The mission of Cable Mangement Systems Manufacturers is to actively participate in the development of BIM technology to facilitate information and technical characteristics that contribute not only to the development and execution of the project, but also to its subsequent operation and maintenance
BIM implementation in the UK
The importance of BIM technology in the United Kingdom has been consolidated thanks to the implementation and mandatory levels for the development and execution of projects and works. Level 2 was implemented in the United Kingdom, from the 4th April 2016, determining that mandatory public works projects were to be presented in BIM format.
This strategy focuses on reducing the cost of project assets, within the public sector construction industry, by 20% from 2016. It has also been introduced to drive the adoption of BIM processes across the public sector and Private partnerships to promote their benefits, including cost reduction, predictable planning, performance improvement, risk reduction, and more.
Among the advantages provided by the BIM Systems we would highlight the following:
Integration and collaborative work in the design of the facility.
The philosophy of BIM works through various software applications such as REVIT, ArchiCAD, Sketchup, AllPlan, etc., and provides solutions in a manner that allows the integration of various Architecture and Engineering Solutions within Architectural Design, Structures, Facades, HVAC installations, Electrical installations, etc., facilitating the development of the project in an integrated way. Within the same work environment, these studies can combine their knowledge, making all the facilities compatible and thus reducing project design errors, time and costs.
Reduction of errors in the project execution
Other benefits that are provided by a BIM work environment are the predictive solutions to problems and incompatibilities on site. The 3D model of the building or infrastructure, together with the technical detail of the equipment and the facilities, allows for the reduction of conflicts between the installations. This avoids the appearance of problems during the installation work resulting in changes having to be made in situ.
BIM Platforms and Communities
The users of BIM systems have at their disposal several platforms or communities such as Autodesk Seek (now integrated in Bimobject), NBS, National BIM Library, Bimstore, etc. Along with sharing knowledge these platforms also expose work dynamics and, above all, collect and organise a wide catalogue of BIM objects, products and systems from various manufacturers. In this way users can access a unique site where they can download and update their BIM objects or models in a functional and easy way.
Another advantage is the integration of toolbars within the software itself. Amongst the software applications, REVIT and Archicad have included this toolbar that allows the user to quickly access and include BIM objects directly into their designs or BIM projects.
Enrichment of technical information in all phases of project life
BIM Systems allow a better definition of the characteristics and technical data for building elements from the design and development of the project right through to installation, maintenance and subsequent occupation of the building or asset in the future.
Not only does a correct design provide all of the technical characteristics of the installation for a later execution, but it is even more important to have this detail of facilities in the management of the project, This then takes into account parameters of efficiency and correct functioning, safety and especially energy efficiency or energy consumption through LEED and BREEAM certifications.
Figure 2. Detail of technical characteristics and documentation associated with the BIM object in Pemsa’s Cable Management Systems.
Manufacturer Mission in the BIM development of the facilities
Based on the above, the manufacturers have the mission to provide BIM information of their products and systems in the best detailed and developed way possible in order to contribute to the life cycle, installation and management of industrial and commercial assets.
At this time of digital transformation of all business processes it is very important for a manufacturer to have a correct structure of information updated and automatically available to provide quality documentation within BIM systems.
Pemsa provides its BIM models with the following contents of its products and systems:
- Extensive technical description of the product integrating technical characteristics that give value to the BIM object once defined within the project.
- Certificates and standards in respect of the current regulations.
- Fact sheets.
- Installation manuals of the product for a correct installation and future maintenance.
In this way, a manufacturer of cable management systems can créate a very important added value for their products within a BIM Project where there are products or installations that, because of their strategic value, functionality and architectural visibility, are a more important priority. Thanks to the definition and technical detail the trays or conduits will acquire a greater value and attention by the property designers, and later, the maintenance companies in the smooth operation of the building.
Pemsa has BIM Files for its main product ranges at the following web address.
Pemsa Engineering Department, July 2018