Stelrad embraces BIM

Leading radiator manufacturer Stelrad Radiators is embracing BIM and now has a number of exciting products on BIMStore ready for architects, engineers and contractors to integrate into future projects.

By 2016 all public government buildings must comply with a mandatory regulation enforcing the use of collaborative 3D electronic models for all projects. The new software model is called Building Information Modelling (BIM) and has been developed to support architects to ensure all future developments comply with the regulations.

Stelrad hs invested in several core ranges designed in the format for BIM with the aim of becoming shared knowledge resources for architects, contractors, designers and engineers to support decision-making about a facility from earliest conceptual stages, through design and construction, through its operational life and eventual demolition.

Stelrad will continue to invest heavily in turning specification and product information into digital objects in anticipation of the wide-spread adoption of BIM. Specifying Stelrad has never been so easy. Architects and building designers simply select the product they want to use, ‘drag it’ into their design document and ‘drop it’ in place.

Building Information Modelling (BIM) is an integrated process for collaboratively exploring a project’s key physical and functional characteristics digitally. It allows those planning a project to visualise and utilise real components at the planning stage. The components can remain in the project workflow throughout its lifetime, from planning to design and into construction and operations.

Stelrad will be providing a number of their products that currently feature heavily in commercial projects including their Concord, Column and Low surface temperature (LST) radiator ranges which will be hosted at www.bimstore.co.uk and www.stelrad.com and are available for subscribers to download and utilise in projects.

“It clearly makes huge sense to utilise this technology so that architects and contractors can produce real time 3D models of how rooms and areas of a planned new building will look once everything has come together at the construction phase,” says Stelrad’s Marketing Communications Manager, Sarah Baker. “Architects have been providing CGIs for several years to give an impression of how buildings will look but to be able to utilise accurate 3D images of real products that provide an extremely accurate rendering of how that building will really look offers huge benefits to them and to the building’s owners and funders. For the first time, it will be possible to visualise a building, that hasn’t moved off the ‘drawing board’, in its final state – and to switch finishes in real time, to include specified products that are on the system. We feel this is an exciting move for us as a business and we look forward to possibly expanding the range of options available in the months ahead.”

Full details of the products featuring on www.bimstore.co.uk along with the wider range of products for domestic and commercial use can be found at www.stelrad.com or you can call for further information on 0870 849 8056 or email marketing(Replace this parenthesis with the @ sign)stelrad.com . You can follow Stelrad on Twitter @Stelrad or on Facebook at www.facebook.com/StelradLimited.