

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San Francisco, CA, 05-29-19Modulus Consulting helps project teams leverage the power of building information modeling (BIM) by providing services from BIM implementation mentoring to architecture, engineering, and construction design modeling; pre-construction coordination; and construction fabrication modeling. To save time and increase the accuracy of its models, Modulus uses Ideate BIMLink, Ideate Explorer, and IdeateApps. Ideate Software developed these Autodesk Revit applications to streamline workflows in the architecture, engineering, construction, and owner (AECO) community. 

Victor Castillo, a BIM Product Manager at Modulus said, “I got hooked on Ideate BIMLink 10 years ago when I was at a global architecture firm. When I joined Modulus, I recommended that we get the software.” Modulus Consulting now also uses Ideate Explorer and IdeateApps:

  • Ideate Explorer: Victor encourages his team to leave Ideate Explorer open, so it’s readily available to use for even rudimentary tasks like selecting hidden objects instead of visually looking for them. The team also uses Ideate Explorer to select all linked Revit models to verify they’re pinned or quickly get a sense of how many family types or instances are in the model. 
  • Ideate BIMLink: Where Ideate Explorer lets Modulus manage or manipulate small groups of elements, Ideate BIMLink lets them manage the model content on a greater scale. For instance, they use it to merge facilities management data in and out of project parameters. 
  • IdeateApps SmartDelete: Although designed to warn users of elements that will be deleted with a selection, Modulus uses it to help locate any views that have annotations attached to an object before moving it, so they can make sure tags and dimensions on all views still read cleanly.
  • IdeateApps Clone: Modulus uses Clone to automate the process of duplicating sheets, saving time and reducing the chance of errors.  

“In 2015, Modulus Consulting and Ideate Software entered into partnership to provide complementary services to the AECO community,” said Bob Palioca, president, Ideate Software. “That Modulus uses our applications and recommends them to their clients is a true testament of their trust in us.”

For more information on how Modulus Consulting 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, and IdeateApps 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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Ideate Software is pleased to be associated with Noll & Tam Architects, an interesting company with a mission to create “Uncommon Spaces for the Common Good.” It achieves this mission by having its atypical multidisciplinary group of architectural professionals leap into the unknown, take the known and make it strange again, work in unexpected ways, and stay devoted to sustainable design.

The architects at Noll & Tam use Autodesk Revit software to bring visions to life, and they use Ideate Software tools to streamline Revit processes. 

“Our team uses all four Ideate Software tools,” said Jason Barish, Senior AJason Parishssociate, Design Technology Director, Noll & Tam Architects.

“They are easy to learn and use, and they allow us to focus on creative designs instead of the technology that supports those designs.”

Here are some of the ways in which Noll & Tam Architects uses the Ideate Software tools:

  • Ideate Sticky – Used to place tabular data like LEED data, code information, and equipment schedules in the Revit file
  • Ideate BIMLink – Used to mass-edit room program data
  • Ideate Explorer – Used to troubleshoot problem items
  • IdeateApps:
    • Clone – Used to speed up the creation of sequences of drawings, especially detail sheets
    • ReNumber – Used to number doors and details



  1. Jason Barish, Senior Associate, Design Technology Director, Noll and Tam Architects. Source:Anthony Lindsey Photography
  2. University of Stanford David Rumsey Map Center, where Jason Barish was the Project Manager. Source: David Wakely Photography

Interested in seeing how Ideate Software tools can help you achieve your goals? Visit our website for more information, explore the tools with a free trial version, or subscribe today.

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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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