Disrupting tradition with BIM

Posted on 15 May 2016 by The Manufacturer

Asif Moghal, Manufacturing Industry Manager at Autodesk, revealed how the firm’s Production Innovation Platform can support manufacturers to stay compliant with the BIM Level 2 mandate, broaden capabilities and invigorate traditional business models, while creating new revenue streams.

While using Building Information Modelling (BIM) to 3D model and review manufacturing data is nothing new, it’s now mandatory for all publically-funded projects, which will require the implementation of BIM at Level 2.

Asif Moghal, manufacturing industry manager, Autodesk.
Asif Moghal, manufacturing industry manager, Autodesk.

But the opportunities to benefit from BIM go far beyond these types of projects. By establishing agile product development, manufacturers can not only stay compliant with the mandate, they can also continue to innovate their products and flexibly add the right data into their designs.

Manufacturers can design BIM-compliant products by taking advantage of Autodesk’s Production Innovation Platform, which has been specifically designed to make building products and equipment easier to specify.

Using a single system, it helps companies break down data silos, covering everything from product realisation and distribution, through to servicing and maintenance.

Here are some ways in which innovative, new platforms are helping manufacturers take BIM to the next level:

Serving markets of one

As the Product Innovation Platform is based on system-centric design and holistic governance, engineers can use increasingly digital solutions to deliver products that are configured to clients’ individual requirements.

Designing collaboratively in real-time

With data siloes broken down, manufacturers can connect with clients’ designs using Autodesk Inventor, updating them on project progress in real-time. This collaboration will typically result in a product that has been developed to meet the customer’s specific needs, meaning fewer design reiterations will be required.

Ideal Standard International for example, has integrated BIM data into its bathroom designs to enable it to work more closely with its housebuilding clients, such as Hill Partnerships.

Production to flexible manufacturing

The Product Innovation Platform also helps bring agility back into the manufacturing process, enabling organisations to develop solutions that can be quickly fitted or easily changed to meet evolving requirements.

Increasing customer experience

With the client at the heart of the manufacturing industry, keeping them engaged and interested in the organisation’s products remains critical. The Product Innovation Platform is helping manufacturers breathe life back into the development process, in turn, enabling them to enrich the client experience.

Connected products as a service

As part of the growing Internet of Things trend, devices and services are becoming increasingly connected. Connected services offer manufacturers a route to retain customers and attract new ones in the process, as they provide a simpler and more seamless experience.

Autodesk BIM Product Design Manufacturing Link - May 2016The age of going from concept to design and production, and then to market and eventually product retirement, is over.

By harnessing Autodesk’s Production Innovation Platform, companies can stay compliant with the BIM Level 2 mandate, broaden their manufacturing capabilities; disrup traditional business models and create new revenue streams in the process.

Future of Making Things

Launched by Autodesk and The Manufacturer – and supported by key partners, the Future of British Manufacturing Initiative takes a hands-on approach to enable British design and manufacturing companies to respond to the challenges of trends the likes of Industry 4.0 and the Internet of Things.

Gain a firmer grasp of the trends that are shaping design and manufacturing, and how other companies are already responding to them, by attending one of the four regional Future of Making Things event at a High Value Manufacturing Catapult Centre:

  • May 25, The MTC – Coventry
  • June 15, AMRC, Rotherham
  • September 21, AFRC, Renfrew