A Building Information Modelling (BIM) software database that has been developed over the past year is close to officially being rolled out to the catering equipment market.
With legislation decreeing that all public-funded projects over a certain value must be undertaken using this form of 3D design and modelling from 2016, BIM is rapidly emerging as an area that kitchen contractors need to get to grips with.
One of the biggest challenges facing the industry is that manufacturers, designers and suppliers of catering equipment will have to produce BIM-compatible 3D models of their products in order to have them specified.
However, trade association CESA says it has devised a readymade way of doing this after teaming up with BIM software specialist Schematic. It has created a package called CESABIM, which it claims will make it easy to produce BIM models that can be uploaded into any BIM software format.
CESA’s chair, Nick Oryino, said the software will eliminate the worries that companies have had over the cost and compatibility issues associated with BIM.
He commented: “Catering equipment manufacturers have been concerned by the huge potential cost of creating these models, more so since there are several BIM softwares available. At the same time, designers and equipment suppliers have been agonising over the lack of BIM models and easy-to-use BIM software. CESA has been developing CESABIM over the past 12 months. We believe it’s a complete solution for the catering equipment industry.”
The basic version of CESABIM is free and includes access to simple BIM models, which can be uploaded into any BIM software format or into AutoCAD.
There is also free access to a price checker app, featuring manufacturers’ list prices and basic product information, as well as live 24/7 quotation compilation.
A more advanced version of CESABIM offers dynamic BIM models which can be configured with optional extras then uploaded to all major BIM softwares. It features easy to use BIM-compatible kitchen, bar and restaurant design software, for 2D and 3D designs, and simultaneously produces itemised quotations.
The product’s BIM model data can be extended to include operation and maintenance manuals and spares catalogues, for example. “CESABIM makes it easy to create BIM models and also to generate CAD blocks. This means it can replace the current CESACAD library,” said Oryino.
CESABIM will be officially launched at CESA’s annual conference in November.