BIM for Manufacturing

BIM for Manufacturing


The growing adoption of BIM (Building Information Modelling) in the Architectural and Construction industries has made a big impact in the last 5 years. The government mandate for BIM practices to be employed in any public-sector project is now affecting businesses that provide manufactured products within construction projects.

Read More: Building Product Manufacturers need to create BIM Content

The construction supply chain is now being expected to provide BIM-ready product data as a part of the project deliverables. The BIM data for these products can include graphical and visual information, specification and performance, part, product and manufacturer’s data, as well as manuals and documentation. This information should all be ready and available when quoting and specifying. 

Why is BIM so important for Manufacturers?

Whilst the provision of manufacturing BIM data for construction projects is not essential, more projects, designers and contractors are expecting and requiring this level of information. Construction products represent about 40% of the UK construction costs and as a result, designers and project managers are also keen to have and include as much information into their collaborative BIM model as possible.

What does BIM mean for construction product manufacturers?

The need for digital product information stems from the desire for designers and architects to be to make positive supplier and product choices to deliver what the client wants at building handover. Not having or providing this information may be a key decision-maker/breaker for product selection or rejection. The NBS National BIM Report 2015 showed that 76% of specifiers and designers stated they need manufactures to provide BIM objects and 60% are currently sourcing BIM objects directly from manufacturers (NBS National BIM Report 2015).

The importance of manufacturers presenting their product information in a structured standardised way, complying with international Industry Foundation Classes (IFC) and Construction Operation Information Exchange (COBie) cannot be overstated. BIM is all about collaboration, and involving the supply chain as early on as possible plays an important role in this.

For more information about BIM for Manufacturing or talk to us about how we can help you ensure your product data is BIM-compliant contact us


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