January

10

2022

AECO companies that do business in the UK will be interested in the recording of BIMThoughts that aired on December 14, 2021. During this 40-minute chat, Ideate Software’s Nick Johns, UK/EMEA Territory Sales Lead; Steve Deadman, Customer Success Manager UK/EMEA and Richard Taylor, Technical Evangelist, discussed several topics geared toward a UK audience, including:

  • UK BIM vs. North America BIM
  • Insights gained from recent UK construction conferences
  • The benefits of standards, including:
    • ISO 19650 - Organization and digitization of information about buildings and civil engineering works, including BIM        
    • BS8644 - Digital management of fire safety information (Due for publication during the first half of 2022) 
  • Upcoming “Golden Thread” initiative requiring building owners to store, manage and keep an up-to-date record of all data required to maintain and operate a built asset Ideate Software tools

Over the course of this call, BIMThoughts hosts, Bill Debevc, Carl Storms and Dana De Filippi complimented Ideate Software several times. Here are a few quotes:

  • “For me, Revit and Ideate go hand in hand.”
  • “Over the years, Ideate has added so many great things!”
  • “I just love Ideate tools.”

Browse our website to learn more about how Ideate Software tools for Revit streamline workflows, improve data quality, and enhance design. Give them a try with free trial versions or subscribe today

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January

4

2022

As part of my role as a customer success manager, I frequently deliver online-based workshops to customers with a goal of ensuring that everyone has a solid understanding of how all our Ideate Software tools can be used as part of their daily Revit workflows. Besides delivering training programs to meet their needs, I also lead post-mortem discussions to talk about how the workshops went and how we can improve for the next set of workshops.

I recently completed some Enterprise workshops with ZGF. During my post-mortem discussion with Associate Trevor Taylor, I thanked him for doing such a great job of gathering a large, attentive audience that was engaged during the presentations and discussions. Part of the ZGF Design Technology group’s strategy is to have Tech Fridays, which include discussions about Revit, Revit add-ins, rendering, techniques employed on projects, outside vendor visits, and more. The Design Technology group meets every Friday via MS Teams for these discussions and posts the recordings on their channel using Microsoft Stream. As Trevor put it, “Attendance is up, people are engaged, they’re asking great questions, and we’re capturing our discussions.”

 


If you find that your staff is under-driving processes and not using software to its full potential, consider scheduling frequent Tech Hours or Tech Fridays to review tips and tricks as a team and with software vendors. Having attended and presented at many of these sessions over the years, I can assure you that this is a winning strategy for successful software implementation and continued adoption.

If you are interested in discussing how to implement a successful training program on Ideate Software tools or are interested in adding Ideate Software products to your portfolio, please reach out to us at [email protected] for assistance. We would love to discuss your options.

 


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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December

29

2021

The work-from-home environment that continued throughout 2021 did not slow down the nimble team at Ideate Software. In fact, 2021 was one of our most productive ever! 

  • We added more user-requested features to our products
  • We confirmed our commitment to Revit users across the world by translating our products and website into five additional languages and hiring two more experienced professionals to focus on customers in the UK/EMEA region 
  • We hosted and joined webinars to share insights on industry and BIM trends as well as discuss our products 
  • We stayed on top of challenges faced by Revit users through online user group meetings, beta testing, featured webinar workflows, and one-on-one conversations between our customers and support team in every region of the world

Below are highlights of a few activities of the year.

Enhancements to our Products

  • The new Rooms Views creation method in IdeateApps automates the naming of interior elevations and other room-based view types, and it can be used to quickly assemble new sheets to match your desired layouts.
  • Ideate Explorer, which allows additional exported data from Revit to Excel for easy reviewing, is now integrated with Ideate Automation, a scripting solution that schedules the process to run at times convenient to the users. Watch the video overview.
  • We released a Microsoft Power BI template that uses Ideate Explorer Warnings data to enable users to visualize details of their project Warnings.  
  • In Ideate Sticky, you can now make your Stickies transparent or choose to set the color option to black or grayscale.
  • We updated all our Ideate Software solutions to align with Revit 2022, and we made updates to versions supporting Revit 2019-2021.  You can review all the highly informative What’s New Videos at the top of this page.

Two New Blog Post Series Based on User Needs

  • Wishlist Granted – Our success is based on the fact that we develop tools that solve real challenges faced by Revit users. In this new series, we identify Revit Forum posts and discussions that launched new features or new tools. 
  • Support – Sharing questions presented to our Support team accomplishes two goals: it provides quick answers for others facing the same challenges, and it shows specific ways customers use our products that others may want to try.

The Company we Keep

As we close out the year, we send sincere thanks to all Ideate Software employees, customers and partners as well as everyone else who had a hand in our activities. Together, we accomplished a vast amount of product enhancements, customer discussions and industry events. We look forward to another year of collaboration, innovation and success.

Stay current on all our activities in 2022 by viewing our blog posts and videos posted to our YouTube channel.

 

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December

28

2021

We are continuing our monthly Ideate Software blog series entitled Wishlist Granted.  Each blog article features real user requests from Autodesk forums and discussions, plus many Ideate Software customer requests.

The holiday gift-giving season came a little early for Ideate Software. In fact, it was in November 2021. That’s when we released the latest update to IdeateApps, our productivity and efficiency collection of tools for Revit. Just one of the many enhancements within the latest release is the ability to create a whole collection of new views based on any series of rooms.

  • This is an interesting request on the Revit Ideas page to create a series of views based on a room with just one click.
  • This is a related request on the Revit Ideas page to make the elevations “Room Aware,” meaning they would automatically know their orientation such as South or North.
  • In addition this request is also related, requesting the ability to create multiple sheets.

We’ve synthesized these and several other forum requests into the new Ideate ViewCreator Room Views method. The Room Views Method is used to expedite the batch creation of Revit views, and optionally sheets, that are room-based. 


Ideate ViewCreator has four methods for creating new views. The Room Views is the newest option.

After you select the desired room or rooms, there are two layout options available as shown below. The choice here will impact whether or not the newly created views will also be placed on a sheet. You can learn more about the Room Rule or Clone Sheet layouts in this online help topic: Room View Layout Options.

 
You can choose a layout option that uses a Room Rule or choose an option that allows you to clone an existing sheet.

You can then preview and create the new views and sheets. Ideate ViewCreator Room View method will allow you to:

  • Batch create many elevation views that are named per the room name, number and orientation
  • Place the newly created views on a sheet
  • Batch create many enlarged floor and/or ceiling plans per room
  • Batch create sheets with elevations, enlarged plan, 3D view and ceiling plan per each selected room

Here is a simple example of a toilet room with elevations, enlarged plan, enlarged reflected ceiling plan, and 3D view automatically created, named correctly based on the room orientation, and then placed on the Revit sheet.

All these features come together better than the Academy Award winning 1985 movie, A Room with a View! Did we stay up late and watch the British movie for some of our inspiration? We’ll never tell!

Try if for yourself with our fully functional trial version. You can start a trial by downloading IdeateApps.

At Ideate Software, we are focused on delighting our customers. With Ideate Software there is no need to wait for future Revit releases to see your idea turned into a reality.

We love ideas from Revit users – feel free to contact our team via [email protected] to share yours.

Wishlist Granted!

Please review our other Wishlist Granted posts.


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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December

27

2021

Every day, our Ideate Software Support team fields all types of questions from AECO professionals all around the world. You can review some of these recent questions and answers via our Ideate Software Support Series blog category.

Lately we’ve found that many of our customers are dedicating time and effort towards managing their Revit model health metrics, and specifically Revit warnings data via Ideate Explorer. In order to gather consistent and more importantly, relevant warnings data, the first step is to decide which Revit warnings are important, and then assign an appropriate warnings ranking as shown below.

Assign warnings rankings

Did you know that you can sort by the column headers such as Warning Category, Type or Rank? This can be quite useful to review which Revit Warnings are important to your company.  Just click on the column header to sort.

You can learn how to both setup and deploy company standards that relate to this important model health metric within our online help topic: Deploying Warning Standards. This time of year, it’s JOY TO THE WORLD.......or maybe it should be DEPLOY TO THE WORLD.

This post is part of a series of real questions posed to our Support team and our solutions. View more


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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