Throughout all of this, what is really nice to see is that over recent months the volume of NBS BIM contents from manufacturers is really growing. Looking at the National BIM Library it can now be seen that there are now a number of manufacturers on board. Also, there are a growing number of manufacturers that have objects in development.
|Fig 1 - Manufacturers now live on National BIM Library|
|Fig 2 - NBS Head of Product Information Drew Wiggett|
“… work with the trade bodies to ensure that construction manufacturers can supply BIM information to the industry”NBS are here to help manufacturers in their BIM journey and the three unique reasons we find that manufacturers are joining National BIM Library are as follows:
1. Engaging with the whole marketWe've had over 50,000 downloads of objects on the National BIM Library. Looking at the statistics of what BIM platform users are downloading the proprietary objects for is fascinating. This market share is represented in the pie-chart below. Revit is clearly has the largest market share. However, although this is significant, it is still less than half of the market of those using BIM design tools.
What is unique about National BIM Library is that all manufacturer content comes in ArchiCAD, Bentley, IFC, Revit and Vectorworks formats. This ensures that a manufacturer can get their content to the entire market.
A nice analogy is to ask whether an organisation would invest in a website that only worked for customers running Internet Explorer on a PC? – the answer is clearly “no”. The website would be expected to work on within Google Chrome and Safari on the Mac, and the iPhone and the Android phone and surface tablets.
2. Consistency and quality of information
The second unique benefit of National BIM Library is the consistency of information between generic objects and the proprietary objects. As a design develops concept objects will be replaced with generic objects, these generic objects will be replaced with proprietary objects. There will be times during a projects development that there is a mix of objects. To truly see the benefit of BIM it is crucial that there is consistency between the naming of the property sets within the objects.
The screenshots below shows the depth and consistency of the property sets comparing generic and proprietary objects from National BIM Library.
|Fig 4 - A Knauf AMF ceiling object scheduled against a generic ceiling object|
|Fig 5 - A Kalzip roof object scheduled against a generic roof object|
In terms of standardising property set terminology and levels of details NBS are on the groups defining this with representatives on the BSI B/555 BIM Standards Committee and buildingSMART UK.
3. Being part of the entire project work-flow
Finally, the National BIM Library is not a simple silo of BIM content. The objects link to other related information that construction professionals throughout a project timeline. From discovering new construction products and technologies with RIBACPD.com to browsing catalogues using RIBAProductSelector.com. Products can then be specified using the NBS specification products, before the objects can be dropped into the model. Finally detailed installation and maintenance manuals may also be found on RIBAProductSelector.com.
The screenshot below shows an example of this related information from Triton Systems:
|Fig 6 - Triton Systems - related information|
So exciting times as the National BIM Library grows and grows. We have more exciting plans for new generic content in 2013 – so keep an eye on theNBS.com/BIM and this blog for more information in the coming months.
- The National BIM Library is free to use for construction professionals
- Please point any manufacturers you think may be interested in joining to:
|Fig 7 - A quick render using objects from Jackson Fencing|
|Fig 8 - IFC property sets showing sustainability credentials from Kingspan Insulation|
|Fig 9 - Linkedin Discussion group|