BIM For Manufacturing - An Emerging Market For Manufacturers

Do you manufacture products that go into Buildings? If so you need to think about how BIM for manufacturers could open up a potentially lucrative and emerging market sector for your business.

mechanicalBIMIn the construction marketplace the adoption of BIM methodologies seems almost unstoppable now but an annoying blockage for the industry is suppliers not having or supplying BIM ready data for use in a BIM centric project.

The lack of availability of BIM ready data or content can often cause a bottleneck in a project which could mean that the project cannot take advantage of cost saving construction methodologies such as clash detection to avoid costly on site rework which invariable leads to project overruns.

So what exactly is this missing part of the puzzle, and how can you use this knowledge to ensure your products are specified ahead of your competition.

The simple answer is of course is to make life as simple as possible for your clients and give them what they want, and more importantly what they need to complete their BIM model, and that of course is BIM content.

BIM content in this case is a Revit Model with associated information required for the BIM process, but what does that actually look like and what should it contain?

mbimairportBIM content must contain all the information that a designers and contractors need for their project; it must be "data" rich but not necessarily "Geometry" rich.

In the manufacturing sector, we model down to every nut, bolt washer and screw. We create a full BOM and the model may be phased if a manufacturing process is applied to it in stages.

For the "BIM" model, we need varying levels of information and maybe to stage our creation based around this.

So what is the definition of BIM? – there are many definitions of course depending who you talk to, and their own knowledge of the process!

The NBIMS – National Building Standard definition of BIM says:

A Building Information Model (BIM) is a digital representation of physical and functional characteristics of a facility. As such, it serves as a shared knowledge resource for information about a facility forming a reliable basis for decisions during its lifecycle from inception onward".

This should make sense to a Manufacturer who uses digital prototyping and build products from there.

mbimstairsIn the past supplying 2D DWG drawings, PDF and spec sheets and the "glossy" sales brochure may have been the stable diet of any manufacturer for construction in the past. But today, "CONTENT" is the name of the game.

Give your clients something they can use, and you will be specified as it is very difficult changing a whole range of items later in a design phase, as well as then re-clashing the model etc. assuming of course that the competition actually has BIM ready content themselves.

If you don't know about Revit Content then "Revit Families" are the way forward. Families" are components you use to build your model, such as walls, windows, stairs, doors, etc. Each Revit family can have multiple types, such as different size, materials, parameter variables, etc.

Any change to a type is updated in every instance throughout the project, for example, when you change the window height of one of your window types, all the windows with the same window type are updated instantly.

If you manufacture products that go into Buildings then give us a call on 023 8086 8947 to discuss what BIM for Manufacturers will do for you, and how we can help you achieve your goals ahead of your competitors.

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