EFCEM announces Launch of international BIM database ‘EFCEMBIM’
The Global BIM database combines standardised parameters with ability to incorporate national variations
The European Federation of Catering Equipment Manufacturers (EFCEM) has announced the official launch of EFCEMBIM, the European BIM (Building Information Modelling) database for professional kitchen equipment. EFCEMBIM is a free independent BIM resource library for Europe. EFCEMBIM will allow manufacturers to provide BIM-data in a neutral, easy and multilingual way to consultants and software developers. Different access points will allow them to connect to EFCEM BIM for BIM-data generation.
The launch comes at a time when EFCEM is working with the international community to develop a global framework for BIM. The aim is to create globally standardised parameters so that the BIM models can be used anywhere in the world. While parameters are already exciting for regions like the USA and central Europe, the parameters will also be available in widely used languages and will be applicable to common file types like REVIT, IFC and others.
“BIM has huge potential to generate business for catering equipment suppliers,” says Drewry Pearson, president of EFCEM. “EFCEM is working to ensure our members get maximum benefit, and that the database is easy to use and cost effective. Across Europe, companies who are members of the eight EFCEM national associations can upload BIM data and models free of charge, helping ensure the comprehensive nature of the EFCEMBIM content.
“It’s important to emphasise that EFCEMBIM is free, not only for manufacturers who are uploading their BIM files, but also for users who are downloading and creating designs or quotations. Some commercial BIM libraries charge manufacturers 2,500 € or more to host their data. Furthermore it will be possible to connect other BIM-libraries to EFCEMBIM free of charge, making EFCEMBIM the global reference point for manufacturers to provide their BIM-files.”
EFCEMBIM incorporates native BIM-formats, in addition to Industrial Foundation Class files (IFC), so manufacturers can upload files for use in software packages including archiCAD and Revit. The database will also accept PDT (Product Data Template) files, allowing manufacturers to upload productdata. EFCEM invites all European manufacturers dealing with BIM data to make EFCEMBIM come alive.
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