Baxi Commercial Division has launched its Building Information Modelling (BIM) libraries which provide data enriched 3D models for products and solutions in the extensive Division portfolio. This enables engineers to select and retrieve product requirements and import models directly into the BIM project on which they are working.
As well as dimensions, pipe connections and plant, the Baxi Commercial Division digital medium attaches product attributes such as outputs, efficiencies, weights, dimensions, in fact all the information necessary to enable a full virtual plant room 'walk through'. BIM models in the library are also designed to support the commissioning process by helping the engineer to see exactly how an individual product fits into the integrated system along with its performance parameters. The commissioning firm can call up the design details to use virtualisation to interpret the design whilst work is in progress, whilst ongoing maintenance and facilities management can be vastly simplified.
The Baxi Commercial Division BIM libraries cover the extensive range of energy efficient products and system solutions provided by the component brands, Andrews Water Heaters, Potterton Commercial and Baxi-Sener Tec UK. Concepts such as separated space and water heating, prefabricated packaged plant and integrated Low/Zero Carbon Solutions have all helped establish these brands as acknowledged and respected leaders in the commercial building services industry. BIM lends itself exceedingly well to demonstrating how these various technologies may best be integrated. Digital representation should almost totally eliminate compatibility conflicts between the structure and the services, whilst making tendering an exact science rather than educated guesswork.
Baxi Commercial Division recommends the inclusion of BIM into project management as it can deliver lower project costs, accelerate the project schedule and improve project quality. Significantly, it improves communication between supply chain partners, eases understanding and enables closer collaboration at all levels and stages of project implementation.