Are You Learning Or Reviewing Revit? Check out UNIFI’s Brand NEW Revit Button Guide! 

 

As the traditional design workflow is on the path (or in some cases well underway) of transitioning to BIM (Building Informational Modeling), there are multiple challenges a professional in the AECO (architecture, engineering, construction, owner/operator) industry endures to become a certified BIM expert. Among the many challenges that occur while successfully transitioning to BIM, learning Revit tops the list. It is necessary to learn Revit so your organization can take advantage of its many benefits including cost and resource savings, improved communication, and shorter project lifecycles.  Considering the AECO industry is known for its fast moving and is measured on velocity, adopting BIM is especially complicated. UNIFI’s CEO and Co-founder Dwayne Miller, PE, RCDD illustrates the challenges of transitioning to BIM in the perfect metaphor, “how do you change the tires on a car going down the freeway at 100 MPH?”   

On top of the inherited challenges of adopting BIM in a high velocity and busy industry, Revit offers vast and complex functionality which can be quite time-consuming to learn. In fact, it often takes years to become a certified expert in Revit, and continuing education is required as Revit releases a new version every year. Along with the steep learning curve that calls for a significant investment of time, there is a significant cost of $2,000 per year for a single license. Thus, learning and implementing BIM as quickly as possible is a must to realize your investment. Luckily, there are multiple options available either in person or virtually to learn Revit. Most universities offer Revit classes, or you could learn Revit virtually from numerous websites such as LinkedIn, Youtube, and Autodesk itself. Not sure which path you would like to take to learn Revit? UNIFI Labs has created a brief Revit introduction tutorial for you to get started while deciding which learning path is the one for you. You can access the tutorial here. 

As former designers from the industry ourselves, we understand you have limited time to spare and need to focus on what you do best, designing. To help streamline the process of learning and adopting Revit professionals in the AECO industry, UNIFI, the industry-leading content management platform, has created a thesaurus of all the current Revit buttons. In this E-book, you can easily see what each button looks like, what it does, and where you can find it in Revit. Ultimately, this guide makes learning or reviewing the buttons in Revit a breeze. To download this E-book, you can fill out the form below and you will gain instant access.  

Speaking of efficiency and velocity gains, UNIFI is the industry-leading BIM content management platform that saves your designers an hour a day and empowers seamless collaboration across your team. To give your designers more time designing and less time looking for the content they need, click here: Get Started with UNIFI – UNIFI (unifilabs.com)free, today. 

Employee Spotlight – Virginia Senf

 

UNIFI Labs, the industry leading BIM content management platform, is made possible by a team of passionate individuals behind the scenes. Virginia Senf has been an essential UNIFI leader and contributor for well over 5 years. Her initial impact was as a consultant and then in a full-time role as Vice President of Business 
Operations. Her passion for the domain, relentless pursuit of “better” and tenacity in driving excellence for the organization made her move to the role of Chief Operations Officer (COO) a natural progression.  

As COO, Virginia oversees revenue operations and leads UNIFI’s Sales, Customer Success and Marketing teams to ensure we deliver on our commitment of journeying with our customers. In addition, she champions UNIFI’s culture and spearheaded development of “The UNIFI Way” to codify who we are as a team. Virginia leads the internal journey for all our employees to ensure individual development is top of mind and “The UNIFI Way” is consistently lived out across the company. Virginia’s agility in addressing challenges, precision in execution and unwavering dedication to the UNIFI mission makes her an outstanding COO. She is a leader whose influence and contributions positively impact all areas of the business to the benefit of entire organization. 

We recently sat down with Virginia to learn more about her experience at UNIFI, and her favorite parts of leading both our revenue team and as leader for the organization at large!  Virginia shared some of her experience in her own words that are captured below:  

What has your experience been with our company culture?

 Working with curious, passionate, and driven teammates is what gets me up in the morning and our team at UNIFI certainly fits the bill! I enjoy being a part of a team that is motivated by building a better now and enabling a better future for the building industry. I’m consistently impressed by our team’s agility and resourcefulness; I learn something new every day from the team and am continually inspired by our shared growth mindset. 

What are some things you have noticed about our leadership team? 

Our leadership team is the most customer-focused one I’ve been a part of, and I’m grateful for the impact that has on our strategic decisions. Each executive makes time on a weekly basis to engage with customers directly and those interactions ensure that our customers are more than an abstraction to us, instead they’re at the heart of everything we do. 

What parts of our mission do you connect with? 

After years of getting to know the building industry during my time at UNIFI, I’m still regularly amazed at what a feat it is to plan, design and get a building built! The sheer complexity of the workflows and number of stakeholders involved is daunting, the addition of complex technology that often adds data siloes into the mix makes a difficult job seem nearly impossible. I’m so proud of our ability to play a role in facilitating more fluid data collaboration, reducing rework and driving efficiency. We make our users’ lives a little bit easier every day and that’s super rewarding for me.  

What have been your biggest accomplishments to the team? 

Even the best software in the world isn’t useful unless it 1) makes it into the hands of the people whose lives it can make better and 2) is well implemented so that those people know how to use it and are able to unlock the full potential of its value for their business. That was my mission coming into UNIFI, to raise awareness of how our platform can help the industry and ensure we had a best-in-class customer journey. I’m proud of the Rev Ops team that we’ve built over the past five years – the value we’ve been able to deliver is very tangible and it’s had a measurable impact on our customers’ bottom lines.    

Which benefits are your favorite and why? 

The flexible remote working environment is simply incredible. Personally, it’s enabled me to start a family while remaining highly engaged with our team thanks to a work/life balance I’d never have working in an office. As a business, it’s allowed us to tap into a diversity of experience and talent that we wouldn’t have been able to leverage if we were limited to a specific set of geographies. Today’s job market is increasingly competitive, and I think the trust and accountability that our distributed model is built on speaks to the culture of extreme ownership that we’ve built at UNIFI. UNIFI is a human-centric company, and our benefits demonstrate how much we value our team members.  

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

I helped establish Gartner’s Marketing Leaders practice, expanding their actionable technology insights and advice from the IT organization to Marketing. IT no longer holds the largest technology budget in an organization and ensuring leaders across the business have the know-how they need to make the right decisions for achieving their growth goals is extremely critical. We certainly see that shift in ownership of technology decisions extending to the building industry as well. 

What drew you originally to UNIFI? And how has UNIFI changed since? 

I came to UNIFI because of the product. There are a lot of startups out there who are trying to figure out a product that will solve a customer problem, UNIFI was laser-focused on solving a real problem from the very beginning. Since I joined, UNIFI has invested in building a customer-focused organization around that product to ensure that customers are able to maximize the value they’re realizing from our platform. I’ve seen the impact that’s had on customer outcomes and I’m proud of the customer-centric culture we’ve built. 

List a couple of fun facts about you? 

I’m from the land of 10,000 lakes, spend my weekend searching for great coffee shops and bakeries, and then running/hiking the rest of the time to make room for more sweets!  

Wrap Up 

Dwayne Miller, CEO and Co-Founder explains Virginia’s contributions best, “Virginia is an incredible leader for Team UNIFI! We have worked closely together from the start, and it has been among the absolute best experiences in my 30+ year career. Success in software requires holistic focus and ensuring that all areas of the business from finance, product, development, marketing, sales, and customer success are aligned for successful execution and delivery. It’s a lot of work and not for the faint of heart! Virginia gets it and is relentless in her pursuit of getting UNIFI to “better” for both our customers and employees. She is incredibly tenacious and has a mindset that is rare in leaders as she understands when to put on the strategic executive hat while never hesitating to push up her sleeves and dig in as the needs of a burgeoning business dictate! Keeping the customer as the center has always been baked into the UNIFI ethos and Virginia personifies it in all she says and does for the organization… and she does ALOT! ” 

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Did You Miss Out On “Revit 2023: First Look”? Here’s Our Recap…

 

UNIFI Labs has been hosting monthly webinars for years and has become the AECO industry leader in webinar attendance. Our webinars cover numerous BIM and industry topics, intending to educate anyone in the industry or anyone curious about BIM. 

Our most recent webinar on April 12th covered Revit 2023. We chose this topic to help our industry learn about Revit 2023 and the new features that come along with it, in an efficient manner by demonstrating each new feature and discussing how they can help make your organization more efficient in the long run. 

We invited esteemed Revit expert Brian Mackey to host this webinar. Brian has over four years of industry experience and currently is running his own consulting business, helping firms all over the U.S. with any of their BIM problems. UNIFI’s own Karen Pierce co-hosted, who also has years of experience and is UNIFI’s current Senior BIM Specialist. She covered one of UNIFI’s many unique features, versioning, which saves organizations hundreds of hours a year by automatically upgrading your Revit library to the latest version.  

The 1,500 registrants for this webinar particularly came away with: 

• What’s new in Revit 2023, a demo of the main new features, and how these updates can help, today

• What are some features that our community was hoping for in Revit 2023 that remain on the roadmap

• How to automatically upgrade your Revit library to 2023

• Tips and tricks for getting the latest version of Revit rolled out in your firm, plus the pros and cons of rolling the latest version of Revit out immediately

Throughout the webinar we hosted a Q&A session as well, receiving numerous great questions from the audience. The questions were mainly about Revit 2023 and UNIFI which Brian and Karen answered with knowledge and ease. Some of the questions asked were. 

Q: Any updates in Revit 2023 in families? 

A: There are two new MEP family categories, Mechanical Controls and Plumbing Equipment. 

Q: Is there any way to disable the fuzzy result term search settings in UNIFI? 

A: At this time we can’t disable the fuzzy search result when searching in UNIFI but with the use of search filters, you can easily narrow your results. Our upcoming update will have many search enhancements to better find that hard to find content! 

Thank you to all that attended to make it a success, as one attendee even said, “The UNIFI webinar covered a lot more details than the Autodesk Webinar.”   

With all our content, we strive to provide value to help the industry we come from gain efficiency. If you missed out you can access the recording now at the form below, you can access the recording of the “Revit 2023:First Look”. 

A Day In The Life Of A BIM Manager

Have you ever wondered what the day in the life of a BIM Manager consists of or are you a BIM Manager yourself curious how your workload stacks up to others? Are you intrigued about the day-to-day tasks and responsibilities of a job were the AECO projects 20% growth in the next 2 years? The job title of BIM Manager is relatively new but comes from the days of CAD Management and the role is ever evolving. In this blog, we will cover a BIM manager’s responsibilities, how a BIM Manager implements BIM standards, the tools and technology they oversee, and how they handle the huge problem around BIM content management within the role.  

The ideal BIM Manager is a natural leader and self-starter, knowledgeable of every other position in the organization and how they all support each other. BIM Managers will also have a strong technical background that will allow them to synergize with the project stakeholders from site engineers to the design manager and up to the Clients. Being an expert in Revit is just the start when it comes to most firms. Knowledge of AutoCAD, BIM 360, Navisworks and Dynamo may also be necessary when it comes to being a BIM Manager. An average of at least five years of AECO industry experience is also required to take on the role of BIM Manager.

A BIM Manager’s job is extremely complex. They often must think outside of the box and quickly, with creativity and innovation in mind while also fielding many helpdesk requests. At a high level, they act as collaborators between the client’s team, design team, contractor team, and supply chain. BIM Managers oversee the production of project information models which contain 3D visualizations that bring together data, drawings, and schedules associated with the design and construction phase of a project. Some of the day-to-day tasks of a BIM Manager include directing and overseeing the development of automated routines to support standards and productivity, developing periodic training sessions for the design team and other stakeholders, generating and implementing all Revit models at all phases of the projects, using both company or client standards, developing new templates when required and much more. They often are the key decision-makers on what software, workflows, and BIM standards will be used throughout an entire organization, making them an essential part of any modern architecture, engineering, or construction firm. 

BIM standards are the set of rules that define the BIM information structures and processes. A BIM Manager must establish BIM standards for their organization and abide by any relevant international BIM standards. After setting the BIM standards, it is the BIM Managers job to ensure they’re communicated and followed throughout the organization. Part of this entails working closely with other departments in the firm such as QA/QC.

Training and software implementation occurs in other aspects of the BIM Managers role beyond BIM standards. An example of such training is when a BIM Manager finds that a remedial drafting class is necessary as QA (Quality Assurance) is noticing that while standards are being followed, such as using the proper dimension style, line weights, and more, the standards of putting together a drawing set are not quite there. When experienced architects have been putting drawings together for several years, they likely do not want to sit in a “Drafting 101” class. However, with the emergence of BIM it’s necessary to go back to basics for seasoned designers amidst and it is the BIM Managers’ job to coordinate the continuing education opportunities for designers as needed.  

In addition to ensuring BIM standards are met and providing additional training among design staff; handling an organizations BIM technology is a BIM Managers responsibility. To fully take advantage of the benefits of BIM which includes greater efficiency, improved communication among all parties involved in the project, reliable construction costs, and higher quality results, a firm needs to have top-of-the-line software to help them deliver projects as efficiently as possible. A BIM Manager will regularly review which technology is being leveraged and research what is new in the market to make sure they are implementing innovative tools that can help them produce healthier and higher-quality models, faster.

Content management, or the process of collecting, sorting, searching, updating, auditing, and archiving digital content is another huge problem that BIM Managers are responsible for solving in their organizations. An average AEC firm will have thousands or even hundreds of thousands of pieces of content stored in their databases for their designers which can make it difficult for them to find the correct content, manage it, and be able to access it, especially with the trend of remote work or across multiple offices. To optimize efficiency and empower designers to focus on what they do best, designing, a BIM Manager must implement a content management platform such as UNIFI. UNIFI is cloud-based giving design teams the ability to access content anywhere, has stellar search abilities, and with project analytics, users have insights and alerts into the health of their models at their fingertips. A BIM Manager that opts to implement UNIFI can save their designers an hour a day and save thousands every year by using UNIFI! As the notable architecture firm BECA states, “UNIFI makes Revit library management a breeze.” See what else BECA had to say about UNIFI and what our other internationally known customers had to say by following the link to our testimonial page!

As you can see, being a BIM Manager is not an easy role. It takes a lot of arduous work to succeed in this job but having a BIM Manager to oversee the firm’s projects leads to important benefits, including better coordination, efficient time management, reduced costs, higher ROI, and enhanced stability and safety.

Ready to become an even better BIM Manager? Click here to Get Started with UNIFI  today.