GBD Architects: Designing Buildings that Work Hard, While Making It Easy to Find BIM Data

“If you’re still using
a server, you’re
not BIM savvy”


– Chris Ridder, BIM Manager,
GBD Architects

OVERVIEW

Prior to Unifi, GBD stored its building information in folders
within folders, and users needed to rely on file names to
find content which ranged from home grown content to
manufacturer objects. Naming conventions varied depending
upon who added information to the folder, which made it
incredibly difficult for the users to find the right information
and its intended use. Since the solution was server-based,
users could only log on from the office, limiting mobility. Chris
Ridder, GBD’s BIM Manager, said that all of the content ended
up being in “one big sandbox of files stored on the server.”

CHALLENGE

Prior to Unifi, GBD stored its building information in folders
within folders, and users needed to rely on file names to
find content which ranged from home grown content to
manufacturer objects. Naming conventions varied depending
upon who added information to the folder, which made it
incredibly difficult for the users to find the right information
and its intended use. Since the solution was server-based,
users could only log on from the office, limiting mobility. Chris
Ridder, GBD’s BIM Manager, said that all of the content ended
up being in “one big sandbox of files stored on the server.”

SOLUTION

Moving GBD’s information into Unifi was
seamless. Chris Ridder assigned a naming
convention to the files used across the
company, then batch uploaded the 10,000
design files into Unifi. Immediately, GBD
was up and running with its building
content located in a single, unified
source. Setting up Unifi was a breeze
and it freed up IT resources within GBD
to focus on other high value activities.
With Unifi, GBD Architects and designers
can easily and quickly access approved
content to create thoughtful designs.
Unifi eliminates the guesswork and
endless searches of trying to find the
right BIM data. Unifi features including
GBD Architects: Designing Buildings
that Work Hard, While Making
It Easy to Find BIM Data, saved searches, tags and favorites streamline the search and insertion task, so that a process that
used to take several minutes is now completed in
seconds. Thanks to the cloud, GBD architects and
designers are able to access design information from
anywhere – in the office, at a site or at home. This
further enhances their productivity and taps into their
creativity where and when they are most inspired.
Chris Ridder is a well-respected BIM expert and over
the past 8 years, he’s evaluated and implemented
several other BIM content products. He says that
“Unifi is the best. It provides the easiest access to
content and makes searches better.” Unifi allows
Chris to provide the best BIM management to the GBD
architects and designers he serves, so that they can
focus on the hard work of designing buildings, rather
than wasting their time searching for information.