It has been announced this week that a brand new Kitemark has been launched by the BSI specifically for the Building Information Modelling (BIM) sector. The new Kitemark will demonstrate that manufacturing processes has BIM embedded.
This new age of construction with digitisation on a previously unprecedented scale has manufacturers facing challenges around representation accuracy, what information should be provided about these products and standardisation.
The aim of the BSI is to limit these challenges for manufacturers, and to provide them with the means to demonstrate that BIM standards have been met, standardised and validated. The placement of the new Kitemark will now also prove that BIM requirements have been met, that the product will fit and function correctly within a digital model and that dimensional, performance and specification data directly related to the product has been properly validated.
Increasing design accuracy
The new Kitemark will be awarded to manufacturers fulfilling the requirements as laid out by the BSI, in a process that will also take customer satisfaction into account.
Designers are pleased with the introduction of the Kitemark, as now the process of identification of accurate digital products and objects will be much simpler. Historic placement of placeholders within the design process can now be replaced with objects that will make the designs more accurate, and in turn more cost efficient, right down to the point of installation.
Verification of designs in advance will now streamline processes and reduce time overall.
One industry expert said, ‘The overall aim of BIM is to help companies to carry out more efficient methods of design and construction, ultimately driving out waste and inefficiency. This Kitemark has been developed to gives architects and designers the assurance that the BIM objects they are choosing for their projects accurately represent the physical product, reducing the number of checks they will need to undertake throughout the project. The manufacturing industry is highly competitive, therefore it’s really important that manufacturers can differentiate their construction products when tendering for BIM projects and to gain access to new markets. BIM is here to stay and manufacturers need to ensure that they are prepared ¬– we believe this new Kitemark will help manufacturers to do that.’