Mumford & Wood products now come as NBS compliant BIM data for 3D modelling

22 January 2016

Mumford & Wood has launched a product library on its website providing BIM data for its core window and door product ranges.

The data is compliant with NBS National Building Information Modelling (BIM) Library Data. It covers the company’s core Conservation entrance, balcony, bi-folding, single and French doorsets, as well as Conservation casement windows, box sash and spring sash windows.

Architects, specifiers and contractors can now visit our Technical page at www.mumfordwood.com and download the full Mumford & Wood NBS BIM Library Data.

In this 3D modelling of the company’s core and standard Conservation products detailed specification parameters are shared in relation to thermal performance and U-values, acoustic specifications, PAS24 compliance, product design details, paint, glass and warranties. Non-standard products can be analysed on request using the same criteria, the company said.

“Now all parties, manufacturers, architects and contractors will pool this design information to create the footprint of a building,” says Owen Dare, technical director, Mumford & Wood. “This will effectively lock the specification which will remain unchanged for the life of the building. It is quite a complex and very sophisticated platform but the benefits are huge. Once approved, the specification will be carried through to manufacturing making the whole process easier for everyone.”

Mumford & Wood has currently achieved BIM Level 2 approval, which sets an industry benchmark in the timber window and door sector. At this level the product data using 3D CAD models enables contractors and architects to combine and share their own 3D models, for a specific project, to a minimum Industry Foundation Classification (IFC) or COBie (Construction Operations Building Information Exchange) standard. It is available in a common file format, either an IFC or more probably a Revit plug-in.

These models are readily available with data to enhance analysis, planning and visualisation. This will improve the dealing of the supply chain in dealing with complexity and add value. The core of Level 2 BIM is to provide accessible, up to date, accurate, verified information for use and re-use for all projects.

Asset management and asset construction both need an information management system and process, support by a number of tools to manage data. The data can then be used through many activates to realise and add value.

Level 2 BIM components are information management, classification, digital planning of work and information exchange method COBie. There are many other benefits that will make designing a project with reduced risk and cost which allows management of the building to be controlled through the life cycle of the building.

Dare added: “It wasn’t strictly necessary for us to achieve Level 2 but the work we do on publically-funded projects is important to us and we want to remain at the forefront of the industry. When everyone gets used to BIM they will appreciate how it can save many, many specifying hours and to make it work everyone must be using it.”