Shine Food Machinery is in the process of delivering a major public sector catering contract that is fully compliant with BIM level 3.
The £600,000 production kitchen it is currently installing at HMP Winchester in Hampshire is the first scheme it has been involved with that adheres to level 3 building information modelling (BIM).
BIM is a concept that is expected to become a prominent issue in kitchen design and CAD operation over the next few years, particularly as the government will make it compulsory for construction projects over a certain value to be designed using BIM techniques.
“We are pretty sure that there is nobody else in the catering industry which is doing this or has this capability at the moment,” said Jon Shine, operations director at Shine. “We are unique with that and have been leading the process with the architect and main contractor. With HMP Winchester, we are not just doing the BIM design, we are doing the fit-out, and our willingness to undertake this BIM process and our desire to get on board with it is because it supports our core business, which is the provision and fit-out of equipment. So if we get this wrong, we are not handing a problem on, we are living it!”
The Government’s BIM Strategy Paper calls for the construction industry to achieve level 2 BIM by 2016, so the completion of a level 3 package represents a major achievement for Shine.
From a catering perspective, level 3 BIM essentially means that the project is designed in 3D format, with information relating to every item and element of that kitchen embedded within the drawing, rather than in a separate printed or digital format.
Furthermore, the design will integrate seamlessly with a ‘master model’ to give architects and contractors a comprehensive overview of all sections of works within a building to detect any clashes or conflicts at the design stage.
Shine said the company had spent more than six months getting comfortable with BIM and understanding how to implement it as a new operational procedure within the business.
“Being at the forefront, I think we have probably spent an awful lot more time on BIM than we need because we have not had anyone to copy, but we wanted to make sure we got it right,” he said. “And off the back of the [HMP Winchester] project we are already in discussions with a contractor on another major government project.”
Shine added that the HMP Winchester project had been designed using Revit, a software package specifically built for BIM. “Revit is where we went because whether you like it or not Revit is probably the most stable at the moment and it is the one that people are comfortable with and bolted onto their current Autodesk package.”