June

10

2021

For Revit users, Revit Warnings are encountered often. They can be small and simple, or large and complex. Unaddressed warnings will pile up over time and can take a long time to correct. Failure to manage Warnings in a Revit model can result in poor performance, slow synchronization times, incorrect schedule data, or worse, file corruption. Thankfully, Ideate Explorer assists users with managing and addressing Revit Warnings using Warnings Manager, a core feature within Ideate Explorer that was introduced in the May 2018 release of Ideate Explorer.

For BIM Managers looking to take their Revit warning information further by visualizing curated details of their project warnings, such as warnings on single files, multiple files, and warnings per megabyte, and would like to visualize this information using Microsoft Power BI, we developed some templates to assist with these workflows using Warnings Manager to extract Revit warning information to Excel and then to Power BI for visuals and customization. 

Power BI Templates


For more details, read the step-by-step instructions in the Help File.

Current Ideate Explorer subscribers can request a Ideate Explorer to Power BI dashboard template that includes a Power BI template and sample files with how-to instructions.

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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June

8

2021

Do you need to duplicate a set of Revit area plans to a different area scheme? It’s easy with Ideate ViewCreator, one of the nine tools within our IdeateApps collection. 

This is one of the many great enhancements included in the May 2021 release of IdeateApps. Check out our Help file, What’s New in IdeateApps, to learn about all of them. 

Step-by-Step Instructions

Before beginning, make sure the new area plan is defined within the project. Then:

  1. Launch Ideate ViewCreator 
     
  2. Select the “Duplicate” method
     
  3. Select the rule called “*DUPLICATE” or “DUPLICATE — Change Family” if available. The “Change Family” option is newer and aligns the view name with the area scheme name
     
  4. Use “Select Views” to go to the next page
     
  5. Use the “Duplicate to Other Family” option, then pick one or more area plans from one area scheme 




     
  6. Click “Next.”  Then pick the new area scheme type to which you will duplicate
     
  7. OPTIONAL: When duplicating to a new area scheme, you will be prompted about whether you want to copy any existing boundary lines. Unless you are certain, pick the option to not copy the area boundary lines
     
  8. OPTIONAL: “DUPLICATE — Change Family” is set up to allow a view template override. You can set the new area scheme views to a specific view template, if desired
     
  9. The proposed new view names can be edited here, or you can select “Rename Views” and complete the process

Results

New area plan views that match the crop and 2D grid settings of the original views are now created. New area boundary lines may be also duplicated during this process.

Visit our Ideate ViewCreator online Help files for detailed information about how to manage some of the other more sophisticated batch creation workflows.
 


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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June

7

2021

For Revit users, Revit Warnings are encountered often. They can be small and simple, or large and complex. Unaddressed warnings pile up over time and can take a long time to correct. Failure to manage Warnings in a Revit model can result in poor performance, slow synchronization times, incorrect schedule data, or worse, file corruption.

Thankfully, Ideate Explorer assists users with managing and addressing Revit Warnings using Warnings Manager, a core feature within Ideate Explorer that was introduced in the May 2018 release.

For those looking to take their Revit warning information further by visualizing curated details of their project warnings, such as warnings count by severity on single files, multiple files, and warnings per megabyte, and would like to visualize this information using Microsoft Excel, we developed some templates to assist with these workflows using Warnings Manager to extract Revit warning information to these templates. Additionally, customers with Ideate Explorer and Ideate Sticky can go a step further by linking these Excel graphics into their Revit models as project dashboards, giving the entire project team insight into their Revit warning data.

For more details, read the step-by-step instructions in the Help file.

Current Ideate Explorer subscribers can request a Ideate Explorer to Excel dashboard template that includes chart templates, Excel templates and sample files with how-to instructions.

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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June

3

2021

San Francisco, CA, June 3, 2021 – Ideate Software, an Autodesk® AEC Industry Partner and Autodesk® Authorized Developer, is pleased to announce that Nick Johns joined its team to lead the sales of its Autodesk® Revit® productivity applications in the United Kingdom and EMEA. He also serves as the account manager for all customers in the regions.

Craig H. Dodge, Director, Sales, Ideate, said, “We got to know Nick on multiple visits to see clients and prospects in the UK and while hosting various events. His knowledge of our Ideate Software products for Revit and the broader territory meant he hit the ground running. His commitment to understanding a company’s needs and recommending solutions that address those needs meant he fit with our collaborative and customer-focused culture. His expertise and enthusiasm are already helping Revit users throughout the regions maximize their investment in the software.” 

Nick said, “I’m delighted to work at Ideate Software, a company with a superb reputation in the architecture, engineering, construction and owner (AECO) community for developing innovative, stable and reliable Revit data management applications. The entire team, from the other sales professionals through the software development experts and the support specialists, share my desire to help customers by developing and supporting products that solve persistent problems in AECO workflows.”

Before joining Ideate Software, Nick held sales and sales manager roles at several companies in the United Kingdom, including Graitec, Excitech, Cats Group, Hobs Group and Xerox Business Services. When not working, Nick can be found running, coaching football and enjoying music, wine and traveling. 

Nick is based out of Bristol, England, United Kingdom.

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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.

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

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May

28

2021

Thank you to everyone who participated in the May 2021 Ideate Software user group meetings held at three times to accommodate attendees in the Americas, EMEA and APAC regions. In case you missed it or would like to hear the information again, here’s a link to the recording of the Americas presentation.

We were pleased to welcome two guest speakers during our Americas session who discussed and demonstrated how they used Ideate Software applications to address specific challenges:

  • Mark Schmieding, Director, Digital Practice, Goettsch Partners
    • Challenge: Present building areas in a more readable and graphic way
    • Solution: Use Ideate BIMLink to export building areas and an Excel pivot table to create an accurate area summary in a readable visual style that is easy to use and update

      “I was amazed at how effortless it was to have an automatic, formatted area matrix.” 
       
  •  Brian Mackey, Owner, BD Mackey Consulting
    • Challenge: Easily find and select elements within Revit 
    • Solution: Use Ideate Explorer as a model browser to search all elements within the Revit model and Ideate StyleManager to find styles within a project that are loaded into the project but not displayed with Ideate Explorer.

      “I’m all about everyday productivity … I believe in Ideate Software tools.” 

During the calls, we also covered general improvements in our May 2021 release, which include language support in Chinese (Simplified), French, German, Japanese and Spanish, and Cloud Networking licensing that now works in VDI and most other remote access environments.

This recording is of the presentation made in the Americas region. The content is similar as the other presentations. Brian Mackey presented in all three regions. Dan Hines from A2K Technologies presented in the APAC region.


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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