Brian Sims

BIM partnership helps ASSAR Architects deliver on construction vision

AS THE construction industry becomes more digitised, it’s important that project information is shared not only quickly, but also accurately. Building Information Modelling (BIM) is fast becoming the solution for delivering on this desire and being led by BIM innovators such as ASSAR Architects.

BIM is a process which helps architects, building contractors, project owners and consultants to work collaboratively. About far more than just workflow management or a virtual modelling process, BIM is a data-rich collaboration. Its goal is to place every product and component within a comprehensive, always up-to-date, digital model of the building.

BIM’s value to everyone involved in the design and construction chain is tangible and growing. A BIM pioneer and member of the Belgian Building Research Institute’s Digital Construction Cluster, ASSAR Architects has a track record of successful implementation.

“The goal is to centralise information and allow projects to run smoothly,” explained Alexandra Dubuisson, ASSAR’s corporate BIM manager. “It eliminates a whole series of construction error risks and facilitates dialogue between project teams. At ASSAR, BIM is applied to all projects according to unique needs.”

Partnership working

Partnership is at the core of every successful BIM process. ASSA ABLOY Opening Solutions participates via a specialist team of BIM consultants.

“We provide subject matter expertise, as well as software solutions to aid the scheduling and co-ordination of information on openings,” explained Mattias Colla, BIM manager for the Benelux region at ASSA ABLOY Opening Solutions. “Our team members have experienced projects of every size up to thousands of openings.”

Easily accessed, downloadable specifications have complete door, frame and hardware information for ASSA ABLOY Opening Solutions’ product range. They include geometry, safety data, environmental product declarations and links to further relevant information.

Brussels project

Möbius I & II – a pair of elegant, light-filled ‘sister towers’ in North Brussels – now house high-profile offices for corporate clients including Allianz. Designed by ASSAR, their successful completion resulted from a comprehensive BIM collaboration.

The BIM brief was to deliver complete specifications so that everyone involved in project delivery could access one authoritative resource. The partnership would reflect ASSAR’s ethos, built around expertise, collaboration and teamwork. BIM also helps management in an environment where delivery times are short and budget control must always be maintained.

“Every stakeholder has access to the complete specification, which leads to fewer mistakes,” stated Charlie Malou, ASSAR architect for Möbius I & II. “It saves time and money for those financing the project, because full information is transparent and always up-to-date.” This claim is backed up by a recent study of BIM’s impact on costs for complex building projects. As well as efficiency and cost reduction, BIM’s legacy is a transparent digital resource which can be shared and consulted through a building’s full lifecycle.

“Partnering with ASSA ABLOY’s BIM and specification team ensured accurate, detailed specifications for door and security hardware were always available,” added Malou. Deployed solutions at Möbius I & II included Litto and effeff locks, door closers and architectural hardware.

Specifications are delivered via ASSA ABLOY’s Openings Studio software, which automates accurate importing of specification information and every related object into the architects’ design package (in this case, Autodesk Revit). It simplifies an often complex specification process for door and security solutions.

“Openings Studio is intuitive and the visual integration with Revit saved valuable time for everyone on this project’s multidisciplinary team,” concluded Malou. “The partnership helped ASSAR Architects to deliver buildings with a perfect balance of aesthetics and function.”

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