A new model

The software tools available to architects and AV integrators have historically been mutually exclusive. Steve Montgomery looks at the new breed of BIM software which marries AV systems into architecture.

Architects, surveyors, builders and interior designers use 3D design and engineering software packages to help them in construction projects and are well-versed in their use and fully ware of their benefits to the industry.

Similarly, AV system designers and integrators have their own specific tools, ranging from proprietary configuration tools from specific manufacturers to more general system engineering CAD packages.

As buildings become ever-more intelligent, and as internal building services reach greater levels of integration it would seem sensible for the packages used by the AV installers to combine, or at least integrate with those employed by building design and construction teams.

Building information modelling (BIM) software looks set to get closer than ever before to fulfilling this task.

“Building information modelling is an intelligent model-based process that provides insight for creating and managing building and infrastructure projects faster, more economically, and with less environmental impact,” said Phil Bernstein from Autodesk.
“BIM software includes a comprehensive portfolio of solutions for design, visualisation, simulation and collaboration that uses the rich information in the intelligent model to inform better decision-making within the architecture, engineering and construction industry and breaks down the barriers to better business.
“This leads to greater profitability and efficiency and provides higher quality of final product.”

Click here to read the free full article in the March issue of InAVate.

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