Offsite construction specialist Fusion Building Systems is working with Opentree to streamline its building information modelling data flows.
Northampton-based Fusion Building Systems has selected the Cabinet engineering document management platform developed by Teesside-based Opentree as a basis for its building information modelling, BIM-driven design and fabrication processes.
An advocate of modern methods of construction and associated advances in technology, Fusion is an offsite manufacturer of light gauge steel panelised superstructures. Industry adoption of BIM and of design for manufacture and assembly (DfMA) approaches has increased demand for Fusion’s solutions, particularly for residential accommodation use (in February 2018, Fusion delivered its 8,000th student bedroom). As the company undertakes much of its design work in-house, technology manager Toby Bolt identified a need to demonstrate compliance with industry BIM standards:
“We were advised that we should have some form of ‘internal CDE’ (Common Data Environment) to control our Work-In-Progress design processes to be compliant with the PAS 1192-2 protocols. We looked at various document management systems, and opted for Cabinet for its combination of out-of-the-box PAS 1192-2 compliance, its detailed focus on design workflow and automation, and justifiable set-up and running costs.”
Cabinet is an enterprise-level information lifecycle management system, helping businesses comply with company and project processes and industry standards. It was developed by Opentree to help businesses manage standard office documentation and outputs from computer-aided design (CAD), with support now extended to BIM.
Andrew Frank, managing director of Opentree, says:
“Cabinet is a state-of-the-art platform supporting design and engineering teams. Growing adoption of BIM has underlined the importance of being able to automate previously manual business processes while providing accurate records, including a full audit and revision history for asset life-time records. With our strong understanding of manufacturing business processes, we have been able to help Fusion streamline their design check, review and issue processes, and provide the added rigour of secure audit trails.”
Fusion’s design authoring tools include Autodesk AutoCAD and Revit, and a Revit add-on: MWF Pro Metal from StrucSoft Solutions. Opentree’s Cabinet was selected for its ready integration with Fusion’s existing file management systems and IT infrastructure, and – as Cabinet is already integrated with multiple CDEs – to connect to customers’ own project CDEs when model files need to be uploaded.
Opentree is also aiming to add integration with a mobile BIM viewing tool (Dalux) used by Fusion’s site installation teams.
“We expect this investment will benefit our design teams and our site-based staff. Intelligent metadata-based automation of file naming, revision control and suitability status code management will accelerate every stage of our design and manufacturing workflows. And the proposed Cabinet-to-Dalux export workflow will mean our approved construction models and sheets could be exported directly into the Dalux BIM viewer for use by our site teams.”