Building Information Modelling (BIM) is a planning methodology for designing and documenting buildings over their entire life cycle.
Using a consistent, digital building model, BIM can improve the exchange of information between all parties involved in the planning process, so objectives can be achieved quicker and with more accuracy than ever before.
In addition to customary 2D drawings, WÖHR Autoparksysteme GmbH has been providing BIM-enabled, scalable 3D models of its parking systems which can be downloaded and integrated directly into the planning process.
The impetus came from countries such as Norway, the Netherlands and Great Britain, where BIM is already an integral part of all planning activities. In Germany, our clients are requesting more modern and advanced planning tools. WÖHR Autoparksysteme GmbH have responded providing BIM – a solution which allows architects and planners to insert a parking system into a 3D building model at the touch of a button - a major step into the digital future.
In early 2018, WÖHR, in collaboration with DREICAD, launched a joint pilot project whereby DREICAD converted WÖHR data into BIM-capable REVIT data. This means that our most popular mechanical and semi-automatic parking systems - the Parklifts 450 and 405, as well as the Combilifts 551, 552, 542 and 543 can now be downloaded from the WÖHR website for use by our Architects.
Architects who embrace this resource have the power and flexibility to build a model and come up with a solution that will fit their client’s specific requirements. In short, BIM can provide a plethora of configurations accommodating the needs of every client. The Parklift 450 alone for example, can be configured in 188 different ways! The benefit is that the model is fully scalable without entering any additional data. It also contains a vehicle profile for performing collision checks and planners can view the parking system’s technical data immediately in the BIM model.
BIM has many other benefits – for example, data is constantly expanded and updated throughout the project life cycle providing more accuracy and efficiency for revisions, calculations and collision checks. Data sharing is also improved with Specialists now able to access and utilize the information that their project partners have already gathered. This removes the need to re-enter or duplicate data but has the added advantage of reducing the possibility of manual errors during data entry. The data is handled within a central building model which means 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.