July

30

2020

This is the first post in a series of three provided by BIMAGE Consulting, our value-added reseller in Singapore. Keep an eye out for additional posts on how our other Revit productivity tools also contribute to successful BCA BIM e-submissions in that country.

Established in 2010, BIMAGE is the leading technology company in BIM/VDC and Digitized Construction within Singapore. BIMAGE helps customers optimize design development, construction and operation phases of buildings and infrastructure while using various technologies, including Revit and Ideate Software tools plus other BIM software such as virtual design and construction, augmented reality/virtual reality, geographic information systems, cloud, mobile and more. 

The Challenge – Complying with Varying E-Submission Requirements

For several years, Singapore Building and Construction Authority (BCA) has mandated that design consultants submit their native BIM models for new developments with a gross floor area of more than 5,000 square meters through an e-submission system for design approval. E-submission is voluntary for developments with a gross floor area less than or equal to 5,000 square meters.

In line with this, BCA published several Code of Practices for BIM e-submission to clearly define the requirements for each discipline. There are also templates for different BIM software along with the respective guidelines and recommended processes.

BIMAGE - Singapore
 
Screenshot of e-submission page showing the many links to instructions and forms by discipline

Using the e-submission system, design consultants must obtain approval from seven different authorities before commencing the construction work for any project, and each has different criteria and requirements. 

When design consultants prepare the BIM models for the submission, they often spend a significant amount of time:

  • Creating multiple views and sheets for all regulatory agencies
  • Adhering to the various naming conventions and standards
  • Completing extensive quality checks

Some examples include removing worksets, making sure all views are located on the correct View Category, updating the cover page, and ensuring the BIM model meets all the requirements. 

BIMAGE - Singapore
Example of View Categories and Views for one of the seven regulatory agencies

Speeding the Process with Three IdeateApps Tools

With Ideate Software tools, most of these tasks can be quickly completed within hours or even minutes. Here are some examples of how three tools within the IdeateApps collection speed the process, eliminate errors, and reduce frustrations:

  1. Ideate ViewCreator is a perfect tool to help consultants create multiple views with customizable rule sets and criteria. While duplicating the required views, consultants can easily adjust many settings, including:
    • View naming
    • View scales
    • View templates
    • Scope boxes
  2. Ideate SheetManager is used by consultants to create multiple new sheets and manage the views on sheets, as well as perform one-click sheet cloning and view alignments to satisfy submission needs. 
  3. Ideate SpellCheck can then be used to check the spelling of all sheets at once, so the team can spot mistakes and make corrections in time.

Undoubtedly, IdeateApps is a valuable productivity application that assists in the BCA BIM e-submission process. BIMAGE Consulting has helped many consultants to adopt Ideate Software workflows on multiple projects. 

Browse the Ideate Software website for more information on Ideate Apps and our other Revit productivity tools. Give them a try with a free trial version, or subscribe today

Authors

Ms. Lee Yih Perng – Manager, BIM/VDC/Smart Cities, BIMAGE Consulting
Ms. Pratibha – Senior Consultant, Architecture & Planning, BIMAGE Consulting


 

 

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June

1

2020

Brian Mackey of BD Mackey Consulting joined our webinar to speak about how he uses Ideate Software applications. Brian has worked in the AEC industry for more than 30 years. He is a frequent speaker at industry events, and he hosts Revit Radio and shares insights regularly through blog, Twitter and LinkedIn posts.   

During this 60-minute webinar, Brian demonstrated how he uses Ideate Software tools. “I did a webinar for Ideate Software already on Ideate StyleManager. Because I use some of their other tools in kind of round-about ways, I wanted to talk about how I use them.”

Brian started with his favorite tool, Ideate StyleManager, which he uses on a daily basis.

Then he switched gears to talk about Ideate Explorer, a tool he has started using more often when reviewing and cleaning up projects for clients. He demonstrated how he uses the Sort by and Navigate features and gave several examples of how they helped him quickly solve client challenges. He talked about the Warnings Manager feature and said, “I don’t ever touch the Revit warnings anymore.” When demonstrating Warnings Manager, Brian pulled up the warnings on a project and stumbled across a recent update that simplifies the processes of correcting overlapped sketch lines on handrails. “You guys eliminated a step for me,” he said. “Kudos to the team!” 

If you missed the session or would like to see it again, here’s a link to the recording.


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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

30

2020

Want to hear what three BIM experts have to say about Ideate Software tools? Tune in to the April 28, 2020 episode of BIMThoughts from their website or their new YouTube channel. You’ll hear a deep dive discussion into Ideate Software tools, and in particular, Ideate StyleManager, by:

  • Bill Debevc – BIMThoughts founder and AEC software expert with 29+ years of experience using, supporting and customizing AutoCAD and Revit software
  • Carl Storms – Technical Solutions Lead at BIM Track with 20+ years of AEC experience, including 10 years of teaching at the collegiate and industry level. Read his blog, The BIMSider
  • Dana De Filippi – BIM Technologist at SmithGroup with almost a decade of experience in base building architecture, including developing advanced workflows using Revit

The three panelists provide an entertaining, 30-minute overview of how they and their teams use Ideate StyleManager to analyze the styles in their models, delete styles, batch merge styles, and more.  
Here are a few quotes from the podcast:

  • “Ideate has been able to break the borders in a lot of the things that Revit can’t do.”
     
  • “Reach out to our friends at Ideate to get some free trials and you will be sold, just as we are, with every single one of their tools.” 
     
  • “Ideate Software’s fit and finish is second to none.” 

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April

15

2020

San Francisco, CA, 04/15/2020 – Ideate Software, a veteran Autodesk Developer Network member, is pleased to share how San Francisco-based architectural firm WRNS Studio uses Ideate Software tools.

“We’ve been working with Ideate Software for years,” said Jason Halaby, Architect & BIM Manager at WRNS Studio. “Each one of their products tackles specific challenges we face with Revit software. They help us save time with a variety of model tasks, freeing up time for our designers to do what they do best, innovate and design.”

WRNS uses Ideate Software’s Revit productivity solutions in the following ways:

  • Ideate StyleManager - “Ideate StyleManager is our go-to tool for model cleanup at project milestones. Revit does not provide easy access and manipulation of certain classes of elements, such as LineStyles, Object Styles, Filters, etc. With Ideate StyleManager, we can find unused or duplicate styles and merge or delete them – this provides a level of model cleanup that was not previously possible.”
     
  • Ideate BIMLink - “Increasingly our model data is becoming a part of our deliverables. Ideate BIMLink gives us an easy way to manipulate model data efficiently in Excel and bring it back to Revit. Door schedules, Finish schedules, Sheet indexes, Type management schedules are commonly edited with Ideate BIMLink at WRNS.”
     
  • Ideate Explorer - “Without Ideate Explorer, Revit is not a fully functional BIM authoring platform. WRNS relies on Ideate Explorer’s detailed selection filtering, query tools, and warning manager for many of our model management tasks, which include finding in-place families, auditing worksets, filtering selections by type, finding and resolving warnings, and generally providing a more transparent window into the model database.”
     
  • IdeateApps - “We use Ideate Renumber extensively to number rooms, doors, parking stalls, and other elements. Ideate SmartDelete is critical to our workflow during the documentation phase because it helps us determine where model changes will impact documentation views. Ideate X-Ray is great for troubleshooting those tricky visibility issues. And Ideate SheetManager is a great alternative to the Revit Project Browser for finding and manipulating views and sheets.”


WRNS Project: Sonoma Academy

Read more about WRNS and Ideate Software. 


About Ideate Software
Ideate Software 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

7

2020

Did you missed this webinar? If so, I recommend you take just 30 minutes and watch the recording. You’ll hear three people from the ZGF Architects Design Technology Team talk about the following topics:

  1. How they approach absolutely huge projects (......millions of square feet) like Google, Expedia and Expensify
  2. How planning over the past several years helped them successfully transition their people from the office to remote home-working to comply with the Covid 19 shelter-in-place orders
  3. How they supplement Autodesk Revit software with tools, including those from Ideate Software, to build the complex geometries needed for their ambitious designs

 ZGF
ZGF project for Google - Interior remodel of the hangar where Howard Hughes stored the Spruce Goose

I was pleased to welcome the following people from ZGF:

•    Andrew Cocke, Design Technology Manager
•    Dane Stokes, Design Technology Specialist
•    Trevor Taylor, Associate Principal

Trevor said, “Ideate Software products are central to our toolkit. We particularly use Ideate BIMLink and Ideate Explorer. They're the MRI and CT scanners of our toolkit; they help to get inside the Revit model.”

Providing an example, they talked about a project with 1,500 parking spaces that needed to be sequentially numbered and labeled. The team used Ideate BIMLink to export the data to Microsoft Excel, where they easily sorted, numbered and labeled the spots. The project, which had been budgeted for three days, took less than 30 minutes.

“Focus on using the right tools,” said Trever. “If you only have a sledgehammer, all your projects will end up looking like rocks.”

Visit 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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