June

4

2018

We want customers to come to us first with questions. We don’t want them spending valuable time trying to figure out how to complete a task, when we most likely have the answer at our fingertips. And if we don’t know the answer, we will find it quickly.

Recently, we heard from a customer who had talked with our support team. Joel Roderick, Technical Design Manager with Water Technology, Inc., was working in Ideate Sticky and having trouble loading a tab into Revit software. Our support team found the cell with a formula that caused the problem. A quick change to that cell resolved the issue. Following the resolution, we got an email from Joel with this nice comment:

“I am impressed that you put the effort into figuring this out. You have exceeded my expectations!”

Want a strong support team on your side? Choose Ideate Software tools. In addition to easy access to our team, the Support pages on our website have videos with step-by-step instructions on many workflows, robust Help files, and recordings of many of our webinars.

Visit the Ideate Software website to learn more about how Ideate Software applications can streamline Revit workflows, increase productivity, and enhance deliverables.

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February

23

2018

We are pleased to share a client success story about Aspin Group, published by our partner in the UK, Excitech. Below are highlights; read the full story here.

Project Overview

The project, initiated by Hampshire County Council, concerned the Redbridge Causeway. It’s made up of two 3-span bridges, one 1-span bridge, and a 20-span viaduct.

Challenge

The main contractor asked Aspin to undertake a structural inspection of the bridge and deliver a BIM model that could be used in the future by the Council’s asset management team. It needed to include links to critical data such as records ownership, rights and restrictions, surveys, work that had been carried out, operational performance information, and condition information.

Solution

Aspin asked Excitech to recommend the best solution, and they recommended Ideate BIMLink. Ideate BIMLink offers a quick and easy solution for importing data into a Revit project, such as updating hyperlink information on specific elements. With Ideate BIMLink, Apsin incorporated the records and links into the model, and it delivered a relatively complex requirement in an efficient and user-friendly way.

Visit the Ideate Software website to learn more about how Ideate BIMLink can streamline your Revit workflows.
 

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December

4

2017

San Francisco, CA, 12-04-17 Ideate Software, a veteran Autodesk Developer Network member, announced today the publication of its latest “Spotlight on” customer success profile. This profile features WSP and its use of Ideate BIMLink, an Autodesk® Revit® application developed by Ideate Software. Ideate BIMLink enables users to move BIM data from a Revit file into Microsoft Excel, so even those not familiar with Revit can easily edit and update the data.

Dan Popp, Senior Associate in the WSP Chicago office said, “By using best-in-class tools such as Ideate BIMLink, our engineers eliminate drudgery and free their time to anticipate trends, propose innovative ideas, look at complex problems from different angles, and find solutions that delight our clients.”

With 36,000 people in 500 offices across 40 countries, WSP offers the personalized services of a specialist firm and the ability to undertake complex projects. Its engineers, planners, technical experts, strategic advisors, and construction management professionals design lasting solutions in the buildings, transportation, energy, water, and environment sectors. They use Ideate BIMLink to:

  1. Help manage the massive amounts of data in their Revit models
  2. Tie analysis programs, such as RAM Structural System, with Revit
  3. Reduce turnaround time for design changes
  4. Provide higher quality drawings
  5. Enable employees to move from tedious tasks to interesting and valuable activities

“WSP shows us that the process improvements created by Ideate BIMLink also increase employee morale,” said Bob Palioca, President, Ideate Software. “I am pleased that our software contributes to WSP’s ability to attract and retain the professionals it needs to create innovative solutions that shape our communities and environments.”

Read Ideate Software Presents: Spotlight on WSP for more details.

Ideate BIMLink carries a five-star rating on the Autodesk Exchange Apps Store. For more information, call 888.662.7238, or contact [email protected].


About Ideate Software

Ideate Software allows Revit users to have unprecedented control over their data. Ideate BIMLink, Ideate Explorer for Revit, Ideate Sticky, and IdeateApps were all developed to solve persistent problems in Architecture, Engineering, and Construction (AEC) 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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August

8

2017

We’re pleased to share how Ideate BIMLink helped Associated Architects meet client requirements for a validated data rich BIM model to be used in an iPad-based facilities management solution. This information is from a customer success story published by our partner, Excitech.

Associated Architects, a design-led architectural practice, turned to Excitech for guidance after being appointed by a leading university to design and deliver the first phase of a new campus development.

“This would entail vast amounts of data coming into the mix, and we needed to find out how to handle that efficiently and swiftly, making sure that data was consistent across all companies involved in the project,” said David Simpson, Associate and BIM Manager at Associated Architects.

Critical to the project’s success was the ability to avoid the errors and wasted time that can arise from double-handling of data, which often occurs when data installed for the facilities management model clashes with items supplied by subcontractors who are not familiar with BIM. To address these challenges, Excitech recommended Ideate BIMLink.

With Ideate BIMLink, Revit users push information into Microsoft Excel, where Revit users and non-Revit users review and edit. Then volumes of updated, precise, and validated BIM data is pulled back into the Revit model with speed, ease, and accuracy.

By using Ideate BIMLink, Associated Architects improved quality control by eliminating manual errors and reduced costs by speeding up user interaction with the master model without requiring Revit trained users or software. Here are the top five efficiencies they reported:

  1. Automation of tasks
  2. Simplicity
  3. Improved drawing management efficiencies
  4. Faster data manipulation
  5. Visibility

Read the Excitech - Associated Architects case study for more details.

Interested in experiencing the time-saving, cost-reducing benefits of Ideate BIMLink? Download a free Ideate BIMLink trial today.

For more information on Ideate Software’s Revit software add-ins that help our customers get the most out of their Revit software, visit the Ideate Software website or contact your authorized Ideate Software partner.

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June

26

2017

San Francisco, CA, 06/26/2017Ideate Software, a veteran Autodesk Developer Network member, announced today the publication of its latest “Spotlight on” customer success profile. This profile features Kumpen and its use of Ideate BIMLink, an Autodesk® Revit® add-in tool developed by Ideate Software. Ideate BIMLink enables users to move BIM data from a Revit file into Microsoft Excel, so even those who don’t work in Revit can easily edit and update the data.

“After working with Ideate BIMLink, the Kumpen BIM team and I realized that it was the perfect tool to use to solve the challenge of working with architects and engineers who only work in 2D,” said Sien van der Have, BIM manager, Kumpen.

Founded in 1945, Kumpen’s activities include construction, infrastructure fit renovations, real estate development, tunneling, and private-public partnerships. Kumpen uses Ideate BIMLink to update and change Autodesk Revit data with integrity and speed as well as to communicate in an innovative and productive fashion.

“[BIMLink] is a very handy and safe way to check all the changes. This whole method of working takes place before the building process begins, ensuring that fewer mistakes occur on site and significantly reducing costly mistakes,” said Ms. van der Have

The Spotlight on Kumpen story provides details of how the company used Ideate BIMLink to:

  1. Transfer hundreds of questions and remarks from a Revit model to an Excel spreadsheet, so its architect and engineer could easily respond to and update the information
  2. Have its foreman complete an Excel spreadsheet that was then imported into Revit to generate quantity surveys of realized quantities

“I always enjoy learning about specific ways in which clients use our tools to streamline their Revit model management,” said Bob Palioca, president, Ideate Software. “Kumpen gives us great examples of how Ideate BIMLink speeds the process and enhances model accuracy by enabling all project team members—even those not familiar with Revit—to easily review and edit complex BIM data.”

Read Ideate Software Presents: Spotlight on Kumpen for more details.

Ideate BIMLink carries a five-star rating on the Autodesk Exchange Apps Store. Download free trials of all Ideate Software products . For more information, call 888.662.7238, or contact [email protected].
 


About Ideate Software

Ideate Software allows Revit users to have unprecedented control over their data. Ideate BIMLink, Ideate Explorer for Revit, Ideate Sticky, and IdeateApps were all developed to solve persistent problems in Architecture, Engineering, and Construction (AEC) 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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