This year has been like no other, at least in recent history. Community and community engagements have been redefined and many of us had to adapt to a new way of networking, making new connections and working.

Here at Ideate Software, we decided to see these challenges as opportunities. As a community of BIM professionals, marketing and IT specialists spread across two lands (Americas and the United Kingdom), we have practiced the ‘art and science’ of working remotely for a good number of years. However, in 2020, meeting face-to-face was no longer an option even for staff in close proximity. So we decided to hop online.

Having a Coffee and a Chat 4,000 Miles Apart

Each Friday, we have online informal calls with all staff members that want to join. Some of them are an ocean away. Thanks to online meeting programs, distance is no issue and neither is talking face to face.
These calls are our way of staying in contact and learning more about each other. We actually got to know each other better during these few months than before.

Coffee Meetings

The topics we address range from childhood memories, favourite shows/movies, best pieces of advice received and so on. Nothing work-related but that’s the whole point. Sometimes, we need these times so we can work better throughout the week.

Keeping Close to Customers and the Wider Community

We apply the same principle to our customers, prospects and the wider global BIM community. Staying in touch with our industry peers and supporting the industry during these difficult times is important to us.

As a result of our commitment to our community, we have become a Supporting Partner of Data Day and DTS, a DBEI Insight Knowledge Partner and an Autodesk University Gold Sponsor. We have also co-hosted webinars with BIM consultant Brian Mackey and the Design Technology Team at ZGF Architects. 

All these interactions enrich us and we’ll continue to stay connected though apart.

May we encourage you to do the same and stay in contact with us, your colleagues and the BIM community at large. We look forward to hearing from you at [email protected]. Best wishes!

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San Francisco, CA, September 15, 2020 – Ideate Software, a veteran Autodesk® AEC Industry Partner, announces the launch of Ideate Dashboard for Autodesk® BIM 360®, a data visualization service that uses proprietary technology to provide information related to Revit warnings within the Autodesk BIM 360 environment. Autodesk’s BIM 360 software connects project teams and data from design through construction. Ideate Dashboard pulls design information from Revit models stored within BIM 360 projects in order to identify and flag design warnings, so teams can immediately address the issues, reducing mistakes and rework and keeping projects on time and within budget. 

“We created this cloud-based application to support the design and construction community as it increases its use of Autodesk BIM 360 for collaboration,” said David Haynes, Director, Ideate Software. “BIM 360 users had to open each individual Revit project to manage Revit warnings. With Ideate Dashboard for Autodesk BIM 360, users get real-time information without leaving BIM 360, saving time and enhancing their ability to maintain Revit model health.” 

Ideate Dashboard benefits:

  • Project executives who need instant access to the status of all projects in their portfolio
  • BIM and VDC managers who need to understand and address any potential design issues in Revit models
  • Revit users who need to see where their project stands at a particular moment

The Ideate Dashboard cards shown on the BIM 360 Dashboard home page, powered by the technology behind the Revit model browser Ideate Explorer, display valuable model health information, including:

  • Relevant, curated, actionable data on Revit warnings:
    • Revit warnings information for all BIM 360 Revit files through a key performance indicator (KPI)
    • A stacked ranking of the top five design files with the most issues identified 

“Quality construction relies on precise and accurate design files,” said James Cook, head of integrations, Autodesk Construction Solutions. “Design and construction teams must continuously collaborate throughout projects to ensure mistakes are not made during on-site building. Our integration with Ideate will help customers stay ahead of design and construction issues so they are able to deliver quality construction more easily.” Like all Ideate Software applications, Ideate Dashboard for Autodesk BIM 360 is compatible with Revit version 2018 through Revit version 2021.

To learn more about this product, please visit  

About Ideate Software - Ideate Software, an Autodesk® AEC Industry Partner and Autodesk® Authorized Developer, empowers Revit users to gain unprecedented control over their data. Ideate BIMLink, Ideate Explorer, Ideate Sticky, IdeateApps, Ideate StyleManager and Ideate Dashboard for Autodesk BIM 360 were all developed to solve persistent problems in architecture, engineering, and construction, and owner (AECO) workflows. Ideate Software solutions enable Revit users to save time, increase accuracy, improve project deliverables, and elevate design.

Autodesk, BIM 360, and Revit are registered trademarks or trademarks of Autodesk, Inc., in the USA and/or other countries. All other brand names, product names, or trademarks belong to their respective holders.


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Renaming or renumbering elements is one of the most tedious and labor-intensive BIM tasks confronting architects and engineers. Many factors can contribute to the need to edit element names and numbers, including complying with external facilities management (FM) database requirements, such AiM, SPIE, and COBie. 

The good news is that Ideate BIMLink makes this task painless. Users, including those who are not Revit users, use the software to pull Revit model data into Excel for easy editing, and then push the corrected data back into Revit to update the model. 

Below is information on how much time our users reported saving. 

Task: Gathering Data for External Facilities Management Software 
Ideate BIMLink ROI

Calculate Your Return on Investment

If you’d like to figure out the value of Ideate BIMLink to your company, simply:  

  1. Review the chart above as well as additional related data to learn how much time can be saved by using Ideate BIMLink for various tasks
  2. Compare that amount of time to your number of projects and your software purchase price

Two ROI Examples

For simplicity’s sake, both these examples assume you will save four hours per project. Because our customers reported an average savings of 20 hours per project on the task featured in this blog post alone, your payback will likely be much higher.

  • A single standalone license of Ideate BIMLink costs approximately US$795. If you have 20 projects per year and save four hours per project, you’ll save 80 hours per year. According to the 2018 AIA Small Firm Compensation Report, the average designer salary is about $60K per year. Assuming a corresponding hourly rate of $29 (which would exclude overhead), you will have a payback (over covering software costs) of more than US$1500 each year. 
  • For larger firms, network licensing can experience an even higher return on investment. For example, the cost of a single seat is about $2,000 per year. Assuming that you save four hours per project, pay a higher burdened salary rate of $50, and have 50 projects, you will have a payback of more than $8,000 per year. 

Learn More

We have several resources available online that can help you get the most out of Ideate BIMLink:

Similar Posts

This post is the 12th 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 reported by using Ideate BIMLink to:

  1.  Manage Revit sheets 
  2. Create and modify rooms and areas
  3. Swap structural framing instances
  4. Coordinate spaces & rooms and audit & fix device elevation
  5. Compile quantity takeoffs, assign assembly codes, and swap types
  6. View and revise tasks
  7. QA/QC doors, hardware, and other elements
  8. Extract/Import coordinate data and confirm level and grid information
  9. Perform general data management tasks
  10. Manage Interior Finish Data and Generate Plumbing Fixture Counts
  11. Audit Analytical Columns, Structural Framing, and Rebar Shape Data

Keep an eye out for our next blog post, and check out our Ideate BIMLink ROI web page, where we separated the all the time-savings data by discipline.

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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Unfortunately, Revit does not have an easy way to create new View Types. Users must tediously create new View Types one by one. To complicate matters even further, copying and transferring View Types to other projects is difficult, since this is not a feature that is available through Transfer Project Standards (TPS).

A Better Solution: Use Ideate BIMLink

Thankfully, we have Ideate BIMLink to assist us with this challenge. In an earlier blog post, I discussed how we can easily create new View Types in Revit from an Excel list via Ideate BIMLink. In this post, we’ll take this idea one step further and review how to use that same process as a way of addressing the need to transfer View Types from one project to another.

Using Ideate BIMLink to export existing View Type information and to create NEW View Types in other models (or your template) will help bring project standards into alignment and save users many hours and the hassles that come along with doing things manually in Revit.

Standardize View Types in Model #1

Begin by ensuring you have a model with your ideal view types in-place.

  1. Review my earlier blog titled Creating new View Types in Revit using Ideate BIMLink for instructions on creating new View Types in your current Revit model.
  2. Once you have successfully created new View Types, export the View_Types-Create_New link if you have made any changes to it, such as adding, removing, or re-arranging any of the column data. This link will be used in the other Revit models that require the same View Types.

Prep Model #2 

  1. In the Revit models that are to use the same View Types as your Project or Template files, launch Ideate BIMLink and load the exported link. This will ensure that the data columns are the same, both in naming, parameter usage, and same order of data.
  2. OPTIONAL: If your projects require that you use the same View Template, Elevation, and Section Tag naming and standards, ensure all projects are using the same names and settings first. If they are not, you will need to use Transfer Project Standards to copy that data into your Revit models. For this example, we used TPS to copy in Elevation Tag Types, Section Tag Types, View Reference Types, and View Templates. When you generate the new View Types, you can either ignore the View Template assignment, Callout Tag, Section Tag, and Elevation Tag assignments or use your own from the project that you are creating the new View Types in.

Create Data Exports from both Models

  1. Launch Ideate BIMLink and export the View Type information from the View_Types-Create_New link. When prompted to either open the file or done, select done.
  2. Switch over to the Revit file that you will copy the View Type information from. Launch Ideate BIMLink.
  3. If the link is called View_Types-Create_New, either rename this link or duplicate the link and call is View_Types-Export. This will allow you to export this data into the same Excel file export from the previously mentioned file, without overwriting the entire worksheet.
  4. When prompted to either Open File or Done, Open File.
  5. You should now see two worksheets. One from the model with the View Types you want to copy over and one from the model that you want to copy the data into.

Transfer View Type Data Between both Models

  1. In the worksheet that has the View Types you want to copy over, copy to clipboard the data you need. At a minimum, you want the Family Name and Type Name. If you plan on using the same View Templates and tags, copy this data as well.
  2. In the worksheet from the model that this data will be copied into, paste this information so it aligns with the correct columns.
  3. Remove any duplicate rows of data, such as Type Names. This way you avoid any errors or duplication of information upon import. 
  4. Edit any existing data that needs to be edited.
  5. Under the Element ID column, be sure to type in the word NEW. This will instruct Ideate BIMLink to generate the NEW View Types. 
  6. Once the Excel file is completed, save your work.
  7. In Ideate BIMLink, select the IMPORT button and browse for the recently completed Excel file. 
  8. Review the results in Ideate BIMLink. Check for items that have been edited, created as new, and any errors and warnings you may receive. Export any errors and warnings to Excel for review.
  9. Once complete, review the results in Revit. Verify that the View Types have been created and that settings, such as View Template assignments, have also been applied.

** Note: if you do not see the link called View_Types-Create_New, you can start with the link called Project_Stds-View_Types and modify the link to match the one seen in the corresponding video. You can also reach out to [email protected] to request a copy of this link.

To learn more about this process, be sure to watch this video


For a related blog post and video, be sure to review Creating new View Types in Revit using Ideate BIMLink, which demonstrates how you can create new View Types in your Revit models with speed, ease, and accuracy.

Be sure to browse 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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IdeateApps is one of the products developed by Ideate Software to increase Revit efficiency. It is a collection of nine focus-driven tools that decrease the time spent on common Revit tasks and increase the accuracy of BIM data in a Revit model. Designed for all Revit users – new and experienced – these tools help keep your projects on time and on budget. 

In addition to webinars (live and recorded), we offer robust online Help files and short how-to videos. These resources complement our in-product Help, substantial sample content, and awesome technical support team.

Watch the recording of this webinar to learn how you can save time and increase model accuracy:

  1. Spend less time renumbering elements – Ideate ReNumber
  2. View all instances of difficult-to-find items – Ideate QuickSelect
  3. Learn which dependents will be deleted along with your selection – Ideate SmartDelete
  4. Check spelling of all data, including text within schedules – Ideate SpellCheck
  5. Understand why elements aren’t visible in a particular view – Ideate XRay


  1. Place views on sheets and easily manage sheets – Ideate SheetManager
  2. Align all plan views in a set to synchronize across all sheets – Ideate Align 
  3. Easily copy sheets with aligned views – Ideate Clone 
  4. Create a series of views with the proper parameters – Ideate ViewCreator 

Browse 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

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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