Using BIM for Marley's clay roof tiles

Published:  18 July, 2014

This video illustrates how to find, download and use Marley Eternit's BIM objects for clay roof tiles.

The video has been launched to help the increasing number of specifiers and designers making the transition to BIM on their projects. The latest NBS National BIM report showed that 54% of construction professionals have used BIM on at least one project in the last year - 15% more than in 2013 and 40% more than in 2010. This number is expected to grow rapidly, with just over 93% of those surveyed predicting they would be using it in the next three years, spurred on by the government’s 2016 BIM mandate.

Sarah Jackson, marketing product manager at Marley Eternit, explained: “As the latest figures show, everyone in the process of adopting BIM is moving forward at different speeds and people are at different stages of the journey."

She continued: "We wanted to do more than just make the files available. The process of using BIM can be daunting and we wanted to make it easier.

“There is a lot of generic talk about what BIM can deliver, the so-called ‘BIM wash’, but not much practical support. That’s why we decided to develop a video to help guide people through the BIM process and give them a step-by-step tutorial on how to actually use the files and apply them to their own project.”

Marley Eternit’s BIM Space is free and, once registered, all users are given instant access to the full range of facades, fibre cement and clay roofing BIM objects.

Ms Jackson added: “The video shows that as well as aiding with the design of the building, the BIM files for the clay plain tiles give a lot of useful information about the products, such as materials performance, sustainability information - including embodied carbon data and environmental accreditations - and COBie parameters.

"In many ways it is the information part of BIM that is the most important, helping specifiers and designers to make more informed decisions about roofing products, as well as making it quicker and easier to design and construct a building.”

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