Sotech as a manufacturer within the construction industry is striving to provide our clients with accurate digitised product information to help and support our customers and other stakeholders to drive BIM forward
Many public and private procurers around the world have either mandated or encouraged the adoption of BIM within their construction sectors and projects. For example, in the UK, BIM (i.e., ‘BIM Level 2’) is mandatory on all government centrally procured projects. ‘BIM Level 2’ is a collaborative way of working, in which 3D models / objects with the required data are created in separate discipline modelling infrastructure according to a set of guides, standards and specifications.
Everyone in the construction supply chain requires accurate product data and information. Therefore, manufacturers are the most important source of data for building designers and facility managers. Subsequently manufacturers are increasingly offering Product Data Templates (PDTs) of their products as well as BIM objects (3D models with relevant meta data).
BIM objects offered by the manufacturers will help the design team to generate the initial building design intent as accurate as possible enabling more complete and time effective design but also help the facility managers to manage and maintain the building throughout its entire lifecycle.
Sotech as a manufacturer can help the architects in development of their intelligent 3D models by offering data-rich BIM objects. BIM helps the architects to work more efficiently due to connected and integrated workflows, collaboration and visualisation tools and processes.
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A large-scale R&D project investment in this area of the business has been undertaken to ensure that what started out as a blue-sky inspiration project, will land within the company with a defined key set of deliverables to not only meet the growing demands of our clients, but also provide the company with better efficiency gains to maintain its position as a leading cladding manufacturer in the market.
As the company’s BIM Champion, it is my role to develop and embed BIM technologies and processes throughout the business in accordance with BIM standards / polices.
We interviewed Mohamadreza Jenaban (Mo), a Design for Manufacture / BIM Engineer at Sotech and our resident BIM expert, to find out more.
Mohamad used to be a KTP (Knowledge Transfer Partnership) associate from Teesside University. Part of his role was to investigate and integrate BIM and ERP. He worked within Sotech and with the university to gather knowledge and bring it into the industry, identify problem areas and try and find solutions from there.
BIM is an acronym for Building Information Modelling.
It describes the process of designing a building collaboratively using coherent system of computer 3D models all the way to maintaining and decommissioning of the building (Capex to Opex). Think of BIM as “Better Information Management” or “To Build Information for Model”.
BIM is used to digitalise information flow and processes within the construction sector. I believe it is more of a cultural and behavioural change to adopt BIM than technology and other relevant aspects.
Sotech as manufacturer can assist architects in adaptation of BIM by providing accurate product information such as system specification documents as well as intelligent 3D models with all the essential meta data.
Therefore, not only does the architects have no more restricted to available standard parts in the library of their design software, but also, they are not required to spend non-value added time and effort to generate project specific objects to represent a specialised manufacturer’s product in the architectural model.
BIM promotes parametric modelling. This technique allows the architect to see our rainscreen cladding systems on their building with the click of a button.
Level 0 is unmanaged CAD with paper based data exchange. It is the next level of generating 2D hand drawings.
Level 1 is the combination of managed 2D and unmanaged 3D modelling.
Level 2 is managed 3D modelling environment where models are generated and kept separately by various contractors and then shared in a shared location called Common Data Environment CDE.
Level 3 foresees a fully integrated and collaborative project information model hosted in a fully established and interoperable database environment called CDE to form the federated model where all members of the project team can update various aspects of the project in real time via the federated model.
Think of BIM as to build information for 3D models.
BIM models are generated using parametric modelling technique with the existence of relevant meta data.
BIM can help us to abolish most non-value added activities through our drawing office where parts are prepared for manufacture.
It provides us with the opportunity to make our internal processes more efficient with increased accuracy and greater transparency. BIM also enhance collaboration among project stakeholders, thereby it helps to reduce waste (procurement, process and material) across the entire supply chain.
BIM enables the specifiers to select environmental friendly products based on the product’s environmental properties.
We have to remember that it is not sufficient to solely specify green products, we also need to make sure what gets specified is what gets used in the construction phase.
coBuilder’s project “Green Construction Products into BIM” will facilitate the integration of digital format of product environmental properties data into BIM in order to track the movement and utilization of all products from design to operation.
Future of the construction industry is digitisation. Therefore, methodologies such as Building Information Modelling or Industry 4.0 are the enablers of rapid digital transformation. BIM and concept of industry 4.0 are the drivers for forming smart cities and digital Britain.
The UK Government’s Construction 2025 states: “Industrial Strategy for Construction is targeting lower costs, faster delivery, lower emissions and improvements in exports to position the UK at the forefront of international construction.”
Digital Built Britain states: “Digital Built Britain facilitates collaboration in the development of assets and infrastructure, new opportunities will be enabled for suppliers to offer new technologies and new ways of using information to facilitate access to infrastructure. In time new business models will emerge, transforming the structure of the construction industry, creating the need for new skills and substantially reducing costs. This will lead to the continued transformation of the infrastructure and construction delivery, operation and associated supply chains to lead the UK into developing new markets overseas based on the new skills and technologies. With this process in mind, it is helpful to define the scale of the market opportunities around delivery phases:
If you require advice with design detail, assistance with a specification or to discuss your project in detail contact our technical department who have over 35 years experience in the construction industry. The team is on hand to provide knowledge and support at every stage of your project.