UNIFI’s Standard Search feature makes it easy for you to find content and load it into a project because it allows you to search by fields, tags, or Revit parameter data.
Let’s say that you’re a designer and you’re looking for a Revit family to put into your project. In this case, you want to add a chair.
First, you’ll click on the magnifying glass in the upper left-hand corner of the screen.
Next, you’ll type in “chair.”
The platform defaults to the most-recently searched library; however, you can easily edit default search libraries and channel subscriptions by selecting the grey box to the left of the search bar and indicating where you’d like to search.
Next, click on Search Fields. UNIFI will be looking for the word “chair” in its File Name, Family Type Name, Family Category, Material Class, and Tags. Uncheck as needed to not search those Fields. You can also search by Revit Parameter (which you’ll learn about in the next section).
Once you’ve confirmed the Library Selection and your search criteria, you can then press Enter to view your results or click on the Magnifying Glass to the right of the Search Bar.
If you click on the view icon in the upper right side of the screen, you can change how your search results appear. You can display your results in a Grid, Row, or Detail layout. In a Grid or Row display, you can view the metadata for your content results.
This tells you star ratings, tags, which libraries it belongs to, and more. If you need more information on this chair, you can click on the name to view more.
You can click on the tabs to view the different family types and their parameter data before bringing it into your project or even opening it in Revit.
Once you’ve confirmed that this is the family that you want in this project, you can click on the thumbnail image.
UNIFI then downloads that family from the cloud and loads it into your current Revit project.
It immediately puts you into the placement view in Revit to allow you to place the family into your project.
You can use your cursor to select where you want that family in your project.
Once you’re done, you can hit escape to return back to your search window
Search by Parameter Data
Another way to find content is by searching by parameter data.
You can conduct a granular search through Revit family data using the Search Revit Parameters feature.
With this feature, you can search for a specific parameter value or find all content where a specific parameter exists.
For example, select Search Revit Parameters just below the search bar.
Under Parameter Name, put “Voltage” and under Parameter Value, indicate that you want “120.000 V.”
And now you can view the results based on that parameter data.
Heads up–if you go to do a new search, it will automatically save the search parameters. If you do not want to search those parameters, select Search Revit Parameters and clear that content.
Let’s look at one more example. In this case, let’s say that you are an engineer and you’re looking for a pipe.
You’re going to type “pipe” into the search bar.
Remember that you can click on the title to review some of the parameter data. In this case, you know this is what you want, so you can simply click on the thumbnail image here in the search results and it will insert the family into your project.
Just like before, UNIFI has downloaded the pipe family from the cloud and loaded it to your current project so that you can begin modeling it immediately.
The main benefit of the Search function is that it allows you to find content in a variety of ways, such as searching for content File Name, Type Name, Category, Tag, and Parameter.
Common Industry Synonyms Feature
Another useful aspect of the search lookup is the Common Industry Synonyms feature. This prevents you from having to type in a specific word to get a specific result. For example, if you type in “AHU”, I’ll get the same search results as if you typed in “air handler.”
Let’s take a moment to explain the tagging system. Tags are a way to group content together using metadata. You can look at tags as a way to subcategorize your content, similar to subfolders, except each piece of content can be assigned multiple tags, which makes it easier for users to find content in multiple ways.
You’ll see that this air handling unit has the tags “Air handling Units,” “Air-Side Components,” “Div 23-HVAC,” “Healthcare,” and more. From here, you can click on a tag to find all content that share the same tag.
You can alternatively type in square brackets in the search bar. You’ll notice that UNIFI automatically auto-completes your search by giving you some options by listing all of the tags that exist in libraries as you type.
Healthcare-related content is exactly what you’re looking for, so you’re going to select that and you’ll be able to search all content with that tag.
You can also add additional search words within your Search Bar. If you type in “bed” after [Heathcare], it’ll search for content that contains both the tag “Heathcare” and the word “bed” in its file name or family type.
There’s also a helpful filter function that allows you to filter content by family category, star rating, and more.
In addition to your libraries, which are your internal content, you also have Channels, which are ways for other content providers to share their libraries with you. Providers such as Legrand, Herman Miller, and BIMstore.
These companies, whether they are manufacturers or bim content providers, share their own content with UNIFI users at no additional cost to you. To add a content provider to your UNIFI Channel options, you’ll need to access the UNIFI web portal. You can access it by clicking on the Globe Icon within the UNIFI app.
The Web Portal will open in a browser window. Select Subscriptions from the left side of the screen.
You’ll then be able to subscribe to various channel subscriptions.
An advantage our content has over our competitors is that UNIFI Connect content has been vetted by our QA/QC team to ensure content is modeled accurately, is parametrically clean, and compact in file size. Using UNIFI Connect content can save you time in creating new families for Content Requests as the geometry is clean, leaving you to focus on customizing the data for your company standards.