Building Information Modeling – or BIM for short – is on everyone’s lips nowadays. BIM describes the smart, computerized, three-dimensional planning of buildings. The features provided by this virtual technology are realistic enough to create a precise 3D image of the building later to be constructed – including all the functionalities of the products due to be installed, such as DORMA Hüppe movable wall systems.
The EU directive governing public procurement law recommends that all EU member states specify the use of BIM in the implementation of publicly financed construction and infrastructure projects. Already today, BIM is being used in many countries. In the USA, for example, BIM-based planning has become standard practice among architects and construction engineers. In 2016, BIM will become a mandatory requirement in the UK for all publicly financed construction projects. It has been given high priority in France, as it has in Germany with the Federal Ministry for Transport and Digital Infrastructure (BMVI) in particular encouraging the widespread use of BIM.
Intelligent planning systems
DORMA Hüppe is committed to supporting BIM and, where requested, can immediately provide architects and planners with the corresponding files representing the MOVEO and VARIFLEX partition systems. More than simple downloads of 3D objects in different graphical formats, DORMA Hüppe BIM solutions offer integrators up-to-date, reliable and precise product data for their individual planning requirements. Plans can be accurately tailored to each individual building and each application type ranging from simple, parameterizable partition system with central single-point suspension to stacking track assembly with additional access tracks located outside the main axis.
With each change in the dimensions of a movable wall, the height and width of the constituent partition elements are automatically modified. Pass doors and glass elements can also be integrated in the layout at the click of a mouse. Details such as wall abutments, suspension substructures and collision zones, or data relating to electrical connections in the case of automatic systems, are likewise indicated and incorporated in the objects to aid the planning process. At the same time DORMA Hüppe has placed particular emphasis on ensuring the simple and uncomplicated application of its BIM objects, placing a clear priority on their technical features and functions.
The advantage of such a detailed and realistic 3D planning capability lies in the improved understanding of a building, and thus its ongoing optimization, that can be derived from different simulations. Because each change automatically leads to instant modification of many interrelated parameters. For example, the planning engineer can simulate scenarios such as visitor flows or try out different modifications to the partition system configuration. The knowledge gained then allows reconfiguration of the partition– such as the placement of the pass doors at a different location – without undue complication.
The future belongs to 3D planning
Ideally, the digital building model will, in future, become the cornerstone of the planning process. With BIM, all planners, designers and specifiers involved in the construction project have access to the central model and can optimize the building data on a continuous basis, right up to completion of the actual build.
Full digitization of all the construction information for the virtual building model means that significantly more information can be incorporated in the project than was previously the case with conventional planning methods. Thus, BIM offers the opportunity for better coordination between the planners, the trades and companies involved in the build. Jörg Tholen, Product & Marketing Manager MW EMEA, is keen to confirm that DORMA Hüppe – as an internationally active company – will be doing everything it can to further the cause of BIM. “The future definitely belongs to BIM. And we are currently supporting our partners in respect of both our MOVEO and VARIFLEX partitions, with further developments constantly in the pipeline."