Glynnis Patterson, our Director of Software Development, and I had the chance to visit San Francisco on May 1-5, 2023

Nivin Nabeel and Glynnis Patterson - Ideate SoftwareDuring the trip, we presented our latest and upcoming features to a selected group from the AECO community and showcased our latest software solutions that respond to our customers’ requests, improve workflows, and increase productivity. 

The event was held at the Salesforce Tower with incredible views of the city.

Photo by Ben Alfonso. Looking out the Salesforce Tower into the San Francisco Skyline

We visited Woods Bagot and Y.A. Studio at their offices, and we held an event that people from many prominent Bay Area firms attended. During that event, I spoke about our latest product developments. Topics included:  

  • Introduction to Dynamic Filters within Ideate Explorer
  • Align and Distribute Text and Tags
  • Documentation Health Within the Review Tab within Ideate Annotate
    • Grid and Level Markers Clashing 
    • Hidden and Cropped Detail Groups
    • Unexpected Keynotes
    • Duplicate Tags
    • Customizable Filters
  • Material and Compound Layer Management
  • Shared Parameters Creation
  • Sheet and View Set Management
  • New Features in Ideate ViewCreator
    • Copying Schedules and Updating Their Filter Values 
    • Creating Views from Rooms that Exist in Linked Models
  • Ideate Automation! 

Throughout the event, attendees had the opportunity to ask questions about the software solutions presented. They also had the chance to network with other Revit users and learn about best practices and industry trends.

We also had the privilege to sponsor and attend the 2023 AIASF Design Awards that was held at Herbst Theatre! Congratulations to all the winners! You can read more about this event in our previous blog post.

Overall, Ideate Software's visit to San Francisco was a success, with attendees expressing enthusiasm about the new features presented, and we heard a lot of wonderful feedback on the new implemented features. We wanted to extend a big thank you to Gensler, WRNS Studio, SOM, HOK, Modulus Consulting, BAMO, Interior Architects, Hart Howerton, Foster + Partners, San Francisco Public Works, and EHDD for sharing their ideas and feedback with us this past week. 

This event demonstrated Ideate Software's commitment to providing innovative solutions that help Revit users overcome their challenges and achieve their goals.

We look forward to upcoming city visits, but we left our hearts in San Francisco! 

Check out our Events page to learn of other opportunities to meet with the Ideate Software team in person and vitually. Browse our website to learn more about how Ideate Software products help Revit users save time, increase model accuracy, improve deliverables and elevate design. You can give them a try by downloading trial versions.

About the Author

Nivin Nabeel, Customer Success Manager, Americas

Nivin has a background in architecture, visual arts, and computer science and has extensive experience in managing and manipulating BIM data, developing and implementing BIM standards and workflows, and applying BIM workflows to ancillary project components for improved efficiency. Before joining Ideate Software, Nivin worked at several architecture and design firms where she learned about Ideate Software products, used them, advocated for them, implemented them, and trained others on how to use them. She earned her Bachelor of Architectural Science degree from Toronto Metropolitan University. Follow Nivin on LinkedIn.

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With 165+ seminars on projects and trends, 20+ knowledge development workshops, and 60+ sessions from leading building product manufacturers, the AIA Conference on Architecture 2023, June 7-10 in San Francisco, California, promises to be informative, interesting, and fun!  

Ideate Software - San FranciscoConference-Only Tours

Adding to the excitement is Open Studio Night, which is the ability to explore San Francisco’s iconic architecture through conference-only tours on June 9 from 6:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. 

Choose from Nine Tours 

As the Studio Sponsor of Open Studio Night, we are pleased to promote the opportunity for all conference attendees to select from tours that showcase a diverse range of practice types, firm sizes, and disciplines. Each collection includes three to five firms located within a 20-minute walk from each other, and many are located in architecturally significant buildings and/or have unique city views. Visit the firms in any order to chat with staff, learn about their latest work, and enjoy drinks and snacks.

If you choose to go to Open Studio Night #5, be sure to go into the Vault Room when you tour the Center for Architecture + Design. Several Ideate Software team members will be there, and they are looking forward to meeting or catching up with people while sharing snacks and discussing BIM, Revit, and Ideate Software tools.

Get Details

To get details on each of the tours and select the one that interests you the most, go to the Schedule page and search for “Open Studio Night.” 


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Ideate Software was pleased to attend and participate in BIM World Paris earlier this month. 

Nick Johns at BIM World Paris
Nick Johns welcoming visitors
Steve Deadman at BIM World Paris
Steve Deadman showcasing our add-ins at the booth 

My colleague Nick Johns, Ideate Software’s UK/EMEA Lead, and I shared a booth with Altam, Ideate Software’s partner in France. Together, we had many interesting conversations about BIM and Revit with customers and non-customers alike. 

We listened as Revit users discussed their challenges, and we demonstrated how our Revit add-in products can help address those challenges. We also got a few ideas for future product enhancements, which we were happy to share with our software development team. 

Visitors to our booth appreciated that our products are available in French, one of the six languages we offer. They also appreciated that all our brochures and other material were in French. 

BIM World is an important event for Ideate Software. It’s been around since 2015, and it is seen as the “must-attend event” for construction and urban development professionals involved in the digital transformation of the industry.

Prior the conference, we connected with some of our customers in Paris. These meetings gave us the opportunity to discuss and understand their Revit data management needs and challenges as well as share the latest updates to Ideate Software products.

Thank you, Paris! We enjoyed the visit and look forward to more.

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

About the Author

Steve Deadman - Customer Success Manager - EMEA
Steve provides support to customers and helps them get a strong return on their software investment. He has a B.Eng (Hons) degree in Mechanical Engineering and various certifications in engineering. Before joining Ideate Software, he worked at several top architectural firm in the United Kingdom where he specialized in the implementation and management of BIM processes and technology. Find Steve on LinkedIn.



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Recently I spent a busy week in Singapore attending, exhibiting, and presenting at Build Tech Asia 2023 as well as meeting with representatives from several architecture and engineering firms during a city tour with BIMAGE Consulting, Ideate Software’s partner in the area.

Richard Taylor at Build Tech Asia 2023With more than 4,000 attendees throughout the three-day event, the conference was a success.

We had a steady flow of construction professionals, engineers, architects, and BIM and Revit enthusiasts at the booth we shared with BIMAGE Consulting. Conversations were lively as we learned about Revit challenges and shared how our products can address those challenges.

In addition to spending time one-on-one or in small groups with people who visited our booth, I also had the opportunity to deliver a 20-minute presentation called, “Enhance Your Revit BIM Deliverables with Ideate Software” at a session crowded with people looking to increase their company’s competitiveness by accelerating the adoption of digitalized solutions and smart technologies.

Following the conference, my colleagues from BIMAGE and I hit the streets and visited several customers and prospective customers. I especially like this type of meeting because there are limited distractions and people seem to be very comfortable in familiar surroundings, which can increase engagement. Thank you to BIMAGE for setting up most of the appointments!

Visit our Events page to learn about more chances to meet with the Ideate Software team, both virtually and in person.
Browse the Ideate Software website to learn more about how Ideate Software tools help Revit users save time, increase model accuracy, improve deliverables and elevate design. You can give them a try by downloading trial versions or purchasing the bundle for access to our add-ins for Revit, which includes Ideate BIMLink, Ideate Explorer, Ideate Sticky, Ideate StyleManager, and IdeateApps for six months.


About the Author

Richard Taylor, Ideate Software Technical EvangelistRichard 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 23 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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As a developer of leading software used by companies in the architecture, engineering, construction, and owner-operator fields, we have the honor of working every day with customers that design and build some of the most beautiful and innovative structures in the world.

We are pleased to be the Silver Sponsor of the 2023 AIA San Francisco Design Awards to:

  • San FranciscoRecognize Bay Area individuals and organizations for their achievements in architecture and design
  • Celebrate the work of architects and related professionals from afar who contribute to the framework of the local built environment
  •  Inform the public of the breadth and value of architectural practice

Awards will be given in three main categories—Architecture, Interior Architecture, and Unbuilt Design—and the jury may choose to recognize projects that exhibit special achievements in four concentrations—Historic Preservation, Social Responsibility, Technology Excellence, and Urban Design.

We are looking forward to seeing our Bay Area customers, partners, and friends, and joining in the celebration of the tremendous work done to enhance the quality of life in the local communities. 


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