Making Security Integral to BIM
Integrated life systems and security business Evolutionsays the security industry has been slow in bringing the benefits of building information modelling (BIM) to the design and commissioning of new security installations.
The company also believes architects and contractors are being similarly slow to engage with security businesses prior to the construction phase of a building, creating unintential problems, and adding to final costs.
As a digital representation of the physical and functional characteristics within a facility, BIM allows information to be shared quickly and easily among interested parties, not only in the initial stages of a building’s design, but also after its completion.
The impact of security on building design is not yet a core part of BIM thinking, however, with architects focusing primarily on people flows and aesthetics.
Evolution’s Brendan McGarrity, says:
"The siting of power conduits, lighting even CCTV in buildings is often an afterthought, rather than something that is addressed at the design stage - which, in turn, invariably adds to costs as key electrical or safety design considerations ought really to be factored into initial planning and design.
"The effects of this are exaggerated in general commercial premises which are often designed without a specific purpose.
"However, the early engagement of security integrators by architects would highlight many such challenges and save everyone from a heap of trouble.
"Many architects already liaise with HVAC professionals at the design stage."