Benefits of the BIMsmith Integration for UNIFI Users

Did you know that UNIFI Pro users have access to hundreds of brands for manufacturer BIM content through manufacturer channels directly in the desktop application? We make it easier for users to find and load quality Revit families from leading brands such as Legrand, Herman Miller, Grundfos, Knoll, Mitsubishi Electric, Zurn, and more.

Last week, we announced the addition of a new partner, BIMsmith, which provides hundreds of new content to our users. BIMsmith is one of the leading websites which provides a robust product database for building professionals who are looking for BIM content to add to their projects.

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BIMsmith content is now as easier to find and load into projects.

By using UNIFI Pro, users no long need to download Revit families and CAD blocks through their web browser. With a single click, UNIFI downloads the content from the cloud and loads it into your current project.

UNIFI’s intuitive search functionality allows users to find content by keyword or parameter value. By selecting any number of BIMsmith’s channels, you now have the ability to find Revit families across multiple manufacturers inline with your firm’s internal assets.

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Improved Visibility of BIMsmith Parameter Data

Within UNIFI Pro, users will now have the ability to review the parameter data within BIMsmith’s Revit families without the need to download or open the family in Revit. All parameters and their values are visible directly in the UNIFI Pro application.

BIMsmith Content is Now Available in UNIFI Pro

For current customers, the BIMsmith content is available at no charge today. Simply navigate to your subscriptions page in the web portal and scroll down to the BIMsmith section to subscribe to each manufacturer channel as desired. Once you’ve subscribed to the desired channels, your team will have the ability to find and use BIMsmith content in their projects.

If you’re not a current customer and want to learn more about implementing UNIFI Pro at your firm, please contact sales@unifilabs.com.

BIMsmith and UNIFI Integrate to Enhance AEC Industries Access to Manufacturer Content

Las Vegas, NV, November 2019 – UNIFI Labs is proud to report on a year of accelerated growth. We’ve achieved many key milestones in 2019, including a 98% customer retention rate and surpassing 10,000 monthly active users on our platform. We attribute these achievements to our commitment to journeying with our customers on the path to Better BIM, consistently placing our customers’ needs, goals, and experience at the forefront of our focus. In order to further support our goal of enabling our customers to get the most out of their investment in the UNIFI platform, we’ve joined forces with BIMsmiththe leading product database for building professionals, to provide an expansive new collection of BIM content resources to UNIFI customers 

As a result of this partnership, the extensive selection of BIM content from the world’s leading building product manufacturers hosted in BIMsmith Market is now available at no additional charge to UNIFI’s AECO customers through UNIFI Connect.  Access to quality, accurate BIM content and data continues to be one of the leading inhibitors keeping design firms from realizing the full ROI of their investment in BIM workflows and technologies. Through our integration with BIMsmith, not only will UNIFI customers have access to an increased amount of manufacturer BIM content, they’ll also greatly benefit from the real-time sync of content data between our two platforms which ensures that the latest and most accurate building manufacturer product data is being placed in their projects.  

For the manufacturers who make their content available on BIMsmith’s platform, the process of loading the Revit families they’ve created into a project is greatly streamlined for AECOs accessing the content via the UNIFI add-in, as a modeler will no longer be required to download and load families into a project. BIMsmith’s manufacturers will benefit from increased exposure, as their products will be available to the leading design firms leveraging UNIFI as their single source of approved BIM content, including Stantec, HDR, IA and HOKBenjamin Glunz, CEO of BIMsmith said, “The building design community has so much to gain when we put out heads together. We’re thrilled to work with UNIFI to offer building professionals faster, more reliable product data.”   

Dwayne Miller, CEO and Co-Founder at UNIFI Labs added, “From our first interaction it was clear we share a common ethos, as both BIMSmith and UNIFI come from the domain and have intimate context for the challenges our customers face.” Dwayne continued, “Coming together was very natural and as partners we can provide more value to the industry we collectively serve. We are excited to work together to help our constituents accelerate delivery and increase velocity in their BIM journey.” 

Interested in learning more about BIMsmith? Please call (224) 505-4246 or visit www.bimsmith.com. To learn how to access BIMsmith’s content in UNIFI and try out the rest of our platform features, please visit our blog post contact us at sales@unifilabs.com 

About BIMsmith® 

BIMsmith, the leading cloud-based building product discovery and selection platform, cultivates global business-to-business relationships between building industry professionals and building product manufacturers. Through direct integration of real product data into the BIM workflow, BIMsmith continues to shape the future of building science technology, placing its clients at the forefront of BIM innovation while addressing the true needs of industry professionals. Learn more about BIMsmith at www.bimsmith.com. 

About UNIFI Labs 

UNIFI Labs is the global leader in cloud-based BIM content and data management. Our essential data platform delivers a Better BIM experience by helping users navigate the DARK BIM. Hundreds of brands trust UNIFI for their BIM content/data management needsincluding  Interior Architects, Katerra, Stantec, HOK, Legrand, and Pella. 

Shared Parameter Management

Whether you’re just starting out your Revit journey or a seasoned professional, you’ve most likely worked with shared parameters in some capacity. Almost every Revit user has experienced some level of frustration when working with shared parameters and one of the most difficult hurdles to overcome is the management of the shared parameter files themselves.

Challenges When Working with Shared Parameter Files

Autodesk requires Revit users to create and store their shared parameters in a text file. This text file is a tab-separated values (TSV) file which is structured specifically so that Revit can process the metadata about each shared parameter. This metadata includes globally unique identifiers (GUIDs), names, groups, data types, and more.

The simple fact that we are required to manage these parameters in a plain text file introduces several complications including:

•Sharing this text file with a large group or multiple offices

•Multiple and duplicate text files

•Duplicate or conflicting shared parameters

UNIFI Can Help Manage Your Shared Parameter Text File

The good news is, as of UNIFI Pro 3.4 and Portal 2.11, our users now have the ability to manage the text file which contains their company’s shared parameter definitions. This tool is included with a license of UNIFI Pro at no additional cost.

Shared Parameter ManagementLet’s look at a few ways that this tool can help you maintain your shared parameter file.

Staying Up to Date

We want you to be sure your team has access to the latest and greatest shared parameters easily, so we’ve enabled the ability to “sync” the shared parameters that are defined in the cloud with the shared parameters for each user that are stored locally.

The new Update Shared Parameters button (as of 3.4.0) on the UNIFI tab will display a red badge over the icon to notify your team if there are changes to the shared parameters in the cloud. Simply click this button to download the current shared parameter file from the cloud and point Revit to that local copy.

Shared Parameter Management

Once a user clicks this button, UNIFI Pro will download the updated shared parameter file from the cloud and store it locally on the user’s desktop at C:\Users\CURRENTUSER\AppData\Local\UNIFI Labs\DiscoverClient\. This tool also points your Revit application to the shared parameter file that was downloaded.

Shared Parameter Management

Also note that when viewing shared parameters within Revit, your application is already pointing to the shared parameter file downloaded through the UNIFI add-in.

Shared Parameter Management Catch Conflicting/Duplicate GUIDs

As updates are implemented to the shared parameter file, admins will have the ability to upload a new file. UNIFI will automatically compare the current shared parameters with the shared parameters in the uploaded text file and check for duplicate GUIDs. If any conflicts are found, the Resolve Conflicts window will appear, allowing the uploader to choose which version of each individual parameter should be maintained.

Shared Parameter ManagementUpdate History and Version Control

We’ve given our users an easy way to maintain a historical record of changes to the shared parameters as well. Simply navigate to the Update History tab in Portal and you will see the history of all changes made to the shared parameters.

Hover over any version of the shared parameter file and the actions menu appears which allows admins to download, restore, or delete any version of the shared parameter file. Deleted versions of the text files can be retrieved using the Show Deleted Versions button in the top right of the screen.

Shared Parameter ManagementEditing Parameters

In addition to uploading shared parameters, admins can also edit parameters directly in Portal to rename, change the assigned groups, edit the descriptions and more.

Shared Parameter ManagementCompare Changes Between Versions

As part of a complete change management system, admins also have the ability to see what has changed between two versions of the company shared parameters.

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Select two versions in the Update History to enable the Compare Selected Versions tool. This highlights any shared parameters that have been changed, added, or removed and displays the old (-) and new (+) values of each shared parameter that has been changed.

Shared Parameter ManagementAdditional Features to Come

While this tool already provides value in helping manage your firm’s shared parameters, you can be sure that there are many more features to come in future releases. Our roadmap for this tool includes the ability to create new parameters directly in Portal, define parameter templates, and beyond. Please be sure to subscribe to our blog to get updates on the latest with Shared Parameter Management at UNIFI!