Safer buildings with BIM
Swedish company Briab Brand & Riskingenjörerna AB, consultants in risk management and fire protection, is just about to start using the content management solution Hercules® in their work. We had a chat with Johan Norén, R&D Director at Briab, to hear what he has to say about BIM and risk management.
Detailed information in a private cloud
Briab have been offering consultancy services in risk management and fire protection since 2002. They have tripled in size and turnover the last three years, and today the company has a number of Sweden’s largest developers and property owners on their client list. Johan Norén, R&D Director at Briab, notes that more or less all their clients today work in BIM models, and that the advantages of BIM in fire protection are obvious.
“Fire protection and risk management is about making sure that a building, and everything that it contains, adheres to standards and regulations. To do that, it’s vital to be able to access detailed information about every single product used in a project.”
By using building products with digital replicas hosted on bimobject.com, this problem can be conveniently solved. Briab recently signed up for a three-month trial of the content management solution Hercules®, and Johan Norén is enthusiastic about the prospect of being able to collect and manage BIM objects in a private cloud.
“The Hercules® platform is like having our very own BIMobject.com, where we can build approved libraries of objects and also invite our clients”, he says.
Security from a lifecycle perspective
Johan Norén notes that maintaining fire protection all through a building’s lifecycle, is a growing part of their business.
“Our work doesn’t end once a house is built. Security and fire protection needs to be ensured all the way from construction to demolition.“
Before, it has always been difficult to ensure that the right materials and classifications are used when older buildings are renovated and interiors are changed. Johan points out that the whole industry struggles with lack of control, where owners in reality simply don’t know what products and classifications are used in their properties.
“With complete and detailed BIM models, carrying all the product data that are connected to objects from bimobject.com, we have an unprecedented opportunity to make sure facilities remain compliant to rules and regulations - from cradle to cradle.”
Better communication leads to safer products.
Johan Norén points out that this development will eventually turn the data into important selling points for manufacturers, who will need to be able to show increasingly detailed classification data about their products. He observes that BIM in general has led to improved communication between different stakeholders in construction, and he hopes this will lead to a higher level of awareness among building products manufacturers.
“Detailed BIM models, including increasingly intelligent BIM objects, will open new doors for us in our work. It will allow us to capture big data, to make realistic simulations and to optimise everything from production to maintenance. This development benefits us all, as in the end it will lead to safer buildings.”