March

17

2021

San Francisco, CA, March 17, 2021 – Ideate Software, an Autodesk® AEC Industry Partner and Autodesk® Authorized Developer, is pleased to announce its collaboration with Pollard Thomas Edwards (PTE), a UK firm that works with communities, local authorities and commercial clients to design homes, neighborhoods, public and mixed-use buildings throughout the United Kingdom.  

One of the ways PTE helps its 150+ professionals focus on enhancing the local towns, cities and villages is by using Ideate Software tools.

Steve Deadman, Head of BIM at PTE said, “I have been a fan of Ideate Software for several years. Their tools simplify a lot of Revit tasks the team and I perform every day.”

When talking about some of their favorite uses of Ideate Software tools, Steve mentioned: 

  • “The Query function within Ideate Explorer is powerful. I do a lot of model auditing, and this tool speeds the process by making it easy to find in-place families. I can either let the team know about them or simply delete them. This task would be a struggle without Ideate Explorer.” 
     
  • “We’ve all been in the situation where a rogue level appears in a project, and we’re tempted to hit the delete button. Before taking that step, we use Ideate SmartDelete to see what will be deleted along with the level. We then remove anything we need to keep.”
     
  • “Everyone on our team loves Ideate Clone. Copying a sheet and its viewports should be native in Revit, but it isn’t. The ability to do it in Ideate Clone is very useful and saves us a lot of time.”
     
  • “We really like the new function within Ideate SheetManager that allows us to place unplaced views onto sheets using another one as a template. This process gives us another dimension for managing sheets quickly.”
     
  • “Where would we be without Ideate BIMLink? From simple data management tasks like updating sheet information and editing schedule information to project setup tasks such as creating views and sheets and placing views on the sheets, Ideate BIMLink does it all. We simply would waste so much time without it.”

Read more about this collaboration and learn more about three PTE projects recognized at the 2020 British Home Awards. 

To experience how Ideate Software tools can help you streamline your Revit processes, download trial versions or subscribe online.
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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.

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March

15

2021

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

Recently, one of our Ideate BIMLink customers asked if we could report on the X, Y and Z coordinates of Mechanical Equipment. This is a very important feature of Ideate BIMLink, and I thought it would be nice to review all the different types of coordinates that Ideate BIMLink can report from the Revit model.

Elements that have been placed within the Revit model are considered instances of a specific type or family. When you create an instance-based link definition within Ideate BIMLink, you have the option to select either Internal or Survey Coordinates. Prior to the Ideate BIMLink May 2020 release, users only had the option of a single selection of coordinates. After the Ideate BIMLink May 2020 release, the previous coordinates option was renamed to Survey, and we introduced a new coordinates option of Internal. 

x, y, and Z coordinates

  • Survey: The values returned for the coordinate properties respect the current Shared Project location
  • Internal: The values returned for the coordinate properties respect the current Internal Project location

In the example image above, I’m using the delivered Library link definition for Mechanical Equipment, but I’m adding the X, Y and Z properties for EACH instance of the Mechanical Equipment.

I’m sure you are going to ask, well what exactly is that X, Y and Z point? What is Ideate BIMLink reporting? The answer depends on the type of element you have chosen to report.

This online Help article is a wonderful reference to the four types of coordinate properties that Ideate BIMLink will return for the value depending on the Revit elements being reviewed.

For our Mechanical Equipment example, it would be the insertion point of the Mechanical Equipment Family. 

Now if that’s NOT the exact model point you desire, you can create a Generic Model family that can be either placed inside your model or embedded within your custom families that allows you to report the necessary coordinate information such as hanger locations or top of footing coordinates. We have an excellent online help article for sending coordinate data to the field that you can review. In addition, we have a short video that details the process. This video was created before the option to have either Survey Coordinates or Internal Coordinates, so the single option of coordinates refers to the current Survey Coordinates selection. 

The image below shows another typical example of this method where the connection points of a hanger family can be explicitly reported (click image to enlarge).

x, y, z coordinates

Ideate BIMLink has been providing the ability to access Revit model coordinate data since Revit 2013! This blog article from 2014 is every bit as relevant today, and even more so with the many enhancements to Ideate BIMLink we have made with each release. This blog article on VDC and Ideate BIMLink discusses some of the juicy bits of Revit model coordinate data as it relates to virtual design and construction. For even more detail, we have a 30-minute webinar delivered on the subject as well.

So, the engineering customer that asked our Support Team about reporting Mechanical Equipment instance information was thrilled  to be able to accomplish the task easily and efficiently with Ideate BIMLink.

Check out the other posts in our Ideate Software Support Series.


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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March

11

2021

IMAGINiT Technologies recently hosted a webinar on Ideate Software products. IMAGINiT is a value-added reseller of Autodesk products, including Revit, making them an ideal partner of ours. 

During the webinar, our Technical Evangelist Richard Taylor fielded questions while I led a presentation on the importance of addressing Revit model and health standards as well as behaviors that lead to model health and standards issues. I also demonstrated some of the ways to combat these issues using two of our Revit applications, Ideate Explorer and Ideate StyleManager

  • Ideate Explorer
    • Filter to review model standards for model clean-up of CAD imports, groups and lines
    • Refine selections to find elements modelled as in-place families and pinned elements
    • Compile and rank warnings and select elements for easy warnings clean-up
       
  • Ideate StyleManager
    • Review object styles sub-categories, including usage analysis, delete unused elements, merge and purge from one style to another
    • Review filters, including usage analysis, delete unused elements, merge and purge from one filter style to another
    • Review fonts and text styles, including usage analysis, merge and purge from one style to another

I used architectural and MEP models for the examples, but the workflows covered can be extended to other disciplines.

In case you missed the presentation or would like to see it again, here’s a link to the recording.

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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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March

8

2021

Recently I had the pleasure of discussing Ideate Software solutions on a webinar hosted by The Architect’s Newspaper, a publication that serves architects, designers, engineers, landscape architects, lighting designers, interior designers, academics, developers, contractors, and other parties interested in the built urban environment. 

The Architect's NewspaperThe 60-minute presentation called Advanced Revit Model Health Checks using Ideate Software Tools was attended professionals interested in:

  • The importance of performing periodic Revit model health checks
  • Key areas that should be included in Revit model health checks
  • Revit features that can lead to poor model health

In addition to discussing the problems associated with poor model health, I demonstrated some of the ways three Ideate Software solutions can be used to help keep Revit models healthy. 

  1. Ideate BIMLink 
    • Export data to pre-configured Health Check template to review the health of a project
    • Automate the exporting of Revit model data
       
  2. Ideate Explorer
    • Review model standards for model clean up
    • Find elements that can contribute to file bloat
    • Compile, rank, select and clean up warnings
       
  3. Ideate StyleManager
    • Find and delete or merge non-standard object styles
    • Find and delete or merge non-standard line patterns
    • Find and delete or merge non-standard fonts

A recording of the presentation is available. 

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

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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March

3

2021

Pinnacle Series Eagle PointIn 2019, Ideate Software made a selection of our training materials available through Pinnacle Series.

Pinnacle Series is an e-learning platform designed to help maximize the productivity and performance of architects, engineers and construction (AEC) professionals around the globe through a comprehensive library of videos, workflows, documents, cheat sheets and more. It allows users to take full advantage of technology solutions by enhancing continuous learning, knowledge capture and knowledge sharing.

Thanks to the success of our initial collaboration with Pinnacle Series, we recently added a significant collection of additional content to ensure Pinnacle users had the latest and most comprehensive videos from Ideate Software.

Here is a sampling of the videos available on the Pinnacle Series platform:

By offering our e-learning assets through Pinnacle Series, we further support our customers in their learning process and help them save time, enhance quality control, and increase collaboration with their teams.

Steve Biver, COO/Director of Solution Development at Eagle Point Software, creator of Pinnacle Series, explains that “Ideate Software’s commitment to creating e-learning content that helps AEC companies get a strong return on their software investment makes them an ideal partner for Pinnacle Series.”

In addition to viewing our how-to videos, you can get details about our products and services from our blog posts and recorded webinars. 

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