Door Hardware Professional Urged to Prepare for BIM with new GAI guide

The GAI has released its largest ever technical guide, in a bid to ensure its members are ready for the impact of mandatory Building Information Modelling (BIM).

BIM Level 2 becomes compulsory on all public sector projects from 4 April, but low levels of awareness may be putting some AI businesses at risk, the GAI is warning.

The GAI Guide to BIM, which members can download for free, outlines what BIM obligations architectural ironmongers and hardware manufacturers will need to fulfil to work on public sector projects from April.

It explores possible business opportunities but also highlights key pitfalls to avoid such as expensive and unnecessary investment. Douglas Masterson, technical manager of the GAI and the author of the Guide, says he hopes the technical briefing will provide a wake-up call to the industry: “The Guide to BIM is our longest ever technical briefing, which is a reflection of how important understanding BIM is to the architectural ironmongery industry. 

“Architectural ironmongers and everyone involved in the door hardware supply chain cannot afford to be complacent and assume that BIM is something that only concerns the larger parts of the construction industry. “Preparing for BIM need not be a costly or complicated process. The GAI can arm you with the necessary information to make your own judgments about what’s best for your business.” 

BIM involves creating a digital computer model which contains all the data relating to a building project. The UK Government is mandating BIM at a specified minimum level (Level 2) on all public sector projects from April 2016. AIs working on such projects will be responsible for the handover of the relevant BIM documentation to the main contractor. It will then be their responsibility to provide all BIM material to the end-user on project completion. 

Members can download the GAI Guide to BIM on our website