Recently, when looking into establishing a method of revision management for Revit models, Paul Cook, a Civil 3D, BIM & CAD Technician at Jacobs, learned about a limitation within Revit: you can’t view the revision history of each sheet in schedule form. 

Because of past success with Ideate Software tools, Paul looked to us for a solution. Starting with the Help page on managing Revit sheet-based revisions, Paul found that Ideate BIMLink enables the creation of a document issuance record, and that Ideate Software offers an Excel Macro template and dataset free-of-charge to customers. He reached out to the Support Team for details.

Jan Sako, Support Manager, sent Paul the information as well as links to short how-to videos that demonstrate how to use Ideate BIMLink to quickly and accurately update all sheets with the proper revision or sheet issuance information at one time.

The information was what Paul was looking for, and some customization was needed, because Jacobs uses an alphanumeric revision number that shows on sheets, in place of the Sequence number, that they have assigned to the ‘Issued To’ parameter to represent the Revision Number.

Paul reached out to the Ideate Software Support Team again, and this time connected with Glynnis Patterson, Director of Software Development. She offered a few suggestions that weren’t quite right, but they sparked some thoughts in Paul.

“I managed to achieve what I was after by using Excel formulas on a new tab to recreate the register. It’s basically a clone of the DIR tab using cell links, except that where an issue is shown on the ‘DIR’ tab, it searches for the ‘Issued To’ entry for that sequence number and reports that instead of the issue count.” 

“I appreciate how responsive the Ideate Software Support team was and how flexible Ideate Software tools are,” said Paul. “I’ve already thought of other ways to customize the spreadsheet, and I know that if I have any trouble, I can give Ideate Software a call.”

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Nothing beats positive comments from a customer to prove the claims of a company. We recently released a video with positive comments from five customers.

Have you been curious about why your peers choose Ideate Software tools and how they use those tools to create a competitive advantage? Take just a few minutes to watch this video.

Here is a sampling of the quotes you’ll find in the video that demonstrate the breadth of the participants’ comments:

  • Galen Hoeflinger, Associate - Corporate BIM Technologist at SmithGroup, said, “We deploy all the Ideate tools to all 1,300 of our staff, reasons being that it’s a very clear tool: it works very well …it’s easy for staff to get into and use them very quickly.”
  • Dan Tartaglia, Senior Associate - BIM Platform Leader, NBBJ Digital, said, “It’s a learning tool, because it helps our newer users actually know how to use Revit in a better way.”
  • Brian Mackey, BIM/Revit Consultant, BD Mackey Consulting, said,“The tools I really like are Ideate Explorer, StyleManager and the Ideate SmartDelete tool.”
  • Mark Schmieding, Director - Practice Technology Lead said, “I can quantify the benefit … ‘This task used to take me 40 minutes, and now it takes me 5.’”
  • Robert Bell, Digital Practice Specialist at Stantec, said, “[Ideate BIMLink] really improved our documentation and made it easier from a QC perspective, because we knew we could count on what was in the model.”

If you've been considering Ideate Software products for a while and were waiting for the perfect opportunity to subscribe, this is it!

Our 6-month bundle priced at $500 will give you access to all the tools you need to stay productive and streamline your Revit workflows.

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This Single-User bundle includes 1 subscription to all our products—Ideate BIMLink, Ideate Explorer, Ideate Sticky, Ideate StyleManager and IdeateApps—all for use by a single-user. Visit the online store. For any questions, please email us at [email protected]

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San Francisco, CA, 08-21-19 –  McMillan Pazdan Smith (MPS) is a proven design industry leader that leverages building information modeling (BIM) technology on all of their projects. Autodesk® Revit® is one of the BIM technology solutions they use to improve engineer coordination, enhance stakeholder communications, and increase building efficiencies and cost savings. To quickly assess Revit model health and identify sub-optimal practices, MPS uses Ideate Explorer.

Dan Warren, MPS’ BIM Operations Administrator, said, “Ideate Explorer allows our team to rapidly triage problems, so we spend our efforts on issues that provide the greatest return on model health. Providing a thorough model health assessment used to take a half to full day; now, we can turn our reports around in less than half the time.”

He continued, “Having used Ideate Explorer for a while, I can say that it is by far the best tool I’ve ever seen for both managing model health and resolving pesky Revit issues that plague our project teams. I cannot imagine how we could efficiently resolve the issues we face daily without this tool.”

When discussing the benefits of Ideate Explorer, Dan also mentioned:

  1. Ideate Explorer helps users understand the importance of data structure and modeling practices
  2. With Ideate Explorer, it is easy to document situations where modeling and drafting practices impact performance
  3. The Ideate Explorer interface is quick, reliable, and easy to understand

Ideate Explorer provides numerous ways for users to decrease the time spent on model management, increase the accuracy of their models, and reduce model size. Revit professionals use it to find and delete problem items, find and edit elements, and gain a full view of all elements in a Revit model. Ideate Explorer also includes Warnings Manager for reviewing and managing Revit warnings, Navigate for navigating through view-based elements within Revit, and Query for searching on parameters.

For more information on how MPS uses Ideate Software products, visit our website. For a free trial or to subscribe to any Ideate Software solution, please check ideatesoftware.com

About Ideate Software

Ideate Software empowers Revit users to gain unprecedented control over their data. Ideate BIMLink, Ideate Explorer, Ideate Sticky, Ideate StyleManager, and IdeateApps were all developed to solve persistent problems in architecture, engineering, and construction, and owner (AECO) workflows. Ideate Software solutions enable Revit users to save time, increase accuracy, improve project deliverables, and elevate design.

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


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Are you curious to see how companies use Ideate Software tools? Want to watch one of our customer-focused webinars again? Would you like a colleague to watch one? 

We make it easy with the Customer Webinars Playlist on our YouTube channel.
These customer-focused webinars are well-attended and often spark interesting discussions on how to use our Revit productivity solutions to streamline workflows, enhance productivity, save time and demonstrate ROI. 

We will continue to add recordings as they become available. Here’s what you will find there now:

CBT Architects – The ‘I’ in BIM – How to Transfer Data to and from Revit

Payette – BIM Managers Set the Stage for Increased Knowledge and Productivity

BD Mackey Consulting – Hitting a High Note: Tuning your Revit Template

Steinberg Hart – Developing Efficient Processes

If you are interested in showcasing your company, BIM management best practices and use of Ideate Software solutions in an upcoming webinar, please don’t hesitate contact us. We’d love to hear from you.

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Recently, I had the thrill and honor of welcoming Steinberg Hart’s BIM-VDC Director Gautam Shenoy to a webinar to share his knowledge of product delivery. With more than 15 years of BIM experience and 10 years of experience working with Ideate Software tools, Gautam has developed a lot of best practices and successful workflow options. He presented some of them at our webinar, which covered some of the following topics:

  • Questions to ask when trying to win a project or on the path to procurement
  • How design technology connects with data 
  • Project delivery methods
  • Timelines
  • How to effectively measure ROI 

Throughout the session, Gautam shared how he and his team use Ideate Software tools to streamline processes, keep their models clean, and enhance collaboration with all stakeholders, including non-Revit users. He also shared this spreadsheet he created to determine the return on investment of IdeateApps and convey that ROI to leadership (click on the image):

Here are some comments from people in attendance:

  • “Definitely liked the ROI slide.”
  • “Gautam's graphic representation of his team's workflow was fantastic!”
  • “Gautam clearly explained how the Ideate Software solutions can be applied to many aspects of the AEC industry and for different project scenarios (design-bid, design-build, etc).”

Did you miss the webinar? Want to see it again? Here’s a link to the recording.


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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 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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