In the second in our BIM for Building Product Manufacturers series, Mark Grayston tells us all about Mitsubishi Electric’s experience and reasons behind developing their own set of components. Over to Mark…
As a company, Mitsubishi Electric originally got involved with BIM in the United States and we quickly learnt from our colleagues just how important this was becoming. I got our factories to send us the Revit files, because we saw that these files are an important element of the information model that equipment manufacturers should be supplying.
Barry Blackwell from the BIM Task Group was also trying to engage us as a company so that the Group could learn more and understand what we as a manufacturer were doing, as well as educate us on BIM and its use in the UK.
I was then tasked with researching BIM and attended a few seminars to understand further and became our ‘BIM’ champion. This led to the development of an initial presentation which was sent to all company members alongside issuing Revit files on CDs in our Business Update meetings.
At the same time, we were developing our relationship with specialist software company EDSL to have our products implemented within their Tas building simulation software. This initially allowed all technical details for our City Multi equipment to be simply added to a project, enabling the building’s performance to be modelled with the actual equipment specified and provides a much more accurate analysis, prior to the installation.
BIM Revit files were also added to The Building Centre’s specifinder website (www.specifinder.com) for easy download and the EDSL Tas software was updated with further products from our Mr Slim, Lossnay and Ecodan product ranges.
These developments and our greater understanding of the role of BIM allowed us to see how we as a company can seek to have an influence in more than just the pre-purchase part of a project.
BIM now enables us to view the role that our equipment plays throughout the entire life of a building, including replacement and recycling.
I have now attended several BIM seminars and talked to a wide variety of customers. This includes Balfour Beatty, NW, who held a ‘where are our suppliers at with BIM’ seminar. I’m pleased to say that we were held up as their ‘good example’ of what’s required. Balfour Beatty have since suggested that they will only use suppliers who could give them what they required from BIM, i.e. Revit files with spec data behind and declared that it will secure jobs if our model is implemented into the BIM for the building.
I am now identifying projects where BIM is being used, so that we can develop potential case studies and highlight how important BIM has now become to everyone in the construction industry.
I also continue to provide our sales staff with regular updates and we have also sought to educate the wider community with a specific CPD-module and BIM information guide, as we understand that knowledge is key to BIM. We are happy to send this CPD Guide out to anyone who would like to know more and they can get a copy by sending an email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Moving forward we are pushing the factories for Revit files for our entire product range and continuing to talk to our customers to understand what they require from us and how we can help them to help each other. We are also looking to implement BIM Revit files so that they can be downloaded from our website.
Mark Grayston, Air Conditioning Product Manager, Mitsubishi Electric.
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