Allied Member Ideate presents: Revit ~ COBie Demystified

COBie Demystified: Using Autodesk Revit to Manage COBie Requirements

COBie (Construction Operations Building Information Exchange), is an emerging standard and specification developed by a number of United States public agencies to improve the handover process to building owner-operators. COBie is an information exchange specification for the life-cycle capture and delivery of information needed by facility managers. COBie based data can be viewed in design, construction, and maintenance software as well as in simple spreadsheets.

Many government and commercial building owners (in addition to requiring BIM based deliverables) are now asking that these BIM models be delivered with “intelligent objects” that enable COBie based information exchanges. This presentation will de-mystify the process of creating COBie enabled BIM models with Autodesk Revit. We will discuss strategies for the engineer, architect and general contractor to collaborate on creating and managing the COBie data throughout the design and construction process.

Who Should Attend

This presentation is ideal for those new to COBie and those involved with delivering (general contractors, engineers and architects) and receiving (building owners and facility managers) high-quality Autodesk Revit-based BIM handover documents that are intended for use in an-going Building Lifecycle Management (BLM).

About the Presenter

Glynnis Patterson, N.C.A.R.B. – Director of Software Development Glynnis is a Registered Architect and has worked within the BIM industry since 1998. A graduate of Carnegie Mellon University, she has worked as an architect, educator and construction site manager. Glynnis is currently the Director of Software Development Services at Ideate, Inc. and continues to work with AEC clients across the nation, developing, and implementing best practices solutions. In her spare time Glynnis does volunteer work and builds Lego projects.

When: Monday, March 18th, 2013

Time: 11:30am – 1:30pm

Where: AIACV Gallery, 1400 S Street, Suite 100, midtown Sacramento

Lunch provided by Ideate, Inc.

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Questions? Contact Abigayle Curtis at 916-868-6102 or email at

Allied Member Ideate presents: Revit User Group

Revit for Small Practices and Projects – One User’s Experience

Michael Ogrinc Design adopted Revit at its inception two years ago. As a very small – one person – firm, Michael Ogrinc Design did not have many of the resources that large firms traditionally bring to the process of Revitization. This presentation will discuss a Revit/BIM adoption approach that has allowed for quick adoption without wreaking havoc on the project’s billable hours, schedule, and quality of deliverables. In addition, Michael will discuss the unexpected competitive advantages to using Revit that he has discovered along the way, as well as some of the ongoing challenges.

Who Should Attend:

Project Managers, Designers, Architects, and other professional staff in small firms that are in the process of adopting Revit or are considering adopting Revit.

About the Presenter:

Michael Ogrinc – IIDA, Principal (and everything else as well) founded the firm two years ago upon completing with distinction the certificate program in Interior Design at UC Berkeley Extension. He comes to design following a 30 year engineering career in electronics engineering. During that time, electronics design underwent several revolutionary changes. Having worked throughout that era, Mike brings a unique perspective to the changes now rippling through the design world. Regarding design, his approach is simply “no one should live or work in a poorly designed environment,” and that includes the CAD environment as well.

When: Tuesday, March 12, 2013
Time: 11:30 am – 1:00 pm
Where: AIA Central Valley, 1400 S Street, Suite 100, midtown Sacramento
Lunch provided by Ideate, Inc.

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For more information please contact Abigayle Curtis at or call 916.868.6102

Allied Member Ideate Inc. Presents 2013 Revit User Group with Stafford King Wiese Architects

Random Thoughts from the Revit Trenches – Implementation and Workflow

Stafford King Wiese Architects will kick off Ideate’s first Sacramento Revit User Group meeting of 2013 by sharing their experiences with Revit implementation and workflow. Brian Beck will begin the presentation by speaking on Revit implementation and why it’s more than just learning the software. Next, Wes Ramirez will discuss Revit as a design tool and how phasing within Revit can be your best friend. In closing, Nannette Lake will share a perspective from start to finish on a fully integrated Revit Project with Structural and Mechanical. This meeting will have something for everyone so don’t miss out!

When: Tuesday, January 15, 2013
Where: AIACV Gallery, 1400 S Street, Suite 100, midtown Sacramento
Time: 11:30am – 1:00pm

Lunch provided by Ideate, Inc.

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Questions? Contact Abigayle Curtis at:

Ideate, Inc. and IMSCAD Host Joint Webinar

Submitted by AIACV Corporate Partner Ideate, Inc.

Ideate, Inc.  has formed a strategic alliance with UK-based IMSCAD (

IMSCAD, a recognized global leader in the deployment graphical 2D and 3D CAD applications and now CAD delivery on Citrix, is a long standing Citrix Solutions Partner and an Autodesk Development Partner, having assisted Autodesk in the development of “Citrix Ready” products.

Citrix is number one in desktop and application virtualization, as well as the leading supplier in cloud infrastructures. Autodesk “Citrix ready” products empowers CAD users with the benefits of virtualization, being able to work from anywhere on any device with workstation comparable performance.

According to Ideate, Inc. President, Bob Palioca, “The Ideate and IMSCAD alliance helps us streamline customer access to Ideate software solutions, training and consulting services and to virtualization, networking, collaboration and cloud technologies. When we put the right tools and solutions within our customers’ reach faster and easier, they succeed and they are delighted. That is our mission.”

 Ideate, Inc. and IMSCAD will host a joint webinar detailing the benefits of running CAD applications on the Citrix platform on March 21, 2012 at 12:00 PM PST.

Click here for more details: or contact Ideate Director of Consulting, David Haynes via phone at 888-662-7238 x 1047 or email at








Ideate, Inc. ~ Revit User Group Introducing PopIcon

PopIcon – Make Your Revit Rock!
This lecture will introduce PopIcon software: a new API that improves productivity for both model building and documentation by giving users an easy interface that puts tools, tabs and icons at your fingertips.

Understanding how to increase productivity with Revit is the key to the success for any office engaged in BIM in our current economic climate. The four key challenges in meeting this goal are: overcoming the high cost of training, finding ways to build accurate models quickly, documenting projects in Revit and standardizing model content.

Over the last several years we gradually built a series of tools that run inside Revit to help us overcome these hurtles and remain competitive in the marketplace while continuing to provide our clients high quality BIM projects. Working with Autodesk we created PopIcon Software which is a commercial version of our in-house tool set. This lecture is a demonstration of the capabilities of this software.

Who Should Attend
Currently PopIcon is written for use in Revit Structure. With the release of Revit 2013, the newest version of PopIcon will also include tools for architects. Structural designers will find this lecture of interest as will Architects who are interested in participating in the Beta testing of the 2013 version of PopIcon.

About the Presenter
Paul Chambers is senior design engineer at Rutherford & Chekene Structural Engineers in San Francisco a subsidiary of which, branded PopIcon Software, is focused on the development of applications software for productivity enhancement in Revit. He is a licensed structural engineer with 12 years experience in design of all types of buildings, focusing on seismic resistant designs for high value facilities. Paul started using Revit Structure 3 about 7 years ago and has been internally using the PopIcon Software since its inception to detail projects solely in Revit.



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

11:30am to 1:30pm
Special Holiday Lunch and program
hosted by Ideate, Inc.




**Registration required. We’ll have your seat
reserved and lunch ready.**


Email Abigayle Curtis
or call 916.868.6102.



Allied member, Ideate, presents: Revit User Group

BIM Collaboration in Design and Construction:
User-level Perspectives and Conversation

Bring What You’re Working On – Discuss Ways to Improve
Come to the September Sacramento Revit User Group with your current project hat on. Join Jason Dodds, VDC Technical Specialist with Autodesk, Inc., as he leads an interactive conversation around firm collaboration, BIM in Construction and new Vault tools. This is an interactive session so bring your insights on how the process is working for you and discover ways to improve. Heavy Q&A format.

Who Should Attend
Revit users in architecture, MEP and structure and colleagues in the construction space working with Revit files.

About the Presenter
Coauthor of Mastering Navisworks 2012, Jason Dodds is an Autodesk Construction Technical Specialist; located in Denver, CO. Jason has been actively involved in the design and building technology community for over 15 years. During his career, Jason’s focus and experience has been with construction, construction administration, MEP, architecture, structures, and technology for companies such as Michael Baker Corporation and Southland Industries. He has been involved in all facets of design and building processes and understands what it takes to complete projects from design, estimating, coordination, to fabrication. In his role at Autodesk, Jason plays an integral role in advocating and implementing the company’s Construction and BIM solutions throughout North America.

When: September 22nd, 2011
Where: AIACV Gallery at 1400 S Street, Suite 100, Sacramento
Time: 11:30 to 1:30, lunch provided


Email Abigayle Curtis
or call 916.868.6102.



Allied Member, Ideate, presents: “Managing Revit Families”

Join Ideate for the Sacramento Revit User Group: “Managing Revit Families”

Somewhere in each architecture project, family issues will appear – missing families, an inflexible family, a family too complex to model quickly.  At best, these issues are frustrating.  At worse, these issues can delay the project. This presentation highlights the critical success factors for managing Revit families – where to find them, what makes quality, managing family libraries, and creating content.

About the presenter:
Bruce Madsen is currently BIM Manager at HOK’s San Francisco office.
He is a key contributor to the development of HOK’s firmwide family standards

Lunch provided!

When: Tuesday, July 26th

Time: 11:30 am – 1 pm

Where: AIACV Gallery, 1400 S Street, Ste. 100, Sacramento

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AIACV Allied member, Ideate, Announces New Ideate BIMLink for Autodesk Revit 2012 applications.

Ideate Announces New Ideate BIMLink for Autodesk Revit 2012 applications.

SAN FRANCISCO, CA, June 23, 2011 


- Ideate, Inc., a leading Autodesk Authorized Developer and Autodesk solutions provider offering quality software, training, support and custom consulting services to the AEC industry, today announced an update to Ideate BIMLink, the popular application for Autodesk Revit software.  More content and improvements give Ideate BIMLink unprecedented access and control to your BIM data.
With Ideate BIMLink – now for 2012 – the Revit project team and non-Revit using data contributors can access information appropriate to their needs within a platform that safeguards the BIM model against error.  Ideate BIMLink now supports Key Schedules – a top user request. For our architectural customers, access to the Key Schedule data means it’s never been easier to hand off Equipment, Fixture, Room or Hardware Schedule to a consultant or any non-Revit user to be filled out in Excel. 


Ideate BIMLink provides Revit 2012 users access to data that Revit hides including phase and design option data. The application enables users to update volumes of data following external and internal changes while maintaining linked relationships. It also facilitates the streamlining of Quality Control processes by controlling family and project-based parameters. And, instead of editing manually within Revit, project team members can use automated Excel capabilities to save time and prevent errors. 

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