BIM Projects and The Role of the Manufacturer


Level of Definition

This project is one of the first to deliver fully integrated modelling in a BIM environment across design, construction and facilities management (FM).

The university wanted a single source of information on the building that everyone could access. It also wanted electronic management of files linked to 3D models to give it a well-organised database.

Part of the client’s Employer’s Information Requirements – (EIR is another acronym you will come across in BIM circles!) – were to establish a library of components down to the detailed level of wall sockets and radiators.

This provides opportunities for managing each item throughout its life – from design to maintenance of the building.

Meeting the EIR here would not be possible with generic BIM content. The required Level of Detail (LOD) and Level of Information (LOI) – together known as Level of Definition – is only achievable with manufacturer specific data.

For me, this is further proof that manufacturer content has a key role to play in the future of BIM.

BIM – The Manufacturer’s Role

The PFM article included an interview with Martin Phillips from product manufacturer Thermoscreens.

BIM is largely underpinned by the availability of building product models, but the work required by manufacturers often gets forgotten.

According to Phillips, manufacturer BIM objects offer many benefits, including:

  • Increased efficiency
  • Collaboration between all parties involved in the construction process
  • Improved building design and facilities management
  • Reduced on-site clashes

Read the full article here


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