Generac has created 3D commercial generator models specifically for Building Information Modeling (BIM) software programs. The models are available through Seek.Autodesk.com, Generac.com or your authorized Generac Industrial Power distributor or dealer.
BIM is an intelligent model-based process that helps plan, design, construct, and manage buildings and infrastructure. With building owners and the public asking for more thoughtful and “green” building design, BIM provides engineers and contractors with the tools needed to design intelligent buildings that conserve resources while meeting the ever-growing energy and ergonomic demands of building occupants.
Within BIM, each element has all of the characteristics - both physical and logical - of their real counterparts, based on a single definition of each item. When a change is made to one element, it permeates throughout all the drawings and related models.
This highlights a key difference between BIM and CAD. When a change is made in a CAD drawing, it must be remembered and manually transferred to all the other pertinent CAD drawings. This manual labor intensive labor intensive process is often fraught with human errors, requiring last minute changes. With BIM This process all happens automatically.
Use of BIM software has increased significantly due to the complexity and costs involved with today’s sophisticated design/build processes. Users can visualize, simulate and analyze real-world appearance performance and cost.
Additionally, a virtual information model can be handed from the design team (architects, civil, structural and building services engineers, etc.) to the main contractor and subcontractors and then on to the owner/operator. This reduces the potential for information losses that may occur when a new team takes ownership of the project, and provides more extensive information to owners of complex structures for facility management.
Autodesk® Revit® is the leading 3D BIM application on the market and it includes features for architectural design; mechanical, electrical and plumbing (MEP); structural engineering, and construction.
One of the disadvantages to using software like Autodesk Revit is the effort required at the front end of a project to load all the appropriate information for each element along with obtaining all the 3D models for each element. There are tools, however, that are making this process simpler, such as databases and storehouses for specific equipment needs. For example, Autodesk Revit links directly to a building product repository called SEEK, that hosts manufacturer-specific content. With Generac models available on seek.autodesk.com, Revit users can access gensets with just a few clicks.
In addition, the Generac 3D models have undergone quality assurance testing and are vetted to meet the requirements of the Revit program. And, as new gensets and accessories are introduced to the marketplace, the corresponding models will be added for Revit and other BIM software programs.