May

19

2020

Construction professionals, designers and builders using Revit software can dramatically reduce the amount of time they spend compiling quantity takeoffs (QTO), assigning assembly codes to model elements, and swapping design elements by using Ideate BIMLink. They use this solution to pull volumes of data from the Revit file to Excel for easy editing and then push it back into the model with speed, ease, and accuracy.  

Here are the time savings you can achieve with Ideate BIMLink. The data was provided by our customers as part of our global January 2020 Ideate BIMLink survey, and the results may vary depending on your company and the nature of the work undertaken.

Common Ideate BIMLink Tasks for VDC Professionals: Quantity Takeoff and Assembly Code Assignments + Type Swapping

Ideate BIMLink ROI

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We have several resources available online that can help you get the most out of Ideate BIMLink. Here are links to a few: 

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This post is the fifth in a series related to the results of our survey of architecture, engineering, construction and building-owner companies. Our previous posts covered the time savings possible by using Ideate BIMLink to:

Keep an eye out for our next blog post, which will cover views and revisions.

Contact us if you have any questions. We look forward to hearing from you. 

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About the Author

Sash Kazeminejad - AIA, LEED AP - Customer Success Manager
Sash earned his Master of Architecture from Montana State University and is a California registered architect, LEED Accredited Professional. He has extensive experience in project management; BIM management; design for architectural firms in California, Montana, and Oregon; and leading classroom and online BIM training. He provides consulting, sales, support, and training solutions to AECO customers around the globe. Find Sash on LinkedIn.

 

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May

15

2020

Revit software offers many different types of parameters, including Project, Project Shared, System, Global, Family, Family Shared, Reporting, and more. Deciphering the differences and determining which to use in different situations can be overwhelming. Instead of just creating parameters on the fly, it is best to map out a game plan for the parameters you need and how you intend to use them. Failing to do so could result in data mismatches and confusion to the end user.

In this two-part series, you will learn about Project, Project Shared, Family, and Family Shared parameters and their use cases. Watch the recording of the 30-minute Part 1 session for more about: 

  • Parameter Types
  • Parameter Creation Methods
  • Parameter Pitfalls
  • When to use Shared Parameters vs. Project Parameter

Part 2 is scheduled for May 20. Register today!


 If you are interested in us hosting a webinar on other parameters, please let us know. We are here to help you get the most out of your Revit and Ideate Software tools.

Visit our website for more information on our Revit productivity tools. Give them a try with a free trial version, or subscribe today


About the Author

Sash Kazeminejad - AIA, LEED AP - Customer Success Manager
Sash earned his Master of Architecture from Montana State University and is a California registered architect, LEED Accredited Professional. He has extensive experience in project management; BIM management; design for architectural firms in California, Montana, and Oregon; and leading classroom and online BIM training. He provides consulting, sales, support, and training solutions to AECO customers around the globe. Find Sash on LinkedIn.

 

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May

14

2020

Thank you to all our customers who provided input about Ideate StyleManager, which we introduced about a year ago. Your feedback led to the improvements and fixes included in this May 2020 update. We couldn’t have done it without you! 

Below are highlights of the new features added to our 2018, 2019, 2020 and 2021 versions. Get all the details from our online Help files and see related videos on our YouTube playlist, What's New

Improvements

  • Filled and masking regions renamed from "Detail items" within usage results of the user interface
  • Improved usage results for families containing older CAD Imports Object Styles
  • Hatch patterns now displayed on the Fill Pattern dialog

Style Manager Hatch Patterns 
The user interface is more consistent; fill patterns now show a preview, just like line styles and line patterns

Bug Fixes

  • Line Patterns - Dimension Styles reported when used within the Family Editor
  • Object Styles in Masking Regions and Filled Regions correctly reported when used within Family Editor
  • Object Styles - Sketch lines correctly found when used within the Family Editor
  • Off-category Object Styles display when used within the Family Editor
  • Materials used within a split region merged properly
  • Materials that referenced Global Parameters can be merged
  • Global parameters that reference a Material correctly identified under Usage

Download the new version today.

Customers also provided a lot of great ideas about new features that we would love to add in our next release. Have a feature you’d like us to consider? Let us know.


About the Author

Richard W. Taylor, Associate AIA – Technical Evangelist 
Richard has more than 30 years of experience working for companies that develop architectural and engineering software solutions, such as Intergraph, Bentley, and Autodesk. He has over 20 years of Revit experience, and he was part of the original development of Revit while at Revit Technology Corporation. He worked for 12 years at Autodesk, where he presented, taught, and worked to improve features in Revit. Richard holds both a Bachelor of Science in Architectural Studies and Master of Architecture from the University of Nebraska, Lincoln. As Technical Evangelist, Richard works with AECO clients worldwide, developing and consulting on BIM solutions. Find Richard on Twitter and LinkedIn.

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May

13

2020

Michael Coffey - Ideate SoftwareSan Francisco, CA, May 13, 2020 – Ideate Software, a veteran Autodesk Developer Network member, is pleased to announce that Michael Coffey joined its team as a Software Developer to develop and maintain tools that streamline Autodesk Revit software workflows.

“Having used our software at his previous employer, Michael brings invaluable user experience to our development efforts,” said Glynnis Patterson, Director of Software Development at Ideate Software. “He has programming knowledge, is a registered architect and is an experienced Revit user.

Since joining our team in January, Michael has been contributing to the enhancement of Ideate BIMLink, adding new properties and features to the underlying property dictionary. This new data allows us to expand our quality control workflows within Ideate BIMLink. He has also begun working on improving our installation and deployment functionality, making it easier for larger firms to get up and running on our software with less effort.” 

Before working for Ideate Software, Mr. Coffey spent nine years at Gensler. In his latest position there, he coded and implemented tools using the Revit API, documented and trained in BIM and Revit tools, and managed content and standards. He has a Bachelor of Architecture from New Jersey Institute of Technology and is a registered architect in New York, LEED accredited and a Revit Architecture Certified Associate. 

Mr. Coffey is based in New York. 


About Ideate Software
Ideate Software 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, construction, and owner (AECO) workflows. Ideate Software solutions enable Revit users to save time, increase accuracy, improve project deliverables, and elevate design.

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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.

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May

12

2020

Have you spent time looking at line styles, fill patterns, line patterns and other styles in your Revit files trying to understand where they came from, if they are in use, where they are being used, and why the Revit Purge/Unused button doesn’t always work? If yes, this webinar on Ideate StyleManager is for you.

Ideate StyleManager is our Revit productivity tool that aggregates essential graphic style and visibility controls and identifies the source of the styles in your Revit templates, projects and families, so you can analyze the styles and decide if you need to keep, merge or delete them as needed. 

Here’s what one of the webinar attendees had to say:

“Ideate StyleManager is a one-stop-shop for maintaining our firm standards. There is not another product that does this as well.”


 

Visit our website for more information on our Revit productivity tools. Give them a try with a free trial version, or subscribe today


About the Author

Sash Kazeminejad - AIA, LEED AP - Customer Success Manager
Sash earned his Master of Architecture from Montana State University and is a California registered architect, LEED Accredited Professional. He has extensive experience in project management; BIM management; design for architectural firms in California, Montana, and Oregon; and leading classroom and online BIM training. He provides consulting, sales, support, and training solutions to AECO customers around the globe. Find Sash on LinkedIn.

 

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