Hattersley Embrace BIM – The Future of Construction
Hattersley now offer an extensive range of valves as BIM ready product components, primarily available in the Autodesk Revit platform.
Building Information Modeling, or BIM as it’s more commonly referred to, is a computer based tool which is increasingly being adopted by engineers, architects and builders to intelligently design buildings by creating a digital representation. BIM can be used to design any type of construction, from houses to hospitals and from football stadiums to bridges, regardless of complexity or scale.
At present, Hattersley has made some of their traditional and balancing valves available as BIM content with others to follow shortly. Please visit our website www.hattersley.com/bim-components to view the full range.
Unlike CAD drawings, BIM models have the ability to provide simulation of a design and share specific information about a project, which is at the core of the ‘BIM’ philosophy. Access to this information also aids commissioning, operation and maintenance activities – It is a full lifecycle process.
The construction team can now digitally generate systems with different combinations of valve products, locations and other details, allowing better-informed design decisions to be made from the start, through to automatic scheduling in the later stages.
Judy Lumsden, Hattersley President commented on the new BIM offering:
“We are very pleased to be one of the first valve manufacturers to launch a comprehensive range of BIM ready components, supporting the government construction strategy. We look forward to seeing improved efficiencies and better project outcomes for our customers, as a result of this collaborative approach to building design.”
The uptake of BIM is rapidly increasing in the public sector due to the 2011 government mandate which is driving level 2 BIM to be used on all government construction projects by 2016. This change in approach for the construction industry is also driving adoption of the technology in the private sectors as the real time benefits are being realised.
This UK government lead in the use of BIM has enabled the development of best practice approaches in the industry which are being acknowledged in the rest of Europe and MENA, both areas where BIM usage is increasing.
It is predicted that almost everyone in the building engineering sector will be using BIM in five years’ time. It really is the future of construction. In the words of Paul Morrell, the UK Government Chief Construction Advisor (2009 to 2012) – ‘Adopt BIM or be Betamaxed out’.