May

13

2020

Michael Coffey - Ideate SoftwareSan Francisco, CA, May 13, 2020 – Ideate Software, a veteran Autodesk Developer Network member, is pleased to announce that Michael Coffey joined its team as a Software Developer to develop and maintain tools that streamline Autodesk Revit software workflows.

“Having used our software at his previous employer, Michael brings invaluable user experience to our development efforts,” said Glynnis Patterson, Director of Software Development at Ideate Software. “He has programming knowledge, is a registered architect and is an experienced Revit user.

Since joining our team in January, Michael has been contributing to the enhancement of Ideate BIMLink, adding new properties and features to the underlying property dictionary. This new data allows us to expand our quality control workflows within Ideate BIMLink. He has also begun working on improving our installation and deployment functionality, making it easier for larger firms to get up and running on our software with less effort.” 

Before working for Ideate Software, Mr. Coffey spent nine years at Gensler. In his latest position there, he coded and implemented tools using the Revit API, documented and trained in BIM and Revit tools, and managed content and standards. He has a Bachelor of Architecture from New Jersey Institute of Technology and is a registered architect in New York, LEED accredited and a Revit Architecture Certified Associate. 

Mr. Coffey is based in New York. 


About Ideate Software
Ideate Software empowers Revit users to gain unprecedented control over their data. Ideate BIMLink, Ideate Explorer, Ideate Sticky, IdeateApps, and Ideate StyleManager 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.

Microsoft Excel is a registered trademark of Microsoft Corporation in the United States and other countries. All other brand names, product names or trademarks belong to their respective holders.

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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April

15

2020

San Francisco, CA, 04/15/2020 – Ideate Software, a veteran Autodesk Developer Network member, is pleased to share how San Francisco-based architectural firm WRNS Studio uses Ideate Software tools.

“We’ve been working with Ideate Software for years,” said Jason Halaby, Architect & BIM Manager at WRNS Studio. “Each one of their products tackles specific challenges we face with Revit software. They help us save time with a variety of model tasks, freeing up time for our designers to do what they do best, innovate and design.”

WRNS uses Ideate Software’s Revit productivity solutions in the following ways:

  • Ideate StyleManager - “Ideate StyleManager is our go-to tool for model cleanup at project milestones. Revit does not provide easy access and manipulation of certain classes of elements, such as LineStyles, Object Styles, Filters, etc. With Ideate StyleManager, we can find unused or duplicate styles and merge or delete them – this provides a level of model cleanup that was not previously possible.”
     
  • Ideate BIMLink - “Increasingly our model data is becoming a part of our deliverables. Ideate BIMLink gives us an easy way to manipulate model data efficiently in Excel and bring it back to Revit. Door schedules, Finish schedules, Sheet indexes, Type management schedules are commonly edited with Ideate BIMLink at WRNS.”
     
  • Ideate Explorer - “Without Ideate Explorer, Revit is not a fully functional BIM authoring platform. WRNS relies on Ideate Explorer’s detailed selection filtering, query tools, and warning manager for many of our model management tasks, which include finding in-place families, auditing worksets, filtering selections by type, finding and resolving warnings, and generally providing a more transparent window into the model database.”
     
  • IdeateApps - “We use Ideate Renumber extensively to number rooms, doors, parking stalls, and other elements. Ideate SmartDelete is critical to our workflow during the documentation phase because it helps us determine where model changes will impact documentation views. Ideate X-Ray is great for troubleshooting those tricky visibility issues. And Ideate SheetManager is a great alternative to the Revit Project Browser for finding and manipulating views and sheets.”


WRNS Project: Sonoma Academy

Read more about WRNS and Ideate Software. 


About Ideate Software
Ideate Software empowers Revit users to gain unprecedented control over their data. Ideate BIMLink, Ideate Explorer, Ideate Sticky, IdeateApps, and Ideate StyleManager 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.

Microsoft Excel is a registered trademark of Microsoft Corporation in the United States and other countries. All other brand names, product names or trademarks belong to their respective holders.

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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March

31

2020

We are pleased to share how Lemay, an award-winning architectural firm, uses Ideate Software tools.

Jean-Marc Demeo, Gestionnaire BIM Principal at Lemay said, “Our teams are motivated by design challenges. You can see, hear and feel the energy as they work together to explore options and create solutions.”


Lemay project: Bellechasse Transport Center

To help them stay focused on creative thinking, Lemay provides the best technology, including Autodesk Revit software and Ideate Software applications. 

“The Ideate Software portfolio is awesome. Our teams are really happy with the tools,” said Jean-Marc. “Ideate Explorer is a strong and stable tool we use every day and Ideate StyleManager has been a huge game changer for many people in our company.”

Here are some ways in which Lemay uses Ideate Software tools:

Ideate Explorer

  • BIM Coordinators in charge of quality control use Ideate Explorer to get a quick view of a model and its current state
  • Staff saves time by using Ideate Explorer to easily find specific items / families that they know are in a project 
  • Everyday Revit users address model warnings fast and efficiently by using the Warnings Manager component of Ideate Explorer 

Ideate StyleManager

  • BIM Coordinators love using Ideate StyleManager to understand the use of filters and to wipe unused ones
  • Staff uses Ideate StyleManager to find duplicate linestyles, fill patterns and other styles, and to merge them

“Our goal is to develop software that solves persistent challenges with Revit software,” said Glynnis Patterson, Director of Software Development. “We’re always happy to hear from well-known and well-respected companies like Lemay who trust our products to help them achieve their goals.”

Read more about Ideate Software and Lemay. 

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January

15

2020

I’m constantly reminded of the importance of playing an active role in the success of software development. This role is not limited to the work that we do at Ideate Software; it extends far beyond. For me personally, I am all about the experience and usability of software. It needs to be intuitive. It must have a clean look, great feel, and be easy to navigate. When a user generates an error, the software should clearly define what the error is and suggest ways to resolve the error. If software is lacking features, I log feature requests to improve the software, otherwise I move on to something else that works better.

We can all probably agree that no software is perfect. While software may meet most of our needs, there will certainly be features and workflows that are missing or underdeveloped. Whenever I see the opportunity to speak up and log a feature request, I do so. Not only do I log feature requests internally for our own products, I also log feature requests to Autodesk via the forums and to mobile app developers, either directly through their website or from the feedback section in the app store. The goal in doing so is to help the developers understand the needs of the consumer, rather than just assume they know what the consumers’ needs are.

A feature request that I logged with Autodesk a few years back was recently implemented into Revit (starting in Revit 2020.2). This feature request involved showing a marker for Revit’s Internal Origin point (I love the Revit coordinate system!) and markers for linked files Internal Origin, Survey, and Project Base points as well. Instead of just requesting this feature, I took a few extra moments and explained why this feature would be beneficial. Here is the feature request itself and the notation that it was implemented by Autodesk:

The Importance of Feature Requests

Feature requests like these are important to log with software developers, as they typically address pain points and ways that they can improve the users experience.

Ideate Software customers should log feature requests through the Help menu as shown below.

Submit Feature Requests

At Ideate, Inc., we are continually looking for ways in which we can improve our software, whether it be improvements to our current software products or new product ideas. Each feature request that we receive, whether from our website, through our technical support system, or from our Beta program, is logged into our system and carefully reviewed. I always tell our customers and prospects that our software is great because of the wants and needs of our customers, not the wants and needs of ourselves. If you ever feel like your requests to others are never heard, you can take comfort in knowing that we log all requests and discuss them in full detail. 

On behalf of our entire team, thank you so much for being an active part of what we do. We are very proud of the quality and service that we provide to all our current and future customers. Keep those feature requests coming!

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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January

6

2020

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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