When Graitec first coined the phrase BIM for manufacturing back in 2012 (which is now also referred to as BIM for Building Product Manufacturers all eyes seemed to be focused on driving the adoption of this emerging workflow into architectural practices, driven along nicely by a Government mandate deadline for those working on capital projects.
Little consideration was initially given to the construction supply chain at the time but if you were involved with this market sector it was very clear that BIM for manufacturers of building products would become a pivotal part of the BIM revolution pie.
Construction supply chain content was obviously the next critical facet to drive successful BIM adoption but bringing the complexities of product manufacturing and it's associated data formats into the relatively simplified BIM environment was a bit of a conundrum to say the least.
This proved to be quite a challenge for some companies depending on the design software they had previously invested in.
Leap forward to today (which is only a relatively short time frame in the greater scheme of things) and the early picture of the requirements for BIM have matured tremendously. Just as predicted BIM for Manufacturing proved to be an emerging market for some supply chain suppliers but equally a significant disrupter for other previously entrenched suppliers.
As BIM was driven down the supply chain, for many businesses it proved to be a "get on board if you want to be specified scenario", but on the flip side of the coin forward thinking agile construction suppliers with the ability to supply BIM ready content were able to open an entirely new set of doors or increase their existing market share.
Fortunately technology, workflows and the approach to the supply chain have also matured in the intervening period. Technology has improved to meet a wider set of BIM requirements (not only for the manufacturing supply chain), workflows have become clearer and more defined and principal contractors are moving to educate their own preferred supply chains to help them meet their own BIM requirements.
These improvements have helped energise the construction supply chain as a whole including the furniture, fixtures and interior equipment suppliers eco-system.
So BIM for the manufacturing supply chain in 2016 and beyond is here to stay and rather than question should or shouldn't we participate in BIM the challenge, now the focus has moved to adoption, streamlining the process and managing the workload (especially for companies with large product catalogues).
For more information visit our BIM for Manufacturing page which also gives an overview of utilising Autodesk technology to generating simple content for BIM or converting more complex data into intelligent BIM content. If you have any enquiries, please send us a message: