27 Wavin BIM image

Wavin, the leading supplier of plastic pipe systems and solutions in Europe, announces the launch of its new Building Information Modelling (BIM) content packages for plumbing and drainage.

Built in Revit, these content packages contain intelligent assistance which help the Revit modeller to arrive very easily at a full ‘as built’. This breakthrough development makes now also possible to benefit from the time and cost savings for piping systems in BIM projects.

Participants in the building process are constantly challenged to deliver successful projects despite tight budgets, limited manpower, accelerated schedules and limited or conflicting information. BIM, amongst other benefits, aids in collision detection at the initial stage, identifying the exact location of discrepancies. The computer model visually highlights to the team where parts of the building (e.g. structural frame and building services pipes or ducts) may wrongly intersect. Detailing 100% accurate pipe design reduces uncertainty, improves reliability and simulates potential problems. Sub-contractors or installers can add or extract information from the model before beginning construction, with opportunities to pre-fabricate or pre-assemble off-site. Waste can be minimised on-site and products delivered on a just-in-time basis rather than being stock-piled on-site.

In BIM modelling, engineers use realistic representations of a variety of construction elements to create detailed and accurate designs. Until now mainly generic pipe systems were used in BIM projects. The limited availability of Revit piping packages and the complexity of picking the right fittings in a pipe system has been the largest hurdle to date.

Wavin has now made it extremely easy to insert pipe systems and to quickly arrive at an accurate ‘as built’ in a BIM project. An example of the patent pending intelligent assistance Wavin has added is the solution for junctions in a soil and waste system. In a waste water, system several hundred different junctions are available. Each junction can consist of a single Tee fitting or up to a combination of six fittings. Wavin has solved this most complex part in the design of a pipe system by pre-programming all available junction options. All fittings required for the junction are often automatically inserted by just one mouse click, which constitutes a major breakthrough in BIM piping design. Moreover Wavin makes this possible without needing to browse through catalogues, nor having detailed knowledge of the product portfolio.

Revit modellers who have tested the Wavin Revit packages confirm that they are able to arrive at full ‘as built’ more quickly and more easily without the support of catalogues and now can benefit from the time and cost savings of the BIM way of working for piping systems as well.

To support users, Wavin has created tutorials and tips and tricks videos on a dedicated YouTube channel, a downloadable training manual and training options for Revit modellers so they can quickly take full advantage of the intelligent assistance built into the newly created Revit piping packages.

The Wavin Revit packages can be downloaded from myportal.wavin.co.uk/bim-centre from the 3rd of May.