BIM is driving a digital revolution in construction products. We see this as a huge opportunity to meet, and exceed, the challenge.
Free registration to the DNA Profiler for your BIM object data
Free registration to the DNA Profiler is Tata Steel’s fully managed product database – the single source of truth – providing instant access to a list of over 6,000 of our European construction products, to support architects, specifiers, engineers and facility managers in the design and management of your buildings
A first of its kind, the DNA Profiler has been designed to minimise data overload and will allow users, at whatever stage they are in the construction process, to retrieve the exact level of BIM data they require – and in formats including Autodesk Revit, ARCHICAD, Tekla, Allplan and Trimble SketchUp.
In addition to our DNA Profiler, you can access our BIM content at BIMobject here or alternatively follow the links on our individual product pages on this website.
If you require any additional BIM data or information about our future BIM developments, please contact us at BIM@tatasteeleurope.com
What is BIM?
BIM is an acronym for Building Information Modelling. It describes the process of designing a building collaboratively using one coherent system of computer (3D) models rather than as separate sets of drawings. But BIM is beyond just drawings. The models include the ability to add data for each and every product (object) within the building or facility.
Initially, the data provided by construction product companies will include aspects such as manufacturer’s contact details, mechanical properties, performance characteristics, maintenance requirements and guarantee periods. In the future it will be expanded to include lead times, pricing and much, much more.
It offers enormous gains by saving in cost and time, much greater accuracy in estimation, and the avoidance of error, alterations and rework due to information loss. But adopting BIM involves much more than simply changing the software that is used. To achieve all the benefits it offers, everyone in the architecture, engineering, construction and manufacturing industries will have to learn to work in fundamentally new ways.
Many National Governments and construction clients are developing strategies and standards to implement BIM over the next few years. In the UK, the Government has already made it mandatory for Level 2 BIM to be provided on all its procurement contracts.
At Tata Steel we recognise this move towards a connected, digital world and are developing our systems and processes to suit. Our latest tool for the building envelope sector is the [COMBINED platform]. Linked to the DNA Profiler this makes it easy for different design options to be compared quickly and accurately. It was developed to help preserve design intent throughout a construction project, while also saving time and improving accuracy.
The need to provide more information in multiple formats through interconnected channels forms a key part of our long-term construction strategy.