Making the Design Process Collaborative!

Making the Design Process Collaborative!

A little over a week ago, Autodesk University was held at The Venetian in Las Vegas and thousands of people gathered to listen to Autodesk executive management provide their perspectives on the forces shaping the world of design and design technology and how Autodesk plans to address them.

One statement that caught my attention was made during the keynote address by Carl Bass, Autodesk CEO (@carlbass).  He stated that Autodesk is making a radical shift in their mindset about design software: “We are changing from building tools for people to building tools for teams,” he says.

That’s quite a tectonic shift for Autodesk! Autodesk is now moving from desktop to cloud-based solutions to address the needs of both individuals and teams.  Unleashing the power of the cloud to foster collaboration holds huge potential for improved productivity and enhanced quality.

This is exactly what UNIFI Labs set out to do from day one when we released our cloud-based Content Management Solution. Cloud-based content management is the cornerstone to enable effective collaboration among people and teams.

Quality content is very hard to generate and even harder to maintain. In the past, these challenges forced designers to only trust their internally generated content and save it carefully (i.e., tuck it away in file folders) on hard drives or servers. This process allowed individual designers to “secure” the quality of the content on a single machine, which created ever increasing barriers to sharing content among teams, offices and across the building lifecycle.

We’ve seen firsthand that freeing content from the shackles of file folder opens up a wealth of opportunities.  First, the cloud enables a company to set and enforce content quality standards without slowing down individual designer’s work. Second, teams can now share content with one another without fearing of losing control over its quality.  And, they are able to access the content whether they be in the office, or the field, from anywhere.

Lastly, the cloud provides users with the freedom and security to share content beyond the boundaries of their own company. Many of our customers utilize library sharing capabilities to share content with partners when the project spans designers from multiple firms as well as with their partners across the building lifecycle. This level of inter-company collaboration is very exciting and holds huge potential for benefits to the industry as a whole!

Pushing the envelope further, UNIFI announced at AU that customers will soon be able to subscribe to manufacturer libraries that have been vetted by a robust quality control system.  This offering, combined with existing features of the UNIFI platform – structured content request form and workflow, content ratings, and sophisticated usage analytics – fosters unprecedented collaboration between designers and manufacturers.

You can read more about this exciting initiative here: http://unifilabs.com/news/unifi-manufacturer-content-portal-ensures-access-quality-bim-content/

We are excited that Autodesk is embracing the power of the cloud just as we have been doing to accelerate BIM advancement and enhance collaboration across the building lifecycle.

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UNIFI Connect Ensures Access to Quality BIM Content

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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UNIFI Accelerates BIM Advancement To Drive Business Benefit

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UNIFI Strategy Library Audit Increases Value of BIM Content

While there is no panacea for building industry BIM content and libraries, UNIFI continues to lead the evolution by building out the tools and analytics that enable AECs to optimize their BIM investment.  The release of UNIFI’s new Strategic Library Audit accompanied by a robust set of usage analytics is the next step in the BIM maturity journey.  The Audit reviews your current BIM content standards & library strategy to provide a strategic roadmap for improving the overall quality & productivity of your content library.  The analytics provide unique insights into what content is used, how often, by user and by project.

AEC firms have made substantial investments in BIM and the industry still struggles with BIM process challenges and strategies for extensive, quality-controlled content libraries.  The cost of “bad” BIM content adds up quickly – whether it’s difficult to find, near impossible to place; does not document or schedule, fails to coordinate correctly or even causes project models to crash – bad content impairs project productivity and adversely impacts the bottom line.  UNIFI’s Audit accelerates BIM advancement by assessing the current state of your BIM content, identifying potential problem areas, and providing an actionable plan for improvement.  Advanced BIM organizations enjoy a wide range of benefits through consistent documentation and standards, including enhanced project efficiency and streamlined coordination with partners, and project risk mitigation.  By leveraging the power of UNIFI’s cloud, AECs gain an essential understanding of their BIM content’s quality level and are also able to access that information on-demand as libraries evolve.  AEC’s are driving their business forward by converting quality content into Augmented Reality & Virtual Reality renderings for clients, thus transforming themselves into data providers so owners & operators can better construct and manage their buildings,

“UNIFI is committed to providing our customers with tools and resources to ensure that their investments in BIM are fully realized” says Ben Fox, CTO of UNIFI Create. “Ensuring that BIM content libraries are consistent and aligned with firm-based standards not only increases the productivity of a firm, but of the industry as a whole.”

National BIM Manager for Jasmax, Melanie Tristram says “Having access to a service that interrogates significant volumes of content and generates reports identifying areas for improvement is a highly valuable prospect”.

Take the next step in the BIM evolution in partnership with the proven expertise and leadership of UNIFI. To assist AECs in optimizing for BIM maturity, UNIFI is offering a free one hour consultation to assess the quality of your BIM content library. And, as an additional incentive, any content services identified during that Audit will be given a 30% discount if you engage with our content creation team before November 30, 2016.  Contact us 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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