December

29

2021

The work-from-home environment that continued throughout 2021 did not slow down the nimble team at Ideate Software. In fact, 2021 was one of our most productive ever! 

  • We added more user-requested features to our products
  • We confirmed our commitment to Revit users across the world by translating our products and website into five additional languages and hiring two more experienced professionals to focus on customers in the UK/EMEA region 
  • We hosted and joined webinars to share insights on industry and BIM trends as well as discuss our products 
  • We stayed on top of challenges faced by Revit users through online user group meetings, beta testing, featured webinar workflows, and one-on-one conversations between our customers and support team in every region of the world

Below are highlights of a few activities of the year.

Enhancements to our Products

  • The new Rooms Views creation method in IdeateApps automates the naming of interior elevations and other room-based view types, and it can be used to quickly assemble new sheets to match your desired layouts.
  • Ideate Explorer, which allows additional exported data from Revit to Excel for easy reviewing, is now integrated with Ideate Automation, a scripting solution that schedules the process to run at times convenient to the users. Watch the video overview.
  • We released a Microsoft Power BI template that uses Ideate Explorer Warnings data to enable users to visualize details of their project Warnings.  
  • In Ideate Sticky, you can now make your Stickies transparent or choose to set the color option to black or grayscale.
  • We updated all our Ideate Software solutions to align with Revit 2022, and we made updates to versions supporting Revit 2019-2021.  You can review all the highly informative What’s New Videos at the top of this page.

Two New Blog Post Series Based on User Needs

  • Wishlist Granted – Our success is based on the fact that we develop tools that solve real challenges faced by Revit users. In this new series, we identify Revit Forum posts and discussions that launched new features or new tools. 
  • Support – Sharing questions presented to our Support team accomplishes two goals: it provides quick answers for others facing the same challenges, and it shows specific ways customers use our products that others may want to try.

The Company we Keep

As we close out the year, we send sincere thanks to all Ideate Software employees, customers and partners as well as everyone else who had a hand in our activities. Together, we accomplished a vast amount of product enhancements, customer discussions and industry events. We look forward to another year of collaboration, innovation and success.

Stay current on all our activities in 2022 by viewing our blog posts and videos posted to our YouTube channel.

 

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December

17

2021

We’ve had several recent inquiries about Ideate Software tools and a recent Log4Shell vulnerability issue that’s been in the news.

We’re pleased to let everyone know that Ideate Software applications are written in C# and we do not use Java at all. Therefore, the Log4j library is not used anywhere in our software and our customers are not impacted by this issue.

About the Log4Shell Vulnerability

Log4Shell (CVE-2021-44228) is a zero-day vulnerability in Log4j, a popular Java logging framework, involving arbitrary code execution. The vulnerability was publicly disclosed on 9 December 2021. The vulnerability takes advantage of Log4j, allowing attackers to execute arbitrary Java code on a server or other computer and possibly leak sensitive information.

Questions?

Reach out to our Support team. We are here to help.
 

 

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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.


  

Learn more about Ideate Software tools for Revit, leading BIM software for AECO companies. Give them a try with free trial versions, a “get-to-know-us” bundle, or subscribe today
 

 

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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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