As a manufacturer of large equipment that is integrated into larger facilities, we are often asked for 3D models of our generator sets. To meet these requests, our engineers take a genset model developed in our engineering software, remove any proprietary information, and then provide an “easy-to-use” 200Mb file—which turns out to be not as easy to use as it should be.
Today, we are seeing a lot of interest in building information modeling (BIM) from the architectural and consulting communities. A BIM is an intelligent model of a product that can include all technical information for sizing, installing, operating and ultimately servicing of the equipment. There are BIM models for anything that makes up a facility – everything from the heating and cooling systems; to the building structural components; to the shrubbery outside the building. There is a lot of potential power in BIM models and the information contained within them, but only if they are created in a format and structure that can be easily used.
I would like to know what the community expects from a 3D BIM model for a generator set. We can put the effort into developing complex BIM models, but if we don’t get it right, we could also waste a lot of time. We have the ability to populate the model with a lot of data, but in my experience too much data can be just as bad as too little.
This is where you come in. What is the minimum amount of information needed to make these models more useful and easier to understand?
What are the key features you are looking for in a genset model?
What do you like about the current models out there? What is missing?
How much configurability do you want out of your BIM models?
What are your expectations for 3D BIM models for generator sets?