Reynaers joins the BIM universe
Reynaers Aluminium, leading European provider of high-quality, innovative aluminium systems, announces the release of its latest contribution to optimise collaboration between the various role players in the building process. With its Autodesk® Revit compliant Building Information Modelling (BIM) libraries, Reynaers takes a major step to empower building project teams and their various role players to enhance their combined creative ability.
As an innovative company in the building industry, Reynaers has consistently invested heavily in the development of creative solutions to meet changing needs and trends in building design, construction and operation. This includes ensuring that their solutions are compliant with the stringent building regulations of each country.
REYNAERS SYSTEMS AND SOLUTIONS
Reynaers has over the years established a sound reputation as a provider of not just reliable and innovative technological solutions, but also of the information and solutions required to implement its solutions optimally. Its venture into the development of BIM libraries is yet another step designed to allow the different partners to building projects to work together more effectively.
The BIM libraries include a vast array of Reynaers’ windows, doors, sliding doors and sliding/folding doors solutions while others will be added in due course. In total over 130 models are available for the following Reynaers systems:
ES 50, CS 59, CS 68, CS 77, CS 86-HI, CS 104 and CP 130.
The three building connection types (A – B – C *) are identified according to the positioning of the inside/outside wall opening:
Type A: Opening wall exterior > Opening wall interior
Type B: Opening wall exterior < Opening wall interior
Type C: Opening wall exterior = +/- Opening wall interior
*Visitors to www.reynaers.com should note that the denotations A, B and C are not used as such on the site. In the text on the site type A is referred to as the Netherlands (ND), type B as Belgium (BE) and type C as the United Kingdom (UK).
The BIM libraries can be downloaded from the extranet, which is accessible via the Reynaers website (www.reynaers.com) at no cost and comes in the form of Zipfiles that include all available configurations of the systems.
The libraries already provide configurations for:
▪ Windows: inside or outside opening and single or double
▪ Windows/doors: inside opening single or double
▪ Doors with brush strips or T-profiles at the bottom: inside or outside and opening single or double
▪ Sliding doors: 2 rails and 2 vents.
Reynaers plans to add the following systems to the library on short term as its next priority:
▪ Fixed windows
▪ Doors with fixed side and/or upper lights
▪ CP 130: 2-rail 3 and 4 vents, etc
▪ CS 38-SL
AUTODESK® REVIT COMPLIANCE
& BUILDING INFORMATION MODELING
The launch of the Reynaers BIM Libraries is a significant development for its partners and customers across the world. The Reynaers BIM libraries have been designed to run on Autodesk® Revit designer software; one of the most commonly used Building design software programmes in the world today.
BIM is already a well-established practice in America and is gaining influence in Europe for every year that passes. According to McGraw-Hill Construction’s Smart Market Report on the Business Value of BIM, research conducted in North America indicates that 75% of architects, 67% of engineers and 65% of contractors already believe that BIM is an indispensable tool for their businesses. Considering the international standing of architecture BIM is set to become a best practice globally in the immediate future.
Mr Erik Rasker, Technology Manager at Reynaers, explains that the vast range of materials, the extensive expertise of all partners concerned, increasing regulations, etc. are all drivers for more interaction, collaboration and open processes in the value chain of the building industry. This is the very gap Reynaers has targeted for the launch of its BIM libraries. “We are confident that the user-friendliness of the process and its comprehensive nature will excite users and encourage them to test new frontiers in design and collaboration. It will enable them to develop projects in an open environment that allows each part of the building chain to add its own unique value to the designs and plans and will facilitate full integration of all partners and their work,” says Rasker.
About BIM Libraries
BIM libraries have been designed to provide a methodology and process for the generation and utilization of all relevant information for the design, construction, operation and management of a building throughout its life cycle. This life cycle includes the stages of conceptualisation, design, visualisation, analysis, simulation, documentation, building and operation or management of the building on completion.
The BIM process offers a comprehensive portfolio of solutions for design, visualization, simulation, and collaboration. It includes sophisticated information in the intelligent model to inform better decision-making. The BIM model is populated with all relevant building component information such as product data, maintenance and operation manuals, warranty data, web links, etc.
The collaborative potential lies in the fact that the model offers all participating stakeholders (owners, architects, designers, engineers, builders, fabricators, etc.) visual access to the same data simultaneously by harnessing the converging capabilities of a variety of technological platforms. All these parties will be able to work on the same information and can visually see what each other party contributes in real time. BIM combines design, specifications, construction, installation, bill of quantities and budget all in one in one visible 3D model.