May 2, 2016

e-Learning - Upcoming Revit and Ideate Software Classes - Enrolling Now

Join the Ideate Tech Experts for eLearning – live online classes that provide your entire organization with easy access to premium education.
5.3::Revit 201:
Roofs in Revit Architecture

5.4::Ideate Software:
Introduction to Ideate Sticky
5.5::Revit 201:
Stairs and Railings in Revit
5.12::Ideate Software:
Auditing Your Revit Project with
Ideate Explorer 
5.13::Revit 201:
Documenting Your Project in Revit MEP: Keynotes and General Notes
5.19::Ideate Software:
Revit Model Management with
Ideate BIMLink 
5.20::Revit 201:
Converting Blocks to Families & Working with 2D Content in Revit
5.25::Ideate Software:
Ideate BIMLink for Revit MEP Projects
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.
5.6::San Francisco
Revit Architecture Families
5.9-5.10::San Francisco
Revit MEP - Electrical Fundamentals
Revit Architecture Fundamentals
Revit Architecture Families
5.24-5.26::San Francisco
AutoCAD Fundamentals
5.24-5.25::San Jose
Civil 3D for Surveyors
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Data Day: Ideate Leads Discussion on Future of BIM

Want to help set the direction for the future of Building Information Modeling (BIM)?

Join us on July 13, 2016 in Scottsdale, Arizona for the inaugural Data Day workshop, a one-day event within the Revit Technology Conference North America (RTCNA). This workshop, developed by Ideate, will launch a discussion on what data means to the Architecture, Engineering, Construction, and Owner (AECO) community.

The best part? Data Day is specially designed for you: principals, owners, visionaries, and others who want to explore new ways to use data to make better, conscious business decisions. As a result, you’ll bring your own unique experience and insight to help determine the next steps for the AECO industry.

We encourage companies to think of BIM as an ecosystem – building up their team’s knowledge base and making connections, and now, with Data Day, we’re ready take it even further. Attendees will gain valuable knowledge from dynamic presentations and interactive, round-table discussions, where they will share company perspectives, concerns, and visions regarding data. Questions that will be discussed include:
  • What is data to the AECO industry, and what related challenges does the industry face?
  • What data matters most to AECO businesses?
  • What can be done to better seize the value of the data?
  • How can a graphic ecosystem of data management tools be developed?
  • How can data be leveraged at each stage of a built project lifecycle for collective stakeholder benefit?
  • What skills are required to solve industry problems?
  • What methods have other industries employed to solve similar issues?
Ideate has always been at the forefront of BIM. Today, the industry is at another turning point, and we are pleased to lead discussions that will once again set the direction for the next wave of innovation – and we hope you’ll be there.

For more information and registration visit the Data Day website.

April 28, 2016

Pushing Calculated Values to Tags Using Revit 2017

One of the great new features in Revit 2017 is the ability to push Calculated Values directly into a tag without a special manual entry Shared Parameter. This method works extremely well for Occupancy Calculations and Room Programming exercises. 

In previous versions of Revit, pushing a Calculated Value into a tag was an impossible task because calculated values were not viewed as parameters. The typical workaround has been to create a Shared Parameter for a tag value and add that parameter in the schedule next to the Calculated Value. In order to get the calculated value into a tag, you would then have to manually enter the tag value from the schedule so that the data was in alignment with the calculated value. 

While this method has provided a good-enough workaround, it can be quite labor intensive, especially if there are a lot of fields to manually fill in. Additionally, any changes to the model and calculations would not be reflected in the tag until you revisit the schedule and find the discrepancies between the Calculated Values and the tag values. To quickly find the discrepancies between the Calculated Values and Tag Values, you could create another Calculated Value within your schedule that would report and flag the discrepancies with a color. With the model being an evolutionary document, you end up having to do a lot of coordination throughout the design process, which may make you uncertain about your Revit model data.

With the new workflows in Revit 2017, the need for a manual entry Shared Parameter is no longer necessary, thus simplifying your schedules and coordination. All that is needed is to create a common Shared Parameter that can be used in both the Tag Family and the Revit Project for calculation purposes. Once this is properly set up, the calculations from a Revit project can then be pushed into a tag, allowing it to automatically reflect model and data changes. With this new method, you will be a lot more certain about your Revit model data.

To learn more about this new Revit 2017 feature, be sure to check out this video on our YouTube channel.

Sash Kazeminejad
AEC Senior Application Specialist 
Sash brings proficiency in Autodesk solutions including AutoCAD and Revit Architecture to Ideate customers. His industry experience includes project management, BIM Management, and design for Architectural firms in California, Montana and Oregon. He is LEED accredited professional and is on track to achieve California licensure with Oregon to follow. In his academic life, Sash was awarded a variety of college scholarships, earned a BA in Environmental Design, a MA in Architecture from Montana State University (MSU) and taught Building Information Modeling courses at MSU Gallatin College. As a Revit Architecture Autodesk Certified Instructor, Sash provides Revit Architecture training and support for AEC firms. Find him on twitter.