SAN FRANCISCO, California - 11/19/2013 - Ideate, Inc., a leading Autodesk Authorized Developer and Autodesk solutions provider offering quality software, training, support and custom consulting services to the Architecture, Engineering and Construction (AEC) industry with a special focus on Building Information Modeling (BIM), today announced the publication of its first Ideate Explorer for Revit-focused Study in Success, "One Secret Ingredient in Lionakis' Quality Control--Ideate Explorer for Revit."

California-based Lionakis has played a significant role in shaping the built environment throughout the State of California for more than a century. The multi-disciplined privately held firm specializes in architecture, engineering, interiors, planning, sustainability and graphics, and ranks in the top 25 of California's leading architectural firms.

The firm's Quality Control (QC) process provides a system for verifying and maintaining a desired level of quality in its BIM files by planning, continued inspection, and corrective action as required. Lionakis' approach to its BIM projects includes firm-wide standards and a Revit-strong design staff. It also includes an in-house Design Technology (DT) team of Revit experts who create and maintain the Lionakis Revit master template and help the entire staff keep their Revit projects standardized and clean.

In the same way that the DT team peers deeply into Lionakis' Revit files, the Study in Success peers deeply into Lionakis' QC processes, with special attention to the ways Lionakis ensures confidence and trust in ever more complex and potentially error-prone BIM models. AEC firms of all sizes and members of related industries will have special interest in the Study in Success.

Kirk Cox, Design Technology Application Manager, Design Technology Studio, Lionakis, explains the vital nature of QC by saying, "It is always best to get the project back on the right path so the team can be as productive as possible. Having an effective QA/QC process translates to dollars and cents at the end of the day."

Bob Palioca, President, Ideate Inc., says, "While we have published many articles about Ideate BIMLink, this is our first Ideate Explorer for Revit-focused Study in Success. We are gratified that our solution is helping to ensure project accuracy, reduce errors and save time, and we are pleased that Ideate Explorer for Revit has become indispensable for Lionakis' staff training. We are overwhelmingly delighted with our customer's success, and we are honored to share Lionakis' valuable QC insights with the AEC community."

Ideate has published "One Secret Ingredient in Lionakis' Quality Control--Ideate Explorer for Revit" online. View the success story.

Ideate Software will be at Autodesk University, December 3-5, 2013, Booth 1913, The Venetian Hotel, Las Vegas, Nevada.

About Ideate, Inc.

Ideate, Inc. is a leading Autodesk Authorized Developer with 25+ years' experience in software development and specific focus on Building Information Modeling (BIM) and is an Autodesk solutions provider offering quality software, training, support and custom consulting services to the AEC industry since 1992. Headquartered in San Francisco, California and operating five Autodesk Authorized Training Centers (ATCs) in the northwestern U.S., Ideate is recognized as an Autodesk Gold Partner for Architecture, Engineering and Construction, one of Autodesk's highest levels of authorization.

Ideate BIMLink lets users pull data from an Autodesk Revit file into user-friendly Microsoft Excel and push Excel data into Revit with equal ease. 

Ideate Explorer for Revit is a simple, powerful Autodesk Revit add-on to explore, quantify and manage the 100,000+ building elements in a Revit model. 

Autodesk, 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/or other countries. All other brand names, product names or trademarks belong to their respective holders.


This post was originally published on the Ideate Solutions Blog 11.19.2013


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Ever wondered what's in a Autodesk Revit Multi-Category schedule? Here's the skinny½ while a regular Revit Schedule reports on a single category of data such as Doors, Plumbing Fixtures, or Structural Foundations, a Multi-category schedule can report on many of the Revit model categories at once, which can be useful for quantity takeoffs. Sounds straightforward, but the catch is that some of the model categories are being excluded. What's missing are the system families such as Walls, Floors, etc.

The good news is that Ideate BIMLink not only includes all the model category data that you need to do a comprehensive takeoff, but it also lets you select, on a per category basis, which elements you want to include. Furthermore, you can include not just the Length and the Volume, but also the Area, which is slightly important.


Here are the steps required to use Ideate BIMLink to quickly extract your quantity data from a Revit Building Information Model:

  1. Within Ideate BIMLink create a New Link that is based on  
  2. On the Multi-Category tab review the items to decide which you need for your takeoff. 
  3. Export to Excel. 
  4. Ideate BIMLink will create a row of data for each instance within your Revit project. If you want a summary, to include counts and totals, you can use Excel's Pivot table. Refer to the quantity takeoff topic for an example of a pivot table used in this way. 

That's it. You now have a comprehensive list of the model elements and proceed with your estimating with confidence.

This post was originally published on the Ideate Solutions Blog 11.14.2013


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A big thanks to everyone who graciously gave us their input last month for the third annual Ideate BIMLink survey. Our winner from this year's Ideate BIMLink survey is Trent Best of Rosendin Electric. Enjoy that iPad mini Trent! When you purchase Ideate BIMLink you're buying not only a piece of software, but also the email support, online classes, and development efforts that are on-going. For example, your past input has resulted in the following "point" releases:

2013.0 :: March 2012, Revit 2013 ships, and so do we, with new and improved workflows!

2013.1 :: August 2012 - improvements for ease of network deployments

2013.2 :: December 2012 - Top 3 user requests added plus many improvements.

2014.0 :: March 2013 - Revit 2014 ships and so does Ideate BIMLink 2014.0

2013.4/2014.1 :: July 2013 - We provide improvements for both 2014 and 2013 users. What's New Video

2013.5/2014.1 :: Give us a bit of time, we just got your feedback!

In addition to some great ideas about how to make Ideate BIMLink even more useful, users are reporting an average of ***23.7 hours saved per project***, meaning that for most customers they re-coup their initial investment within the first project. Sign-up for online training to learn how you can make the most of Ideate BIMLink. Missed the survey? You can always provide your input from within the Help menu.

This post was originally published on the Ideate Solutions Blog 10.15.2013


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A few weeks ago we gave a gentle nudge to BIM Managers to take the courageous step of actually executing on their workset plans. That post generated a lot of positive feedback and discussion. Including this follow-up question.

Q: Can I use Ideate Explorer for Revit to generate a list of elements per Category or by Workset for offline review? 

A: Yes, any elements selected within Ideate Explorer can be exported to Excel from the Detail View. After Exporting to Excel the information can be easily transformed to include element counts by using a Pivot table.

Related video: Auditing Worksets with Ideate Explorer  

Try the Ideate Explorer for Revit Free Trial today.

This post was originally published on the Ideate Solutions Blog 11.11.2013


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You've spent the time to devise a great way to organize your Autodesk Revit project with worksets. Your plan is excellent and will decrease time wasted opening unnecessary information and ensure that only the desired information will be printed within the deliverables.

BUT½ are you actually executing on this plan?

Ideate Explorer for Revit knows, so take a peek at your project today and be sure that you are executing on your workset plan!

Try the Ideate Explorer for Revit Free Trial today.


This post was originally published on the Ideate Solutions Blog 10.30.2013

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