February

7

2019

Ideate Software applications help Revit users solve persistent problems in architecture, engineering, construction, and owner workflows. One way we learn about those problems is by reviewing public forums. 

While reviewing this week’s Revit Ideas Forum posts, we found a suggestion from a dedicated Revit user who wants to be able to copy and paste ID numbers from the Revit error messages window. The suggestion said, “At the moment, you can either export the message then find it by ID or write in the ID number manually. Why not just copy?”

We agree that this is a great suggestion for an improvement to Revit and warnings management. However, even if Autodesk does implement this suggestion, it will still take more steps and be more time-consuming than the currently available workflow within Ideate Explorer.

Here is a comparison of the steps:

Want to see a demonstration? There’s an example in this short how-to video

Copy Paste Error ID

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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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January

31

2019

Recently I had the honor of welcoming Laura Kay Smith to our first-in-a-series of customer-led webinars. Laura is the BIM Manager Lead, Complex Building Department at SNC Lavalin, one of the largest engineering firms in the world. She has more than 20 years of experience as an industry leader in the integration and implementation of BIM, and she is passionate about sharing her experiences to help others move forward and make BIM more prevalent in their firms. She is a frequent speaker at industry events such as Autodesk University and BIM User Groups across the U.S. and Canada, and she runs the BIMFreak blog and website.

At this webinar, Laura spoke about how to use Ideate Software applications to become a BIM manager superstar. She talked about the applications she uses, why she decided to use them, and where they fit into her workflow. She also provided examples of how she uses them.

Using Ideate Software Applications
 
The presentation was well-received; here are some quotes from attendees:

  • “Laura's explanation of how to create a standard process made a lot of sense. That, with how she used Ideate tools to get productivity out of the workflow, helped me better understand what I can do to improve my own BIM process.”
  • “I liked seeing how she combines both BIMLink and Sticky to get accurate information in the correct format.”
  • “I found value in her problem-solving skills. She has given me ideas to further leverage Ideate Software.”
  • “Managing large amount of data in big and complicated projects is always challenging and sometimes even tedious. It is encouraging to know from experienced BIM users that there is a way to do it properly.”

If you missed the presentation, would like to watch it again, or know someone that you think would enjoy it, here’s a link to a recording.

To hear more from Laura, visit her website, BIMFreak. Visit our website for more information on our applications. 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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January

14

2019

Our recent blog post about the 10th anniversary of the launch of Ideate Explorer was very popular! 

Well, your interest in the history and current state of the software got our brain cells churning a bit. The team and I realized that although we have a lot of videos on many of the amazing auditing and discovery workflows that Ideate Explorer supports, we didn’t have one that put the whole thing together. So, we packed all the features and functions of Ideate Explorer into a 10-minute video, Ideate Explorer Overview.

Ideate Explorer - A true model browser
Ideate Explorer is a true model browser that shows crucial information about every instance of every element within your Revit model. 

Here are links to other videos on specific topics that may also interest you:

•    Ideate Explorer for BIM Management and Model Auditing
•    Ideate Explorer with Ideate Query workflows for advanced search and selection.
•    Ideate Explorer for Warnings Management workflows.

Want to see them all? Here’s a link to all our Ideate Explorer videos.

Let us know what you think. We would love to hear stories about how you use Ideate Explorer in your daily Revit workflows and model management to solve difficult problems.   
 


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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January

7

2019

San Francisco, CA, January 7, 2019 – Ideate Software, a veteran Autodesk Developer Network member, announced enhancements to its Revit software add-ons.

“While making all of our products compliant with the EU General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), we took the opportunity to implement some improvements and fixes,” said Glynnis Patterson, director of software development. “These November 2018 updates demonstrate our commitment to anticipating and quickly responding to customer needs and industry trends.”

Below are highlights of the updates. Click the links for more details: 

Ideate BIMLink 

  • Ability to edit data in the program; no longer need to export it to Excel first
  • Ability to export metric units with the expected Excel formatting for German customers
  • Ability to edit the revision sequence of a revision cloud

Ideate Explorer

  • Option to pre-define the importance of all 915 Revit warning types
  • Ability to search for specific warnings and edit multiple warnings at once
  • Option to gather warnings data only when the Warnings tab is active
  • Ability to see when a project has exceeded a specified number of warnings

IdeateApps

  • Ideate ReNumber now supports multi-category rules
  • Ideate ViewCreator better handles visibility and graphic override conditions when duplicating plans by level

Ideate Sticky

  • Ability to move or rename project folders in Windows Explorer and maintain Ideate Sticky pathing
  • Ability to access Excel files that are part of an Autodesk BIM360 project
  • Some previously incompatible Excel files are now compatible

“I appreciate the time our customers spend discussing Revit workflow challenges with us,” said Bob Palioca, president, Ideate Software. “By staying in touch with the architecture, engineering, construction, and building owner community, we know about their needs. And by hiring and retaining top software developers who understand the market, we’re able to enhance our products to address those needs.”


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.
Autodesk, the Autodesk logo, ATC, and Revit are registered trademarks or trademarks of Autodesk, Inc. and/or its subsidiaries and/or affiliates in the USA and/or other countries.

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January

3

2019

Recently, I was presented with a great tip from one of our customers on how to use Ideate Explorer and Ideate Query to search for elements on a duplicate level and move those elements to the correct level. The issue with deleting levels is that all elements and views that are associated with that level will also be deleted, which could be catastrophic to your project. Prior to Revit 2019, if you attempted to delete a level, Revit only warned you that associated views and the level itself would be deleted. What Revit failed to tell you is that you would lose much more than the views and levels. Fortunately, Ideate SmartDelete, one tool in the IdeateApps collection, is able to report on all element dependencies.


Example of using Ideate Explorer to select elements by level

If you are interested in learning how you can use Ideate Explorer and IdeateApps to make an informed decision on how to move elements from an incorrect level to a correct level, then please watch the video below. This will show you how to move elements to another level and outline other considerations that should be accounted for before doing so.

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

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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