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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 He saw firsthand how an outdated content management solution could slow down designers, create content inconsistencies and make it extremely difficult to conduct simple searches.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.

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

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!

HASSELL Scores Big with BIM Content Management

HASSELL is a leading international design practice with studios in Australia, China, South East Asia and the United Kingdom.  Architects and design professionals are brought together in virtual teams to assemble the best group for a project, regardless of physical location.  Many projects involve collaboration with other firms and consultants, adding an additional layer of coordination and complexity.  All of these factors add up to HASSELL employing a culture built on collaboration, creativity, and innovation in design thinking and delivery.  This multi-pronged culture drove HASSELL to deploy UNIFI as its single source of BIM content management for its design professionals and beyond.

The Perth Stadium – Multiple Firms, A Single Source of Collaboration

HASSELL has an impressive and exhaustive list of projects where they have put the UNIFI solution to good use – including projects involving only HASSELL employees as well as joint efforts with outside firms.  The Perth Stadium is a collaboration among HASSELL, Cox and HKS to design a 60,000 seat multi-purpose sports facility in Australia.  The stadium’s revolutionary design requires state of the art technology to ensure a free-flow of ideas and collaboration across the project team, managed by Perth Stadium builder, Multiplex, while also maintaining strict controls over the access and use of the BIM content.

A big question with any joint undertaking of this magnitude is how will all the libraries be shared?  The answer – UNIFI library sharing.  UNIFI’s library sharing feature enables project specific content to be securely shared with the globally distributed, multi-firm project team.  A Perth library held only relevant project content and was shared across the project teams at HASSELL, Cox and HKS, making it simple for the team to have a single source of approved building blocks for the Perth Stadium.

Security was another key concern with so many people involved in the project in distributed locations and firms, but HASSELL and its design partners could rest assured with UNIFI.  “The cloud is more secure than file-based solutions,” says Michael Ruehr, Revit Application Specialist for HASSELL. “We have total visibility on downloads and usage.  We were in the dark before UNIFI.”  No more Dropbox, no more email – UNIFI made it simple to share a single source of content that was approved and vetted by the design teams.  “UNIFI avoided a logistical nightmare,” says Michael.  Additionally, when people roll on (or off) the project, access is easily and securely managed through UNIFI’s administrative console.

“UNIFI allows us to work smarter,” says Julia Allen, BIM Manager in the HASSELL Melbourne studio.  Prior to UNIFI, Julia and the other BIM Managers were constantly being asked for content – whether it be a door, window or light fixture.  Julia estimates that 9 out of 10 people now easily find what they need by searching on UNIFI.  There’s an added benefit to these successful searches – less duplication of effort rebuilding content that’s already available.  “We don’t have people screaming for content because it is already in being shared across the company using UNIFI,” says Julia.  “It allows us to have a more efficient and refined library, since we aren’t letting any rogue content in.”

A Winning Formula

HASSELL’s website says, “We judge the success of the buildings and places we design by the way people use and enjoy them.”  At UNIFI, we measure success by how our customers use our solution to meet their goals.  In the case of HASSELL – they’ve pulled off a hat trick using UNIFI — enhancing project collaboration, improving workplace efficiency and deploying a single source of BIM content – which secures them an honorary position on a premier cricket team in the Perth Stadium.

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

Actionable Analytics

Analytics are only as good as the actions they prompt.  As content experts, we regularly provide actionable analytics to help our customers achieve the greatest success with their content.  Take a look at what analytics are available to you on UNIFI, the only cloud-based BIM content management platform:

Search Trends

Do you want to know what content your users are searching for and then what happens when they find it?  UNIFI provides analytic reports that details the most common terms searched for, libraries used, etc. and what the ensuing actions were.  “Which searches resulted in insertions?” or “how far down in the results were insertions made from?” are just a few key questions we provide answers to.  This ultimately allows you to influence the meta-data for better search results which you can modify through UNIFI’s Rename and Batch Tag Management features.

User Activity Reports

UNIFI is completely user based which allows you to understand who your most active and least active users are.  Users office locations can also be set, allowing you to identify locations or specific users that need more attention. You can even identify who may be using “rogue” content by their lack of downloads to the system.

 

Project Insertion Reports

It’s one thing to have a single source of content, but another to understand where that content is being used.  UNIFI provides reports that indicate all content inserted and into which projects.  Additionally, you will see which revisions were inserted compared to what the current revision is.  This allows you to know which projects require updating as you make improvements or critical fixes to content. Also, which projects aren’t receiving any of your standardized content!

Content Insertion Report

Content Insert Report:  This report allows admins to see what projects need content updates and perform damage control when bad content has been inserted into projects.

Content Usage Reports

The average UNIFI customer stores roughly 5,000 elements in the cloud and only about 25% of those have been used.  Are you wasting time maintaining content that isn’t ever used?  With UNIFI, you will understand what content is not used in addition to which content is used the most.

Not all content that isn’t used is bad.  It may just appear bad to your designers or not appear at all!  With UNIFI analytics, you can understand what content hasn’t been appearing in search results or if content is consistently showing up in results but isn’t being used.  This allows you to adjust your meta-data (influence search), preview images, naming, etc.  In some cases, you will also recognize truly irrelevant content and purge out of your library.

Content Quality Analysis Reports

All UNIFI content is stored in the cloud – which allows constant monitoring of key quality aspects – even while you sleep! Our cloud is capable of understanding and reporting parameter, category, imported CAD, etc. information.  This information can then be measured against your own standards.  Understand if you have unused Shared Parameters or how many shared parameters of any given name you have in your library that don’t match the shared parameter from your SP file.

 

Content Quality Audit

Content Quality Report: Details which categories contain imported CAD geometry – never a good thing!

Content Requests

Designers can easily make requests for new content AND changes to existing content directly within UNIFI.  Over time, the reports of these requests will allow you to know what categories of content you have the greatest need for.  Additionally, who your most proactive users are.

Content Ratings

You are busy and need to focus your efforts.  Content ratings in UNIFI allow your users an easy means to provide feedback to your content.  Monitoring the applied ratings helps you know where to spend your time when making improvements to content or creating new content.

Security

Ever wonder how much of your content is walking out the door as employees leave your organization?  UNIFI tracks not only who inserts into projects but batch downloads to local drives as well.  Reports on these downloads allow you to know who and how much content is being downloaded so you can identify individuals wanting to abscond with content.  Additionally, every element stored in UNIFI is embedded with an invisible watermark.  We can help you identify your content if you discover it in the public domain. We know that your content libraries are a significant investment and UNIFI allows you to protect that.

We’ve listed out the top 8 actionable analytics using UNIFI…there are many more and we invite you to add yours to this list in the comments section below.

Learn more about UNIFI Insights here.

And, if you’re not using UNIFI, sign up for a free trial today!

Multi-format Support is Coming!

Yes, it is true! Multi-format support will be coming soon – we’re expecting it to arrive this summer. What does this mean to you? If you can save an item as a file, then it can be stored, searched and found on UNIFI.  That means UNIFI can be your single source for all your digital content – whether it be AutoCAD, Bentley, Civil 3D, SketchUp and more. Here’s a sample of the design platforms and content types that we will be supporting.

Stay tuned for more details!

Attn UNIFI Customers: 5 FREE Licenses to Share with Your External Partners

In today’s connected world, no organization is an island! The design-build-operate framework requires you to work with various firms across the building lifecycle and share information, including BIM content.  That’s why we are offering existing UNIFI customers a unique opportunity to promote collaboration and enhance productivity – 5 free UNIFI partner licenses that you can share with your partners across the building lifecycle.

Already, many of your fellow UNIFI users are sharing access to their libraries with their external partners to make collaborating more efficient than ever – whether it be two firms working together on a joint project, an AEC firm working with an owner/operator who want to speak the same “BIM” language, or a dedicated channel between an AEC and manufacturer to get custom BIM content. Are you ready to join them and put your 5 free UNIFI partner licenses to work?

As you identify which of your external partners you’d like to share UNIFI with, here are some questions you may be asking:

1. Who qualifies for a free partner license?

Any external partner you collaborate with during your design projects. Internal team members at your design firm do not qualify (even if they are based in a separate office!) as you can already invite them to set up a UNIFI account and start accessing your libraries!

Think about AECs who you collaborate with during the design process. Or perhaps the owner/operator you are delivering the final BIM model to. Some of our clients have even established a shared library with their favorite manufacturers so that receiving/requesting new content is easier than ever before.

2. How many free licenses do I get?

You get up to five licenses to share with your favorite partners, but you don’t have to give them all out at once. Feel free to shoot just one or two our way to start with!  You can give one license to each partner, and since we provide you with an open license – multiple people can access that one license (just not at the same time).

3. This sounds great! How can I get my partners signed up?

It’s easy – just contact us at sales@unifilabs.com with their names and email addresses or click the “share your licenses now” button and fill out the form.  We’ll take care of setting up their accounts and help you enable sharing of content libraries. If you’re interested, we’ll also schedule a quick 30 minute UNIFI traning session with you and your partners to help them get started!