UNIFI Connect Ensures Access to Quality BIM Content

UNIFI Connect Bridges the Gap to Bring AECs and BPMs Closer Together

UNIFI, the world’s foremost cloud-based platform for creating and managing BIM content, has partnered with leading global Building Product Manufacturers (BPMs) to establish the building industry’s premier publicly available, quality controlled BPM content library – UNIFI Connect. Leveraging UNIFI’s industry-leading search and expert content creation capabilities, all content hosted on UNIFI Connect meets our stringent, industry-leading content quality benchmarks.  Users enjoy seamless integration of content into Autodesk Revit project models via the UNIFI content management platform.

Up to this point, the prevalence of public content libraries hosting content of varying standards and minimal quality control has presented AEC BIM leaders with a serious challenge in ensuring only high quality content reaches their firm-based content libraries, and in turn, project models. This lack of quality BPM content has inhibited BIM maturity for AECs of all sizes, slowing their project delivery timeline and driving additional costs to their clients.

UNIFI Connect eliminates uncertainty surrounding external content by establishing a trusted source for BPM content, ensuring all content hosted meets UNIFI’s stringent quality standards by passing it through our proprietary content auditing tools. AECs gain access to high quality BPM content is easily accessible and inserted into models through UNIFI’s content management platform. BIM leaders can now be assured the BPM content their designers are inserting into projects is high quality and easy to find, as well as receiving analytics on which products are being used across projects. Additionally, enabled by their industry leading content management system, UNIFI Connect provides AECs with the ability to make BPM libraries private to their designers, so that the BPM content is searchable within their firm-specific naming conventions.

“UNIFI Connect is the missing link between building product manufacturers and AECs, ensuring that high quality BIM content is readily accessible and is safe to be utilized in models, ” says Mark Eslinger, CTO of UNIFI.  “This is a big step in advancing UNIFI’s solutions that bring the building industry together and further the advancement of BIM.”

Drawing on their experience creating content for both AECs and BPMs, UNIFI’s Content Creation team has populated UNIFI Connect with the highest quality and most in-demand manufacturer product categories, based on feedback from BIM specialists at leading AEC firms. As UNIFI continues to grow the selection of BPM content available through its new portal, manufacturers who are interested in making their products directly available to many of the world’s largest and most prominent AECs can contact UNIFI’s Content Creation experts about creating BIM content for their product lines or having their existing BIM content certified at info@unifilabs.com or call us at 702.527.6460.

About UNIFI

UNIFI is the essential cloud platform to create and manage Revit and digital building content. The UNIFI content creation team utilizes a unique blend of industry knowledge and proven expertise to create the highest quality BIM assets along with maximizing the investments in existing assets.  The UNIFI content management platform ensures data consistency and anywhere access to BIM content – across teams and global offices. 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.

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I could write for hours about BIM content in both practical and specific terms, but in this post I want to share just three keys to good management of BIM content.

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UNIFI Acquires IGS BIM Solutions

Global Expansion of BIM Content Creation Capabilities, Depth & Expertise

Las Vegas, NV –  UNIFI Labs, Inc. (UNIFI), the global leader in cloud-based BIM content management and creation, announced the acquisition of IGS BIM Solutions (IGS), Australia’s pre-eminent BIM content creation provider for building product manufacturers (BPMs).  The combination of IGS and UNIFI will transform the entire building industry by providing superior BIM content application insights and development expertise to the BIM content utilized across the entire building lifecycle.

UNIFI and IGS share a mutual commitment to deliver superior BIM content via a deep understanding of BPMs product and value propositions, and integrate this into how architects, engineers and contractors utilize the content.  For nearly a decade, the IGS team has honed its BIM content creation expertise and developed an in-depth knowledge of how BIM content is used across the building lifecycle by providing content services to BPMs, as well as architects, engineers, contractors and asset managers.  UNIFI employs a similar approach to BIM creation, developing high quality content for leading BPMs across the globe. The combination of UNIFI’s and IGS’ skillset, passion and dedication to superior BIM solutions results in purpose-oriented BIM content that better caters to user needs, driving efficiency and enhanced collaboration across the entire building lifecycle.

“We take the time to learn about the BPMs products and consider which elements are important to communicate in a BIM workflow,” says Ben Fox, IGS Founder and Co-director.  “Then, we leverage our content creation capabilities and experience working with content users throughout the design, documentation and procurement phases to develop manufacturer-specific content that better aligns with user needs.”  The result? High quality BIM content that actually gets utilized by the manufacturers’ clients in a project environment, and adds considerable value to various stakeholders at several stages of the design and construction process.  The global coverage of the IGS and UNIFI teams will accelerate content development, while gathering and retaining knowledge necessary to meet the specific needs of BIM content users in various regions.

“IGS and UNIFI share the same commitment to our customers and the entire building industry – that superior BIM solutions enhance collaboration and streamline the building lifecycle,” says Dwayne Miller, UNIFI Co-founder. “Having recently collaborated with the IGS team to deliver a number of Revit content development projects, it’s clear to see why they have earned their global reputation as an industry leader in this field. It was a natural fit for our organizations to come together.”

About UNIFI:

UNIFI is the essential cloud platform to create and manage Revit and digital building content. The UNIFI content creation team utilizes a unique blend of industry knowledge and proven expertise to create the highest quality BIM assets.  The UNIFI content management platform ensures data consistency and anywhere access to BIM content –across teams and global offices. 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.

Library Sharing: A new way to think about your content workflows with design partners!

Recently, we announced a brand new way to think about how you collaborate with outside design partners on content – Library Sharing.  Library Sharing is now officially supported for all UNIFI customers!  It’s been thrilling to see how UNIFI continues to add value to bridge information gaps and foster collaboration across the building lifecycle – first through improving how content is consumed, and now offering new ways that it can be distributed.  

Here are a few ways UNIFI’s Library Sharing is already being utilized:

Joint Venture Workflows – UNIFI has two customers engaged in a multi-billion dollar joint venture that requires a significant amount of collaboration including the sharing of BIM Execution Documents, standards and templates. Sharing content is a natural evolution in that process and UNIFI’s Library Sharing enables this to seamlessly occur.  Staff from both companies particularly enjoy being able to request content for libraries, regardless of who owns the library.

Owner ↔ Consultant – One of UNIFI’s customers is a real estate management firm that literally builds cities.  UNIFI is effectively allowing this firm to create content once, store it in the cloud and provide a single source of objects to any of their preferred design consultants.  This single source of information provides essential consistency to their entire building ecosystem, which is particularly helpful as the firm is constantly rotating through different consultants.  UNIFI is also a win for each consultant because it removes the burden of creating content.

AEC Firm ↔ UNIFI Create Services – Many design firms are increasingly turning to UNIFI to create their BIM content.  This allows firms to specialize in their core competencies – designing buildings – while efficiently meeting the cyclical demand of content creation.  A firm shares its libraries with the UNIFI Create Team, a group of seasoned experts in content creation.  Requests from the firm are easily sent through the Content Request form, providing a complete spec of the content and the content is then completed by the UNIFI team within a day or two and returned to the firm’s libraries.

“UNIFI is the bridge, allowing all of our staff, offices, consultants and clients access to critical content.”   Guy Messick – Interior Architects

These are just a few stories of how customers are currently using Library Sharing.  How will you use Library Sharing?  We’d love to hear your story!

Here’s how it works:

A company administrator can initiate sharing of a library by navigating to app.discoverunifi.com and logging in with their UNIFI credentials.   The user then should navigate to ‘Libraries’.

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(Note, other areas of the portal are still in beta and may not be entirely functional.)

Then click on the link of the library to open up its page:

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The library can then be shared by clicking on the ‘Share’ link:

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The pop up dialog will step you through the process. You will be prompted to select the permissions level (currently, only collaborative is available), designate a recipient email address, enter a custom message and agree to the term of service.

Following this, the recipient will receive an invitation email.  If the recipient is a company admin of another company, they will be able to follow the included link, sign into the portal and accept the invitation. Note, once an invitation has been sent, any company administrator for that company may log in to the portal and accept the invitation, regardless if the invitation was sent to them.  If an invitation is sent to a non UNIFI customer, they will be given the option to try UNIFI.

Once an invitation is accepted, administrators for the company that initiated the sharing will see the shared relationship under ‘Shared History’ and any pending invitations that have been sent will appear under ‘Pending Outgoing Invites’.  Pending invitations and current sharing relationships can be canceled and revoked here on the ‘Sharing’ tab.

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And that is it!  Libraries that are shared with you in UNIFI will appear like this:

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Libraries that are shared with another company appear normal.

Here are some considerations:

  • Library Sharing is part of the core product, there is no additional cost to use it.
  • Only company administrators may set up a shared library with another company.
  • Libraries can be shared with entire companies, not single individuals.  However, that company may choose to allow access with only select individuals.
  • When shared with another company, that company must also be a UNIFI customer to access the library.
  • When that company receives and accepts the sharing invite, the library is available to them in the same way that their own libraries are. Users and groups can be granted access to the shared library and saved searches can be created that reference that library.  In short, the consumption of content in a shared library works identically to ‘owned’ libraries.
  • Content in a shared library (whether you belong to the company that owns the library or subscribing company) can be tagged, rated and favorited like any other content.
  • The owner of a library may share it with an unlimited number of other companies.
  • If another company has shared a library with your company, you are not able to share the library with others.
  • If another company has shared a library with your company, content within that library cannot be added across to your own libraries… but only to other libraries that the same company may have already shared with your company and that you have administrator access to.

If you have any questions about Library Sharing, please contact us.  And, stay tuned for more exciting features from UNIFI.

V2.0.1 Release Notes

We are happy to report a successful 2.0.1 release today!  This release is a minor increment to the UNIFI version but significant nonetheless! Over 100 bugs and requests were addressed, making this one of our largest bug fixing releases ever.  We were also able to deliver on requests made through our customer ideas site.  Six user requests have been marked as ‘Shipped’ that together garnered nearly 50 votes.  You asked and we delivered!

We thank you for your continued enthusiasm for the UNIFI platform!  Items marked in BLUE below came from our IDEAS PORTAL.  Add your ideas today!

Enhancements / Features
  • [UD-326] Enabled partial word searching.  Search terms that match the beginning of words will return those results. (Image)
  • [UD-298, UD-295] Added an option to Auto Start Unifi when Revit is opened.  The option appears in the Unifi Revit Add-In. We heard you loud and clear! (Image)
  • [UD-290] Several improvements have been made to the searching system. Results will be even more relevant. Take that Windows Explorer!
  • [UD-158, UD-98, UD-51, UD-267] Consistency improvements have been made to the interface. Dialogs, buttons, header bars and library selector menus are now more consistent UI wide.
  • [UD-400] The user management page has a new look with improved layout and license usage graph and corresponding user activity table.
  • [UD-300] The tag autocomplete menu no longer is limited by 10 items.
  • [UD-353] Mouse-back button functionality has been added to pages where the ‘back’ arrow appears.

Bugs:

  • If UNIFI is already open and a user clicks on the UNIFI icon (whether taskbar or desktop shortcut), UNIFI will no longer close and reopen.  Thank you D. Uy for reporting!
  • [UD- 264, UD-259, UD-305, UD-400] Several UI bugs have been resolved in the following areas: Library Selector Menu, Notifications column filters and date sorting.  Popup dialogs are now topmost to Unifi only.
  • [UD-401, UD-398] Following upload, some files were not showing up in search results or while browsing. Great find T. Merchel!
  • [UD-261] Elements not compatible with current Revit version were not appearing in search results.
  • [UD-266] Tag searches were case sensitive causing searches such as [Doors] and [doors] to return different results.
  • [UD-358] Saved Searches were not running if searching across libraries with a “ – “ in the name.
  • [UD-288] Some users were receiving messages that they do not have permission to access certain saved searches.
  • [UD-116] Some users were receiving a library permissions error when using individual Saved Searches that search across libraries the users no longer have access to. The Saved Searches will properly search across libraries only the user has access to and prompt the user to edit the search if the user no longer has access to any of the original libraries saved as part of the search.
  • [UD-289] Adding a tag to an In Progress content request caused the Request Content page to open the next time the In Progress request was opened.
  • [UD-313] J. Snyder reported that in some rare cases, uploads marked as approved would revert to pending status.
  • [UD-263] Library admins were able to approve uploads that were only part of libraries they were not an administrator of.
  • [UD-246] The Notifications button on the Library Management page opened the notifications page but didn’t filter the Uploads and Request tables by that library.
  • [UD-311] Users will now see the alert badge on the button for the Notifications page prior to actually opening the page.
  • [UD-292] F. Herbere reported that revision notes to existing elements were not appearing in the File History tab.
  • [UD-422, UD-271, UD-416, UD-385] Resolved several issues with inserting types from the Type Catalog dialog and the dialog itself.
  • [UD-299] Holding Shift while right clicking on an element, followed by clicking the delete button caused a crash. Thank you R. Bell!
  • [UD-327] Multiple categories for the same category were appearing in browse mode.
  • [UD-268] Users were unable to set an element as favorite if the element was part of a shared library.
  • [UD-350] Minimizing the Batch Export dialog caused it to disappear, locking users out of the Revit session. Removed topmost behavior to all applications, it now appears in the taskbar and minimize and maximize buttons have been removed.
  • [UD-233] Shared libraries didn’t appear in the Library Selector Menu until a restart of Unifi.
  • [UD-312] Some drafting views with long names were failing to export to Unifi.
  • [UD-119] Resolved a crash that resulted when inserting a drafting view, and clicking again to insert the drafting view.
  • [UD-290, UD-283] The Unifi temp folder utilized for uploads wasn’t getting purged upon successful upload.
Release Notes

V2.0 Release Notes + Unifi Analytics portal release

We are very happy to announce the release of Unifi v2.0 and the announcement of the new Unifi Analytics portal to public BETA!! This release also includes an industry first – Company to Company Library Sharing! Collaborate around your BIM projects in a new way, with content, providing a more data consistent design for your clients. This is a very exciting release for us and our customers as we further expand the value of the Unifi platform.

 

Release Highlights:

  • Unifi Analytics Portal BETA
    • Unifi in the web, its a intriguing idea… thats what we heard from our customers over the past year so thats what we did! Currently available to Company Admins only with plans to extend to all user types, the Unifi portal is where admins can visualize Unifi usage data from their entire global design force! Analytics, batch tag/library utilities, user management, reports & several other admin focused tools will be available during this Beta release.
    • FEEDBACK – Please provide your ideas to make this product better in our ideas app here: https://unifi.ideas.aha.io/?project=UWP
    • ACCESS – All Company Admins may access the web app here: https://app.discoverunifi.com

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  • Company to Company Library Sharing
    • How do we collaborate around design? Can we make it easier to share design assets between firms so our clients receive design and data consistency from project to project? As a building owner how can I easily share a single federated library of design content to my design partners across the globe? These are the questions our customers were asking and Unifi Company to Company Library Sharing is answer we created to help make our industry more collaborative around content!
    • All Unifi customers may “Share” a library with another Unifi customer for collaboration around projects. Full read/write access is currently available with more access permission rights to come soon. So what are you waiting for, start collaborating easier and provide more consistent designs to your clients!
    • All sharing must be initiated from the Unifi portal.
    • Both the sharing company & the recipient company bust be Unifi customers to take advantage of this feature.

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  • Unifi 2.0
    • Several enhancements have been made to the Unifi desktop client including a replacement to the Alerts screen which has been redesigned as Notifications. Library sharing is now fully integrated and live! Full release notes below.

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Unifi 2.0 New Features:

  • Industry acronyms now use the “OR” operator when being searched
  • Unifi Search > Filter > Category – You can now type a letter and the Family Category list will jump to location in the list. Your mouse scroll wheel will finally get some rest from scrolling through the large list of categories.
  • The Alerts screen has been redesigned and renamed to “Notifications”.
    • A new design with sortable and filterable column headers makes it easier then ever to sort through hundreds of content uploads or requests.
  • File Download – You can now multi-select elements from either the browse or search results view, Right Click > Download. A new dialog will present several options for downloading your RFA’s from the Unifi cloud.
    • Currently only RFA’s are available for download with more element types coming in the future.
    • You can download a single file at a time, or in batch!
  • Unifi now automatically starts with Revit. This has been a highly requested feature for firms who have rolled out Unifi and would like to increase awareness of Unifi across the firm.
    • Please note that Unifi will NOT pull a license from the company pool until a user logs into their account.
  • Single Sign On Enhancement
    • SSO customers will now experience a more seamless integration with Unifi. A new “Authenticate with Identity provider” button is available on the Unifi Login Screen which will allow the user to simply type in their email address. Unifi will then open a we browser based on the SSO choice the company has connected to Unifi’s API. The browser will take over from there allowing the user to login once and the token will be stored for all future Unifi starts until the SSO provider expires the toke. This will now make Unifi automatically log the user in as it starts without any user input of login information resulting in a happier workplace 🙂
  • Login Screen – Email form now has validation to ensure proper email format is entered.
  • Shared Libraries
    • Search – Library selector will now show both Company Libraries AND Shared Libraries.
    • Library Management – Shared Libraries will now display if available
    • Browse – Shared Libraries will now display if available. The library name will be shown with the company name who shared it in brackets; ie. “Furniture Library (ACME company)”. There will also be a shared icon on the tile for quick visual identification that the library is shared with your company.
    • Content Request – Shared Libraries will now display if available
  • Support > Request a Feature – Now takes user directly to the Unifi ideas website
  • Upload Page – Revised design with added selection of Company & Library to distinguish between shared libraries if they exist.
  • Unifi Installer – various updates have been made to the installer and the updater to allow for a better overall user experience.

Exterminated Bugs:

  • Fixed an issue with slow or laggy experience opening the User Management screen when a company has 1000+ users. (Thanks Fergus!!)
  • Fixed an issue in search when the Search Favorites icon does not change when Favorites filter is toggled
  • Resolved an issue when Deleting a library and choosing to Move the content to another library the files were not being moved, rather stuck in purgatory…
  • Adding a tag to content where the tag already exists now triggers a new tag alert to the user
  • Resolved a bug where some users could not be removed from the “Automatic User Group”, this was less than optimal
  • Resolved a bug where file names were being truncated at a period “.” on a revision. This was bad “um kaaay”
  • Fixed some stability issues with Type Catalog files that would not parse due to white space or break lines in our cloud parsing engine.
  • Fixed a bug where Admins could not cancel their content requests, only Reject them which was just silly.
  • Fixed some UI consistency issues app wide, screen widths, text wrapping etc.
  • Fixed a bug where underscores “_” where not being shown in Browse – Small view mode

 

We truly hope you enjoy this release. Thank you to all our great customers who share our vision of organizing, analyzing, and distributing the worlds BIM content!!

The Unifi team is ready for the holidays! Its been an amazing year of collaborating with our customers to identify how we can provide their design firms value and enhance their BIM processes. So many of our customers are doing some really amazing things with technology to assist them with designing & constructing incredible buildings all around the globe. The Unifi team is honored to be a part of a industry that is full of passionate design technologists and practitioners!

 

Happy Holidays to you and yours,

/SG

What Revit Wants

Exclusive: Unifi Gives You Global Content Analytics, Centralized Management and Inter-Company Library Sharing in the Cloud with a Shiny New Web App

Release Notes

v1.8 Release Notes

We are very happy to announce the release of Unifi v1.8. Highlighted in this release is the beginning of our graphic styling project including new colors, logo, and several UI/UX enhancements to make your experience using Unifi more enjoyable and streamline your efficiency!

A new Ideas portal is now live and open to all customers! Your ideas matter, login and start submitting your ideas directly to the Unifi team today. You can vote on other peoples ideas and let the Unifi team know what YOU want us to build next! To top it off a brand new Unfii website has been launched, check it out!

New Login Screen

New Unifi Login Screen

New Features:

  • New logos, color palette, and branding graphics have been updated across the Unifi application.
  • New Unifi Ideas Portal has been launched! Start submitting your ideas today – https://unifi.ideas.aha.io 
  • New DiscoverUnifi website is up and live, check it out here–> https://www.discoverunifi.com
  • Admins can now edit the Library of a Content Request! (Thanks Fergus!)
  • Type Catalogs now display sorted exactly the same way as Revit does. Previously it was sorted per type name by default. (Thanks Ryan!)
  • New User Information button added to the top header bar of Unifi. This will show the currently logged in user and allow them to logout. More features will be added to this button very soon!
  • Dates displayed across the Unifi application have been set to the users local date/time format. (Localization of Data/Time)
  • Added several stability enhancements

Exterminated Bugs:

  • Fixed the Unifi installer to now show the current Unifi version in the Windows Add/Remove programs dialog. Previously it was stuck on v1.6..for some silly reason.
  • Fixed an issue where if a library was removed from an existing saved search the user or admin was never alerted of this. If this scenario happens Unifi will now display a human readable error message.
  • If a user was once part of a User group then removed, they would still have access to that User Groups permissions. We have fixed this so Unifi Admins across the world can now stop pulling their hair out.
  • Fixed an issue where in some cases newly uploaded content would not immediately be shown in searches and browsing.
  • Fixed an issue where some content requests where not showing up for Company Admins. This annoying behavior has been resolved.
  • Fixed an edge case of company saved searches not appearing once all libraries in a company were deleted. This would never happen in reality, but hey we fixed it anyway.
  • Fixed an issue where the sorting options for a saved search were not working. Whats the point of sorting if it doesn’t work?

 

We truly hope you enjoy this release. Thank you to all our great customers who share our vision of organizing, analyzing, and distributing the worlds BIM data!!

The Unifi team is already working on the next release. We will not sleep, sleep is for the weak…and that is making us walk around the office like…the undead.

zombies!!

Enjoy your Halloween!!

Cheers

SG