December 29, 2009

Free Civil 3D 2010 Demo (Petaluma)

Ideate is pleased to welcome Jim Krautner of Coastland Civil Engineering to the North Bay Civil/GIS User Group on January 13 to provide a Civil 3D 2010 project demonstration.

Jim will use a real project to demonstrate the time savings possible with Civil 3D. He will demonstrate a project that was started in Land Desktop, where three alignments were created: left gutter lip, right gutter lip and centerline. Jim will extract those alignments from Land Desktop into Civil 3D 2010 and then create profiles, a finish grade centerline, an assembly and cross sections with cross slope labels. Join us to learn how Civil 3D will help you save time and avoid recreation and manually labeling of each cross sections when clients’ cross slope requirements prompt adjustments to the finish grade profile.

Event is free, but space is limited, so register online today to reserve your seat.
Who Should Attend
Those who currently use, or are considering, Autodesk AutoCAD Civil 3D civil engineering software.

About the Presenter
Jim Krautner is a Senior Engineering Technician with over 20 years experience as a surveyor/Cad designer. He currently works for Coastland Civil Engineering. Jim started working with AutoCAD and Eagle Point and then moved into Land Desktop in R2; he is currently using Land Desktop 2009. He has worked on several projects with Civil 3D 2009 and recently started working in Civil 3D 2010.

December 28, 2009

Free Revit Workshops on January 14 (Seattle)

Shruti Harve, MS, LEED AP, Ideate AEC Solutions Application Specialist and Revit expert, will host two free workshops on January 14 about key Revit topics: Scope Boxes and Curtain Walls.

Ideate Office
Columbia Center
701 5th Avenue
Suite 5040
Seattle, WA 98104

Session 1 - Curtain Wall Forum 9:00 to 10:00 am PT
How does (or doesn’t) the powerful Curtain Wall tool meet reality? Shruti will provide a few intriguing uses of the curtain wall tool and then moderate an open Revit user discussion.

Who Should Attend
Revit users who have some experience using curtain wall objects (aka storefront). Come prepared to present your best curtain wall tip, trick or dilemma.

Register for Curtain Wall Session

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Session 2 - Scoping Your Project 10:30 to 11:30am PT
Shruti will review Scope Boxes and lead a discussion on the using this function in Revit to organize sheets and views in a large project.

How to Use Scope Boxes

  • The proper use of Match Lines
  • When to use Dependant Views
  • How Scope boxes can be used to better coordinate with consultants

    Who Should Attend
    Intermediate and advanced Revit users are encouraged to attend.
  • Register for Scope Boxes Session

    About the Presenter
    Shruti Harve, MS, LEED AP – AEC Solutions Application Specialist Shruti holds a Master of Science degree in Architectural Computing from University of Strathclyde, United Kingdom and is a LEED accredited professional. Her experience includes working in architecture and construction firms in India and the United Kingdom as well as structural engineering firms in the Bay Area providing design, 3D modeling and drafting services. Shruti is an Autodesk Architectural Desktop Certified Expert and provides training and support for Revit Architecture and AutoCAD Architecture.

    Shruti’s sessions are always lively and informative, with registration filling early. Be sure to sign up today!

    December 21, 2009

    Online Revit Training - Worksharing Best Practices

    Nice compliment from last week's ATC surveys regarding Paul Hristov's Revit 201 class:

    “Excellent!!!! Finally a REAL 201 level class. This was really great! Thank you.”
    E.B./Hennebery Eddy

    Worksharing Best Practices
    This class equips you with set up procedures and best practices for worksharing in Revit. Learn about recommended ways to use worksets and element borrowing. Students will learn file naming conventions, recommended daily procedures, tips for enhanced project performance and use of worksets for visibility.

    Revit 201 Class Descriptions
    The professionals on our training staff understand your real world needs, and how Revit can help realize them. Our 201 courses were developed with those needs in mind.

    Class Length: 1.5 hrs from 11:30am-1:00pm PT
    AIA Credit: Earn 1 AIA LU for each class.
    Prerequisites: For most courses, students should be familiar with Revit Fundamentals.

    Click here for complete curriculum and schedule of classes at Ideate's Authorized Training Centers (ATCs.)

    December 18, 2009

    AU 2009 Presentations by Ideate Available at AU Online

    Did you miss AU 2009? Or attend, but miss the technical presentations by the Ideate pros? Don't worry, our team's AU 2009 presentations are now available at AU Online:

    Interested in learning about these topics and more? Contact for information on upcoming classes at Ideate, an Autodesk Authorized Training Center.

    December 17, 2009

    AU Online - There is no "I" in Team by Ron Palma & Paul Hristov

    Visit AU Online to see Ron & Paul’s AU 2009 presentation, which received great feedback from the session attendees:

    • speakers’ knowledge = 9 out of 10
    • overall presentation = 9 out of 10
    • recommend the speakers = 100% (We're so proud!)
    • comments included…
      “Finally a real technical presentation! Thank you!”
      “A great session for those in the Architecture field.”
      “I think I finally understand shared coordinates! Thanks.”
      “This was one of the best classes I attended. Great presentation.”

    AB322-6 There Is No "I" in Team
    This class focuses on some common issues between different building disciplines when collaborating to form a building information model using different software such as AutoCAD, Autodesk Civil 3D, Ecotect, Navisworks, and Revit. Topics include importing the site design, orienting the building, and sharing coordinates for better cooperation; methods toward better collaboration in a multidisciplinary team are be discussed; utilizing the model in analysis programs such as Ecotect to make better design decisions; and lastly, using Navisworks to identify changes/conflicts in the model and employ 4D techniques for better project management.

    Primary software: Autodesk Navisworks

    Other Software: AutoCAD, AutoCAD Architecture, AutoCAD Civil 3D, AutoCAD MEP, Autodesk Ecotect, Revit Architecture, Revit MEP

    Presented by Ron Palma, Ideate AEC Solutions Application Specialist and Paul Hristov, Ideate AEC Solutions Application Specialist

    Ron has over 20 years of experience in the architectural industry as a drafter, designer, lead project designer, and most recently a CAD manager implementing Autodesk Architectural Desktop for a residential design firm. His instructional background includes being an Autodesk Certified Instructor, trainer, support technician, educator at two community colleges, and a U.S. Army certified instructor. Ron is a published writer and continues to author professional technical training manuals for AutoCAD and AutoCAD Architecture. Ron provides Revit Architecture training and support for AEC firms.

    Paul holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in Civil Engineering from University of St. Ivan Rilski, Bulgaria. In the past several years he has been developing Revit implementation strategies, techniques, and procedures for architectural and MEP companies. Paul has been actively establishing and updating company standards and best practices, assisting project teams with pilot projects, implementations, on-site project consulting and custom content creation. Paul is also an Autodesk Revit Implementation Certified Expert.

    For current training courses led by Ron, Paul and the other pros at Ideate, check our Training calendar.

    AU Online - Better Decisions, Better Buildings by David Haynes

    Visit AU Online for the screencast and hand-outs from David Haynes' AU 2009 presentation on ideas on utilizing Autodesk Ecotect and Revit Architecture to improve energy efficiency.

    AB204-4 Better Decisions, Better Buildings, Early Energy Analysis
    Studies show that most crucial decisions happen in the first moments of the design process. Architects need tools that will assist them in creating better and more sustainable building projects. This lecture focuses on which tools are available, when to use them, and how to get the maximum benefit from these energy analysis tools. To make better, more energy efficient, sustainable buildings, we need to make better strategic decisions early.

    Primary Software: Autodesk Ecotect
    Other Software: Revit Architecture

    Presented by David Haynes, AIA, LEED AP, Ideate Director of AEC Services

    David 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.

    To learn more about Ecotect and how it can improve your buildings, contact

    AU Online – Autodesk Impression by Ron Palma

    Visit AU Online for the screencasts from Ron’s two well-received AU 2009 presentations on Autodesk Impressions.

    AU218-3 Creating a Good Impression
    Your design documents provide the fuel for creating great-looking presentation drawings with Autodesk Impression. Getting superb output in the Impression rendering pipeline starts with understanding the options available to get the best input into the system. In this class, Ron demonstrates the best ways to work with Impression andAutodesk design applications. He explores topics such as document preparation, output options, and best practices for streamlining the flow from design to illustration. He also covers the utilities within Impression, such as Style Mapping, Block Substitution, and CAD Refresh that permit automated, iterative rendering of CAD works in progress.

    Primary software: Autodesk Impression

    AU318-2 Signature Styles and Entourage for Autodesk Impression
    The illustrations you use to communicate your ideas to your client will carry the signature of your firm in every brush and pencil stroke. In this class, Ron shows you how to achieve a dynamic and personal look to your presentation illustrations. The creation of unique Autodesk Impression appearance styles and how to create libraries of these signature styles is covered. Entourage elements such as furniture, trees, cars, and people add life to your illustrations. Methods for bringing your current image-based entourage libraries into Impression blocks, and techniques for creating a signature look for custom Impression blocks and block libraries are also reviewed.

    Primary software: Autodesk Impression

    Presented by Ron Palma, Ideate AEC Solutions Application Specialist

    Ron has over 20 years of experience in the architectural industry as a drafter, designer, lead project designer, and most recently a CAD manager implementing Autodesk Architectural Desktop for a residential design firm. His instructional background includes being an Autodesk Certified Instructor, trainer, support technician, educator at two community colleges, and a U.S. Army certified instructor. Ron is a published writer and continues to author professional technical training manuals for AutoCAD and AutoCAD Architecture. Ron provides Revit Architecture training and support for AEC firms.

    Check our Training calendar for current course offerings by Ron and all the pros at Ideate.

    AU Online - Shared Coordinates by Teresa Martin

    Visit AU Online for the screencast and hand-outs from Teresa Martin's AU 2009 presentation on shared coordinates in Revit Architecture.

    AB118-3 Finding Your Way Around Shared Coordinates
    Shared coordinates have been an elusive, sometimes confusing idea of the use of coordinates within an Autodesk Revit project. This class is designed to walk you through the steps of utilizing shared coordinates within a Revit building project. Orienting a building project to true north and reviewing the new Project Base point and Survey point subcategories are reviewed. Techniques for linking files into Revit and defining their locations utilizing Shared Coordinates are covered.

    Primary software: Revit Architecture

    Presented by Teresa Martin, Ideate AEC Solutions Application Specialist

    Teresa is a graduate of Cornell University with over 20 years experience in the architectural and construction industry. She has spent her career pursuing her interest in 3D modeling and computer-aided-design having worked alternately as a designer, project manager, CAD manager, 3D modeler and educator. Teresa currently develops curriculum and customized content as an Autodesk Architectural Desktop Certified Expert and Revit Implementation Expert.

    For current training courses led by Teresa and the other pros at Ideate, check our Training calendar.

    AU Online - Creating AutoCAD Civil 3D Surfaces with LIDAR Data by Matt Miyamoto

    Ideate is so proud of the positive feedback that our own Matt Miyamoto garnered for his AutoCAD Civil 3D and LIDAR presentation at AU 2009:
    • speaker’s knowledge = 9.3 out of 10
    • overall presentation = 8.7 out of 10
    • recommend the speaker = 95%
    • comments = “Outstanding job!” and “Well prepared presentation. This class was the best for content and presentation of material.”

    To see what the excitement was about, visit AU Online for the screencast from Matt Miyamoto's AU 2009 presentation.

    CV318-4 Connecting the Dots: Creating AutoCAD® Civil 3D® Surfaces with LIDAR Data
    Technological improvements continue to increase the availability of LIDAR data. However, we have not always had access to the tools necessary for taking advantage of these large data sets. With potentially millions of points, Civil 3D now provides us with a tool that we can use to take advantage of LIDAR data for our designs. In this class, Matt reviews some of the issues associated with LIDAR data, and goes over the tools available in Civil 3D that allow you to manage your data more efficiently and reduce drawing file size. See how Civil 3D allows us to connect the dots, creating surface models that we can use to develop layouts for master plans, flood boundaries for mapping and drainage analysis, and preliminary site design for permitting and earthwork estimations.

    Primary software: AutoCAD Civil 3D.

    Presented by Matt Miyamoto, P.E., Infrastructure Solutions Application Specialist

    Miyamoto is a licensed Civil Engineer in the state of Hawaii. He received a BS in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Hawaii at Manoa, and has 7 years of private sector design experience which he applies in his role as an application specialist with Ideate, Inc. Miyamoto’s project experience includes residential and commercial site development, private and public sewer, water and drainage systems, harbors improvements, and roadway improvements. While in Hawaii, Matt was involved in multidisciplinary projects for City and County agencies, State Departments, the Army COE and private developers.

    For current training courses led by Matt and the other pros at Ideate, check our Training calendar.

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    December 16, 2009

    AU Tip - AU Extension Benefits & Subscription Customer Access

    We would like to send a big thank you to all our customers who registered for Autodesk University Extension events! Thank you for helping pioneer this new offering, as Autodesk and Ideate delivered content to our customers in new ways.

    Don't forget that as a registered attendee to AU Extension, you can access AU Online content for 90 days. The AU Team sent an email directly to all registered attendees on December 15th. The email contained a link with instructions on how you can gain access to the content for a 90-day promotional period, as a benefit of attending an AU Extension event.

    If you registered for AU Extension, you also receive:

    20 percent discount off books
    20% off 2010 Autodesk Official Training Guides on the Autodesk eStore. To order, please go to ; use promo code: AU2009.
    expires: December 31, 2009 (valid worldwide)

    50 percent off Autodesk Certification
    Enhance your credibility with Autodesk Certification at 50% off. To learn more go to and purchase an exam online now; use promo code: AUEXT2009.
    expires: December 31, 2009(offer valid only in the US and Canada)

    (Did you attend the event, but not register in advance? Don't worry, you can still access the AU Online material. Just sign up here before 5:00 pm PST on Thursday, December 16.)

    AU Online Available to Subscription Customers
    Autodesk Subscription customers - did you know that you are able to view the AU Online content? Log-in at From there, either visit the "Training" section which will link you to AU Online, or click on the AU Online Icon from the home page. If you access AU Online through this path, the screencasts will be available. Everyone in your company can have access - they simply need to create an AU Online subscription profile and then follow the same steps above.

    December 15, 2009

    Study in Success - Revit Leads SERA Architects to LEED® Gold

    Ideate is proud to announce publication of its latest Study in Success entitled “Revit Leads SERA Architects to LEED® Gold” both online and in a limited print edition.

    The subject of the study is SERA Architects’ LEED® Gold award-winning project, The Courtyard by Marriott Portland City Center. Designed by BIM-focused Portland-based SERA Architects and developed by Sage Hospitality, the hotel stands where a vacant and deteriorating bank/office building once stood in Portland’s urban center.

    Additionally, the project is prominently featured in the Portland Business Journal Sustainable Oregon, November 20, 2009 article, “New LEED® Gold Building Brightens Portland Cityscape.”

    The Ideate Study in Success reveals how SERA Architects undertook and accomplished a major eco-friendly building renovation project, one that achieves remarkable efficiencies in energy consumption and water use, provides travelers with excellent comfort and amenities, minimizes impact on the environment and embellishes the aesthetic of the city. The Courtyard by Marriott Portland City Center has recently been awarded the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Gold certification from the U.S. Green Building Council. It is the first hotel in the Pacific Northwest to receive such a high level of recognition and Marriott’s first LEED® Gold of any of its brands.

    In preparation for Ideate’s creation of the Study in Success, SERA Architects' Associate and Marketing Manager Kristy Edmark, initiated an extensive interview process that included key staff members: SERA Principal Joe Pinzone, Associate and Architect Gary Golla, Job Captain Jon DeLeonardo and Director of Interior Design Lisa Zangerle. In the course of their interviews, SERA team members shed light on how the firm utilized BIM-focused Autodesk software and employed Ideate training and technical support.

    Download the Study in Success from Ideate's Case Study library or request a printed courtesy copy from

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    New SmartBIM Library customers receive 50% off initial purchase.

    The SmartBIM Library from Reed Construction Data is a single source to simplify BIM content management. It is a cost-effective solution for Autodesk® Revit® users that:

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    December 14, 2009

    AU 2009 "Quantity Takeoffs Made Easy" with Autodesk QTO 2010

    At AU 2009, David Haynes, AIA, LEED AP/Director of AEC Services and Glynnis Patterson, N.C.A.R.B./Director of Services presented "Quantity Takeoffs Made Easy", a 90-minute lab for architects, builders, and other construction professionals of all expertise levels who were interested in the estimating takeoff abilities of Autodesk Quantity Takeoff (QTO) 2010. Autodesk QTO is used to move from a static Excel-based estimating system to a digital based system.

    David and Glynnis got great feedback from the AU 2009 event:

    "GREAT LAB! Easy to follow for a newbie on QTO. Thanks!"

    "Well prepared labs are wonderful."

    If you missed it at AU 2009, you can find datasets and powerpoint slides from the presentation at Autodesk University Online, with more than a dozen useful videos posted on Ideate's YouTube channel. The videos will take you through everything from setting up your work environment to reporting on materials.

    Still yearning to learn more about Autodesk QTO 2010? Watch Ideate’s training calendar for the launch of our online QTO training – the convenient way to build your skills.

    December 11, 2009

    ATC Survey Feedback for Ideate Training Instructors

    As an Autodesk Authorized Training Center (ATC), Ideate, Inc. courses are structured around Autodesk certified courseware and taught by certified professionals, ensuring highest quality training. Our trainers have real world experience and bring practical problem solving techniques and solutions to your class. Our lab computers, equipment and software are updated regularly to provide the most productive training environment available.

    We routinely seek customer feedback via surveys when a class is completed. A few comments from this week's ATC surveys:

    Revit Architecture Fundamentals, Dec 7-9 by Ron Palma (Portland)

    “Very good course. Well taught. The material was kept interesting the whole time. Would recommend this course and training facility to others in the future.”
    S.W. / GBJ Architecture

    “I got exactly what I wanted to from this class, an overall comfort with REVIT that will allow me to begin to incorporate it in my work.”
    W.C. / Ideate Assist Program student, jobseeker

    AutoCAD Fundamentals, Dec 7-9 by Daniel Armstrong (Sacramento)

    “Excellent instructor!”
    C.N. / Truckee Meadows Water Authority

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    December 10, 2009

    Ideate Gives Back - in the Redwood Empire, too!

    Ideate Gives Back – Food Drive & Match

    From December 1, 2009 through January 15, 2010, to benefit food banks in Ideate home communities, Ideate Inc. launched Ideate Gives Back - Food Drive & Match.

    Ideate will match, can-for-can, food donations received at each Ideate location. Non-perishable food donation collection containers will be located in each of the five Ideate offices in San Francisco, San Jose, Sacramento, Portland and Seattle. Ideate clients are invited to bring donations when they attend any course or event at an Ideate facility between now and January 15.

    In addition, Ideate is pleased to partner with the AIA Redwood Empire chapter, supporting a food drive to benefit the Redwood Empire Food Bank. Ideate will match can-for-can, donations received at the AIARE holiday party on December 16. For complete event details and to register, click here.

    Like Ideate, the AIARE and its members are aware that many individuals and families in their community are struggling to make ends meet. As Wendy Young, Executive Director AIARE notes, "During the holiday season, let’s work together to make a significant contribution to our community. Please bring in a single can or non-perishable item or an entire bag of food for a family. Whatever you can contribute would be helpful to someone in need. This year, the Redwood Empire Food Bank is feeding almost 70,000 people every month. This number is up 10,000 people per month from last year at this time!"

    Ideate, Inc. is pleased to be a 2010 AIA Redwood Empire Chapter Sponsor.

    December 9, 2009

    AutoCAD 2010 – Performance wins for architects

    Keeping ahead in the current economic climate is a challenge that we all have to address. The last thing you need is to be let down by slow delivery or poor presentation.

    Skipping a software release is often posed as an economy measure, but it is one that can backfire if it leaves you without access to the latest efficiency improvements. Delivering quality projects on time and within budget needs those tools to produce the results required by today’s demanding clients.

    Autodesk has released an AutoCAD 2010 Productivity Study which is the result of research and analysis undertaken by Cambashi, an independent consulting and analyst firm with offices in the UK and the US. The firm has taken a close look at the capabilities of AutoCAD 2010. Working with an architectural practice, Cambashi devised and carried out a productivity study comprised of a series of tests to investigate the benefits of AutoCAD 2010 for the architect. By making a comparison with an earlier release of AutoCAD, specifically AutoCAD 2007, the tests have been able to show where real progress towards business goals can be achieved.

    To read the complete AutoCAD 2010 Productivity Study, click here.
    Check Ideate's complete online library of whitepapers and case studies.

    December 8, 2009

    Ideate's Super Support Manager

    Ideate, Inc. is pleased to announce that Derek Wielkopolski has been promoted to the role of Ideate Support Manager. Derek joined Ideate in May 2009 as an intern and has quickly proven himself to be an invaluable team member. His level of customer care and eye for detail are why so many of our customers rate Ideate support so highly.

    Here's one of many recent positive customer comments about Derek:

    "Derek's instructions were easy to follow. He was clear, kind and patient; and his direction resolved the problem. I appreciated the follow-up call as well."

    Derek's background includes a Bachelor of Architecture degree and previous work with architectural firms in both Oregon and New Jersey. Derek works out of our Portland, Oregon office and reports to David Haynes, AIA, LEED AP – Director of AEC Services.

    To learn more about how Derek, and the Ideate team, can support your business, click here.

    December 4, 2009

    Ideate & Autodesk Assistance Program - extended to March 31, 2010!

    The Ideate Assistance Program is designed to help unemployed members of the AEC community network and upgrade their skills so they may regain employment in the AEC industry.

    Currently, talented people find themselves without work, while at the same time, our AEC industry is advancing. People with updated skills and expertise in BIM and IPD will be prepared to meet the next phase of demand.

    Register for the program and receive:

    • free educational software
    • low cost training
    • free online training
    • discounted Certification Exams, plus a hire or rehire incentive
    • invitations to networking events
    • Autodesk employer discount

    Ideate Assistance works in collaboration with the Autodesk® Assistance Program.

    Click here for complete details and registration link.

    Revit Tip - Want to export a model to Navisworks (without owning Navisworks?)

    Check out the Autodesk Navisworks NWC Export Utility...

    The NWC file format supports transfer of both object geometry and associated metadata from AutoCAD-based and Revit-based Autodesk design applications, plus 3ds Max, into Autodesk Navisworks 2010 software. The distributable NWC file exporter lets teams using Naviswork generate whole-project models for simulation and analysis. Project team members can generate the optimized NWC file directly from their design applications.

    Click here for complete details and to register for free download.

    December 1, 2009

    Ideate Gives Back – Food Drive & Match

    From December 1, 2009 through January 15, 2010, to benefit food banks in Ideate home communities, Ideate Inc. is launching Ideate Gives Back - Food Drive & Match.

    Ideate will match, can-for-can, food donations received at each Ideate location. Non-perishable food donation collection containers will be located in each of the five Ideate offices Monday through Friday from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.:

    • San Francisco - 44 Montgomery Street, Suite 1000, San Francisco
    • San Jose - 25 Metro Drive, Suite 220, San Jose
    • Sacramento - 2520 Venture Oaks Way, Suite 180, Sacramento
    • Portland - 805 SW Broadway, Suite 2280, Portland
    • Seattle - 701 Fifth Avenue, Suite 5040, Seattle

    Ideate is aware that many individuals and families in these communities are struggling to make ends meet. During the holiday season, Ideate is making a significant commitment to aid its communities. Beneficiaries of Ideate Gives Back - Food Drive & Match will be: San Francisco Food Bank, Sacramento Food Bank, Second Harvest Food Bank of Santa Clara and San Mateo Counties, Oregon Food Bank and Northwest Harvest.

    Ideate User Groups and community events in December will be holiday mixers, an opportunity for Ideate clients, colleagues and extended professional community to share eggnog and festive desserts. Event attendees are invited to bring donations of canned food and other non-perishable food items. For details on the event in your city click here.

    Ideate Training class participants are also invited to bring donations when they attend classes at any Ideate facility.

    Ideate President Bob Palioca notes, “Community outreach is an Ideate tradition. As community food banks face increasing need, we want to help in the most meaningful way we can. Our matching donations will double the impact. We have the opportunity to help ensure that no child, family or senior goes hungry.”

    Ideate Congratulates Structural Clients in Top Performer Category

    Ideate congratulates our clients who achieved distinction on the Structural Engineer Top Performers 2009 list:

    Burns & McDonnell
    Thornton Tomasetti, Inc.
    Degenkolb Engineers
    Buehler & Buehler Structural Engineers, Inc.

    Structural Engineer Top Performers 2009


    From start to finish, leading structural engineering firms keep pace through diversification and maximizing teamwork

    By Lynn Petrak

    Not all finish lines lead from a straight path. Some races are run on circular tracks, while others cut through jagged terrain. Those competing in boating regattas must adjust their sails and speed based on the prevailing winds and weather.

    The same can be said for performances turned in by businesses, including structural engineering firms. As the end of another year approaches, structural engineering practices that have survived one of the most difficult climates and rockiest roads to success have gotten to that point by fine-tuning strategies, constantly finding ways to move forward and benefitting from, as in some sporting races, a bit of luck.

    Complete article
    Complete list of Top Performers