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BIM (Building Information Modelling). The (r)evolution in the construction industry

The building industry is adopting BIM as the new revolutionary way to improve the construction processes, its reliability and collaboration during all the design and execution phases. At the same time, it is expected to simplify the management, and later the dismantling or rehabilitation of the building. Every stakeholder involved in the design, execution and maintenance processes shall benefit from this new concept.

Many public authorities throughout the world, as well as major private investors, promote BIM, or even impose it in their tender documents. Some European authorities have gone a step ahead: BIM is compulsory in their projects.

The shift from conventional 2D design to BIM is a huge challenge, but after a first transition phase, the benefits are tangible: reduced design and execution time, better collaboration between the architects, engineers and contractors, less issues to be solved on the job-site, more relevant and reliable information transferred to the facility management, and so on. Overall, the total cost of a project should be reduced, even if it is only by a small percentage.

BIM is definitely much more than an innovative 3D design concept, and one key aspect is interoperability between different software (design and management).

Infrastructure is following the same path, and ArcelorMittal Sheet Piling is confident that in a few years, all major projects involving steel sheet piles will be designed and managed in BIM.

Consequently, our technical department started the implementation of BIM. One of the first choices was to choose a BIM compatible software. The choice took into account our experience with several CAD software, but also feedback from our customers and sub-contractors. In a first phase, ArcelorMittal’s Sheet Piling technical department will develop BIM objects for Autodesk® Revit® software, and we strongly believe that our Revit families (files with the extension .rfa) will enhance the productivity of every drafter that uses this software.
 

Example of a BIM model with ArcelorMittal's steel sheet pile objects


Our technical department has been assisting customers with layout drawings in 2D for more than 20 years, and we will continue doing it for BIM models, be it in Revit’s native files or in any other interoperable file format such as IFC.

We launched the first phase of our BIM project, and we can now already provide the first version of the families of Z-type, U-type and straight web steel sheet pile. If you wish to use any of these objects in your Autodesk Revit models, please send us an e-mail at sheetpiling@arcelormittal.com and we will transmit a link where you can download the .rfa files. 

Finally, do not hesitate to contact us if you have any question about our BIM objects or if you use a different BIM compatible software.


ArcelorMittal Sheet Piling - Technical department



Note: ArcelorMittal does not endorse any BIM compatible software. The choice made by ArcelorMittal’s Sheet Piling technical department is based on an internal analysis focusing on customer’s and subcontractor’s feedback, and may change at any time.

Autodesk and Revit are registered trademarks or trademarks of Autodesk, Inc., and/or its subsidiaries and/or affiliates in the USA and/or other countries.

 

Released on August 10th, 2017