October

8

2019

Recently, when looking into establishing a method of revision management for Revit models, Paul Cook, a Civil 3D, BIM & CAD Technician at Jacobs, learned about a limitation within Revit: you can’t view the revision history of each sheet in schedule form. 

Because of past success with Ideate Software tools, Paul looked to us for a solution. Starting with the Help page on managing Revit sheet-based revisions, Paul found that Ideate BIMLink enables the creation of a document issuance record, and that Ideate Software offers an Excel Macro template and dataset free-of-charge to customers. He reached out to the Support Team for details.

Jan Sako, Support Manager, sent Paul the information as well as links to short how-to videos that demonstrate how to use Ideate BIMLink to quickly and accurately update all sheets with the proper revision or sheet issuance information at one time.

The information was what Paul was looking for, and some customization was needed, because Jacobs uses an alphanumeric revision number that shows on sheets, in place of the Sequence number, that they have assigned to the ‘Issued To’ parameter to represent the Revision Number.

Paul reached out to the Ideate Software Support Team again, and this time connected with Glynnis Patterson, Director of Software Development. She offered a few suggestions that weren’t quite right, but they sparked some thoughts in Paul.

“I managed to achieve what I was after by using Excel formulas on a new tab to recreate the register. It’s basically a clone of the DIR tab using cell links, except that where an issue is shown on the ‘DIR’ tab, it searches for the ‘Issued To’ entry for that sequence number and reports that instead of the issue count.” 

“I appreciate how responsive the Ideate Software Support team was and how flexible Ideate Software tools are,” said Paul. “I’ve already thought of other ways to customize the spreadsheet, and I know that if I have any trouble, I can give Ideate Software a call.”

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October

7

2019

On Thursday, September 26, 2019, Ideate Software attended the TECHPerspectives event hosted by Microsol Resources in Boston, Massachusetts. Microsol Resources is a strategic partner for Ideate Software.

The event was located on the ninth floor of a downtown Boston office building, complete with a beautiful adjoining roof deck and garden. We actually located our table outside for the welcome breakfast, but we had to move inside the conference facility when the sun and breeze became a bit too strong.

Many excellent Ideate Software customers such as Stantec, Payette, CBT Architects, SMMA, DiMella Shaffer and Gensler also attended the informative sessions, panel discussions, and keynotes. You can review the agenda.

Ideate Software had a small table and was demonstrating our five amazing productivity solutions for Revit. We even played our customer video during breaks.

Ideate Software is proud to partner with Microsol Resources, and we are proud to be an integral part of the AECO community around the globe. From the top of a downtown Boston office building, our view of the future is exciting for Revit productivity and efficiency.


Boston, Coffee, and Ideate Software…………..what more do you need?

 

Boston TECHPerspectives
Andy Hinterman, Senior Associate of LDa Architecture & Interiors poses for a picture with Richard Taylor, Technical Evangelist for Ideate Software. (Andy also coordinates the Boston Revit User Group with sponsorship from Microsol Resources)

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October

1

2019

When developing the content for this webinar on workflows for Revit MEP data management, I asked several Ideate BIMLink and Revit users to talk about the Revit MEP workflows that bug them. Here are the ones mentioned most often:

  • Editing schedule data
  • Controlling visibility 
  • Quality control
    • QA/QC
    • Naming for COBie Standards
    • Device Elevations
    • Reviewing and modifying workset assignments
  • Pulling data from linked files
  • Automating revision workflows
  • Reviewing hard-to-locate coordinate data 

Watch the recording of this 30-minute webinar to learn how to streamline these workflows with Ideate BIMLink. 


 
Ideate BIMLink ships with over 200 pre-defined link definitions with common family and system parameters. It includes a generic MEP categorization that then drills down further into mechanical, electrical and plumbing sub-disciplines. Start with these preconfigured links, and then customize them to meet your needs. You can save the links on a shared drive, so team members can access them, and you can even have them be part of your Revit template. 

We host these webinars to help clients get the most out of their Ideate Software tools. If you have a topic you’d like us to cover, please let us know

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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 18 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.

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September

27

2019

Architects, engineers, consultants, and building owners and operators (AECOO) across the world continue to strive to advance their adoption of building information modeling (BIM).

I recently had the honor of speaking at a meeting hosted by Saskatchewan BIM (SaskBIM), an organization in the Canadian province of Saskatchewan that brings together members of the local AECOO community that share an interest in BIM, integrated project delivery and sustainable design. 

SaskBIMThe presentation I did was titled, “COBie Data Management and Data Exchange using Ideate Software for Revit.” 

COBie, or Construction-Operations Building Information Exchange, is an international standard relating to managed asset information including spaces and equipment.

The SaskBIM group reached out to Ideate Software because there was an interest in how our products are leveraged to support COBie-based data within the Revit environment. The challenge is that a lot of manual editing of COBie data has to happen in Revit and people are looking for efficient ways of gathering model data to edit COBie fields, so the information can be handed over to building managers for asset management. I think it was a hot topic, because the room was filled to capacity and several people dialed in from other locations. 

After the presentation, Tyler Buhr, who heads the SaskBIM group and is an Associate Partner with Henry Downing Architects said, “You had some GREAT reviews last night regarding your presentation. I had feedback from a lot of the attendees that you did such a great job and provided a lot of clarity on the data exchange process and where the capabilities of Ideate Software tools really assist with it.”

Here’s a  link to the recording of my presentation.

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About the Author

Sash Kazeminejad - AIA, LEED AP, BCI, BCC - Customer Success Manager
Sash earned his Master of Architecture from Montana State University and is a California registered architect, LEED Accredited Professional, and a Bluebeam Certified Instructor. 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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September

23

2019

MEP engineers, did you miss our recent webinar or would you like to see it again? Here’s a link to the recording

During this 30-minute webinar, I focused on Ideate ReNumber’s ability to streamline MEP workflows of updating Revit element numbers and names. Ideate ReNumber is part of the IdeateApps collection. It plays an important role in model management for engineering and construction companies by providing a way to efficiently document building elements with logical numbering schemas.

The presentation includes:

  • A quick tour of the rules for MEP workflows that ship with Ideate ReNumber, including base rules for frequently used workflows like grids, lighting and fabrication parts, as well as bonus rules for workflows like conduits, COBie requirements, and ducts 
  • Step-by-step instructions on how to create custom rules to meet your company’s requirements or those of a client
  • A demonstration of how to use Ideate ReNumber to quickly renumber MEP elements, including how to do it in a Schedule
     

We host these webinars to help clients get the most out of their Ideate Software tools. If you have a topic you’d like us to cover, please let us know

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, BCI, BCC - Customer Success Manager
Sash earned his Master of Architecture from Montana State University and is a California registered architect, LEED Accredited Professional, and a Bluebeam Certified Instructor. 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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