March 25, 2015

Solar Analysis (Insolation) on Revit Building Elements Such as Roofs and Walls

Using the example of a historic building, in a few minutes, the Revit Solar Analysis add-in, will let you display color coded ranges of insolation values. Since the software takes into account adjacent buildings or planting, you can use this to establish optimum location for solar panels.

The add-in is available from Autodesk Labs

The add-in runs in Revit 2014 and 2015. It is located under the Analyze tab. 

All settings are in one simple dialog box.

Output is customizable and can be in the form of analysis overlays on the model or values can be output to a CSV file (Spreadsheet).

Jim Cowan
Ideate AEC Senior Application Specialist

Jim Cowan’s extensive AEC design industry experience, Autodesk design solutions expertise and status as an Autodesk Certified Instructor have made him a sought after university curriculum developer, instructor and presenter. Jim’s areas of expertise include eLearning, interoperability between solutions and overcoming barriers to the adoption of Building Information Modeling (BIM). Educated in Architecture at Edinburgh College of Art/Heriot–Watt University and in Landscape Architecture at University of Manitoba, Jim has special focus on sustainability issues: daylight analysis, sun studies, lighting analysis, modeling buildings and conceptual energy modeling (models with shading devices). YouTube Channel: MrJimCowan

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March 23, 2015

eLearning - 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. 
3.24::Revit 101:
Phasing A-Z
3.25::Ideate Software:
Revit Auditing with Ideate Explorer for Revit
3.26::Revit 201:
Revit for Interior Designers
4.2:Revit 201:
Making Titleblocks
4.3::Revit 201:
Residential Construction in Revit Architecture
4.7::Ideate Software:
Ideate BIMLink for Revit MEP Projects
4.8::Ideate Software:
Revit Project 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

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Classroom Training - Open Revit Architecture, Revit MEP, and AutoCAD Classes

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Position yourself to land dream projects. Tap the full potential of your software solutions. Increase your facility, fluidity and capability to maximize the value of your precision software tools.
4.7-4.9::San Jose
Revit Architecture Fundamentals
AutoCAD Fundamentals
Revit Architecture Fundamentals
4.28-4.29::San Francisco
Revit Architecture Beyond the Basics
Revit MEP - Electrical Fundamentals
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March 19, 2015

Ideate, Inc. Named Autodesk Reseller of the Year

SAN FRANCISCO, California, 3/19/2015 - Ideate, Inc., an Autodesk, Inc. Platinum Value Added Reseller, today announced that 3D design, engineering and entertainment software industry leader, Autodesk, Inc., has named Ideate, Inc. its North American Reseller of the Year for FY15 at the Autodesk One Team Conference, an annual sales and leadership event held this month in Las Vegas, NV, that brings together Autodesk employees and partners from around the world. This is the top honor awarded annually to an Autodesk partner and recognizes Ideate, Inc. for its outstanding achievements in delivering world-class service and technical expertise to customers throughout fiscal year 2015, exceeding expectations in sales, growth and other key measures.

 “It is rewarding and gratifying to be acknowledged as Autodesk Reseller of the Year.” said Bob Palioca, President of Ideate, Inc. “This honor exemplifies our obligation to overwhelmingly delight our customers and our commitment to our communities’ success.” 

"The award celebrates Ideate’s outstanding performance and Autodesk expertise,” said Steve Blum, senior vice president of Worldwide Sales and Services, Autodesk. “Ideate consistently shows leadership as an Autodesk partner and creates innovative solutions that help make customers more efficient, competitive and innovative.”

Autodesk’s global channel partner network includes more than 2,000 partners, all of whom support customers across a number of industries, such as architecture, engineering and construction; manufacturing; automotive; utilities and government; telecommunications; games; television and film. 

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 Platinum Partner for Architecture, Engineering and Construction, Autodesk’s highest level of authorization. 

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