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BIM standards across the world

BIM standards across the world

11 May 2018

BIM is taking off in countries across the world. Today, many countries have BIM standards in place regarding the BIM level used in projects. But what are the differences between countries and how can we overcome them?

When it comes to government BIM standards, different BIM levels are often applied to different project types. These levels range from 0 to 3 and refer to the level of BIM maturity: with Level 0 meaning no collaboration at all and Level 3 BIM meaning full team collaboration using a single shared project model. In this article you’ll find more information on the different BIM levels and what they mean. But how are the different countries using BIM?

The United States
The BIM adoption in the US is expected to grow significantly in the coming years. One of the first states to put a BIM mandate in place is Wisconsin, which happened in 2010. The mandate declares that all public projects with a total budget of $5 million of more, have to be realized with the BIM method. This also applies to new projects with a budget of $2.5 billion or more.

France
As of 2017, BIM is mandated in France. The official French standardization roadmap was made public in April 2017 as part of the French strategy for “digitizing” the construction industry. The objectives include improving the quality of exchanged data, improving deadlines and a reduction of overall project costs.

Germany
The German construction industry has been slower to adopt BIM than other countries, but also here project owners report the need for BIM in their projects and by the end of 2020, BIM will be mandatory for all transportation projects.

The Netherlands
The Netherlands is one of the countries that are leading in BIM when it comes to adoption. Even though no official legislation is in place, BIM is required in many projects by clients. Also, a Building Information Council is in place: a collaboration between leading contractors and industry representatives, with the goal to accelerate the BIM adoption in construction. The majority of the Dutch construction industry reports to be implementing BIM and 80% of MEP engineers make use of BIM libraries such as MEPcontent.

Missing your country?
Read the full article featured on Constructible which lists many more countries and provides more detailed information about the status of BIM in these countries.

Global standards
With different regulations in place and different BIM adoption rates in different countries, the question remains: how can we ensure smooth cooperation in international building projects? A part of the answer to this question is the EMCS, which ensures that information in BIM models is accurate, uniform and compliant to international standards. Initiatives like these show that even internationally, all members involved in a project benefit from the information in the models and the quality of the content.

Reduce installation time with the Remeha hydraulic connection kit

Reduce installation time with the Remeha hydraulic connection kit

09 May 2018

The Remeha hydraulic connection kit for the GAS 310 and 610 Eco Pro appliances are now also available on MEPcontent. MEPcontent has converted the 3D drawings into BIM files and added relevant product parameters to them. The hydraulic connection set simplifies the installation of Remeha's large floor-standing central heating boilers and is assembled in such a way that all relevant components from the open manifold to the bolts and nuts are included.

The connection kit allows you to significantly reduce the installation time of the boiler and its components. All components connect well together and the connection kit is supplied complete with all the necessary fastening materials and a clear manual. The hydraulic connection kit can be supplied with an open manifold for the hydraulic separation of the heat generator and the system. As an alternative, a set with the heat exchanger is also available. This heat exchanger can be used, for example, in tall buildings or in older, more polluted installations. For dirty systems, the use of a heat exchanger extends the service life of the boiler.

More revenue for Ubbink thanks to BIM

More revenue for Ubbink thanks to BIM

08 May 2018

Manufacturers increasingly recognize the need to make their products BIM-ready, allowing MEP engineers to easily and quickly add up-to-date product information to their BIM model. The results are increased effectiveness in the design phase, reduced failure costs in the execution phase and more accurate forecasting in the maintenance and management phase. Especially when the product information of all systems can be easily integrated. Here, MEPcontent comes in. The largest BIM library for MEP engineers offers up-to-date BIM files from more than 300 well-known manufacturers, which can be placed directly into the Revit and/or AutoCAD project. One of these manufacturers is Ubbink, a specialist in gas flue and ventilation systems and solutions for airtight and watertight construction.

‘A few years ago, we started preparing our products for BIM in order to be able to meet the demand from the market.’

For many years, Ubbink has been developing solutions for optimal energy efficiency and a healthy indoor climate in buildings, with the customer as the starting point. "We are constantly looking for smart innovations, in which not only ease of processing but also ease of design is paramount," Mark Bloem, project manager sales at Ubbink, says. "We started preparing our products for BIM a few years ago, in order to meet the demand from the market. This has led to several advantages. First of all, failure costs can already be eliminated in the BIM model by performing clash detections. And more importantly, since our products are often included in the model in the design phase, they are also purchased more often. It’s a win-win situation.”

Ease of design
All of the popular Ubbink products are now available on MEPcontent, Mark tells. "We started with our single products, but we also publish a variety of complete systems in the BIM library. Such as our Air Excellent distribution system, in which all components are already included. As a result, the engineer no longer needs to look for separate components, which increases the effectiveness in the design phase. This is what we call ease of design as well.” In addition to the Air Excellent distribution system, the Rolux Exterior Wall System, UbiFit concentric fluegas exhaust system, the Compact 2.0 series, the 5 series roof terminals and the Ubbink HR-WTW system are also available on MEPcontent.

Collaboration with Stabiplan
"Because we don't have BIM specialists and software in-house to create the BIM content ourselves, we looked for a partner to take care of this for us," Bloem says. "That partner is Stabiplan. Not surprisingly, because approximately 85 percent of the MEP market in which Ubbink operates, makes use of Stabicad software. Stabiplan has converted our product information into BIM files, to which all graphical and parametric product information has been added. In compliance with the EMCS standard, for an optimal integration in Revit and/or AutoCAD. All relevant product information is provided through MEPcontent, an initiative of Stabiplan. In addition, the additional product and system information of all individual components can be downloaded from our own website.”

From design tool to BIM configurator
Bloem expects that in the future, BIM will evolve from a design tool to a large configurator, which offers advantages for the entire construction industry. "In addition to designing buildings and performing clash detections, bills of materials can be easily generated in BIM projects, which offers advantages in the ordering phase," he explains. "The material lists can be linked to the customer’s ordering system, from which each orders can be placed per EDI at the relevant wholesaler, who in turn places an order at the manufacturer per EDI. This increases efficiency throughout the construction chain. In addition, BIM offers great advantages during the implementation, maintenance and management phase.”

A next step, according to Bloem, is using BIM not only as a configurator for drawings, but also for calculations, to account for example for air velocities and resistance. "This is a development that is still in its infancy stages for us, but it’s a trend we are watching closely. Our ambition for the coming years is to make our complete product and system range BIM ready, in which updates and changes can also be processed easily. The first steps in this direction have already been taken.”

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