MINNEAPOLIS (November 6, 2023) –
In the fast-paced world of architecture, engineering, and construction (AEC), precision and efficiency are paramount. CTC Software™, a pioneering force in AEC technology, has just unveiled a groundbreaking new feature in the 24.2 release of the HIVE™ Content Management System (CMS). This innovation will revolutionize AEC content management as we know it: automated built-in family standards checking and reporting for Revit® content.
The Challenge of Varied Content
Every Revit CMS can equip you with an array of search tools, filtering options, and tagging capabilities. These are undeniably valuable, but there’s a hidden challenge that often plagues AEC professionals. It’s the inconsistency in the content itself. Picture this: you’re working on a project, and the families you’re using come from diverse sources, each with its own unique set of standards. This seemingly small issue can snowball into significant problems, including::
1. Model Performance Issues
Non-standard families can lead to excessive file sizes, frequent crashes, and painfully long save/load times. These bottlenecks can cripple your productivity and frustrate your team.
2. Inaccurate Schedules
With varied content, it’s tough to maintain accurate schedules. The discrepancies between different family standards can lead to scheduling errors that can have a cascading impact on your project timeline..
3. Inconsistent Prints
Imagine printing your project only to discover inconsistencies and misalignments due to the use of non-standard families. It’s a headache that no AEC professional wants to deal with.
Enter the Game Changer
CTC Software recognizes these challenges and has come up with a game-changing solution. The upcoming HIVE 24.2 release will introduce an innovative feature that analyzes and reports on the families stored in HIVE libraries. It goes a step further by comparing them to industry best practices and standards based on years of collaboration and live project testing.
As an administrator, you’ll have the power to choose which rules are included in the report, tailoring the analysis to your organization’s specific needs. Here’s how it works:
- Select the libraries you want to analyze.
- Initiate the analysis process.
- Once completed, you’ll receive an email with the results in CSV format, which you can easily view in a spreadsheet or analyze in a tool like Power BI.
The checks will cover a wide range of aspects, including family performance, warnings, CAD imports, visibility options, subcategories, and connectors (for MEP content). These comprehensive checks ensure that every family meets your exacting standards.
Moreover, each family’s rating will appear in the Details pane in HIVE. You can even set a “Minimum Allowable Rating” to hide families that fall below your standards, ensuring that your users always work with top-quality content.
A Glimpse into the Future
Shawn Zirbes, Director of BIM Development at CTC Software, shares his excitement about this innovative feature, saying, “This new feature has been in the works for years and will provide revolutionary functionality that no other content management system has currently.” He further hints at their plans to develop an automated content repair engine powered by Autodesk Forge®, proving that CTC Software is committed to advancing the AEC industry.
But that’s not all. CTC Software has already initiated partnerships with renowned building product manufacturers such as Price Industries to serve as hosts and quality control for their content, and they are actively establishing further collaborations throughout the industry. What makes these partnerships truly exceptional is that all content is subjected to the same standards checking processes, ensuring that professionals in the AEC field gain direct access to top-tier, manufacturer-backed content.
The best part is, manufacturer content will be available to everyone for free. This move represents a significant leap in ensuring that AEC professionals have seamless access to top-tier resources, further enhancing the industry’s efficiency and quality.
Accessibility and Affordability
Here’s the best part: this groundbreaking feature will be automatically available to administrators of both existing and new HIVE subscriptions, at no additional cost. CTC Software is determined to empower AEC professionals with the tools they need to thrive in a highly competitive industry.
In conclusion, CTC Software’s imminent release of automated built-in family standards checking is poised to be a game changer for the AEC community. It addresses a critical pain point, ensuring that all families used in your projects conform to the same set of standards, ultimately boosting efficiency and precision in your work.
- Is this feature exclusive to Revit content? No, while this feature is initially designed for Revit content, CTC Software has plans to expand its standards checking system to cover Civil 3D content in the future.
- How do I control the analysis process? As an administrator, you have the flexibility to select which rules are included in the report, tailoring the analysis to your organization’s specific needs
- What happens to families that don’t meet the minimum rating? Families that fall below the “Minimum Allowable Rating” can be hidden from users until they are improved and rechecked.
- Will this feature be available at an extra cost? No, this feature will be automatically accessible to administrators of both existing and new HIVE subscriptions, with no additional charges.
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