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BIM Frequently Asked Questions

What is Building Information Modelling (BIM)?


BIM is a methodology; BIM principles support the adoption of collaborative behaviours and practices, connecting intelligent design to information-based technologies, to unlock efficient ways of working throughout the project lifecycle.

BIM is about information; It has to relate to a Building project; it should be rich in non-graphical information; and it should be built with reference to a 3D Model.

It creates a 3D representation of your project that can contain all the information relevant to that project. You can use this model to provide traditional plans, sections and elevations. Schedules are produced from a co-ordinated information model made up of ‘real’ parametric objects.
Why was BIM being introduced?


As of 4th April 2016 BIM Level 2 has been set as the minimum target by the UK government for all work on public sector work. The objective being to reduce the costs of building by 20%, in both capital cost and carbon footprint, through numerous means including the use of BIM.

This has resulted in wider use in the UK construction industry as the investment in resource and information to deliver BIM introduces better efficiencies for potentially all projects.
What are BIM Levels?


The concept of ‘BIM Levels’ (and ‘BIM Level 2 compliance’) has become the ‘accepted’ definition of what criteria are required to be deemed BIM-compliant, by seeing the adoption process as the next steps in a journey that has taken the industry from the drawing board to the computer and, ultimately, into the digital age.

The government has recognised that the process of moving the construction industry to ‘full’ collaborative working will be progressive, with distinct and recognisable milestones being defined within that process, in the form of ‘levels’. These have been defined within a range from 0 to 3, and, whilst there is some debate about the exact meaning of each level, the broad concept is as follows:

Level 0 BIM
In its simplest form, level 0 effectively means no collaboration. 2D CAD drafting only is utilised, mainly for Production Information (RIBA Plan of Work 2013 stage 4). Output and distribution is via paper or electronic prints, or a mixture of both. The majority of the industry is already well ahead of this now (source: NBS National BIM Report 2014).

Level 1 BIM
This is the level at which many organisations are currently operating. This typically comprises a mixture of 3D CAD for concept work, and 2D for drafting of statutory approval documentation and Production Information. CAD standards are managed to BS 1192:2007, and electronic sharing of data is carried out from a common data environment (CDE), often managed by the contractor. Models are not shared between project team members.

Level 2 BIM
This is distinguished by collaborative working – all parties use their own 3D CAD models, but not necessarily working on a single, shared model. The collaboration comes in the form of how the information is exchanged between different parties – and is the crucial aspect of this level. Design information is shared through a common file format, which enables any organisation to be able to combine that data with their own in order to make a federated BIM model, and to carry out interrogative checks on it. Hence any CAD software that each party used must be capable of exporting to one of the common file formats such as IFC (Industry Foundation Class) or COBie (Construction Operations Building Information Exchange). This is the method of working that has been set as a minimum target by the UK government for all work on public-sector work, by 2016.”
Is BIM required for every project?


It is mandatory from the government for public sector construction projects and the investment in resource and information to deliver BIM is introducing better efficiencies for other projects.
Which BIM Objects are available?


We are continually adding to our BIM objects on a regular basis, however our current list of objects includes:

Wiring Accessories
  • Decorative
  • White Moulded
  • Grid
  • Metalclad
  • IP66
  • Part M

Consumer Units
  • Design 10
  • Design 30
  • Design 50

Distribution Boards
  • TPN
  • TPN Metered

Panel Boards

Lighting and Lighting Control
  • Klik 4 Pin
  • Klik 7 Pin
  • Klik LCM
  • Occupancy Sensors
What can I do if the BIM Object I need is not available?


Our BIM objects are updated on a regular basis, however, please complete the BIM Feedback form (link in the BIM section of the website) and advise us of your requirements. One of our team will then contact you to discuss your request.
Can I get a BIM Object for a Hager Engineered Solution?


If the BIM object you require is a composite board using standard parts this can be created within the user software using our standard models in a modular format.

If the object you require is a bespoke special product a BIM object could be created on request. Please complete the BIM Feedback form (link in the BIM section of the website) and advise us of your requirements. One of our team will then contact you to discuss your request.
Are your BIM Objects available elsewhere?


At this time our BIM Objects are only available on the Hager website.
Where can I give you feedback on your BIM Objects?


Please complete the BIM Feedback form (link in the BIM section of the website) and give us your feedback.