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RCI April 2017

FLAT ROOFING & WATERPROOFING BIM COMMENT Bauder and bespoke BIM At Bauder we fully acknowledge these challenges, which is why we actively support our clients and suppliers with the development of their own BIM knowledge and objects, as we realise that this can only be beneficial for everyone involved. This is also why we have created a comprehensive library of BIM objects that includes models for all of our bituminous, single ply, cold liquid applied, hot melt and green roof system options, which can easily be dropped into 3D models and plans. These objects follow the specific standards set out by NBS that support best design practice and are available for free download in Revit format both on the National BIM Library and our own website. Last year we extended our BIM offering with the launch of 19 new generic waterproofing system objects and we can now also provide totally bespoke objects, which incorporate full model data in COBie format and can be accessed in many of the other popular software programmes, such as Vectorworks and Bentley, via a plug in. In fact, our ever-evolving BIM object library now includes well over 100 models for our single ply waterproofing systems alone, covering every possible build-up permutation. In order to receive a bespoke object and the associated guarantee you will need to register your project with us so that we can in turn provide you with the required technical support to ensure that the object is most suitable to meet the exact requirements of your building. An example of this is providing project specific wind uplift calculations, as they can obviously differ significantly based on a building’s location and surrounding environment. Future of BIM Despite the various challenges highlighted, it is clear that while BIM continues to have the backing and financial support of the UK government it will continue to grow in popularity and adoption both in the public and private sector; with there already being significant evidence of BIM implementation in private housing, offices and leisure. This forecast is supported by the findings of NBS, where 86% of respondents stated that they expect to be using BIM on at least some of their projects in a year’s time. Now that the Level 2 mandate has been enforced it is natural for early adopters to want to race ahead towards Level 3, which involves full collaboration between all disciplines through a shared project model, however Level 2 should first be consolidated before we as an industry look to take on additional complexities. BIM is still very much in its developmental phase and with 65% of NBS’ respondents believing it is not yet sufficiently standardised this will clearly be one of the industry’s initial focuses. This standardisation relates not only to BIM objects but also the development of Product Data Templates (PDTs), which give manufacturers of less complex products that may not warrant the creation of an actual BIM object the opportunity to provide the necessary information in a standardised format that is required for Level 2 projects. Another key area of potential development will be in the refurbishment sector, with the focus to this point having been very much on new build projects. Old building stock is the main contributor of energy loss in the built environment so it seems logical that people will soon look to BIM to help facilitate solutions towards this pressing issue. What’s more, with there already being laser scanning technology available that can create digitized models of existing buildings it seems reasonable to expect significant growth in this sector to occur sooner rather than later. Realising all of the benefits of BIM may not quite be on the horizon – but with the way that the industry is now wanting its data – BIM clearly represents the future of how people will be constructing buildings, and it may well get to a point where if you cannot provide data in the required format you simply will not be able to trade. www.bauder.co.uk “Level 2 should first be consolidated before we as an industry look to take on additional complexities. BIM is still very much in its developmental phase” MULTIPLE CHALLENGES, ONE SOLUTION Pioneering PMMA waterproofing solutions. Exceptional technical service. 40 years experience. 01785 819119 info@triflex.co.uk www.triflex.co.uk @TriflexUK


RCI April 2017
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