Q&A with Thomas Corrie
Associate Partner, Hopkins Architects.
What drove your interest in Kinship, and what were the challenges you were looking to address?
We were looking to gather more information on how our project teams were using Revit, (who was working on which projects, numbers of syncs, etc). Alongside this, we were also trying to find an easier way to share families created across our different projects.
We had already started building our own add-on to gather the data we needed. However, when we saw a demonstration of Kinship, we realised that it collated all this information for us, and presented it in a clear, understandable way. We could also see that It would allow that our teams to access content from all project files, quickly and easily.
What has been the reaction by the team/Revit users?
The search facility within Kinship is much more intuitive.
It’s now the first place many of our architectural staff will look when searching for Revit families or considering building new ones from scratch.
The analytics tools are used mainly by the BIM Leads for the projects, and are well-presented and offer useful information.
The areas where Kinship has been particularly effective include:
- Determining the cause of a corrupt file. This used to be a lengthy manual process but Kinship gathers up this information and presents to us directly.
- Reviewing the number of syncs. We’ve optimised how often teams should sync with the central model, and this varies depending on the project setup (local or cloud, large or small etc).
Has Kinship shown a financial impact and return of investment for the firm?
At this stage, it is difficult to assess how much time was previously spent searching for content, so an accurate ROI is hard to determine.
Overall, what is the general impression of Kinship?
Kinship makes it easier for us to maintain our Revit models, and to gain a more accurate picture of the BIM work going into our projects.
When it comes to diagnosing problems, we are now much less reliant on hearsay or opinions as we can quickly identify any issues with the model.
The ability to search across all of our Revit families has definitely encouraged us to focus on creating better quality and more re-usable content, rather than just what suits us for a particular project at a point in time.
Do you have any comments on training, implementation or support?
We’ve found that as Kinship is very straightforward and easy to use, it requires just a quick introduction for our new team members.
Time does needs to be spent checking that users have Kinship installed, but the website makes it possible to look for users who do not have Kinship installed, and a reminder can be sent.
The Kinship team are very responsive, and improvements are regularly added to the system.
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