September

1

2015

A View Reference, in Revit, is what we all think of as a section, elevation, callout or detail 'marker' that acts as a hyperlink to an existing Revit view. The most common application of this idea is where you may have a conventional detail, placed as a Drafting View, and then throughout the project you can place detail markers that refer to that same Drafting View.

Fig 1: The use of the conditional formula within Revit can lead to inaccurate results.[/caption] The ability to edit the Referring View was introduced with the release of Revit 2015. Now, with the latest version of Ideate BIMLink we are able to review and also to edit all of the Referring Views at once. See how it's done in this video: Ideate BIMLink - Managing View References


About the Author

Glynnis Patterson, NCARB - Director of Software Development
Glynnis is a Registered Architect and has worked within 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 worldwide, developing, and consulting on solutions to Building Information Modeling challenges. In her spare time Glynnis does volunteer work for eclcofnj.org and growitgreenmorristown.org @GVPinNJ

 

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August

7

2015

Ideate Software is pleased to announce the release of Ideate BIMLink 2016.2, 2015.4, and 2014.7. These updates bring an array of enhanced features that customers have requested. They are designed to work with Autodesk Revit 2016, 2015, and 2014.

ENHANCED QUALITY CONTROL WORKFLOWS:

  • Access to the "From Schedule" option from the main dialog
  • A property called "Type Usage Count" that helps export only the type data being used in the project
  • Easier loading of Quality Control and Project Standards links
  • Enhanced multi-category Project Standards links to include additional 2D categories

DISCIPLINE-SPECIFIC CONTENT SUPPORT:

  • For architects and designers: grids; stair landings, stair runs, stair supports, railing handrails, and railing supports; and a View References link
  • For M/E/P engineers: load classification, MEP system data, and a View References link
  • For structural engineers: grids, editable rebar shapes, and a View References link
  • For Virtual Design and Construction managers: enables creation of new generic models, and support for assemblies

ACTION ITEMS:

→ Watch the What's New video.

→For questions, or to upgrade Ideate BIMLink, contact sales@ideatesoftware.com

→Still haven't tried a no-cost trial of Ideate BIMLink? Download today!

 

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August

6

2015

RTC Asia 2015 || Sept. 10 - Sept. 12

Ideate Software will be at RTC Asia 2015 from Thursday, the 10th of September to Saturday the 12th of September. Please stop by our booth (#13) to meet us in person and discuss all things BIM and Revit related. Richard Taylor, our Technical evangelist, will be presenting on auditing Revit projects. Be sure to take in his session and feel confident about the data in our Revit projects.

AUDITING YOUR REVIT PROJECT:

Richard Taylor, our Technical Evangelist will be presenting "Auditing Your Revit Project With Ideate Explorer" during session 2.2. Auditing and finding problematic data in a Revit project is a universal problem. In this class we will be using Ideate Explorer as a way to both uncover and fix potential problems within the Revit project. If you've ever wondered:

  • Why is this file so slow?
  • Where's my stuff?
  • How can I make my life easier?

Richard's presentation will answer these questions and more, and all attendees will receive a complimentary copy of Ideate Explorer! To find out more about Ideate Software, we will be happy to chat when we see you at RTC Asia, or, any other day by contacting sales@ideatesoftware.com

RTC Information & Online Registration

 

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July

29

2015

The fifth annual North America Revit Technology Conference was held at the Crystal Gateway Marriott in Arlington, Virginia on July 22nd through July 25th.

As part of the Keynote address on Thursday, July 23rd, Jim Balding brought to the stage the two founders of Revit Technology. (Leonid Raiz and Irwin Jungreis) A lot has changed since Charles River Software was formed in 1997, became Revit Technology in 2000, and was then acquired by Autodesk in 2002. Many "war" stories were told about the early days of Revit, and the early customers who signed up with the infant technology. Jim Balding, the event chairman of RTC North America, sat behind the "interview" desk and asked the two founders some intriguing questions about the early days. (Did you know it was originally going to be called Perspective?) One by one, Jim invited original Revit Technology employees on stage for a short interview and tidbits about the early days. Ideate Software's own Technical Evangelist, Richard Taylor, took his turn on the interview couch.

"It was a huge honor and quite humbling to be onstage with so many people that changed the profession of architecture, engineering, and design in such a dramatic way," said Mr. Taylor. "No one could predict the huge impact that Revit would have on the industry back in 2000 when it was first released. It's quite an honor to have the experience of working on Revit for over 15 years and being able to see the vast changes from the prerelease software to the current version. I'm thrilled to be part of Ideate Software and continue that tradition of innovation, productivity, and efficiency as we work to enhance the BIM experience for our customers."

Some of the Orignal Revit employees with the two founders, Leonid and Irwin seated on the lower left of the group. Ideate Software's Richard Taylor, third from the right on the couch.

Conference Mug with signatures from the Revit founders and early employees.


About the Author

Richard W. Taylor - Associate AIA - Technical Evangelist Ideate Software
Richard Taylor has over 25 years of experience working for companies that develop architectural and engineering software solutions such as Intergraph, Bentley, and Autodesk. He has over 15 years of Revit experience, and was part of the original development of Revit while at Revit Technology Corporation. He worked 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 Masters of Architecture from the University of Nebraska, Lincoln. Richard is currently a Technical Evangelist for Ideate Software Solutions and continues to work with AEC clients worldwide, developing, and consulting on BIM solutions. In his spare time, he is active in his local community and is an elected member of the local Planning Board where he evaluates new developments, regional planning, and design criteria. @Rwtaylor_Revit

 

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July

27

2015

San Francisco, CA, 07/21/2015 - Ideate Software, a multi-decade veteran Autodesk Developer Network member and Autodesk Platinum Value Added Reseller, announced today the release of Ideate BIMLink 2016.2, Ideate BIMLink 2015.4, and Ideate BIMLink 2014.7. These updates bring an array of enhanced features that customers have requested in a Revit plugin. They are designed to work with Autodesk Revit 2016, 2015, and 2014.

Ideate Software is a Building Information Modeling (BIM) data management tool that helps the Revit community clean up models, delete problem items, analyze files quickly, improve speed and accuracy in data flow, increase collaboration and overcome repeated workflow interruptions.

This Ideate BIMLink update improves the overall ease of use, enhances project standards, and provides new discipline-specific content to support enhanced Quality Control Revit workflows. The highlights include:

  • Access to the "From Schedule" option from the main dialog
  • A property called "Type Usage Count" that helps export only the type data being used in the project
  • Easier loading of Quality Control and Project Standards links
  • Enhanced multi-category Project Standards links to include additional 2D categories

New, discipline-specific properties and data categories include:

  • For architects and designers: grids; stair landings, stair runs, stair supports, railing handrails, and railing supports; and a View References link
  • For M/E/P engineers: load classification, MEP system data, and a View References link
  • For structural engineers: grids, editable rebar shapes, and a View References link
  • For Virtual Design and Construction managers: enables creation of new generic models, and support for assemblies

"Our customers are pushing the boundaries on data management and we're responding with new content and new functionality," says Glynnis Patterson, Ideate Director of Software Development. "This release is all about tools that support project standardization and quality control for their Building Information Models."

Bob Palioca, President, Ideate Inc. notes, "I'm delighted to announce this Ideate BIMLink point release, which has been tailored to feedback and requests from our AEC community. We're fortunate to have engaged customers who share their input on how to improve and enhance our software solution. In turn, Ideate is committed to helping our customers take full advantage of all the inherent benefits of Autodesk Revit 2014, 2015, and 2016."

Ideate BIMLink carries a five-star rating on the Autodesk Exchange Apps Store, and is available with a no-cost, non-commercial trial. (http://ideatesoftware.com/download/)

For more information, call 888.662.7238, contact sales@ideatesoftware.com, and for support, contact support@ideatesoftware.com

About Ideate Software Ideate Software (ideatesoftware.com) allows Revit users to have unprecedented control over their data. Ideate BIMLink (http://ideatesoftware.com/ideatebimlink/), Ideate Explorer (http://ideatesoftware.com/ideateexplorer/) for Revit, and Ideate Sticky (http://ideatesoftware.com/ideatesticky/ ) were all developed to solve persistent problems in Architecture, Engineering, and Construction (AEC) workflows. Ideate Software solutions enable Revit users to save time, increase accuracy, improve project deliverables, and elevate design.

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