Hochiki becomes first fire safety solutions manufacturer listed in NBS National BIM Library

Hochiki Europe has become the first company of its kind to provide Building Information Modelling (BIM) components for the NBS National BIM Library

Hochiki Europe has become the first company of its kind to provide Building Information Modelling (BIM) components for the NBS National BIM Library

Ahead of the Government’s 2016 Level 2 targets, fire safety systems manufacturer Hochiki Europe has become the first company of its kind to provide Building Information Modelling (BIM) components for the NBS National BIM Library.

To aid designers, architects and specifiers already working within the BIM framework, the company has invested in the creation of a new range of BIM–focused  content based on a selection of its core fire detection and emergency lighting products for end users.

University College London Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust (UCLH), one of the largest in the UK, is now operating its refurbishment programme within a BIM framework which has been supported using the design and supply of Hochiki Europe’s new technology.

‘Collision detection’ at the initial stage

Participants in the building process are constantly challenged to deliver successful projects in the face of tight budgets, accelerated schedules and either limited or conflicting information.

Designs by the significant disciplines such as architecture, m&e and structural engineering should, of course, be well co-ordinated. With this in mind, the BIM concept envisages the virtual construction of a facility prior to its actual physical construction in order to reduce uncertainty, improve safety, work out problems and simulate (as well as analyse) potential impacts. 

Sub-contractors from every trade can input critical information into the model before construction begins, with opportunities to pre-fabricate or pre-assemble some systems solutions off-site. Waste can be minimised on site and products delivered on a just-in-time basis rather than being stockpiled.

In addition, scopes of work may be isolated and defined. Systems, assemblies and sequences can be shown in a relative scale with the entire facility or group of facilities.

BIM also prevents errors by enabling conflict or ‘collision detection’ (or ‘clash detection’) whereby the computer model visually highlights to the team where parts of the building (eg the structural frame and building services ducts) may wrongly intersect.

Overall, BIM is designed to improve consistency and collaboration in design across the construction sector as well as enhance efficiencies, reduce wastage and cut costs along the whole lifetime of a building, from design right through to demolition.

In short, the modelling software allows architects, system designers and end users to examine the location and qualities of all elements appearing in building designs.

Significant demand for BIM-modelled fire safety products

Paul Adams, deputy marketing manager at Hochiki Europe, commented: “BIM marks an industry-wide shift in the approach to design in the architecture, engineering and construction arenas so it’s not surprising that we’re already seeing significant demand for BIM-modelled fire safety products in these sectors.”

Adams continued: “Efficiency has always been a key focus for Hochiki Europe and, by supporting early adopter customers, we can reduce inefficiencies in the supply chain and help the Government reach its 2016 targets.”

Hochiki Europe’s new BIM range has been designed to meet all BIM content standards and is available to download from the NBS National BIM Library (http://www.nationalbimlibrary.com/hochiki_europe_uk_ltd) as well as Hochiki Europe’s own website.

*For more information visit: http://www.hochikieurope.com/bim

**With a global sales turnover exceeding £400 million, Hochiki Europe is a wholly independent, multinational, publicly-listed company with over 1,500 employees working across five manufacturing plants, 32 sales offices and 18 different subsidiaries

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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