September

24

2018

As a Technical Evangelist for Ideate Software, I take great pride in sharing the details of our tools that streamline Revit workflows. And I LOVE hearing back from Revit users.

After presenting information on Ideate ViewCreator at one of our recent free webinars, an attendee commented, “Nice tool. I just created four views with 20 dependents for each just using [the Revit] project browser. That was a pain.”

Although I wish she had heard my presentation before spending so much time on that manual work, I’m happy that next time, she will get it done much quicker and eliminate the “pain” factor.

Ideate ViewCreator is one of nine tools in our IdeateApps collection that simplifies the tasks that Revit users perform most often.

With Ideate ViewCreator, it’s easy to:

1.    Batch-create multiple Revit views while complying with company-established BIM standards
2.    Create multiple Revit views at the same time based on smart rules
3.    Create copies of plans from one level to many levels

Learn more by reading our help files or watching this short video.

Watch the entire webinar of IdeateApps, including the section on Ideate ViewCreator that spawned the comment.

For implementation services or to learn how IdeateApps can benefit your business, contact sales@ideatesoftware.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.

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September

19

2018

After the 2018 BiLT NA Conference in St. Louis, the event organizers announced the top 10 speakers and sessions as decided by the audience. We are pleased to let you know that Sash Kazeminejad’s presentation titled “Revit Phasing from A to Z” was ranked number eight! View the Top 10 list.

“I’m thrilled that attendees found my presentation so valuable,” said Sash. “As a Customer Success Manager, I get to work with and help solve problems for a lot of Revit users. I keep track of hot topics and try to present information that will help a broad audience address current challenges and streamline workflows.”

Sash’s presentation on Revit phasing:

  1. Served as a reminder of the importance of coordinating phasing before modeling anything
  2. Explored the graphical settings for phasing and where phasing belongs in Revit’s overall graphical hierarchy
  3. Highlighted the reasons users should not create demolition phases
  4. Featured tips and tricks, such as how to use phasing for presentations

Watch this video to see how to create new views with the correct phase settings with the Ideate Software Ideate ViewCreator tool, one of the nine tools included with our IdeateApps collection that streamline tasks that daily Revit users perform most often. 

For implementation services or to learn more about how IdeateApps can help your business, contact sales@ideatesoftware.com

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August

27

2018

The Ideate Software team returned to Portland, OR and Boston, MA from the BiLT NA Conference in St. Louis, Missouri. We are still thinking about all the great conversations, presentations, and events that transpired during the conference from August 9 – 11, 2018.

Did you visit us at the Ideate Software booth, or did you attend one of our classes?

My colleague, Richard Taylor, presented on a topic that continues to plague many Revit users: finding elements that should be visible in views, but for some reason do not! His presentation was appropriately titled “Visibility #$@! Storm with Revit.” As you may be aware, there are over 50 reasons an element may not be visible in a view, and sometimes trying to figure out which one can just drive you insane! If you would like more information, be sure to check out Richard’s BiLT NA blog post.

I also presented at BiLT NA this year, and my topic was, “Revit Phasing From A to Z.” This presentation was successful because the topic of phasing serves as a reminder of the importance of coordinating Phasing before modeling anything. We also took a deep dive into the graphical settings for phasing and hierarchy of where Phasing belongs in Revit’s overall graphical hierarchy. This presentation also served as a reminder as to why we should not create demolition phases.

Phasing in Revit touches functionality within our Ideate Software solutions. Watch this video to see how you can create new views with the correct phase settings with our Ideate ViewCreator tool. 
 

While Revit Phasing plays an important role in the graphical hierarchy of Revit models, other settings and overrides take precedence over Phasing. This topic was presented to the group as a reminder of how overrides can greatly affect the output of design documentation.

Here’s a picture of my session. I always try and have a casual conversation when presenting to the audience. The red arrow is pointing at me.

For implementation services or to learn more about how Ideate Software tools can help your business, please contact 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.

 

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August

23

2018

The Ideate Software team has returned from the gateway to the west in St. Louis, Missouri. We are back in our Portland, Oregon and Boston, Massachusetts locations, but we are still thinking about all the great conversations, presentations, and events that transpired at the BiLT North American Conference on August 9 – 11, 2018.

Did you see us at the Ideate Software booth, or did you attend one of our classes? Fear not, if we were out of your View Range, or maybe on a different city-defined Workset that was not visible from St. Louis.

As you can tell from my bad view analogy and puns, I presented a class entitled “Visibility #$@! Storm with Revit.” During the presentation, we went over a Revit visibility checklist, and we showcased Ideate XRay, one of the amazing tools within IdeateApps. Ideate XRay helps you understand complex Revit visibility problems.

I am pleased to report that the slide below, one of the many tips and tricks in my presentation, was recognized at the closing session as one of the top 10 tips from all the classes presented during the BiLT North America sessions! This slide shows the detailed and highly informative graphics that are included as HELP within Ideate XRay. These graphics were highlighted as extremely helpful in understanding the complex View Range settings in Revit.

BiLT NA Tip

Want to learn more about Ideate XRay? Review a short video.

For even MORE fun, you can review a recording of a full one-hour class the power of XRay.

Welcoming people to my presentation on Ideate XRay, showing off new St. Louis Starbuck’s mugs

Stay tuned for a post from my colleague, Sash Kazeminejad, with his take on BiLT North America and Revit Phasing.

For implementation services or to learn more about how IdeateApps can help your business, please contact sales@ideatesoftware.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.

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August

9

2018

Long-time customer Interior Architects installed the latest release of Ideate Software applications, and Clinton Johnston, Information Technology Manager, noticed a difference in the installation process. 

Here’s the conversation he had with Jan Sako from our customer service team:

In addition to network licensing improvements, and as a part of our effort to streamline future software installations, the May 2018 release contains many improvements. It allows standalone licensed customers to use a completely new license code that activates on multiple versions of Revit. This new license code will work for all product year versions between 2016-2019, and only needs to be used once per PC.

We always appreciate hearing from our customers. If you have thoughts on changes we can make to enhance our applications or streamline your Revit workflows, please contact us at 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.

 

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