For dormakaba, BIM means more than merely downloading 3D objects in different graphical formats
Building Information Modeling is a collaborative process for the planning, design, construction and management of a building. It’s the Idea of Exchanging Data using Standards. Ideally, the BIM process utilizes a centralized digital 3D model of the building (BIM model) as its core resource. Each construction participant contributes data to the model and has access to data created by others. At this stage, the BIM model consists of smaller components (BIM objects) such as doors, walls, equipment etc.
Often considered as simple 3D CAD drawings, BIM objects are much more complex in their application and offer greater flexibility and operational use. Created as individual objects, each BIM component acts as a distinct element within the building, and when loaded into the project model, allows the user to see the interrelationship of that component with other elements of the build; for instance, a dormakaba revolving door object would have its individual measurements loaded into the model. The software will then alert the user if the object is bigger than its structural opening or exceeds/breaches other constraints.
Prototyping a project in BIM will help to increase efficiency at the planning stage as potential clashes on the building site are prevented. BIM objects make it quicker and easier for architects and designers to understand and implement door controls, automatics and other dormakaba products. After completion of the building, the information can serve the ultimate building owner or maintenance provider, as all products are clearly identifiable and indicate when service is required.