December

17

2019

Watch the recording of this 30-minute webinar to learn how to keep your Revit models clean and organized by quickly and efficiently purging unwanted styles and other information using Ideate StyleManager.

Ideate StyleManager aggregates essential graphic style and visibility controls within a single solution and identifies the source of non-standard styles, so you can:

  • Safely delete styles that can’t be deleted or purged in Revit software 
  • Merge non-standard styles into standard styles 
  • Forensically analyze the usage of all styles to understand the true scope of a deletion 
  • Clean up Object Styles, Line Styles, Line Patterns, Fill Patterns, Materials, Material Appearance Assets, View Filters, Templates, and Scope Boxes 
  • Understand which views are using which View Filters

In this webinar, I focus on the imports that can clog your Revit model when you import or link information from CAD files, like MicroStation, AutoCAD, or IFC.  My examples are from an AutoCAD file, because it’s the most common. 

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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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December

13

2019

Recently I had the pleasure of speaking with Devon Tilly, the host of The Art of Construction (AOC) podcast, where AOC “explores the world of construction with some of the best minds in the industry.”

We discussed a topic I’m passionate about: the data collection explosion and how data can influence business decisions in our AEC industries. I also provided a recap of Ideate’s involvement in Data Day at Digital Built Week, where AOC is the official media sponsor, and discussed my thoughts on the future of construction and technology.

Devon opened the session with:

“The data explosion continues without an end in sight. Firms are struggling with the velocity of this data. Some AEC firms have hired people specifically for data analysis. Other firms are promoting from within. And some firms are ignoring the issue totally, and I think that’s most of us.”

Want to hear our conversation about the current state of data collection and usage as well as the potential of data to grow a business? Here’s a link to the podcast

If you have any questions or want to discuss data more, please let us know. We’re all interested in the topic; our Revit productivity tools take BIM data out of silos and allow it to be practically shared and used throughout the design and build process.
 


About the Author

David HaynesDavid Haynes, Director
David is a registered architect and a project management certified professional. Before joining Ideate, David had his own architectural practice and was president of a commercial design-build construction company for 15 years. A graduate of the University of Arizona, he has worked as an architect, contractor, and developer, and he was a national construction manager for a national retailer. David currently provides business process analysis, data integration, and change management solutions for AECO clients involved in the design and construction industry across the United States. Find David on Twitter

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December

9

2019

We were pleased to welcome people from Belgium, Canada, Germany, Saudi Arabia, Switzerland, the United Kingdom and the United States to our webinar on the new features of IdeateApps for Revit, our collection of tools that streamline the tasks Revit users perform most often.

The November 2019 release of IdeateApps includes several significant improvements and new features. Here is a link to a recording of the webinar where I detailed and demonstrated the improvements and features.

Here are some highlights of the November 2019 updates to IdeateApps:

  • Improved searching 
  • Enhanced batch editing 
  • Improved sheet composition
  • Ability to:
    • Multi-select unplaced views and turn them into sheets
    • Rename sheets, numbers and views
    • Do odd and even numbering 
    • Copy and paste legends across multiple sheets 
    • Customize a view/sheet browser for individual team members

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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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November

25

2019

Like many of you, the Ideate Software team recently returned from Autodesk University energized by successes, excited about possibilities, and yes, a bit exhausted.

Along with several of my colleagues, I attended learning sessions to hear about what’s new at Autodesk, discussed Ideate Software solutions with Revit users and celebrated with customers at our Customer Appreciation Party.

In addition to demonstrating our Revit productivity tools, we were honored to welcome the following top industry influencers to our booth to share their experiences with our software and thank them for their outstanding support and exemplary use of our solutions: 

Many attendees said that they appreciated hearing industry professionals talk about real projects with real deadlines and the potential fiascos averted with Ideate Software tools. 

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Shown above — Brian Mackey of BD Mackey Consulting, giving an interview as part of our Customer Appreciation meet-up at our booth.  

We also gave away no-cost, one-year, single-user subscriptions to IdeateApps; offered a hard-to-resist “get-to-know-us” incentive on a single, six-month stand-alone subscription to all five of our products; and had several prize draws for the purpose of generating fresh ideas. 

For me, our most interesting promotion was the one where we asked daily Revit users to describe a Revit workflow they would like to see automated. As the Director of Software Development, I’m always seeking ideas that address the needs of AECO professionals, and the best way to get those ideas is to ask the people directly involved. We got a lot of responses, and we will be pleased to announce the winners soon. We’re already discussing the possibility of including them in future releases.

If you missed us at AU and would like to learn about our Revit productivity applications, please contact us at sales@ideatesoftware.com. You can also browse our website, try any of our tools with a free trial version, or subscribe today.

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About the Author

Glynnis Patterson, NCARB – Director of Software Development
Glynnis is a registered architect and has worked within the building information modeling (BIM) industry since 1998. A graduate of Carnegie Mellon University, she has worked as an architect, educator and construction site manager. Glynnis is the Director of Software Development Services and continues to work with AECO clients worldwide, developing, and consulting on solutions to BIM challenges. In her spare time, Glynnis volunteers for the local high school and with growitgreenmorristown.org. Find Glynnis on LinkedIn.

 

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November

4

2019

Did you miss the webinar where I reviewed worksets for all disciplines and demonstrated how to move elements to the correct worksets using Ideate Explorer? Here’s a link to the recording.

Watch the recording to also learn about the power of two key components of Ideate Explorer:

  1. Get more information about selected elements with Ideate Query. You can try to schedule some information in a Revit schedule, but that is limited in the amount and type of data shown. With Ideate Query, you can easily get more information on a selection of elements, for example, their in-place usage, if they are pinned or which levels they are on.
     
  2. Eliminate potential performance issues caused by warnings with Ideate Warnings Manager. In Revit, you can see warnings at a simple level. With Ideate Warnings Manager, you can  categorize your warnings, easily select them, get information about who created/updated them and more, so you can make informed decisions about what you want to do with them. 
 

About Ideate Explorer

Ideate Explorer allows you to audit your BIM models with certainty; it provides lightning-fast Revit data discovery and manipulation. It is a true model browser that shows content in your Revit model, not only the items that are currently in your project.

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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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