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16 May 2017

Siemens Release of 1,200+ BIM Families

In a development that illustrates the increasing global adoption of Building Information Modelling (BIM) in the construction industry, Siemens has released BIM data on over 1,200 of its products.  


BIM is a process of digital assistance for all phases of the planning, construction and ongoing operation of buildings and is providing the industry with a significant productivity boost. The use of BIM is steadily increasing and it is expected to become ever more vital for consulting engineers as growing numbers of clients recognise its benefits and request its use.


Siemens Building Technologies


German electronics manufacturing giant Siemens recently published BIM data for 1200 of its products involved in automation, KNX, field devices and fire safety. A further 800 products are due to be released by the middle of 2017.


Autodesk REVIT Format


The published data on Siemens’ products is currently available in Autodesk REVIT format, but it is possible to convert it to VDI, CIBSE or the open IFC format. This BIM data is available on an open source basis to planners, mechanical engineering consultants and other associated parties.


Perhaps most importantly, all the BIM data records released by Siemens meet the criteria set down in the international standard ISO16757. This is in line with an increasing industry demand for high-quality BIM objects that meet a specified standard.


Why is This Important?


Moves like this one by major global manufacturers serves to underline the ongoing cultural shift in the construction industry to the BIM method of design and construction.


An Allied Market Research study released only a few days ago forecasts the global BIM market will garner a revenue of $11.7 billion by 2022.  It is, therefore, pertinent that manufacturing giants such as Siemens make their products available as BIM objects to maintain their presence in an industry undergoing rapid developments.


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