September

3

2018

San Francisco, CA, September 3, 2018 – Ideate, Inc., a Bluebeam Platinum Partner, announced that it will sponsor and exhibit at the Mechanical Contractors Association of Western Washington’s 2018 Conference on September 20, 2018, at the Washington State Convention Center in Seattle, WA. It is also hosting the cocktail reception from 3:45 p.m. – 5:00 p.m. in rooms 602-604. The reception is open to all attendees, and full conference attendees will receive two drink tickets in their conference packets. 

“This conference attracts professionals who use Bluebeam Revu software. As a leading provider of Bluebeam products and services, we appreciate this opportunity to showcase the reasons Ideate is the best choice for Bluebeam software, training, and consulting services,” said Bob Palioca, President of Ideate. 

Attendees are invited to visit Ideate at booth 16 to meet David Haynes, Certified Bluebeam Consultant, and Ethan Collins, Account Manager. David and Ethan will discuss how Ideate helps customers get a strong return on their investment in Bluebeam software with:

  • Personalized service – A dedicated Account Manager that:
    • Works on customer service questions and quotes
    • Helps manage licenses and installations
    • Recommends the best licensing options
  • Dedicated support – A team of Bluebeam Certified Consultants and Instructors that:
    • Provides an alternative to contacting Bluebeam 
    • Leverages their knowledge to quickly provide the right answers
    • Works with Bluebeam to get client issues escalated and resolved
  • Training options
    • FREE, live webinars led by Bluebeam Certified Instructors
    • Recordings of free webinars available 24/7
    • Classroom and online training and consulting 
  • Easy, cost-effective ordering process
    • Easy to navigate website
    • Convenient and secure online ordering
    • Possible discount when purchasing multiple licenses

MCAWW helps its members through numerous services, including resolving labor disputes, providing customized training, answering safety-related questions, and assisting with bid procedures. Its conference is open to all employees of MCAWW member firms. For a list of members, visit the MCAWW website. For more information on the conference, review the Registration Brochure.


About Ideate, Inc.

Ideate, Inc. is a leading provider of solutions designed for the AECO community. Ideate is committed to helping customers get the most out of their workflow investments. It has been working with Bluebeam since 2008 and is a Platinum-level partner. Bluebeam awarded Ideate, Inc. with Platinum status, the highest level possible, for the best-in-class service provided through sales, support, consulting, and training. In addition to its Platinum-level status, Ideate, Inc. is an Authorized Bluebeam Service Provider and a Bluebeam Certified Training Provider.

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August

29

2018

Chances are that, if you are like me, you have been guilty of placing Revit model elements on incorrect Worksets. I have been using Revit since 2005, and I still manage to place elements on the incorrect Workset all the time. Call it habit. After all, the current Workset selector is at the bottom the screen and is easily forgotten.

Fortunately, we have a way to easily audit Worksets and move elements to the appropriate workset with Ideate Explorer and the Query feature built into the software. Here is a brief synopsis on this process.

To easily sort Ideate Explorer by Workset, have the Ideate Explorer tree display your entire model contents by Entire Project (See 1 in the image below) and then sort the entire tree by Workset (2). If you want to filter out other Worksets, such as Project Standards and Views, set the Filter to <Model>, which will only display the User Created Worksets (3).

Looking at this example, we see that we have a Plumbing Fixture Workset with some plumbing fixtures and a wall. The wall should be moved to Workset 1, while the plumbing fixtures should remain. Looking under Workset 1, we can see Plumbing Fixtures (5), which should belong to the Plumbing Fixtures Workset (4). Simply select the elements that are on the incorrect workset, then go to the Properties panel, and select the Workset they belong to. They will move to the correct Workset.

Audit Worksets

If you are unable to change the Workset in the Properties dialog because it is grayed out, it may be because some of the elements that you selected are nested. In this case, you can launch the Query Feature and query the selection by Is Nested.

Audit Worksets

While the elements are still selected, click on the Query button (1). Verify that you have the items selected and that they match the element count in the Ideate Explorer tree (2). Under the search feature, type in a key word, like Nested (3). Find Is Nested and select it (4). Select the non-nested elements, which will be listed as FALSE (5). Click the Select button to further filter the selection (6).

Audit Worksets

Return to the Properties dialog and verify that you can move the elements to the correct workset. In this case, we want to move the plumbing fixtures from Workset 1 to the Plumbing Fixtures Workset.

Audit Worksets

You can also use Query to filter out similar conditions, such as elements that are in modeled as In-Place Families or those that are within Groups, as detailed in our Help file.

Disorganized Revit Worksets will lead to unexpected visibility. Try Ideate Explorer today to prevent printing errors and wasted time in your Revit models. 

For implementation services or to learn more about how Ideate Explorer can help your business, please contact sales@ideatesoftware.com.


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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August

27

2018

The Ideate Software team returned to Portland, OR and Boston, MA from the BiLT NA Conference in St. Louis, Missouri. We are still thinking about all the great conversations, presentations, and events that transpired during the conference from August 9 – 11, 2018.

Did you visit us at the Ideate Software booth, or did you attend one of our classes?

My colleague, Richard Taylor, presented on a topic that continues to plague many Revit users: finding elements that should be visible in views, but for some reason do not! His presentation was appropriately titled “Visibility #$@! Storm with Revit.” As you may be aware, there are over 50 reasons an element may not be visible in a view, and sometimes trying to figure out which one can just drive you insane! If you would like more information, be sure to check out Richard’s BiLT NA blog post.

I also presented at BiLT NA this year, and my topic was, “Revit Phasing From A to Z.” This presentation was successful because the topic of phasing serves as a reminder of the importance of coordinating Phasing before modeling anything. We also took a deep dive into the graphical settings for phasing and hierarchy of where Phasing belongs in Revit’s overall graphical hierarchy. This presentation also served as a reminder as to why we should not create demolition phases.

Phasing in Revit touches functionality within our Ideate Software solutions. Watch this video to see how you can create new views with the correct phase settings with our Ideate ViewCreator tool. 
 

While Revit Phasing plays an important role in the graphical hierarchy of Revit models, other settings and overrides take precedence over Phasing. This topic was presented to the group as a reminder of how overrides can greatly affect the output of design documentation.

Here’s a picture of my session. I always try and have a casual conversation when presenting to the audience. The red arrow is pointing at me.

For implementation services or to learn more about how Ideate Software tools can help your business, please contact sales@ideatesoftware.com.


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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August

23

2018

The Ideate Software team has returned from the gateway to the west in St. Louis, Missouri. We are back in our Portland, Oregon and Boston, Massachusetts locations, but we are still thinking about all the great conversations, presentations, and events that transpired at the BiLT North American Conference on August 9 – 11, 2018.

Did you see us at the Ideate Software booth, or did you attend one of our classes? Fear not, if we were out of your View Range, or maybe on a different city-defined Workset that was not visible from St. Louis.

As you can tell from my bad view analogy and puns, I presented a class entitled “Visibility #$@! Storm with Revit.” During the presentation, we went over a Revit visibility checklist, and we showcased Ideate XRay, one of the amazing tools within IdeateApps. Ideate XRay helps you understand complex Revit visibility problems.

I am pleased to report that the slide below, one of the many tips and tricks in my presentation, was recognized at the closing session as one of the top 10 tips from all the classes presented during the BiLT North America sessions! This slide shows the detailed and highly informative graphics that are included as HELP within Ideate XRay. These graphics were highlighted as extremely helpful in understanding the complex View Range settings in Revit.

BiLT NA Tip

Want to learn more about Ideate XRay? Review a short video.

For even MORE fun, you can review a recording of a full one-hour class the power of XRay.

Welcoming people to my presentation on Ideate XRay, showing off new St. Louis Starbuck’s mugs

Stay tuned for a post from my colleague, Sash Kazeminejad, with his take on BiLT North America and Revit Phasing.

For implementation services or to learn more about how IdeateApps can help your business, please contact sales@ideatesoftware.com.


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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August

22

2018

IdeateApps is a set of Revit applications designed to increase the productivity of the entire project team. 

Developed with specific tasks in mind, these tools address the challenges identified by people who use Revit software every day. IdeateApps will decrease the time spent on common tasks and increase the accuracy of BIM data in a Revit model, helping to keep projects of all sizes and complexities on time and on budget.

Any one of these IdeateApps tools for Revit can save your project from a death spiral of inefficiency. What happens when you use more than one? Be the hero and learn more about this five-star collection of Revit productivity tools by attending this webinar.

Class Schedule

United Kingdom and European Time Zones
Tuesday, September 11, 2018
Time: 1:30 PM BST / 2:30 PM CEST
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Australian and Asian Time Zones
Thursday, September 13, 2018
Time: 9:30 AM AWST / 11:30 AM AET
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North and South American Time Zones
Date: Thursday, September 13, 2018
Time: 9:30 AM PDT / 12:30 PM EDT
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Visit our Events page for details of all upcoming events. For more information on how Ideate Software tools can streamline your Revit workflows, visit our website or contact us at sales@ideatesoftware.com.

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