Building Information Modelling (BIM) is a planning meth- od for depicting buildings with all their relevant infor- mation over their entire life cycle using a consistent, digital building model. This improved exchange of information between all parties involved in the planning process helps to achieve relevant objectives more quickly and accurately. Since 2018, WÖHR Autoparksysteme GmbH has – in addition to customary 2D drawings – been providing BIM-enabled, scalable 3D models of its parking systems for download, which can be integrated directly into the planning process.
The impetus came from the more advanced BIM countries of Norway, the Netherlands and Great Britain, where this method is already an integral part of all planning activities. In Germany, public-sector projects usually require the use of BIM. This is where WÖHR Autoparksysteme GmbH was also responding to its customers’ wish for a modern planning tool which allows architects and planners to insert a parking system into a 3D building model at the touch of a button. By implementing the concept of BIM within the company, WÖHR has taken a major step into the digital future.
In early 2018, WÖHR decided to de- velop these models together with DREICAD, and launched a joint pilot project. DREICAD converted the supplied data into BIM-capable REVIT data, which is now handled by a responsible employee at WÖHR. The first models available are the Parklifts 450 and 405, and the Combilifts 551, 552, 542 and 543. These are the most popular models of mechanical and semi-automatic parking systems. In future, the data will be available for down- load on an exchange platform. Until then, a download is possible on the website.
Architects who take advantage of this will have a model complete with parameters which can display all the possible configurations. The Parklift 450 alone can be config- ured in 188 different ways. The model is fully scalable without entering any additional data. It also contains a vehicle profile for performing collision checks. Planners can view the parking system’s technical data immediately in the BIM model.
BIM has many benefits: rather than gathering new information when planning each individual building project, as with conventional methods, the data is constantly expanded throughout the project life cycle. This provides clear added value for revisions, calculations and collision checks in particular. Specialists benefit from the information which their project partners have already gathered, removing the need for them to re-enter or duplicate it. BIM also noticeably reduces the possibility of manual errors during data entry. The data is handled within a central building model, which is continuously updated during the planning process. Thus all parties in the project can make informed decisions on the basis of the same, sound data.
By implementing BIM, WÖHR has taken a major step into the future.