Project Description

A highly customisable product available in a seemingly infinite number of configurations. UNIFI developed a ‘beautifully simple’ Revit solution for CHS Healthcare.

Intuitive Healthcare Revit Content

BIM Marketing Strategy / Revit Content Creation / Revit Project Documentation

Project Summary

CHS (Ceiling Hoist Solutions) is an industry leading supplier of portable and fixed patient lifting systems into the healthcare sector. After a sporadic introduction to the world of BIM and Revit content creation, CHS is now enjoying the benefits of engaging UNIFI as their provider of Revit content and strategic BIM services.

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Project Background

Prior to working with UNIFI, CHS had engaged another Revit content creator to develop a Revit content library for their fixed ceiling hoist range. However, upon launching this initial library, CHS were advised by their Architecture clients that their Revit families did not meet their needs. In turn, CHS were advised by their clients to work with UNIFI as the industry’s leading Revit content creator, capable of creating a new, high quality Revit content library that would be utilised by commercial Architecture firms.

Challenges

The CHS product range of ceiling hoists is made up of numerous components, including rails, hoists, hangers and droppers. The rail components in this product range in particular are highly customisable so that bespoke systems can be created for any kind of room layout in a healthcare environment. The main challenge from a Revit content creation standpoint was to create a simple solution for a complex product range. Specifically, UNIFI needed to develop a Revit content library that could adequately detail and document the complete range of system configurations available, whilst ensuring users were able to utilise and manipulate the content in a project environment with relative simplicity.

Solution

To ensure the CHS Revit library specifically catered to the needs and wants of their clients, members of the UNIFI Advisory Panel and external Healthcare Architecture BIM specialists were consulted in the development of the Revit family library. The subsequent content library developed for this product range is highly parametric and extremely intuitive. This intuitiveness provides users the ability to efficiently create documentation for highly customised ceiling hoist systems on the fly, without having to spend considerable time understanding the complexities of the system itself. By implementing a number of constraints and conditional statements into the content, users can create documentation (2D, 3D and schedules) for complete ceiling hoist systems combining hoists, droppers and rails. This is simply undertaken by adjusting intuitive family parameters and/or choosing predefined products from a sample Revit project/product library.

Outcome

To date, the feedback given to CHS from Architecture professionals on the quality and usability of the CHS Revit content library has been exceptional. Architects are finding the library a great asset to their practice when specifying ceiling hoist systems for Hospitals and Aged Care projects in particular. Owing to the quality of the library, CHS has been invited by the Architect and managing contractor of a major hospital development project to assist with populating a project model with their ceiling hoist systems throughout the Revit project. UNIFI has been happy to provide this service on behalf of CHS to the contractor.

What Did The Client Think?

“Our experience working with IGS has been both enjoyable and beneficial to ensuring the continued growth of our business. CHS originally developed a Revit library with another BIM content creator, but upon providing it to our clients we learned it was not suitable for their needs. A client recommended we speak with IGS about creating a library that would provide them with real value in creating documentation and specifying our products.

It was clear from early on that IGS had very close ties with a number of our key clients and intimately understood how to build content they would actually use. IGS also put a great deal of effort into understanding the capabilities of our product range which is quite complex. We now have a Revit library that is appreciated by our clients who find it easier to specify our products, ensuring we are specified more often and more accurately. We are also excited about the potential for process and operational benefits our Revit library will provide us, beyond being used by specifiers.

At all times the service from IGS has been attentive, friendly and genuinely considerate of our business objectives. We would highly recommend IGS to other manufacturers seeking a supplier of Revit content and sound advice on BIM strategy.”

Jason Swaffield
National Sales Manager
CHS Healthcare

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