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BIM data process to be streamlined


Three leading construction bodies have come together to tackle confusion over the process of standardising product information for Building Information Modelling (BIM).

The bodies – the Building Engineering Services Association (BESA), the Chartered Institution of Building Services Engineers (CIBSE) and the Construction Products Association (CPA) – have worked together to clear confusion surrounding two product data tools.

Roles have been agreed for “LEXiCON” and “BIMHawk” – which perform similar functions in structuring product data – to avoiding conflicting information.

Creating consistent and reliable data will remove the need to translate information between websites or brochures, and reduce errors. The data will also be valid for all applications until the product is updated.

“This is just what the industry has been waiting for,” said BESA head of sustainability David Frise. “It is more than six months since the passing of the government’s deadline for BIM to be mandatory on public sector projects and we need to urgently drive forward the process for gathering and transmitting project relevant data.

“This collaboration is, therefore, just what we need to move the whole process on to the next level,” said Mr Frise.

BESA, CIBSE and the Electrical Contractors’ Association (ECA) are already working together with many interested parties in the building services sector. It is hoped this agreement will further extend the level of co-ordination and collaboration across the sector.


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