CHR achieves level 2 BIM

Commercial catering scheme designer and supplier, CHR Foodservice Equipment, has achieved level 2 BIM well ahead of the government deadline of April 2016.

The concept of ‘Building Information Management (BIM) ‘levels’ (and ‘BIM level 2 compliance’) has become the accepted definition of what criteria are required to be deemed BIM-compliant, by seeing the adoption process as the next steps in a journey that has taken the industry from the drawing board to the computer.

Paul Neville, sales director at CHR commented: “CHR has invested significantly in Revit software and taken on and trained new staff to cover BIM modelling. The result is clear concise 2D/3D drawings, fully rendered models with walk through capability.

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“The investment was also designed to streamline our quoting process by using the drawing file and our quoting system as one integrated system. This has allowed us to have around 70% of a project quoted prior to the estimating team being given the job for pricing. This means we can double the amount of work without employing further staff.”

CHR approached Revit software provider Quadra Solutions in 2013 when it became clear that more customers required BIM content. At the time CHR was using 2D AutoCAD, and was keen to improve efficiencies and communication with its customers when bidding for contracts.

The firm’s first move was to invest in Autodesk’s Building Design Suite Premium, which would help push its strategy for growth and BIM compliancy. This would also support the move towards 3D design, helping to future-proof the company.

The next step was for Alex Sweetlove, CHR’s design technician to undertake training. The Revit Essentials training introduced some of the key concepts and within 4 months, Sweetlove got to grips with the software. He has since moved onto using Autodesk’s 3ds Max, a modelling and rendering tool, which is further enhancing his design offerings.

Sweetlove is also among the nominees for the CEDA ‘Rising Star Award’, which celebrates the brightest and best individuals and organisations in the catering equipment industry.

CHR MD Ron Neville says: “After the training we were seeing increased efficiencies of 60%, improvements on design process of 50% and better communication to clients using 3D imagery.”

Design manager Matt Aspey added: “Alex has excelled in his transition from 2D to 3D design, which is delivering some excellent visualisations for the organisation.

“There is still a way to go with BIM as it heads inexorably towards the government deadline, despite a lot of open topics, discussions to be had and many grey areas still to be coloured in. But be that as it may, CHR has reached L2 and the story continues.”

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