Burgess Architectural Products Ltd – one of the market leaders in metal ceilings in the UK – has now made its first steps into the brave new world of BIM (Building Information Modelling) by registering an initial group of eight standard systems on the RIBA National BIM library. Burgess are the first metal ceilings manufacturer to do this. Their information is now available for download in the four main industry BIM software formats – ArchiCAD, Revit, Vectorworks and Bentley- plus IFC format.
The UK Government’s Construction strategy states that BIM (Building Information Modelling) will become a key part of the government’s procurement of public buildings. From 2016, BIM will be mandatory on all public sector contracts. Adoption of BIM in the wider construction industry is also accelerating at a significant pace – notable key retail clients requiring it include Asda, Waitrose/J Lewis, M&S, B&Q, Next and Specsavers.
BIM pulls together multiple data streams to allow the design team to generate not only a comprehensive virtual 3D model of a building, but coordinate all data aspects of the project and ultimately provide an ‘as built’ model for facilities management.
Burgess have established a link from their own website www.burgessceilings.co.uk to the RIBA National BIM library and will also be able to provide the information downloads directly to architects or contractors.