Franke Washroom Systems, aka Franke Sissons, now has a number of products BIM modelled. Most are for hospital and janitorial use – areas where Franke Washrooms is a leading supplier. The company is also working on modelling its solid surface Miranit range which has been very successful in commercial building applications.
Essentially the UK Government has embarked with industry on a four year programme for sector modernisation with the key objectives of reducing capital cost and the carbon burden from the construction and operation of the built environment by 20%. Central to these ambitions is the adoption of information rich Building Information Modelling (BIM) technologies that will unlock new more efficient ways of working at all stages of the project life-cycle
The Government Construction Strategy was published by the Cabinet office on 31 May 2011. The report announced the Government’s intention to require: collaborative 3D BIM (with all project and asset information, documentation and data being electronic) on its projects by 2016 – making BIM modelling an essential for any supplier looking to supply products to the construction industry. It is hoped that BIM modelling will go some way to preserve the integrity of original specification by architects and specifiers as cheaper, poorer quality products are unlikely to go to the expense involved of getting products BIM Modelled.
“We are very aware of the importance of BIM modelling to our business and our customers,” commented Andy Dukelow Managing Director of Franke Washroom Systems. “All of the products will be highlighted on our website, making it easy for customers, architects and specifiers to identify and make the choice that suits their needs. What will be interesting for us, as early adopters, is to see whether this kind of modelling will help stamp out the last-minute, margin grabbing substitution of sub-standard products that is so rife at the moment. If it does make it harder, then this will be a huge step forward in protecting British manufacturing”