December

13

2018

On November 28, 2018, I was pleased to represent Ideate Software at the ABX (Architecture Boston Expo). It was highly gratifying to see so many New England firms that use Ideate Software showcasing their amazing design talent.


It was exciting to see so many Ideate Software customers that received recognition for their talented design work. Ideate Software team members are Boston Society of Architects members and AIA members.

One important thing about Ideate Software is that we are connected to the communities we serve. Many of us have backgrounds in architecture, engineering, and construction. We are absolutely interested in the technology problems we see in our industry, and we are constantly embedding ourselves in forums, discussions, conferences, and trade shows that serve as catalysts and incubators for our continued delivery of high-value Revit solutions.

Watch this short video about how we go beyond delivering software solutions to really understanding our customers’ problems. And watch for one of our team members; we may pop up at an architecture, engineering, or construction industry event near you!

 


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.

Read More

December

10

2018

Thank you to everyone that attended our recent webinar on IdeateApps where I covered:

  • Sheet and View tools in IdeateApps
  • BIM standards for naming
  • How to customize rules to fit your needs
  • Creative workflows
  • Tips and tricks

Did you miss the webinar? Would you like to listen to it again or share it with a colleague? Here’s a link to the recording

Questions Answered 

Throughout the webinar, my colleague Sash Kazeminejad and I answered questions. Here are a few that I think will be of interest to others:

Q. Can you assign a view template to the duplicated views when you create them, or do you have to assign them manually after they are created?
A. You can “apply” up to three view templates and finally “assign” one to be permanent.  

Q. Are ViewCreator rules by project, or are they loaded from that central file? Will they overwrite each other if reloaded?
A. By default, when ViewCreator runs the first time in a project, it will load the rules from the default location. If you centralize rules you have customized, you can repath rules to your server. If you load rules with the same name, they will overwrite the original rules. When you load rules, they are on a per-project basis.

Q. Where can I get more information on the BIM Link Placeholder Sheet function?
A. Visit “Create New Placeholder Sheets in Revit with BIMLink” on our website.  

Q. Can you modify title block parameters within the rules?
A. Not with the rules, but Ideate BIMLink is great for modifying more properties, and Ideate Clone allows you to do sheet names and numbers when creating sheets.

Q. Do all the views have to be the same scale to align the views?
A. The view scales do not have to be the same, but they will be in the same location with that scale. We give people flexibility because by default, we look at views that have the same scale and same type, so if the scale or type are different, we give you options for a swap out.

Want to learn more about IdeateApps? Check out the short how-to videos on our website. Give it a try with a free trial version, or subscribe today. 

For more information on how Ideate Software tools can enhance your business, please contact us at sales@ideateinc.com.


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.

Read More

December

3

2018

BIMThoughts is a podcast about BIM technologies and techniques. In a recent episode, hosts Bill Debevc, Autodesk software expert, and Carla Edwards, BIM implementation specialist, discussed the latest improvements to Ideate Explorer. In addition, they gave a quick review and summary of other Ideate Software solutions they use on a daily basis.

 

Regular users of Ideate Software Revit applications, Bill and Carla provided overviews of each tool, discussed their favorite features, gave real-world examples of how they use the tools, and brainstormed about innovative ways to use the tools to streamline workflows, enhance model accuracy, and empower users. They specifically delved into two newer features included with Ideate Explorer:

  • Ideate Warnings Manager - Ranks Revit Warnings based on importance, notifies users when a “High” ranked warning appears in the model, and enables users to easily fix problems using tools in Revit while the Warnings Manager dialog box is open
  • Ideate Query - Enables users to search on any parameter value and quickly find and filter elements

Here are some quotes from the podcast:

  • “We really do love their software and we know you will too.”
  • “[Ideate Explorer] is great way to get some insight into what’s going on in a Revit file.”
  • “Ideate has some great tutorials and demonstrations on workflows.” 

Here’s a link to the recorded podcast

For more information on how Ideate Software tools can enhance your business, contact us at sales@ideatesoftware.com
 

Read More

November

29

2018

The Ideate Software team packed a lot of activities into a short amount of time at Autodesk University 2018. Joining me were Craig H. Dodge, Director of Sales; Richard Taylor, Technical Evangelist; Sash Kazeminejad, Customer Success Manager; and Rahul Verma, Business Development. We attended learning sessions to stay up-to-date on Autodesk Revit software, hosted a customer appreciation event, and discussed Revit workflow challenges and Ideate Software solutions with customers and prospective customers at our booth. 


 
While we discussed the time-saving and quality-enhancing benefits of all our software tools, these three attracted the most attention:

  1. Ideate ReNumber – Easily renumber and rename Revit elements
  2. Ideate XRay – Quickly search through 50+ reasons elements may be invisible, identify the reasons, and fix the problems.
  3. Ideate ViewCreator – Batch-create multiple Revit views while complying with company-established BIM standards

So many Revit users commented on how they would have more time and fewer headaches if they had these tools. Fortunately for those people, these three tools are part of our IdeateApps collection, and Autodesk University attendees got a free, one-year, single-user subscription to IdeateApps.

For a demonstration of these or any of our other tools, please contact sales@ideatesoftware.com


About the Author

Glynnis Patterson, NCARB – Director of Software Development
Glynnis is a registered architect and has worked within the building information modeling (BIM) industry since 1998. A graduate of Carnegie Mellon University, she has worked as an architect, educator and construction site manager. Glynnis is the Director of Software Development Services and continues to work with AECO clients worldwide, developing, and consulting on solutions to BIM challenges. In her spare time, Glynnis volunteers for the local high school and with growitgreenmorristown.org. Find Glynnis on LinkedIn.

 

Read More

November

26

2018

Ideate Software was pleased to once again accept an invitation to speak at the Mead & Hunt Tech Expo. This year, I shared information on IdeateApps, our collection of targeted workflow applications that help Revit users complete common tasks, decrease the time spent on those tasks, and increase the accuracy of the BIM data in their Revit models. My presentation covered:

  1. Tips on how to easily rename and renumber Revit elements, including creating custom rules for Ideate ReNumber
  2. Worst-case scenarios of hidden Revit elements, and how to use Ideate XRay to search through 50+ reasons elements may be invisible, identify the causes, and fix the issues
  3. Problems that can occur when elements are deleted, and how to use Ideate SmartDelete to identify dependent elements that will be deleted with a selection
  4. How to create many views with the same properties and visuals in a short amount of time using Ideate ViewCreator
  5. How to place multiple views at once on many sheets and align the views in the same place on multiple sheets using Ideate SheetManager

Connecting with users is one of the best parts of my job. I thoroughly enjoyed revisiting with the Mead & Hunt employees once again at our booth and during the presentation, discussing their experiences with Revit software, and sharing how Ideate Software tools will streamline their Revit workflows. 

Mead & Hunt provides expert planning, design, and engineering services across a wide variety of sectors, including architecture, dams and hydropower, food processing, military, municipal infrastructure, transportation, and water-wastewater. The firm offers its employees numerous professional development opportunities, including Tech Expos, managed through MHU (Mead & Hunt University).

To discuss having Ideate Software present at your event, contact us at sales@ideatesoftware.com
 


About the Author

Sash Kazeminejad - AIA, LEED AP, BCI, BCC - Customer Success Manager
Sash earned his Master of Architecture from Montana State University and is a California registered architect, LEED Accredited Professional, and a Bluebeam Certified Instructor. He has extensive experience in project management; BIM management; design for architectural firms in California, Montana, and Oregon; and leading classroom and online BIM training. He provides consulting, sales, support, and training solutions to AECO customers around the globe. Find Sash on LinkedIn.

 

Read More

X

Ideate Software is compliant with the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR). We’ve updated our Privacy Policy and Terms of Use to reflect this. Please read these updated terms and take some time to understand them.

Note: We use cookies to improve your browsing experience and help us improve our website.

By continuing to use our website, you agree to the terms of use and to our use of cookies.

I ACCEPT