December 30, 2010

Classroom Training - Open Classes

Know It. Ideate Training.

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.

Here are a few of the training opportunities Ideate has to offer next week:
1.3-5::Portland
Revit MEP: Electrical Fundamentals
1.5-7::San Francisco
AutoCAD Fundamentals

1.5-7::San Francisco
Revit MEP: Electrical Fundamentals
Know your software. Sign up now!

December 29, 2010

Manage Revit Shared Parameters with Ideate BIMLink

Did you miss today's Ideate BIMLink webinar?

No worries, we have a live overview of the application for Revit scheduled every Wednesday. Sign up for next week's conversation on January 5 with Glynnis Patterson, N.C.A.R.B., Director of Services.

Here's one of the questions from today's session...
Q: How can Ideate BIMLink be used to manage shared parameters?

A: Ideate BIMLink can help manage parameter values for both shared and non-shared parameters. While the application cannot create or merge parameters, you can use it to rename family or type names. This is particularly useful when maintaining firm-wide standards. A specific example can be seen on the Ideate YouTube channel where we are re-naming Detail Component type names.

Download your free trial at www.ideatebimlink.com.

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Ideate BIMLink - Things to Do Before You Start Using With Your Revit Model


- David Haynes, Ideate Director of AEC Services offers helpful insights on things to do before you start using Ideate BIMLink.

After the initial excitement of downloading the program and those wonderful thoughts of how much time Ideate BIMLink is going to save, most users rush to install and dig into the software.

Before doing that, there are several things to review/consider.

INSTALLATION
    1. Ideate BIMLink works on Revit Architecture 2011, Structure 2011, or MEP 2011; 32 bit or 64 bit operating systems.

    2. Ideate BIMLink requires that the Revit Extensions (REX) be installed on all computers using Ideate BIMLink. REX can be downloaded for free, when on Autodesk subscription. subscription.autodesk.com Install REX prior to installing Ideate BIMLink.

    3. You will know that Ideate BIMLink is installed correctly, when you see Ideate BIMLink in the following location – Add-Ins > Extension Manager > External Extensions > Ideate Software > Ideate BIMLink.


THINGS TO CONSIDER
    1. Revit users, and Ideate BIMLink users, need to clearly understand the difference between Type Parameters and Instance Parameters. Instance Parameters and Type Parameters of an element combine to establish the element properties, or data.

      a. Type Parameters – Settings that control the appearance or behavior of all elements of a particular family type. Type parameters are also called type properties.
      b. Instance Parameters – Settings that control the appearance or behavior or an individual element in a project. Instance parameters are also called instance properties.


    2. Ideate BIMLink modifies data. In fact, some parameters have been excluded from modification, such as ID element, as this modification would cause model corruption. Careful consideration to whether you are modifying type or instance parameters needs to be understood to get the full benefit of Ideate BIMLink.

    3. Note that the Revit model is modified, not a schedule. Schedules are merely reports of the Revit model.

    4. Ideate BIMLink is phase specific. In the Link Properties > Phasing, the user can set what phase and phase filter they are interested in. If the user is in the incorrect phase, the data link will show undesired information or no information at all. A troubleshooting mechanism is to verify the phase and phase filter in both the Revit model and Ideate BIMLink.


Stay tuned for other helpful tip/tricks about Ideate BIMLink. Go to www.ideatebimlink.com for more information, videos, and use cases.

David Haynes is Director of AEC Services at Ideate. His experience as an Architect, Contractor and Owner provides a unique perspective to the use of technology in the AEC industry.




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December 28, 2010

eLearning with the Ideate Tech Experts - Upcoming Classes

Join the Ideate Tech Experts for eLearning - live online classes that provide your entire organization with easy access to premium education.

Upcoming classes include:

1.4.11::Revit 201: Making Titleblocks
1.11.11::Civil 3D 201: Analysis for Master Planning
1.25.11::Revit 201: Collaborating Across Disciplines:
Revit Architecture/Structure/MEP

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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Gain Access to Host Wall Info in Revit with Ideate BIMLink



Q: Is there way to get a parameter from a component's host to appear in the component's schedule in my Revit project? For example, I'm using the "Mark" parameter in each window instance to identify it by number in the Window Schedule and also in tags for drawing views. I'm also using the "Mark" parameters for walls to identify wall panel instances on drawing views. I'd like to add a column to my window schedule where the hosting wall's "Mark" parameter will show up for each window.

A: Ideate BIMLink can give you access to the Host Wall info for Doors and Wall Objects. A few ways in which this data might be useful are:

    a) to check window area as it relates to wall area
    b) to check the rating of the door versus the wall in which it is hosted
    c) review the window or curtain panel glazing versus the orientation of the wall in which it is hosted

Unfortunately, this same data still cannot be displayed within a Revit schedule. While it is certainly possible to copy/paste this data (Wall Type Mark in your example) into a Shared Parameter via Ideate BIMLink so that it could be included in a schedule, it is certainly not optimal.


To see additional use cases, visit www.ideatebimlink.com. And don't miss the free trial download.

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December 27, 2010

Already Using Autodesk Navisworks? User Survey



Earlier today we told you about an on-demand webcast about Autodesk Navisworks - a great introduction to the collaboration software.

Are you already using the product? The Autodesk Navisworks Team would appreciate your feedback.

Dear Navisworks user,

The Autodesk Navisworks team is currently running an online user survey to gather your feedback. It's an opportunity for us to measure your satisfaction with the current product, and for you to highlight functionality that you would like to see improved or introduced into future releases. The survey will take about 10 minutes to complete, and your input is greatly appreciated!

To access the survey click here.

Many thanks,

The Autodesk Navisworks Team

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New to Autodesk Navisworks? Check out this recorded webcast...



Curious, but not sure how Autodesk Navisworks can help you, as a construction professional?

Navisworks for Clash Detection and 4D Logistics, a recorded webcast, shows how Autodesk Navisworks can help you address key construction process issues, such as model aggregation, clash detection, and project presentation.
  • Identify interferences before construction to prevent and reduce costly change orders
  • Virtually simulate a project and link to your existing project software to accelerate your project schedule
  • Keep files and models up to date across extended project teams

During the free webcast, you will also see a demonstration of Autodesk Navisworks to better understand the software at work. Watch at your own pace, on your own time, since it is recorded - then share it with your colleagues!

Just complete the registration form and you're on your way.

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December 23, 2010

Season's Greetings from the Ideate Team



As we finalize our daily work activities and turn our attention to family and friends this holiday season, I want to thank each of you for allowing Ideate to be part of your business in 2010.

Across our company and throughout our respective communities, we have worked hard to enhance your position as innovators and industry leaders in your market areas.

Whether it was our power-packed launch of the 2011 Autodesk software portfolio, new focused courses like our Revit MEP classes or the recent release of the lauded Ideate BIMLink application for Revit, our team has developed the tools you need to build your skills and grow.

We could not have accomplished these without your partnership; your willingness to take time to let us know what's important, what your business really needs. Thank you.

Here’s to good health, safe travels and a Happy New Year!

Robert P. Palioca, Jr.
Owner/President

Ideate BIMLink Featured in Autodesk Channel Services Program News!

Woohoo! An interview with Ben Bishoff about our new Ideate BIMLink application for Revit had been featured in this quarter’s edition of the Autodesk Channel Services Program News.

Ideate, Inc. is proud to be an Autodesk Consulting Services Partner - a member of a global network providing best practices and top-level expertise to help you adopt and integrate Autodesk technology for design innovation and business operational excellence.


Learn more about the newsworthy Ideate BIMLink at www.ideatebimlink.com or contact bimlink.sales@ideateinc.com

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Announcing Ideate BIMLink 'Coming Soon' Winner: Revit User Antony McPhee


Earlier this quarter, we announced the pending release of our Ideate BIMLink application for Revit, starting with a simple Ideate BIMLink Coming Soon website. We asked folks interested in receiving updates to provide their e-mail address, with the option to complete a survey, telling us a little bit more about themselves.

With the launch of our spiffy new Ideate BIMLink site and product now available to ship, we're pleased to congratulate the winner of our Ideate BIMLink Coming Soon drawing:
Antony McPhee, B Architecture, R.A.I.A., Lyons Architects.
As the BIM Implementation Leader for Lyons, an architectural and urban design practice based in Melbourne, Australia, Antony helps Revit users on complex cutting edge educational and institutional projects. Since Antony has a lot of experience using the features of Revit Subscription, including Revit Extensions, we look forward to having him check out how Ideate BIMLink helps with renumbering of rooms/doors and more, standardizing naming conventions across families & types and much more.

If you were not a winner, don’t worry, we still have a wealth of information available for you about Ideate BIMLink…

  • The Ideate BIMLink site includes a Free Trial link to download a free, non-commercial 30-day trial version of the Ideate BIMLink for Revit software tool.
  • Purchase Ideate BIMLink before January 31, 2011 and you’ll receive Ideate Explorer for Revit – a $399 value! See website for details.
  • We have weekly Ideate BIMLink Overview webcasts scheduled - a perfect chance for you to see the product in action and chat with Glynnis Patterson, Director of Services. Register for the December 29 webcast or watch the Ideate BIMLink site for future dates.
  • Be sure you’re subscribed to @IdeateBIMLink for all the updates.

Make your Revit model Excel with Ideate BIMLink!

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December 22, 2010

Editing the Titleblock on Multiple Revit Sheets with Ideate BIMLink


Q: I have an Autodesk Revit project with many sheets. I know how to change ALL the titleblock families at once, but I need to update specific ones. There are a lot that need to be updated, so I don’t want to open every sheet and change them one at a time. Some of the sheets need to stay labeled “Bid Pack 1," while other sheets need to change to read “.Addendum 2” for example. I have already modified the titleblock family so there is a type for each issue/addendum.

Is there a way to select the titleblock on multiple sheets to change the types all at once?

A: Ideate BIMLink is designed to edit large amounts of Revit data via Excel. It includes a Sheet Link which will allow export of all sheet parameters, including shared parameters. This data will then be exported to Excel where it can be sorted, filtered and modified as you require, and then reimported into Revit. It is also possible to renumber the views on each sheet via Ideate BIMLink.

Ready to learn more? Visit www.ideatebimlink.com and download the free trial.

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December 21, 2010

Autodesk Services & Support solutions for Revit hang, crash, UI

Several useful updates from the Autodesk Revit Services & Support team today...

Revit 2011 Hangs at Splash Screen or Crashes with Unrecoverable Error
Issue
You launch a Revit 2011 product and it fails to open or it opens and you see the splash screen followed by an unrecoverable error message.

Solution
Download and run the script file for your Revit 2011 product to fix the problem.

Random Crash in Autodesk Revit Architecture/Structure/MEP 2011
Issue
You have experienced a random crash in Autodesk Revit Architecture/Structure/MEP 2011 and are wondering what to try to resolve the problem.

Solution
Random crashing in Autodesk Revit Architecture/Structure/MEP 2011 could be caused by corruption of the UIState.dat file that controls the Revit 2011 User Interface. Often, resetting this file can correct the problem and resume normal operation.


Resetting the Autodesk Revit 2011 user interface
You would like to reset the Autodesk® Revit® 2011 user interface (i.e. the Ribbon, Quick Access Toolbar, and Project Browser) back to the out-of-the-box version and remove any customization that has been applied.

Get the solutions at the Autodesk Revit Architecture Services & Support page.


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Ideate BIMLink application for Revit - Shipping Now!


Available Today
  • The Ideate BIMLink site has been updated to include a fully functional Free Trial version of the product.
  • Download a free, non-commercial 30-day trial version which will allow you to import and export up to (25)-lines of data from Revit to Excel.
  • Ready to purchase Ideate BIMLink? Upgrade your trial to a fully licensed version. Visit the Buy Now page and after the order is processed, you'll receive an email with instructions on how to download and activate the license code.
  • New Ideate BIMLink videos and informative tutorials have been loaded to the Ideate YouTube Channel.

Next Steps


Make your Revit model Excel with Ideate BIMLink.

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December 20, 2010

Featured Ideate Tech Expert: Ben Bishoff, Software Engineer



For me, this last year has been an amazing journey of taking an idea to reality. Back in the fall of 2009, we were pondering lessons learned from creating Ideate Explorer for Revit. The seed idea of that tool, which is still blossoming, was to create an iTunes-like way to explore the Autodesk Revit software building information model (BIM).

From many sources, including our own personal experiences supporting Revit here at Ideate, we heard about people wanting to connect the power of Excel spreadsheets with their Revit models. Excel is the ubiquitous tool for editing large lists of numbers and text. The phase "Excel as the pocketknife of BIM" was bouncing around the blogosphere. At Ideate, we decided to explore how we could connect Excel and Revit.

Well, that was over a year ago and we just released the first version of Ideate BIMLink. Our goal has been to create a simple yet powerful tool that allows you to access the information, or the "I" of BIM. Judging on initial reactions, I think we've hit on something useful and critical to unlocking the true power of designing buildings with Autodesk Revit.

Ideate BIMLink allows you to pick a category of "things" (say walls, rooms or text notes) within your Revit model, and directly create an Excel spreadsheet with properties of those things. No complicated setup needed to create the Excel spreadsheets. (In fact, if you are techie enough to know about COM and ODBC drivers, we don't use any of that.) You don't even need Excel installed on your computer.

Once you have the Revit info in a spreadsheet, analyze and edit using all the powerful commands of Excel you know so well. The changes you make in the spreadsheet can imported back into Revit. You get to preview all the changes you are making to your Revit model before you accept the changes.

Sound interesting? Check out some specific examples of what the Ideate BIMLink application can do at the Ideate BIMLink website. We keep discovering more uses and hearing new ones from our users.

What would you do if Excel and Revit were on speaking terms? Lots I'll bet. The future looks bright for this dynamic combo. Test drive Ideate BIMLink and see how!


- Ben Bishoff, Senior Software Engineer

Ben has been a software engineer for over 25 years. With a Bachelor’s degree in Physics, he has worked at several software companies developing applications for the AEC industry including Sage Timberline (construction accounting and estimating) and ArchT (architectural drafting for AutoCAD). He also worked at Microsoft creating AEC and other diagramming solutions for Office Visio. Ben has been with Ideate Software for over 8 years developing addins for Revit including Ideate Explorer for Revit and Ideate BIMLink.

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December 16, 2010

Architects - Leverage Autodesk Navisworks in Your Workflow

Check out this great blog post from our own Teresa Martin about staying relevant in the architecture field, including her top 5 reasons to incorporate Autodesk Navisworks in your workflow...



Ready to add Navisworks to your tool kit? Contact the pros at sales@ideateinc.com

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December 14, 2010

Save on Your Software Purchase - IRS §179 Deduction Expires 12/31/2010

Been considering the purchase of Autodesk software? Buy before December 31, 2010 and you may qualify for tax relief!

On Monday, September 27, 2010, President Obama signed the Small Business Jobs Act of 2010 into law which includes an extension of the depreciation provisions for businesses buying equipment and computer software and placing it into service during calendar year 2010. This tax relief provides an incentive for you, as a business, to make investments this year.

Generally a business must recover the cost of property over a predetermined period of years. The depreciation provisions under the Small Business Jobs Act of 2010 allows a business to depreciate an additional 50% of the cost of an asset acquired and placed into service in 2010 in that year with the remaining basis depreciated in accordance with the statutorily prescribed recovery period.

One of the types of property eligible for the bonus depreciation is purchased computer software which is generally defined as any program designed to cause a computer to perform a desired function. As such, the purchase of Autodesk software should generally qualify for this incremental tax benefit.

OK, what does this mean to you?
In general, based on our interpretation of the legislation, you will be able to deduct up to 67% of the cost of the software purchased in year of purchase (see example below).

This is generally how it works:



Contact the Autodesk software experts at sales@ideateinc.com today to find the right solution for your business.

While we're software experts, please note that these are general guidelines and should not be construed as tax advice. You should discuss your specific situation with your personal tax advisor.

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December 13, 2010

Ideate BIMLink Tutorials - (7) New Videos Uploaded for Revit Users

Curious about Ideate BIMLink and ready to learn more?

We've uploaded (7) new videos to the Ideate, Inc. YouTube channel. Not just videos...informative tutorials, so you can get an in-depth view of how Ideate BIMLink puts the "I" in BIM.

While you're there, but sure to subscribe to our YouTube channel, so you'll know right away when we add updates!

The Ideate BIMLink is a Revit Extension application that lets you pull data from a Revit file into user-friendly Microsoft Excel and push Excel data into Revit with equal ease.

Learn more at www.ideatebimlink.com.


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December 9, 2010

Classroom Training - Open Classes

Know It. Ideate Training.

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.

Here are a few of the training opportunities Ideate has to offer in the coming weeks:
12.27-29::San Francisco
Revit Architecture Fundamentals

12.28-30::Sacramento
Revit MEP: Mechanical and Plumbing Fundamentals

12.28-30::Seattle
Revit Architecture Fundamentals

12.29-30::Portland
AutoCAD Beyond the Basics

12.30::San Francisco
3ds Max Design for Architects

Know your software. Sign up now!

December 7, 2010

eLearning with the Ideate Tech Experts - Upcoming Classes

Join the Ideate Tech Experts for eLearning - live online classes that provide your entire organization with easy access to premium education.

Upcoming classes include:




12.14Revit: Revit Architecture 2011 Update
12.20Civil 3D: Civil 3D for Beginners
12.21Revit:Conceptual Design

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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December 6, 2010

The AutoCAD Customer Council – Join In!

The AutoCAD Customer Council (AACC) is an exclusive group of customers that directly influence Autodesk product direction by participating in regular surveys, focus groups, and other activities. As a council member, you will be asked to participate in 1-3 activities (mostly web-based surveys) per month, each taking about 10-15 minutes. In just the past six-months, the AACC has influenced product direction for 3D/conceptual design, AutoCAD LT vs. AutoCAD feature set, subscription advantage packs, reality capture, model documentation, suites interoperability, and many others.

The AACC membership is expanding. Interested customers are invited to complete this survey.

December 2, 2010

BIM for Construction – 12.16.10

We invite you to learn how many companies within the design and construction industry are realizing higher profit margins on their projects by combining technology with better workflow processes. These savings include:

• Reduce RFIs and Change Orders early in a projects to reduce schedule and cost impacts
• More efficient job site planning for equipment and materials
• Better understand your schedule by identifying errors and omissions

Who Should Attend
Professionals from A&E firms, owners and contractors and subcontractors will all find great benefit in this presentation.

About the Webcast Presenter

Jason Dodds is an Autodesk Construction Technical Specialist, located in the Denver, Colorado area. Jason has been actively involved in the design and building technology community for over 15 years. During his career, Jason’s focus and experience has been with construction, architecture, interiors, structures, MEP, construction administration and technology for companies such as Michael Baker Corporation and Southland Industries. He has been involved in all facets of design and building processes and understands what it takes to complete projects from design, estimating, coordination to fabrication. At Autodesk, Jason plays an integral role in advocating and implementing the company’s Construction and BIM solutions throughout North America.

DATE 12.16.10
TIME 11:30am to 1:30pm
REGISTER ONLINE

Ideate BIMLink Technology Preview - Now Available

It's all the buzz at AU - unprecedented access to BIM data! Can't wait for the Ideate BIMLink trial to come out December 15th? Head on over to ideatebimlink.com and download the Technology Preview today!

Need more information on Ideate BIMLink? Contact us at 888.662.7238.

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November 30, 2010

Make Your Revit Model Excel! Ideate BIMLink Debuts at #AU2010 Booth 609


Ideate, Inc. is pleased to announce Ideate BIMLink, an application for Autodesk Revit software.

Push. Pull. Power.
Ideate BIMLink creates a link between Revit and the industry standard data solution, Microsoft® Excel®. Pull Building Information Modeling (BIM) information from a Revit file into Excel and push Excel data back into Revit with equal ease. Get unprecedented access to BIM data!

What does this mean for you? Now you can:
  • Externalize data in your Revit model that used to be out of reach to non-Revit users
  • Reach data that Revit hides, including phase and design option data.
  • Update volumes of data following external and internal changes, while maintaining linked relationships
  • Clean up your templates by reviewing all parameter values (like Type Name and Type Mark) even while no instances exist
  • Push calculated data such as occupancy loads, duct and pipe lengths, or beam cut lengths, into your tags
  • Streamline your Quality Control processes by controlling family and project-based parameters
  • Instead of editing manually within Revit, use automated Excel capabilities to save time and prevent errors

Wow, we could go on, but if you’re ready to learn more…

And of course, for complete product features and additional materials including use-case videos, tutorials and ROI calculator, visit www.ideatebimlink.com

Need more information on Ideate BIMLink? Contact us at 888.662.7238 or click here.

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November 29, 2010

BIM Webcast: The Future of Building - 12.14.10

Building, as a process and an industry, has seen dramatic shifts in recent history, most notably with the explosion of technology and digital processes. Many new thought-provoking ideas and concepts have emerged on the future of building, and most of these concepts have technology at their core. Industry experts and trend watchers talk about better representation of buildings in the form of models and analysis, better understanding of existing realty through laser scanning and translation, better control of construction through digital fabrication and realignment of workflow through integrated project delivery. Yet none of these concepts could be successful without the people who power them.

Please join Phil Bernstein, FAIA, RIBA, LEED AP, VP of Industry Strategy and Relations at Autodesk, Inc. as he addresses some of the leading ideas around the future of building, and examines the relationship between humans and technology and how this relationship will shape the future of the architecture industry. Phil is co-author of “Building (in) the Future: Recasting Labor in Architecture,” which addresses how technology will continue to shape and alter the future of the building industry.

Date and Time:
12.14.2010
10:00 - 11:00 AM PDT
Register Now!

November 27, 2010

Ideate Tech Experts to Present at #AU2010

Do you use Revit and need to collaborate with someone working in Navisworks? Know that there is great collaboration potential between AutoCAD and AutoCAD Civil 3D, but not sure how it really works?

Join our own Ron Palma, AEC Solutions Application Specialist, for his popular presentation There is No "I" in Team at #AU2010. Ron will be joined this year by Lana Gochenauer, LEED AP, MEP Solutions Application Specialist.

Class ID: AB430-2
Expertise: Intermediate
Product: Autodesk Revit Architecture
Track: Architecture and Building Design
Other Tracks: Collaboration and Data Management, Collaboration and Data Management

Class Audience
Architects, civil engineers, structural engineers, MEP engineers, project managers, CAD managers, designers, and drafters

Class Description
This class focuses on common issues that arise among building disciplines when collaborating to form a Revit building information model using different software, such as AutoCAD, AutoCAD Civil 3D, Autodesk Ecotect, Navisworks and Revit. Topics such as importing the site design, orienting the building, and sharing coordinates within a multidisciplinary team will be discussed. Additionally, working with other software programs requires the Revit model to be prepared differently. The preparation of the Revit model for use in AutoCAD, AutoCAD Civil 3D, Autodesk Green Building Studio, Ecotect, and Autodesk Navisworks will be demonstrated.

Key Learning
  • Importing site design into Revit
  • Orienting the building in Revit
  • Working with shared coordinates< li>Preparing the Revit model for use with Autodesk Revit MEP and Structure
  • Preparing the Revit model for use in AutoCAD, Autodesk Green Building Studio,
  • Autodesk Ecotect, and Autodesk Navisworks

Prerequisite Software
An understanding of your flavor of Revit, and the workflow process of working with other disciplinary firms

See you in Vegas!

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November 23, 2010

It's Time for AutoCAD 2011 Webcast - 12.7.10

If you own a previous version of AutoCAD® don't miss this opportunity to join a LIVE webcast with AutoCAD Technical Marketing Manager, Heidi Hewett as she highlights key functionality that has been added or enhanced in AutoCAD 2011.

It's a great time to see this functionality in action and discover what you have been missing. Plus, Eddie Perlberg will join to give an insider’s look into the Autodesk Design Suite – see how adding 3D visualizations and animations can bring your designs to life.

Product experts will be online and ready to answer questions you may have. Register Today!

November 22, 2010

Featured Promotion: Autodesk Navisworks Manage 2011 + Autodesk Quantity Takeoff 2011


Get a new license of Autodesk Navisworks Manage 2011 software for $1,000 off the suggested retail price, and you’ll receive a free license of Autodesk Quantity Takeoff 2011 software, with the purchase of Autodesk Subscription for both. For one low price, you can:

• Improve team coordination and collaboration
• Estimate costs and material needs more accurately
• Reduce waste and risk across all your projects

These savings are available only from November 22, 2010, through March 15, 2011, so act now!

Contact your Account Manager today to learn more!
sales@ideateinc.com 888.662.7238

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November 20, 2010

Screencast: Optimizing Buildings Designs with Autodesk Revit MEP & 3ds Max Design


Have you ever wondered how to maximize natural light in your designs, or what happens if you change the light fixtures in a building? Or perhaps you've questioned the financial impact of lighting changes or how it impacts lighting quality.

This free Autodesk screencast helps answer those questions by focusing on how to improve building performance with energy analysis and lighting design optimization by visualizing and refining design alternatives. You'll hear points of view from both an MEP engineer and a Design Visualization professional on energy & lighting analysis and optimization, using Autodesk Revit MEP, Green Building Studio and 3ds Max Design.

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November 19, 2010

What have you been missing? See AutoCAD 2011 in action


What are you missing if you’re not using AutoCAD® 2011 software? With the help of exciting new enhancements and more powerful features, exploring and documenting your ideas has never been so easy or efficient.

  • Improve drafting efficiency with more hatch options - watch now
  • Slash design revision time with new parametric drawing tools - watch now
  • How to gain more control over drawings with new transparency settings - watch now
  • Easily edit polylines with direct manipulation of grips - watch now

Get your free trial of AutoCAD 2011 software today.
With new and more powerful ways to shape the world around you, AutoCAD® 2011 is the tool of choice for design and drafting professionals around the world.
  • Explore design ideas in both 2D and 3D with intuitive CAD tools
  • Communicate critical design data securely, efficiently and accurately
  • Customize AutoCAD to your needs with thousands of available add-ons

See what you’re missing out on if you’re still using a previous version of AutoCAD software. Download your free AutoCAD 2011 software trial.

It’s time. If you’re still working on AutoCAD 2007 or earlier versions of AutoCAD software, now’s the time to get up to speed. Not only will you avoid the compatibility issues that slow your projects down, but you could also save up to 35% if you switch by January 14, 2011. So don’t wait – make your move to AutoCAD 2011 software today.

Contact us to learn more.

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November 18, 2010

Meet Ideate Tech Expert Ben Bishoff at #AU2010 Virtual

Meet Ideate Tech Expert Ben Bishoff, Software Engineer...

Ben has been a software engineer for over 20 years. With a Bachelors degree in Physics, he has worked at several software companies developing applications for the AEC industry including Sage Timberline (construction accounting and estimating) and ArchT 3D (architectural drafting for AutoCAD). Most recently he worked at Microsoft creating AEC and other 2D diagramming solutions for Office Visio. Ben is currently researching and developing custom applications for Revit using the Microsoft .NET platform.

Ben is the software developer behind our Ideate Explorer for Revit tool and our new Revit application Ideate BIMLink.

Join Ideate at AU Virtual for your chance to chat with Ben, and learn all Ideate BIMLink!




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Autodesk Subscription Advantage Packs: Tools That Make an Impact


Did you know that Autodesk Subscription Advantage Packs help you get ahead by giving you early access to the latest product enhancements?

Autodesk Subscription Advantage Packs contain valuable tools and services that vary by product and can include:
  • Additional product features that expand and improve functionality
  • Integrated web services that promote collaboration and support sustainable design
  • Robust design content to enhance visualization and enrich renderings

Get started — download your Subscription Advantage Pack in just minutes at the Subscription Center.

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November 17, 2010

It's Time. Get up to speed with Autodesk 2011 software.



Faster, smarter, familiar. And with up to 45% off, more cost-effective. Now’s the time to integrate Autodesk 2011 software into your workflow.

Learn more...

Greater power and efficiency? Check. Easy to learn and integrate? You’re covered. More affordable? Done. Autodesk® 2011 software is the response to just about any reason you may have for not moving from your current Autodesk software.

If you’re still working on 2007 or earlier versions of Autodesk software, now’s the time to get up to speed. Not only will you avoid the compatibility issues that slow your projects down, but you could also save up to 45% if you switch by January 14, 2011. So don’t wait – make your move to Autodesk 2011 software today.

It’s time to put yourself at the cutting edge of design and drafting capabilities with:
· Scalable, attainable and cost-effective Digital Prototyping
· Building information modeling (BIM), which allows for better project coordination and more informed decision making across teams, earlier in the process
· Full compatibility with Microsoft® Windows® 7, as well as Vista® and XP®
· Up to 44% faster performance on many common tasks with AutoCAD® 2011 on a Windows® 7 workstation*
· And much more

Autodesk 2011 software helps you stand out from the competition – but don’t take our word for it.
“AutoCAD 2011 software helps to accelerate the design process. It seems that each new version includes enhancements that save time on our projects."
- Kevin Stober, CAD Manager, Gonzalez-Strength & Associates

It's Time. Contact Ideate today...

sales@ideateinc.com
www.ideateinc.com
888.662.7238

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November 16, 2010

Ideate BIMLink - BIM Manager Tool videos

BIM Manager Tools - Text and Views
With the Ideate BIMLink application for Revit you can use your MS dictionaries in Excel or Word to edit all the Text entities and Views within your Revit Project.



BIM Manager Tools - Family Management
The Ideate BIMLink application for Revit permits wholesale renaming of families and types. Use find/replace within Excel to establish cleaner naming standard for all your Revit families from 3D Specialty Equipment to 2D Detail Components.

Attending #AU2010? Come see us in booth 609 to get the complete scoop on Ideate BIMLink!




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Last Chance to Register for Autodesk University 2010 #AU2010

Last Call to Explore the Power of the Possible at Autodesk University 2010

Only a few days are left to register for Autodesk University (AU) 2010 in Las Vegas, USA. Discover new ways to work and collaborate, and new tools to explore the power of what’s possible at the 18th annual conference and exhibition.

From in-depth tutorials and free Autodesk Certification Exams to an Exhibit Hall showcasing the newest technologies, including the new Ideate BIMLink application for Autodesk Revit, AU 2010 brings everything together at one time, in one place—so you can extend what can be done through the power of design. Don’t miss out on this once-a-year opportunity to connect in person with an international community of peers and experts, including the Ideate software development experts at booth #609!


Register Now for AU 2010 in Las Vegas


AU Virtual: For Professionals Who Can’t Travel to Las Vegas.
If you can’t travel to Las Vegas, AU Virtual 2010 enables you to experience some of the best of AU—without leaving the workplace.

By participating in the live AU Virtual event via the Internet, you can:
  • Participate in classes with live Q&A in multiple languages
  • Join online conversations with colleagues and instructors
  • Visit the Ideate, Inc. booth to chat with our reps & learn about the new Ideate BIMLink

As an added benefit, after the event, you can learn at your own pace with access for a full year to 350 on-demand classes, keynote presentations, and insider interviews—all from the convenience of your desktop.



Register Now for AU Virtual


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November 15, 2010

Take Your BIM Projects to the Next Level with 3D Printing



Many of the most successful design, engineering and construction firms have now adopted 3D printing as a critical part of their design development and project delivery process to:
  • Increase Innovation
  • Improve Communication
  • Speed Project Approval Process
  • Reduce Costs and Time on Model Making
  • Win Business

3D Printing Technology is More Affordable Than Ever
Z Corporation, producers of the world’s fastest, easiest-to-use, and most affordable 3D printers, makes 3D printing accessible to everyone in the AEC world. Z Corp ZPrinters® produce pure white and high-resolution color physical models quickly, easily and inexpensively from 3D CAD, BIM and other digital data. Ideate Inc. is an authorized Z Corp channel partner for sales and support of ZPrinters.

Ideate is pleased to offer 3 year lease program on ZPrinters. We have partnered with U.S. Bank to offer competitive rates, flexible terms and fast response, as well as great service.


There are several advantages to leasing. Leasing can help you improve cash flow, it’s very flexible, you can avoid big down payments, and you can get 100% financing. In addition, leasing is easier and faster than bank financing, and may provide you with certain tax benefits.*

Our lease offering covers the ZPrinter, required accessories, 3 year service agreement, startup kit, installation, training and shipping charges. Here are few examples of lease options:
  • Lease the Z150, base level printer for less than $1,100 a month
  • Lease the Z450, full color printer for less than $2,100 a month
  • Lease the Z650, top of the line system for less than $3,200 a month
  • Leasing is also available on Z250 and Z350 models.

Download technical specifications on ZCorp ZPrinters.
Read Z Corporation customer case studies.

Contact Ideate Inc. for questions on 3D Printers, 3D Printing Technology and 3 Year Leasing. sales@ideateinc.com, 888.662.7238

*Consult your tax advisor to find out tax benefits specific to your business.

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November 13, 2010

Improve Sustainability. Increase ROI.



Revit for BIM-Enabled Sustainable Design
Check out this online presentation which covers sustainable site selection, energy analysis and lighting analysis.

Buildings are complex, and optimizing a building’s performance requires incorporating many variables into design. To meet the needs of the industry for sustainable buildings, accurate information on the potential of the building’s performance is needed early in the design process. Autodesk® Revit® products help building design professionals by making sustainable design and building performance analysis simple and more accessible through BIM. BIM is an integrated process for exploring a project’s key physical and functional characteristics digitally.

View this 15 minute presentation to learn how you, as an architect, designer, MEP engineer, or building owner can use Autodesk® Revit® Architecture and Autodesk® Revit® MEP software for building information modeling (BIM), to improve your sustainable design process and increase your ROI.

Learn more at www.ideateinc.com.

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November 12, 2010

Autodesk Maya 2011 Tips and Tricks Webcast - 11.16.10

Autodesk® Maya® 2011 delivers many advances including a revitalized user interface, enhanced viewport interaction, new 3d editorial capabilities, integrated color management, and improved character skinning and animation tools. In this webinar, hosted by Autodesk Technical Specialist Lee Fraser, you will see how to get the most out of Maya 2011.

This webcast will also cover key features available in the new Subscription Advantage Pack for Maya 2011. The Subscription Advantage Pack expands users ability by providing higher-level access to animation, shading, and effects tools. In this webinar we'll explore some of the tools that make this possible including:

• Substance procedural textures – Achieve a wide range of looks with a new library of up to 75 Substance procedural textures
• Craft Animation tools – Create more believable, complex camera movements that mimic real-world setups with 4 new camera rigs from the Craft Director Studio plug-in bundle
• Effects Assets – Select from a range of easy-to-use effects, and assign them to an object as easily as assigning a shader
• Motion capture samples – Use new motion retargeting capabilities with up to 70 new motion capture samples


Don't miss this opportunity to see how Maya 2011 frees you up to focus on your creativity.

Register for this webcast now.

November 11, 2010

Ideate Events - Build Your Knowledge

Did you know that Ideate regularly hosts free User Groups, lectures & events?

We attended an executive briefing at the Autodesk AEC Headquarters in Waltham, Massachusetts, which included a segment we’d recently seen at the Ideate Authorized Training Center in Portland.

I think the fact that you hosted Autodesk BIM Solutions Executive Chuck Mies presenting ‘BIM and the Application to the Building Lifecycle’ says a lot about the strength of the relationship that Ideate has with Autodesk and about how on topic Ideate continues to be.
- Jason Bailly, HDR Architecture, Portland, Oregon

For information on upcoming events, and links to informative Autodesk webcasts, be sure to vist the Ideate Event page.

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Ideate BIMLink - Quality Control for non-Revit Users

With Ideate BIMLink, you can externalize data that used to be out of reach to non-Revit users. For Quality Control, Ideate BIMLink lets you standardize measurements, naming conventions and parameter values in the data via Excel, then quickly push processed data back into the Revit model. This example shows how to Edit Door Schedule.



Intrigued? You can learn more at Autodesk University 2010, booth #609.

Or watch for the unveiling of our new site at www.ideatebimlink.com


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Featured Class: AutoCAD Civil 3D for Surveyors

Ideate, Inc is well-regarded for our Autodesk Revit expertise, but did you know we're also pretty darn skilled in AutoCAD Civil 3D?

Check out our Civil 3D for Surveyors course, a hands-on foundation-level class which covers the essentials of AutoCAD Civil 3D for survey professionals. Students will learn how to export data from field equipment and import the converted data into to AutoCAD Civil 3D and create an existing condition plan.

After completing this course, students will be able to:
  • Import and work with survey data using figures
  • Work with the survey toolspace and survey database
  • Create points, change point styles, and manage point groups
  • Create, edit and analyze surfaces
  • Use data shortcuts for sharing data

Click here for the complete course description and register today Civil 3D for Surveyors.

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November 10, 2010

Design to Construction with AutoCAD Civil 3D Webcast - 11.18.10

Join Autodesk® for an upcoming webcast presentation:
BIM and Automated Machine Guidance for Faster and More Accurate Project Delivery
Thursday, November 18, 2010
10:00 - 11:00 a.m. Pacific Time

In this webcast you'll hear about two industry developments–global positioning system (GPS) machine control and building information modeling (BIM). Join us and learn how common heavy construction workflow problems are addressed with Autodesk solutions to allow engineers, contractors, and surveyors to automate much of the construction process, dramatically improve productivity, accuracy, and complete heavy highway and site construction projects faster and more profitably.
What we'll cover:
• BIM and automated machine control - Why now?
• Creating 3D models from 2D plan sets
• Best practices for corridor Model creation
• 3D visualization

Speakers:
• Todd Harr - President, Digital Tek Services Corp.
• Terry Bennett, LS, LPF, MRICS, LEEP AP - Sr. Industry Manager, Autodesk
• James Wedding, P.E. - Technical Specialist, Autodesk

Attendance is FREE.
Register Today

BIM For Government (November 16, Sacramento)

DATE
1:30 pm - 3:30 pm, Tuesday, 11.16.10

LOCATION
Department of General Services Auditorium
The Ziggurat
707 Third Street
West Sacramento, CA 95798

REGISTER ONLINE
This event is free; pre-registration required.

Building Information Modeling for Government
Learn how to take advantage of large civil and military projects, positioning your firm to win GSA and USACE projects with BIM. Join Ideate and special guests for an overview of various BIM mandates and programs underway across several Federal Agencies, including a detailed debrief on the GSA BIM program and current BIM deliverable requirements. You’ll learn in detail the USACE (US Army Corps of Engineers) BIM requirements and how Architects, Engineers and Builders can deploy Autodesk BIM solutions on most of these projects. In addition to GSA and USACE, the discussion will also cover the VA, Air Force and some emerging commercial owner BIM requirements. Learn what BIM capabilities your firm will need to compete for these projects, along with examples from TLCD Architecture, a successful early adopter of BIM who is winning business with the VA.

The General Services Administration (GSA) and the United U.S. Army Corps Engineers (USACE) are planning long-term, system wide commitment to adoption of BIM. Not just theory, the agencies are on an aggressive path to increase efficiency, building omissions and sustainability and save on costs and taxpayers’ money. The GSA spends over $10 billion annually on new and renovation construction activity and owns more than 1,500 federal facilities totaling 177 million square feet and manages more than 184 million square feet of leased space. The USACE is the largest landowner and the largest building owner in the United States. With over $1 billion in projects this year, they were recently named “2010 Owner of the Year” by editors and contributors of California Construction Magazine.

WHO SHOULD ATTEND
Architects, Engineers, General Contractors and specialty subcontractors who are interested in competing for Federal Design and Construction projects, especially US Army Corps of Engineers, GSA Public Building Service and VA. Firm principals, business development personnel, project managers as well as BIM and VDC (Virtual Design and Construction) Managers will find the information worthwhile.

ABOUT THE PRESENTERS
Guy Messick, AIA, Architect, Director of Design Technology at TLCD Architecture is trained in fine arts, design and woodworking. Guy finds architecture as the profession best able to unite these disciplines. With his strengths in both design and technology, Guy has blazed a trail at TLCD to propel the firm into a leadership position in utilization of BIM. This methodology allows Guy to be more responsive to client requirements, from programming and design as well as extraordinary efficiency in construction. Guy balances work as a project architect with education of the firm and AEC community at large in BIM technology, as a way to elevate its use in the industry. Guy is a licensed architect in California.

John Sullivan is a Business Development Manager for Federal Government Clients at Autodesk, Inc. John has been with Autodesk for 13 years and has been responsible for developing strategic sales and consulting solutions for city, county, federal and commercial clients. John is currently focused on the application of BIM technologies for Federal Government programs through a project based approach to these implementations.



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November 6, 2010

Roads & Highways Solutions Portfolio Screencast



In today's challenging economy, transportation engineering professionals are adopting new methods to plan, design, build, and manage today's infrastructure. The result? Faster, more accurate, and cost-effective project delivery.

This new video presentation will demonstrate how using Autodesk® BIM solutions can help improve workflows across all phases of your road and highway projects.

Watch this presentation and find out how you can:
• Effectively integrate data from a variety of sources to better evaluate and analyze existing conditions.
• Streamline feasibility and environmental studies with accurate models, exhibits and reports.
• Easily explore multiple design options and speed through changes.
• Virtually explore design constructability to deliver your project more economically.
• Enhance operations with precise as-built information.

Contact the pros at Ideate, Inc. to learn more.

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November 5, 2010

Ideate Technical Support is "Wonderful"

Just received this feedback & had to share...

Shruti Harve helped with every single question I had and is always very professional! She really was wonderful!
- Ana Montanez, Valley Architects LLP, Napa Valley, California

Shruti Harve, LEED AP, is one of the Ideate AEC Solutions Application Specialists, providing training and support for Revit Architecture, Revit Structure, 3ds Max, Ecotect and AutoCAD Architecture. Shruti holds a Master of Science degree in Architectural Computing from University of Strathclyde, United Kingdom. Her experience includes working in Architecture and Construction firms in India and the United Kingdom as well as Structural Engineering firms in the California Bay Area providing design, 3D modeling and drafting services.

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November 4, 2010

Ideate Explorer for Revit: Revision Number references

The Ideate Explorer for Revit tool gives you an easy, intuitive and profound way to search, quantify and select elements in a Revit model.

How might you use it, you ask? Here's a good question we received recently...
Q: I need to confirm that all of the Revision numbers have been referenced within my Revit Project. Can Ideate Explorer help me determine this?

A: Yes! Ideate Explorer for Revit 2011 can list all instances of Revision Clouds and Revision Tags. By using the "View:Instance List" it is possible to quickly determine whether or not each Revision number has been used.


www.ideateexplorer.com

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November 2, 2010

Classroom Training - Open Classes

Know It. Ideate Training.

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.

Here are a few of the training opportunities Ideate has to offer in the coming weeks:








11.3-5Revit MEP Mechanical and Plumbing FundamentalsPortland
11.4-5Revit Architecture Beyond the BasicsSan Francisco
11.8-10Revit Architecture FundamentalsPortland
11.9Revit Architecture for Project ManagersSan Francisco
11.10-12Civil 3D FundamentalsPortland
11.10-12Revit Architecture FundamentalsSacramento
11.10-12Revit MEP: Electrical FundamentalsSan Francisco
11.10-12AutoCAD FundamentalsSan Francisco

Know your software. Sign up now!

November 1, 2010

San Francisco Revit User Group - Small Firm Panel - 11.10.10

Revit – Small Firm Panel
Moving to a BIM solution, such as Revit, is a daunting task. Some smaller firms have felt that the hurdles are just too large for a small or medium size firm. This month’s Revit User Group will be a panel discussion with small and medium sized firms that are making that shift to BIM. Hear from practitioners about their process, their success, what they would do different.

Come and join the discussion:


• What was the biggest challenge about implementing Revit?
• What has been the biggest reward in the move to Building Information Management (BIM)?
• What is the one thing you would do over in implementing BIM?
• What is your advice to firms starting out?

The format of this user group will be a panel discussion (2-3 firms) with a moderator.

Who Should Attend
Beginner and experienced Revit users and Architects in small to medium size firms.

About the Moderator
David Haynes – Ideate Director of Services - is a Registered Architect and a LEED accredited professional who previously had his own practice and was President of a commercial design-build construction company for 15 years. A graduate of University of Arizona, he has worked as an Architect, contractor, developer, educator and as a national construction manager for a national retailer. David currently develops and implements targeted AEC business solutions – including Revit Architecture, Revit Structure, AutoCAD Architecture, and Navisworks – for clients across the United States involved in the design and building process.

San Francisco Revit User Group
DATE/LOCATION
11.10.10
AIA SAN FRANCISCO
130 Sutter Street
Suite 600
San Francisco, CA 94104

TIME
11:30am to noon: networking + lunch
Noon to 1:30pm: presentation

REGISTER ONLINE
**Registration required. We’ll have your seat reserved and lunch ready.**

For more information Email Moe Kress or call 888.662.7238 x4151
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October 31, 2010

Congratulations to TLCD Architecture!

Sincere congratulations to our friends at TLCD Architecture!

The North Bay Business Journal announced the winners of the 2010 Top Project Awards and TLCD Architecture had two winning projects. The McCarthy Library at Napa Valley College was selected in the Education category, and the Kaiser Permanente Hospital Expansion in Santa Rosa was selected in the Medical category.

Click here to check out the TLCD TODAY blog and read more.

We're pleased to work with the pros at TLCD Architecture.

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October 29, 2010

Get AutoCAD® for Mac® software with up to $400 in savings for Subscription customers


The wait is over. And the savings are big. AutoCAD® for Mac® is here, and for a limited time Autodesk® Subscription customers can save $400 on a new seat of this highly anticipated software.

Together at last: Best-in-class 3D design tools from AutoCAD and the simplicity of Mac.

Now, you can shape the world around you, explore ideas and share data seamlessly — while working in a native Mac environment. From Multi-Touch™ for simple pan and zoom to graphical browsing of files with Cover Flow®, you'll quickly feel right at home with AutoCAD for Mac — which means you can get to work fast.

Contact sales@ideateinc.com today and experience the power of AutoCAD on the platform you love.

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October 28, 2010

eLearning – Upcoming Revit Classes

Join the Ideate Tech Experts for eLearning - live 90-minute online classes that provide your entire organization with easy access to premium education.

Upcoming classes include:




11.2Revit: Site Tools
11.9Revit Architecture: Family Editor Basic
11.16Autodesk Network License Manager

Each class is only $99 and 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

Are you an Ideate Premium Support customer? You qualify to register for many of our eLearning courses FREE as part of your contract!

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October 27, 2010

Chuck Mies/Autodesk: BIM and the Application to the Building Lifecycle (11.2 Portland, 11.3 Seattle)

I am really excited that Chuck Mies, Autodesk BIM Solutions Executive will be joining Ideate at our offices in Portland and Seattle next week, November 2 and 3. Chuck is a guy who understands clearly how to provide targeted business solutions in the AEC space. Chuck understands business drivers and how design technology can solve business problems.

- David Haynes, Ideate Director of Services


BIM and the Application to the Building Lifecycle: overview of BIM, proceeding into some specific recommendations and observations from other owners on their use of the technology.
  • What is BIM, an overview for the owner to understand lifecycle benefits.
  • The effect of process interoperability issues through design and construction and the impact on owners, and how BIM can be used to address these issues.
  • The BIM-Based lifecycle strategies that are emerging from large owners.
  • The position of the industry to support these initiatives.
  • The benefit of developing deliverable standards.
  • The use of documents like the AIA E202 and other examples to do so.

Who Should Attend: Contractors and architects seeking ways to win business by differentiating themselves from the competition, offering insight to building owners on the gains to be realized with BIM. Building owners who need to learn why BIM is important and how it will improve business.
  • November 2, Portland Oregon
  • November 3, Seattle Washington

Complete BIM event details and registration link.

October 26, 2010

Autodesk Seeking Mobile AutoCAD Users in the Bay Area for Paid Research Study

The Autodesk User Research team and is conducting a series of in-person research visits to learn about people who need access to AutoCAD or AutoCAD drawings when away from their primary workstation. The details are below…

Who they are looking for: People in the San Francisco Bay Area who do a significant percentage of work away from their primary workstation (e.g. at client meetings or job sites), and need to access or work on AutoCAD drawings when away.

What's in it for you: You will be compensated with a $150 VISA gift card for participating in the Autodesk study.

What it involves:
· Two Autodesk researchers will visit you at your main workspace or remote working location (e.g. construction work site)
· The session will take about 90 minutes
· There will be a 30 minute homework assignment that needs to be completed prior to the session
· The session will be video recorded

Dates: November 1st - 12th, 2010. Autodesk will arrange a convenient time depending on your schedule.

How to Sign Up: If you are interested in participating, please complete the following brief survey (should take less than 5 minutes) and Autodesk will get in touch if you fit the study criteria: http://www.surveymonkey.com/s/TF2KDN8

If you know of others who might be interested, feel free to forward the survey link to them.

Need more info? Contact Eunice Chang, User Researcher at Autodesk, 415.547.2303, eunice.chang@autodesk.com

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AGC Webcast: Laser Scanning, BIM and Machine Control - 11.3.10

Sign up now for this free AGC webcast on 3D model-based construction automation on heavy roads and highways projects, designed to help you improve productivity, deliver roads and highway projects more effectively and efficiently, and more easily implement 3D model-based processes in your heavy construction workflow.

Construction Automation: Laser Scanning, BIM and Machine Control
Wednesday, November 3, 2010
10:00am Pacific Time

In this webcast, Autodesk will present technologies and processes that can help you better run your project.

With all of the recent advances in laser scanning, machine control, and building information modeling, it's no longer a question of whether surveyors, civil engineers and contractors are going to adopt these new, more efficient—and more profitable—ways of completing heavy highway and land development construction projects. It's only a question of when.

Register for this FREE educational webcast now.