December

22

2016

As a developer of add-in solutions for Autodesk Revit software, our goal is to help our customers get the most out of their Revit software investment. One way we do this is by meeting with users of our software as well as Revit customers at Autodesk conferences. At last year’s Autodesk Revit Technology Conference (RTC), we spoke with Tim Ekstrom, the BIM/CAD department leader for SSG MEP. SSG MEP offers a wide range of support for designing electrical, lighting, and low voltage systems for medical, municipal, educational, commercial, and transit facilities, as well as highways, roadways, and streetscapes.

Tim told us about some BIM line style standards that were not supported by our Revit add-in solution Ideate Sticky. Ideate Sticky lets Revit users “stick” Microsoft Excel files containing non-BIM data, such as code checklists, design data, and general notes, onto Revit project files, which are not able to manage or format non-BIM data.

Based on knowledge gained from further conversations with Tim, we realized that we had a great opportunity to increase the value of our software to SSG MEP and many other users who must comply with those standards. Our software development team went to work, and in December of 2015 we added three new features to Ideate Sticky:

1.    Support for hidden rows and columns
2.    Support for additional line weights
3.    Support for images

We didn’t stop there. We asked Tim for his thoughts on the updates, and he provided additional comments that led to further line refinements.

We appreciate Tim’s comments and welcome yours as well. You are deep into Revit software and Ideate Software products. If you are experiencing a challenge, chances are others are too. Please reach out to us at [email protected].  

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October

22

2015

PRESS RELEASE Contact: [email protected] San Francisco, CA, 10/22/2015 - Ideate Software, a veteran Autodesk Developer Network member, announced today the publication of its latest "Spotlight on" customer success profile featuring Eppstein Uhen Architects (EUA) and its management of complex Autodesk Revit projects with the full suite of Ideate Software tools.

Ideate Software is a set of in-depth Architecture, Engineering and Construction (AEC) data management tools that help keep Revit models clean. With Ideate Software, staff can delete problem items, analyze files quickly, and enhance BIM data flow with increased speed and accuracy. The software can facilitate better collaboration, minimize workflow interruptions, improve project deliverables, and elevate design.

Phyllis Robbins, EUA's Design Application Manager, finds Ideate Software to be consistent, reliable, elegant, and clean. "Personally, I see Ideate Software as the premier developer for add-in solutions," she said. "Ideate BIMLink has saved days of tedious, repetitive, manual renumbering with considerable possibility for error."

Her team uses Ideate Explorer for Revit to globally query and manage Revit models, even to find tricky CAD imports. "Ideate Explorer makes that task easy to execute," said Robbins. Because Ideate Sticky can connect non-BIM data from an Excel file into a Revit project, EUA uses it to realize a number of different benefits on each project. "We see Ideate Sticky as a team productivity solution," she said.

Bob Palioca, President, Ideate Software, says, "It's gratifying to hear how a client uses all of the Ideate Software tools to realize significant benefits such as time savings and accuracy. This kind of story acts as confirmation that our software designs for the AEC community are on target and appropriate." Ideate Software has published "Ideate Software Presents: Spotlight on Eppstein Uhen" success story online. To learn more about the workflow solutions Eppstein Uhen has discovered with Ideate Software, read the full story.

Ideate BIMLink, Ideate Sticky and Ideate Explorer for Revit carry a five star rating on the Autodesk App Store, and are available with a non-commercial free trial. 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, and Ideate Sticky 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, 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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September

17

2015

PRESS RELEASE Contact: [email protected] San Francisco, CA, 09/17/2015 - Ideate, a multi-decade veteran Autodesk Developer Network member and Autodesk Platinum Value Added Reseller, announced today the publication of its latest "Spotlight on" customer success profile featuring WRNS Studio and its use of Ideate Explorer for Revit modeling.

Ideate Software is a set of in-depth Architecture, Engineering and Construction (AEC) data management tools that helps keep Revit models clean. With it, staff can delete problem items, analyze files quickly, and enhance BIM data flow with increased speed and accuracy. The software can facilitate better collaboration, minimize workflow interruptions, improve project deliverables, and elevate design.

Jason Halaby, Designer and BIM Manager, WRNS Studio, San Francisco, regularly uses Ideate Explorer to turn tedious Revit model projects into quick exercises. "You can hardly compare time savings now with how we did things before because there are things you simply cannot do without Ideate Explorer" says Halaby.

WRNS Studio cares deeply about the quality of their models, and Ideate Explorer helps the teams to keep their Revit models clean. Halaby uses Ideate Explorer to find and change elements, purge line styles that are not up to office standards, even add detail views from different projects into the WRNS file library. "Ideate Explorer is also outstanding at finding linked AutoCAD files that are otherwise hidden inside of a particular view," he says.

Bob Palioca, President, Ideate Inc., says, "We know how critically important it is to keep Revit models clean and lean, especially as AEC projects become so massively complex. We are proud to able to contribute so significantly to our clients' time savings and quality control by creating Ideate Explorer."

Ideate has published "Ideate Software Presents: Spotlight on WRNS Studio" success story online. Read the full WRNS Studio success study to learn more.

Ideate BIMLink and Ideate Explorer carry a five star rating, for managing Revit models, on the Autodesk Exchange Apps Store, and are 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 Revit 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 Platinum Partner for Architecture, Engineering and Construction, Autodesk's highest level of authorization.

About Ideate Software Ideate Software allows Revit users to have unprecedented control over their data. Ideate BIMLink, Ideate Explorer for Revit, and Ideate Sticky 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, 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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March

17

2015

San Francisco, CA, 03/17/2015-Ideate, Inc., a multi-decade veteran Autodesk Developer Network member and Autodesk Platinum Value Added Reseller today announced the publication of its latest "Spotlight on" customer success profile featuring ZGF Architects LLP and its use of Ideate Software including Ideate BIMLink and Ideate Explorer for Revit.

Ideate Software is a set of far-reaching Architecture, Engineering and Construction (AEC) data management tools that help the Revit community clean up models, delete problem items, analyze files quickly, enhance data flow speed and accuracy, increase collaboration, minimize workflow interruptions,  improve project deliverables, and elevate design.

Trevor Taylor, BIM Director, ZGF Portland, Oregon, acknowledges the place Autodesk Revit holds in helping the firm meet contemporary challenges and compete in a changing world of design, and the importance of Ideate Software as projects grow more complex. As Taylor explains, "We used to share drawings; now we share data. And that data doesn't sit still. Ideate BIMLink improves on Revit's ability to constantly review and adjust project information."

Taylor uses Ideate Explorer for model auditing, power selection and model maintenance. He says, "A Revit model can be a bit of a Black Box, thus making forensics and problem-solving difficult. With Ideate Explorer for Revit, we can quickly locate, modify and even remove items that would be otherwise invisible to even the most persistent Revit expert."

Bob Palioca, President, Ideate Inc., says about the trend within the AEC community toward increasing complexity and demands for shared data, "Our customers depend on our Revit-based solutions to enhance, improve and streamline their Revit workflows. It is our delight to fulfill and consistently exceed these customer expectations."

Ideate has published "Ideate Software Presents: Spotlight on ZGF" online. Download the Customer Spotlight Success Study.

Ideate BIMLink and Ideate Explorer for Revit each carry a five star rating on the Autodesk Exchange Apps Store, and are 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 Platinum Partner for Architecture, Engineering and Construction, Autodesk's highest level of authorization.

About Ideate Software

Ideate Software allows Revit users to have unprecedented control over their data. Ideate BIMLink, Ideate Explorer for Revit, and Ideate Sticky 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 and ATC are registered trademarks of Autodesk, Inc. and/or its subsidiaries and/or affiliates, in the USA and/or other countries. All other brand names, product names, or trademarks belong to their respective holders.
 
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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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