January

31

2019

Recently I had the honor of welcoming Laura Kay Smith to our first-in-a-series of customer-led webinars. Laura is the BIM Manager Lead, Complex Building Department at SNC Lavalin, one of the largest engineering firms in the world. She has more than 20 years of experience as an industry leader in the integration and implementation of BIM, and she is passionate about sharing her experiences to help others move forward and make BIM more prevalent in their firms. She is a frequent speaker at industry events such as Autodesk University and BIM User Groups across the U.S. and Canada, and she runs the BIMFreak blog and website.

At this webinar, Laura spoke about how to use Ideate Software applications to become a BIM manager superstar. She talked about the applications she uses, why she decided to use them, and where they fit into her workflow. She also provided examples of how she uses them.

Using Ideate Software Applications
 
The presentation was well-received; here are some quotes from attendees:

  • “Laura's explanation of how to create a standard process made a lot of sense. That, with how she used Ideate tools to get productivity out of the workflow, helped me better understand what I can do to improve my own BIM process.”
  • “I liked seeing how she combines both BIMLink and Sticky to get accurate information in the correct format.”
  • “I found value in her problem-solving skills. She has given me ideas to further leverage Ideate Software.”
  • “Managing large amount of data in big and complicated projects is always challenging and sometimes even tedious. It is encouraging to know from experienced BIM users that there is a way to do it properly.”

If you missed the presentation, would like to watch it again, or know someone that you think would enjoy it, here’s a link to a recording.

To hear more from Laura, visit her website, BIMFreak. Visit our website for more information on our applications. 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 18 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.

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January

23

2019

To provide outstanding sales, training, and support of our Autodesk Revit productivity applications around the world, Ideate Software partners with leading companies that are just as passionate about helping Revit users as we are. In the United Kingdom, we team with Excitech, the area’s largest Autodesk Platinum Partner. We were pleased that this partnership gave us the opportunity to present our products at the January 2019 University of the West of England (UWE) “Peer to Peer BIM” event. 

From my Boston, Massachusetts office, I presented virtually with Excitech’s Nick Johns, who was on site at the event. 

University of the West of England Event
Nick Johns, Excitech, on the ground at UWE, with Richard Taylor, Ideate Software, leading the presentation online from Boston, MA

During the presentation, I discussed common Revit data management workflows and challenges that are simplified or solved by using Ideate Software applications.  

The audience of UWE academia, BIM managers, and architects, including representatives from a leading UK infrastructure, buildings, developments and housing group, showed real interest in the presentation. People asked questions, shared their experiences, requested follow-up meetings, and committed to placing orders.

Although I’m always up for in-person meetings with Revit enthusiasts around the world, the partnership with Excitech made it easy and economical for me to virtually be in England. It offers me the ability to help those learning about or using BIM and Revit in their efforts to efficiently plan, design, construct, and manage buildings and infrastructure. I send out a big thank you to Nick Johns, Excitech, and UWE.

Visit our website for more information on our Revit productivity applications. 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 18 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.

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January

17

2019

Ideate ReNumber can be used in a multitude of situations. For example, you can renumber elements by picking them one by one or by using detail lines that cross through elements or have vertices that touch elements. In some situations, you can automatically renumber elements based on how the rule was created.

But did you know that you can also renumber elements from within a Revit schedule?

If you have a schedule of elements that you want to renumber in the order displayed in your schedule, check out the short video at the bottom of this post. It will help you save a lot of time on renumbering tasks.

Ideate ReNumber is part of our IdeateApps collection of tools designed to simplify the tasks that Revit users perform most often.

Existing IdeateApps customers can request the two custom rules shown in the video by contacting support@ideatesoftware.com.

Revit Productivity Tools - ReNumber elements in Schedules with IdeateApps

You can use Ideate ReNumber in schedules to quickly renumber elements based on the display order of the schedule.

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

Sash Kazeminejad - AIA, LEED AP, BCI, BCC - Customer Success Manager
Sash earned his Master of Architecture from Montana State University and is a California registered architect, LEED Accredited Professional, and a Bluebeam Certified Instructor. 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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January

14

2019

Our recent blog post about the 10th anniversary of the launch of Ideate Explorer was very popular! 

Well, your interest in the history and current state of the software got our brain cells churning a bit. The team and I realized that although we have a lot of videos on many of the amazing auditing and discovery workflows that Ideate Explorer supports, we didn’t have one that put the whole thing together. So, we packed all the features and functions of Ideate Explorer into a 10-minute video, Ideate Explorer Overview.

Ideate Explorer - A true model browser
Ideate Explorer is a true model browser that shows crucial information about every instance of every element within your Revit model. 

Here are links to other videos on specific topics that may also interest you:

•    Ideate Explorer for BIM Management and Model Auditing
•    Ideate Explorer with Ideate Query workflows for advanced search and selection.
•    Ideate Explorer for Warnings Management workflows.

Want to see them all? Here’s a link to all our Ideate Explorer videos.

Let us know what you think. We would love to hear stories about how you use Ideate Explorer in your daily Revit workflows and model management to solve difficult problems.   
 


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 18 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.

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January

10

2019

At Ideate Software, we develop software that expands existing workflows in Autodesk Revit software. When creating Ideate ViewCreator, we gave a lot of attention to enhancing view templates in Revit. Revit view templates are used for creating and maintaining consistent standards. That strength is enhanced by Ideate ViewCreator, which ensures that each new view created meets the set standards.

If view consistency isn’t compelling enough, here are two more reasons to use view templates when working with Ideate ViewCreator.

  1. Improve Performance
    The use of view templates has a drastic impact on the performance of Ideate ViewCreator. If the original view has a template assigned, the time to process all the settings is significantly reduced. This is most notable when using the ‘Plans To Levels’ method:
    • With a template in place, the generation of each view takes one second or less. 
    • Without a template, the time is largely dependent on the number of object styles in a file. In a file with 900 objects styles, each view will take 2.5 seconds to generate. In a file with 1,600 object styles, each view will take more than 5 seconds. We have one file that has 4,200 object styles. Each view in that file takes more than 16 seconds to generate! When doing a large batch process, this can feel like forever.
       
  2. Assign Design Option and Linked File Graphics
    Unfortunately, we don’t have access to some view settings through the Revit API, including the valuable design option and linked file graphics. Thankfully, all these settings are supported by view templates. 

    With the power of partial view templates, Ideate ViewCreator supports the handling of these specific settings independently from the other graphics settings. This allows the design option graphics to be applied to views that would have different templates assigned by layering the view templates. See our online Help for a detailed example.

Duplicating Views in Ideate ViewCreator - Revit Productivity Tool


About Ideate ViewCreator

Part of our IdeateApps collection, Ideate ViewCreator is used to create views with the right names and the right settings every time. With it, you can generate hundreds of views across levels, disciplines, and more. 

Learn more about Ideate ViewCreator in our extensive online Help. Ready to give it a try? Download a trial version or subscribe today.


About the Author

Jesika DiGregorio - Software Team Lead
Jesika received her Bachelor of Architecture from the University of Oregon in Eugene where she also spent time studying advanced math. Her work experience includes Junior Designer at an award-winning firm specializing in architecture and land planning, and Intern Architect at a firm that provides services in planning, design, construction documents and construction administration for projects of all sizes. After working in architecture design for several years, Jesika decided to pursue her interest in programming and her love of efficient systems. She now serves as a Software Team Lead for Ideate Software. 

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