CADENAS and coBuilder unite to meet the full spectrum of BIM product information management needs

Promotion of the collaborative BIM solution at the Digital Construction Week 2018 in London

CADENAS & coBuilder at the Digital Construction Week (DCW) 2018

Stand-alone geometrical BIM features and disjointed technical documents are not enough to enable manufacturers of construction products (parts, components, systems) to meet the demand for BIM. More and more component manufacturers are faced with the difficult choice of selecting the right solution to support their digital transformation strategy.

To create the best value for their clients, manufacturers need to provide different levels of information (LOI). Whether as detailed 3D CAD models or structured data sheets, they need to manage their internal data sources and maintain the high quality of their data in different locations across the globe.

To cater for the increasing need for robust information management practices within the BIM sector, coBuilder and CADENAS, both experts in their fields, have united forces to provide a logical solution.

The solution for all BIM requirements
Manually, the effort is not to provide thousands of product variants and to update. The cooperation between CADENAS and coBuilder brings the solution for your BIM requirements.

CADENAS the specialist for native multi CAD

With over 20 years of experience, CADENAS has adapted, extended and optimized its proven technology for the M&E sector, to align with the special requirements of the BIM & AEC sector. With the help of technology, manufacturers of construction components can provide product downloads in over 40+ common AEC and BIM CAD formats (e.g. Revit, ARCHICAD, ALLPLAN, Vectorworks, Tekla and Sketchup). When you can provide all of your supply chain then the increase in sales will raise naturally. The CADENAS download platform serves as a link between manufacturers of building products and customers across all of the industry sectors.

coBuilder is providing structured standardised product data for all industry actors

coBuilder, on the other hand, is a contributor to Europe's initiatives to standardize the process of defining and structuring construction product data for digital use. coBuilder offers a software platform in which Product Data Templates are developed in accordance to the industry's standards for data exchange. Once the manufacturers’ data is digitised through PDTs, it becomes compliant with common data dictionaries, BIM data formats and initiatives such as Smart CE marking.

Together the companies provide a collaborative solution, which allows manufacturers to control and manage their product data and objects in real-time and automatically link a single-source of data to other systems. The solution provides manufacturers with a straightforward marketing channel to share their data and 3D BIM CAD models. Moreover, the integration allows the users to take advantage of custom parametric objects with embedded data to answer the specific customers’ needs in a much more structured way.

Joint project: CADENAS (3D BIM models) & coBuilder (attributes)
Joint project: CADENAS (3D BIM models) & coBuilder (attributes)

End customers (architects, specifiers, engineers, information managers etc.) receive not only the user-defined data and object specifications, but also all further product characteristics based on national and international product standards and regulations.

CADENAS & coBuilder – Partnership combines the best of both worlds

The collaboration between the two software providers ensures that enough expertise and resources are attributed to the complementary core benefits offered by the two organisations. “With 13 classifications, 12 languages, 100 CAD formats, 3 CAD versions and 5 levels of development (LOD), up to 240,000 data combinations of a product variant are possible. Providing such a diversity of information greatly increases the competitiveness of manufacturers for architectural components. This cannot be done manually. The partnership between the CADENAS and coBuilder companies makes it possible for component manufacturers to provide engineering data and product information to the architectural sector so they can finely adapt to the progressing development in the field of BIM,” says Jürgen Heimbach, CEO, CADENAS GmbH.

“The coBuilder and CADENAS solution offers a future-proofed option that revolutionises how we see objects and data embedded in them. On the one hand, product data experts such as coBuilder provide standard-based product data templates that ensure data is structured consistently according to the applicable product standards. On the other hand, CADENAS provides 3D CAD models at different levels of detail. This synergy creates a solution that is versatile enough to suite the different needs of different actors, be it data or objects or both.” – says Pete Foster Jnr, CEO of coBuilder UK.

Leading construction products manufacturers such as Wienerberger, a leading international supplier of building materials and infrastructure solutions, and KSB Group - the global leading supplier of pumps, valves and related services, have already adopted the combined solution offered by CADENAS and coBuilder. At Digital Construction Week (DCW) 2018 in London, Wienerberger will demonstrate the organisation’s BIM-readiness by launching their new product data platform Wienerberger Connect – a result of the collaboration. Moreover, CADENAS and coBuilder will be sharing a stand to present selected case studies and to promote the collaboration between the two software providers.

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