April

15

2022

“People are eager to learn about technology that can help them do their jobs better,” said Nick Johns, Ideate Software’s UK/EMEA Territory Lead. “We had a consistent flow of Revit users stopping by our booth to see how our plugins can help them, their teams, and their companies stand out from their competitors for both talent and customers.”

Nick Johns - UK/EMEA Territory Lead - Ideate SoftwareJoining Nick in the booth was Steve Deadman, our UK/EMEA Customer Success Manager and representatives from CAD UC, our official partner in France. “Visitors appreciated that they could learn about our products in their native language,” said Steve. “Our website and products are available in six languages, including French, and our printed literature was in French as well. In addition to seeing the power of our tools, they got to see that Ideate Software invests in the customer experience.”

While visiting the booth, attendees saw demonstrations of:

Steve Deadman - UK/EMEA Customer Success Manager - Ideate SoftwareAbout BIM World

Professionals who use BIM and digital technologies meet at BIM World to learn about industry trends and best practices. In addition to visiting the booths of top BIM solutions providers, attendees had the opportunity to hear keynote speeches from industry leaders and to choose from nearly one hundred workshops and conferences, including several hosted by Autodesk.  

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April

13

2022

Every day, our Ideate Software Support team fields all types of questions from AECO professionals all around the world. You can review some of these recent question and answers via our Ideate Software Support Series blog category.

A nice question that came into our team concerned the ability to quality control dimensions within the Revit model. A customer asked if we could find all the overridden dimensions with one of our Ideate Software plugin solutions for Revit. In fact, we can review overridden dimensions in both Ideate BIMLink and Ideate Explorer.

The tool you choose might be dependent on the ultimate action you would like to take concerning the overridden dimension:

  • Included within Ideate BIMLink, we have a delivered a library link called QC-Dimensions. This link is setup to allow auditing for dimension overrides - this applies to single-segment dimensions only. You can also review and modify the Prefix, Suffix, and Value Override to make changes to a whole series of overridden dimensions.

    override dimensions - Ideate BIMLink plugin for Revit
    The QC-Dimensions library link, located under Quality Control, allows you to manipulate the Value Override, Prefix, and Suffix via Ideate BIMLink.
     
  • If you are looking to completely remove the dimension override, then Ideate Explorer might be the better tool. You can use Ideate Query to first find the overridden dimensions, and then you can double click on each overridden dimension to modify or remove the condition.

    Override Dimensions - Ideate Explorer plugin for Revit
    Select on the Dimension Category within Ideate Explorer and then use Ideate Query to select those dimensions that have been overridden within the model.

    Override Dimensions in Revit
    You can double-click on each Overridden Dimension and then use Revit to toggle back to the actual value.

Please review this online Help topic for the specific steps for using Ideate Query to discover overridden dimensions as well as additional Ideate Query workflow examples.

You can also review this 1-minute video on Cleaning up Text and Dimensions with Ideate Explorer. It’s tip #8 within a detailed list of 10 auditing tips for Ideate Explorer.

Now, overridden dimensions don’t need to be a source of frustration within your Revit model.

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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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April

12

2022

San Francisco, CA, April 12, 2022 – Ideate Software, an Autodesk® AEC Industry Partner and Autodesk® Authorized Developer, is pleased to present its latest customer spotlight, which highlights how JGMA benefits from Ideate Software add-ins for Revit. JGMA is a Chicago-based architecture and design firm with projects across North America, Latin America, Asia, and the Middle East. Its professionals look at each project as an opportunity to influence civic life and transform communities.

Bringing Ideate Software to JGMA

Esperanza Health Centers designed by JGMA
Esperanza Health Centers. JGMA designed this fully accessible building utilizing forward-thinking design to attract and unite the surrounding community.

When Darya Minosyants Stefanovic joined JGMA as the Director of Technology, she brought extensive experience with Ideate Software tools for Revit. “My last employer was a strong user and advocate of Ideate Software products,” said Darya. “I came to JGMA knowing their power, and after a few discussions and demonstrations of how we would spend less time on tedious Revit tasks, the team was sold.”

JGMA subscribed to all Ideate Software products, and within just a few weeks, the team was experiencing significant benefits:

  • Ideate StyleManager – Darya uses this Revit plug-in tool to streamline the process of managing templates and ensuring projects are set up with company standards. 
     
  • Ideate BIMLink – The architects and designers are digging into the functions of Ideate BIMLink for Revit. They immediately appreciated the fact that it enables them to quickly change worksets throughout a project and rename families.
     
  • Ideate Sticky – JGMA works extensively in MS Excel. They benefit from live-linking Excel spreadsheets to Revit projects, so the Stickies automatically reflect changes made to the Excel document.
     
  • Ideate Explorer – JGMA’s Senior Project Designer Ted Hogan has been advocating for the use of Ideate Explorer. As the team delves into the many ways it can help keep their models clean, they are using it get a broader understanding by isolating and previewing elements in 3D. 
     
  • IdeateApps – So far, JGMA’s favorite tools from the collection are Ideate SheetManager, which they use to quickly clone sheets with similar properties, place views on sheets, and align views between similar sheets and Ideate QuickSelect,which makes it easy to find out why elements are hidden and resolve problems. 

Read more about Ideate Software’s collaboration with JGMA. 

To learn more about how Ideate Software add-on products help Revit users save time, increase model accuracy, improve deliverables, and elevate design, visit the website. You can give them a try by downloading trial versions or purchasing the bundle for access to all the Revit plugin solutions for six months.


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, and Ideate StyleManager were all developed to solve persistent problems in architecture, engineering, construction, and owner (AECO) workflows. Ideate Software solutions enable Revit users to save time, increase accuracy, improve project deliverables, and elevate design.

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April

8

2022

Revit users from around the world submit feature requests to Autodesk through several official forums such as Revit Ideas, Autodesk Community, and the Revit Roadmap wishlist. Ideate Software pays attention! When developing new Revit plugin tools or enhancing existing tools, we dig into the forums to find out what real Revit users want, and we create tools that deliver. 

To call attention to our close connection to Revit users and to highlight a few of the Revit challenges we have solved, we posted a monthly blog series in 2021, which you can find by selecting the Series – Wishlist Granted link on our Blog page. Or, to see short demonstrations of 10 of the workflows featured, you can watch the recording of this webinar

Here’s a list of the requests addressed by Ideate Software tools and demonstrated in this webinar:

  1. Duplicate a Revit sheet while creating new views or swapping existing views of the sheet
     
  2. Control the view title alignment when aligning or swapping views on a sheet.
     
  3. Ease the documentation process with the help of the sheet and view tools
     
  4. Easily find elements that may be hidden in the Revit model
     
  5. Renumber almost any Revit element with intelligent rules and various methods for selection
     
  6. Implement a fully functional Revit spell checker that checks all sheets and views plus schedules
     
  7. Audit Revit models and select elements more easily
     
  8. Quickly review and fix Revit warnings to ensure a well performing model
     
  9. Manage, analyze, merge, and purge complicated Revit styles 
     
  10. Live link Excel, PDF, and Word documents into your Revit project

 
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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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March

31

2022

There are HUNDREDS of ways to manage Revit data with Ideate BIMLink, and we really appreciate The Architect’s Newspaper giving us the opportunity to spend some time discussing a few of them during a webinar in their CE Strong series of AIA-approved courses on an online platform. 

To appeal to a broad audience, we selected six workflows that apply to Revit users in all industries:

  1. Manage Revit revision data with ease 
  2. Create new Revit elements from information added to Microsoft Excel files
  3. Perform comprehensive Revit model health checks
  4. Edit Revit schedule data with ease and efficiency using Microsoft Excel
  5. Easily review Revit project standards to keep data consistent
  6. Create a quantity take-off report of your Revit project

Watch the recorded webinar to see demonstrations of these six workflows and for more information about how Ideate BIMLink allows users to access the huge amounts of data in their Revit models, push it out to Microsoft Excel for review/editing, and then pull the updated data back into Revit to update the model. Companies in the architecture, engineering, construction, and building-owner communities around the world use Ideate BIMLink daily to:

  • Access large amounts of data including from linked files
  • Edit parameter data quickly
  • Manage data beyond schedules
  • Manage Revit model coordinate data
  • Create new model and data content

 

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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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Learn More About the Power of Ideate BIMLink

As mentioned in the introduction paragraph, there are hundreds of ways to use our Ideate BIMLink Revit plugin to streamline Revit workflows. For more examples, check out our Ideate BIMLink blog posts. Here are links and summaries of some of the most recent posts: 

Copy Room Data to Other Phases and Models – This blog post shows how we helped two customers with similar challenges.

  • One customer needed to copy Room data from hundreds of rooms in one phase to the same location in another phase where the rooms already existed. The customer hesitated to delete the new rooms and replace them with copy/pasted rooms, because they were worried that they would orphan hundreds of room tags in consultant models that already referenced the new rooms.
  • The other customer needed to copy room data from a linked architectural model into the rooms of an interiors model; the architectural model contained a lot of room data and the interiors consultant needed to match that data in their rooms to add additional room finish information to the rooms in their models. 

In addition to providing step-by-step instructions and screenshots that help convey the workflow, the post includes a tip on when a manual review may be needed.

Place Viewports on Sheets – Ideate BIMLink for Revit comes with more than 300 pre-loaded link definitions to help users transfer data from their Revit models to Microsoft Excel for easy reviewing and editing. In this blog post, we show how to use one of those links to place viewports on a sheet. The link definition contains data such as the view name, sheet number, coordinate point, and viewport title data. The coordinate and viewport title data is especially important as it allows users to accurately place the viewports and view titles on the sheets. The blog post describes and shows screenshots of the next steps, which are filling out the information in Excel and then importing the data back into Revit. 

Create New Revit Views – When people think of our Ideate BIMLink Revit addin tool, they generally think about its ability to move data from a Revit model to Excel for easy editing and then push the updated data back into the model. This blog post features another benefit of Ideate BIMLink: Easily creating new data. Read the post to see how to create new plan views using link definitions that come pre-loaded in the software. You’ll see an example with screenshots showing how easy it is to customize the properties by using Excel to enter the data about the new plan views you wish to create and then using Ideate BIMLink to import the data back into Revit.

Swap Revit Families While Preserving Instance Parameter Data – We have heard from some customers who have had trouble type swapping some of their older Revit families with new ones because some of the parameter data from the older families did not transfer. They then had to edit the data manually, which is very time consuming and prone to errors. We were pleased to tell them that they can the Ideate BIMLink addin for Revit. We show the steps in this blog post, which uses an example of a series of details using the out-of-the-box break line detail component and type swapping the detail components with a newer break line with more appropriate jag and a heavier line weight.  

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