Why Brymec is embracing BIM by Darren McMullan
With its strong emphasis on harnessing the power of digital technology, Building Information Modelling (BIM) revolutionises the way buildings are designed, constructed, operated and maintained.
BIM is a way of working rather than a tangible object. It is the process of delivering and operating built assets – which include buildings, bridges and roads – using structured digital information to which all members of the project team have access. It does this by generating and managing digital representations of physical and functional characteristics of places.
Take up of BIM has been relatively slow since it was first mooted around seven years ago, but it is starting to gain traction as awareness of its advantages grows. It allows, for example, project information to be clearly structured and easy to find in one place. That frees project teams to deliver higher quality buildings more efficiently. It also means end users are better able to understand how their buildings are performing so that they can improve that performance.
Adopting BIM also brings predictability to a project, both in terms of delivery and operation. And, it helps to save money and the environment by eliminating wasteful processes and activities.
BIM Objects are an important aspect of the BIM process. They allow members of the project team to use manufacturer-specific building materials and components in their CAD system.
A BIM object contains detailed information that defines the product and geometry that represents the product’s physical characteristics. Visualisation data gives the object a recognizable appearance and behavioural data, such as detection zones, enables the object to be positioned or to behave in exactly the same way as the product itself.
“There are two primary types of object: component and layered. The component objects are building products that have fixed geometrical shapes such as windows, doors, boilers etc. Layered objects are building products that do not have a fixed shape or size such as carpets, roofing, walls and ceilings.”
Brymec is increasing ease of access to BIM by having BIM Objects for every Brymec branded product available at brymec.com/bim. Brymec is able to bring BIM straight to the customer.
This is a timely move because BIM increases productivity and trust among the project team, and reduces conflicts and changes during construction. There is less need for rework and duplication of drawings for the different requirements of building disciplines. And fewer errors are introduced into the project.
The increasing number of simulation tools available for use with BIM allows designers to calculate building energy performance and visualize such things as sunlight and shade on a building in different seasons as well as save valuable drafting time.
As Brymec embark on this journey we continue to engage with our customers to establish their needs in this area and we maintain an open mind in developing our system to make it the most effective for our customers.
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