Commercial kitchen BIM design

Commercial Kitchen BIM

A big change is coming to the traditional ways of designing commercial kitchens.  The change, is in the way that design information, is prepared and transmitted.  Traditionally 2D CAD drawings are “Dumb”,  they are simply idea communications.  They have served the commercial kitchen services industry very well over the years, but the problem with this information stream, is that it does not transmit well with other trades.

The UK Government has setup a task group to specially manage the change to BIM, a FAQ can be viewed at Here are some of the main points:-

Why do you need BIM?

BIM is the new way to communicate your ideas and designs, without it you won’t win work. In other terms, BIM brings all construction trades together, they work on one central “Building Model”, all traditional drawings come from this one model.  Separate trades all feed into this co-ordinated approach, this gives rise to time and efficiency savings which all result in increased productivity, less mistakes, decrease in waste and more profit.  For the client it gives dependable time frames and costs.

What advantages does BIM have?

There are many advantages of BIM compared, with traditional CAD drawings.  As BIM models are 3 dimensional in nature, you can cut sections through the building, to give additional information.  You can show detailed sections, floor plans, ceiling plans – all from the same model.  With CAD drawings each of the elements have to be uniquely drawn, a costly and time consuming process.  Furthermore, if there are revisions then all of these independent details have to be updated.  If one of these elements is missed, then this is where construction mistakes happen.
BIM is also able to automate several processes.

Building information modelling can also generate multiple drawings from the one model, namely reflected ceiling plans, floorplans, sections, elevations, details, schedules and much more.

Further information

We have collected some links on building information modelling for your information, and further research.   Of course you are more than welcome to contact ourselves with your next projects requirements.  We would be most happy to help.
UK Government Construction Strategy
Laing O’Rourkes BIM Page

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