DVS pioneers rooflights as BIM objects

DVS is helping architects and planners in their daily work by making all Lamilux rooflighting products available as BIM objects which can be downloaded free of charge.

These detailed and fully functional models can be directly imported into the user's own software during the specification and planning stages of a project. This helps to avoid planning errors at an early stage and reduce costs. DVS is among the first daylight system suppliers in Europe to offer this service.

BIM objects enable planners and architects to simulate the design and performance of building components working together in a virtual building. It provides the means by which everyone working on a project can understand the building through the use of a digital model. Modelling an asset in digital form enables those who interact with the building to optimise and co-ordinate their actions, resulting in a greater whole life value for the asset.

Dan Boughton, DVS Director, said: “We’re seeing a growing interest in BIM from architects and this is set to increase exponentially as we draw closer to the UK Government mandated deadline for all centrally procured projects to achieve Level 2 BIM by 2016.”DVS’ BIM objects are provided in cooperation with the BIMobject® portal at www.bimobject.com.

The 3D models are already available for the main product groups from January 2015. These include a variety of DVS’ Lamilux rooflight products, including modular rooflights and SHEV (smoke and heat ventilation) units; aluminium framed glass rooflights; and the company’s unique glass roof system.

The BIM models provided by DVS are compatible with ArchiCAD and Revit CAD systems initially. They are based on verified parameters and offer a wide range of detailed information, such as available dimensions, glazing options, U-values, light transmission  and building material classes.

The BIM models can be downoaded from  https://bimobject.com/en-us/product?manufacturer=lamilux