NOTIFIER by Honeywell announces the release of digital content models of its most popular ONYX Series fire alarm control panels for Architects, Engineers and Consultants utilizing BIM to create digital models of a building's design and construction.
We've seen a dramatic increase in requests for BIM content of our fire alarm equipment, says David Correia, product manager for NOTIFIER. This initial release is just the first in a series of models we're planning to publish in the near future.
NOTIFIER's Drawings Webpage of BMP graphics, SXF and DWG Computer Aided Design (CAD) drawings and BIM models experiences an average of 3,100 downloads per month. Although just released, NOTIFIER's BIM files have already encountered nearly 1,000 dowloads.
McGraw-Hill Construction reports less than three percent of new construction projects utilized BIM in 2007. Today, BIM is being used in the design of an estimated 38% of new starts, a figure McGraw-Hill expects to double to nearly 75% by 2014.
BIM is quickly becoming the gold standard by which firms do work, says Steve Jones, senior director of business development, McGraw-Hill Construction. It's a notable differentiator among competitors, a time-saver, and a cost-reducer. BIM dramatically shifts businesses' productivity and ROI. This is why we are seeing such rapid growth.
Traditionally, the design and placement of all elements involved in a building's construction have been drafted in static, two-dimensional drawings using CAD software. To create a virtual, three-dimensional mock-up of a building, BIM pulls information (digital content models) from a database on the properties of each building component. The results of BIM are better estimations, collaboration and construction accuracy combined with reduced rework in the field.