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