08 March 2019

Tata Steel’s BIM DNA Profiler picks up ‘Best New BIM Product’ at this year’s BIM Awards 2019

The BIM Awards honour and recognise the world’s best BIM work and those who created it, by celebrating their exceptional and innovative use of BIM in the built environment.www.tatasteeldnaprofiler.com


The DNA Profiler (www.tatasteeldnaprofiler.com) is a web-based tool that enables our product information (data and objects) to be accessed flexibly, in multiple formats.

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The DNA Profiler has many benefits, these include:

• Enables users to search for our products based on performance characteristics, then select the product data they want from a structured product database (single source of the truth).

• 3D objects, if required, are generated there and then “On-the-fly” rather than downloaded from an unmanaged, static, database.

• Enables individual attributes, or combined data sets, to be downloaded (in COBie or csv) or embedded in a newly generated object.

• 3D objects can be generated in a range of Levels of Definition (LODs) and 2D/3D CAD formats with the user’s selected data embedded within it. Formats include Revit, ARCHICAD, Sketch-up, IFC, All-Plan etc.

This flexible approach to product information means that architects, contractors and engineers can be assured that the latest information is being used. The backbone for the DNA Profiler is an IBM cloud database with data structured to align with CEN TC442 requirements/guidelines.


The backbone for the DNA Profiler is an IBM cloud database with data structured to align with CEN TC442 requirements/guidelines.

We were absolutely delighted to win the award for Best New BIM Product at the BIM Show LIVE BIM Awards 2019. The DNA Profiler has been a labour of love for more than 2 years and could not have been delivered without the support of IBM, CADENAS and coBuilder.

Alex Small

BIM & Digital Platforms Manager for Tata Steel

We worked with IBM and the German CAD specialist CADENAS to develop the tool. IBM developed the website and the database with CADENAS’ “eCATALOG” software providing the means to generate “on-the-fly” 3D objects in multiple CAD formats.

The really clever part of the tool is that it allows the user to select any of our 800+ attributes and have them embedded in the object. Also, CADENAS’ eCATALOG software means that the object is drawn natively so it remains fully parametric (editable) once downloaded rather than being a “dumb solid” that would not be suitable for Tata Steel products.

In addition to the front end that is visible through the website, we have a web-based back end where each of our 12 “BIM Champions” (technical managers each responsible for their own products) can log in and edit, remove and manage the products and data. This ensures that we have a control process to manage the quality