April

18

2022

We are pleased to once again have the opportunity to connect with people who design, build, operate, and maintain our built environment at the BILT Americas conference. Attendees of this three-day event held June 14 - 16 in Anaheim, California, will choose from more than 90 sessions, all focused on the use of best-in-class tools, processes and workflows, behaviors, and leadership. 

When registering, be sure to sign up for “Are Your Revit Templates and Standards a Little Old and Crusty?” and “Demystifying Datums and Scope Boxes Within Revit,” by our Technical Evangelist Richard Taylor. 

While at the conference, stop by booth #716 to meet the Ideate Software team, discuss your Revit challenges, and learn about our plugins that solve persistent Revit challenges.

Session Summaries

Are Your Revit Templates and Standards a Little Old and Crusty? 

BIM managers, project managers, BIM standards committee members, and end users in charge of creating and maintaining Revit project and template standards will appreciate the lessons on strategies and tactics for managing Revit standards without giving up the control needed to maintain quality. You’ll learn about: 

  • The importance of quality standards
  • Content and settings that should be part of Revit templates and families
  • How styles, such as object style subcategories, fill patterns, viewports, etc. can find their way into projects
  • Dangers of brute-force cleaning and purging
  • Revit template cleaning techniques 

Richard Taylor - Ideate SoftwareDemystifying Datums and Scope Boxes Within Revit

Grids, levels, and reference planes are the backbone of a good building information model.  As designers, we use a whole series of annotative elements that help us understand and navigate through a complex web of 2D and 3D element connections. Datums such as grid lines and reference planes can seriously impact Revit geometry and Revit views and are often driven by scope boxes and other non-intuitive elements. After completing the session, you will have a better understanding of: 

  • How datums such as grid lines and reference planes can impact geometry and elements in 2D and 3D views
  • How scope boxes within Revit can control specific view information as well as datum information
  • View references and data that can be constructed within the family environment that may impact datum information
  • How to clean up, quality control, and review datum information

We hope to see you at the BILT Americas conference this June!


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Ideate Software Around the World

If you will not be in California during the BILT Americas conference but want to connect with Ideate Software, you will have plenty of other opportunities over the next several months. Come see us virtually or in person to experience first-hand how our plugins for Revit streamline workflows, improve collaboration, and help Revit users around the world deliver better designs faster.

Below is some information about some upcoming conferences where we will be exhibiting and presenting. More events will be added to our schedule, so keep an eye on the Events page on our website.

  • Event: London Revit User Group Meeting
    Date: April 19, 2022
    Location: Live and Online
    Description: The London Revit User Group (LRUG) meets every other month to promote peer-to-peer support and networking for Revit users, both current and potential.

    Steve Deadman, our UK/EMEA Customer Success Manager, will be a presenter at the April meeting. He will discuss Revit parameters, including how and when to use shared and project parameters as well as some of the new features in Revit related to parameters, such as global parameters, project-shared and family-shared parameters in key schedules, and new parameters unit types.
     
  • Event: Advanced Revit Model Health Checks Webinar – UK/EMEA
    Date: June 14, 2022
    Location: Online
    Description: Revit model health is important. As models grow, they get more complex. As deadlines approach and more people are added to the design team, it can be tempting to let a focus on modelling and drafting standards slip to the wayside. Unfortunately, this practice can lead to unhealthy, bloated models that become difficult to work with and full of warnings and unused or improperly used data.

    This webinar, which will be led by Steve Deadman, our UK/EMEA Customer Success Manager, and Nick Johns, our UK/EMEA Territory Lead, is scheduled at a time convenient for those in the UK/EMEA region and will be recorded. The link to the recording will be included in a related blog post about a week after the event, so those that can’t attend the webinar can benefit as well. Attend it to learn how to use Ideate Software plugins for Revit to:
     
    • Perform QA and QC on various categories of Revit models
    • Review and address Revit warnings
    • Review, merge or eliminate unwanted styles
    • Ensure models are organized
       
  • Event: BIM Coordinators Summit 
    Date: September 8, 2022
    Location: Dublin, Ireland and Virtual
    Description: We are the Gold Sponsors of the 2022 BIM Coordinators Summit, which celebrates BIM Coordinators, BIM Managers, Information Managers, and AEC professionals responsible for producing, managing, and coordinating information about buildings and infrastructure. 

    Our UK/EMEA Customer Success Manager, Steve Deadman, will present “Advanced Revit Model Health Checks and Warnings Management” on the Data Governance Stage. This presentation, designed for BIM managers, BIM coordinators, and end users in charge of Revit models, will feature strategies and tactics for ensuring models are kept lean and in good health, including: 
     
    • The importance of addressing health concerns and performing regular health checks
    • Key areas to include in Revit model health checks
    • Features that can lead to poor model health
    • Warnings that can be critical to project projects and those that can be ignored
    • Visualizing health check data in Power BI
       
  • Event: BIM World Munich 2022
    Date: November 22 - 23, 2022
    Location: Munich, Germany
    Description: People from the D-A-CH (Germany, Austria, and Switzerland) region that work in the construction, real estate, and urban development industries attend this leading annual networking conference. Started in 2016, this year’s conference is expected to attract 8,000+ people who will have access to more than 200 exhibitors and 150 presentations. While at the event, be sure to stop by the Ideate Software booth to discuss your Revit challenges and Ideate Software solutions with Nick Johns, our UK/EMEA Territory Lead and Steve Deadman, our UK/EMEA Customer Success Manager.

Stay Informed

Ideate Software hosts frequent webinars and participates in webinars, events, user group meetings, and conferences at various locations around the world. To stay informed of our activities, please check out the Events section of our website. We update it regularly as we add new webinars hosted by us, by other companies that feature our Revit add-in solutions, virtual events, and in-person conferences.  

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April

15

2022

“People are eager to learn about technology that can help them do their jobs better,” said Nick Johns, Ideate Software’s UK/EMEA Territory Lead. “We had a consistent flow of Revit users stopping by our booth to see how our plugins can help them, their teams, and their companies stand out from their competitors for both talent and customers.”

Nick Johns - UK/EMEA Territory Lead - Ideate SoftwareJoining Nick in the booth was Steve Deadman, our UK/EMEA Customer Success Manager and representatives from CAD UC, our official partner in France. “Visitors appreciated that they could learn about our products in their native language,” said Steve. “Our website and products are available in six languages, including French, and our printed literature was in French as well. In addition to seeing the power of our tools, they got to see that Ideate Software invests in the customer experience.”

While visiting the booth, attendees saw demonstrations of:

Steve Deadman - UK/EMEA Customer Success Manager - Ideate SoftwareAbout BIM World

Professionals who use BIM and digital technologies meet at BIM World to learn about industry trends and best practices. In addition to visiting the booths of top BIM solutions providers, attendees had the opportunity to hear keynote speeches from industry leaders and to choose from nearly one hundred workshops and conferences, including several hosted by Autodesk.  

Learn More about Ideate Software

Browse our website for more information about our Revit productivity tools. Try them out with a free trial or subscribe today.

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Check us out on Twitter, LinkedIn, Facebook and YouTube.

If you have any questions, reach out to us. We are here to help you understand and use our Revit plugin solutions. 
 

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April

8

2022

Revit users from around the world submit feature requests to Autodesk through several official forums such as Revit Ideas, Autodesk Community, and the Revit Roadmap wishlist. Ideate Software pays attention! When developing new Revit plugin tools or enhancing existing tools, we dig into the forums to find out what real Revit users want, and we create tools that deliver. 

To call attention to our close connection to Revit users and to highlight a few of the Revit challenges we have solved, we posted a monthly blog series in 2021, which you can find by selecting the Series – Wishlist Granted link on our Blog page. Or, to see short demonstrations of 10 of the workflows featured, you can watch the recording of this webinar

Here’s a list of the requests addressed by Ideate Software tools and demonstrated in this webinar:

  1. Duplicate a Revit sheet while creating new views or swapping existing views of the sheet
     
  2. Control the view title alignment when aligning or swapping views on a sheet.
     
  3. Ease the documentation process with the help of the sheet and view tools
     
  4. Easily find elements that may be hidden in the Revit model
     
  5. Renumber almost any Revit element with intelligent rules and various methods for selection
     
  6. Implement a fully functional Revit spell checker that checks all sheets and views plus schedules
     
  7. Audit Revit models and select elements more easily
     
  8. Quickly review and fix Revit warnings to ensure a well performing model
     
  9. Manage, analyze, merge, and purge complicated Revit styles 
     
  10. Live link Excel, PDF, and Word documents into your Revit project

 
Browse our website to learn more. Download a free trial or subscribe today

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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 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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March

31

2022

There are HUNDREDS of ways to manage Revit data with Ideate BIMLink, and we really appreciate The Architect’s Newspaper giving us the opportunity to spend some time discussing a few of them during a webinar in their CE Strong series of AIA-approved courses on an online platform. 

To appeal to a broad audience, we selected six workflows that apply to Revit users in all industries:

  1. Manage Revit revision data with ease 
  2. Create new Revit elements from information added to Microsoft Excel files
  3. Perform comprehensive Revit model health checks
  4. Edit Revit schedule data with ease and efficiency using Microsoft Excel
  5. Easily review Revit project standards to keep data consistent
  6. Create a quantity take-off report of your Revit project

Watch the recorded webinar to see demonstrations of these six workflows and for more information about how Ideate BIMLink allows users to access the huge amounts of data in their Revit models, push it out to Microsoft Excel for review/editing, and then pull the updated data back into Revit to update the model. Companies in the architecture, engineering, construction, and building-owner communities around the world use Ideate BIMLink daily to:

  • Access large amounts of data including from linked files
  • Edit parameter data quickly
  • Manage data beyond schedules
  • Manage Revit model coordinate data
  • Create new model and data content

 

Visit our website to learn more. Download a free trial or subscribe today. 


About the Author

Sash Kazeminejad - AIA, LEED AP - Customer Success Manager
Sash earned his Master of Architecture from Montana State University and is a California registered architect, LEED Accredited Professional. 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.

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Learn More About the Power of Ideate BIMLink

As mentioned in the introduction paragraph, there are hundreds of ways to use our Ideate BIMLink Revit plugin to streamline Revit workflows. For more examples, check out our Ideate BIMLink blog posts. Here are links and summaries of some of the most recent posts: 

Copy Room Data to Other Phases and Models – This blog post shows how we helped two customers with similar challenges.

  • One customer needed to copy Room data from hundreds of rooms in one phase to the same location in another phase where the rooms already existed. The customer hesitated to delete the new rooms and replace them with copy/pasted rooms, because they were worried that they would orphan hundreds of room tags in consultant models that already referenced the new rooms.
  • The other customer needed to copy room data from a linked architectural model into the rooms of an interiors model; the architectural model contained a lot of room data and the interiors consultant needed to match that data in their rooms to add additional room finish information to the rooms in their models. 

In addition to providing step-by-step instructions and screenshots that help convey the workflow, the post includes a tip on when a manual review may be needed.

Place Viewports on Sheets – Ideate BIMLink for Revit comes with more than 300 pre-loaded link definitions to help users transfer data from their Revit models to Microsoft Excel for easy reviewing and editing. In this blog post, we show how to use one of those links to place viewports on a sheet. The link definition contains data such as the view name, sheet number, coordinate point, and viewport title data. The coordinate and viewport title data is especially important as it allows users to accurately place the viewports and view titles on the sheets. The blog post describes and shows screenshots of the next steps, which are filling out the information in Excel and then importing the data back into Revit. 

Create New Revit Views – When people think of our Ideate BIMLink Revit addin tool, they generally think about its ability to move data from a Revit model to Excel for easy editing and then push the updated data back into the model. This blog post features another benefit of Ideate BIMLink: Easily creating new data. Read the post to see how to create new plan views using link definitions that come pre-loaded in the software. You’ll see an example with screenshots showing how easy it is to customize the properties by using Excel to enter the data about the new plan views you wish to create and then using Ideate BIMLink to import the data back into Revit.

Swap Revit Families While Preserving Instance Parameter Data – We have heard from some customers who have had trouble type swapping some of their older Revit families with new ones because some of the parameter data from the older families did not transfer. They then had to edit the data manually, which is very time consuming and prone to errors. We were pleased to tell them that they can the Ideate BIMLink addin for Revit. We show the steps in this blog post, which uses an example of a series of details using the out-of-the-box break line detail component and type swapping the detail components with a newer break line with more appropriate jag and a heavier line weight.  

Learn More about Ideate Software’s Full Suite of Revit Plugin Solutions

Contact us or visit our website to explore Ideate Software’s range of Revit tools and see how they can make your Revit projects faster, simpler, and more accurate.

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Check us out on Twitter, LinkedIn, Facebook, and YouTube.

If you have any questions, reach out to us. We are here to help you understand and use our Revit plugin solutions. 

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February

23

2022

The topic of Revit parameters never gets old. Whether you have questions about how to effectively use them or want a refresher of the positives and negatives, this one-hour high-level webinar is for you. For a deeper dive, watch the recordings of Parameter Primer Part 1 and Parameter Primer Part 2 or review our online Help topic on Instance vs. Type links.

The reason parameters are such an interesting and challenging topic is because there are so many of them! 

Project - System - Instance - Type - Shared - Global - Combined - Family - Reporting - Schedule Keys  

Understanding the situations in which to use one parameter over another can be quite challenging.

In this webinar, we:

  1. Discussed and demonstrated Revit parameter creation methods:
    • Key schedule changes
    • Global parameters
       
  2. Polled attendees. See how you compare to your peers on the answers to:
    • How are you currently using global parameters?
    • What is your biggest parameter management challenge?
    • How often do you create parameters?
       
  3. Shared insight on:
    • Recent changes to Revit parameters
    • Strategies to working with parameters across Revit versions
    • Shifting terms in Revit that cause confusion
    • Shared parameters that don’t behave as expected

 

Browse our website for more information on our Revit plugin tools. Give them a try with free 30-day trial versions 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 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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