April

16

2014

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Ideate Software Presents - We are pleased to announce that Ideate Software will be holding a half-day seminar event in Los Angeles on Wednesday, May 7th. This seminar will highlight Ideate BIMLink and Ideate Explorer for Revit, as well as dive into the subject of Revit Parameters. This seminar is suitable for any Revit user. Please read on for the presentation description and schedule. May 7th 2014

The HUB LA
830 Traction Ave, Suite 3A
Los Angeles, CA 90013
 

8:30am : Light Breakfast, Networking, and Introductions

9:15am : Auditing Your Revit Project with Ideate Explorer for Revit

If you are not yet providing weekly auditing on your Revit models, then your project is at-risk. Learn our top 10 ways to audit the Revit model.

10:15am : A Parameter by Any Other Name

Project parameters, key parameters, family parameters, shared parameters, parameter groups, and GUIDs - it can be overwhelming to dive into the world of Revit data. A well-organized data structure will bring about a higher quality handover document and reduce scheduling headaches down the road. You can't create custom content without first understanding the Revit data structure for each kind of parameter.

11:15am : Mastering Your Revit Data With Ideate BIMLink

With Ideate BIMLink, you can pull a variety of information from your Revit model into Microsoft Excel, and push edited BIM data from Excel back into Revit with speed, ease, and accuracy, saving you a lot of time and money. We will be showing you several ways to quickly edit your sheets and views using BIMLink. For more information:  View the invitation and register here.

 

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April

10

2014

Access to coordinate data (XYZ) data was included in Ideate BIMLink for Revit 2013 just a few years ago, in large part to address some COBie-related requests. Since then we've heard of many other creative ways in which this data is being used downstream.

For reference, Ideate BIMLink provides a variety of coordinate data, depending upon the type of object. In this example the Structural Foundation link properties includes the Point_X, Point_Y, and Point_Z data (on the right) and additional coordinate data could be added via the drop-down list under the Coordinates category (shown circled). For Structural foundation elements there are also coordinates that indicate the start and end points for those wall-based foundations.

Revit, COBie, Ideate, Autodesk, Structural Foundations, point data, structural link properties, VDC, BIMLink,

Coordinate "point" data for Structural Foundations.[/caption] Virtual Design and Construction (VDC) managers were some of the first onboard with leveraging this newly exposed data, exporting wall, foundation and column data for construction coordination work. This was followed shortly thereafter by requests from architects who wanted to be able to identify key inflection points within complex curtain panel systems and from mechanical contractors who wanted to use total stations to located ductwork hangers.

One of the challenges of using the coordinate data with Ideate BIMLink is to report only the points you need. Yes, we can easily report the end points of the curtain wall segments or the insertion point of a pad footing, but what if we need the edge and not the centerline or what if we need all four corners of the footing?

This can be easily controlled by using a custom family that will act like a point node. By placing this family either at the specific locations within the project OR by nesting it within a family, we can use Ideate BIMLink to report only on the coordinates of the 'nodes'

 Edit Generic Models

Generic Model Family, Pad Footing

In this example we've made a small Generic Model family and embedded within our pad footing. Ideate BIMLink customers who want to give this method a try may contact us to request this sample coordinate 'node' family: support@ideatesoftware.com


About the Author

Glynnis Patterson, NCARB - Director of Software Development Glynnis is a Registered Architect and has worked with the BIM industry since 1998. A graduate of Carnegie Mellon University, she has worked as an architect, educator and construction site manager. Glynnis is currently the Director of Software Development Services at Ideate, Inc. and continues to work with AEC clients across the nation, developing, and implementing best practices solutions. In her spare time Glynnis does volunteer work and builds Lego projects. @GVPinNJ

 

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March

25

2014

SAN FRANCISCO, California - 03/25/2014 - Ideate, Inc., a leading Autodesk Authorized Developer and Autodesk solutions provider offering quality software, training, support and custom consulting services to the Architecture, Engineering and Construction (AEC) industry with a special focus on Building Information Modeling (BIM), today announced the publication of its latest "Spotlight on" customer success profile featuring NBBJ Seattle and its use of Ideate Software.
 
NBBJ is a design practice of worldwide scope with locations in Beijing, Boston, Columbus, London, Los Angeles, New York, Pune, San Francisco, Seattle and Shanghai. The firm's comprehensive, end-to-end services include architecture, environmental graphics, interior design, landscape architecture, lighting design, planning and urban design. Important projects in the US Pacific Northwest have included the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation in Seattle, Washington, the Seattle Children's Bellevue Clinic and Surgery Center, Bellevue, Washington, and Amazon.com at Denny Triangle, Seattle, Washington.
 
The firm has been using Ideate Software, a comprehensive set of Autodesk Revit tools, to maximize its BIM advantage by improving information flow, facilitating collaboration and making the management of BIM data faster and easier. Richard Sachs, Project BIM Coordinator, NBBJ, Seattle, Washington says of Ideate Software, "I have been using both Ideate BIMLink and Ideate Explorer for Revit heavily." He adds that without these advantages, "I would not be able to do my job as project BIM lead."
 
The firm has used one Ideate Software solution, Ideate BIMLink, for the sequential labeling and scheduling of 9,000 curtain panels. The fact that the solution is automated and accurate via Microsoft Excel has saved the firm valuable time.
 
NBBJ has used a different Ideate Software solution, Ideate Explorer for Revit, to create selection sets for the panels. As Sachs explains, "Revit allows you to select all Instances by Type, but it's more difficult to select all the Types of one Family; Ideate Explorer makes short work of it."
 
BIM project auditing is another Ideate Explorer for Revit use. With it, Sachs says, "I can easily find CAD imports that Revit gives you no easy way to find. I can select all the room separation lines and move them to the correct workset."
 
Bob Palioca, President, Ideate Inc., says, "Our customers are relying on our robust, resilient Revit tools to power them through their most complex, sophisticated BIM projects. We are delighted with the success of our Ideate Software customer, and gratified to learn of our role in making data management on a vast scale much easier for NBBJ."
 
Ideate has published "Ideate Software Presents: Spotlight on NBBJ Seattle" online. Download the Customer Spotlight Success Study at http://ideatesoftware.com/ideatebimlink/success/

About Ideate, Inc.

Ideate, Inc. is a leading Autodesk Authorized Developer with 25+ years' experience in software development and specific focus on Building Information Modeling (BIM).  As an Autodesk solutions provider, Ideate has offered quality software, training, support and custom consulting services to the architectural, engineering and construction (AEC) industries since 1992. Headquartered in San Francisco, California and operating Autodesk Authorized Training Centers (ATCs) in California, Oregon and Washington, Ideate is recognized as an Autodesk Gold Partner for Architecture, Engineering and Construction, one of Autodesk's highest levels of authorization.

Ideate Software is a comprehensive set of far-reaching BIM data management tools. Ideate BIMLink powers the "I" in BIM, allowing users to pull data from an Autodesk Revit file into Microsoft Excel for fast and precise editing, and push the data back into Revit with equal ease. Ideate Explorer for Revit lets users search, filter, quantify and select to easily manage the 100,000+ elements in a Revit model. Both solutions help Autodesk Revit users solve problems in AEC workflows and help the Revit community leverage BIM to its fullest advantage.

Autodesk, Revit and ATC are registered trademarks or trademarks of Autodesk, Inc., and/or its subsidiaries and/or affiliates in the USA and/or other countries. Microsoft Excel is a registered trademark of Microsoft Corporation in the United States and other countries. All other brand names, product names or trademarks belong to their respective holders.

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March

24

2014

Ideate Software Presents - We are pleased to announce that Ideate Software will be holding a half-day seminar event in Philadelphia on Wednesday, April 9th. This seminar will highlight Ideate BIMLink and Ideate Explorer for Revit, as well as dive into the subject of Revit Parameters. This seminar is suitable for any Revit user. Please read on for the presentation description and schedule.

8:30am : Light Breakfast, Networking, and Introductions

9:15am : Auditing Your Revit Project with Ideate Explorer for Revit

If you are not yet providing weekly auditing on your Revit models, then your project is at-risk. Learn our top 10 ways to audit the Revit model.

10:15am : A Parameter by Any Other Name

Project parameters, key parameters, family parameters, shared parameters, parameter groups, and GUIDs - it can be overwhelming to dive into the world of Revit data. A well-organized data structure will bring about a higher quality handover document and reduce scheduling headaches down the road. You can't create custom content without first understanding the Revit data structure for each kind of parameter.

11:15am : Mastering Your Revit Data With Ideate BIMLink

With Ideate BIMLink, you can pull a variety of information from your Revit model into Microsoft Excel, and push edited BIM data from Excel back into Revit with speed, ease, and accuracy, saving you a lot of time and money. We will be showing you several ways to quickly edit your sheets and views using BIMLink. For more information: View the invitation and register here.

 

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March

12

2014

SAN FRANCISCO, California - 03/12/2014 - Ideate, Inc., a leading Autodesk Authorized Developer and Autodesk solutions provider offering quality software, training, support and custom consulting services to the Architecture, Engineering and Construction (AEC) industry with a special focus on Building Information Modeling (BIM), today announced the publication of its latest "Spotlight on" customer success profile featuring
 
CSI Global Services and its use of Ideate Software. CSI Global Services Building Information Modeling (BIM) consultants, with main offices in Sydney, New South Wales, Australia and Republic of Singapore, are available across multiple locations throughout the world for clients seeking best practice systems and processes for their AEC projects. Client services include Facility Management (FM) or Lifecycle BIM, BIM Management, Modeling Services, BIM Audit, Clash Detection Services and BIM Training.
 
CSI Global Services teams incorporate Ideate Software, a far-reaching set of Autodesk Revit tools including Ideate BIMLink and Ideate Explorer for Revit, as integral components in the firm's consulting practice.
 
The CSI Global Services team has been using Ideate BIMLink to export multiple parameters into a Microsoft Excel format, and that in turn allows the entire project team to access model data for more efficient project management. The shared parameters enabled by Ideate BIMLink effectively ensure that the Revit model can become the focal point for the resolution of design and construction issues, and they also assist in aligning the project's deliverables so that they may be used for facilities management.
 
The team uses Ideate Explorer for Revit so they can diminish the need to manually select items in the model, and for filtering as well.
 
Greg Gudgeon, Chief Executive Officer, CSI Global Services, sums up the relationship when he says, "Working with the Ideate Software team and their superior BIM tools has been essential to the success the CSI Global Services BIM subject matter experts have achieved as we drive the adoption of BIM across the world in our major hospital projects, road and rail infrastructure projects, and large resource projects. Without the support and solutions provided by the Ideate Software team, our projects would not be the success they are today."
 
Bob Palioca, President, Ideate Inc., says, "We delight in knowing that our robust, resilient Revit tools are helping global BIM leaders such as CSI Global Services power through projects of vast scope and consequence. We are proud to contribute to their notable and well-deserved success."
 
Ideate has published "Ideate Software Presents: Spotlight on CSI Global Services" online. Download the Customer Spotlight Success Study at http://ideatesoftware.com/ideatebimlink/success/

About Ideate, Inc.

Ideate, Inc. is a leading Autodesk Authorized Developer with 25+ years' experience in software development and specific focus on Building Information Modeling (BIM).  As an Autodesk solutions provider, Ideate has offered quality software, training, support and custom consulting services to the architectural, engineering and construction (AEC) industries since 1992. Headquartered in San Francisco, California and operating Autodesk Authorized Training Centers (ATCs) in California, Oregon and Washington, Ideate is recognized as an Autodesk Gold Partner for Architecture, Engineering and Construction, one of Autodesk's highest levels of authorization.

Ideate Software is a comprehensive set of far-reaching BIM data management tools. Ideate BIMLink powers the "I" in BIM, allowing users to pull data from an Autodesk Revit file into Microsoft Excel for fast and precise editing, and push the data back into Revit with equal ease. Ideate Explorer for Revit lets users search, filter, quantify and select to easily manage the 100,000+ elements in a Revit model. Both solutions help Autodesk Revit users solve problems in AEC workflows and help the Revit community leverage BIM to its fullest advantage.

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