The models are suitable for use in Building Information Modelling (BIM) software packages such as Autodesk Revit MEP.
Engineering Manager of Fantech, Kerry Dumicich, explains that the new Revit models include important information on the industrial fans and other cooling products, including:
- product codes
- electrical data
- airflow; and
This assists designers, he adds, in reducing the variations component of a project, which covers any items that need to be changed or fixed during or after installation.
Typically, this component can be as high as 18% of the total cost of a project, but with BIM, these problems can potentially be eliminated prior to construction commencing, which could lead to a substantial cost saving over the life of a project.
“Furthermore, the information stored in a BIM model can be accessed by all stakeholders in the project. As a result schedules can be automatically generated and the project tends to run more smoothly and efficiently,” Kerry says.
Finally, the information in the Revit models of Fantech’s industrial fans and ventilation systems could be used in the future to calculate pressure drops and energy use, increasing energy efficiency.
Fantech worked with Design Content, a division of KarelCAD to develop the models, which are available now through a subscription to the Design Content service.