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BIM library for timber frame launched

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The UK’s first timber frame BIM library has been opened by Stewart Milne Timber Systems.

The offsite timber manufacturing specialist has created the library following 12 months of development work with the support of the CITB through its innovation pilot projects.

The library is free and features 102 of Stewart Milne Timber Systems products such as walls, floors and roof products.

The timber BIM library will enable architects and designers to download specific products or the entire library. It is hoped it will reduce the amount of time it takes to complete a timber frame project by as much as a month. Furthermore, it will also reduce the amount of errors.

Design teams will be able to create accurate 3D models to produce timber frame models that can be exported into the original model using an IFC file.

The timber BIM library will enable architects and designers to download specific products

Stewart Dalgarno, director of product development at Stewart Milne Group, said: “Part of the challenge of bringing BIM into mainstream construction practice is a lack of available products or systems in an accessible, useable format for clients, designers and construction professional to use.

“Our research highlighted, that less than 5% of the supply chain are BIM ready, with 40% BIM aware but not active, with the rest not even aware of BIM. There was no dedicated offsite timber frame systems library and only a handful of offsite manufacturers, offering some form of BIM component library.

“We’ve worked closely with the BIM Store, the UK’s leading BIM content and hosting creator, to develop this library and it will help designers and architects build 3D models in Autodesk Revit, in a fast and accurate manner, helping them reduce their effort and improve accuracy, from concept to detailed design.”

The library can be accessed at www.bimstore.com