Category Archives: BIM

Ideate Automation for Revit Launched

SAN FRANCISCO, CA, Nov 23, 2020 – Ideate Software, an Autodesk AEC industry partner and Autodesk authorized developer, has announced the release of Ideate Automation for Revit, a scripting tool for use with Ideate BIMLink. It is designed to significantly reduce costs by letting repetitive, time-intensive, low-value BIM tasks run silently in the background, freeing designers and engineers for higher-level, more valuable work. It is an important solution for architecture, engineering and construction businesses that use Autodesk Revit® software for large or complex building information modeling projects.

“Automating repetitive tasks is one of the surest and most straightforward ways to improve the bottom line,” said Glynnis Patterson, director of software development, Ideate Software. “Not only does Ideate Automation allow staff to spend more time on meaningful work, it also ensures that task outcomes are highly predictable and standardized.”

Michael Hartley, technical BIM manager at Ramboll said, “We were waiting with anticipation for the release of Ideate Automation and we have not been disappointed by its potential. We have started implementing Ideate Automation and the tool is already influencing our workflows. Ideate Automation is allowing us to perform previously fragmented automation tasks and increase our efficiency whilst offering us new possibilities for data collection. This is one tool we have been missing and finally helps connect the dots!”

There are hundreds of tasks within the Revit project environment that could be relegated to Ideate Automation.

The software is optimized to work with Ideate BIMLink, which enables Revit users to pull information from a file into Microsoft Excel for editing and then push volumes of precise, consequential BIM data back into the Revit model with speed, ease and accuracy.

Watch this three-minute video for an overview of Ideate Automation:

Watch these short demonstration videos for examples of specific automated Ideate BIMLink workflows:

  1. Export Project Health Check Data – Create an Excel file with multiple tabs per each link definition that exists in the Health Check folder within Ideate BIMLink
  2. Streamline Quantity Takeoff Process – Automate this labor-intensive but necessary task performed by VDC managers and general contractors

Ideate Automation is available for US$995 per company. It is also included at no cost in the Enterprise bundle. For more information about this service, please contact the Ideate Software Sales team.

To learn more about the Ideate Software Revit productivity solutions, visit their website.

About Ideate Software

Ideate Software, an Autodesk AEC industry partner and Autodesk authorized developer, empowers Revit users to gain unprecedented control over their data. Ideate BIMLink, Ideate Explorer, Ideate Sticky, IdeateApps, Ideate StyleManager and Ideate Dashboard for Autodesk BIM 360 were all developed to solve persistent problems in architecture, engineering, construction and owner (AECO) workflows. Ideate Software solutions enable Revit users to save time, increase accuracy, improve project deliverables and elevate design.

FARO Releases WebShare ‘Enterprise’ Feature

FARO Technologies, Inc. has announced the release of its new WebShare Software Enterprise offering. An extension of the widely-used FARO WebShare platform, the Enterprise feature allows data to be stored on a company’s private server or cloud infrastructure, ensuring full control over the security of its 3D reality data and a fast and easy way to provide access and share project management workflows. The Enterprise feature also offers single sign-on support to simplify the log-on process and avoid managing multiple passwords.

FARO WebShare Enterprise

FARO WebShare is a cloud or server-based hosting platform offering real-time access to the latest as-built 3D reality data for worldwide project management and Scan-to-BIM workflows. WebShare supports data of unlimited size and is source agnostic. The data can also be viewed, evaluated, and shared by authorized persons only, by using a Web browser. All common industry standard formats for downloading data are supported, enabling seamless and collaborative workflows. WebShare supports multiple reality data sources and provides users a conversion-free way to export point clouds, including to other popular industry standard formats like Autodesk ReCap and Bentley Pointools.

For the AEC industry, FARO WebShare also enables the integration of 3D reality data as part of Digital Twin for the operation and maintenance of buildings and facilities, and the continuous monitoring of the construction process. Best suited for large organizations in manufacturing, process, or government work, WebShare is ideal for those who prefer to host their own data while remaining committed to the highest security standards that FARO offers.

“WebShare Enterprise marks another important step in driving industry applications that can leverage Digital Twin technology,” said Vito Marone, senior director of software product marketing at FARO. “On the heels of our recent acquisition of ATS, we will continue to introduce solutions that enable customers to save time and money and improve project efficiency and reliability.”

In August, FARO acquired Advanced Technical Solutions in Scandinavia AB (“ATS”), to accelerate the adoption of digital twin solution technology. The planned integration of ATS software and proprietary Traceable 3D system will enable highly accurate and repeatable 3D scans into the FARO WebShare platform, bolstering customer time to decision with 10x faster imaging at up to 1mm accuracy. Digital twin capability is a vital next step as it provides the virtual representation of a physical asset. By creating this duplicate, digital twins serve as virtual blueprints for ongoing operation, future planning, and implementation activities.

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Trimble Introduces PreDesign for SketchUp

SUNNYVALE, CA, Nov 19, 2020 – Trimble introduced PreDesign, a new service for SketchUp’s professional subscribers, which enables architects and designers to test design strategies and understand how a site’s climate and environment will impact design proposals. Created to help better prepare designers for the conceptual phase, PreDesign also provides the data and graphics needed to articulate and build a narrative around early-stage climate-related design decisions.

Trimble’s PreDesign enables architects and designers to understand how a site’s climate and environment will impact design proposals before they create a 3D model in SketchUp.

“SketchUp is a fantastic way to develop ideas in 3D and we are continuously exploring new capabilities. We saw tremendous value in making it easy for our users to include design research in their pre-design workflows,” said Andrew Corney, PE, M.CIBSE, M.ASHRAE, product director at Trimble. “With PreDesign, we’re providing designers with the insights they need to take a truly holistic approach to creating suitable design strategies and communicate value to their clients.”

Although climate plays a significant role in a project’s energy requirements and performance, pre-design research is often overlooked. This leads to lengthy investigation of design dead-ends, extended cycles to align design teams on key concepts and greater potential for costly rework later in the project. PreDesign simplifies and enhances design research by providing the climate stats and insights designers need to crystallize climate-related design constraints and confidently propose the most viable solutions for a project.

“PreDesign provides useful information that we need to position our projects for better design outcomes from the very start,” said Adam Osterhoff, principal architect at Heartwood Studio. “Its compelling visual outputs and intelligent talking points also help us clearly communicate the value of our proposals to clients.”

Valuable Design Research that Moves Projects Forward

PreDesign reduces the need to navigate multiple platforms to obtain local weather information, such as average temperatures and predominant winds, by gathering climate data about a site and delivering insights into:

  • Architectural response – connects the dots between the climate and building type, suggesting appropriate architectural responses, such as larger openings to take advantage of outdoor conditions or shading to control adverse solar gain. Armed with this knowledge, architects and designers can create an informed architectural design narrative around climate and build the most efficient building possible.
  • Shading – produces an intuitive sun path diagram showing the areas that receive warming sun and indicating areas that are exposed to overheating sun or overcast by cloudy skies—insights that are based on existing weather files. This allows designers to effectively position the built form to take advantage of favorable conditions, such as a well-lit courtyard. PreDesign provides shading guidance specific to any direction and indicates the effectiveness of shading options for optimal climate design.
  • Glazing – allows designers to adjust glazing type, framing insulation, solar control and external shading to better understand the impact of glazing specifications and ensure realistic and budget-friendly materials are specified.
  • Daylighting – provides inspiration and clear guidance on the suitability of a wide range of top lighting options, making it easy to find the right solution for beneficial daylight.
  • Outside spaces – provides the foresight needed to design functional outdoor spaces, allowing designers to propose strategies such as windbreaks, fans, rain covers, fire pits and solar-powered lighting.


PreDesign is available now as part of SketchUp Pro, Studio or Enterprise subscriptions.

About Trimble Construction

Trimble is developing technology, software and services that drive the digital transformation of construction with solutions that span the entire architecture, engineering and construction (AEC) industry. Empowering teams across the construction lifecycle, Trimble’s innovative approach improves coordination and collaboration between stakeholders, teams, phases and processes. Trimble’s Connected Construction strategy gives users control of their operations with best-in-class solutions and a common data environment. By automating work and transforming workflows, Trimble is enabling construction professionals to improve productivity, quality, transparency, safety, sustainability and deliver each project with confidence.

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About Trimble

Trimble is transforming the way the world works by delivering products and services that connect the physical and digital worlds. Core technologies in positioning, modeling, connectivity and data analytics enable customers to improve productivity, quality, safety and sustainability. From purpose built products to enterprise lifecycle solutions, Trimble software, hardware and services are transforming a broad range of industries such as agriculture, construction, geospatial and transportation.

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