December

23

2014

Ideate Software is pleased to announce the availability of Ideate Explorer for Revit 2015. This recent Ideate Explorer for Revit update includes enhanced functionality customers have requested, including our top customer request, a modeless interface. NEW FUNCTIONALITY:

  • Ideate Explorer stays open while interacting with Revit (aka, modeless)!
  • Access to Revit Filters for easy customization
  • Create Similar added to right-click
  • ‹Ideate Audit› enhancements
EASIER TO USE:
  • Double-clicking controls improved for greater efficiency
  • Auto-hide to maximize your Revit screen area
FIXED ISSUES:
  • Curtain panel placeholders removed
  • Performance improvements related to HVAC Zones

ACTION ITEMS:
→ Watch the What's New video.
For questions about updating your Ideate Explorer, contact [email protected]
→To upgrade to 2015 or networked Ideate Explorer, contact [email protected]
→Still haven't tried a no-cost trial of Ideate Explorer for Revit? Download today!      

 

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December

18

2014

San Francisco, CA, 12/18/2014-Ideate, Inc., a multi-decade veteran Autodesk Developer Network member and Autodesk Gold Value Added Reseller today announced the availability of Ideate Explorer for Revit 2015.1. This Ideate Software  solution includes enhanced functionality customers have requested, specifically a modeless interface. Now, users will be able to work in the Autodesk Revit and the Ideate Explorer for Revit environments at the same time.

Ideate Software is a set of far-reaching Building Information Modeling (BIM) data management tools that help the Revit community clean up models, delete problem items, analyze files quickly, improve speed and accuracy in data flow, increase collaboration and overcome repeated workflow interruptions.

This recent Ideate Explorer for Revit update provides BIM and Virtual Design and Construction (VDC) managers, project leaders, facility managers, architects, engineers, and other users an enhanced tool for model auditing, power selection and model maintenance. With it, they can get a global view of model contents, and locate, isolate, modify and/or effectively delete unwanted elements from the Revit model.

Ideate Director of Software Development Glynnis Patterson says, "This new release lets our customers delve both deeply and seamlessly into their Revit files, since they can now work in Revit and Ideate Explorer at the same time. We make sure our BIM data management solutions are robust and our updates meaningful and frequent. This new functionality answers a No. 1 customer request."

Bob Palioca, President, Ideate Inc. says of the new Ideate Explorer release, "As our AEC customers ask for greater speed and fluidity in our Revit-based solutions, we respond. This point release is another leap forward in our ongoing commitment to our customers' success."

Customers who tested the new functionality offered comments on the most valuable aspect of Ideate Explorer to their workflows. Marcus Roman, Associate/Architect for NBBJ, noted greatest value in "Being able to quickly see elements in the model and identify errors." Andy Brahney, Senior Revit Technician at Ramboll UK said, "Being able to find which workset elements are on; this helps greatly with the QA process." And, Dan Dankert, CAD/BIM Manager for Mead & Hunt acknowledged, "Finding lost and incorrect objects."

Ideate Explorer for Revit carries a five star rating on the Autodesk Exchange Apps Store, and is available with a non-commercial free trial. For more information, call 888.662.7238, contact [email protected], and for support, contact [email protected]

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).  As an Autodesk solutions provider, Ideate has offered quality software, training, support and custom consulting services to the architectural, engineering and construction (AEC) industries since 1992. Headquartered in San Francisco, California and operating Autodesk Authorized Training Centers (ATCs) in California, Oregon and Washington, Ideate is recognized as an Autodesk Gold Partner for Architecture, Engineering and Construction, one of Autodesk's highest levels of authorization.

Ideate Software is a comprehensive set of far-reaching BIM data management tools. Ideate BIMLink powers the "I" in BIM, allowing users to pull data from an Autodesk Revit file into Microsoft Excel for fast and precise editing, and push the data back into Revit with equal ease. Ideate Explorer for Revit lets users search, filter, quantify and select to easily manage the 100,000+ elements in a Revit model. Both solutions help Autodesk Revit users solve problems in AEC workflows and help the Revit community leverage BIM to its fullest advantage.

Autodesk, Autodesk Revit and ATC 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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December

11

2014

We have all been there before. We spend a considerable amount of time working with our clients on a programming exercise, determining the appropriate square footages of each room, which department these rooms belong to and even some of the special requirements for each and every one of these spaces. At the end of the day we may have a beautiful color coded Excel file that we present to our client for comments and sign-off. Now that we have completed this exercise, we are ready for form and fit.

Now comes the tricky part. How do we take all of this room data that we spent so much time working on in Excel and place it into our Revit model efficiently and with accuracy? You can certainly place each room in the model, one by one, and fill out all of the appropriate data from the programming document. This method is still the typical workflow for a lot of offices, but if you have several hundred rooms, you could be spending days placing rooms and filling in data. Then comes the part with checking the square footage. What if your newly placed rooms are over or under the programming requirements? How are you going to know? What kinds of checks and balances will you have in place? You will more than likely have to compare each room, line by line, with your programming document and make adjustments from there.

With Ideate BIMLink, you can easily take your Excel based programming data, such as the room number, room name, department, target square footage, and any additional requirements to create unplaced rooms in your Revit model. In addition, you can create a Programming Room Schedule in your Revit model that can calculate the percentage difference between your programming areas and actual areas and have it flag the major deviations with a color code, allowing you to quickly identify the rooms that will need adjustments.


Use Ideate BIMLink to quickly create unplaced rooms based on your owners programming requirements.

For a complete how-to video on this process, view it on our YouTube channel.


About the Author

Sash Kazeminejad - ACI, LEED AP AEC Senior Application Specialist
Sash brings proficiency in Autodesk solutions including AutoCAD and Revit Architecture to Ideate customers. His industry experience includes project management, BIM Management, and design for Architectural firms in California, Montana and Oregon. He is LEED accredited professional and is on track to achieve California licensure with Oregon to follow. In his academic life, Sash was awarded a variety of college scholarships, earned a BA in Environmental Design, a MA in Architecture from Montana State University (MSU) and taught Building Information Modeling courses at MSU Gallatin College. As a Revit Architecture Autodesk Certified Instructor, Sash provides Revit Architecture training and support for AEC firms. @sashpdx

 

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November

25

2014

San Francisco, CA, 11/25/2014-Ideate, Inc., a multi-decade veteran Autodesk Developer Network member and Autodesk Gold Value Added Reseller today announced the publication of its latest "Spotlight on" customer success profile featuring Aperte Design and its use of Ideate Software. Of specific focus is the firm's use of Ideate BIMLink.

Ideate Software is a set of far-reaching Building Information Modeling (BIM) data management tools that help the Revit community clean up models, delete problem items, analyze files quickly, improve speed and accuracy in data flow, increase collaboration and overcome repeated workflow interruptions.

San Francisco, California-based Aperte Design, headed by Revit Specialist BIM consultant Nancy McClure, CSBA, LEED AP, works with multiple design teams to define workflow processes that leverage software tools to streamline tasks, which in turn allows teams to spend more time focusing on their designs. On projects ranging from government research labs to grand scale transit-oriented housing developments, McClure integrates Ideate BIMLink into many workflow processes, from early stage Programming through to documentation data management.

McClure notes that with the help of Ideate BIMLink, she is shifting teams away from isolated design tasks to workflow methods that leverage data more globally. She explains, "Ideate BIMLink breaks down key category barriers in Revit, allowing project data to be broadly referenced without duplication and risk of error."

Bob Palioca, President, Ideate Inc., says about the shift away from tedious, error-prone data entry toward higher value design tasks, "It is a source of great delight to know our Revit-based solutions are helping our customers continually improve and enhance their Revit workflows. "

Ideate has published "Ideate Software Presents: Spotlight on Aperte Design" online. Download the Customer Spotlight Success Study. Ideate BIMLink carries a five star rating on the Autodesk Exchange Apps Store, and is available with a non-commercial free trial. For more information, call 888.662.7238, or contact [email protected]

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). As an Autodesk solutions provider, Ideate has offered quality software, training, support and custom consulting services to the architectural, engineering and construction (AEC) industries since 1992. Headquartered in San Francisco, California and operating Autodesk Authorized Training Centers (ATCs) in California, Oregon and Washington, Ideate is recognized as an Autodesk Gold Partner for Architecture, Engineering and Construction, one of Autodesk's highest levels of authorization.

Ideate Software is a comprehensive set of far-reaching BIM data management tools. Ideate BIMLink powers the "I" in BIM, allowing users to pull data from an Autodesk Revit file into Microsoft Excel for fast and precise editing, and push the data back into Revit with equal ease. Ideate Explorer for Revit lets users search, filter, quantify and select to easily manage the 100,000+ elements in a Revit model. Both solutions help Autodesk Revit users solve problems in AEC workflows and help the Revit community leverage BIM to its fullest advantage.

Autodesk, Autodesk Revit and ATC 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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November

18

2014

Register For the Reception Here!

Customer Appreciation Reception: As an Ideate customer, you are invited to attend our Ideate Software user group meeting and customer appreciation event during AU 2014. Please join us for a wine and hors d'oeuvres reception the evening of Tuesday December 2nd, at the beautiful Aureole Las Vegas in the Mandalay Bay Resort. We look forward to spending the evening celebrating a great and productive 2014, with plenty of BIM chat as well.

Tuesday, December 2nd 2014 8:00pm-10:00pm

Aureole Las Vegas (map)  Mandalay Bay Resort 3950 Las Vegas Blvd South Las Vegas, NV 89119
 

Come See the Ideate Software Booth at Autodesk University 2014:

Thank you for your continued support of Ideate Software. We look forward to seeing you at AU in December.

Join us at booth 164 to check out the new developments with Ideate Software and how it can enhance your Revit workflow.

Event: Autodesk University (AU) 2014

Where: Booth 164, Mandalay Bay, Las Vegas, Nevada

When: December 2-4, 2014 For more information:  View the full invitation. Register here. Ideate Software keeps you on the leadingedge of BIM.

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