7 Mistakes BIM Managers Should Avoid When Collaborating on a Project 

“Many hands make light work.” 

Or do they?  

Most of the time, sure, that is likely the case. But when it comes to a BIM project, BIM managers could make mistakes that turn that collaboration to chaos. In this article, we are sharing seven major mistakes you could make when collaborating on a project. But don’t worry, we aren’t all doom and gloom; we also share our favorite tips to avoid those pitfalls and make collaboration a success. 

Mistake #1: Lack of Clarity on Company Standards  

When collaborating with others, you want to make sure that they have a clear understanding of your company’s workflow and content standards. Otherwise, they may unintentionally disrupt your company workflow and wreak havoc on your content organization. 

Solution 

To fix this, make sure that outsiders understand how your company handles content requests and content uploads. You’ll also want them to know and follow company standards. In addition to any training documents you may provide, you can also equip them with a BIM Execution Plan to help them understand content standards such as wall types and best practices when it comes to understanding file size and file performance.  

Mistake #2: Sharing Outdated Content 

One of the most painful mistakes you can make when collaborating on a project is sharing outdated content. This could happen when you share initial content at the beginning of the project, but as the project progresses, the content is updated multiple times or even replaced. Collaborators need to know that the piece of content that they are using is the correct and most up to date one for their project. 

Solution 

To prevent collaborators from using outdated content, you could share a project-specific library through a content management platform. This is particularly helpful for Owners and Clients, as this results in the Owner’s content being used in the project with the Architect of Record rather than the AOR’s standard.  

UNIFI simplifies the shared library process by allowing you to set a pinned library in Project Analytics.  This feature lets users search certain libraries connected with a project when that project is open in Revit. This ensures that the owner’s standard is used. 

Mistake #3: Not Ensuring Project Security 

Another major mistake that BIM managers could make when collaborating is not ensuring project security. For example, you could share content that you purchased, but someone could reuse that content without licensed permission. Without proper security on a project, private information could be released without permission. This leads to a lack of trust and confidence in your firm. 

Solution 

To ensure project security, you could utilize a tool such as BIM 360, which offers granular permissions when it comes to viewing, downloading, and editing content and project files. 

Mistake #4: Not Customizing the Level of Access Outsiders Can Have 

In sharing secure content, it’s helpful to be able to customize user access to your materials, or you could end up with undesirable content changes. For example, if you are an owner sharing content with multiple Architects of Record (AOR’s) and they can make changes to the content that other AOR’s are accessing, then suddenly you may have multiple projects with updates. This can cause some serious problems.  

Here’s another example: if you are working collaboratively on a project and all users are iterating the same content, then the project could end up with different versions of the same piece of content if collaborators don’t have permission to make updates. 

Solution 

When customizing access to content, you’ll want to consider whether you want collaborators to have admin capabilities (approve/reject uploaded content, submit content requests, etc.) or if you simply want them to be able to access content from a protected library that requires Company Admin approval for any updated content. Using a cloud-based BIM management platform that allows you to customize user access is vital to protecting your content.

Mistake #5: Making It Difficult for Collaborators to Find Content


You never want your collaborators to feel like you dropped them in the middle of a maze with no map to guide them out. And that is exactly how they’d feel if your content is not structured intuitively and is not searchable.
Instead, you want the content to be easy for users to find. This reduces miscommunication, saves time, and increases the overall quality of your project since team members can find exactly what they are looking for.

Solution

If you are using a content management platform, such as UNIFI, you could create saved searches, tag content specific to a project, or even create a library or private channel that includes only content that collaborators would need.

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Mistake #6: Not Having an Easy Way to View Revision History

Whenever you are collaborating with others on a project, you want to make sure that you have a simple method for viewing project history. This comes in handy in circumstances when you might have to troubleshoot. For example, if a project is running slow, you need to be able to identify who may have made a significant revision that spiked the file size. This can be difficult to do if you have a large team of collaborators.

Solution

UNIFI’s Project Analytics can help you find this information quickly by allowing you to view file size and specific changes that have been made. As an Admin, you’d be able to quickly identify who did which revisions and make any necessary adjustments.

UNIFI’s Content Request system is another way to provide a clear revision history. Revision notes are automatically generated when content is updated with this system in UNIFI. It’s also a fantastic way to encourage feedback on content that may not be built appropriately.

Mistake #7: Allowing Duplicate Content to Be Added to Your Content Management Platform


If users can add duplicate content to your content management platform, it can cause chaos. Soon multiple pieces of the same content are floating around, and no one knows which one to use.

Solution


To avoid BIM content chaos during collaboration, it is vital that users be unable to upload duplicate versions of content. We recommend that you use a BIM Content Management platform that automatically updates previous content to the newly updated piece of content but that also allows you to access previous versions, as well as future-proof content and legacy content.

 

Conclusion

Don’t worry, we still believe in working together. But it’s vital that BIM managers avoid these common mistakes so that a project runs smoothly. UNIFI’s secure platform simplifies this management process, allowing managers to customize permissions, manage revisions, and more.

Ready for your collaborative projects to run more smoothly?  Click here to get started and book your live demo today.     

The 7 Biggest Time Wasters Every BIM Manager Should Avoid 

Are you trying to work more efficiently as a BIM manager? Perhaps you’ve found yourself frustrated with lagging Revit models or maddening project delays. 

We’ve put together the biggest time wasters that every BIM manager should avoid, and we provide you with helpful tips to avoid them.   

Time Waster #1: Revit-Slowing Content 

One of the biggest time wasters a BIM Manager faces is when Revit is running slow. All that time waiting for content and projects to load adds up. To fix this, make sure that you keep an eye on the following: 

– Team members using different versions of Revit 

– Overuse of in-place families 

– CAD imports 

– Improper import of images 

– Plan regions not created as dependent views 

– Minor Revit version corruption 

You can read more about why these cause issues and how to fix them in our article, What Happened and Who-dun-it. 

Time Waster #2: Content That Is Difficult to Find 

When team members can’t find content easily, then they can waste significant time searching for it. Ensure that you implement a BIM content management system that allows you to filter your search criteria, save searches, and tag content.  

Time Waster #3: Inefficient Content Request Workflow 

An inefficient system for handling content requests is another time suck for BIM managers. You want to make sure that team members can easily submit their requested content and indicate which project they need it for, the due date, priority, the library it needs to be added to, file type, name, and any additional instructions they may want to add.  

UNIFI streamlines this process through its content notification feature. Users can drag and drop design documents and receive notifications on the status of their requests.

Time Waster #4: Not Limiting User Access 

If you lack a system for managing who has access to what content, you could waste significant time for your firm. Users without proper authority could add content to incorrect locations. You and your team members may have to wade through content and content requests that aren’t relevant to you.  Or perhaps your team may not be able to include the BIM guru or team specialist to help create or manage a subset for content associated with special workflows. 

To prevent these setbacks, you’ll want to utilize a content management platform that allows you to manage users both individually and by groups. You’ll want to be able to assign both company admins (who can manage all libraries in a company) and library admins (who can only manage a specific library).  

Time Waster #5: Not Keeping Close Tabs on the Health of Projects 

Several problems could come up that impact a project. If you let these issues go, they could eventually become big problems. The key is to nip them in the bud. If you tend to them early on, the fix can be relatively easy and save you a significant amount of time. 

UNIFI’s Project Analytics shows you the overall health of a project and notifies you when certain issues come up. You can customize these according to what is important to you and your firm. These health indicators notify you of items that need attention before they become major problems. 

Time Waster #6: Answering the Same Question Over and Over Again

If you find yourself answering the same question repeatedly, this probably means that you don’t have easy-to-access onboarding videos and documents to get people started. It could also mean that there are workflows and technical issues that may need more exploration.

Having an easy-to-access BIM guide and technical workflow materials allows you to answer questions with consistency and increase the efficiency of your entire team.

Time Waster #7: Long Sync Times

Long sync times quickly zap the efficiency (and patience) of a firm.  However, with the right tool, it’s a relatively simple fix. Quite often it means that a particular user needs a better internet connection or computer.

UNIFI’s Project Analytics can help you pinpoint the specific user causing the spike in sync time so that you can contact them and notify them of the needed fix.

Once you identify and fix these lagging sync times, your company should see a considerable improvement in efficiency.

Conclusion

Your time is precious. Once you trim out these time wasters, you should experience a great sense of efficiency in your BIM management plan. Are there other time wasters you have found? Please comment below and let us know.

The Game-Changing Method for Future-Proofing Legacy Families 

We’ve talked before about the importance of avoiding chaos with your Revit content. One way that content could quickly turn to chaos is when different versions of Revit are being used for a particular family.

If someone is using a Revit family from an older version of Revit, it can wreak havoc on a project since users would have to maintain multiple versions of a piece of content or multiple libraries for content.

That’s why UNIFI’s automatic future-proofing of content is a game-changer for users.

How UNIFI Future-Proofs Content

UNIFI automatically future-proofs legacy families by pulling the version of content from the cloud that corresponds with the version of Revit that they are using. Let’s take a closer look at how it works:

In the base file chart section shown below, you’ll see that this family was built originally in 2015. As newer versions of Revit were released, UNIFI upgraded it automatically in the cloud.


Let’s say, for instance, that your team is using Revit 2017 for a project. In that case, UNIFI will pull that version from the cloud so that your team doesn’t have to manually upgrade the family. When this happens, UNIFI will then upgrade the 2019 base file for the latest Revit versions. What UNIFI did here was future-proof this family because now there is a second base file that will be used for future versions of Revit. That means that if any team member is using a more recent version of Revit, UNIFI will use the base file of that version, but UNIFI will still maintain these legacy versions for projects which are using earlier versions of Revit.

Conclusion

Keep in mind that this future-proofing of content is done automatically in UNIFI and you don’t have to lift a finger. This is one of the many ways that UNIFI makes it easy for you to streamline your BIM content management process to save your team time and money.

Interested in learning more?  Click here to get started and book your live demo today.      

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If Ted Lasso Were a BIM Manager (Top-Notch Content Management Strategies)

If Ted Lasso Were a BIM Manager

The tea-hating, rom-communism-loving, motivational coach, Ted Lasso, won over many of us. And we’d like to think that he’d make an amazing BIM Manager. In this article, we’ll share what we think Ted Lasso would do if he were a BIM manager. Our goal is to go all out like Willie Nelson on this one….on a high. 

He’d Make It Easy for Team Members to Work Together 

“I think that you might be so sure that you’re one in a million, that sometimes you forget that out there, you’re just 1 of 11. And if you just figure out some way to turn that ‘me’ into ‘us’…the sky’s the limit for you.” 

Ted Lasso gets it: BIM management is a team effort. It’s important for team members to have a clear plan that shows who is responsible for which parts of a project. You don’t want team members siloed away from one another because that leads to miscommunication and frustration.  

Ted Lasso as a BIM Manager

He’d Have Clear Content Standards

“For me, success is not about the wins and losses. It’s about helping these young fellas be the best versions of themselves on and off the field.” 

Ted Lasso would make sure content is performing at its absolute best no matter what project it’s used for. To do this, he’d implement clear content standards that take into account factors such as file size, nested families, parameters, content update processes, snap locations, and more. 

Ted Lasso as a BIM Manager Oh Snap

He’d also ensure that the team has a clear plan for reviewing and approving content. 

Ted Lasso as a BIM Manager Plan

He’d Use Sandbox Libraries to Test Content

“Your body is like day-old rice. If it ain’t warmed up properly, something real bad could happen.”  

Ted Lasso knows that sometimes things need to be warmed up a bit first. Same goes for BIM content. Having a Sandbox Library allows BIM managers to “warm up” (or, in this case test out) content before making it accessible to all team members.  This helps BIM managers sift through any possible issues that could come up with the content before it’s game-time. 

UNIFI makes it easy for BIM managers to create sandbox libraries by allowing them to limit user access to the content as it’s being tested. 

Ted Lasso as a BIM Manager Smells Like Potential

He’d Use Saved Searches 

You know what the happiest animal on Earth is? It’s a goldfish. You know why? It’s got a 10-second memory.” 

Saved Searches make it easy for a BIM manager to have a 10-second memory and be one happy goldfish. Rather than having to recall exactly which search criteria or file path is needed to get to a piece of content, a BIM manager can create a Saved Search. This saved search includes all of the filters and search criteria needed to find frequently used content. This also makes it easier for team members to find content. 

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He’d Know If a Project Is Having Issues before It Becomes a Crisis 

“There’s two buttons I never like to hit, alright? And that’s ‘panic’ and ‘snooze.’” 

Ted Lasso would not have to press a panic button when managing a project. Instead, he’d use a tool such as UNIFI’s Project Analytics to know when there’s a problem before it gets too crazy. He’d be able to see at a glance the health score on a project as well as which specific items need his attention. 

UNIFI Health Indicators for a BIM Manager

He’d Avoid Adding Content that Slows Down Revit 

“Well, as my doctor told me when I got addicted to fettuccine Alfredo, that’s a little rich for my blood.” 

Coach Lasso would limit items that are “too rich” for Revit and slow it down, such as in-place families, images, or CAD imports. He’d have a system for identifying these in a project and removing them. 

Ted Lasso Truth Bomb

He’d Make Revisioning Seamless 

“What I can tell you is that with the exception of the wit and wisdom of Calvin and Hobbes, not much lasts forever.” 

Ted Lasso understands that certain versions of families won’t last forever. Instead, he’d implement a seamless revision process for his team. 

A revision history should give information on who made changes and when. It also helps to use a BIM management platform that stores multiple revisions and allows team members to roll back to a previous revision.  

UNIFI Revision History

He’d Believe Organized BIM Content Management Is Possible 

“You say impossible, but all I hear is ‘I’m possible.’” 

Getting your BIM content organized seamlessly might seem impossible—but trust us, or trust Ted, it is absolutely possible. Tools such as UNIFI help streamline all of these processes, turning you into a winning coach BIM manager. 

Ted Lasso Believe

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Employee Spotlight: Meet Tiffani

For the month of December, we are pleased to feature Tiffani Borgeson, who is part of our stellar marketing team. As the Marketing Content Manager, Tiffani wears many hats, from creating the marketing content to helping with event planning. Her creativity, design skills, and always-on-the-go attitude have helped UNIFI excel at their marketing timelines and goals this year.  

We sat down with Tiffani to get her view on working at UNIFI and what she has enjoyed since she started at UNIFI about a year ago. Here’s what she had to say:  

① What is your current position at UNIFI? 

Marketing Content Manager – I create and publish engaging content that aligns with our sales teams’ goals, and I help align our content strategy with short-term and long-term marketing targets.  

② What has your experience been with our company culture? 

I love it so far! Every team member is friendly, helpful, and willing to go the extra mile to get a task completed and to improve my knowledge about the industry.  

③ What are your observations of the leadership team? 

I have noticed that the leadership team truly cares about their employees and takes the time to learn about each of them; they always go above and beyond what is needed from them to help.  

④ What parts of our mission do you connect with? 

I connect with UNIFI’s focus on accountability and authenticity. I believe these two go hand in hand and are values that we aim for in the work environment and in our personal lives. 

⑤ What has been your biggest accomplishment on the team so far? 

Being able to help plan and run our booth at Autodesk University was a rewarding accomplishment for me, as I have wanted to broaden my experiences and knowledge in event planning. 

⑥ What is your favorite benefit that UNIFI offers? 

My favorite benefit that UNIFI offers is working 100% remote, which allows me to live where I want and makes traveling easy. 

⑦ Before working here, what was an exciting job you had?  

Before working at UNIFI Labs, I worked at a Marketing Agency which provided me with the opportunity to travel across the U.S. 

⑧ List a couple of fun facts about you! 

– I am a major sweets fan (I’ve worked at a chocolate and ice cream store in high school/college)

– I travel to Bermuda often

– I enjoy hiking and kayaking on my weekends 

” Tiffani is so hungry and full of energy. Both her attitude and work ethic are inspiring – she always shows up ready to work hard and fields the many balls thrown her way. Tiffani works fast and is very creative. I could go on forever about the qualities Tiffani possess that I admire, but above all else, I look up to Tiffani’s ability to take feedback and apply it. With her incredible outlook and talents, the sky is the limit for her career and we’re fortunate to have her as part of Team UNIFI.”

We are ecstatic to have team members like Tiffani who are willing to go the extra mile for UNIFI.  If you are interested in a career at UNIFI, follow the link to see all our open opportunities and benefits: Careers – UNIFI (unifilabs.com)

Would you like to stay involved with team UNIFI and get the latest industry news and UNIFI updates? You’re in the right place. Subscribe to our blog by filling out the form below! 

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UNIFI Pro Version: 3.9.6

OVERVIEW

UNIFI Labs is pleased to announce that our 3.9.6 software update is now live! This release contains support for new Appearance Asset Types affecting how some materials display in rendered images and bug fixes to upgrading Revit 2022 and 2023 RTE files.

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

o Support for new Appearance Asset Types for materials in Revit. 

Bug Fixes

o Resolves an issue where material previews weren’t showing up for Revit 2021+ content. 

o Minor fix so that RTE files will be upgraded in the background. 

o Resolves issue with Finland/Denmark users’ ability to login via SSO. 

o Resolves crashing caused by Right-Clicking Column Headers in ‘Detail’ View. 

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. 

Irresistible BIM Standards: Webinar Recap 

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

UNIFI’s most recent webinar on November 16th covered globally known BIM standards, how they have advanced technologically throughout the years, and the most effective ways to implement them among organizations.  

Adam Simmons (from UNIFI) and Mark Pritchard (from HOK), who both have over fifteen years of BIM experience, discussed the following topics related to BIM standards: 

• Common Data Environment   

• The ISO 19650 Workflow   

• The Right Tools for Implementation of BIM 

• How to Make Implementation of BIM Standards Easy  

• How UNIFI Helps with BIM Standards 

At the end of the webinar, UNIFI’s Product Manager, Karen Pierce, hosted a Q&A to address any questions the audience had during Adam and Marks’s presentation. Some of the questions asked were: 

• “What’s a good source for company training videos?”  

• “How to get leadership buy-in on new tools and software?”  

• “How do you go about harder things such as training, implementing better standards, etc.?” 

Conclusion 

Webinar attendees walked away with a stronger understanding of BIM standards and how to effectively implement them with a team. We want to thank all who attended and helped make it a success!  If you missed out, you can access the recording by filling out the form below: 

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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.

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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):  

Image Credit: Sony Pictures

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.  

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UNIFI’s Top Of Content 2022 

 

For a year that saw the world adjusting to the new normal and the aftermath of COVID-19, it is safe to say that many of us spent a lot of time on the internet. The AECO industry was kept up to date with the latest BIM and UNIFI news, industry facts, and giving insight on what goes behind the scenes at UNIFI thanks to the marketing team. With this constant production of marketing content such as webinars, blogs, infographics, and one-pagers, it’s safe to say the AECO Industry was always kept in the loop. 

To look back at all the content made in 2022 and celebrate the beginning of 2023, we have created a list of our top content in 2022. Listed below, you can see the top ten content UNIFI has created in 2022. 

1. BIM Bible – UNIFI’s BIM Bible e-book defines all of the BIM terms for your organization. 

2. Revit 2023 Webinar – This particular webinar showcased the new features of Revit 2023 and how to use them. 

3. Back To Basic’s Webinar – This webinar reviewed BIM acronyms, jargon, and terminology while discussing real-life examples. 

4. UNIFI Admin Certification – Put your UNIFI knowledge to the next level and take our admin certification test. 

5. Market Research Results Infographic -Read all about UNIFI’s annual market research survey results with their infographic. 

6. Ryan Case Study – See how Ryan has implemented UNIFI within their organization. 

7. Content Audit One Pager – Learn about UNIFI’s content audit and how your organization can obtain one for free! 

8. Onboarding One Pager – Are you thinking of joining the UNIFI platform trend? See how their onboarding has a 9.8/10 rating. 

9. Revit Buttons Guide – UNIFI has created a thesaurus of all the current Revit buttons for newbies in the industry or if you would like a refresher. 

10. ROI Calculator – To help show you the potential of UNIFI’s ROI, UNIFI has created an ROI calculator for you to determine what your firm’s ROI could be. 

Interested in obtaining this top-tier content that UNIFI has created? To make it easier, UNIFI has created an infographic with links to each piece of content. To obtain it, all you need to do is fill out the form, and you will receive it instantly. 

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