Employee Spotlight: Meet Tiffani

For the month of December, we are pleased to feature Tiffani Borgeson, who is part of our stellar marketing team. As the Marketing Content Manager, Tiffani wears many hats, from creating the marketing content to helping with event planning. Her creativity, design skills, and always-on-the-go attitude have helped UNIFI excel at their marketing timelines and goals this year.  

We sat down with Tiffani to get her view on working at UNIFI and what she has enjoyed since she started at UNIFI about a year ago. Here’s what she had to say:  

① What is your current position at UNIFI? 

Marketing Content Manager – I create and publish engaging content that aligns with our sales teams’ goals, and I help align our content strategy with short-term and long-term marketing targets.  

② What has your experience been with our company culture? 

I love it so far! Every team member is friendly, helpful, and willing to go the extra mile to get a task completed and to improve my knowledge about the industry.  

③ What are your observations of the leadership team? 

I have noticed that the leadership team truly cares about their employees and takes the time to learn about each of them; they always go above and beyond what is needed from them to help.  

④ What parts of our mission do you connect with? 

I connect with UNIFI’s focus on accountability and authenticity. I believe these two go hand in hand and are values that we aim for in the work environment and in our personal lives. 

⑤ What has been your biggest accomplishment on the team so far? 

Being able to help plan and run our booth at Autodesk University was a rewarding accomplishment for me, as I have wanted to broaden my experiences and knowledge in event planning. 

⑥ What is your favorite benefit that UNIFI offers? 

My favorite benefit that UNIFI offers is working 100% remote, which allows me to live where I want and makes traveling easy. 

⑦ Before working here, what was an exciting job you had?  

Before working at UNIFI Labs, I worked at a Marketing Agency which provided me with the opportunity to travel across the U.S. 

⑧ List a couple of fun facts about you! 

– I am a major sweets fan (I’ve worked at a chocolate and ice cream store in high school/college)

– I travel to Bermuda often

– I enjoy hiking and kayaking on my weekends 

” Tiffani is so hungry and full of energy. Both her attitude and work ethic are inspiring – she always shows up ready to work hard and fields the many balls thrown her way. Tiffani works fast and is very creative. I could go on forever about the qualities Tiffani possess that I admire, but above all else, I look up to Tiffani’s ability to take feedback and apply it. With her incredible outlook and talents, the sky is the limit for her career and we’re fortunate to have her as part of Team UNIFI.”

We are ecstatic to have team members like Tiffani who are willing to go the extra mile for UNIFI.  If you are interested in a career at UNIFI, follow the link to see all our open opportunities and benefits: Careers – UNIFI (unifilabs.com)

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UNIFI Pro Version: 3.9.6

OVERVIEW

UNIFI Labs is pleased to announce that our 3.9.6 software update is now live! This release contains support for new Appearance Asset Types affecting how some materials display in rendered images and bug fixes to upgrading Revit 2022 and 2023 RTE files.

For more information on this update, please read below and remember you will need to update UNIFI to be able to access this update. Please click here to do so now.

New Functionality

o Support for new Appearance Asset Types for materials in Revit. 

Bug Fixes

o Resolves an issue where material previews weren’t showing up for Revit 2021+ content. 

o Minor fix so that RTE files will be upgraded in the background. 

o Resolves issue with Finland/Denmark users’ ability to login via SSO. 

o Resolves crashing caused by Right-Clicking Column Headers in ‘Detail’ View. 

WRAP UP

Thank you for being a valued UNIFI customer and taking the time to check out our release, which you can access here.  In the near future, you will have the opportunity to earn a UNIFI certification and share your achievement on LinkedIn. Stay tuned for more details!  

Until next time,  if there’s a feature, update, or bug fix you’re hoping for in a future UNIFI release, please don’t hesitate to let us know. 

Irresistible BIM Standards: Webinar Recap 

UNIFI Labs is not only the industry leader for their BIM digital content management platform but also for the number of attendees at each webinar they host.    

UNIFI’s most recent webinar on November 16th covered globally known BIM standards, how they have advanced technologically throughout the years, and the most effective ways to implement them among organizations.  

Adam Simmons (from UNIFI) and Mark Pritchard (from HOK), who both have over fifteen years of BIM experience, discussed the following topics related to BIM standards: 

• Common Data Environment   

• The ISO 19650 Workflow   

• The Right Tools for Implementation of BIM 

• How to Make Implementation of BIM Standards Easy  

• How UNIFI Helps with BIM Standards 

At the end of the webinar, UNIFI’s Product Manager, Karen Pierce, hosted a Q&A to address any questions the audience had during Adam and Marks’s presentation. Some of the questions asked were: 

• “What’s a good source for company training videos?”  

• “How to get leadership buy-in on new tools and software?”  

• “How do you go about harder things such as training, implementing better standards, etc.?” 

Conclusion 

Webinar attendees walked away with a stronger understanding of BIM standards and how to effectively implement them with a team. We want to thank all who attended and helped make it a success!  If you missed out, you can access the recording by filling out the form below: 

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What Happened and Who-dun-it? Pinpointing Problems in Revit Using UNIFI’s Project Analytics 

Managing projects in Revit can often feel like a game of CLUE. For example, your model sync time is lagging, and you may need to figure out what happened and who-dun-it. Was it Professor Plumber with the pipe in an outdated Revit version? Or maybe it was Colonel Construction with the unapproved conduit content.   

In this article, we will show you how UNIFI’s Project Analytics makes it easy to do the detective work and identify what is causing your Revit project to lag. 

Culprit #1: Large File Size 

Once a Revit file crosses a certain threshold in file size, it can make Revit operate significantly slower than usual. One way to ensure that Revit is performing at its absolute best for you and your team is by keeping an eye on file size.  

UNIFI can help you monitor file size by providing you with clear data on which models have received a significant jump in file size. You’ll learn the date the jump happened, which model was upgraded, and its file size. 

You can then go to that specific model and view all syncs for that model, information on the users who worked on it, their Revit version, file size, sync time, date, and time. This helps you identify what caused the significant leap in file size and fix it if necessary.

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Culprit #2: Team Members are Using Different Versions of Revit

Another culprit for a lagging Revit project is when team members are using different minor versions of Revit. If multiple users on a project are working with different minor versions of Revit, it could cause a project to crash.

To help you identify and fix this issue, UNIFI’s Project Analytics can give you information on who is using which version of Revit. You can see who is using which Revit version for a particular model and contact the appropriate person to have them upgrade their Revit installation.

Culprit #3: In-Place Families

One problem you will want to tend to immediately in a project is the overuse of in-place families. These should be used sparingly, but due to their ease of use, rampant placement of in-place families is a common pitfall among Revit users.

Not only are in-place families larger in file size than properly built Revit families, but they also make an entirely new entity of themselves each time they are copied (rather than referencing the information from the first instance).

To fix this, you’ll want to identify these in a project and replace them with Revit families.

UNIFI can help you do this by giving you a breakdown of the types of families in your project. You can also see a breakdown of each element and whether it is an in-place family.

Culprit #4: CAD Imports

CAD imports can also cause some serious problems in a project. A user should never have CAD imports in a file. There may be certain situations when a user might be converting CAD details into Revit, but all of that should be done in a separate file to avoid corruption with line styles or other components.

UNIFI helps list these out for you so that you can quickly find them in a project and remove them.

Culprit #5: Improper Import of Images

Improper import techniques and the use of images can wreak havoc on file size and performance. To keep this from happening, you’ll want to find any images that may be imported multiple times or are no longer in use. 

If you see an image frequently placed in a project, then it might be beneficial to make it a part of a Revit family so that the image can be taken out of the main model.

In UNIFI, you can see all of your images in a project and the number of instances placed to determine whether you need to make adjustments.

Culprit #6: Plan Regions Not Created as Dependent Views

A best practice that tends to get missed with Revit 101 classes is that views with required plan regions should be created as dependent views. If the plan region updates, all views are properly updated. If plan regions are instead copied from view to view, any updates within the plan region are not carried forward to the copied views.

UNIFI can help you see exactly where plan regions may exist in a project so that you can address those immediately.

So….Who-Dun-It?

Sometimes, when you are looking at these issues, you need to determine if it was one specific change that threw things off. That’s when it helps to use UNIFI’s Compare Changes tool, which provides you with a clear display of the total number of changes made on each date:

You can select any dot on this graph to get a list of all changes that were made on that date and who made those changes.

Since this provides you with all information on recent changes (and in an easy-to-organize format), you can consider it your own built-in security camera for a project. You can go back and quickly access “footage” of what happened and reach out to that individual to correct the changes, if necessary.

Conclusion

It can often feel overwhelming trying to find out what exactly caused issues with your project in Revit. UNIFI makes this a hassle-free process for you. Our tools help you quickly identify exactly what is causing snags with your project so that you can fix them in no time.

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Avoiding a BIM Content Multiverse: Keep Your BIM Content from Turning into Chaos  

With multiple team members working on multiple pieces of your BIM content, things can start to feel a little out of control. You can have the same piece of content floating around as different pieces of content, almost like it exists in a Marvel multiverse. There’s no trackable history of content and revisions made, poor or unapproved content is uploaded into libraries, and team members are wasting time uploading content that’s already there. All of this can waste time and money.  

In this article, we offer some suggestions on how to reduce the Revit chaos. 

Make it Easy for Team Members to Find Content  

If it is difficult for your team members to find a piece of content, then they may assume it’s not in the library and will upload a new version. Not only does that waste time, but it also leads to multiple pieces of the same content floating around in your library. Team members are then confused as to which version is the accurate version.  

You can minimize this by simplifying your folder and subfolder structure. However, that still leads to a lot of hunting on the part of your team. An even better option is to use a BIM content management system, ideally, one that allows you to search and filter content by criteria such as type name, parameter value, tags, library, etc.  

Track Revisions to BIM Content   

A clear revision history of your BIM content can save your team the hassle of going back and forth to determine whether they have the latest update and why certain revisions were made to that piece of content. A revision history is also useful for BIM managers because they can clearly see what updates have occurred in the past (and why) and determine what still needs to be updated.  

Simply put: a revision history for your BIM content gets your entire team on the same page.  

Control Who Can Modify Libraries  

You can also create content clutter if everyone can modify, add, and remove content from your libraries.   

To help keep your BIM content manageable, we recommend that you appoint specific library admins. These admins have control over modifications made to your content and libraries. Although standard users may suggest what to add, revise, or remove, the decision to do so is ultimately up to the admins. This helps keep your libraries from spinning out of control.  

Create a Streamlined Process for Approving Content  

When there isn’t a solid process in place for approving BIM, then poor, unapproved content gets loaded into libraries. On the other hand, having a clear system for approving and vetting uploaded content can save your team members a lot of confusion.   

Those uploading content should be able to easily add files and provide notes to the team so that all understand what changes have been made and why.  

Make It Easy for Team Members to Submit Content Requests  

Another way to cause content chaos is by lacking a clear system for submitting content requests. Team members and BIM managers waste time and resources going back and forth to collect information on the requested content.  

To simplify this process, implement a system in which team members can easily request content and even include additional information, such as design details and notes for BIM managers. This helps to clearly indicate to team members if a request is approved, denied, or being worked on.  

Protect Your Content  

You can also lose control of your content if it isn’t protected. For example, if you’ve purchased a particular Revit family, you don’t want to distribute that to another firm for uses outside of your project because that may violate the terms of your purchase.   

To protect your data, ensure that you store content in a system that guarantees the security of your data. You also want to use a system that shares easily with other firms, while still giving you control over user permissions. Save Time Finding BIM Content Using These Saved Search Ideas – UNIFI (unifilabs.com)

Conclusion  

It probably feels a little daunting trying to hold all your BIM content together and keep it under control (my mind instantly goes to the image of Spiderman holding together a train using only his webs):  

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But it doesn’t have to be that hard. UNIFI software makes it easy for users to find content, track revisions, manage users, upload content, submit and approve content requests, protect content, and more. 

Many of these tasks can be done in a matter of minutes (or even seconds).   

Are you ready to save your BIM content multiverse? Click here to get started.  

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UNIFI’s Top Of Content 2022 

 

For a year that saw the world adjusting to the new normal and the aftermath of COVID-19, it is safe to say that many of us spent a lot of time on the internet. The AECO industry was kept up to date with the latest BIM and UNIFI news, industry facts, and giving insight on what goes behind the scenes at UNIFI thanks to the marketing team. With this constant production of marketing content such as webinars, blogs, infographics, and one-pagers, it’s safe to say the AECO Industry was always kept in the loop. 

To look back at all the content made in 2022 and celebrate the beginning of 2023, we have created a list of our top content in 2022. Listed below, you can see the top ten content UNIFI has created in 2022. 

1. BIM Bible – UNIFI’s BIM Bible e-book defines all of the BIM terms for your organization. 

2. Revit 2023 Webinar – This particular webinar showcased the new features of Revit 2023 and how to use them. 

3. Back To Basic’s Webinar – This webinar reviewed BIM acronyms, jargon, and terminology while discussing real-life examples. 

4. UNIFI Admin Certification – Put your UNIFI knowledge to the next level and take our admin certification test. 

5. Market Research Results Infographic -Read all about UNIFI’s annual market research survey results with their infographic. 

6. Ryan Case Study – See how Ryan has implemented UNIFI within their organization. 

7. Content Audit One Pager – Learn about UNIFI’s content audit and how your organization can obtain one for free! 

8. Onboarding One Pager – Are you thinking of joining the UNIFI platform trend? See how their onboarding has a 9.8/10 rating. 

9. Revit Buttons Guide – UNIFI has created a thesaurus of all the current Revit buttons for newbies in the industry or if you would like a refresher. 

10. ROI Calculator – To help show you the potential of UNIFI’s ROI, UNIFI has created an ROI calculator for you to determine what your firm’s ROI could be. 

Interested in obtaining this top-tier content that UNIFI has created? To make it easier, UNIFI has created an infographic with links to each piece of content. To obtain it, all you need to do is fill out the form, and you will receive it instantly. 

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Webinar Recap: The 3 Key Ingredients of A Productive BIM Strategy 

UNIFI Labs, Ideate Software, and Eagle Point Software are best tools to leverage if you are in the AECO industry, So, it was a no-brainer to collaborate and create a joint webinar to display all their top-tier knowledge about BIM. More specifically, on how to create a productive BIM strategy.  

“The 3 Key Ingredients of a Productive BIM Strategy” webinar was hosted on October 19th at 11 am PT. It was a must-see for anyone in the AECO industry responsible for developing, updating, or contributing to BIM strategies. Each organization had its take on productive BIM strategies and how their software helps with efficiency and organization. The attendees gained this knowledge listed below from each organization.  

Ideate Software: Richard Taylor of Ideate Software went over a short demo of how to use their Revit add-ins to increase productivity and improve model quality by automating time-consuming and error-prone manual tasks. On the main display was their newly enhanced Automation health-check tool.  

UNIFI: UNIFI’s BIM expert, Karen Pierce, discussed how to use their leading BIM content management and analytics platform to save time by organizing, accessing, and managing BIM and digital building content—keeping the crowd highly entertained with multiple short demos of how to use UNIFI and the platforms top features.  

Eagle Point Software: Steve Biver from Eagle Point Software talked about increasing user buy-in of new software and the effective use of existing software, and most importantly, learning new things across one’s organization and an organization’s learning strategy. Specifically, the Pinnacle Series is a leader in eLearning, knowledge capture, and sharing.  

The webinar was just as successful as everyone expected. Not only UNIFI but Ideate Software and Eagle Point Software can say with pride that they strive to provide value to help the industry they come from gain efficiency. If you missed out, you could access the recording of “The 3 Key Ingredients of a Productive BIM Strategy” by filling out the form below. 

 

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Try Our Admin Certification

Suppose you are using UNIFI daily as an Admin and want to show your current or future employers that you are an expert at it. If that’s the case, you’ll want to check out UNIFI’s newest Admin Certification (link). Getting UNIFI-certified shows your current or potential employers that you are an expert Admin when it comes to using UNIFI’s content management platform. 

In the fast-paced, heavily software-based BIM Industry, certificates can sometimes be better than a bachelor’s degree because they are more specialized and focused on a certain software or skill set. When you obtain a certificate like UNIFI’s, you can demonstrate that you are a trained professional in UNIFI’s content management platform.  

Here are some possible benefits to getting certified as a UNIFI Admin: 

Higher Pay – Many employers will give higher pay to candidates who have obtained specific certificates like UNIFI’s. This pay increase is because these job candidates won’t require as much on-the-job training as those without certification.  

Advancement Opportunities – If you love your job and want to advance in your career, then deepening your understanding of the newest technologies, like the industry-leading BIM content management platform, can be why you get a promotion.  

Competitive Advantage   

Stand out among competitors with a certification that demonstrates a more effective method for managing BIM content. 

Boosting Your Firm’s Efficiency   

UNIFI’s certification will equip you to control implementation, train your users properly, and provide additional transparency in understanding the level of adoption among your users. 

 

Ready to get UNIFI-certified? The process of getting certified is easy. Simply sign up and take our Admin Certification. You’ll learn effective strategies for content management and user management. You’ll then take a test with 20 multiple-choice questions that you have 30 minutes to complete. Once you pass with a score of 70% or higher, you are a certified UNIFI Admin.  

You can get UNIFI-certified today by clicking on this link: UNIFI Admin Certification – UNIFI (unifilabs.com)

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A Better Way to Share Your BIM Content with Other Firms

Sharing is complicated. Ask my 4-year-old. Sharing BIM content can seem even more complicated.  

When working with other firms, the amount of control and access you want them to have over your BIM content can vary significantly.  

For some, you might feel comfortable passing over the reins.  

For others, you may want greater control over what others can add, update, or even delete. 

In this article, we show you how UNIFI makes it easy to share with other firms while still feeling in control of your content.  

Adding Users to Your UNIFI Account 

One way to share UNIFI content with other firms is by adding their users to your list of users. You would then be able to grant or limit their access by adjusting their permissions in UNIFI.   

This gives users access to UNIFI’s many features such as content requests, library permissions, and the pending/approval process for uploaded content. 

With this option, content must be approved before it can be added, thus giving you greater control over what gets added to your libraries. 

Sharing a UNIFI Library with Another UNIFI Customer 

If the firm that you are working with is also a UNIFI customer, then you could share your UNIFI library with them 

The companies that you share with also become Admins of the library you share. This means that they can further manage who has access on their side as well as manage content requests and uploads.  

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You may also use the “Protect Library” feature to make this library only editable by each of your Company Admins. 

This can be a great option when acquiring another firm and its content because you can see the library as separate in the shared libraries section and still manage content from both sides. 

Share Content Using Private Channels 

If the firm that you are working with is a UNIFI customer, but you do not feel comfortable with sharing a library with them, then you could also create a private channel that includes your content. 

Private channels give users access to your content as only a consumer of the content, with no ability to make changes to your library. 

This might be ideal if your firm is going to control and administer all the content. For example, this can be useful for owners who work with the same content across multiple projects with multiple architects.

Sharing Content Using Public Channels

You could also share your content by creating a public channel. Content in this channel is accessible to all UNIFI users who subscribe to it. Many of our partners utilize this feature to allow them to share manufacturers’ content.

Just like it is with users of private channels, users of public channels can only be consumers of the content and cannot make changes to your library.

Conclusion

At UNIFI, we get that your sharing needs may vary based on the project, firm you are working with, and more. UNIFI can spare you the headaches and make it easy for you to control who has access to what.

Ready to start sharing better with others? Click here to get started and book your live demo today. 

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Recap AU 2022

As you hopefully know by now, Autodesk University is a yearly event that is a premier learning and networking destination for AECO professionals worldwide. We were thrilled to both exhibit and speak at AU this year and connect with our outstanding colleagues, friends, and customers for the first time in 5 years.  

When team UNIFI arrived at the New Orleans Morial Convention Center, there was some idea of what to expect, but as usual, Autodesk University blew the team away. Every day was a different experience with breaking-edge technology and intellectual talks featuring critical players in the AECO industry (including UNIFI’s own Dan Reid).  

Some key events that took place during AU were the Autodesk Excellence Awards, Tech Trends: The Promise of Platform and Digital Transformation for People and the Planets, the daily classes that helped transform your team with the newest industry knowledge and trends, and the session were the Autodesk President, and CEO Andrew Anagnost spoke on how moving collaboration—and our data—to the cloud can help create the right solutions. Watching the speakers go over each topic made everyone in the room open their mouths with awe as they all took in new knowledge and technology.  

Beyond that, the show floor was a huge hit full of bright minds and awesome solutions that have revolutionized. UNIFI’s booth quickly became known as the booth to stop by as we were offering demos that featured our soon-to-be-released cutting-edge V4 software (more details to come 😉) and the fact that we were hosting a $200 Door Dash gift card giveaway. Having eight of the UNIFI team members at the booth still wasn’t enough to handle the crowd, so UNIFI brought in the leadership team to help. The whole team was ecstatic to see not just prospects but customers from leading AECO firms such as MG2, PCL Construction, SSOE, and many more stop by. Journeying with our customers is what we’re all about, so the opportunity to see them face to face was one of our greatest highlights. 

We wrapped up AU with a panel discussion featuring UNIFI’s CTO Dan Reid. The audience was full of current customers, prospects, and attendees interested in learning about the cutting-edge technology in Autodesk’s app store. Dan was grateful for the opportunity to discuss UNIFI today and what the near future holds. We asked an audience member for feedback on the talk and were thrilled to hear, “I was on the edge of my seats, and confident in where UNIFI is headed.” 

Our wonderful experience at Autodesk University this year reinforces that it is an absolute must to attend if you are in the industry. Thank you to Autodesk and our wonderful customers and colleagues for making Autodesk University 2022 a huge success. 

 

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