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What is BIM and why is it important?


What is BIM?

BIM (Building Information Modeling) is an intelligent 3D model-based process that gives architecture, engineering, and construction (AEC) professionals the insight and tools to more efficiently plan, design, construct, and manage buildings and infrastructure.

Architects are now, more than ever, looking to produce their drawings in sophisticated software including  Revit, SketchUp, Rhino3D, Archicad and Maya. These architectural rendering software programmes allow the professional to not only insert an exact size 3D model replica of the item, but also store specific product information into the items they’re installing into the building drawing.

In 2011 the UK Government Construction Strategy mandated the use of Level 2 BIM on all public sector projects by April 2016. BIM is currently being used by the majority of the major construction companies as standard.


Why is BIM important?

Construction project officers are becoming more demanding about the detail which is included in the building as they’re responsible for the life-cycle of the building, defined as existing from earliest conception to demolition.

In countries like the UK lessons have been learnt from tragic events such as the Grenfell Tower fire disaster, where it was integral to know what had been used to construct the housing in order to help determine the cause of fire and to prevent further incidents in the future. The minimum requirement now enforced in the UK is for digital records to be available of all components installed within the building.

BIM covers more than just geometry, it includes spatial relationships, light analysis, geographic information and quantities and properties of building components. Analox have made its CO2 and O2 fixed monitor accessible in a BIM file for architects to build onto their specification from the initial design stages, ensuring that the safety of the building from gas leaks is included in the outset.

Analox are also keen to help the authorities worldwide, including the US where Fire Marshals are becoming increasingly responsible for the gas detection safety of all new builds and retrospectively looking at commercial properties already in operation. We have produced a technical schematic drawing for our fixed CO2 and O2 sensors and alarms which provides all the details needed to meet approvals IFC, NBIC, NFPA and OSHA codes of practice.

Analox are committed to providing relevant documents needed by customers to satisfy their regulatory requirements, if you need our product details in other formats please just let us know. We may be able to supply you with alternative files and drawings for easy integration into other design programmes.


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