Allied Tube & Conduit Now Utilizing BIM Technology
Allied Tube & Conduit® has entered the world of BIM. Allied is making BIM Models available to design professionals through SmartBim at www.smartbim.com. These models are free to download and are currently available for IMC, EMT, Rigid Steel Conduit, as well as elbows and nipples.
What is BIM? BIM stands for “building information modeling”. BIM is an intelligence based 3D model software system used for planning, designing, construction, and management of infrastructures, buildings and sites. What makes BIM different from other 3D modeling software is the intelligence factor. BIM objects are populated with information such as manufacturer, part numbers, UPC codes, size, type and color. Besides the availability of information, clash detection and reduction in cost are some other benefits of BIM.
BIM has become a popular tool in the construction industry. A report on www.environmentalleader.com shows that over 74% of contractors used BIM in 2013 compared to 21% in 2007. A recent survey shows that 90% of mechanical engineers working for large corporations and 50% of mechanical engineers working for smaller firms use BIM. By making these models available to architects, engineers and contractors Allied Tube & Conduit is positioning itself to grow with the industry.