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). 

Employee Spotlight: Chris Porter

Employee Spotlight: Chris Porter

As any UNIFI team member will tell you, Chris is always the one to get the music playing and the party started at UNIFI. As our VP of Growth, Chris leads our sales organization at UNIFI and is responsible for working with our customers to understand how UNIFI can best be journeying with their organizations as they advance their content management adoption. He consistently comes up with creative ideas to grow UNIFI’s footprint in the building industry, all while serving as a mentor and coach to his team and the broader organization. His unique mix of confidence, reliability, and deep integrity have made him an integral leader at UNIFI and a trusted partner to our customers.   

We sat down with Chris to get his view on what it’s like to work at UNIFI and to understand his journey with the company since he started at UNIFI over three years ago. Continue to read below to see our interview with Chris! 

➊ What is your current position at UNIFI? 

VP of Growth. I work with our current customers on their renewals to understand how we can keep them on longer and improve our journey through the product and in our relationship. I also work with our new sales team on how we can establish more trust with the industry and space through our intent and credibility in the space. 

➋ What has your experience been with our company culture? 

Being at UNIFI for over 3 years, I love how authentic and passionate the team is to create a great environment in the BIM space. 

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

Our leadership team cares. They want to make a difference in the industry by building a better today to enable a better tomorrow. I’m impressed with their mentality of going the extra mile and doing whatever it takes to improve. 

➍ What parts of our mission do you connect with? 

I connect with building a better now. One of my key goals in my role is to establish trust. I believe that trust is an equation that is built through intent and credibility. As we build a better now, we achieve that trust by showing we do what we say we’ll do; that we listen to our customers. 

➎ What has been your biggest accomplishments on our team? 

Assembling a team that is hardworking and trustworthy with ownership and accountability.  

➏ Which benefits are your favorite and why? 

I love the freedom to own my role, expand it and pass that on to the other members of my team. I also enjoy the health benefits for me and my family. Not worrying about that bill is a comforting feeling. 

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

I’ve been grateful to work in both the fintech space as well as the marketing automation space. I learned from great leaders in both spaces and am grateful for the lessons taught in both industries from great people. 

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

Our COO, Virginia, and CEO, Dwayne Miller, are amazing people. I was so impressed with their authenticity and integrity. They helped me feel that the only limits to our growth as a team would be the limits I place myself. What tremendous confidence they gave me from an early stage. I remember feeling like I was thrown into the deep end, but with the ability to not only survive but thrive. UNIFI has worked to become more interconnected with other platforms in the BIM space through our APIs and building integrations within the product. I’m excited for the next phase in the coming months that will unify some of our more legacy technology with the new and requested functionality our customers have helped us prioritize.  

➒ List a couple of fun facts about you! 

I’m a girldad who is blessed to raise 3 feisty daughters with my best friend and wife! I speak Hungarian and lived in various cities of Hungary for 2 years. I love to quote movies and I love sports. I’m an unapologetic Bay Area sports fan #faithfultothebay. 

“Chris has had an extraordinary impact on our organization since joining UNIFI, both in terms of his influence on revenue growth and team culture. Chris is one of the most gifted sales professionals I’ve had the pleasure of working with during my career, and his passion for journeying with our customers has enabled us to greatly expand our reach in the industry.  His leadership internally has been perhaps even more meaningful, as an ‘Extreme Ownership’ enthusiast and skilled negotiator, Chris is looked up to as a trusted coach across the organization and sets the tone for accountability in everything we do. His movie quotes and impressions aren’t too shabby either!” 

We are more than grateful to have employees like Chris on team UNIFI. Want to learn more about the great team members that make UNIFI, the industry leading BIM content management platform, happen and the latest news about UNIFI. Just Subscribe to our blog by filling out the form below!  

The Top BIM Events To Attend in 2022

In-person events are starting to make a comeback and our team is thrilled to finally see our amazing customers and others in our industry face to face. The value you can gain from events is limitless. First off, the knowledge you gain from attending them is irreplaceable. Then, there is nothing better than meeting with colleagues, vendors, and even the competition in person and getting that quality time with them to make that personal connection. Lastly, you get to switch up your daily routine and have the privilege to travel to a new place.  

Since the beginning of the year, we have been making a list and checking it twice 😉 on which BIM events are a must to attend. UNIFI Labs has been attending and speaking at events for years, so we know that every event has something different to offer. Want lots of classes or speakers? Go to Autodesk University. Prefer a smaller event? Check out BILT. Want a mix of technology and industry news? AIBD is perfect for you.  

To help make it even easier for you, we have created a list of the top events to attend this year and which ones we are attending as well. Below you will find the list of the top ten BIM events to take part in:  

➊ AIBD Design and Build Conference, Houston, TX, February 24th-25th – https://aibd.org/  

➋ BILT Europe, Spain, May 3rd-5th – https://www.dbei.org/  

➌ Digital Construction Week, London, May 18th-19th – Digital Construction Week | Innovation in the Built Environment  

➍ BILT, Anaheim, CA, June 14th-16th –https://www.dbei.org  

➎ Built Worlds US Summit, Chicago, IL, September 7th-8th  2022 Americas Summit – BuiltWorlds  

➏ BIM Coordinators Summit, Ireland, September 8th – HOME | BIMCoordinatorSummit  

➐ Autodesk University, New Orleans, LA, September 27th-29th – AU 2022 Overview | Autodesk University  

➑ International Conference on Engineering, Project, and Production Management, Greece, October 12th-14th – 12th EPPM International Conference, 12-14 Oct 2022, Athens, Greece (view.gr)  

➒ BIMEXPO, Spain, November 11th-15th – BIMExpo 2022 | Trade Fair Leader in BIM Knowledge and Solutions (ifema.es)  

➓ BIM World, Germany, November 22nd-23rd – BIM World MUNICH – The Leading BIM Networking Platform (bim-world.de)  

UNIFI Labs will not only be attending multiple events this year, but our COO, Virginia Senf, will be speaking at the BIM Coordinators Summit in September! Here is some detailed information on the events that UNIFI is attending and why they chose to join them:

 Autodesk University is the premier learning destination for Autodesk customers, bringing together design and engineering professionals from around the world. At the event, they have classes, case studies, and lectures with product experts and thought leaders. The team at UNIFI chooses to attend and have a booth at this event because you will learn from the best in the business, with thought leaders and innovators in each industry sharing experience, insight, and vision. Plus, it allows us to network with AECO organizations and catch up with customers who are also attending. To learn more information about Autodesk University, click on this link. https://www.autodesk.com/autodesk-university/  

The BIM Coordinators Summit is a celebration of the Architecture, Engineering, and Construction industries and the brilliant minds that are the driving force behind them. You will gain an in-depth knowledge of how efficient information workflows can help you. UNIFI’s own Virginia Senf will be speaking at this event, speaking on “How to increase your influence and technology budget by talking to management in their language.” This talk will go into detail on how to get your management team excited about investing in the tools you need to do your best job while growing your internal influence in the process. Speaking at this event is a huge accomplishment for UNIFI labs and is necessary to attend to not only support Virginia but learn from the other speakers too. For more information about the BIM, Coordinators Summit follow this link. https://www.bimcoordinatorsummit.net/  

BILT, which is also part of Digital Built Week is a BIM event that UNIFI just attended. Designed to cater to the needs of those who design, build, operate, and maintain our built environment. This event is geared towards professionals in the industry and is dedicated to improving how they all work together in the industry. There are numerous events at BILT and during the entire Digital Built Week. UNIFI Labs has chosen to attend this event to network with other organizations in the industry and learn more about the industry in the lectures they have at the conferences. If you are interested in learning more about BILT, click on the link. https://www.dbei.org/  

UNIFI Labs hopes to see you at these events and encourages you to come up to us and say hi. Don’t hesitate to reach out ahead of time to set up a meeting with us. Not attending? You can set up a virtual meeting with us to learn more about UNIFI Labs, the industry-leading content management platform, and how we can help your organization. Just fill out the form below to set up a meeting.  

What Is Your BIM Management Style?

 

The role of a BIM Manager is quickly becoming a high-in-demand position as the Building Information Modeling (BIM) market is predicted to triple in value from 2017 to 2027. Being a BIM Manager consists of overseeing the production of project information models containing 3D visualizations that bring together data, drawings, and schedules associated with a project’s design and construction phase. They also act as communicators between the client, designers, contractors, and the supply chain. To help BIM Managers figure out their management style within the role, we have created a quiz that will distinguish which style they are and their strengths. 

The quiz is a quick five questions and has numerous management style outcomes. The outcomes are project savior, standards enforcer, brain trust, BIM geek, and entrepreneurial BIM Manager. Listed below are the descriptions of each style. 

Project Savior – You are a hard worker and will always go above and beyond to ensure the task is finished. You are a very dependable employee. 

Standards Enforcer – You are a stickler to the rules and always make sure that BIM standards are met. You are always double and triple-checking your work. 

Brain Trust – You are the person that everyone turns to when they have a question. Many refer to you as a walking encyclopedia. 

BIM Geek – You are a BIM know it all and you are always looking to learn more. Even during your downtime, you are likely to be expanding your knowledge about BIM. 

Entrepreneurial BIM Manager – You are innovative, driven, and always on the path to success. You are always coming up with new ideas and solutions. 

Are you interested in taking the quiz for yourself? Just follow this link and find out which BIM management style is yours! BIM Manager Quiz – UNIFI (unifilabs.com) 

Regardless of your management style, if you are a BIM Manager or work in the AECO industry, UNIFI Labs, the industry-leading content management platform, can help you and your organization. With ROIs like saving your designers an hour a day and saving your firm thousands of dollars annually, it’s worth a try! 

UNIFI Pro Version: 3.9.5

OVERVIEW

UNIFI Labs is pleased to announce that our 3.9.5 software release is now live! This release introduces UNIFI support for Revit 2023.

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

UNIFI now supports Revit 2023!

o Files from prior Revit Versions are automatically upgraded in UNIFI

o Users can batch export, harvest, and upload Revit 2023 files and system types

o Users can insert directly into Revit 2023 projects from UNIFI

bug fixes

o Issue resolved around error installing the Rhino add-in.

AND MORE!

UNIFI no longer supports Revit 2017 connections:

o Revit 2017 files can still be uploaded and automatically upgraded by UNIFI; all existing Revit 2017 files remain unchanged

o Users can no longer batch export, harvest, or insert from Revit 2017 with UNIFI

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. 

A Day In The Life Of A Customer Success Director

 Are you amazed at our customer’s onboarding experience being 9.8/10 across 40,000+ global users? Have you ever wondered how we were able to achieve that? Well, we can happily blame our Customer Success team! We decided to start our Customer Success team to journey with our customers as we know firsthand how difficult it is to adopt new tools amidst a highly fast-paced industry effectively. Our Customer Success team lives and breathes doing whatever possible to help our customers gain the necessary knowledge of our platform, gets all their questions answered about adoption and beyond, and troubleshoots any issues as they arise.

One of the key players on the Customer Success team is our Customer Success Director, Scott Shiple. Scott and the Customer Success team are responsible for being strategic and supportive to the customer. In this blog, we will go through the day-to-day of UNIFI’s Customer Success Director to see how he makes the magic happen.

From the time a prospect considers UNIFI, the customer success team participates in the demo. Once they officially become customers, they start their onboarding journey with the CS team, which goes into the support phase. Rather than functioning as a customer support agent, Customer Success Directors form a direct relationship with customers and provide them with timely value propositions. This helps customers grow and achieve their goals within BIM and as a broader business; UNIFI’s Customer Success Director Scott Shiple states, “Luckily, the Customer Success is an industry full of bright and diverse individuals with a wide array of skillsets and backgrounds, this meaning you do not need to specialize in anything. If you enjoy tech, problem-solving, and helping others, I would consider it seriously.” There are some crucial skills to be considered “the ideal Customer Success Director,” though. This skill set includes allowing yourself to be adaptable, enjoy problem-solving, thinking creatively, communicating effectively, vast organization, and genuine empathy. Our team uses this skill set to work with our customers, ensuring their happiness throughout all stages of the buying process and after.

What many love about the Customer Success Director role is the day-to-day tasks that vary, making each day different from the next. One task that never changes is ensuring the customer stays happy and knowledgeable about the UNIFI platform, which our customers at UNIFI can back up. As Steinberg Hart stated, “Thanks to their team of customer success superstars, implementing UNIFI was smooth and effortless.” Other critical daily tasks our team handles are a mix of running Kickoff Calls, onboarding new customers, working through strategy, retraining long-term customers, having QBRs, or developing customer resources; every day brings a new task and back-to-back calls that are rarely the same. Scott Shiple, our CS Manager, states that his favorite part of the role is “working with the many roles Customer Success opens you to. Working across departments with other colleagues while understanding customers’ goals when they initially purchased software, then seeing those goals be met is what’s most satisfying.” With all the different responsibilities, every day in the life of a Customer Success Director is unique at UNIFI.

A notable example of this is how UNIFI Labs and their customers have received so much help and support from the customer success team; as Binnies has stated, “UNIFI was the clear content management choice for ease of inserting into Revit, versioning, and best in class Customer Success team.” and Coral Homes stating as well, “UNIFI is the best content management system for both functionality and customer support.” We have many other happy customers due to our customer success team; Scott Shiple, CS Manager, states how we obtain that, “Our goal here at UNIFI is to help every customer, both new and established. Through a very in-depth onboarding process, we’re there for the customer every step of the way to ensure both short-term and long-term goals are understood and met. I’m happy to say the customer’s journey at UNIFI doesn’t stop once onboarding is completed either; we continue to meet with customers quarterly for business reviews, retraining, and strategy calls.”

As you can see, being a Customer Success Manager is a lot of work but most definitely worth it, as you get to be the reason why a customer smiles at the end of any meeting or phone call with your organization. Interested in reading more stories about how our customer success team has created some delighted customers? Just click on the link and read away! Testimonials – UNIFI (unifilabs.com)

Employee Spotlight: Elena Poot

Employee Spotlight: Elena Poot

For the month of June, we are pleased to feature Elena Poot, one of our most tenured employees and esteemed trivia champion, who works behind the scenes as a Senior Software Engineer at UNIFI.  Elena is a Swiss army knife with development skills that blows her colleagues away and is to thank for many of the robust features UNIFI customers enjoy.  

We recently sat down with Elena to learn more about her experience at UNIFI! Elena shared some of her experience in her own words that are captured below: 

➊ What has your experience been with our company culture? 

We have more cohesiveness as a team than anywhere else I have ever worked. I not only know people in unrelated departments, but I have some understanding of what they do, enough to understand that there isn’t really any such thing as an unrelated department. I understand how my work affects them, and vice versa. I’ve never worked for a company that strived for that, much less achieved it. I’ve also had casual (non-business) conversations with many of them and gotten to know them as people. 

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

They work here just as I do. We have different jobs, but we’re all working towards the same goals. They request our input, and then they 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.  

➌ What parts of our mission do you connect with? 

I connect with enabling common data environments. Computers excel at managing data, but if each system keeps its data apart from others, its usefulness is limited. When you can connect systems by making their data meaningful to each other, each of those systems is more powerful, and the organization solves several inefficiencies and may find entirely new ways to make use of the data they already have.  

➍ What has been your biggest accomplishment on the team?  

Given what I do, this is the only sentence in this answer readable by non-geeks. 🙂 I built the current version of the system we call the Farm (but I didn’t name it), which is almost entirely serverless. It runs on a library that allows a program to run a bit at a time, e.g. in lambdas, saving its entire state once it’s out of time or things to do, until it’s woken by an external event (usually the completion of a task it initiated), and then it continues where it left off. It’s like working with promises, or async/await, but each response to an event is a separate run of the program and is likely on a different machine. It runs primarily on AWS Lambda and AWS SWF.   

➎ What benefits are your favorite and why?  

I would say unlimited PTO. I am one of those people that would hoard vacation time in case of need. Now that I know I can take time off if I need to, I don’t have to do that, so I can take vacation time because I want to, not just when I have to.  

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

Probably the most interesting job before UNIFI was done here shortly after the merger (see below) when we were transitioning away from doing consulting work. It was one of the last external projects I worked on before we were exclusively focused on UNIFI itself. It was a system for doing studio-quality audio collaboration over the internet called ConnectionOpen. I keep in touch with the customer, they’ve had several iterations since we worked on their system, but some of my logic is still at the core of it. It’s amazing to use, it truly sounds like you’re sitting in the same room. 

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

I started with Reliant Programming, one of the two companies that merged to create UNIFI. I originally started with Reliant because I had worked with some of the employees at other jobs. We were a consulting firm at that time, so there has been a complete change since then. As they’re completely different businesses. Consultants are brought in to solve a specific problem, and there is no continuity. Every project is different, for every customer with different needs and goals, and once you build a solution for that customer, you’re on to something completely different for someone else. Even though some of those projects are very interesting, it’s much more satisfying working for a company that develops our own products and services, as all the parts fit together and work and evolve towards a common set of goals. Even when we roll out new products, they’re in service to those same goals. 

List a couple fun facts about you? 

I love music and listen to bands from all over the world. Every member of my family has a different first language (Dutch, French and English for Dad, Mom and me). 

Dan Reid, UNIFI’s Chief Technology Officer said it best, “Elena’s role is foundational at UNIFI, and her day-to-day tasks are focused on the back-end development of our software. In particular, she builds, maintains, and further develops a subsystem we refer to as “the Farm”, which is a highly scalable, cloud compute processing and workflow system that takes advantage of the latest technology and lets UNIFI offer unique services such as Revit model migration, 3D preview images, and parameter mapping.”        

 Dan is not alone in his admiration for Elena. Her “let’s get it done” attitude and warm personality makes her beloved by all of her colleagues at UNIFI. She is an essential piece of the UNIFI puzzle and we are extremely grateful to have her on the team. 

 Are you interested in a career at UNIFI to work with great people like Elena? Follow the link to see all our open opportunities and benefits! Careers – UNIFI (unifilabs.com)

UNIFI Pro Version: 3.9.4

OVERVIEW

UNIFI Labs is pleased to announce that our 3.9.4 software update is now live! This minor update will resolve several bug issues and under-the-hood enhancements for the next generation of UNIFI Pro. 

For more information on this update, please read below and remember you will need to update UNIFI to be able to access this update.

HIGHLIGHTS

New Functionality

Users can now access search filters when viewing a saved search

bug fixes

• Fixed an issue where selecting advanced installation options would cause a .NET framework error to occur

• Fixes various insertion issues for UNIFI Pro v4 BETA 

WRAP UP

Thank you for being a valued UNIFI customer and taking the time to check out our release.   

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. 

What ROI (return on investment) Can I Expect With UNIFI?

 

        ROI (return on investment) is a measuring tool companies use to see how effective or profitable their investment has become. In simpler terms, it shows how much you have gotten back compared to how much you originally had put in. An example of this is imagine you buy software for $300 but it saves you an hour a day, and you make $150 an hour, this means the tool pays for itself within 1 day and saves you over $30,000 a year. Most of the time when calculating your ROI, it has to do with how much money or time you have put into your investment or business decision and if it is paying off positively. When it comes to any business investment or decision, you should always consider the ROI. Taking the time to figure it out in advance will always help you when figuring out which investments or decisions are worth your time. As the CRB team even states about their opportunity cost with UNIFI, “The platform quickly paid for itself and resulted in a positive return on investment for us.”

The ROI formula is a very simple calculation. The ROI is usually a ratio, percentage, or time. To obtain it, you divide the gain, net benefits, or time saved that was earned from the investment by the actual cost or time spent on the investment. You must note that figuring out your ROI is different from calculating your profit.

ROI = net benefits/total cost 

Those that leverage UNIFI Labs, the industry-leading content management platform, obtain an outstanding ROI, quickly. We understand firsthand that the industry we serve doesn’t have budget in the masses to spare, thus delivering on this promise to save much more than our product costs is always top of mind. Having over 40,000 worldwide happy users is just the proof in the pudding, UNIFI user Philip Kendal from BECA states, “UNIFI solves all of our problems with a single source of truth that saves time and money.” Researching UNIFI’s ROI has led us to be able to proudly state that we can save each designer at your firm around 200 hours annually and help save your firm thousands of dollars each year, leading up to a 515% return on investment. Shown below is a video going over what happened to a firm and their individual designers before and after they started using UNIFI.

 

To help show you the potential of UNIFI’s ROI, we have created an ROI calculator for you to determine what your firm’s ROI could be when you implement UNIFI. You can find the calculator here and we also have all our ROI facts ready for you to view on the same page. As Guatam Shenoy from Steinberg Hart states, “UNIFI pays for itself within weeks.” So, try out our ROI calculator today and see how much time and money UNIFI could save your organization.  

In conclusion, finding your ROI can help any company or firm make the right business decisions. That is why some of our current customers have implemented UNIFI on top of seeing our outstanding search abilities, project analytics and being cloud-based. Are you impressed by UNIFI’s ROI and are interested in seeing UNIFI in action? Click here to get started and book your live demo today.