Customers and prospective customers joined us on February 4, 2020 in San Francisco, CA to learn about Ideate Software tools. We were pleased to host the two sessions at Autodesk Gallery, a top destination according to Wired magazine and the San Francisco Chronicle featuring dozens of exhibits that show how companies use new technology to imagine, design and create. 

SF Seminar
Ideate Software’s Sash Kazeminejad leading a discussion

Customer Session

Following a networking breakfast, Ideate Software’s Customer Success Manager Sash Kazeminejad discussed new features included in the November 2019 release of IdeateApps and Ideate BIMLink with customers.

New IdeateApps features include:

  • Improved searching
  • Enhanced batch editing
  • Improved sheet composition
  • The ability to multi-select unplaced views and turn them into sheets; rename sheets, numbers and views; do odd and even numbering; copy and paste legends across multiple sheets; customize a view/sheet browser for individual team members

New Ideate BIMLink features include:

  • “Beyond Schedules” folder
  • A customizable home page
  • The ability to create more elements from Excel
  • Methods for easy-to-deploy standardized network-hosted content

After the presentation on the November 2019 features and improvements, we reviewed some upcoming improvements to our current software titles as well as development ideas.

Prospective Customer Session

After a lunch for attendees of both sessions, prospective customers and some existing customers that don’t subscribe to all our products joined us for the afternoon session. Over two hours, we provided an overview of all five of our products, highlighted some workflows and demonstrated how the products in the Ideate Software ecosystem work together. We also listened as Revit users discussed their “wish lists” of additional functionality. 

Positive Feedback

“Participation at both sessions was great,” said Sash. “The discussions included challenges with Revit software, creative workarounds used by some people to get around those challenges, and how Ideate Software tools actually address them.”

Ideate Software’s Moe Kress and Rahul Verma welcoming attendees

Several people commented that the presentations were “great” and “informative,” and one person said, “I had no idea that Ideate BIMLink was capable of some of the workflows demonstrated. I may change my current workflow and try using Ideate BIMLink instead.”


We regularly discuss our products at virtual and in-person events. Visit our Events page for details. 

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Here’s a link to the recording of our webinar on Ideate ReNumber, our tool that makes it easy to update element number and names. 

The webinar was hosted by our Customer Success Manager, Sash Kazeminejad. Sash is a California Licensed Architect and a Revit Architecture, Revit Structure and AutoCAD Certified Professional. He has been with Ideate for more than six years.

During this webinar, Sash focused on the Ideate ReNumber application in our IdeateApps collection and specifically:

  1. Creating custom rules
  2. Renumbering data outlets
  3. MEP fabrication renumbering

Here are a few comments from attendees:

  • “I now know how I can easily renumber ductwork that requires a new naming/numbering convention.”
  • “I am now able to renumber telecom data jacks easily.”
  • “I will try to use it for fire alarm sequencing.”
  • “Sash made the presentation brief and to the point.”

The recording is open to all, so please forward the link to people you think would benefit from its content.


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Great ideas to address Revit challenges often stem from discussions with other users. To facilitate these discussions, we are hosting two in-person meetings in San Francisco on February 4, 2020. The morning session is for existing customers, and the afternoon session is for prospective customers: 

  • Existing customers will learn about Ideate Software updates and tools and future product development plans
  • Prospective customers will get a high-level technical overview of how to use our five Revit applications to save time, enhance quality control, ease model management and increase collaboration

Both sessions include a networking lunch with peers and Ideate Software team members. 


  • Date: February 4, 2020
  • Place: Autodesk Office, Steuart Tower, 2nd Floor, One Market Street, San Francisco, CA 94105
  • Time: 
    • Customers: 9:45 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.
    • Prospective Customers: 12:00 p.m. – 3:15 p.m.

Seating is limited, so reserve your spot today!



San Francisco Sessions

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The Ideate Software team was thrilled to be invited to show off a prototype web project we’ve been working on at the Forge DevCon Village Expo and Autodesk University 2019 in Las Vegas.

Overview of our Project 

The web project is our internal Beta Forge Integration solution, which allows BIM 360 subscribers to easily assess the warnings in their models by adding model health Key Performance Indicator (KPI) cards to their Project Home or Insight dashboard from the BIM 360 platform’s Card Library. 

We started with the count of Revit warnings as a key metric for assessing a model’s risk and paired it with the ranking organization from Ideate Software’s Warnings Manager to present “Stoplight” KPI cards and “Top 5 Worst Offenders” bar charts. Warnings Manager is a component of Ideate Explorer, our application for fast Revit data discovery.

Revit Warnings
On the Top 5 cards, users can get additional data about the BIM 360 projects and files upon hover and drill-down, and on the Stoplight card they can easily send emails pre-populated with project-identifying information to alert co-workers that a file needs fixing. 

Feedback from Potential Users

In showing off our work-in-progress at the Forge DevCon Village Expo and Autodesk University, we aimed to get conversations started about the potential value of this tool and the direction users would like to see it go. We were not disappointed. 

We were gratified to hear interest in areas that align with our current plans for this project, including: 

  • Exporting data and visualizations to Power BI
  • Closing the loop by connecting cards on the BIM 360 platform back to the desktop version of those Revit files
  • Providing notifications to make insights from these data visualizations more immediately actionable

Most of all, people expressed interest in seeing this prototype expand to become a full Ideate Software product or add-on to one of our existing products with a complete catalog of cards that can make up a model health dashboard. One visitor told us that something like this would have saved him considerable time and effort on a recently finished project by helping him locate files with problems and notify the “fixers” easily.

Thank you to everyone who took the time to provide feedback and suggestions on this prototype work! We are encouraged by the responses and will continue our investigation into how it can best serve our customers’ needs.

Your Thoughts?

If you weren’t able to make it to Forge DevCon or Autodesk University 2019 and have an idea you would like to share, as always, we would be delighted to hear it. 

About the Author

Stephanie FitzgeraldStephanie Fitzgerald – Software Developer
Stephanie earned her Ed.M. in Technology, Innovation, and Education from the Harvard Graduate School of Education and her B.S. in Physics and Mathematics from University of Oregon. She also gained a certificate in Advanced Full-Stack JavaScript from Alchemy Code Lab in Portland, OR. In past roles, Stephanie wrote C# and web design curriculum for Zaniac, where she was also the project manager for development, managed a research study of student motivation to learn math for Harvard University, and redesigned the website for a Tufts University library. As a student, she built a social network site for athletes, a back-end security package, and a tablet game app for the California Science Center. 


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Those of you who use Revit software will appreciate the lessons in this 30-minute webinar on some of the new element creation features in Ideate BIMLink. Ideate BIMLink is our productivity tool that allows you to extract data from a Revit model, send it to Microsoft Excel where you can review and modify it, and then import it back into Revit with speed, ease, and accuracy. 

In November 2019, we updated Ideate BIMLink for Revit 2017 – 2020 to streamline the user interface, making it easier to use and discover specific functions. In this webinar, I discuss the 300+ link definitions that are included with our library and concentrate on the ability to create new Revit elements such as levels, sheets, views, and viewports. Here’s a link to the recording


I encourage you to also check out our What’s New in Ideate BIMLink video, where we cover additional new features. 

Visit our website for more information on our Revit productivity tools. Give them a try with a free trial version, or subscribe today. 

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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