BIM – Challenge for the security and door sector

The architect Zeljko Savic, founder and owner of Studio Savic in Emmenbrücke, focuses intensively on the topic of BIM. He helps planners, developers and companies to rethink and adopt new work approaches with BIM.

In March, Savic held a presentation at ASSA ABLOY on the topic of “BIM in the security and door sector” – because we also want to make the benefits of digital planning accessible to our customers. We have summarised extracts from this presentation here.

What is BIM?

In short, BIM is a planning method. The three letters BIM stand for Building, Information and Modeling - in concrete terms, this means: BIM is a digital project-supporting process based on a virtual 3D model, which spans from the planning stage over the entire lifecycle of a project. In this process, all relevant project information is collected and evaluated in an overall model. The result can be a database, which is always up-to-date and which all people involved have access to.

What are the goals and added values of BIM?

The focus of digital planning with BIM is, among other things, planning security, schedule security and cost security for the entire project. But BIM can also help to achieve other goals, which are defined before the start of the project where possible. This includes improving communication between the parties involved in the project, structuring the cooperation, supporting quality assurance or improved transparency in the process.

What does BIM achieve in the process?

In the process with BIM, the majority of the project planning is shifted towards the beginning. Decisions often have to be made earlier. Ideally, the inclusion of structural elements such as doors or windows should be defined in great detail in the 3D model – including type and quantity. This means that decisions can be made much earlier in the process, including for lock and security technology. This avoids the need for expensive corrections and changes.

What effect does BIM have for the people involved?

The detailed planning in an early project stage means that the door and security sector is also facing new tasks. Companies are required to deliver structured data for their products and to structure and digitalise their work processes accordingly.

Three things are needed to implement BIM:

1. People with motivation, who inform and educate themselves

2. Technology – i.e. software, hardware and tools – which BIM can work with

3. Processes that are re-defined, digitalised and automated

Attitude is key: People who can be open to new things, have a positive attitude to development and who are constantly striving towards improvement, can easily master the challenge of BIM.