The Ideate Software team had the pleasure this week of meeting with many London-based architectural, engineering and construction customers at the fabulous Institution of Engineering and Technology.

Engineering Institute of Technology - EIT - London

Joining presenter Glynnis Patterson, Director of Ideate Software, was Jan Sako, Support and QC Manager, as well as Ana Rogerson, Director of Marketing.

At our first meeting, held in the Lovelace Room, we gave some of our existing customers and beta testers a sneak peek at our in-progress software development efforts. More importantly, we got some great feedback on how to improve both our existing solutions and our work-in-progress. There’s really no replacement for in-person communication, and we are grateful to our customers who care to be part of these conversations and share our goal of improving building information modeling such that there’s less hassle and more time for great design. 

In the afternoon, we invited prospective customers to come learn about our Ideate Software solutions for Revit, including our newest solution, Ideate StyleManager. With a mix of construction, engineering and architectural companies at the table, there was some good dialog about the challenges to productivity found on all sides. One of the common refrains from this groups was the appreciation for the sophistication of Ideate BIMLink and recognizing that it’s so much more than an ‘Excel to Revit’ tool. We also received lots of compliments related to the simplicity and elegance of our IdeateApps solutions, particularly Ideate Clone and Ideate ReNumber.

As to the Right Honourable Ada Lovelace, we learned about her very early (1840s) contributions to computing technology from the placard within our Lovelace meeting room at the Engineering Institute. She was the first to recognize that the proposed computing machine designed by Charles Babbage had applications beyond pure calculation, and she published the first algorithm intended to be carried out by such a machine. As a result, she is sometimes regarded as the first to recognize the full potential of a "computing machine" and one of the first computer programmers. As software developers, we were honored to be in her company that day.

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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 Find Glynnis on LinkedIn.


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Nothing beats positive comments from a customer to prove the claims of a company. We recently released a video with positive comments from five customers.

Have you been curious about why your peers choose Ideate Software tools and how they use those tools to create a competitive advantage? Take just a few minutes to watch this video.

Here is a sampling of the quotes you’ll find in the video that demonstrate the breadth of the participants’ comments:

  • SmithGroup – Galen Hoeflinger, Associate - Corporate BIM Technologist, said, “We deploy all the Ideate tools to all 1,300 of our staff, reasons being that it’s a very clear tool: it works very well …it’s easy for staff to get into and use them very quickly.”
  • NBBJ Digital – Dan Tartaglia, Senior Associate - BIM Platform Leader, said, “It’s a learning tool, because it helps our newer users actually know how to use Revit in a better way.”
  • BD Mackey Consulting – Brian Mackey, BIM/Revit Consultant, said,“The tools I really like are Ideate Explorer, StyleManager and the Ideate SmartDelete tool.”
  • bKL Architecture – Mark Schmieding, Director - Practice Technology Lead, said, “I can quantify the benefit … ‘This task used to take me 40 minutes, and now it takes me 5.’”
  • Stantec – Robert Bell, Digital Practice Specialist, said, “[Ideate BIMLink] really improved our documentation and made it easier from a QC perspective, because we knew we could count on what was in the model.”

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

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San Francisco, CA, 08-21-19 –  McMillan Pazdan Smith (MPS) is a proven design industry leader that leverages building information modeling (BIM) technology on all of their projects. Autodesk® Revit® is one of the BIM technology solutions they use to improve engineer coordination, enhance stakeholder communications, and increase building efficiencies and cost savings. To quickly assess Revit model health and identify sub-optimal practices, MPS uses Ideate Explorer.

Dan Warren, MPS’ BIM Operations Administrator, said, “Ideate Explorer allows our team to rapidly triage problems, so we spend our efforts on issues that provide the greatest return on model health. Providing a thorough model health assessment used to take a half to full day; now, we can turn our reports around in less than half the time.”

He continued, “Having used Ideate Explorer for a while, I can say that it is by far the best tool I’ve ever seen for both managing model health and resolving pesky Revit issues that plague our project teams. I cannot imagine how we could efficiently resolve the issues we face daily without this tool.”

When discussing the benefits of Ideate Explorer, Dan also mentioned:

  1. Ideate Explorer helps users understand the importance of data structure and modeling practices
  2. With Ideate Explorer, it is easy to document situations where modeling and drafting practices impact performance
  3. The Ideate Explorer interface is quick, reliable, and easy to understand

Ideate Explorer provides numerous ways for users to decrease the time spent on model management, increase the accuracy of their models, and reduce model size. Revit professionals use it to find and delete problem items, find and edit elements, and gain a full view of all elements in a Revit model. Ideate Explorer also includes Warnings Manager for reviewing and managing Revit warnings, Navigate for navigating through view-based elements within Revit, and Query for searching on parameters.

For more information on how MPS uses Ideate Software products, visit our website. For a free trial or to subscribe to any Ideate Software solution, please check

About Ideate Software

Ideate Software empowers Revit users to gain unprecedented control over their data. Ideate BIMLink, Ideate Explorer, Ideate Sticky, Ideate StyleManager, and IdeateApps 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, 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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Are you curious to see how companies use Ideate Software tools? Want to watch one of our customer-focused webinars again? Would you like a colleague to watch one? 

We make it easy with the Customer Webinars Playlist on our YouTube channel.
These customer-focused webinars are well-attended and often spark interesting discussions on how to use our Revit productivity solutions to streamline workflows, enhance productivity, save time and demonstrate ROI. 

We will continue to add recordings as they become available. Here’s what you will find there now:

CBT Architects – The ‘I’ in BIM – How to Transfer Data to and from Revit

Payette – BIM Managers Set the Stage for Increased Knowledge and Productivity

BD Mackey Consulting – Hitting a High Note: Tuning your Revit Template

Steinberg Hart – Developing Efficient Processes

If you are interested in showcasing your company, BIM management best practices and use of Ideate Software solutions in an upcoming webinar, please don’t hesitate contact us. We’d love to hear from you.

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Companies with one person using Ideate Software tools see that person move away from tedious, time-consuming Revit tasks to more interesting, creative work. That person is happier because he/she can focus on what matters most, and clients are happier because they get more innovative and accurate designs, quicker.

Now imagine the sweeping changes that would occur if your whole team used all the Ideate Software tools.

Making these changes is easier than you think with savings available through multi-product and multi-user pricing:

  • Single-user, stand-alone license annual subscription
  • Multi-user, network license annual subscription
    • All five Ideate Software solutions for one person at a time on the network – US$2,495
    • All five Ideate Software solutions for five people at a time on the network – US$7,000
    • All five Ideate Software solutions for 25 people at a time on the network – US$10,000
  • Enterprise, multi-user network license annual subscription
    • All five Ideate Software solutions to all Revit users in your company – US$20,000
  • Instructor-led online training and access to recorded webinars, how-to videos, and robust Help files 
  • Support from technical experts 
  • Software that works with the current and previous three versions of Revit
  • New Ideate Software releases for subscribed titles within the subscription period
  • International license use (network; no additional fees) 

More and more of our customers around the world take advantage of the bundles. So don’t put it off any longer. Join hundreds of satisfied Ideate Software customers all over the globe and opt for a bundle today. Not sure which pricing option is right for you? Contact us to discuss your current situation, and we will help you discover the appropriate solution for your firm. 

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