Established in 1938 on the promise of a collaborative design approach, CTA Architects and Engineers was an early adopter of integrated architectural and engineering services. Their annual construction volume is $400 million plus, led by over 50 LEED accredited professionals. CTA’s client-focused staff occupies 14 office locations, accommodating a staff of 430 plus AEC professionals who regularly incorporate HIVE from CTC Software into their workflows. With such a large firm, CTA needed a way to share the large amount of content and to counteract server-based size issues their Revit team members were encountering.
Tools Used Inside HIVE
“HIVE works great for adjusting your search options and being able to adjust the search to the specific files you need to find quickly. The functionality is excellent. We are more than satisfied with it,” said Casey Huffman, Corp BIM Manager, CTA Group. With HIVE, users can quickly find Revit®, AutoCAD®, PDF, images and other file types quickly using libraries, tags, favorites and file metadata. “I usually know where the families I want are located, but HIVE has been nice when I want a family I haven’t used or want to see what other options we have. It also has saved me a lot of time when Revit’s native tools wouldn’t allow me to perform the functions I needed.”
The account management portal allows company administrators to control access to the HIVE suite of tools. This doesn’t require a windows desktop with HIVE running. User administration can be done from any web-enabled device, allowing company admins ease of access to important tasks from anywhere. There will often be times when access to HIVE libraries needs to be controlled consistently for multiple users . The HIVE group management web interface makes this process very easy. “CTC’s tools are very good and any issues we have are resolved quickly. I can always get the exact information I need without any more investigation,” said Casey.
“HIVE works great for adjusting your search options and being able to adjust the search to the specific files you need to find quickly. The functionality is excellent.”