Toshiba develops BIM solution
UK: Toshiba has developed a complete building information modelling (BIM) support solution for consultants, contractors and designers.
The BIM package provides an accurate and easy-to-use digital representation of Toshiba’s air conditioning systems, that can be applied in standard BIM models of new and refurbished buildings, speeding up the design process and helping accurately to predict building performance.
It covers the manufacturer’s full range of SMMSI, SHRMi and Mini SMMSi VRF outdoor units, including flow selector boxes and the full range of indoor units.
The introduction of BIM is central to aiding companies to fall in line with the government’s four-year strategy to improve efficiency and reduce costs in the UK construction industry.
The aim is to introduce 3D collaborative BIM to all new construction projects by 2016, with all project data encapsulated in electronic form, speeding up projects, reducing capital costs and helping to cut carbon emissions from buildings by 20%.
“We very much support the drive towards BIM-based design, as there are huge gains to be reaped by all concerned,” commented Toshiba UK general manager David Dunn.
“For designers and contractors it speeds up project planning, and enables quick and accurate changes that save time on site.
“For clients and end users, it helps ensure installations are delivered on time and to budget, and provides assurance that design conditions can be achieved for a building. These twin planning and predictive aspects are what makes BIM so powerful.”
Toshiba’s suite of BIM icons, based on the popular Revit platform, can be downloaded from the Business Lounge on the company’s website www.toshiba-aircon.co.uk/business-lounge