Revit Class: The Best Places to Learn Revit or Expand Your Skill Set

Revit Class

The time has come… You need help, Revit help. Perhaps you’re just getting started or maybe you’ve been at it for a while. I speak from personal experience when I say I understand the crossroads where we realize we just need some additional help mastering the Revit software. Naturally, once you realize that you need some more help the next time is exploring the best Revit class to learn the software. We’ll cover the best places to get Revit classes to help you quickly and thoroughly learn the Revit software in this post.

TAKING THE TIME TO TAKE A REVIT CLASS

I finally managed to take my first formal Revit class 3 years after I got my first Revit project. Since I already had a little bit of experience (although I’d completed no more than 6 Revit projects up to that point) Revit Classpart of me wondered if it was worthwhile for me to take the time for a Revit class. I already had the basics down and had a plethora of resources I’d gathered should I ever get stuck on something. Turns out, the Revit class I took was one of the best investments of my time.

Among the many things I learned by taking a Revit class, one of the most valuable was the little tips tricks that have ultimately saved me a lot of time.  For example, I learned in my Revit class that sections and callouts like “Hide at Scales Coarser Than” can be used for when I didn’t want my views to show on larger scale drawings. I also learned that Over-Constraining my objects could cause more challenges than it was worth. My favorite little feature of all that I learned in my Revit class was Temporary View Properties when troubleshooting if something doesn’t show in my model properly.

DECIDING WHAT TYPE OF REVIT CLASS IS RIGHT FOR YOU

Taking a Revit class is a must not only to minimize your initial learning curve, but to also advance and expand your skills. Revit classes are offered for all levels of Revit users and are more accessible than ever before.  However, what’s the best medium to attend a class.. in person or online? Keep reading to learn about the advantages and disadvantages of both.

IN PERON REVIT CLASSES

Personally, if I’m a beginner at anything or even a moderate user I prefer to take any sort of skill class (especially something complicated like a Revit class) in person. Being in person allows me to break away from my chaotic work environment and allows me to focus on the material. Albeit, on the more expensive side by far, taking classes out of the office can ensure a solid investment as it allows the ability to pay complete attention. A Revit class in person moves quickly and even as a more experienced user, the most valuable tidbits tend to come and go quicker than it takes me to check my email.  

If you’re interested in a on-site Revit class check out a few of the resources below:

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MICRODESK – a UNIFI partner with 13 offices nationwide, Microdesk offers on-site beginner and advanced training as well as customized training for any unique needs.

LEDET– with 17 locations nationwide, Ledet offers more than just Autodesk software classes (Revit, AutoCAD, etc) but also has classes in Adobe, Photoshop, programming and more

ONLINE REVIT CLASSES

Ah, good old online classes. Now, funny tidbit for you here… if I’d ever thought for a moment that my job today would require speaking in public, I certainly would have never taken an online Public Speaking course in college. That questionable decision aside, online classes have a solid following and for good reason. They are often on-demand, easy to locate and even come with sample projects for you to follow along with.

Revit ClassAdditionally, though my first Revit class wasn’t until several years after I was working in Revit, I was all over YouTube for quick “How Do I Do beforehand.  Leveraging the web to learn Revit helped me out more times than I can count! One of my favorite YouTube subscriptions today is BIMscape. Videos are well titled and kept to shorter sessions so I can quickly figure out exactly what I need to do for my project. There’s also a corresponding website where you can access free written documentation, and very affordable Revit modules for additional training help.

Two other sites that I use nearly daily though as the BIM community isn’t just about Revit software are:

PluralSight – offering nearly 80 Revit courses, you have everything from beginning to advanced classes for Revit, but it also offers classes in C#, AWS, PowerBi and more. All of which are applications that I’m needing to use to maximize and analyze my firm’s efficiency in BIM.  

LinkedIn Learning – LinkedIn Learning, formerly called Lynda.com has over 7,000 different Revit classes. Many of which are taught by today’s “BIM Celebrities” Paul Aubin, Brian Meyers and Eric Wing. Like PluralSight, LinkedIn Learning offers other classes across the entire creative industry, also including Business and Information Technology trades.  

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Both sites mentioned above have a free trial and can be subscribed to on a monthly or yearly basis. I was fortunate enough to snag a 40% discount around the holidays for PluralSight so shop around and find which best suits your needs.

IT’S TIME TO TAKE THAT REVIT CLASS

Our world has entered the Information Age. The BIM Process is now 7D. 2D and 3D, though very prevalent, are just as important as 4D – Scheduling, 5D – Estimating, 6D – Sustainability and  7D -Facilities Management. Taking that first Revit class will minimize your initial learning curve in a very complicated and capable software. On the other hand, if you’ve been a Revit user for awhile and are looking to enhance your skills, I encourage you to check out a Revit class near you as well. Continuing education is key to your career success and taking advantage of Revit class can help you check this box.

Please let us know your thoughts in the comments below; when did you take your first Revit class? Was it worth your time? Do you prefer an  in-person Revit class like me, or did you find an online Revit class more effective?  We look forward to hearing about your experience!

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Risks of the Cloud for a BIM Manager

 We’ve all heard the famous question, ‘What came first the chicken or the egg?’ For those of us in the BIM world, ‘What came first BIM or The Cloud?’ is equally as debated. With all of the interoperability today between the two, it can be difficult to remember. BIM, referring to a building model, was first mentioned in 1985 by Simon Ruffle whereas the cloud in its modern context was not mentioned until more than 20 years later in 2006 by Google CEO Eric Schmidt. Perhaps that is why there are so many concerns of cloud security for BIM managers. 

Several myths surround the security of the cloud. It’s lack of security being most prevalent, but other major ones surround compliance requirements and management. 

The first myth we’ll debunk is that the cloud is inherently insecure. The business model of public cloud providers is dependent on security. They have invested in the most up-to-date technologies, sophisticated operations, data centers and threat intelligence. Additionally, while the 2017 Cloud Security Report reports that a web app attack towers above all other types of malware attacks, equating to 75% of the security incidents observed, there were a small percentage of incidents in the dataset. It’s not that malware isn’t a problem but that the anti-malware protections being invested in are fighting against a heavy onslaught and once you take a look at the security incident count in the report, you’ll find that those most at risk are those with a Hybrid security system.

Cloud Risks
Figure 1: The data over the 18 months of the report indicates that hybrid networks experience, on average, over twice as many security incidents as public cloud installations.

Many  assume that the cloud makes compliance standards more difficult but in fact, the reverse is true. With cloud providers having complex tools in place, it’s actually easier to keep data in check. Another important thing to note is that business leaders who assume that their organization can’t use the cloud likely don’t realize that they are already deeply immersed in the cloud in many other aspects of their business.  For example, what platforms does your organization use for HR management? What about your Office 365 applications? The ultimate problem for many organizations is that they don’t understand the cloud’s shared-responsibility model.

Cloud Risks

Sean Duca, Vice President & Chief Security Officer for Asia Pacific at Palo Alto Networks said in an article for SecurityRoundTable.org that, “Business and security leaders are afraid of losing control.” He continued, “They can’t see it or touch it, so they think they don’t have control. If they don’t understand the shared-responsibility model, they don’t understand what type of security is available to them.”  

Management of cloud security actually makes it easier for your team to scale your server network as needed. Just as your organization would depend on the cloud for their security protocols and responsibilities, nearly all data breaches on the cloud are a result of breaches from the end user and not an external source. In other words, password protocols and hardware security need to be addressed throughout your organization, otherwise security issues could arise whether or not you’re utilizing the cloud.  

Cloud Risks

BIM Management comes with many hats and understanding The Cloud’s security, compliance and management protocols can be difficult to grasp for all stakeholders. With BIM becoming more complex than ever before and with it endless toolsets, a consensus on cloud collaboration is imperative to not only connect all design teams but to connect the office and the field as well. With full cloud collaboration and a connected team, higher quality projects and increased profit is at your fingertips. 

In conclusion, not only is the cloud a very secure option, there are many benefits as well covered in this post and this one pager. UNIFI Labs is proud to be a cloud based content/data management and project insight software. For a free demo, please contact us today. 

HOW TO START LEVERAGING THE REVIT API

Do you ever feel overwhelmed on getting started with something new? We’ve all been there… you start searching the web and find an overwhelming amount of information, some of which is solid and some of which isn’t relevant to what you’re looking for at all. This is exactly what I experienced when I  was looking to learn how to start using the Revit API. To keep you from going through the endless searching that I endured in my efforts to learn about the Revit API, this article will direct you with the best tools and places to find information to help you leverage the Revit API.

Revit API

Revit API Help Docs aside, the most valuable resources out there to leverage the REVIT API from Autodesk itself is The Revit Developer Center

Once there, take a look at the My First Revit Plug-in tutorial. This tutorial is built Revit APIfor those who know Revit but who are brand new to programming so it’s highly recommended. Following this tutorial, you can have your first functioning add-in built within an hour – again, this is assuming no programming experience so it is not bogging you down with the details right away. 

Autodesk Revit has a .NET API which means you can use any of the .NET compliant programming languages (C#, VB.NET, F#, etc.) to develop a plug-in. While each language has its own relative benefits, C# is my preferred language. It is easy-to-learn, easy-to-use and leverages the power of the underlying .NET Framework.

A few of the most common applications for the Revit API are bulk editing Revit data, batch printing or exporting of sheets and views, or creating a section box around a set of families for coordination purposes. While all these tasks can be done in Revit, working with the API can significantly improve the time needed to perform these tasks. Additionally, don’t feel you need to start from scratch with any of those common applications mentioned, you can quickly find free sources of this code on the internet. 

Revit API

Once you get your feet wet with the Revit API, you are more than prepared to get started with the UNIFI API offering. 

The UNIFI API is a REST API which stands for Representational State Transfer. The REST set of constraints which will make your APIs easier to use and also easier to discover, meaning a developer who just started  to use your APIs will have an easier time learning how to do so. 

The UNIFI API has two platforms; Content Management and Project Analytics. If you’re using UNIFI, you know that you are not able to modify, add or delete parameter values in bulk. This hurdle can be overcome by leveraging the Content Management API for customization.

 The Project Analytics API can also be customized to improve your BIM workflows. By utilizing this API, it is possible to take the data gathered from our Project Analytics platform and organize it a number of custom ways. 

Namely, if you want to see the model health scores of all your projects at a glance or check your Revit content within the project for certain parameter data, you can do that quickly with our Project Analytics API. 

Just like the Revit API, no coding experience is required to take advantage of the UNIFI API. Don’t take our word for it, check out the API sample created by UNIFI’s own BIM Manager here.

Revit API

For more advanced customizations, our partners at VIATechnik can help you leverage the UNIFI API for your unique needs.

In closing, APIs can certainly be overwhelming especially to those just getting started. By knowing where to start and just diving in, you can begin to understand the power of Revit API and the potential to save you from time consuming, manual tasks.

Interested in learning more about UNIFI’s APIs? Please don’t hesitate to contact us today!

2019: UNIFI’S Year In Review

The first few days of the new year always seem to invite reflection. 2019 was a year of intense focus for us, and we believe the whole UNIFI team would agree it was the most significant growth year in our company’s history.  

When we started our journey several years back as a small spinoff of our CEO’s former consulting engineering firm, early adopters of the powerful new software called Revit were just beginning to run into the content challenge inherent to BIM migration.  BIM presented a major paradigm shift with a new way of designing, virtual models of buildings and data integration at a level that was previously impossible.  As early adopters quickly learned, under the new paradigm BIM content and associated data were major hurdles for virtually every project.

UNIFI was created to help solve the real world issues those in the trenches of execution were wrestling with – content creation, organization of content and the ability to search and find what was needed across the company’s existing BIM content libraries to ensure time wasn’t wasted recreating something that already exists.  It was a problem we experienced and knew others would run into as well.  Sure enough, our early customers like Stantec, HDR and IA felt the pain, gave UNIFI a chance and have been invaluable contributors to our product roadmap ever since.

Times have certainly changed, and for us 2019 was a year where the vast majority of AEC firms we engaged recognized the opportunity to drive value from structuring their BIM content and data. Owners too are looking to realize more efficiency and intelligence from their BIM models. Rather than sticking projects in folders never to be opened again, they’re working to create standardization across their portfolios and leverage their BIM content and data as an asset.

Moreover, the era of “We’re not so sure about the security of the cloud” seems to be waning. Today the global design firms we speak to are mandating cloud-based software solutions, so that projects, files, content and data can be accessed by anyone from anywhere.

Thankfully quality content has become more prevalent and easier to find. Many firms have built out their own solid library of generic content to drive efficiency across their projects.  We have also seen a steady increase in desire for manufacturer-specific content and data, with thought leaders like bimstore and BIMsmith (full disclosure: both UNIFI partners!) working diligently to meet the need.  Their contextual understanding of AECO’s requirements and education of manufacturers on how to build content that is not just accurate from a data perspective, but also practically useful has created a path to value and adoption.

The growth in both availability of quality content and solid partners who provide it in the market paired with increased demand for our BIM and data management platform led us to make the decision to fully focus on advancing our industry-leading software solutions.  With this intentional focus on software, we’ve ceased offering content creation services in house and instead rely on our network of expert partners to meet customer content creation needs.  

One constant in the industry is the diversity of workflows and delivery processes which leads to unique supporting technology stacks from company to company.  Customization is often a necessity and we launched our Content Management and Project Analytics API packages to support it.  We were delighted to see how excited our customers were to leverage the APIs to connect their BIM data to their project ecosystems. Our partnership with VIATechnik ensures customers have an expert partner to work with on applying the APIs to their unique integration needs.

As we look back on 2019, gratitude is the first thing that comes to mind. Gratitude for new customers who chose our team and platform to journey with them towards structuring their BIM data. Gratitude for our existing customers who have trusted us enough to continue journeying with us.  We’re humbled by the vision and passion of the Design Technology teams we work with!  

So, what’s next? Our last release of 2019 added Shared Parameter Management to enable our customers to advance beyond BIM content to management of BIM standards and schemas through the UNIFI platform.  This laid the foundation for increased capabilities around data management and visualization in 2020. We’re intensely focused on increasing platform flexibility to support the infinite use cases and workflows across our customer base, whether that’s a need for unique permissions sets or API functionality. 

In addition, in 2020 we will start to address what we have dubbed the ‘technological generation gap’, as we see it as a huge liability for the industry.  With the migration to the technology-centric delivery paradigm of BIM, much of the design and engineering work being performed is defined by the technology platforms being used.  The complexity and learning overhead associated with those platforms has pushed many of the senior subject matter experts out of workflows.  We believe this is to the detriment of the industry on multiple fronts, and UNIFI wants to create a both/and approach via a bridge between the non-modeler/non-tech savvy industry expert and those working in the model.  In early 2020 we’ll be releasing a beta of UNIFI Connect to select customers, which will reengage those senior stakeholders and improve collaboration between non-Revit stakeholders and modelers….more to follow!

It’s been an incredible year, and everything we achieved this year is thanks to you, our customers, and to our amazing team who have made it all possible. At the end of the day a company is the PEOPLE who comprise it, and the success of our technology and our customers is truly a reflection of our team.

We hope you had a wonderful Christmas and best wishes for a happy New Year!  2020 here we come!!

-Dwayne & Virginia

Link Revit Data to Excel

Link Revit Data to Excel

While Revit offers a variety of tools to manage your projects, it might still leave you craving some of the functionality that an Excel spreadsheet offers. For example, you could use Excel to copy values to multiple cells or add in more advanced formulas. This would allow you to work with multiple pieces of data at once, rather than double-handling your data. It could also reduce the occurrence of manual errors and save you a significant amount of time.

Unfortunately, there isn’t an automatic Revit-Excel sync built into either program, but don’t worry, we have some options for you. In this article, we will share different ways that you can link Revit data to Excel.

Export Revit Data to Excel

For straightforward data, such as room schedules and drawing lists, you could create a Revit schedule and export it to Excel. However, keep in mind that any changes that you make in Excel will not automatically sync with Revit. You would have to manually update Revit with those changes or pursue other avenues of automation using an add-in or Dynamo.

Link Revit to Excel Using an Add-In

There are a few add-in options that would allow you to pull data from Revit into Excel and then easily push the revised data back to Revit. Some popular options include Ideate BIMLink and GRAITEC PowerPack. These plugins could save you a significant amount of time because you can quickly sync between Revit and Excel, rather than manually importing/exporting data.

Keep in mind that these add-ins do cost money, but they also come with additional features such as macro templates, removing duplicate type marks, creating placeholder sheets, controlling and managing manage global parameters, and so on.

Writing Code to Connect Revit and Excel

If you’d rather not invest money in an add-in tool to link Revit and Excel, you could write some code for it. This takes more expertise (and time), but it’s certainly an option. You could write a parameter exporter to connect Revit and Excel (here is a parameter exporter macro tutorial to help you get started).

Link Revit and Excel Using a Dynamo Script

Another free option for connecting Revit and Excel is by using a Dynamo Script. Dynamo is an open-source Revit Add-in that you can download for free. Those of you already familiar with programs such as Grasshopper would easily adapt to the Dynamo add-in. You can use Dynamo to graphically structure a workflow to allow you to edit a Revit model from Excel. Here is a tutorial to walk you through this setup.

Conclusion

So there you have it! It’s absolutely possible to reap the benefits of Excel when working with your Revit projects. The option best for you is the one that aligns with your time and budget as well as the complexity of your project.

Linking Revit to Excel is one of the many ways you can get the most out of Revit. If you’re interested in further maximizing your BIM investment, UNIFI can help you with your BIM content and data management strategy. Visit our solutions page to learn more or contact us for a free demo today

Revit 2020.2

Revit 2020.2: Our Favorite Features

Last month, Autodesk rolled out just a few updates to Revit 2020.2 which improve an already robust BIM application.

Included in the Revit 2020.2 release are new Dynamo nodes for structural modelingupdates to the fly mode, and even updates to the display of linked BIM360 models. Although these features are helpful in automation and improve the user experience, we are particularly excited about a few updates that improve the way users manage BIM data.

Updates to Schedule Views in Revit 2020.2

Schedules are arguably one of the most import features in Revit; they allow users to review, modify, and even print the data within a model in a tabular view. Autodesk has left this critical feature of Revit with much to be desired in terms of user interface for several versions (which equates to over a decade).

Well, we have good news! The Revit 2020.2 update includes a few updates that should make managing data in schedule views a little less painful.

Freeze the Header Row

Schedules with dozens or even hundreds of rows are not uncommon in large projects. Since the interface to schedules have not been updated in several versions now, these large schedules have always been difficult to navigate.

One of the issues when working with large schedule views is that been that the header row disappears off the screen while scrolling, making it difficult to know which columns are which. This has been remedied in Revit 2020.2 with the ability to freeze header rows of schedules in a similar way to what most users are accustomed to from working in Excel.

Revit 2020.2Highlight Rows

In regards to data management, another user interface enhancement in Revit 2020.2 is the highlighting of active rows in Revit. This might be a trivial feature to some, but it is definitely a major UI improvement when working with large schedules with several columns.

Similar to the issue with several rows in a large schedule, several columns have also been challenging because schedule views have always only highlighted a single cell at a time. In Revit 2020.2, the entire row is now highlighted in a schedule view, making it easier to review the data of an entire row.

Revit 2020.2Improvements to Electrical Panel Schedules

Electrical panel schedules are a special type of schedule in Revit. They do not follow the typical format of schedules by allowing users to add fields and filters, but rather are specifically generated for electrical panels. This has additional challenges when managing data from a panel schedule view. Autodesk has made a significant improvement towards making panel schedules easier to work with in Revit 2020.2.

Each circuit on a panel schedule includes a field for the circuit description, which has typically been a manually typed field which has always been challenging to manage at scale. In Revit 2020.2, users can now display combined parameters in place of a circuit description. This means more leverage of BIM data and less manual data entry, which of course means less risk for errors or mismatched information.

In addition, users can now review and edit these parameter values directly in the properties pane while in the panel schedule view.

Revit 2020.2Conclusion

Although these are just a few of the minor updates included in Revit 2020.2, they will undoubtedly make it easier to review and manage the data within Revit models while in schedule views. Happy Reviteering!

VIATechnik and UNIFI Team Up to Help AEC Industry Leverage UNIFI APIs for Custom Software Development

Las Vegas, NV,  December 2019 – UNIFI Labs has grown exponentially across all aspects of our business this year. This involves significant enhancements to our product offerings, including the release of our Project Analytics and Content Management APIs, which enable users to customize UNIFI to derive the data and functionality needed to optimize their unique BIM workflows and internal design technology stacks. In an effort to empower UNIFI customers to get the most out of our API offerings, we’re proud to announce we’ve joined forces with VIATechnik, the global leader in VDC consulting and experts in custom development software, to  help UNIFI customers leverage our APIs for their unique BIM workflow needs.  

The potential customizations available through UNIFI’s APIs are innumerous and offer significant ROI in terms of time and money to customers who leverage them in collaboration with a qualified partner, like VIATechnik. A few noteworthy use cases include programmatically managing data within Revit families, adding, removing, and modifying shared parameters and their value in batch, ensuring Revit families are up to date with company standards, reviewing historical BIM data, generating a changelog for Revit, and much more.  The VIATechnik team is fully committed to understanding the needs and desires of UNIFI customers and enabling them to utilize our API offerings accordingly. 

Danielle Dy Buncio, CEO of VIATechnik explains the power of the UNIFI partnership. “There is a proliferation of construction technology in the AECO space today, but it will be integration of these ideas that will create a positive disruptive force in the industry.” She continued, “We believe that UNIFI’s BIM content management platform along with VIATechnik’s BIM data insights and analytics capabilities will unlock the value that the BIM data provides and benefit a much broader set of stakeholders than the traditional BIM user group. We are excited to align ourselves with other leaders in the space, together working to create a better built environment.” 

Dwayne Miller, CEO and Co-Founder at UNIFI Labs echoes Danielle’s excitement, “We are really excited to announce the VIATechnik UNIFI partnership.  Both UNIFI and VIATechnik strive to ensure we journey with our customers and help them get the most out of their technology investment.  As a cloud-based software company, our goal at UNIFI is to ensure we deliver value to as many customers as possible. Due to our user base’s diversity and the unique nature of their respective technology stacks and project workflows, we’ve experienced that the need for customization is increasingly at the forefront of our conversations with customers. The release of our API earlier this year was a critical step forward in supporting customization and providing more flexible access to the power of our platform.” Dwayne added,  “Our partnership with VIATechnik represents the next step forward in providing our customers with the expertise they require to enable customization in the context of the unique ways each company leverages technology and integrates UNIFI to increase velocity and advance their business. VIATechnik’s incredible experience and deep domain expertise will help our customers realize the full benefit of our APIs and the power of the UNIFI platform.” 

Interested in utilizing the VIATechnik help you take advantage of UNIFI’s API offerings to enhance your BIM technology investment? Contact us today at sales@unifilabs.com or 702-834-5525. 

About VIATechnik 

VIATechnik is a global leader in virtual design and construction (VDC) consulting, implementation and education. Since our founding in 2012, VIATechnik has worked on over 2000 projects globally, covering over 180 million square feet. We have extensive experience on commercial, infrastructure, industrial, healthcare, educational, airport, data center, and residential projects. Our mission is to transform the analog world of design, construction, and operations of buildings and infrastructure into a digital platform, enabling efficient design, industrialized construction, and a digital real estate service model. Through this transformation, we believe we can solve the world’s housing and infrastructure challenges, deliver spaces that nurture life, commerce, and relationships. For additional information please call 773-340-1690, email tyler.gancarz@viatechnik.com or visit us at viatechnik.com. 

About UNIFI Labs 

UNIFI Labs is the global leader in cloud-based BIM content and data management. Our essential data platform delivers a Better BIM experience by helping users navigate the DARK BIM. Hundreds of brands trust UNIFI for their BIM content/data management needs, including  Interior Architects, KaterraStantec, HOK, Legrand, and Pella. For a free demo of UNIFI contact us at sales@unifilabs.com or visit us at www.unifilabs.com  

Benefits of the BIMsmith Integration for UNIFI Users

Did you know that UNIFI Pro users have access to hundreds of brands for manufacturer BIM content through manufacturer channels directly in the desktop application? We make it easier for users to find and load quality Revit families from leading brands such as Legrand, Herman Miller, Grundfos, Knoll, Mitsubishi Electric, Zurn, and more.

Last week, we announced the addition of a new partner, BIMsmith, which provides hundreds of new content to our users. BIMsmith is one of the leading websites which provides a robust product database for building professionals who are looking for BIM content to add to their projects.

BIMsmith

BIMsmith content is now as easier to find and load into projects.

By using UNIFI Pro, users no long need to download Revit families and CAD blocks through their web browser. With a single click, UNIFI downloads the content from the cloud and loads it into your current project.

UNIFI’s intuitive search functionality allows users to find content by keyword or parameter value. By selecting any number of BIMsmith’s channels, you now have the ability to find Revit families across multiple manufacturers inline with your firm’s internal assets.

BIMsmith

Improved Visibility of BIMsmith Parameter Data

Within UNIFI Pro, users will now have the ability to review the parameter data within BIMsmith’s Revit families without the need to download or open the family in Revit. All parameters and their values are visible directly in the UNIFI Pro application.

BIMsmith Content is Now Available in UNIFI Pro

For current customers, the BIMsmith content is available at no charge today. Simply navigate to your subscriptions page in the web portal and scroll down to the BIMsmith section to subscribe to each manufacturer channel as desired. Once you’ve subscribed to the desired channels, your team will have the ability to find and use BIMsmith content in their projects.

If you’re not a current customer and want to learn more about implementing UNIFI Pro at your firm, please contact sales@unifilabs.com.

BIMsmith and UNIFI Integrate to Enhance AEC Industries Access to Manufacturer Content

Las Vegas, NV, November 2019 – UNIFI Labs is proud to report on a year of accelerated growth. We’ve achieved many key milestones in 2019, including a 98% customer retention rate and surpassing 10,000 monthly active users on our platform. We attribute these achievements to our commitment to journeying with our customers on the path to Better BIM, consistently placing our customers’ needs, goals, and experience at the forefront of our focus. In order to further support our goal of enabling our customers to get the most out of their investment in the UNIFI platform, we’ve joined forces with BIMsmiththe leading product database for building professionals, to provide an expansive new collection of BIM content resources to UNIFI customers 

As a result of this partnership, the extensive selection of BIM content from the world’s leading building product manufacturers hosted in BIMsmith Market is now available at no additional charge to UNIFI’s AECO customers through UNIFI Connect.  Access to quality, accurate BIM content and data continues to be one of the leading inhibitors keeping design firms from realizing the full ROI of their investment in BIM workflows and technologies. Through our integration with BIMsmith, not only will UNIFI customers have access to an increased amount of manufacturer BIM content, they’ll also greatly benefit from the real-time sync of content data between our two platforms which ensures that the latest and most accurate building manufacturer product data is being placed in their projects.  

For the manufacturers who make their content available on BIMsmith’s platform, the process of loading the Revit families they’ve created into a project is greatly streamlined for AECOs accessing the content via the UNIFI add-in, as a modeler will no longer be required to download and load families into a project. BIMsmith’s manufacturers will benefit from increased exposure, as their products will be available to the leading design firms leveraging UNIFI as their single source of approved BIM content, including Stantec, HDR, IA and HOKBenjamin Glunz, CEO of BIMsmith said, “The building design community has so much to gain when we put out heads together. We’re thrilled to work with UNIFI to offer building professionals faster, more reliable product data.”   

Dwayne Miller, CEO and Co-Founder at UNIFI Labs added, “From our first interaction it was clear we share a common ethos, as both BIMSmith and UNIFI come from the domain and have intimate context for the challenges our customers face.” Dwayne continued, “Coming together was very natural and as partners we can provide more value to the industry we collectively serve. We are excited to work together to help our constituents accelerate delivery and increase velocity in their BIM journey.” 

Interested in learning more about BIMsmith? Please call (224) 505-4246 or visit www.bimsmith.com. To learn how to access BIMsmith’s content in UNIFI and try out the rest of our platform features, please visit our blog post contact us at sales@unifilabs.com 

About BIMsmith® 

BIMsmith, the leading cloud-based building product discovery and selection platform, cultivates global business-to-business relationships between building industry professionals and building product manufacturers. Through direct integration of real product data into the BIM workflow, BIMsmith continues to shape the future of building science technology, placing its clients at the forefront of BIM innovation while addressing the true needs of industry professionals. Learn more about BIMsmith at www.bimsmith.com. 

About UNIFI Labs 

UNIFI Labs is the global leader in cloud-based BIM content and data management. Our essential data platform delivers a Better BIM experience by helping users navigate the DARK BIM. Hundreds of brands trust UNIFI for their BIM content/data management needsincluding  Interior Architects, Katerra, Stantec, HOK, Legrand, and Pella.