In a sense, our companies are like pieces of a long and dynamic supply chain, from which we may get excluded by our competitors or customers if we don’t keep up with the rest.
One of the factors that seem to be able to accelerate the pace of the building sector is the collaborative work methodology BIM (Building Information Modeling). The Elevatori Magazine, which does an excellent job with respect to information within the elevator industry, publishes in its issue no. 1/2017 a couple of very interesting articles on the topic, which I recommend to read.
The BIM methodology seems like an excellent solution for a sector that is clearly traditional and still suffers many inefficiencies. The benefits of this innovation are applicable to the whole life cycle, from the design to the maintenance of the building.
The question, as in many other innovations, is the rapidity of its application or, in other words, when will we have to board the BIM train. So far, in certain European countries like the UK, the use of BIM is compulsory for public projects and, in other countries, like Spain, it will be compulsory for public contracting from December 2018.
It must be noted that BIM is more than a software, it is a methodology that covers all phases of the building process and that will change the way we deal with the rest of guilds in relation to the building sector.
In addition of incorporating all kind of data and attributes of the components of a building, BIM objects, represented in 3D, are also a nice marketing tool. Apart from the appeal of their visual aspect, BIM allows objects to be directly implemented by architectural firms, as well as engineering and building companies in their projects.
It’s the manufacturers of components and complete lifts who must generate BIM objects of their products, so that they can be integrated in the building project. There are some elevator suppliers that already offer an option to download their products in this format from their website (Otis, Kone, Schindler, ThyssenKrupp).
Installation and maintenance SMEs must also play an active role, adapting their management systems and asking their suppliers of components and complete lifts for the necessary tools.
Let’s do our bit for the transformation of our sector. Today these type of innovations are accessible to all companies thanks to subcontracting. Fortunately, there are companies specialised in software, just as Digipara, or in engineering, like Samat, among possibly others that I am not aware of, that can help us board the BIM train, with no need to increase our fixed costs.
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