Content courtesy of Electrical Wholesaling magazine
According to Jim Lucy, Chief Editor of Electrical Wholesaling magazine, Building Information Modeling (BIM) is evolving to become a crucial cache of product information that could potentially influence sales for those in the electrical supply chain. One of BIM’s primary advantages is allowing architects, designers, engineers, and clients to render their projects in 3D during the planning period; therefore, enabling them to detect clashes in coordinating parts and reduce the number of costly on-site adjustments. With the introduction of 5D BIM, products will be represented by custom CAD designs integrated with information such as a product’s operation and maintenance, installation instructions, the catalog page, and other materials. In anticipation of the growing role of BIM for AEC (Architecture, Engineering, and Construction) firms and electrical contractors, some electrical manufacturers are developing their CAD icons and many companies are preparing product data to link to BIM designs. Incorporating insights from IDEA, NEMA, Trade Service Corp., and DATAgility representatives, Lucy describes the various product data initiatives, including the buildingSMART alliance to set standards for BIM data.