July 25, 2016

e-Learning - Upcoming Revit, Civil 3D and Ideate Software Classes

Join the Ideate Tech Experts for eLearning – live online classes that provide your entire organization with easy access to premium education.
7.26::Revit 201:
Working with Wall Types
7.27::Revit 201:
Leveraging Design Options
7.28::Ideate Software:
Audit Your Revit Projects with
Ideate Explorer
8.4::Ideate Software:
Streamline Revit MEP Workflows with
Ideate BIMLink
8.5::Revit 201:
Revit MEP and Low Voltage Systems
8.9::Infrastructure 201:
Civil 3D-Settings and Styles
8.11::Ideate Software:
Display Non-BIM Data with
Ideate Sticky
8.12::Revit 201:
Revit Server
8.25::Ideate Software:
Simplify Revit Model Management with
Ideate BIMLink
Each class is designed to give you specific, improved results in a particular topic. You can interact with the instructor right from your own office, while eliminating travel time. Because the class schedule rotates, you can easily select your topics of interest and choose the day which best meets your schedule.

Click here for class descriptions, times and registration link. Questions? Contact education@ideateinc.com.

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July 21, 2016

Creating Revit Starting Views Using Ideate Sticky & Titleblocks

Having worked with many customers on their BIM workflows and on my own BIM-related projects, one feature I see underused or not used at all, is the Revit Starting View. Especially when combined with a Titleblock and Ideate Sticky, Starting View can be an extremely powerful feature, ensuring team members office-wide have the latest project information.

Starting View allows you to assign a default view Revit will defer to as a starting point when a project file is opened. Even if you save on a completely different view before exiting your file, Revit will open to the Starting View you specifically assign. It is a great way to open directly to a view you are familiar with and want to work from. 

But, choosing your Starting View strategically, matters. 


Most of the Starting Views I have encountered along my way are project landing pages. These landing pages may contain information such as the client name and address, major milestone dates, notes to the team, and other important details related to the project. Unfortunately, most are also created as Drafting Views, which is a missed opportunity; project information is manually entered as a text note, and usually does not correlate to any of the information you see on a Titleblock. So, I say: why not use a customized Titleblock as your Starting View, instead? 

Using a Titleblock as a Starting View means you can add project based information and all edits will automatically propagate throughout your entire project! Additionally, you can add hyperlinks that direct users to project information, such as your BIM Execution Plan or even the Project Directory, itself.

Now throw in Ideate Sticky to get the absolute most out of your Starting View. 


BIM Managers can use Ideate Sticky with their Starting Views and incorporate their Stickies into Revit Templates. One huge advantage of this workflow is the ability to edit a master Sticky with company-wide information, such as current Revit Builds and any other need-to-know project details. When master information is edited, every project in the office will immediately receive an update. When the team opens their Revit projects, they will see the updated information in their Starting View.
To learn more about this workflow and to get some great Starting View tips, be sure to watch my video on the topic.

Thank you for reading! For more information on Revit and other Autodesk products, and information on training and consulting for the various products Ideate services, please visit our website.

Sash Kazeminejad
AEC Senior Application Specialist 
Sash is a registered Architect and LEED Accredited Professional who holds a Master of Architecture from Montana State University. Sash’s experience includes project management, BIM management, and design for architectural firms in California, Montana, and Oregon. As an Autodesk Certified Instructor, Sash provides Revit Architecture training and solutions for AECO firms. @sashpdx 

July 18, 2016

e-Learning - Upcoming Revit and Ideate Software Classes

Join the Ideate Tech Experts for eLearning – live online classes that provide your entire organization with easy access to premium education.
7.15::Revit 201:
Revit Phasing A-Z
7.19::Revit 201:
Revit for Interior Designers
7.26::Revit 201:
Working with Wall Types
7.27::Revit 201:
Leveraging Design Options
7.28::Ideate Software:
Audit Your Revit Projects with
Ideate Explorer
8.4::Ideate Software:
Streamline Revit MEP Workflows with
Ideate BIMLink
8.11::Ideate Software:
Display Non-BIM Data with
Ideate Sticky
8.25::Ideate Software:
Simplify Revit Model Management with
Ideate BIMLink
Each class is designed to give you specific, improved results in a particular topic. You can interact with the instructor right from your own office, while eliminating travel time. Because the class schedule rotates, you can easily select your topics of interest and choose the day which best meets your schedule.

Click here for class descriptions, times and registration link. Questions? Contact education@ideateinc.com.

Get It. Know It. Use It.

Revit 2017: Simplify Models with Revit Parts

I am excited to share a new workflow with you Ideate developed when a valued customer asked the following:

"What is the best workflow if I am creating a shear wall with furring on each side and need to be able to demolish the furring portion, sometimes just on one side? In addition, I want to control the height of each furring wall separately from the core.

Is my only option to create three walls? This gives me what I want to see, 
graphically and I can adjust the height of each wall independently, but now I have to manage three walls, which can be tedious and time consuming."
After pondering what the customer was trying to achieve, the first thing that came to my mind was “Revit Parts!"

In my opinion, Parts is an underutilized tool that can provide you more flexibility with all of the different pieces of your system family assemblies.

To dive into this new workflow, checkout my short video on how to turn your wall assembly into Parts, allowing you to demolish portions of the wall and control the height of each furring wall individually.

Thank you for reading! For more information on Revit and other Autodesk products, and information on training and consulting for the various products Ideate services, please visit our website.


AEC Application Specialist
Emily Clark holds a Bachelor of Architecture degree from Kansas State University, and has over 19 years of experience in the Architecture industry. Her experience includes working for a number of Architecture and Design/ Build firms in the Western United States. She has been a Project Designer, Intern Architect, BIM Manager and Design Technology Manager. She has contributed to the completion of projects ranging from high–end custom residential to Education and Healthcare design. She has worked with multiple platforms and her passion for BIM has enabled her to help transition firms and advance with technology. At Ideate, Emily provides training and support for Revit Architecture.