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Single process agreed for BIM product data

23 January 2017

In a move to resolve growing levels of confusion over standardising product information to use within building information modelling (BIM), three industry bodies have collaborated on the use of relevant tools.

Principally involving the use of LEXiCON and BIMHawk, used for developing standardised product data parameters and structures, agreeing their use is designed to resolve confusion over whether the two tools compete or complement each other.

BIMHawk has been supported by the Chartered Institution of Building Services Engineers (CIBSE) to collect and structure product information in standardised product data templates (PDTs).

LEXiCON has been developed by the Construction Products Association (CPA), in conjunction with the BIM Task Group and the UK BIM Alliance.

It is designed to provide a uniform method of creation, definition and recording of parameters for creating structured data, initially for product information.

Working with the Building Engineering Services Association (BESA), CIBSE and CPA have agreed the two tools will now be closely aligned to deliver a clearer method of standardisation.

CIBSE will align with the LEXiCON methodology to ensure PDTs can feed directly into the delivery process and the organisation will also become a senior relevant authority for the CPA-developed tool.

Alignment of BIMHawk and LEXiCON will ensure properties are aligned with the buildingSmart Data Dictionary, which is being developed in association with the International Standards Organisation (ISO).

These efforts are also designed to remove the need to translate information websites, brochures and software models, further assisting the delivery of consistency and removing errors, while enabling more use of digital technologies.


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