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.

Autodesk 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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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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February

16

2021

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

Ideate Explorer has been a Revit user’s best friend for over 10 years! Since the first release of Ideate Explorer, Revit users have been using the application to show model elements that the default Revit Project Browser just does not show. Ideate Explorer is the model browser for almost every element within your Revit model.

One of the most loved features of Ideate Explorer is the ability to show both CAD links and CAD imports within the Ideate Explorer results tree. This feature gives the Revit user instant access to the location of CAD elements, even if they might be hidden within a view. Our built-in <Ideate Audit> filter allows quick access to these elements.

Where is my CAD file
 
Well, you can imagine my surprise when we received a support case that Ideate Explorer was no longer displaying the CAD Links! I had to really think about this one.

CAD files such as MicroStation or AutoCAD can be either linked into Revit or imported. If you import the CAD file, it is the same as copying the file into your project. It becomes an element just like any other element you might place within Revit. Many firms have STRONG policies against importing CAD data because not only does it copy the geometry into your Revit file, it also copies linestyles, text and many other styles you may not want.

Our Ideate StyleManager is the perfect tool to help consolidate or eliminate those unwanted styles that may have come into your Revit project with a CAD import. However, that wasn’t the issue in this specific customer case!

The first thing we had to determine was if this was a CAD Link or CAD Import that was not displaying within Ideate Explorer. Even if the CAD import had been hidden, it would display within Ideate Explorer. If the CAD Import had been partially exploded, it would still show the non-exploded blocks such as this example with the Green Drain: 

where is my cad file

If the CAD file had been selected as a full explode, the lines, arcs, and circles would have become Revit elements. Then, the CAD file would no longer be listed in the Ideate Explorer results tree, because it had basically been disassembled into component parts. So, I thought that might be the issue. The customer said there had been no modifications to the CAD file and it was linked into Revit rather than imported.

That only leaves one other solution.   

As I mentioned earlier, when the CAD file is imported into Revit, it is a copy that exists within the Revit model. When a CAD file is linked into Revit, there is no copy. It only exists as a reference, and it only exists when it is loaded. CAD files can be temporary unloaded to save on display time. When a CAD file is unloaded, the reference to the CAD location is saved, but the actual geometry is NOT displayed or loaded into Revit.

Sure enough, that is what had happened for this specific customer. Ideate Explorer properly showed all the CAD links when the CAD links had been loaded. Another user working on the project had unloaded all the CAD links, and thus Ideate Explorer did NOT show them.

where is my cad file
 

Ideate Explorer is always showing the current elements of the Revit model. So unloaded CAD Links were not shown in the Ideate Explorer results tree. As soon as the CAD Links were loaded via the Manage Links dialog, they properly appeared within the Ideate Explorer results tree.

We have many Help topics related to CAD files. This topic is an excellent guide to removing hidden CAD files with Ideate Explorer. If you’ve already made the mistake of importing CAD files into your Revit project, this topic on Ideate StyleManager can make quick work of cleaning up your model or template.

So, never fear! Whether you link, import, or explode your CAD file, Ideate Software has the tools you need to quickly analyze and view the locations and then perform the cleanup if necessary. Please review this short video on Managing CAD Imports with Ideate Explorer and watch this 30-minute webinar presentation on using Ideate StyleManager to clean up your imported styles.

You never have to worry about your CAD data again!

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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February

2

2021

We were honored that in 2020, ZGF Architects, BD Mackey Consulting and BIM Guru participated in our webinar series on how customers use Ideate Software solutions. In case you missed the webinars or you’d like to watch them again or share them with your colleagues, below are the links. The recordings are also in our Customer Webinars Playlist on our YouTube Channel. 

If you are interested in showcasing your company, BIM management best practices and use of Ideate Software solutions, please contact us. We’d love to hear from you and share your expertise with our customers.

ZGF Architects and Ideate Software Unveil Winning Revit Strategies


 

Simplify Revit Tasks with Brian Mackey and Ideate Software


 

Revit Model Management with Gavin Crump and Ideate Software


 

We’d also encourage you to access customer-focused webinars from previous years, filled with Revit data management tips and tricks shared by BIM professionals from the following firms:

We will continue this series in 2021, so please keep an eye on our Events page for details. If you’d like to be added to our email distribution list, send a note to [email protected].


 

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