BIM Quality Certificates for Construction Products
Quality is a philosophy and a distinctive element for many companies that manufacture construction products. It is not only sought to do it well, but to have the best and that the client enjoys their choice. Developing quality products requires a commitment to investment, technique, and compliance with legislation.
For this reason, the Manufacturer that develops its products with quality and wants to go from a real environment to a digital specification environment through BIM, will follow the same philosophy to develop a Quality BIM Library.
What is a quality BIM library?
A Quality BIM Library is composed of digitalized products whose use and technical abilities in a virtual project are identical to the products in a real construction environment. In other words, the BIM object must act and be as useful as it is in reality. If this link of equality does not exist, we would be talking about an undervaluing of the quality of the BIM Library, and therefore of the BIM project; consequently losing the competitive advantage of working in a digital environment.
In order to achieve a correct level of quality in a BIM Library, in a schematic way, the following points must be taken into account:
- BIM Object skills
- Graphic Representation of the BIM Object
- The weight of the BIM Object (file size)
- BIM Object Data Quality
- Avoid the ignoring of the content within the BIM object by the Manufacturer
- Applicability in BIM development with PIM Software (Catia, Inventor, Solidworks, etc)
- Find a balanced development of a BIM object
- Price Vs Quality of the BIM Library
- Typology of BIM Objects
- Language and Format
The Traceability of Data and Parameters in a BIM Library
Another element that must be taken into account in BIM objects to achieve optimal quality is the concept of data traceability, which is supported by a regulated parameter structure.
To understand the concept of Traceability, we have to understand that a BIM object has a life throughout the development of a project, and that its functionality interacts in all phases of a project (PHASES: Design + Execution + Maintenance), being able to influence different stakeholders that participate in the project (Architects, Logistics, Construction, Property, Maintenance, etc). This level of use requires that the BIM Object be equipped with a structure of parameters where progressive and useful information is housed according to the moment and the need.
Consequently, when we have an ordinary BIM object, which does not contemplate all these scenarios, it happens that, as the project is being worked on, the BIM objects will have to be readjusted and reedited, making the work very inefficient, causing mismatches in parameters and contents with other project objects, which contributes to duplicating efforts.
Standardization of BIM Libraries
Today, the parameter structure of a BIM Library is discretionary for manufacturers and construction agents, which generates a lack of coordination in the structuring and naming of data in the objects. There is no standard with the force of law that guides manufacturers or professionals in this regard, which is why there are as many approaches as there is experience in the development of BIM libraries.
A solution to this problem was born with the GDO-BIM Standard, which is a Guide for the development of a Quality BIM Library. The standard has been developed by the company Bimetica, with more than 10 years specialized in the development of BIM libraries at an international level.
Currently, the GDO-BIM Standard is the most widely used at an international level, having great acceptance in the market by manufacturers and professionals, who seek to have a regulated structuring and data system.
BIM Libraries Legality Guarantee
The BIM Certificates of the GDO-BIM Standard are the only ones available in the international market, which provide transparency and guarantees on the legal development of BIM Libraries.
The auditors of the already developed BIM Object, or the library developers that issue the Quality Certificate, must take into account the parameters of “Legal Identity” of the files in accordance with the GDO-BIM Standard.
These legality parameters identify:
- If the software and the license are suitable for development and if they are commercially exploited. With this, it is detected if the development is carried out, with unlicensed software or an educational version of it, not suited for development.
- Identifying the owner and the Author of the BIM Object, thereby respecting the Copyright rights. In this way, it is known who will have the commercial exploitation rights.
- Traceability in the creation and subsequent modifications of the BIM object. Who has been able to change the data and / or contents of the BIM object is identified.
- In audit cases, the original development may be identified as such, or if the BIM object is a disguised copy made to deceive the manufacturer.
- The objective of the legality parameters is to offer a legal guarantee to the Manufacturer and the professionals who make use of the BIM library.
Quality Certificates under the GDO-BIM Standard
The GDO-BIM Standard Quality Certificates are the only Certificates that reflect a double guarantee with the development of the objects.
On the one hand, the Certificate reflects a manufacturer’s commitment regarding the content of the BIM object and its use in the project and, on the other hand, the guarantee of who has developed the BIM library regarding its usability.
What does the BIM Certificate guarantee?
That the BIM (Building Information Modeling) files of the Manufacturer company have been developed with the BIM Software, version and language chosen, and that they respect Intellectual Property Rights (Copyright), contain the optimal graphic data (usable in LOD 100 environments to 500), comply with the Structure (parameters) and Data Traceability that is required in a BIM project (usable in Phases 1 to 8) according to the BIM Object Development Standard (GDO-BIM).
Which Companies and Associations have their BIM Libraries certified?
Here we expose some of the companies and associations that have developed their libraries with the GDO-BIM Standard and have the Quality Certificate.
Manufacturers with BIM Quality Certificate
Alumínios, Lda – Anicolor
Válvulas Arco, S.L.
Altran Solutions, S.L.
Aluar Aluminio Argentino, S.A.I.C.
Bloques Barruca, S.L.
Neolith Distribution, S.L.
Parklex International, S.L.
Prodema Natural Wood, S.L.
Financiera Maderera, S.A. FINSA
Saint-Gobain Placo Iberia, S.A.
Griesser Persianas y Estores, S.L.
Puertas Roper, S.L.
Casals Ventilacion Air Industrial, S.L.U.
Portes Bisbal, S.L – Angel Mir
Comercial de Aplicaciones Electrónicas, S.L.- Fidegas
Prefabricados de hormigón Etxeberria, S.A.
Flexicel Industrial, S.L.
Saint-Gobain Isover Ibérica, S.L.
Hydro Building Systems Spain, S.L.U. – Technal
Extrusionados Galicia, S.A. – Extrugasa
Alucartera, S.L. Grupo Alugom
Grupo Prilux Iluminación S.L.U.
Klein Ibérica, S.A.U.
RS Metal Games, S.L.
Silicalia S.L. – COMPAC
Carpintería Díaz Cobián, S.L.
Ferrum S.A. de Cerámica y Metalurgía
Associations with BIM Quality Certificate
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