Pegler Yorkshire

Tue, 18 Apr 2017

Our BIM Journey: The Story So Far

Clive Gill, Technical Information Administrator, has been responsible for managing the processes we use to share product data with our customers for over 10 years.  He shared his experience of getting to grips with Building Information Modelling (BIM) at last year’s Bathroom Manufacturers Association (BMA) BIM Workshop which took place just before its annual Bathroom and Kitchen Business Conference.

Here, he gives an insight into how Pegler Yorkshire’s commitment to introducing 3D models will benefit its customers and reinforce its reputation as one of the leading manufacturers of advanced plumbing, heating and engineering products in the world.

“BIM – or as I like to call it Minecraft for Engineers/Architects – is an integrated system design tool which has the potential to improve the efficiency and sustainability of building design. With so many of our products being specified for use on public sector buildings (where the Government made BIM compliance compulsory by 2016), we recognised the need for an accessible and comprehensive 3D product library that would give us an edge over our competition and help specifiers at the earliest stage of building design.

But with thousands of products in our portfolio, we knew it wasn’t going to be an easy task.

We consulted extensively internally with colleagues in sales and marketing, as well as with key customers, to determine what information should be contained within our 3D models. We also invested in specialist training, Autodesk Revit with BIM Academy, and built a young team to help us develop our 3D product library.

In a relatively short space of time – under two years – we have created a 3D catalogue of taps and valves which is available for free via our MyPY portal. Users simply need to register and can then access a User Guide and asset files from our brands including Ballorex, Endex, Pegler, Tectite, Xpress and Yorkshire.

But this isn’t the end of the story. BIM is a fluid situation and we recognise that simply creating the asset files and library is only the start of our journey. We’re speaking regularly with consultants and engineers who are using the files in their building designs to refine the information contained in them, and revise our library to make it as efficient and effective as possible." 

If you’d like more information, or to provide some feedback of your experience with BIM, please do get in touch! clive.gill@pegleryorkshire.co.uk

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