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Ideate launches Automation 2.0 for Revit

Ideate Software launches Ideate Automation 2.0 to automate time-intensive BIM (building information modelling)  tasks in the background. On its own, Ideate Automation can be used to export PDF files. However the full extent of its power becomes apparent when used in conjunction with other Ideate Software products.


Ideate Software has just released Ideate Automation 2.0, a Revit plugin that automates and performs time-intensive BIM (building information modeling) tasks in the background. Adding Ideate Automation to the workflow offers high-level insight to stakeholders who want to maintain easy access to critical Revit BIM data without opening and reviewing the data within Revit itself.

Defining a list of Revit files. This list can be used for creating PDFs.

Defining a list of Revit files. This list can be used for creating PDFs.

Ideate Software’s Director of Software Development, Glynnis Patterson tells us:

“The cost of paying staff to watch their computers churn through opening large Revit files or processing large volumes of data can be significant. Ideate Automation is a scripting tool that works with Ideate Software to run those time-intensive tasks in the background while staff works on other activities, or even during non-working hours.”

Ideate developed its range of applications to solve problems in AEC/O (Architecture, Engineering, Construction, and Operations) workflows. Ideate Automation was developed to increase the efficiency of its other Revit plugins by running time-intensive activities in the background.

Ideate Automation 2.0 can run unattended on a dedicated computer or on a person’s computer while they work on other things. The resulting data is standardized and free from end-user errors because the repetitive, error-prone work is done automatically by a script.

On its own, Ideate Automation can be used to export PDF files. However, the full extent of its power becomes apparent when used in conjunction with other Ideate Software products, for example:

  • Ideate Annotate. This ensures the legibility of tags, text, dimensions, and other annotative elements. Used in conjunction with Ideate Automation, it can also help fix annotation clashes.
  • Ideate BIMLink. This enables users to export data from Revit software to Microsoft Excel spreadsheets for easy editing. It can also drive Ideate Automation to produce document issue records, export health check data, prepare COBie (construction operations building information exchange) data drops, and generate quantity takeoff data.
  • Ideate Explorer This allows users to search for elements not found in the Revit browser. It also instructs Ideate Automation to export Revit model warnings data.
  • Ideate StyleManager. This helps Revit users analyze, delete, or merge non-standard styles. When used in conjunction with Ideate Automation, it can also audit model information.

About Ideate Software

Ideate Software is an Autodesk AEC industry partner and Autodesk authorized developer. Ideate BIMLink, Ideate Explorer, Ideate Sticky, IdeateApps, and Ideate StyleManager were all developed to solve persistent problems in architecture, engineering, and construction. You can download 14-day trial versions of Ideate’s entire range of software products from here.

Meantime, a multi-user network edition of Ideate Automation 2.0 costs USD 1,995.00 and can be purchased here.

Autodesk and Revit are registered trademarks or trademarks of Autodesk, Inc. and/or its subsidiaries and/or affiliates in the USA and/or other countries. Microsoft Excel is a registered trademark of Microsoft Corporation in the United States and other countries. All other brand names, product names or trademarks belong to their respective holders.


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