January

5

2021

The first-ever online Ideate Software user group meetings took place in December. We were delighted to meet online with our customers from the UK, APAC and Americas regions and get creative about BIM data management together. 

The sessions featured BIM professionals that talked about how they have incorporated our Revit solutions into their workflows. 

  • Michael Hartley - RambollMichael Hartley, Technical BIM Manager at Ramboll UK, leads the roll-out and implementation of Ideate Software solutions within his company. “We’ve noticed a huge difference since using Ideate [Software] tools over the past year. We’re only going to get more efficient. The more we learn from them, the more we use them.” Michael presented a Navisworks clash workflow
     
  • Robert Bell - StantecRobert Bell, BIM Manager at Stantec, manages numerous BIM projects across multiple offices. One problem he encountered was “How can we generate dependent views for all our required discipline-specific views? We need each view to have the proper box and naming.” Hear Robert talk about the solution he found. 
     
  • Steve Deadman - Pollard Thomas EdwardsSteve Deadman is the Head of BIM at Pollard Thomas Edwards Architects. “We’ve been using Revit and Ideate [Software] for a long time. I’ve been using Ideate tools for many years, so I’m a big fan.” Steve presented tips and tricks on three of our solutions – Ideate SmartDelete, Ideate Clone and Ideate SheetManager (part of the IdeateApps collection) and Ideate Explorer. Watch his presentation.
     
  • Yong Tan - DES Architects and EngineersYong Tan, Senior Associate at DES Architects and Engineers, shared how Ideate BIMLink enables him and his colleagues to coordinate structural analysis data from RAM into Revit Structure. Watch Yong’s presentation.

The User Groups’ discussions also included topics such as:

  • New solutions from Ideate Software
  • Ideate StyleManager enhancements
  • Images vs. Schedules for Ideate Sticky
  • Feedback and Q&A

Many thanks to all those who attended our inaugural user groups meetings. 2021 will see an increased number of such events, as we seek to become increasingly connected with our customers all over the world.

To receive future user group notifications, please complete our registration form. We look forward to hearing and learning from you.

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December

7

2020

Recently I had the pleasure of welcoming Gavin Crump to share how he uses Ideate Software applications. Gavin is a BIM enthusiast with more than 10 years of experience and is a Revit Architecture Certified Professional. He founded BIM Guru in Sydney, Australia at the start of 2020, and he runs a popular YouTube channel called Aussie BIM Guru, where he posts two videos a week to share hands-on technical tutorial workflows. 

Gavin got to know Ideate Software tools during his second year working with BIM, and he says he was “pretty blown away from the start.”  

Watch a recording of his presentation, Revit Model Management using Ideate Software, to see Gavin demonstrate workflows he uses with his clients or in day-to-day work related to his business content. Here are some comments he made about three of our products he discussed:

  • Ideate BIMLink “I find this tool really handy for data processing and Revit element management.”
  • Ideate Explorer “This is my favorite Ideate Software tool, because it is such an innovative tool.”
  • Ideate StyleManager “I typically use this for maintaining standards, to see if more than one standard for the same thing is used and for taking away a standard that’s not used in the model.” 
     

Everyone at Ideate Software thanks Gavin for his presentation, which received high marks from attendees. Here are some of the comments we received:

  • “I can see huge potential in the Excel link workflow.”    
  • “I use Ideate BIMLink a lot but learnt more about Explorer.”
  • “I didn't know Align would align views on sheets.”

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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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December

3

2020

Autodesk University 2020 was the first AU session that delivered insights in keynote, class and Q&A formats to a global audience completely online. As the Gold Sponsor of the conference, we joined the BIM community in this week-long learning experience and brought our contribution to the knowledge-sharing that it entailed.

Our class, Revit Productivity Discussions by Ideate Software, featured a selection of AEC professionals who shared their experiences with our Revit productivity tools and related practices adopted by their firms. This class was followed by a live Q&A session delivered on Thursday, November 19th, during which we answered questions from attendees. The Q&A session has been recorded and is accessible via the same link. Please click the “Watch” button to view it. Note: You have to be registered for AU in order to gain access. 

During the session, the Ideate Software team of Richard Taylor, Technical Evangelist, Sash Kazeminejad, Customer Success Manger and Glynnis Patterson, Director of Software Development, joined together to answer questions and have an informal question and answer session based on information presented within the recorded class video.

Richard said, “We had many excellent questions from both customers and prospects during the Q&A session. We answered most of the questions and showed how our Revit applications can increase productivity and efficiency across a wide spectrum of AECO firms. We expanded on some of the central topics that were raised within the class video by AECO firms that use Ideate Software solutions to reduce wasted time, increase the efficiency of difficult tasks and greatly improve the health of their Revit models. It was a fun, lively and informal session that went by all too quickly.

Our booth is still live and will remain accessible until December 18th.

Many thanks to those who interacted with us during the event in one form or another. Connecting with customers, prospects and industry professionals at large has been particularly important to us this year. We continue to be delighted by the questions, feedback and responses we get from you all, through whatever channel you choose to reach out to us. 

Whether you are new or well-acquainted with us, browse our website for Revit and BIM productivity inspiration. We offer a plethora of videos, Help files and blog articles to get your Revit data creative juices going.

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November

18

2020

Watch the recording of this 30-minute webinar for a quick overview of four Ideate Software solutions that can help you ensure your Revit model performs well and has the highest quality deliverable. Comments made by people who attended the live session include: 

  • “The solutions demonstrated are incredibly helpful for checking the health of a Revit model. We have been exploring these functions within our company and tweaking the template spreadsheets to suit our company standards. We soon hope to make Ideate Software tools part of our standard internal Revit model audit processes.”
     
  • “I am taking on a role in which I will be maintaining the Revit models. It’s good to know about the tools that can help me maintain good model health.”
     
  • “The great set of pre-set queries and reports is very helpful to give users immediate value from the tools, without requiring much setup. The ability to then customize those starting blocks to adapt to a firm's unique requirements is very helpful.”

Webinar Highlights

  1. Ideate BIMLink
    • Review and edit data by extracting it from Revit to an easy-to-use Excel spreadsheet
    • Use the preconfigured library links or modify them to meet your needs
    • Review the included Ideate_HealthCheck.xlsx spreadsheet to make model review a snap
  2. Ideate Explorer 
    • Audit with certainty by seeing every instance of every element in your Revit model
    • Search for elements based on parameter information with Ideate Query
    • Review and fix Revit warnings with Ideate Warnings Manager
  3. Ideate StyleManager
    • Safely remove non-standard styles
    • Understand the impact on the model if a style is simply deleted
    • Analyze, merge, rename or delete a multitude of Revit styles with confidence

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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October

29

2020

Do you have a requirement from a client or contractor for a sheet schedule that lists each sheet and each revision on a sheet? If so, you probably have faced a challenge, because Revit only displays the current revision in a sheet list for both revisions per sheet and revisions per project. Unfortunately, there is no built-in solution in Revit to schedule every revision on every sheet. 

In addition to the previously mentioned scheduling challenge, you more than likely require revisions to appear in the titleblock for sheet issuance purposes. If so, you face another hurdle, because Revit only allows sheet issuance edits to one sheet at a time; editing multiple sheets is difficult and time consuming, since many projects have well over 100 sheets.

Fortunately, Ideate BIMLink and Ideate Sticky offer simple solutions to your Revit Revision workflows. Watch the recording of this 30-minute webinar for discussions and demonstrations.

 

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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