In the fire and life-safety industry, equipment dealers must have a solid understanding of emerging next-generation processes like building information modeling (BIM)—an intelligent 3-D model-based solution for building planning, design, construction and management—to stay competitive. BIM is a quickly growing movement, making it one that dealers should particularly keep an eye on.
“It’s a train pulling out of the station. Either you’re on the train or you’re chasing it down the tracks or you’re completely left behind,” says CAD/BIM specialist for Honeywell FSG Services John Koehler. If you want to maintain a competitive edge, you’ve got to jump on.
Here are three things dealers should know about BIM to enhance and improve business:
- BIM helps you land more jobs: With more building owners understanding the value that a BIM platform offers, and thus requesting the technology, those dealers that understand the ins and outs of BIM will be able to effectively meet expectations and broaden their job portfolios. As a result, they will be able to gain more market share, increase their competitiveness and better cater to business needs, says Koehler.
- BIM enables you to handle field issues prior to construction: To succeed in today’s industry, you have to be forward-thinking, says Koehler. That means you must be able to assess quickly when the process flow of a project will change. BIM offers dealers the ability to handle field issues prior to construction, supporting stronger field coordination and providing better insight into how a project flow might vary from established plans. For example, you’ll be able to determine in real time how much flexibility you’ll need regarding space requirements. Or, you’ll be able to determine where equipment is needed in certain areas (how the equipment is located determines how the systems will be circuited). Resolving these small but impactful details prior to construction makes all the difference in customer satisfaction and productivity.
- BIM secures future expansion: Buildings are constantly undergoing change and expansion—something that BIM easily supports thanks to predictive capabilities and real-time data management. Koehler cites the example of a hospital, which tends to rapidly evolve and change. Because a BIM platform makes accurate documentation immediately available, dealers can begin strategizing for renovations, upgrades and more as soon as they take the building. “Continued updating and processing by facility management and owners allow for a current up-to-date project model to be available for future design, expansion, renovation or even demolition of the facility if its useful life has been reached,” says Koehler. “It is a true building lifecycle process—from blueprint to bulldoze to boom.”
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About the Author
John Koehler has over 20 years experience leading teams on integrating new BIM and CAD platforms. John’s experience includes large scale (structural) projects in the aerospace, nuclear, and military markets. John is currently a CAD/BIM Specialist for Honeywell FSG Services where he currently sits on multiple construction coordination teams to ensure quality construction using BIM and 3D modeling techniques. John has been instrumental in creating technical standards paving the way for the implementation of BIM both at Honeywell and throughout the fire alarm industry.