Mumford & Wood, manufacturers of Britain’s finest timber windows and doors, announces compliance with NBS National Building Information Modelling (BIM) Library Data for core Conservation™ entrance, balcony, bi-folding, single and French doorsets as well as Conservation™ casement windows, box sash and spring sash windows.
This is in accordance with the Government’s mandate on all publically-funded new-build projects by spring 2016. Architects, specifiers and contractors can now visit our Technical page at www.mumfordwood.com and download the full Mumford & Wood NBS BIM Library Data.
In this 3D modelling of the company’s core and standard Conservation™ products detailed specification parameters are shared in relation to thermal performance and U-values, acoustic specifications, PAS24 compliance, product design details, paint, glass and warranties. Non-standard products can be analysed on request using the same criteria.
“Now all parties, manufacturers, architects and contractors will pool this design information to create the footprint of a building,” says Owen Dare, technical director, Mumford & Wood. “This will effectively lock the specification which will remain unchanged for the life of the building. It is quite a complex and very sophisticated platform but the benefits are huge. Once approved, the specification will be carried through to manufacturing making the whole process easier for everyone.”
Mumford & Wood has currently achieved BIM Level-2 approval which sets an industry benchmark in the timber window and door sector. At this level the product data using 3D CAD models enables contractors and architects to combine and share their own 3D models, for a specific project, to a minimum Industry Foundation Classification (IFC) or COBie (Construction Operations Building Information Exchange) standard. It is available in a common file format, either an IFC or more probably a Revit plug-in.
These CAD models are already available with data that enhance analysis, planning and visualisation. This capacity will improve the the supply chain by reducing complexity whilst adding value. The core value of Level-2 BIM is to provide up-to-date, accurate, verified data for repeat use in all projects.
Asset management and asset construction require a data management system, and the related tools to make that data function in many activities, which aids process and value. Level-2 BIM elements include data management, classification, digital planning operations and COBie data exchange. These benefits, embraced at the design stage, reduce risk and cut costs which are reflected through the life cycle of the building.
Dare continues: “It wasn’t strictly necessary for us to achieve Level-2 but the work we do on publically-funded projects is important to us and we want to remain at the forefront of the industry. When everyone gets used to BIM they will appreciate how it can save many, many specifying hours and to make it work everyone must be using it.”