I could write for hours about BIM content in both practical and specific terms, but in this post I want to share just three keys to good management of BIM content.
Key 1 - Have a DRI (Directly Responsible Individual)
A good collection of BIM content doesn't happen automatically. It is something that needs an appropriate level of curation, and to that end, it needs someone who is ultimately responsible. In fact, you may have a company-wide Chief Content Manager, and then persons who handle content on a more specific basis (such as a Studio Content Curator, or a Structural Content Creator). In this way, if there is a problem with content, you know who you need to speak to in order to get that problem resolved.
Key 2 - Put Your Content Together in One Place
We should be way past having little folders with BIM content on file systems and local hard drives all over the place. There are really good tools out there to collect BIM content together and manage it. The better and more powerful versions of these tools are typically cloud-based, and the best example I have personally seen is Unifi (which I have posted about before).
Unifi provdes a secure, stable place to store all of your BIM content, and then search through it, find what you need, and immediately load it into your live projects. They have been expanding the feature set consistently since it was released, and I'm happy to announce that there is another new feature coming to Unifi, which leads me to...
Key 3 - Metadata, Metadata, Metadata!
Have you ever been searching for hours on end through folder after folder, trying to find that particular piece of content that you know is out there somewhere? Aside from being frustrating, it is also a huge waste of valuable time. Unifi has had the ability to add useful metadata in the form of Tags for a long time...
But what if you want to batch edit tags for a lot of content all at once?
In just a few days, Unifi will release the Batch Tag Manager and enable users to manage metadata in even more powerful ways than those previously available. To quote from a Unifi insider:
Tags are heavily used by our customers... Especially when used in combination with Saved Searches, tags can be very effective at creating custom collections of components. However, with large and growing libraries – managing these tags has been difficult for some. We have conducted several interviews with customers about these challenges and came up with the batch tag manager...
The Batch Tag Manager will allow you to view tags in a management interface, and then batch rename, merge or delete tags. The full feature set will be discussed in the upcoming webinar.
Here are some 'leaked' screenshots of the new features :)
|Tag Management Interface|
|Ability to Batch Rename, Merge and Delete Tags|
|Merge Tags Interface|
Included in the feature is the ability to see a historical list of batch operations run against the library – which will allow even more control and insight.
|View Historical Operations|
Learn more about these exciting new capabilities at the upcoming webinar:
Unifi is getting better and better, and they are responding actively to ideas from users all around the world in the Ideas Portal...
So the questions is, have you given Unifi a try yet?