3D design prepares fencing manufacturer Zaun for Building Information Modelling future

3D representation of several of Zaun's security solutions for end users

3D representation of several of Zaun’s security solutions for end users

Innovative steel mesh fencing manufacturer Zaun is promising “speedier, more user-friendly and more accurate design” and the ability to deliver Building Information Modelling (BIM) through its move to parametric 3D design.

The company – which offers an extensive range of perimeter fencing, high security fencing, sports equipment, automatic electric gates, security bollards and hostile vehicle mitigation products – has taken its research, development and product design processes across to 3D modelling.

Zaun is using AutoDesk Inventor Professional 2016 to give customers 3D renderings of all designs, which provide clearer visualisation and are easier to understand.

The parametric 3D modelling offers efficiencies in the design process, mitigates errors in design, gives greater clarity to customers on design approval and delivers substantial efficiency improvements in terms of production.

This move will also afford architects and specifiers what they need for building information models that contain not only the design of a building and its components, but also information on its construction, ongoing maintenance and the properties of its components.

By next year, all centrally procured Government construction projects must be delivered using BIM. The Government hopes this will lead to its industry-wide adoption as the benefits become more widely understood.

Zaun’s R&D manager Adam Christie told Risk UK: “BIM is driving an overhaul of the whole design process and transforming how project teams collaborate. The transition from CAD to BIM will be more significant than when computers replaced paper drawings around 20 years ago.”

About the Author
Brian Sims BA (Hons) Hon FSyI, Editor, Risk UK (Pro-Activ Publications) Beginning his career in professional journalism at The Builder Group in March 1992, Brian was appointed Editor of Security Management Today in November 2000 having spent eight years in engineering journalism across two titles: Building Services Journal and Light & Lighting. In 2005, Brian received the BSIA Chairman’s Award for Promoting The Security Industry and, a year later, the Skills for Security Special Award for an Outstanding Contribution to the Security Business Sector. In 2008, Brian was The Security Institute’s nomination for the Association of Security Consultants’ highly prestigious Imbert Prize and, in 2013, was a nominated finalist for the Institute's George van Schalkwyk Award. An Honorary Fellow of The Security Institute, Brian serves as a Judge for the BSIA’s Security Personnel of the Year Awards and the Securitas Good Customer Award. Between 2008 and 2014, Brian pioneered the use of digital media across the security sector, including webinars and Audio Shows. Brian’s actively involved in 50-plus security groups on LinkedIn and hosts the popular Risk UK Twitter site. Brian is a frequent speaker on the conference circuit. He has organised and chaired conference programmes for both IFSEC International and ASIS International and has been published in the national media. Brian was appointed Editor of Risk UK at Pro-Activ Publications in July 2014 and as Editor of The Paper (Pro-Activ Publications' dedicated business newspaper for security professionals) in September 2015. Brian was appointed Editor of Risk Xtra at Pro-Activ Publications in May 2018.

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