September

21

2020

Watch the recording of this 30-minute webinar to learn how to leverage coordinate data to bring new levels of control and efficiency to your building information model with Ideate BIMLink. Ideate BIMLink is one of our five Revit applications that simplify data challenges. It allows you to send all the robust data within your Revit model to Microsoft Excel for review and manipulation, and then pull the data back into the Revit model. It also allows you to:

  • Easily access data that is hard to review in a Schedule format
  • Edit Parameter data quickly
  • Rename Families and Types – Important for COBie data
  • Manage non-Schedule data with Beyond Schedule Library Links
  • Create elements, including key schedule data, levels, types per existing family, and views to name just a few. (Please see Project Setup with Ideate BIMLink for an in depth look at laying out a new project)

In this recording, you will see demonstrations of how to use Ideate BIMLink to simplify three construction tasks:

  1. QTO (Quantity Takeoff)
  2. Sending Coordinate Data for Revit Modeling to the Field with Ideate BIMLink
  3. Receiving Field Coordinate Point Data into Revit with Ideate BIMLink

Additional information about these three construction workflows can be found within our online HELP system. You can also review a wonderful summary video of Ideate BIMLink and Coordinate Data for VDC on our website.

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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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September

7

2020

IdeateApps is one of the products developed by Ideate Software to increase Revit efficiency. It is a collection of nine focus-driven tools that decrease the time spent on common Revit tasks and increase the accuracy of BIM data in a Revit model. Designed for all Revit users – new and experienced – these tools help keep your projects on time and on budget. 

In addition to webinars (live and recorded), we offer robust online Help files and short how-to videos. These resources complement our in-product Help, substantial sample content, and awesome technical support team.

Watch the recording of this webinar to learn how you can save time and increase model accuracy:

  1. Spend less time renumbering elements – Ideate ReNumber
  2. View all instances of difficult-to-find items – Ideate QuickSelect
  3. Learn which dependents will be deleted along with your selection – Ideate SmartDelete
  4. Check spelling of all data, including text within schedules – Ideate SpellCheck
  5. Understand why elements aren’t visible in a particular view – Ideate XRay

SHEET AND VIEW TOOLS

  1. Place views on sheets and easily manage sheets – Ideate SheetManager
  2. Align all plan views in a set to synchronize across all sheets – Ideate Align 
  3. Easily copy sheets with aligned views – Ideate Clone 
  4. Create a series of views with the proper parameters – Ideate ViewCreator 

Browse 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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September

1

2020

Many Ideate BIMLink subscribers use the software to simplify data editing tasks. With Ideate BIMLink, Autodesk Revit users can pull information from Revit models into Microsoft Excel and push volumes of precise, consequential BIM data back into their models with speed, ease, and accuracy. 

But did you know that Ideate BIMLink is also used for QA/QC tasks related to overall model health reviews and standards? 

Watch the recording of this 30-minute webinar to see live demonstrations of some of the additional capabilities of Ideate BIMLink:

  1. Health Check: General health check and editing of Dimensions, Grids, Ideate, Levels, etc.
  2. Project Standards: General review of project standards, such as detail naming, renaming all Family and Types, View Type data, etc.
  3. Quality Control: Check elements, such as dimension overrides, door fire ratings, flipped and in-place family reviews, etc.

Here are some comments from webinar attendees:

  • “I look forward to sharing the information to the office and looking like a genius.”
  • “The health check feature will be extremely useful. BIMLink is a superb tool.”
  • “Great overview of how you can check on your model health using BIMLink.”

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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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August

17

2020

To allow Ideate Software customers to easily deploy and manage our software applications across their organizations, we recently created Ideate Software Installer.

Ideate Software Installer: 

  1. Installs and updates all Ideate Software solutions with one click
  2. Easily standardizes licensing across all products at the same time
  3. Allows you to create deployments packages for different user types (e.g., general users and BIM managers) across your organization

ISI works by installing all the MSIs located in the ‘IdeateInstallers’ folder, regardless of any version already on the target PC. You have the option of using the manual mode, which install all versions of all products, or customizing the installation to only the versions and products you use. 

Watch this short video for the details, instructions, demonstrations, and customer Q&A, and then download it today!


 

 


About the Author

Jan Sako – Support and Q/C Manager 
Jan has been supporting Ideate Software customers with installations and deployments for seven years. He holds a bachelor’s degree in Communications. He brings extensive experience in customer issue resolution and general IT troubleshooting. His other passions are green technologies, specifically reuse and recycling, and various other environmental initiatives. Jan previously worked within the sustainability movement in the San Francisco Bay Area. Currently, Jan represents Ideate’s UK office. 

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August

11

2020

Do you and your team spend too much time trying to figure out why an element is invisible in certain views in your Revit projects? The reason that it’s so time-consuming is because Revit allows a dizzying array of sophisticated options to display or hide elements within the building information model. We here at Ideate Software have uncovered more than 50 ways to hide an element! Revit out-of-the-box capabilities are limited for diagnosing visibility issues. Ideate XRay is the answer!

Ideate XRay will quickly search through the 50+ potential causes, identify the reasons the elements are invisible, and allow you to correct the problem. Within moments, your elements are visible, and you can get back to modeling.

Want to see some demonstrations? Watch the recording of the 30-minute webinar.


 
Here are some comments from people who attended the webinar:

  • “I am one of the main people in our office that others come to in order to ‘find’ those elements that are hidden. I have to run through all of these possibilities each time. Great to know that we have something they can start to use to solve their own issues.”
     
  • “This is a very important topic. This issue can take hours of troubleshooting from the BIM Support teams and delay the modeling work of the design team. In addition, this tool can help to find elements that were incorrectly hidden in view by inexperienced users and can create an issue when delivering the model to clients, since these elements can have an impact on the data collection effort.”
     
  • "Yes, this is a very useful tool, not just in troubleshooting, but in raising awareness of the layering of issues that happen when designers are not checking various settings when modeling.”

In addition to this webinar recording, please review our recent Blog Article post on the Ideate XRay Selection Wizard.

Browse 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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