January 29, 2015

Introducing Ideate Sticky

Ideate Software is proud to announce the launch of our newest Revit add-in, Ideate Sticky. 

What's a Sticky? 
Did you ever want to link an Excel file into a Revit project? Ideate Sticky is the answer. 

The name "Sticky" harkens back to the ancient (i.e. late 20th century) technique of duplicating printed tables or details onto translucent adhesive-backed plastic film ("sticky back paper") and applying it to a drawing sheet. 

Why did we create Ideate Sticky? 
Back in 2009, we had an inkling that many of our clients were using or trying to use Microsoft Excel as part of their BIM toolkit. 

Researching our past support issues, we confirmed that many of our clients were looking for tools that could connect an Excel spreadsheet with a Revit project. Looking closer, we realized that there was two broad use cases for these tools. 

In late 2010 we released Ideate BIMLink , which handles the first use case - linking data in an Excel spreadsheet to the data in a Revit model. Think of this as using Excel to extend and edit the Revit building information model. 

Newly released Ideate Sticky handles the second use for connecting Excel and Revit - linking formatted text in an Excel spreadsheet to formatted text in a Revit project. Think of this as creating and formatting tabular text in Excel, then displaying the results on a Revit sheet. 

Creating and linking a Sticky is somewhat akin to linking a DWG drawing into a Revit model - the information is created and stored in a file external to the Revit project, but the results are linked and displayed in the Revit project.

Ideate Sticky - Formatted Code Requirements
What will you Sticky? 
Ideate Sticky can be used to display many types of non-BIM tabular text in Revit including: 
  • building codes specifications 
  • general notes 
  • consultant data 
  • abbreviation lists 
  • document issue records 
How did we do it? 
With lots of hard work! Ideate Sticky has been over a year in development and builds on all the technology and knowledge gained by the Ideate Software team over the past 8+ years of developing add-ins for Revit. 

Under the hood, a Sticky is actually a Revit schedule - with a twist. The Ideate Sticky add-in creates an empty Revit schedule (i.e. a schedule with no body text) and then manages the cells, formatting, and text within the schedule header. The result? A lightweight, native Revit object that supports formatted tabular text as in Excel. 
Ideate Sticky Help
What are the features? 
Excel spreadsheets rendered with native lightweight Revit schedules 
Excel formatting preserved with high fidelity 
Revit updated automatically or manually when Excel spreadsheet changes 

How can I learn more?
Download a free trial, view helpful overview videos, see the detailed help files, get the overview on our website, or contact sales today!

Ben Bishoff
Senior Software Developer
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 add-ins for Revit including Ideate Explorer and Ideate BIMLink.

This article was originally posted on the Ideate Software blog.

January 28, 2015

Events: Applying BIM to a Historic Structure

Revit User Groups - Join us in February to explore the San Francisco War Memorial Veterans Building. Built in 1932,  it is one of the last major American Buildings constructed in the Beaux–Arts style. Standing across the street from the City Hall, it is part of a state and local historic district, and is a designated local historic landmark. In 2011, the City of San Francisco initiated a $96 million renovation project, driven by the need for a seismic upgrade. The project team used Revit for coordination purposes during design. The contractor used both Navisworks and Tekla for coordination during construction. Major structural work is now complete, and the project is on schedule to open later this year. This presentation will focus on the costs and benefits of applying BIM to a historic structure, as well as the unique challenges the team faced during construction.

Pre-Presentation Lunch & Networking
          ...Provided by Ideate...
          11:30 AM - 12:00 PM

February 10 :: Applying BIM to a Historic Structure
12:00 PM - 1:00 PM

AIA Central Valley
1400 S Street
Suite 100
Sacramento, CA 95814

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February 11 :: Applying BIM to a Historic Structure
12:00 PM - 1:00 PM

130 Sutter Street
Suite 600
San Francisco, CA 94104

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February 17 :: Applying BIM to a Historic Structure
12:00 PM - 1:00 PM

AIA East Bay
1405 Clay Street
Oakland, CA 94612

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About the Presenter

Benjamin Mohr
Senior Structural Engineer – SGH

Benjamin Mohr is a senior structural engineer at SGH. He has over nine years of structural design experience, and specializes in seismic retrofits. He has masters degrees in both architecture and structural engineering from Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University. Benjamin participated in peer review committees for two–rise projects, and is an active member in the Structural Engineers Association of Northern California. He spent three years working on the expansion and retrofit of the San Francisco State University Library, which won both state and national awards for engineering excellence.

January 26, 2015

eLearning - Upcoming Revit, ReCap, 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. 
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Working with Materials in Revit
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Working with ReCap
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Worksharing Best Practices
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Working with Wall Types in Revit Architecture
2.18::Ideate Software:
Revit Auditing with Ideate Explorer for Revit
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Revit Auditing with Ideate Explorer for Revit
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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