Fire protection consultants Jensen Hughes have discussed their ‘BIM journey’ in a new online article that features insight into their growth and key benefits that they have noticed as a result of Building Information Modelling implementation.
The US firm said that after 40 years experience specialising in services such as security engineering, they realised that the next design evolution for them was BIM. Whilst fruitful now, the firm admitted that learning how to operate alongside an entirely new process was difficult.
“Learning a new technology during active projects is a painful experience,” explained Joshua Greene, Jensen Hughes’ Vice President. “After working with BIM for 7 years, the engineering team is significantly better equipped to be a BIM partner within a project team, but the implementation process continues to evolve with the design and construction market.”
As BIM was ever-evolving due to breakthroughs made by early adopters, constant maturity was only the cards: “During this learning process and the evolution of BIM, the BIM requirements continued to mature as those on the forefront of its implementation expanded its scope,” added Greene.
“As a result of the expansion of project scope, BIM implementation adjusted again. The internal modeling team required additional staff including a technical manager with BIM experience to increase modeling capabilities, and a concerted effort was made to develop a central library of templates, tools, and families to make models consistent and professional.”
One of the “inherent benefits” of the company’s foray into BIM is said to be the heightened collaboration between fire protection engineers and architects. Greene explained: “Where assemblies require a fire resistance rating to comply with a building or fire code, this information is often provided or reviewed by a fire protection engineer. BIM provides opportunities for more efficiently identifying and reviewing assemblies that require a fire rating, including documentation of assembly listings.”