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BIM Content Development for Manufacturers

Updated: Aug 3, 2019


Our Content Standards

At BIM Consulting Services, we take great pride in our work and strive to achieve the highest level of quality with every project in which we are invited to take part. We approach content development differently from other content providers, we work from the perspective of the end-user. We employ this strategy because the lack of quality BIM content ultimately led to the genesis of our firm.

Quite often we work with content from manufacturers developed by others; we provide design services to architects & engineers in addition to our content services. We find that many manufacturers take shortcuts in developing their BIM content by using imports from other programs such as Inventor, Pro-E, AutoCAD and others. Sadly we have even found other nationally recognized content providers taking shortcuts such as this. We believe this is a huge disservice to their manufacturing customers but even worse to the end-users. This leads to numerous problems for them such as display and printing issues, model bloat, the inability to create renderings and model instability.

All our content is developed natively in Revit and then rigorously tested prior to delivery to our clients. We understand our manufacturing clients are not in the business of developing BIM content and therefore invest a high level of trust in us to deliver quality models. We take that responsibility very seriously.

Parametric Functionality

We employ parametric functionality to provide the greatest level of flexibility possible. That sounds great, but what does that really mean? As we develop our content, we constrain geometry to planes and link dimensions to parameters. This positions your content to be able to flex to different sizes, swap materials and more. As your customers switch between types the dimensions, model numbers and even performance data will update automatically.

Mapped Materials

One of the many benefits of designing projects in Revit is the inherent ability to visualize the space and the equipment configurations before they are constructed. This is an invaluable communication tool for the designers and engineers as they work through their project. Our content will be provided with materials applied to the surfaces, positioning them to be used in photo-realistic renderings such as in the example shown below. Parameters will be included allowing the end-user to change the materials and visualize different finish options for the equipment.


Nested Families

A Revit family (.rfa) is very much like a block in AutoCAD with some big differences such as the previously mentioned parametric functionality and the ability to include data, etc. Very often the equipment is an assembly of various components. The most efficient way to deliver the models to the end-user is to nest sub-families into a single host family. Using the pump skid example from above, the model is made from several nested families such as a valve, pipe fittings, pump motors and more. Parameters contained in the sub-families such as dimensions, materials, etc. will be mapped through to the main skid family. This will empower the end-user to change a parameter in the pump skid and that change will be propagated to the sub-family. For example, the finish for the valve could be modified in the skid family and that change would be reflected in the valve.

Information – The I in BIM

Arguably the most powerful benefit to BIM (Building Information Modeling) is the I in BIM, the information. This is the ability to include your company's data in the content. You can include as little or as much information as you wish. In the construction industry, being named as the basis of design is often the biggest hurdle to winning the project. Your company name and model numbers can be included in the content. When the designer schedules the equipment in the project, that information is listed in the schedules automatically. Information in the content can include electrical data, fluid flows and even links to your website and documentation. The content and data could also be leveraged for your company's internal use. Staff could create in-house Revit projects to assist in developing BOM’s (Bill of Materials) as well as other documentation such as equipment cut sheets, O&M manuals and even marketing materials.

Your customers need quality BIM content in order to efficiently use your products in their building designs. Not being able to provide them with BIM content is a roadblock to closing the sale. If your competitor has BIM content available but you do not, chances are they will be specified and you will lose the job. Let our experts partner with you to close the gap and increase your market share. Contact us today to find out how we can help. 833-Go-Revit