August

7

2020

Things haven’t been the same since March 2020; the pandemic is changing the way we do architecture, engineering and construction (AEC) projects. It is also giving AEC firms an opportunity to step back, take a look at workflow processes, and explore ways to create more reliable and profitable outcomes. What options are out there? What’s the right path to take?

Read this blog post for thoughts from Ideate Director David Haynes, a registered architect and project management certified professional who, before joining Ideate, owned his own architectural practice and was president of a commercial design-build construction company.  
 

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August

5

2020

San Francisco, CA, August 5, 2020 – Ideate Software, a veteran Autodesk Developer Network member, is pleased to announce its collaboration with Diller Scofidio + Renfro (DS+R), an interdisciplinary design studio whose practice spans architecture, urban design, installation art, multi-media performance, digital media, and print.

“Knowing that our Revit productivity tools help the architects, designers, artists, and researchers at DS+R automate tedious tasks and become more productive makes the whole Ideate Software team proud,” said Glynnis Patterson, Director of Software Development. “Our goal is to help our clients succeed. By freeing DS+R to focus on their goals of addressing the changing role of institutions and the future of cities, we have achieved ours.”

Here are some of the ways the professionals at DS+R use Ideate Software applications:

  • Ideate BIMLink
    DS+R uses Ideate BIMLink to produce and maintain Revit schedules of all types. “In particular, our Index for Construction Document packages has been completely handled with the help of Ideate BIMLink,” said Eranga De Zoysa, BIM Manager, DS+R.
     
  • Ideate Explorer
    As a BIM Manager, I get a lot of questions, even from advanced Revit users, about missing or hidden elements,” said Eranga. “Ideate Explorer removes a lot of time-consuming steps we used to take to locate the elements. It also helps us delete unnecessary views and sheets when running through our routine maintenance management.”
     
  • Ideate StyleManager
    “We save a lot of time by using Ideate StyleManager to remove unnecessary imported styles from Revit projects,” noted Eranga. “It also allows for surgical precision when we need to combine styles that commonly appear because of the different workstyles of users.” 

Read more about this collaboration. Visit Diller Scofidio + Renfro to learn more about the firm.

Download a trial of Ideate Software solutions or subscribe online.
 


About Ideate Software
Ideate Software an Autodesk® AEC Industry Partner and Autodesk® Authorized Developer, 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, and 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.

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.

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July

15

2020

San Francisco, CA, July 15, 2020 – Ideate Software, a veteran Autodesk Developer Network member, announced that it released new data highlighting the time saved by its customers who use Ideate BIMLink for Revit.

“With Ideate BIMLink, Revit users streamline workflows by pulling data into Microsoft Excel to use its copy/paste, find/replace, and formulas to automate data management tasks,” said Glynnis Patterson, Director of Software Development. “This new data we are releasing represents the results of a survey in which we asked customers from around the world to detail how they use Ideate BIMLink and the actual time saved.”

The survey results are presented in a blog series stretching over six-months, ending mid-September, and composed of bi-weekly blog posts focused on specific tasks. It includes information on how customers:

All posts can be found in the Ideate BIMLink section of the blog.  The survey results can also be found on the web page, Explore the Time Savings of Ideate BIMLink for Revit, where the findings are separated by discipline:

  • Architects and Interior Designers
  • Structural Engineers
  • MEP Engineers
  • Construction and Design/Build Professionals 
  • All disciplines

More information about Ideate BIMLink and the other Revit productivity tools is available on the Ideate Software website where people can also download 14-day trial versions or subscribe to the software
 


About Ideate Software
Ideate Software an Autodesk® AEC Industry Partner and Autodesk® Authorized Developer, 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, and 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.

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.

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July

6

2020

Revit contract holders have probably heard that Autodesk is changing its license file structure and moving everyone toward named user licensing. 

At Ideate Software, we want to give you a choice.

Currently all Ideate Software solutions are available as standalone (named user) or network. We would like to retain those options and add a new option for a cloud network that would not require a dedicated on-premise license server. 

As we work on this floating cloud network licensing system option, we’d like to hear from you. What type of licensing do you prefer?

Please take a few minutes to complete this survey and:

  • Provide feedback on existing functionalities
  • Influence future developments
  • Suggest new features 

Want to test this new system before it goes live? Simply check the Opt-in button at the end of the survey, and we will contact you within two weeks.

If you have any questions about licensing matters, please email [email protected].


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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June

29

2020

Take a listen to the recording of the E2017 episode of BIMThoughts podcast for a conversation between hosts Bill Debevc, Carl Storms, and Dana De Filippi with Ideate Software’s Richard Taylor and Sash Kazeminejad. You’ll hear a fun and informative discussion on the history of BIM, predictions of the future, and most importantly, the new features in Ideate Sticky, the application that allows Revit users to link non-BIM data such as Word, Excel and PDF documents into Revit projects. 

Richard, who has worked with Revit software for 20 years, talked about groundbreaking technology of yesteryear and his prediction that several pieces of software will collectively evolve the ecosystem over the next few years. He noted that BIM is not just Revit, and there is a wealth of additional software that AEC professionals can use. Generative Design and Computational Design are the industry hot topics right now, but AEC professionals should review tools like Ideate Software to maximize their investment in BIM. Dana commented, “Ideate is probably pretty responsible for a lot of people not learning computation or Dynamo as early as they should have, because your tools are so awesome and they do so many things that maybe we would have looked to Dynamo for if we hadn’t had them.”

BIMThoughts Podcast

When the conversation moved to Ideate Software tools, Sash talked about the recent updates to Ideate Sticky. “I was most excited about this update because it went through a major overhaul. Based on feature requests from many customers, we now support the use of Word, PDF and Excel as images.” Prior versions of Ideate Sticky only supported Excel spreadsheets as Revit Schedules. With the most recent improvements to Ideate Sticky, we have now covered the major formats that people use outside of Revit.

Check out the 40-minute podcast to hear the conversation, which ends with Sash’s bonus content talk about coffee.

You can also watch this five-minute video to learn about the May 2020 updates to Ideate Sticky.

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