November

10

2021

San Francisco, CA, November 10, 2021 – Ideate Software, an Autodesk® AEC Industry Partner and Autodesk® Authorized Developer, is pleased to announce that Tim Teigen rejoined its team as an account manager. Tim is responsible for maintaining and building relationships with companies within the architecture, engineering, construction and business owner (AECO) community that use Autodesk Revit software, helping them benefit from Ideate Software’s Revit data management plug-in tools.

Tim’s professional experience includes 12 years working in the Autodesk value-added reseller channel. He previously worked with the members of the Ideate Software team as a trusted advisor, serving as a client advocate and delivering an excellent customer experience.

“Working with Ideate Software is the perfect next step in my career of helping companies get a strong return on their technology investments,” said Tim. “I appreciate that they follow a relationship-based sales approach, and I’m looking forward to getting to know Revit users and BIM managers at both large and small firms. My goal is to help them use Ideate Software tools to gain a competitive edge by increasing productivity and creating more interesting and stable Revit models.”  

“We are thrilled to welcome Tim back to the team,” said Craig H. Dodge, Sales Director, Ideate. “He brings extensive knowledge of Autodesk, Revit software, the AECO community and our Revit add-ins, as well as our team, culture and mission. He hit the ground running, immediately helping people understand their Revit challenges and recommending solutions that make sense for their company, people and workflows.” 

Tim earned his Bachelor of Arts degree in English from Portland State University and is a black belt in Mo Duk Pai Kung Fu. He enjoys training in the martial arts and is an avid hobby board gamer. 

Tim is based out of Portland, Oregon, United States.
 


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.

Autodesk and Autodesk Revit are trademarks of Autodesk, Inc. and/or its subsidiaries and/or affiliates in the USA and/or other countries.

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November

3

2021

San Francisco, CA, November 3, 2021 – Ideate Software, an Autodesk® AEC Industry Partner and Autodesk® Authorized Developer, is pleased to present its latest customer spotlight, which highlights how Engineering PLUS benefits from Ideate Software add-ins for Revit. Engineering PLUS was established in 1996 to fill a need for extremely detailed drawings for contractors. Today, they deliver smart, cost-effective infrastructure designs to large and small companies around the world. 

Miguel Granja, BIM Manager, Engineering PLUS, said, “When I interviewed with Engineering PLUS and discussed their reputation for delivering outstanding innovative technology design solutions, I suggested that they look into Ideate Software, whether they hired me or not. It’s a year later, and I’m here and we use Ideate Software tools on a daily basis.”

Tremendous Value Within Month One

Within Miguel’s first month at Engineering PLUS, the company used Ideate BIMLink on a transportation project to change a few instance parameters on a large number of families. “With Ideate BIMLink, the time spent editing reduced from hours to less than 10 minutes, and we were confident that all the data on the changed parameters was correct. Our staff was happy because they delivered high-quality work quickly without having to perform tedious tasks.”

Daily Tasks Simplified  

When talking about how Ideate Software tools for Revit have saved them time while enhancing their designs, the team at Engineering PLUS shared several ways they use the plugins:

  • They use Ideate BIMLink to quickly manage sheet revisions, create and update sheet information, extract data from link models and populate schedules.
  • Ideate Sticky is their Revit add-in tool of choice for importing schedules and charts from Excel, importing specification documents from Word and creating schedules from linked models to use as references.
  • The two tools from the IdeateApps collection they use most often are Ideate SheetManager for initial model set up and Ideate ReNumber for renumbering and reorganizing detail sheets or sheets with multiple views.

Read more about Ideate Software’s collaboration with Engineering PLUS

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 US$500 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.

Autodesk and Autodesk Revit are trademarks of Autodesk, Inc. and/or its subsidiaries and/or affiliates in the USA and/or other countries.

Microsoft Excel and Microsoft Word are registered trademarks of Microsoft Corporation in the United States and other countries. All other brand names, product names or trademarks belong to their respective holders.

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October

25

2021

Every day, our Ideate Software Support team fields all types of questions from AECO professionals all around the world.

I recently had the pleasure of demonstrating Ideate Automation to one of our longtime customers. During the demonstration, I was asked if Ideate Automation could be used to process custom Ideate BIMLink definitions, specifically Revision Cloud Comments. Their goal was to periodically export certain Revision Cloud information for review. The data review could be read manually using pivot tables, Excel macros, or by other means, such as Power BI. Although we ship Ideate Automation with scripts that point to standard Ideate BIMLink link definition files, users can indeed use Ideate Automation to process custom Ideate BIMLink link definitions.

Here is the process to accomplish the requested task.

Step 1

In Ideate BIMLink, begin with a pre-configured link that meets most of your criteria. In this example, we began with the Revision_Clouds-Review link definition.

Ideate BIMLink and Ideate Automation

 
Step 2

Add or remove parameters, as necessary, until the link definition meets your criteria. In this case, we removed a few parameters that were not needed for the QA/QC task.

If there are other links that you want to customize, go ahead and do so. It may be a good idea to rename the link definitions and edit the comments section, so they describe the link in detail.

Step 3

After customizing the link(s), right click on them and save them to a folder location that Ideate Automation can access. Once completed, close out of all open Revit versions and launch Ideate Automation.

Ideate BIMLink and Ideate Automation

Step 4

For the example that was presented, we used the IBL-MP-Export_Publish task. The advantage of using this script is that we can process the custom link definition(s) exported from Ideate BIMLink for multiple Revit files and export multiple links to one excel file on a per-project basis.

Ideate BIMLink and Ideate Automation


The Ideate Automation steps for this workflow are as follow:

  1. Select the IBL-MP-Export_Publish script
  2. Browse and select the Revit file(s) you wish to process
  3. Select a folder where the Revision information for each Revit project will be exported. For this script, all file exports will end up in the export folder location you choose
  4. Modify the Excel export file names, if required. The default setting for this script is the Revit file name, plus today’s date, followed by the Excel file extension of .xlsx
  5. Browse to the folder location where you exported your custom BIMLink link definitions. ALL links in this folder will be processed by Ideate Automation, so if there are any links that you do not want to process, you may want to move those links to a different folder
  6. Select Create & Run to let Ideate Automation process the selected Revit files from Step 2
  7. Be sure to review the Ideate Automation Queue for any errors. A successful process will return an Error Code 0

Shown here is an example of the files that were outputted as a result. In this example, we chose four Revit files for Ideate Automation to process and export revision data from:

Ideate BIMLink and Ideate Automation

The results of the demonstration with our customer was an Excel file that exported their required Revision Cloud comments. From there, the data could be edited and imported back into the Revit model using Ideate BIMLink or the data can simply be reviewed as part of their QA/QC process.

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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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October

20

2021

San Francisco, CA, October 20, 2021 – Ideate Software, an Autodesk® AEC Industry Partner and Autodesk® Authorized Developer, is pleased to present its latest customer spotlight, which highlights how HLW benefits from Ideate Software add-ins for Revit. HLW has been designing buildings for more than 135 years, and its designs have earned the firm a solid reputation in multiple sectors, including government, education, financial, residential, hospitality and technology.

Jeff Baily, BIM manager at HLW said, “I use and love all the Ideate Software tools for Revit. They allow HLW to stay on the forefront of integrating technology into architecture and design while providing a clean interface that doesn’t distract users or spam the toolbars with useless gizmos.”

Jeff continued, “At HLW, we continually challenge ourselves to reach beyond our imaginations to create places that enhance the user experience. The Ideate Software tools support us in this challenge by streamlining workflows, so we have more time to focus on innovative and creative thinking.”

Here are some ways HLW uses Ideate Software’s Revit plugin tools:

  • Ideate Explorer – Filter, locate and isolate specific elements or systems in a model; ensure elements reside in the proper workset; verify the accuracy of certain data exports used in project health checks
  • Ideate BIMLink – Ensure the consistency and accuracy of various kinds of schedules
  • Ideate Sticky – Add layers of information to drawing sets that might not exist in the model 
  • Ideate StyleManager – Keep clutter down; develop or revamp templates
  • IdeateApps
    • Ideate XRay – Nearly eliminate support tickets related to issues with visibility
    • Ideate ViewCreator – Get projects set up quickly with standard views
    • Ideate SpellCheck – Check a whole set of sheets to remove typos 
    • Ideate Clone – Document design options for client approval and advance designs 

Read more about Ideate Software’s collaboration with HLW.

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 also download trial versions or purchase the US$500 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.

Autodesk and Autodesk Revit are trademarks of Autodesk, Inc. and/or its subsidiaries and/or affiliates in the USA and/or other countries.

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October

18

2021

An improvement to the multi-category schedule in Revit is one of several new features added to Revit 2022. As noted by Autodesk, this feature is listed as a top Revit Ideas Forum request. 

If we consult with the Wayback Machine, we’ll see that the Ideate Software team developed a multi-category offering in 2013, as detailed in this older blog post. As part of our Ideate Software due diligence for our 2022 release, we did an extensive review of this new Revit feature to ensure our own multi-category continues to both align and surpass the Autodesk version. 

There are a few noteworthy differences between the Revit 2022 and Ideate BIMLink multi-category data collections that we discovered during that research. 

Multi-Category Data Goal: Quantity Takeoffs

One purpose of a multi-category schedule is to be able to do an accurate high-level quantity takeoff. In Jan 2015, the Ideate Software team saw and addressed a discrepancy between the Revit curtain panel data being reported, via the API, and the actual BIM model conditions. Specifically, our early users pointed out that Ideate Explorer was reporting more curtain panels than a corresponding Revit curtain panel schedule would display. Thanks to our valued customers, we were able to fix this problem quickly to ensure accurate takeoffs.

In our review of the Revit 2022 multi-category schedule, we discovered that these extraneous curtain panels unfortunately are included. As shown in side-by-side schedules, the Revit Curtain Panel Schedule shows fewer results than the corresponding multi-category schedule. In the image there are two extraneous Glazed Panels and 11 extraneous custom panels, which will lead to takeoff inaccuracies if the multi-category schedule is used.

Multi-Categories - Revit 2022
 
The Revit Panel Schedules quantities shown at the left are accurate and are matched within both Ideate Explorer and Ideate BIMLink.

Be careful with the Revit 2022 multi-category schedule, shown at the right, which is inaccurate! This condition occurs when curtain panels are divided.

Multi-Category Data Goal: Quality Control - MEP Device Example

Ideate BIMLink customers know that another benefit of having high-quality multi-category Revit data is that you can review and make bulk changes easily. In June of 2016, our beta testers requested access to the elevation and offset values for all MEP devices. Being able to edit these values in one place enabled a high level of quality control within their Revit projects.

Edit Multi-Category Link
 
Additionally, filtering by Category has always been easy with Ideate BIMLink, as shown above. These two features combine to complete this quality control workflow, which is one of the top reasons to have a multi-category schedule.

Unfortunately, the Revit 2022 multi-category schedule does not include the elevation or offset properties, so you cannot achieve this type of goal. Additionally, the Revit multi-category schedule does not let you filter by Category, so it is very difficult to gather all these categories into one place. 

Schedule Properties
 

These are just two of the ways in which the new Revit multi-category schedule varies from the Ideate BIMLink version. 

At Ideate Software, we understand at a deep level the value of a comprehensive multi-category schedule. And when we do not understand, we listen to our customers to quickly improve our data model. We have updated our multi-category definition at least seven times in the past eight years.

If you are not content to wait eight years for your top features, you should consider subscribing to our Ideate Software Revit solutions.


About the Author

Glynnis Patterson, NCARB – Director of Software Development
Glynnis is a registered architect and has worked within the building information modeling (BIM) industry since 1998. A graduate of Carnegie Mellon University, she has worked as an architect, educator and construction site manager. Glynnis is the Director of Software Development Services and continues to work with AECO clients worldwide, developing, and consulting on solutions to BIM challenges. In her spare time, Glynnis volunteers for the local high school and with growitgreenmorristown.org. Find Glynnis on LinkedIn.

 

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