December

13

2021

Recently we had the honor of hosting a panel discussion featuring four professionals with extensive experience providing BIM consulting services to companies in the architecture, engineering, construction and owner (AECO) space: 

Before the webinar, we solicited questions from our customers and prospective customers, and we were thrilled that the panelists were able to address many of those as well as some others asked during the call, including:

  • What are some of the greatest challenges you see with technology and BIM? 
  • What trend, technology or workflow do you see gaining traction in the next few years? 
  • How do we efficiently deal with varying owner BIM requirements? Do we need a standard?

If you use BIM, you will find this 1-hour discussion worth your time. Listen in for information on the evolution of BIM, insight into its current state and anticipated trends, and guidance on how to fully leverage BIM to gain significant advantages.


  

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December

10

2021

In November, two of our UK team members attended leading construction industry events to glean insights about trends that we will use when enhancing our existing Revit plug-in tools and developing new ones. While at the conferences, they also met with some peers that work at other third-party software developers and Revit users who have tried free or cheap apps that purport to solve the same issues of our tools.

I was thrilled to hear that Ideate Software continues to maintain a strong reputation in the industry, both as a software developer and an employer. I was perplexed to hear that many Revit users continue to choose tools with low upfront costs that are incredibly expensive in terms of time spent trying to get them to perform as described. That time wasted frustrates users, can lead to missed deadlines and impacts the bottom line. 

Developing, marketing and growing solutions that stand up to the rigors of a deep dataset is complicated and needs far deeper knowledge, testing and understanding than most companies are willing to invest. When a company makes the investments needed, they charge appropriately. 

I am proud and delighted that we at Ideate Software have the fortitude to develop software that actually saves companies time and money by eliminating tedious Revit tasks and freeing time for valuable design activities. We will stay on our path, listen to our users, respect our team and respect the complexities of the projects our customers invest so much in, and we will continue to add value, save our customers’ time and provide clear returns on investments.


About the Author

Bob PaliocaRobert Palioca – President
Bob became president of Ideate, Inc. in 2005 to retool the architecture, engineering, construction, and owner (AECO) industries through design technology, education, and solutions. Today, he leads the U.S. and global teams that develop and sell worldwide software applications that solve persistent problems in AECO workflows and that supplement project teams with in-person and virtual building information modeling (BIM) experts. Before joining Ideate, Bob directed all northwest business for IMAGINiT Technologies, an Autodesk reseller and design technology solutions provider. Before that, he was an original founder of Ketiv Technologies, Inc., one of the first Autodesk value added resellers and a leading developer of third-party applications for AutoCAD software. Find Bob on LinkedIn and Twitter.

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December

9

2021

London Construction ConferenceRecently, our team in the UK attended the two events described below to hear from construction industry leaders, learn about current and anticipated trends, and connect with peers. 

“It was great to meet with people in person again,” said Steve Deadman, our Customer Success Manager for the EMEA region. “During the pandemic, we maintained our connection to the industry virtually, but nothing beats a face-to-face meeting to speak openly, confirm understanding and build or strengthen relationships.”  

  • London Construction ConferenceLondon Build Expo - Held in mid-November at Olympia London, this award-winning show attracted 20,000 house builders, housing associations and local authorities, developers, sub-contractors, architects, engineers, distributors, suppliers and manufacturers. The conference, viewed as one of the best in the world, featured 300 speakers and 300 exhibitors. 
  • Digital Construction Week - Held in late November at ExCel, London, this exhibition featured more than 120 hours of talks and workshops focused on innovation and technology in the built environment as well as 200 companies providing information on their products and services for digital design, construction, engineering, manufacturing and operations.

Key Takeaways

“Ideate Software develops Revit plugin tools that address challenges faced by the construction industry,” said Nick Johns, UK/EMEA Territory Lead. “By attending these conferences, we gained valuable knowledge that will help us understand our customers’ goals and create solutions that will help them reach those goals.”

Here are a few insights gleaned from the events:

  • Change in the construction industry continues to be slow. Companies are not interested in technology for technology’s sake; they want to see proven benefits before taking big steps.
  • One industry leader estimated that a construction company can reduce the number of hours spent on building projects by 50 percent by deploying technology, automating repetitive tasks and digitizing processes.
  • The technologies trending upward are BIM, digital twins, augmented reality and virtual reality. 
  • A speaker predicted that if construction companies don’t invest in digital technologies now to save time and money, they will pay later in terms of longer build times, more mistakes, increased risk of on-the-job injuries and employee/customer dissatisfaction.
  • All construction companies in the UK need to pay attention as details of the new Building Safety Bill are announced. The bill is scheduled to go into effect in April 2022.

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December

7

2021

We sincerely thank The Architect’s Newspaper for hosting a webinar on how to use Ideate Software tools to efficiently manage Revit warnings. During this one-hour session, Richard Taylor, Technical Evangelist, and Sash Kazeminejad, Customer Success Manager, covered:

  1. Revit warnings: What they are, why they are important, and why should you care
  2. Easy warnings management with Ideate Explorer
  3. Model health checks with Ideate Automation
  4. Q&A

Some participants asked how to know which warnings are important and may impact Revit model performance. Watch the webinar to hear and see how Richard and Sash tackled some of these difficult questions that don’t have a “one-solution-fits-all” answer!

View the Recording

The recoding of the webinar is available to all, whether you registered and/or attended or not. Feel free to share the link with other people you think would benefit from its content.

The Architect's Newspaper - Revit Warnings
 
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December

3

2021

Ideate ReNumber, one of the tools in our IdeateApps collection, can be used to renumber sheets to the BS EN ISO 19650 standard using one of rules created and saved in the bonus rules that ship with IdeateApps.

The rule targets the Sheet Number parameter that contains 5 of the 7 information container field descriptions as described in the ISO. These are:

  • Functional Breakdown - ZZ
  • Spatial Breakdown - XX
  • Form - D
  • Discipline - A
  • Number - 000000

The rule can be edited to suit any company standard or variation of the ISO 19650 standard.

Existing IdeateApps subscribers can request the sample title block shown above to test this ISO 19650 rule.

Please refer to the Help topic to find out more. If you’d like help customizing Ideate ReNumber to meet your sheet-naming criteria, just email us at [email protected].com. We’d be happy to assist.

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About the Author

Steve Deadman - Customer Success Manager - EMEA
Steve provides support to customers and helps them get a strong return on their software investment. He has a B.Eng (Hons) degree in Mechanical Engineering and various certifications in engineering. Before joining Ideate Software, he worked at several top architectural firm in the United Kingdom where he specialized in the implementation and management of BIM processes and technology. Find Steve on LinkedIn.
 

 

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