August

19

2019

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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July

30

2019

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.


 
 

Visit 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

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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July

18

2019

Thank you to everyone that attended the recent 30-minute Ideate Software webinar about our latest application that enhances Revit software, Ideate StyleManager

During the session, I gave an overview of the Ideate StyleManager user-interface and demonstrated how to: 

  • Assess the risk of Revit line style deletion
  • Fix and standardize Revit material
  • Manage duplicate styles
  • Delete unused object styles, including CAD imports

If you missed the session, would like to see it again, or would like to share it with  colleagues, here’s a link to the recording


Here are a couple of comments from people who attended the webinar:

  • “Maintaining standards and keeping projects healthy requires constant cleanup. StyleManager should help make this easier.”
  • “We have staff that explode CAD files in drawing. This tool will make cleaning easy, even for beginner staff.” 

Visit our website for more information on Ideate StyleManager. Give it a try with a free trial version, or subscribe today.
 


About the Author

Glynnis Patterson, NCARB – Director of Software Development
Glynnis is a registered architect and has worked within the building information modeling (BIM) industry since 1998. A graduate of Carnegie Mellon University, she has worked as an architect, educator and construction site manager. Glynnis is the Director of Software Development Services and continues to work with AECO clients worldwide, developing, and consulting on solutions to BIM challenges. In her spare time, Glynnis volunteers for the local high school and with growitgreenmorristown.org. Find Glynnis on LinkedIn.

 

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July

16

2019

Software. It is a huge part of how we get through our days, and its usage continues to grow at an exponential rate. Processes that now take minutes or hours once took days or weeks. The future of software continues to be big, and it continues to radically change our landscape.

Third-Party Software Defined

Third-party software is a major industry within the software development market. It typically runs inside or side-by-side software from the first party (the OEM software developer). In many cases, the first party opens its Application Programming Interface (API) up to third-party developers, so they can develop additional software that enhances the original.

Ideate Software’s Third-Party Software

Ideate Software focuses on improvements and workflow enhancements to Autodesk Revit software. We currently offer five Revit plug-in products that helps users simplify their Revit data challenges. As we like to say, we focus on the “I” in BIM, since we do a deep dive into the Revit API to expose important features and new workflows for customers to use on their Revit-based projects.

Charting a Business Case for Third-Party Software

Deciding to procure software such as ours requires thoughtful analysis, both from a usability perspective and an acquisition perspective. For example, when analyzing your current software, you need to understand:

  • Your current needs
  • The tasks you perform to meet current needs
  • How you complete those tasks
  • The amount of daily and weekly effort (hours and cost) it takes to complete those tasks
  • The time and cost savings will result if you acquire third-party tools
  • Who will use the third-party software 

One of the best ways to complete this analysis is by charting a business case in a format that is easy for everyone to understand, from end users to the decision makers. With everything laid out in this form, proposing solutions for buy-in will be easy, because the ROI on cost and time will be apparent. 

Getting Buy-in from End Users and Decision Makers – An Example

One great example comes from Gautam Shenoy at Steinberg-Hart. After the Ideate Software team demonstrated IdeateApps to him and his Revit users, Gautam went to work putting together a needs analysis of each of the nine tools that come with IdeateApps. Once completed, the results were compelling, and the ROI potential was immediately apparent.

Gautam presented his analysis to the decision-makers in his firm and got instant approval to add IdeateApps to their Ideate Software collection. Here is an example of the business case analysis that Gautam created for IdeateApps (click on the image):

Although a cost for manual time vs. app-driven time was not identified in his analysis, the difference in effort between the two was drastic enough that anyone reading the chart would understand that the ROI is huge. Also, information in the Notes column explained the issues in more detail, making the case for the procurement of IdeateApps even stronger.

If you are looking for solutions to workflow challenges and are in the market to purchase third-party software such as Ideate Software solutions, leveraging a chart like this will help you understand the value and validate your claims, as you will easily be able to identify the cost and time savings.

Contact Us

If you have any ideas to share, such as how your office goes about procuring software solutions, we would love to hear from you. We always welcome comments, suggestions, and feedback.

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Visit 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, BCI, BCC - Customer Success Manager
Sash earned his Master of Architecture from Montana State University and is a California registered architect, LEED Accredited Professional, and a Bluebeam Certified Instructor. 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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July

4

2019

In June 2019, I had the privilege of presenting a Revit-related topic to the Seattle Revit Users Group (“SeaRUG”). I have presented to SeaRUG several times, and it was nice to go back and present to them again. I always enjoy my trips up to Seattle from Portland.

My presentation was titled, “Get Your Revit Templates and Projects in Order,” and I delivered it shortly after we released our fifth Revit add-in called Ideate StyleManager.

The premise of the presentation was to remind people that is important to add and create targeted content for Revit templates, such as defining certain System Types, loading important component families, and safely auditing templates, projects, and families for non-standard Revit Styles, such as Object Style sub-categories, Line Styles, Fill Patterns, Materials and Assets, etc.

As Revit templates and projects continue to be created and updated, non-standard Styles always find their way into these files, no matter how hard you try to keep them out. The capabilities of the Purge command in Revit are limited, and deleting non-standard Styles in Revit is tedious and extremely risky, as I demonstrated live to the audience; I deleted the default Viewport Type from a Revit model and it literally destroyed the Revit file.

Near the end of my presentation, I demonstrated how Ideate StyleManager can:

  • Analyze Revit Styles
  • List where the Styles are in use
  • Give users the option to delete the Styles safely or merge them with standard Styles

With Ideate StyleManager, you will be confident that the decisions you are about to make are safe ones. Trying to make these decisions without software like Ideate StyleManager is too risky and can damage your file if you are not careful.

At the end of the presentation, my message to the group was to not delete anything without being informed. Ideate Software products help users make informed decisions. After all, we want you to be certain of your Revit data.

Shown below are some images and captions from the SeaRUG presentation. If you are interested in viewing the recorded presentation, please visit the SeaRUG YouTube channel for more information: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ucVZeT6Er5A 

This slide depicts some of the categories that should be considered when creating Revit templates. Items highlighted in blue (exception: Starting View & Ideate Software Settings) were a focus of the discussion, since they tend to be standards that start to deviate as CAD imports and non-standard content find their way into Revit templates and projects. This is where Ideate StyleManager saves the day.

Revit Templates

 
This slide depicts the importance of Starting Views in templates and projects as they relate to important project information. For this discussion, we reviewed the option to use an Ideate Sticky to post company-based information, so when all users open a Revit model daily, they see relevant information that a BIM manager posts for the day. Some folks mentioned during the presentation that they use Ideate Sticky in a Starting view for project checklists.

Revit Templates

 
This slide depicts some of the ways in which Styles (Object Style sub-categories, Fill Patterns, Line Styles, Materials, etc.) find their way into Revit Templates, Projects, and Families. These are some of the reasons keeping Revit files clean can be a constant battle, especially when Revit experience levels vary. Ideate Software applications can help with these battles.

Revit Templates

 
This slide depicts some ways in which objects can be cleaned up from Revit templates and projects. Most categories of objects can be safely cleaned up with the Purge command. For those that cannot be cleaned with the Purge command, manual deletion of Styles can be harmful to your project. Ideate Software tools can help mitigate these risks so you are certain of your Revit model data.

Revit Templates

Visit 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, BCI, BCC - Customer Success Manager
Sash earned his Master of Architecture from Montana State University and is a California registered architect, LEED Accredited Professional, and a Bluebeam Certified Instructor. 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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