BIM reaches the Fire Safety Industry
Five years ago, the Cabinet Office announced their requirement for fully collaborative 3D Building Information Modelling (BIM) to be used for all centrally procured projects by April 2016. Having now passed that deadline, it might be shocking to learn that, according to the NBS National BIM Report 2016, only 54% of UK respondents are aware and currently using BIM.
In 2011, the Cabinet Office’s Construction Strategy Report suggested that many companies already had the capability of working in a fully collaborative 3D environment but a lack of compatible systems, standards and protocols was preventing wide spread adoption. Five years on and with the BIM framework now fully established, reports are finding that many businesses are still struggling to justify the investment in resources.
It could be argued that the fire safety industry is one of those sectors that have been particularly slow to adopt BIM; however Hochiki Europe is prepared to lead the way, and in June 2015 they become the UK’s first independent fire detection and emergency lighting manufacturer to provide BIM components for the NBS National BIM library. Hochiki Europe have since begun working with a number of customers on centrally procured projects; the largest being London’s University College London Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust (UCLH).
Hochiki is a global brand, renowned for manufacturing high quality fire detection and emergency lighting solutions. The fire detection range is vast, containing; point detectors, air sampling systems, hybrid-wireless devices, flame detectors, intrinsically safe devices, marine approved devices, linear heat detection and much more. Hochiki also manufacture an innovative, energy efficient, low maintenance emergency lighting system called FIREscape.
Hochiki Europe recognises that the BIM framework will help to improve collaboration across the construction sector, increase efficiency and a reduce costs; and this is something they are keen to support. In order to back the government’s initiative further, the company has a presence on the Fire Industry Association’s newly formed BIM steering group, designed to aid the adoption of BIM across the fire industry.
For more information about Hochiki, or to download the BIM objects, please visit www.hochikieurope.com/bim