Employee Spotlight: Josh Kennedy

Employee Spotlight: Meet Josh

Being part of the UNIFI team also means that you’re part of a family – and one that’s committed to journeying with AECO industry leaders and realizing their efficiency with UNIFI. Josh Kennedy has only been at UNIFI for the past year, but he has become an essential member of UNIFI family with his dedication, passion, and results-driven attitude, making him a top-notch Director of Sales! Being the Director of Sales, Josh enables BIM leaders to standardize their libraries and gain insights into model health, as well as helping existing UNIFI clients expand their current deployment and adoption.  

We sat down with Josh to get his take on working at UNIFI, and all the great aspects of UNIFI that he has enjoyed since joining the team. Continue to read below to see our interview with Josh! 

What has your experience been with our company culture at UNIFI? 

I love it! The team has been helpful and is open to help from others. It’s clear we are unified in working to create a better now and enable a better future for our partners. 

What are some things you’ve noticed about our leadership team? 

They’re present, knowledgeable, and reachable. I’ve been able to spend quality time with each of our leaders. They are also very sharp and professional. I look forward to working with them for years to come. 

What parts of our mission do you connect with?  

“Creating a better now to enable a better future” is something that resonates with me in both our industry and my personal life. When it comes to building and designing, it’s a trade that will never go away. There’s always room for improvement, in this industry and with UNIFI’s help, to do things more efficiently and accurately. I personally enjoy watching things like new buildings and local improvement projects come to life. I like to think we’re helping bring those projects to completion sooner than previously possible. 

What have been your biggest accomplishments on our team? 

So far, I’ve been happy to help add new logos to our growing list of business partners and begin expanding our existing relationships. I have also enjoyed collaborating with other departments and even leading a team-building event. I look forward to accomplishing more of all the above. 

Which benefits are your favorite and why? 

Trips to spend time face to face with the team are invaluable. It helps us get to know each other and work more closely going forward. The healthcare benefits are also amazing. It helps create peace of mind for me and my family. 

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

Building homes. Watching things go from nothing to something that someone else was able to enjoy. 

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

The people and the industry. It’s great to be helping bring real-world, physical projects to life and the team is awesome. The only thing that has changed is that I’ve met more of the team and  they are all people that I’m proud to work with. 

Wrap Up

We’re grateful to have contributors like Josh on team UNIFI. Want to learn more about the great people that make UNIFI, the industry leading BIM content management platform, happen? You’re in the right place. Subscribe to our blog by filling out the form below! Or are you interested in learning more about UNIFI’s platform and how to get a free trial of UNIFI? Visit us here: https://unifilabs.com/getstartedwithunifi 

UNIFI Pro Version: 3.9.3

OVERVIEW

We are excited to announce that our 3.9.3 software update is now live! This minor update will provide stability fixes for 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

• The “suggest a feature link” now takes users to our new Idea Portals. You can check out the details, here.

bug fixes

Fixed the issue with intermittent UNIFI-related .NET Framework errors in Revit. 

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. 

UNIFI’s Webinar “Back To Basics: Jargon, BIM Acronyms and Terms Defined” Recapped + Our Free BIM Bible

UNIFI Labs, the industry leading BIM content management platform that saves designers 200 hours a year, has been hosting the most highly attended webinars in the AECO industry for years now, covering many different BIM industry topics. Ultimately, these webinars are aimed at educating and entertaining industry leaders around their BIM strategies. 

We hosted our most recent webinar on March 9, “Back To Basics: Jargon, BIM Acronyms and Terms Defined”. Our inspiration behind this webinar was from a recent survey of leading BIM consultants where we learned that “BIM wash” or misalignment around BIM terminology was one of the greatest hurdles in BIM adoption and expansion among leading AECO’s today. 

As a result and to help with this, we prepared this webinar focused on reviewing  BIM acronyms, jargon, and terminology while discussing real-life examples that demonstrated why having these terms mastered across your organization is foundational to taking full advantage of the benefits of BIM. UNIFI had their very own BIM expert, Karen Pierce CM-BIM, host the webinar where she discussed this plus showed off our “BIM Bible” e-book which defines all of the BIM terms your organization needs to get aligned and avoid “BIM wash”. 

Those who joined the webinar came away with: 

•Mastering the acronyms, Jargon, and terms associated with BIM  

•Reviewing the resources available to stay in the know of ever-evolving industry terminology  

•Tips on educating those who work outside the model on BIM terminology  

•An understanding of real-life examples of how the alignment of BIM language empowered leading AECO organizations to gain velocity and enhance culture at their firms

Are you interested in avoiding “BIM wash” and increasing communication around BIM terminology at your organization? In the form below, you can access the recording of the webinar as well as get your free copy of our new BIM bible, which contains all the must-know BIM terminology.  

You can download both assets by filling out the form below! Enjoy and congratulations on prioritizing improving your BIM terminology knowledge. You’re one step closer to enhancing  communication around all things BIM at your organization.  

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March 9 @ 11 am PDT: BIM Terminology Basics

You’re invited to join our upcoming webinar, “Back to the Basics: BIM Acronyms, Jargons, and Terms Defined.” “Back to the Basics: BIM Acronyms, Jargons, and Terms Defined.”

WoodSolution’sTimber Talks Podcast Features UNIFI’s Own, Virginia Senf, On Their Latest Episode

WoodSolutions’ Timber Talks Podcast Features UNIFI’s Own, Virginia Senf, On Their Latest Episode 

  WoodSolutions creates and distributes case studies, blogs, and podcasts for architects, building designers, engineers, interior designers and decorators and developers, in the building and construction industries. Their large library of content across various channels is developed with the intent to provide these professionals with non-proprietary information regarding wood and timber products.  

This week’s Timber Talks podcast focused on minimizing digital waste amidst the built industry’s digital revolution. Building Information Modeling (BIM) is at the forefront of realizing the full impact of the collaboration and efficiency benefits that digitalization has held for the industry. The complexity of the industry’s digital workflows has led way to a whole network of Revit add-ins that serve to advance  BIM implementation and utilization. The WoodSolutions Timber Talks podcast team invited UNIFI’s own COO, Virginia Senf, to discuss. 

Virginia is the COO at UNIFI Labs, the software company behind the second most adopted Revit add-in and industry leading BIM content management platform that helps designers deliver healthier, higher quality models faster, while saving an hour a day. With more than half a decade on the front lines of the BIM revolution under her belt, Virginia brought a unique firsthand perspective on the building industry’s digital transformation. 

 Tune in to hear host Adam Jones and Virginia dive into some of the most exciting opportunities being enabled by BIM today, from digital twins, to how to improve project workflows, to realizing efficiencies in the operations phase of the building lifecycle. You’ll come away with understanding how UNIFI helps reduce digital waste today and its vision to enable fluid data collaboration across the built lifecycle in the future. 

Here is the link to check it out now.  Enjoy and please don’t hesitate to leave your feedback in the comment section below.  

Revit Vs Cad

Revit Vs. AutoCADWhat is the Difference?

Revit and AutoCAD are two world-known design programs created by Autodesk that have taken over architecture and engineering firms, yet they have enormous differences in both use and application. Here is a little background on both. 

AutoCAD has been around a lot longer than Revit; it was first released in December 1982. AutoCAD was created by Autodesk, when it was originally released it was a desktop application running on microcomputers with internal graphics controllers. This was a first for AutoCAD software’s back then, as they normally would be run on mainframe computers, with every individual AutoCAD operator working at a separate graphics terminal.  It is known worldwide as the software that has fundamentally changed the design world, as before AutoCAD you would use pen and paper and drafting was very much considered an art form. AutoCAD is a commercial computer-aided design and drafting software application that you can produce 2D and 3D drawings with. It allows you to conceptualize ideas, produce designs to a high level of accuracy, and it can even create rapid design calculations and simulations. The software is used by interior designers, architects, graphic designers, and engineers all over the world. 

Development on Revit officially started in 1999 by Charles River Software.  Revit was finally officially released on April 5th, 2000.  It was not until 2002 that Revit got acquired by Autodesk. Throughout the years, Revit has grown to be industry-standard BIM software. With it having the ability to render 3D models and walkthroughs of finished designs, it is a very powerful software changing the way engineers, architects, and designers plan and construct buildings. Revit even goes beyond the extent of just helping plan and construct buildings but also helps with supply chain management, risk management, scheduling, engineering simulation, and project visualization. The demand for Revit has surged as BIM adoption in the construction industry has grown from 17% in 2007 to over 70% in 2021.  

Now when it comes to differences, the biggest and most well-known difference between Revit and AutoCAD is that Revit is BIM software. BIM is known as building information modeling, which in simpler terms means that you are using a set of software and processes to design, construct, and operate a building in a virtual space where it is all a 3D process. AutoCAD is a AutoCAD platform. AutoCAD is a computer-aided design where you design the building, and then from there take your designs to be generated from the model. With AutoCAD this can be a 2D or 3D design. Going on from the fundamental difference between Revit and AutoCAD is the fact that Revit is more detailed oriented focusing on all the different phases and disciplines involved in creating a building. While AutoCAD is more focused on the general overview of drawing/designing the building. Revit will also give you data about the construction of the building, while AutoCAD will just give you data about the design of the building.   

When it comes to using the software, there are differences as well. When using Revit from the start it is a lot harder to learn than it is to learn AutoCAD but once you know how to use Revit it is more time-consuming and difficult to use AutoCAD and make modifications than it is to use Revit and make modifications. Revit is also only available to use on Windows, versus AutoCAD you can use on Windows and Mac. A lot of Revit users have come up with the solution to use a virtual environment on their Mac to use Window’s technology, as they wait on Revit to release a Mac friendly version.

A direct example of how Revit is overtaking AutoCad is how I am helping a firm that has recently transitioned to Revit. While Revit has already been around for years, the past few releases of it have made it much more desirable. Previously, AutoCAD provided complete control over your 2D drawing and offers flexibility for 3D objects. Its ability to easily manipulate geometry means an infinite ability to make anything. Which is a big reason many would stick to AutoCAD. But now new Revit and BIM360 tools come out some of the additional features that led firms to stay with AutoCAD such as customizable workspaces and integration of PDF files have become weakened the argument to continue to stay on AutoCAD.  

Even with their differences, both software’s will normally be used hand in hand, as many will use an AutoCAD design to incorporate it into a Revit project. They both are powerhouse design tools, that are very effective in what they do for the user. The bottom line is when it comes to the drawing and design of a building AutoCAD is better, but for the overall construction of a building, Revit is better. 

One major thing AutoCAD and Revit have in common: they’re both supported by UNIFI’s industry leading content management system. In fact, BIM, AutoCAD, and any file type can be stored and distributed in UNIFI which ultimately saves your designers an hour a day and empowers seamless collaboration across your team. Click here Get Started with UNIFI – UNIFI (unifilabs.com) to try UNIFI free today. 

Let us know in the comments, do you prefer Revit or CAD, and why?

January 26 @ 11 am PDT: Keep Your Models Lean

You’re invited to join our upcoming webinar, “Keep Your Models Lean with Type Catalogs and Lookup Tables.”

UNIFI Release 3.9.2

OVERVIEW

We’re excited to announce that our 3.9.2 software update is now live! You can now take advantage of:

•Pinned Libraries

•Several bug fixes

Keep reading for the full scoop and please note you will need to update UNIFI to take advantage of this update.

HIGHLIGHTS

•PINNED LIBRARIES

Upon pinning a library to a project in portal and opening any of the project’s models in Revit, that library will now automatically be highlighted in browse view and selected when searching for content in the desktop application.

Fixed the following issues:

•Search result length list appearing limited 

Batch insert dialog where materials were always displayed as ready to insert.

Revit Addin displaying Win32 and Revit project session communication errors.

 Library Communication Error banner being displayed sometimes during content browsing.

Saved Searches/Favorites not populating 

Quick Search not filtering results during Batch Export

WRAP UP

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

Until next year,  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. 

December 8 @ 11 am PDT: 15 Min to BIM Invite

You’re invited to join our 15 Minutes to BIM webinar, “UNIFI Year in. Review.”

November 10 @ 11 am PDT: 15 Min to BIM Invite

You’re invited to join our 15 Minutes to BIM webinar, “Suprise Session”