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 Was it Professor Plumber with the pipe in an outdated Revit version?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.

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.  

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. 

 

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)

Why UNIFI Is Exhibiting At Autodesk University

     

          Autodesk University is your go-to event if you use any of Autodesk’s products. The conference is a yearly event that is considered to be a premier learning and networking destination for design and engineering professionals from all over the world. This year Autodesk University will host the conference in New Orleans, Louisiana, from September 27th to the 29th.  

When you attend Autodesk University, you have many options of what to do while you are attending. During the conference, you can stay up with new trends and technology from Autodesk, learn from leading product experts and professionals, and connect with industry peers, thought leaders, and Autodesk executives. You will always leave the conference at the end feeling accomplished as you have learned new things from the AU classes, have that face-to-face time with customers, prospectives, etc., and having the ability to travel and experience a new part of the world. You must register as soon as registration begins so you do not miss out on any exciting opportunities Autodesk University offers.   

The daily schedule for Autodesk University has almost limitless options to help keep you occupied during your time there. A sample schedule of your day-to-day activities at Autodesk University would be like this:  

6:30 am – 8 pm Onsite Check-In/Customer Service Desk Open   

10 am – 3:30 pm Expo Open   

11 am – 12 pm Industry Insights Keynote   

12 pm – 1:30 pm Networking Lunch   

5:30 pm – 7:30 pm Reception  

And then, on top of this schedule are the unlimited classes you can attend, where you can learn about subjects such as generative design: back to basics, automation thinking for civil engineers & BIM professionals, and drawing from experience: CAD management through a pandemic and back again. To learn more about these classes and others available, click on the provided link: Free Online Classes and Tutorials | Autodesk University

As you can see, Autodesk University has a lot to offer; that is why UNIFI Labs is not only attending but exhibiting at the conference. We attend this event every year as it provides endless knowledge from the best in the industry, the opportunity to network and share our vision for the BIM industry, and the chance to catch up with customers from around the world. In addition, having the ability to exhibit at Autodesk University also gives us an immense opportunity to let everyone in the industry know about our industry-leading BIM content management platform, which has over 40,000 international users. More specifically, showcasing the features of V3, which includes our stellar project analytics to our custom content request platform, and then giving everyone at Autodesk University a look into the future of UNIFI with our V4 platform that is currently in the process of being completed. To help with the exhibit, UNIFI will have part of the sales team, the marketing team, the customer success team, and the leadership team come together in New Orleans to ensure it will be a success.   

  Are you attending Autodesk University and interested in learning more about the most technologically advanced content management platform? Well, you can either stop by our booth, which is numbered AE460, any day during the event and have a chat with one of us. Or, if you would like to meet privately, you can set up a meeting by filling out this form. UNIFI Labs is excited about the event and hopes to see you there! 

The Top Five Proactive BIM Habits

The Top Five Proactive BIM Habits 

 

We have previously discussed the worst BIM habits and how to prevent them as they can potentially harm your team’s speed, efficiency, and collaboration. We have now decided to discuss the best proactive BIM habits to have as a BIM Manager that will make your team as efficient as possible. With these excellent habits, you can improve your role as a BIM Manager, stay one step ahead of tasks and enhance your organization’s ability to complete projects quickly. 

 

Listed below are the top five proactive BIM habits to have as a BIM Manager: 

Be Proactive  

You must take ownership of your BIM tasks and projects. Taking pride in your organization, your team, and your work will be the starting point to all the other good BIM habits listed below. 

Begin With The End In Mind 

Understand where you want to go in your role, organization, and career path. Think of it in terms of planning and then working on the plan. Start small by holding meetings with a specific topic and relevance, such as a meeting about BIM training or support. Target your BIM discussion to maximize the value of having the right people together, take notes, and assign the right tasks to the right people. Then from there, go on to putting the next steps into action. 

Put First Things First 

You should manage your time, daily tasks, and BIM projects wisely. Some project management tools that could help are Slack, Monday, and Clickup or even a time management tool like Clockify.    

Think Win-Win And Synergize 

These two habits go together and have multiple meanings for BIM Managers. Think of “win-win” scenarios when you develop BIM standards and procedures (quality assurance) for your firm as well as the implementation (quality control) aspects. As you develop these BIM standards, think about the process you will employ to measure compliance with the standards. 

Sharpen The Saw 

Be sure to go above and beyond before being recognized with a promotion. Earn a promotion through your actions. Could you learn new BIM software like UNIFI’s industry-leading content management platform? Start by understanding how it could save your organization’s designers an hour per day per designer and save your organization thousands of dollars per year and then go on to pitch it to your upper management. Try your free trial today at https://unifilabs.com/getstartedwithunifi 

  

Incorporating these proactive BIM habits into your day will make you and your organization efficient, collaborative, and quick. If you want to continue making your company more efficient and speedier, give UNIFI a try. By implementing UNIFI, you can load and find content within seconds, making it a breeze for your designers. Contact us today to get more information. https://unifilabs.com/contact 

Meet Our Leadership Team

Have you ever wondered who the people are in the pictures we’re posting on social media from quarterly leadership summits?

Look no further! It’s our present, knowledgeable, and reachable leadership team that wants to make a difference in the AECO industry by building a better now, and enabling a better future. They work daily to make UNIFI Labs the best platform possible and ensure every customer feels appreciated, heard, and journeyed with. What’s more, the leadership team does their best to make sure that every one of team UNIFI’s employees feels acknowledged and is on the right path to success towards their personal goals in addition to UNIFI’s broader business goals.

Elena Poot, one of UNIFI’s most tenured employees, says it perfectly, “The leadership team works here just like I do. We have different jobs, but we all work towards the same goals. First, they request our input and then acknowledge and act on it. I’ve worked at companies where the bosses hold themselves apart from the workers. At UNIFI, I feel like we’re all working together, rather than leadership giving orders and the rest of us just doing what we’re told.”

The leadership team at UNIFI consists of seven people, all leading their own departments, including the C Suite, Sales, Marketing, Customer Success, Product, and Engineering. The department leaders are Dwayne Miller, Virginia Senf, Dan Reid, Chris Porter, Laura Higley, Michelle Porter, and Tucker Cowie. Each leader uses their experience, dedication, and passion for UNIFI to make their department top tier. As you can see below, we go over each leadership team member in detail.

Dwayne Miller is the co-founder and CEO of UNIFI Labs, and as a former designer in the industry, he fully understands the problems of BIM content management. With his vision, passion, and confidence, he inspires the UNIFI team to keep working as hard as possible to “enable a better future by building a better now.”

Virginia Senf has been UNIFI’s essential leader and contributor for over five years. Her relentless drive and pursuit of going out of her way to make UNIFI good and the best has naturally progressed her to become our Chief Operations Officer (COO). As COO, Virginia oversees revenue operations and leads UNIFI’s Sales, Customer Success, and Marketing teams to ensure that UNIFI delivers on its commitment to journeying with its customers. With over ten years of experience, Virginia continues to grow and positively impact all areas of the business to benefit the entire organization.

Dan Reid is UNIFI’s technology guru, knowing everything possible about the technology needed to make UNIFI’s BIM content management the industry’s leading platform that it is. His role as Chief Technology Officer keeps him busy 24/7 as he oversees all the technology and development efforts around our products. In addition, Dan is dedicated to ensuring that UNIFI has top-notch security and is the most technologically advanced platform, making him the perfect fit for his role.

Chris Porter, also known as CP3, kills it in our sales department with his unique mix of confidence, reliability, deep integrity, and love of getting the party started at UNIFI. Being the Vice President of Growth, Chris leads the sales organization at UNIFI and is responsible for working with their customers to understand how UNIFI is the best for journeying with their organizations as they advance their content management adoption.

Laura Higley is a Master of Marketing with her communication skills, creativity, and a sharp eye for detail. As Vice President of Marketing, she ensures the content and campaigns from the marketing department are on point and ready for the sales team to use to obtain new customers. With her passion for marketing and keeping up with the latest industry trends, Laura is a true expert in her position.

Tucker Cowie is a product design genius having over ten years of experience to back him up. Tucker is the Vice President of Product Design, leading the department and its efforts to create a user-friendly platform with a top-tier design. UNIFI is glad to have a product designer like Tucker, who can make anything look ten times better once he and his team finish with it.

Michelle Porter is our VP of Customer Success and Sales Operations. She is an absolute superstar in the role, handling it with ease and precision. The role consists of being accountable for leading the charge of expanding our footprint within our customer base and maximizing revenue and profitability for UNIFI.

UNIFI’s dedicated leadership team is always hard at work, being primarily focused on their customers, and their experiences with UNIFI has driven nothing but positive results. As Virginia Senf, COO, states, “Our leadership team is the most customer-focused one I’ve been a part of, and I see the impact that has on our strategic decisions. Each executive makes time to engage with customers directly every week, ensuring that our customers aren’t an abstraction to us; instead, they’re at the heart of everything we do.” With the customer always on the leadership team’s minds, UNIFI has become “better” every year. They have gone above and beyond their sales goals and have become the 2nd most downloaded app in the Autodesk store.

Are you interested in learning more about UNIFI’s customer-centric leadership team and the industry’s most technologically advanced BIM content management platform? Go to Contact – UNIFI (unifilabs.com) to contact us today.

How to Use Container Files Like a Pro 

 

BIM managers never want finding content to feel like playing 52-card pickup. They don’t want content scattered with everyone wondering if they are using what they are supposed to be using for a particular project. Instead, they want content to be organized and easy for team members to access.  

One method for organizing content is by using container files. These container files allow firms to store system families that Revit doesn’t allow you to save as individual files (for example, fill patterns, drafting views, schedules, system types, etc.).   

In this article, we will explore some of the benefits and drawbacks of using container files and will share our BIM experts’ recommendations for efficient content management. 

What is a Container File? 

A container file works as a centralized location for your team to store system families (you may have also heard of it referred to as a “warehouse file” or a “source file”).   

These container files are different from a template file. You might utilize a template file for a new project, but you can think of a container file as a file that’s holding content that you would use for a specific type of project. For example, a container file for Schools could hold school-specific content such as walls, ceilings, stairs, etc. 

Some items that work well in container files include: 

• System types 

•Drafting views  

•Schedules 

•Materials 

•Fill patterns 

By storing this content in a container file, you can ensure that users are always using the most updated content associated with that project type. 

One Time-Consuming Drawback of Container Files…And A Solution 

One of the drawbacks of using a container file is that you must constantly open each container file to see which system families are available. 

But we recommend a more efficient method for using container files. 

You can use UNIFI’s content management platform to export the items from your Revit container file and import them into UNIFI where it is easier for team members to find and insert into their projects. An easy-to-access button will appear in Revit (for UNIFI users) that lets them export content in minutes.

Exporting these container file contents to UNIFI also helps you to manage changes across types quickly and efficiently.  You can easily track edits that are made in the Notes section, thus giving your team a clear history of what changes have been made.

How Exporting a Container File to UNIFI Makes Content Easier to Find

Another drawback of using a container file is that content may not be as easy for team members to find.

But if you export your container file content to UNIFI, you could create saved searches that allow your team members to find what they are looking for in seconds.

To sum it all up, container files save time by allowing you to store system families in one centralized, searchable location. Exporting container files to UNIFI’s content management platform makes it easy for your team to access that content in seconds. Want to learn more about how to streamline your BIM management process using UNIFI? Click here to get started and book your live demo today. 

How To Get Upper Management To Buy In On Your BIM Events

How To Get Upper Management To Buy In On Your BIM Events

As our previous event blog stated, in-person events are back and better than ever! The value you gain attending an event if you are a BIM Manager or Designer is endless. From the knowledge you gain to the face-to-face action you get with clients, vendors, and even the competition, you cannot go wrong with attending BIM events or conferences. But with the fun of events comes the tedious planning before you attend the event, more explicitly creating a budget for it and getting the approval to take time off for it.   

To go along with the theme of events from last week’s blog, we will cover what is essential in event budgeting, how to create your budget, and how to get your boss’s approval of the budget and time off needed to attend it. Even though planning a budget for you to attend a BIM event as a BIM Manager or Designer is not a fun aspect of event planning, it is easily one of its most critical parts. It would be best if you had a thorough understanding of where every dollar spent is going and make sure you add in the potential of overspending. Even after creating the budget, tracking where every penny is going is crucial to your ROI from the event and managing the total cost. But even more important is getting your boss’s approval to attend the event and approve your budget.    

There are a lot of essential aspects that go into creating a successful BIM event attendance budget. Some of the logistics you must look at when making your budget include:  

•Your company’s size 

• Event attendance goal 

•Scope of the event  

•Location 

• Looking at previously attended events and their success and funding 

From there, you can continue doing your research and create a well-thought-out budget.    

Once you have established the price range of your budget, you can go on to the next step, officially creating it. The first step is using an excel sheet or event planning software and making an organized event budget template. You can even use the template we created, if you fill out the form below. Then, you start filling it out with a list of needs for your event. On average, these are the items that you need to research when making your budget: travel, hotel costs, food, labor, marketing, and swag. When you are going through this list and researching the pricing, make sure you are finding options that are good quality but, at the same time, not too pricey. An excellent way to get the best price is always to call and see if they have any promotions or specials. Finally, after conducting all your research on pricing, you add the top candidates for each item on the excel sheet and ensure to include any information or links you have for each one.    

After completing the budget, you go on to the next challenge: creating a list of reasons why you should attend. Especially as a BIM Manager or Designer, you are extremely busy, making it hard for upper management to approve the time off needed to attend an event. But what you gain from attending events is crucial to growing within your role and the company. The top reasons you should attend an event are networking, building brand awareness for your firm, learning about new industry trends, and helping motivate you to become a better Designer or BIM Manager.    

Now that you have found all the information needed for your budget and come up with a list of reasons why you must attend, you go on to the scary part… getting approval from upper management. Even though it is frightening to go up to your boss and ask for a large sum of money and time off from your day-to-day tasks, at the end of the day, if you have been thorough with your research and know what is necessary and not necessary for your event as well as understanding why you must attend, it should be easy. Here are a couple of tips when going over the budget:   

– You let them know why each item is vital to the event.   

– You have multiple options with different prices for them to look over, as they may find some things more important and splurge on them. Then you need to EMPHASIZE why this BIM event is essential to attend and have a booth at and how it will bring value to your organization.   

– Anticipate that questions will be asked, and make sure that you are knowledgeable about your budget and can answer any questions that come your way.   

– When you are organized and proactive and set concrete goals for your BIM event attendance budget, it will be significantly easier to approve your funding.    

It may seem like a lot of work to carry out a budget plan, create a list of why you need to attend, and get upper management’s approval. But it will be easier if you take your time making it and have confidence. And once it is approved, do not drop the ball; continue your hard work until the event has finished!    

Would you like to stay involved with team UNIFI and even get the chance to meet us at upcoming events! Here are the subsequent two events that UNIFI will be attending. First, we will be at Autodesk University in New Orleans, LA, from September 27th-29th to learn from the best in the business, with thought leaders and innovators in each industry sharing experience, insight, and vision. Then the BIM Coordinators Summit in Ireland on September 8th to see UNIFI’s Virginia Senf speak on “How to increase your influence and technology budget by talking to management in their language.”

Need help budgeting your events? Access our budget template by filling out the form below! Better yet, are you interested in UNIFI? Follow the link to start your free trial! Get Started with UNIFI – UNIFI (unifilabs.com) 

Breaking Bad…BIM Habits Webinar Recap

Breaking Bad…BIM Habits Webinar Recap

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

The most recent webinar on July 26th covered bad BIM habits and how they can affect your team’s efficiency, velocity, and collaboration. UNIFI had chosen this topic because many designers do not realize they have these BIM problems within their organization. Therefore, it is best to solve them immediately or before they occur.   

They had UNIFI’s own Karen Pierce, and Adam Simmons create a presentation going over the top 6 bad BIM habits, then discussed the solutions for these problems.  

The top bad BIM habits the audience learned about were:  

Treating Revit Like AutoCad – Revit is a brilliant program; it is data rich and can schedule almost everything. With that in mind, many people will still insist on writing the information manually, tagging things with a text note, etc., which creates extra work that does not need to be completed. The solution to the problem is to take full advantage of BIM. Make sure you use Revit’s tools rather than writing the data manually.  

Improper Modeling Techniques In Place Families – In-place families are executed within the project and can reference the existing elements. They are generally used to represent elements unique to a specific project. That being said, many still find it challenging to decide when to use an in-place family.  

 You should avoid using an In-Place Family if:   

 -You use it more than once (even if it is just twice)   

 -You can reuse it with a few parameters   

 -You need to schedule something more than “1 unit.”  

 If the list above does not apply, do not be afraid to make the extra click and make it into a family. You should directly model in context to the model and create system category content with modeling tools while creating your family.   

View Specific Element Overrides – Applying overrides by element should be used only sparingly and as a last resource. When changing the appearance of elements, it should only be when all other options are not available or not worth the time to set up. To avoid this bad BIM habit, make sure you take the time to know how to edit visibility and ALWAYS use temporary hide, not permanent.  

 Not Using View Templates – This biggest issue we see with Revit users, even though they use view templates, is that they change the settings of a template defined by the BIM coordinator. Did you know that the setting change is effective on the view you are working with and on all the views to which this template is assigned? If you forget to restore the changed settings, all views assigned to this template will be modified according to your changes without being approved by the BIM Manager. A way to solve this problem is always to use a temporary view template.  

Duplicating Family Types And Not Naming Properly – Everyone has all seen the term “Naming Convention” used in relation to BIM, and everyone has also all seen people talking about what one is, but when it comes down to the “Why,” it goes relatively quiet. And the “why” is something that gets asked a lot. Not naming family types or families properly leads to the user’s inability to find the content and not understanding it. You must follow project standards, differentiators, and descriptions to ensure you do not have this bad BIM habit.  

Not Paying Attention To Model Or Content Health – The two main issues with not paying attention to model health or content health are the issues that come with CAD links and imports and issues ignoring Revit warnings. Warnings protect the integrity of the model and your data. Not all warnings affect performance; less serious ones are only there to inform the user. When confronted with thousands of warnings in a file, you need a timely resolution strategy. This is why UNIFI’s project analytics is the perfect solution; it gives you the necessary visibility to detect and correct model issues before they cause significant problems.  

To learn why these bad BIM habits are the worst and to go into more detail about them, you must access the recording of the “Breaking Bad…BIM Habits” webinar in the form below. UNIFI Labs hopes you enjoy the webinar and pat yourself on the back for getting ahead of bad BIM habits; you’re one step closer to making your organization the best you can be. The next step would be implementing UNIFI Labs, the industry-leading content management platform that can save each of your designers an hour a day and save your firm thousands of dollars annually. Start your free trial today at Get Started with UNIFI – UNIFI (unifilabs.com).