July 26, 2016

Attention Bay Area Foodies – Five New Choices from Boor Bridges Architecture

We take great pride in our customers. While they’re planning, designing, building, and operating structures that enhance our communities, we’re providing BIM guidance, consulting, training, and support that help them complete their projects efficiently.

Today we celebrate our long-time customer Boor Bridges Architecture. Headquartered in San Francisco, Boor Bridges Architecture works on a diverse range of projects, including restaurants, community spaces, residences, and offices. They bring a sustainable perspective and proficiency in energy-efficient building systems to every project. Over the past several months, the company has completed five new eating establishments that foodies across the Bay Area will be excited to hear about:

Sightglass Café offers San Francisco Museum of Modern Art visitors a tranquil space to relax, reflect, and rejuvenate with coffee and light bites.



Mister Jiu’s is a destination restaurant serving high-end Chinese cuisine with a California accent in a restored historic space.

Waxman’s is located in historic Ghirardelli Square. Its chef, Bay Area native Jonathan Waxman, was recently named Best Chef in New York by the James Beard Foundation.


Little Gem is a casual destination that features a bar, shelves, and ledges made from a reclaimed American elm from Marin. The restaurant was added Michael Bauer’s Top 100 Bay Area Restaurants shortly after opening.


Flatiron Wines & Spirits serves an amazing, extensive, and superbly curated collection of wines and spirits in two beautiful tasting rooms.



When you are in San Francisco, be sure to take in the sights – and tastes – of these five new establishments.

July 25, 2016

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

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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