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Collaboration is key when it comes to BIM

  • 10 May 2017

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Tim Checketts, Specification Director of UK Specification, a UK division of ASSA ABLOY, the global leader in door opening solutions, explains why collaboration is key when it comes to BIM.

For many, digital technologies such as BIM are the key to improve productivity in the construction industry, but there is a tendency to focus on the technology rather than the fact that BIM also encourages collaboration. 

At its heart, BIM is a collaborative tool that reduces waste and risk of error and facilitates the sharing of detailed information that leads to better buildings, throughout the design, construction and operational phases of a building’s life cycle. 

Unlike traditional methodologies, which require submission of numerous deliverables in different formats, increasing the risk of mistakes and information gaps, BIM streamlines the handover to building owners and facilities managers. 

BIM also holds designers and contractors accountable when design and performance information is shared with operational managers, working to close the gap between design and as-built performance.

BIM facilitates collaboration, an essential tool for any building project, to ensure performance of each building element throughout its lifecycle. 

Take door related hardware, for example. Using BIM-enabled tools, architects and specifiers can easily create complete, innovative solutions that complement the aesthetics, increase energy efficiency and optimise security. Within both systems, each BIM object has comprehensive information on everything from U-Value, materials and dimensions through to pricing and quantities. 

Contractors can then view all this information to assess precise quantities, pricing, links to supplier websites and installation instructions. In addition, contractors are also able to track the status of installations across the project much more effectively.

Such tools ensure that post-construction processes are managed effectively, such as environmental accreditations and handovers to facilities managers. Not only this, but the ongoing performance and maintenance of the building may also be monitored. 

BIM relies on collaboration, and tools that can be utilised across the whole supply chain add considerable value to any project, as well as encouraging investment, innovation and growth throughout the industry.

ASSA ABLOY, the global leader in door opening solutions, has launched ASSA ABLOY’s BIM Doorset Solutions and Openings Studio, powerful 3D, BIM-enabled tools that simplify door and hardware specification while assisting projects to stay on time and within budget. To find out more, visit www.assaabloy.co.uk/BIM.

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