Posted: Friday 18th April 2014

ACO Technologies is the first surface water management manufacturer to launch a BIM offering targeting civils and infrastructure projects. Recognising a growing desire within the sector to gain the same advantages BIM offers construction projects, all of ACO’s popular ranges covering the collection and attenuation of stormwater are now provided for, available for download from ACO’s website.

BIM has become synonymous with dynamic and informative 3D images of buildings, however, the benefits it represents in terms of process, collaborative working and operational efficiency are just as pertinent to infrastructure and civils projects.

When applied to SuDS in particular, BIM provides the opportunity to explore the space and produce better design decisions – with the ability to enter into a joint planning process, where multiple iterations can be virtually ‘tested’ before ground is broken and every change of plan becomes costly. It also allows the creation of realistic renders and images that can capture the imagination of client, designer and the public.

BIM files are now available for ACO’s entire water management civils and infrastructure range, including the Qmax high capacity slot drainage, the StormBrixx geocellular stormwater management system, the KerbDrain combined kerb and drainage system and the MultiDrain channel drainage system; all of which offer project engineers unique advantages in terms of design, hydraulic performance and cost of ownership.

ACO’s BIM objects will be available in REVIT, CIVIL 3D and IFC formats incorporating non-graphic information, in neutral COBie format, that provides the necessary performance, installation and maintenance detail required for intelligent application from concept, through to completion and into years of use.

Gary Morton, Head of Sector Development from ACO said: “The infrastructure sector is slowly beginning to see for itself the benefits of adopting BIM, with some early examples or projects utilising the concept coming to fruition. However, it can only be truly embraced with the backing of manufacturers, who are willing to invest in the creation of files that will enable project modeling and information management. ACO is therefore leading the way, as the first surface water management supplier to launch a BIM offering specifically for infrastructure and civils.”

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