June

27

2022

We were thrilled to have the opportunity to connect with people who design, build, operate, and maintain our built environment at the BILT North Americas conference. The three-day event, which was held June 14 - 16 in Anaheim, California, featured many informative lectures, presentations, labs, and round-table discussions focused on the use of best-in-class tools, processes and workflows, behaviors, and leadership.

Craig H. Dodge, Director, Ideate Software Sales, and Richard Taylor, Technical Evangelist, met with BIM, Revit, and Ideate Software application users from around the world at our booth in the Exhibition Hall. In addition, Richard:

  • Presented a lecture on Revit templates featuring Ideate StyleManager, which allows for a clean and lean Revit template or project
  • Conducted a lab session on Revit datums featuring both Ideate StyleManager and Ideate XRay, one of the tools in the IdeateApps collection

BILT North AmericaRichard said, “It was especially nice to see many old colleagues and friends in person after an almost three-year absence. It was wonderful to catch up with so many influential people within the BIM and AECO industries, and we hope it’s a trend that continues throughout 2022 and beyond.”

Craig added, “We appreciated meeting new people at the Ideate Software booth and hearing about their software needs. We also heard from clients who provided continued feedback on how we can further enhance Ideate Software products to better meet their challenges with Revit.”

Learn about our upcoming online and in-person activities by visiting the Events page of our website. 

Browse our website to learn more about how Ideate Software add-on products help Revit users save time, increase model accuracy, improve deliverables, and elevate design. You can give them a try by downloading trial versions or purchasing the bundle for access to all the Revit plugin solutions (Ideate BIMLink, Ideate Explorer, Ideate Sticky, Ideate StyleManager, and IdeateApps) for six months.

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June

2

2022

We were delighted to host our first Revit Data Management Insights Group meeting in May. Attendees included BIM managers, heads of BIM, BIM coordinators, and Revit technicians from architectural and engineering firms in the London area. Steve Deadman, our UK/EMEA Customer Success Manager and Nick Johns, our UK/EMEA Territory Lead greeted both new and existing customers and shared insights on recent and upcoming product developments and industry feedback.
 
James Gray, Squire and PartnersIt was a pleasure to have James Gray, BIM Manager at Squire and Partners as a guest speaker.

A long-standing Ideate Software customer, James presented his best practices on Revit model management featuring the Ideate Software solutions he uses. He made the case for regular model reviews and the importance of managing and fixing warnings in Revit. The best practices he shared were very much appreciated by all the attendees.  
 
During this invitation-only event, we also covered topics such as: 

  1. Wishes Granted - Top User Requests and Implemented Features. Steve presented Autodesk Forum ideas and Revit Roadmap wish list items that we translated into software features revolving around Revit model productivity, project auditing, model/data health and data management. He focused on the following Revit user requests:
     
    • Controlling view title alignments
       
    • Quickly reviewing and fixing Revit warnings
       
    • Live-linking Excel, PDF, and Word documents into Revit projects

     Read our Wishlist Granted blog post series for more examples.

  1. New Features and Developments. During this section of the meeting, we announced and offered a flavour of the upcoming Ideate Software improvements for Revit versions 2020-2023. Watch our blogs for more news!

The discussions continued after the presentations around canapés and wine, and we’d like to extend a heartfelt thank you to our attendees for their presence, questions, and glowing feedback. We look forward to the next Revit Data Management Insights Group meeting. More details to follow in due course.

Browse our website to learn more about how Ideate Software add-on products help Revit users save time, increase model accuracy, improve deliverables, and elevate design. You can give them a try by downloading trial versions or purchasing the bundle for access to all the Revit plugin solutions (Ideate BIMLink, Ideate Explorer, Ideate Sticky, Ideate StyleManager, and IdeateApps) for six months.

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May

31

2022

More and more companies across the architecture, engineering, construction, and building-owner community (AECO) are adopting building information modeling (BIM) to improve decisions, communications, win rates, and employee and client relations while at the same time reducing on-site changes and enhancing efficiency during building maintenance and updates. As they move to BIM, many choose Autodesk Revit software, one of the most popular BIM authoring tools in the industry. They use it to create high-quality buildings and infrastructure by:

  • Modeling shapes, structures, and systems in 3D
  • Simplifying documentation work
  • Enabling analysis on the digital model that would not be possible without BIM
  • Empowering multidisciplinary teams in varied locations

A single source of truth for every stage of a building project, Revit provides project teams with access to current information, which increases accuracy, reduces rework, and helps keep projects on time and on budget. Here are just a few of the many ways AECO firms use Revit software: 

  • Building Information Modeling (BIM)Architects optimize building performance during the design stage and run cost estimates
  • Structural engineers create more detailed documentation of steel and concrete designs
  • MEP engineers conduct simulations and interference detection early in the design process
  • Construction teams make better planning and preconstruction decisions earlier
  • Building owners locate components in walls before beginning remodel activities

Revit Limitations

As powerful as Revit is, it does have limitations. Many processes, like updating elements, styles, and data such as room numbers, are manual, and some processes, like search, warnings management, and spellcheck don’t dig as deep as users would like. While completing these tasks in Revit is possible, the processes can be incredibly time consuming and monotonous, which means that the people performing the tasks can easily miss items, make mistakes, or spend hours trying to find hidden elements or repairing model damage done inadvertently. This not only frustrates the users, it also delays the project, frustrating internal project team members, external project team members, customers, and ultimately the company’s reputation. Because time is money, slow manual work costs a company a significant amount of money, and rework is an additional hit to the bottom line.

Filling the Gaps with Top Revit Plugins

The popularity of Revit software and its limitations have created opportunities for individuals and companies to create plugin software to fill the gaps. Since there are so many to choose from, how does a BIM manager or Revit user know where to turn? Some start with free applications, thinking that they are getting a good deal, only to discover that the “solutions” don’t solve anything, and in fact, they sometimes even create more problems. 

We recommend that you start with us. We are confident that you will find that our products, our people, and our company are just what you need to get the most out of your investment in Revit software. Here’s a link to a blog post with five questions to ask when evaluating Revit plug-ins and reasons Ideate Software rises to the top.

Here’s What you get When you Team with Ideate Software

Revit plugins that solve real Revit challenges

All Ideate Software products and product enhancements start with Revit users. We follow Revit forums, we talk with Revit users, and we participate in AECO industry events to learn about Revit challenges. Then we develop products or enhance existing products to address those specific challenges. Before releasing our plugins to the market, we work with users to beta test the features, get their feedback, and make adjustments as needed. You can be confident that every Ideate Software product on the market performs as described.

Here's a recorded webinar that highlights 10 features of Ideate Software products that came directly from Revit user requests:

Highlights of our why our Revit plugins are so popular:   

  1. Ideate Explorer

    Ideate Explorer users spend less time on model management by quickly finding and deleting incorrect, obsolete, and hidden problem items—including imported or linked DWG drawings—as well as finding, refining, and revising elements, even if they are not included in the Revit project browser. Ideate Explorer users also appreciate these features included with the Revit plugin:
     
    • Warnings Manager – Used to audit and address Revit warnings that are ranked by importance and to fix problems using tools in Revit while the Warnings Manager dialog box is open
       
    • Navigate – Used to navigate through the view-based elements and find unused sheets and views; find and filter legends, schedules, sheets, or views by category and/or keyword; and to customize working environments without altering the project browser 
       
    • Query – Used to search within set parameters for elements like unused annotations, design options, in-place usage, structure usage/area scheme, and revisions
       
  2. Ideate BIMLink

    Verifying and editing massive amounts of data in a Revit file can be difficult. Ideate BIMLink is on many people’s top Revit plugins list because it makes the process easy! Instead of working in Revit, Ideate BIMLink exports Revit data into Excel, where it can be viewed and manipulated, and then Ideate BIMLink imports the updated data back into Revit, and the model immediately updates. Users love that it saves them significant time and it improves the accuracy of their models. 
     
  3. Ideate Sticky

    Building ConstructionAll AECO project teams work with both BIM data and non-BIM data. Without Ideate Sticky, it is difficult to share nicely formatted non-BIM data with the team, and updates are not always communicated in a timely fashion. With Ideate Sticky, it’s easy. Ideate Sticky live-links Word, Excel, and PDF documents to the Revit file in what we call “Stickies.” They look nice, are easy to read, and any updates made to the original documents are automatically reflected in the Sticky. Whether it’s building codes, consultant data, abbreviation lists, general notes, or any of the many other non-BIM data critical to a project’s success, you can be sure your team has access to current information at all times.    
     
  4. Ideate StyleManager

    Revit users know that using the “Paste” function to get existing data into a model can bring the styles associated with that data along with it. Removing that data can be a time-consuming process, and not removing the data is risky, because it can clog up the model and cause performance problems. Ideate StyleManager is a popular Revit plugin because it solves this problem. With it, users quickly and easily analyze, merge, or delete non-standard Revit styles. They also use it to see the view filters applied to views, and to clean up object and line styles and patterns, text, fonts, and anything else that might require such attention. 
     
  5. IdeateApps

    Manual, tedious tasks take time away from creative activities and can contribute to mistakes, rework, and employee burnout. By providing several tools that automate hundreds of common tasks, IdeateApps has become a top plugin with Revit users around the world. The names of the tools describe what they do. Here are just a few of them: Ideate SpellCheck, Ideate Align, Ideate Clone, Ideate ViewCreator, and Ideate SheetManager. 

An experienced team committed to customer satisfaction

One of the reasons Ideate Software plugins for Revit are so popular is because people get to know our team and experience first-hand how every person takes great pride in helping them reach their goals. From the first contact, through webinars with Q&A sessions, questions about feature requests, and responsive support teams, customers know that each person brings experience within industry, with Revit software, and with Ideate Software tools. Read a bit about our team members’ impressive qualifications.

A company that considers itself successful when its customers succeed

Ideate Software is an Autodesk Authorized Developer and is a member of the Autodesk Developer Network. Since launching our first Revit plugin more than 14 years ago, we have worked tirelessly to develop software that helps our customers get the most out of Revit. We are driven by one thing: our customers’ success.

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Browse 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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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

25

2022

Ideate Software is hiring!

We are seeking a Revit designer, engineer, or architect to join our team in the role of Customer Success Manager. The primary responsibility is to expand the Ideate Software business through the cultivation and management of strategic AEC companies. This position is full time and will require occasional travel for tradeshows and to customer locations.  

The ideal candidate will be based in the US Pacific Time Zone, but all US candidates are encouraged to apply. This position involves significant customer interaction as well as Building Information Model expertise. 

Interested parties can read the full job description

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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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