Grimshaw: Survey Says “UNIFI is 63% Faster & Saves Each Designer 2.3 Hours a Week”

Grimshaw is a global architecture firm with offices around the world, employing over 500 people. The practice covers architecture, planning and industrial design across all major sectors. Grimshaw was a pioneer in high-tech architecture, but had come to rely on low-tech solutions for content management, which created issues with consistency and the capture of content.

Holger de Groot, Office BIM Manager for Grimshaw’s Sydney studio, had seen the problem before when he was a Regional BIM Director at another firm. He saw firsthand how an outdated content management solution could slow down designers, create content inconsistencies and make it extremely difficult to conduct simple searches. When he joined Grimshaw, he found a different approach to content management, but with similar outcomes. Grimshaw mirrored its content libraries by replicating the server for its four main offices – Sydney, Melbourne, London and New York. This led to “content being stored in multiple locations without controls so that different sub-structures were created,” says de Groot.

Grimshaw’s content management strategy needed to change. A clear choice emerged, “UNIFI was the one true source of content that could be accessed from anywhere around the world with the most advanced features including its search functionality,” says Holger. In December 2016, Grimshaw started a UNIFI pilot in its Sydney and Melbourne offices for a single project in each office. All content on the server was uploaded into UNIFI, so that Grimshaw could easily change names, create tags and clean up its content. During this exercise, several instances of duplicate content were found using different container files.

The pilot was so successful in Sydney that Grimshaw decided to move “full steam ahead” with UNIFI for all the projects in the office. Along with enjoying cloud based access to a single source of content and no longer having to manually update libraries, Grimshaw could easily access manufacturing content via UNIFI Connect. “It’s a real plus to have access to content that gets directly integrated into our libraries,” says Holger of UNIFI Connect.

Some of the most interesting aspects of the Grimshaw’s content transformation were documented in a “before and after” survey circulated to the Sydney office in August 2016 (prior to UNIFI’s implementation), and in May 2017, (after UNIFI had been in use for three plus months).

  • Content Quality Perception: Prior to the UNIFI pilot, content was ranked as average or “low quality” by 65% of respondents. Yet, when the same designers were asked about the quality of content in May 2017, it was “highly rated” by over 60% of the respondents, with some calling it “advanced”. The content was the same! What changed was the “quality perception” due to its presentation and content, its ease of access, including search and previews.
  • Search Time Savings: The survey also highlighted significant time savings by using UNIFI. Once UNIFI was deployed, designers took half the time to find more content – translating into 3 hours “saved” each week, 120 hours annually, per designer! BIM Admins saved a lot of time as well, since they didn’t have to focus on updating content.

UNIFI offers several other benefits. In the past, content requests would have to be emailed along with CAD attachments or paper printouts, then they would be shared with various project teams for reviews and approvals, an unnecessarily labor-intensive process. Now, all content requests are reviewed, tracked, tagged and managed through UNIFI, which limits the inclusion of rogue content and streamlines the content creation & approval process.

With UNIFI’s recent release of multi-format support, any file format can be stored and searched on UNIFI. In addition to a large Revit practice, Grimshaw has many designers who use Rhino and now they can store, access, and insert the information they need from UNIFI into their models.

UNIFI has been receiving rave reviews within Grimshaw’s Sydney office which is now 100% on UNIFI. Office BIM Managers in the Practice’s other offices are now working on a global UNIFI rollout to achieve similar results. We’ll end this case study by using the words of one survey respondent, which was echoed by many: “I like that we got one true source now, allowing me to find the content I need quickly and easy.”

Megan Green Joins UNIFI Labs as Design Technologist

We are thrilled to announce the addition of Megan Green to the UNIFI Labs team.  Megan joins us as a Design Technologist and brings a unique blend of industry expertise and product knowledge.  Megan has already hit the ground running, working with prospective and current customers to help them achieve the maximum value from the UNIFI platform as well as their investment in digital content.

Prior to joining UNIFI, Megan led BIM Strategy for JBA Consulting Engineers, where she launched the company’s international design technology standards, developed training programs and implemented UNIFI along with a host of other design technologies.  Megan earned her degree in Electrical Engineering, with a minor in Mathematics, at Virginia Tech.

In Megan’s abundant spare time, she is a member of the Design Technology Summit (DTS) Committee, where she works with professionals across the design industry who are responsible for managing and implementing design technology. She is an avid Disney fan who frequents the parks on a regular basis while helping friends and family plan trips, too. This travel planning benefit may get extended to UNIFI customers who are lucky enough to work with Megan 😊.

Welcome on board, Megan!

 

From the Labs: Project “Angara” – API access to search, analyze and fix your content’s data

Hello everyone and welcome to the first post from our new blog series – “From the Labs”. These posts are focused on new features and products that are currently in development at UNIFI, which we hope will provide our customers and the broader BIM community with a glimpse into some of the innovative ideas on our roadmap. I get to be the first person here in the office to write a post for the blog, so that’s pretty exciting. We hope anyone who is passionate about advancing BIM will find this content useful, but warning….we may geek out a bit, so put your technical hat on and bear with us.

In this first post, I want to share a recent use case we have started working on, which was inspired from a customer who wanted a way to tie their internal costing systems to their content in order to streamline some of their estimating efforts. That need led to a project we’ve been internally referring to as “Angara”, an external API for accessing the UNIFI platform. The API will let users manage their content programmatically, enabling actions like creating and updating parameters across multiple design formats, as well as selectively enabling access to content based on real world events, like material prices and product availability changes.

One aspect of implementing this API required a way to search Revit parameters in the many files they store and manage in UNIFI, a data lake we’ve nicknamed Baikal. (Thus the name Angara after the river that flows from Lake Baikal in Russia). The final piece of this puzzle comes from work we began working on months ago, which lays the foundation for generating content dynamically from code. Put together, this whole stack of features will hopefully bring some much needed automation to what is otherwise a very tedious job, as I’m sure anyone reading this who has been responsible for finding updating Revit parameters one by one knows! While the API is still currently under development, our team is really looking forward to seeing what you all build on top of the API, there’s bound to be some pretty cool stuff to come out of all this.

The video below shows a few simple curl requests to the API. I start by searching OOTB content from Autodesk, then by using the usual filters like tags and categories that you would look for in UNIFI normally. And then, finally I’ve got a parameter search. This is all we have available for users at the moment, so reach out to us at support@unifilabs.com if you are interested in testing out the API before we release it more widely. Up next is getting transformations hooked into the API!

 

Until next time,

John Jones

How to Better Manage Your Revit (and Other) Content with UNIFI

Michael Kilkelly, author of ArchSmarter blog, reviewed the UNIFI Content Management solution.  He liked the solution so much he is now going to purchase it!  We’ve posted the article below and the link to his site can be viewed here. 

“Hey Michael, got a second?” I hear from across the office.

“Remember that window family you created?” Steve asks me. “You know, the one with all the depth parameters.”

I had made a bunch of window families over the past few months. I wracked my brain to try to remember which one he was looking for.

“You mean the one I made for the Crosstown project?” I reply. “It had a bunch of depth parameters.”

“No, the other one. I think it was after Crosstown. It had different transom types.”

“Oh, I know which one you mean. I’ll go find it.”

I dig through the office family folders looking for the .rfa file. I think I find the right one so I email it over to Steve.

“Nope, that’s not it.” he calls out. “The one I need has a transom type.”

“Hmm. . . ” I say as I try to remember the family he’s thinking of.

I spend another ten minutes digging around. I don’t see anything similar in the office library so I start looking in project folders.

“Did it have an arch top option?” I ask him.

“Maybe”, he replies.

Thirty minutes later, I find the family he’s looking for. Turns out, it was in the wrong project folder and was never added to the office library. Also, I hadn’t created it. Our colleague Lisa did. So much for Steve’s memory.

“What was I working on?” I ask myself as I get back to work, almost an hour later. Nothing like a “quick question” to set you off your game.

Sound familiar?

Managing Your Revit Content

It takes a lot of time to create Revit families. A “simple” family can take hours to create – from building the model, to adding some formulas, to testing the parameters. The benefit is that you can reuse that family in future projects. An hour spent today could save you five to ten hours over the course of the year.

But what if you can’t find those families after you create them? All that time you hoped to save is spent looking for the file. Or worse, you have to recreate it from scratch.

Building Revit content is an investment. Relying on fallible memory and a rickety folder structure isn’t the most efficient way to keep track of your valuable assets, is it?

What if you could find the exact family you’re looking for in seconds? What if you could preview it before you load it into your project file? Better yet, what if you could do this with ALL your digital files, including DWGs, images, documents, and spreadsheets?

It turns out you can, with UNIFI.

What is UNIFI?

UNIFI is a cloud-based content management system. It organizes and provides access to your digital files. It’s like a search engine for your files – but better.

UNIFI saves your content to the Amazon cloud infrastructure. Since it’s in the cloud, you can access your content from anywhere – your office (or offices), your job site, or even from home. Unlike cloud-based storage services, like Dropbox and Google Drive, UNIFI indexes and categorizes your files on upload, making them easier to find and manage.

UNIFI dashboard

Access is not limited to people inside your firm. Outside consultants can get access to your UNIFI library as well. In addition, high-quality manufacturer content is also available through UNIFI Connect. No need to build your own content when you can download it straight from the source.

How Does It Work?

The first step to organizing your content on UNIFI is to upload your files to UNIFI’s cloud server. You can do this using their desktop app or Revit add-in. Individual files, whole folders, or even all the contents from your Revit project file can be uploaded. UNIFI reads the files and extracts the important metadata, such as author, date created, and file size.

UNIFI upload content

Users can add tags to uploaded files. This is where the power of UNIFI really shines. All the Revit families from a project, for example, can get tagged with the project name. If you’re looking for a family from that project, you can search by family type and project name. Uploaded files can have any number of tags. Tags are also user-defined, giving you a lot of flexibility in their application.

Once uploaded, users can access the files in Revit through the UNIFI add-in. The interface provides access to all the various libraries, as well as manufacturer provided content.

UNIFI company library

Users can give content a rating (1 to 5 stars) as well as “favorite” content they use frequently. You can even filter your searches to only look for content you’ve marked as a favorite.

Searches can also be saved. Say you’re inserting light fixtures in a large project. Rather than recreate the search each time, you can save your search parameters and re-run the search from the UNIFI interface.

UNIFI_dialog_02

Once you’ve found the family you want, inserting it into your project is very easy. Click the item you want to insert from the UNIFI interface. UNIFI will download the .rfa file and activate the “Place Component” tool.

What’s even better, UNIFI recognizes the version of Revit you’re using. When you insert content, it downloads the correct version every time, regardless of the version that was uploaded. No more wasting time upgrading files!

It’s All About the Content

Sure, managing Revit component families is a great feature but what about all the other Revit stuff? Good news! UNIFI works with Revit system families as well.

Do you currently save your system families in a container file? This approach, while standard practice, can be problematic. You need to open each container file to see what system families are available. Container files also need to be upgraded for each new release of Revit. There’s a lot of work involved in keeping them current and up-to-date.

Fortunately, UNIFI makes container files a thing of the past. All your floor, roof, and wall types can be stored and retrieved from UNIFI. Likewise, drafting views and schedules can also be saved to your UNIFI library.

What’s more, you’re not just limited to the content in your firm’s library. Through UNIFI Connect, users can subscribe to manufacturer “channels” and download the manufacturer’s content directly from UNIFI. No need to go to their website or search online catalogs. Plus, all the content on Connect has been vetted through UNIFI’s stringent QA/QC process. Participating manufacturers include Miele, Legrand, and Lotus, among others.

And UNIFI is not only for your Revit content. New this month is multi file format support. UNIFI can manage your AutoCAD, ArchiCAD, and SketchUp files, as well as images, documents, and spreadsheets.

multi format with UNIFI

Revision Control

Remember the time when you tweaked that awesome parametric heat pump family and forgot to save a new copy? Then when someone asked for the original you had to undo all your changes? Ugh, what a waste of time.

UNIFI file revisions

That won’t happen with UNIFI. Every change to your uploaded content gets saved as a revision. You can roll back your changes at any point. Now that’s powerful!

Pricing

Sounds great, right? So, what’s this going to cost? UNIFI recently updated their pricing structure to make it affordable for small and large firms alike.

First off, you can get a free trial for one month for up to five users. After you check it out and find you can’t live without it, UNIFI costs $14 USD per month per user for up to 30 users. For firms with over 30 users, enterprise pricing is available.

For a firm with 10 Revit users, a subscription to UNIFI will cost $140 per month. I’m willing to bet those 10 users will save more than a few hours using UNIFI. If their hourly rate is $100 an hour, it will have paid for itself twice over. And that’s just one month. Over the course of a year, think how much time you’ll save having all your content right at your fingertips?

Get Started with UNIFI Today

As architects and designers, we’re skilled at creating beautiful and useful content. It’s a big part of who we are and what we do. But we’re not always so skilled at organizing that content for later use. Often times we just recreate it because it’s easier than finding a needle in a haystack of project folders. What a waste of time.

Don’t reinvent the wheel time and again because you can’t find a file. Instead, treat your content like the time-saving resource it is. UNIFI is the perfect tool for maximizing the value of your content. It makes managing your files easy and effective.Want to experience the power of UNIFI for yourself? Click here to sign up for a free trial. You can use UNIFI for 30 days with up to 5 users. Start saving time today!

Want to experience the power of UNIFI for yourself? Click here to sign up for a free trial. You can use UNIFI for 30 days with up to 5 users. Start saving time today!

Note: UNIFI sponsored this post and paid ArchSmarter a fee for reviewing their software.

Manufacturers – Learn How to Deliver & Execute an Effective BIM Marketing Strategy

For product manufacturers, there are no financial gains or rewards for simply creating great BIM solutions in a vacuum, despite all the content creation and hosting firms that may try to convince you otherwise. Unless your target market is aware of your solution and confident enough in the quality of your BIM content to document your product in projects, your investment in BIM will inevitably fail to realize its potential reward.

A leading mistake made by manufacturers investing in BIM content is failing to effectively communicate their offering, both in terms of making your target customer base aware of your content, and in facilitating an ongoing dialogue with your customers around that content to ensure it is meeting their unique requirements and being actively leveraged in their project models . Failure in this area primarily falls into two main categories:

Message: Creating and marketing the wrong message

Reach: Not having the message heard by enough of the right people

We’ve created a whitepaper, “BIM Communication & Connection” that will provide you with proven strategies and best practices that leading manufacturers have leveraged to overcome these challenges and realize measurable ROI as well as gain a competitive advantage from their investment in BIM content solutions.  Here are a few of the topics covered with real world examples:

  • Delivering the Right Message to the Right People
  • Creating the Right Message
  • Reaching the Right People
  • BIM Communication Mediums

Click here to receive the paper.

v3.0 – Multi-format is Here! (plus a lot of other really cool features)

Yes, it’s true, you can now use UNIFI as your single source for all of your digital content including Revit, Bentley, AutoCAD and SketchUp files not to mention jpg, pdf, xls, doc, even movies! Now, as you work on various phases of a project, you can have easy access to all of the content in one place.  In future releases, we will be creating add-ins to popular design software solutions which will further enhance our multi-format capabilities. In addition to multi-format, we were very busy adding additional features:

  • …and More about Multi-Format – If an item can be saved as a file, it can be stored, searched and found on UNIFI. All previous features that dealt exclusively in Revit files will now work with all file formats.

In addition to multi-format, we were very busy adding additional features and bug fixes to this release:

  • Content Requests – files will now live within the context of a Content Request and can be inserted directly from a content request or added to a library.
  • New Preview Image Picker – we updated the custom preview image picker to work with multi-monitor workstations and have a better workflow.
  • C4R Support – we now support inserts & exports from C4R projects.
  • Embedded PDF Viewer
  • Non-Revit Files Will Open in File Extension Associated Program – if user does not navigate away from the file a watch is placed on it and saved changed will automatically be queued for upload to UNIFI as a new revision of the file.
  • Protected Libraries – company admins can designate a library as protected.  Content in a protected library will not be updated unless approved by a company admin.
  • More Type Catalog Upload Fixes
  • Batch Insert Improvements – several bugs with batch insert have been resolved.  Project Browser docked state no longer matters and communication with Revit has been streamlined.
  • Easy Edit is Now Available to Non-company Admin Users
  • Use F5 to Refresh Search Results, File Details, Notifications, etc.
  • Most Text Labels are Now Selectable and Can Be Copy/Pasted to External Programs
  • Project Name Will Be Included in the Connected Program Picker

When you upgrade to 3.0 – you gain access to all of these features above plus high quality manufacturing content via UNIFI Connect which is available in the Subscriptions area of the app.unifilabs.com.  We’ve got several new manufacturers on board, here are a few.

UNIFI Labs Teams Up with ENGworks to Connect Building Product Manufacturers with AECOs

UNIFI Connect to Provide Content Hosting Solution to BIMXchange Users

UNIFI Labs, the global leader in cloud-based BIM content management and creation, is excited to announce a strategic content hosting partnership with ENGworks, an internationally recognized Building Information Modeling (BIM) service and solutions provider. The partnership will support the ongoing growth of UNIFI Connect as the building industry’s premier source for publicly available, quality controlled manufacturer content for architectural, engineering and contractor (AEC) firms.

As a member of UNIFI’s strategic partner network, ENGworks will leverage their strong relationships with leading global manufacturers to help add the highest quality and most in-demand manufacturer products to UNIFI Connect. “ENGworks is a well-respected content creation partner in the building product manufacturing community. We are thrilled to be working with their team to connect the high-quality content they create for leading manufacturers with our AEC customers through UNIFI Connect,” shared Michael Rolnick, UNIFI’s CEO.

As part of the partnership, ENGworks will be retiring their BIMXchange content management system by the end of 2017. All active BIMXchange users will be provided with a nine month complimentary trial of UNIFI’s cloud-based content management, as well as receive support in migrating their content over to the UNIFI platform. Christopher Di Iorio, ENGworks’ CEO, stated that, “We are excited to take our expertise in content and tools and push it to the world’s users through a robust UNIFI platform that services the end user needs.”

About UNIFI Labs

UNIFI is the essential cloud platform to create and manage digital building content. The UNIFI content creation team utilizes a unique blend of industry knowledge and proven expertise to create BIM assets of the highest quality, which are used by the world’s leading design firms. The UNIFI content management platform ensures data consistency and anywhere access to BIM content that is directly integrated into Autodesk Revit workflows. Learn why leading architectural, engineering, construction and manufacturing organizations trust UNIFI as the complete solution for their building content management needs at www.unifilabs.com or contact us at 702.527.6460.

About ENGworks

For almost three decades, ENGworks has continuously developed new processes, tools and services for Architects, Engineers, Contractors, Trade Contractors, Construction Managers, Manufacturers, as well as Owners and Operators. Today, ENGworks is an internationally recognized Building Information Modeling (BIM) service and solutions provider.

Our Goal is to help our clients design and build better projects by saving construction costs and time through implementing the full potential of BIM; we have taken cutting edge technology, sharpened it, and then applied it to everything we know about BIM technology and the AECO Industry.

For more information on ENGworks, and the products and services they offer, please visit: http://www.ENGworks.com/

Media Contacts:

ENGworks: Lance Gardner, lance.gardner@engworks.com, 918.406.5924

UNIFI Labs: Dana Marotto, dana.marotto@unifilabs.com, 415-722-9775

V2.3 Release Notes – Revit 2018 Support & More!

The UNIFI Team has been hard at work to release a new version of our content management solution that’s compatible with Revit 2018 and over 60 new features and bug fixes! We call it v2.3, but we know you are most interested in what’s included – here are a few highlights:

New Features/Enhancements:

  • Support for Revit 2018 as well as previous Revit versions.
  • Batch Insert from Search – You can now insert multiple items into a family by multi-selecting (via shift-click or control-click) from the search results page, right clicking and selecting Batch Insert from the context menu.
  • Insert into Families, not just Projects – we now allow you to insert a family from UNIFI into another RFA.
  • Open Families into the Family Editor – we’re hoping to cut down some steps when editing a family by allowing users to click an Edit button in the file details that will open a family directly in the Family Editor of Revit.
  • Pending Batch Upload Details – We’ve added a little bit more detail to the pending batch upload screen. Thank to Kristina for the suggestion!
  • Inserting Type Catalogs – Added more horsepower behind inserting type catalogs. You should notice a difference when inserting type catalogs of significant size.

Bug Fixes:

  • Bubble burst – In some cases, there was a little bubble shown when hovering over a preview image. Thanks Kenny for pointing that out!
  • Details – We’ve had issues where type catalogs with thousands of types created a poor user experience. As a short term solution, we’ve decided to show a max of 40 types in the file details page.
  • Warning messages – There have been some cases where type catalogs have been dropped from a RFA when uploading a new revision of the RFA and the txt file is not included. We now warn you before uploading to make sure this change is intended.
  • Catalog viewer – Previously when there are existing types in the project that weren’t inserted from UNIFI, we weren’t showing that in our type catalog viewer. We’ve fixed our type catalog viewer to now show those types.
  • Overwriting preview images – Previously when a custom preview image was set for a file and a revision was made, the custom preview image would be overwritten by the revision’s preview image. We’ve fixed it so the custom preview image remains even after a new revision is made.
  • Inserting type catalogs – Added more horsepower behind inserting type catalogs. You should notice a difference when inserting type catalogs of significant size.

Known Issues:

  • Revit 2018 steals focus when using UNIFI 2.0.4 – so be sure to upgrade!

Remember, when you upgrade – you gain access to all of these features above plus high quality manufacturing content via UNIFI Connect which is available in the Subscriptions area of the app.unifilabs.com.  We created a short video to walk you through how easy it is to get this content into your libraries.

We're Hiring

We’re Hiring – BIM Content Developers

UNIFI Labs Employment Opportunities

UNIFI Labs is currently hiring dynamic individuals to join our company!  Do you enjoy the challenge of 3D modeling? Do you like to experiment and push the limits of Building Information Modeling (BIM) technologies? Do you wish there was more quality manufacturer content out there for designers to use? Then this is the right job for you!

BIM Content Developers Needed!

Job Summary – Work with a team to develop large amounts of Revit content (families) with the ability to complete projects within strict deadlines.

Open Positions – BIM Modeling Developer

Job Requirements – Candidates must be able to demonstrate ability to:

  • Prepare 3D product models to be used in the BIM authoring tool Autodesk Revit
  • Ability to understand product cut-sheets and CAD files

Knowledge, Skills and Required Abilities:

  • Novice or Intermediate level Autodesk Revit, 3D Studio Max, Inventor, Solidworks, or Pro-E
  • Must have a strong working knowledge of Boolean Operations, Sweeps, Revolutions and other typical 3D modeling techniques
  • Intermediate level Microsoft Office Suite
  • Novice or Intermediate level ACAD experience
  • 3D ACAD experience a plus
  • Architectural design background a plus
  • MEP design background a plus
  • AutoLisp or other Programming language experience a plus
  • 3DS Max or Maya rendering experience a plus
  • Dynamo visual programming experience a plus

Location – This position is on-premise in Las Vegas, Nevada at our corporate headquarters.

UNIFI labs offers employees and their dependents health, dental, vision and group term life insurance benefits. We offer supplemental insurance and a 401k plan. Paid holiday, sick, vacation and personal time is available and professional memberships and licenses are paid on behalf of the employee. Our salaries are very competitive.

Contact info@unifilabs.com if you are interested – we look forward to hearing from you!

Miele Australia – Forever Better BIM Content

Miele is known for its premium brand of appliances produced in Germany and sold globally.  The company motto, “Imer Besser” translates into “Forever Better” which is a philosophy Miele applies across its entire organization, including the creation and distribution of BIM content.  With the release of UNIFI CONNECT, Miele found that UNIFI was not only able to create superior BIM content, but also deliver this content directly into the hands of designers.

Presentation is Critical

For AEC firms to consider adopting a manufacturer’s content library, consistency in creation is vital, especially for an extensive library like Miele’s Residential and Commercial Product Ranges which encompasses 11 product categories, 137 Revit families and 206 Miele products. Miele turned to UNIFI as a partner to create BIM content that fully captured the functionality, attention to detail, reliability and overall quality inherent to these products. “Miele is well known to have an unwavering commitment to quality in all things we do. Based on our interaction with the UNIFI team and research we did with our clients, it’s clear to us that UNIFI share this ethos and they are capable of delivering products and services in line with our standards,” says Ben Curmi, Head of Project Sales Australia/New Zealand for Miele.

Early on in UNIFI’s engagement with Miele, we identified it was important for the content to incorporate valuable features that provide assistance to designers in arranging, coordinating and validating their designs. These features include:

  • Clearance zones: door swings, rangehood clearance heights
  • Spatial requirements for installation: niches, ventilation zones, cut-outs
  • Reference planes for placement: easy alignment and guidance for cooktop burner offset standards/ building codes
  • Parametric families: models adjustable within actual product tolerances for design flexibility
  • Data access: embedded ‘deep links’ to SKU-specific, online technical information

Appliances are ‘big ticket items’, both when it comes to design and when it comes to BIM content. Building elements like these need to present well in visualization outputs, but just as importantly, the content needs to document well and perform efficiently in a project environment. For example, in high rise, multi-residential projects there may be hundreds of each kitchen and laundry element (cooktops, rangehoods, ovens, dishwashers, microwaves) so models for these fixtures have the potential to have a big impact on how easy the project model is for designers to work with. Although it is standard practice for UNIFI when creating Revit content for architectural elements, it was particularly critical to build Levels of Detail (LOD) into the Miele Revit library with careful thought given to what should be shown at each level in both 2D and 3D based on how the content would need to document and how the content needs to perform from an efficiency perspective.

Following the completion of the Miele Revit library, UNIFI and Miele embarked on a ‘roadshow’ of exclusive launch functions attended by designers and BIM leaders from over 200 of Australia and New Zealand’s most prominent design firms. “During our series of events to launch our new Revit content library, we consistently heard from clients that what UNIFI had created was the single best resource of its type they’d seen to date,” says Ben.

UNIFI also created a ‘Content Overview and User Guide’ for Miele which allowed Miele to communicate the more technical elements of their Revit content directly with their clients.

A Direct CONNECTion from Miele to Designers

As a way of ensuring their Revit content library is easily accessible to designers, Miele made hosting their content on UNIFI CONNECT a major component of their BIM content management and communication strategy. “As a highly innovative manufacturer, Miele frequently develop new products. Being able to communicate updates to our BIM library in real-time with the design community through UNIFI CONNECT is extremely valuable to us,” says Ben.

“Our relationship with UNIFI is key to ensuring we stay at the forefront of innovation as it relates to design technology and providing the right design tools to specifiers. UNIFI’s strong, direct ties to our A&D clients means they acutely understand their needs and how we as a supplier need to be creating and communicating our BIM content.”  UNIFI is committing to ensuring that Miele’s motto of “Forever Better” is carried out through the creation and distribution of its BIM content.

View the pdf of the Miele Success Story and read how other UNIFI customers are achieving success in our Success Stories area.