A Q & A with Darlene Byrne, Marketing Director – Professional Markets at Reliance Worldwide Corporation
When did HoldRite develop its BIM library and what was the idea/goal behind the effort? Why was this something HoldRite believed the industry needed?
Building information modeling (BIM) has grown to become a standard over the past several years and a way to take some of the costs, uncertainty and risk out of large-scale commercial building projects.
As labor shortages continue to impact the construction industry, BIM has proven itself to be an extremely useful tool – not just structural elements of the building envelope, but also for the critical integration of plumbing, electrical and HVAC systems. If plumbing and HVAC systems are sized or spaced improperly, they can threaten other systems, damage structural integrity and delay projects for weeks.
For these reasons, HoldRite started the process of moving its CAD (computer-aided-design) and BIM files into an organized library starting in 2012. In 2019, we worked with Thomas for Industry to completely revamp the library and make it more user friendly.
Today, HoldRite offers the most comprehensive online library of BIM content for industrial and commercial brackets, pipe supports, plumbing equipment supports and water/firestop sleeve products, with hundreds of BIM objects available in 25 unique formats (DXF, SAT, STEP, IGES, VDAFS, VRML, WRZ, etc.).
Who is able to make use of the HoldRite BIM library? Who is your target audience and how do you promote the service?
Anyone can take advantage of our BIM library service. Our target audience, however, is plumbing engineers and mechanical contractors.
Building owners and general contractors rely heavily on the guidance and expertise of plumbing engineers and mechanical contractors, who not only know the types of pipes, conduits and vents needed to supply energy, water and air to a building but also the types of supports that will ensure the longevity of that equipment.
No one wants to get deep into a project and find out the equipment they specified is inadequate, out of place or not properly supported, so we make sure our files are always up to date. We promote the library service via targeted emails, our social media channels, the Thomas for Industry network, product and service showcases and via HoldRite.com or bim.HoldRite.com.
What challenges do plumbers/contractors face getting access to accurate BIM files? How and in what ways are BIM files important for modern commercial plumbing?
As our customers accelerate the adoption of BIM for commercial building projects, getting the right data in the right formats – like Revit®, Bentley® or CADmep™ – has become increasingly important. Newer projects requiring the work of multiple teams of contractors with varying specialties often address BIM files in the RFPs in order to have all the teams on the same page long before the project breaks ground.
In many cases, you cannot even participate without being able to supply the right BIM files. As the methods of commercial construction become more exact, engineers and mechanical contractors need tools to be as exact with their calculations as the architects designing the walls and support structures.
The files in our BIM library allows those responsible for plumbing, electrical and HVAC system to create, analyze, and test a 3D building model which help them remove errors and potential collisions, and ensure systems will perform to expectations. As a result, buildings can be built faster, cheaper and more efficiently with fewer costly changes during construction.
What is current the state of HoldRite’s BIM library? How extensive is it, what file formats are available, and how do they keep it fresh/current/relevant for the design community?
Currently, more than 25 formats of 3D CAD, 2D drawings and critical BIM tools like Revit and CADmep are available for download. This includes DXF, SAT, STEP, IGES, VDAFS, VRML, compressed VRML (WRZ), SVG, JPG, BMP, PNG, TIFF, PCX, XML and MAF file formats.
The content is high-quality and always up to date. Customers can be confident they are always getting the highest quality and most current product information in the dynamic product database maintained by Reliance Worldwide Corp (RWC).
Each CAD and BIM file download is generated on the fly from the latest data in the database so users get the most current content every time. This means the designer can now take our products, drop them into whatever program they’re using, and find any potential conflicts that come up, all before stepping foot on a job site.
Contractors on the job site can rest easy knowing many issues that could arise in the field will have already been discovered and corrected well before they break ground on a project. It can also result in fewer overhead costs for contractors thanks to fewer callbacks and speedier movement to the next job.
Are HoldRite’s BIM files available on ThomasNet or via any other database? What do interested people need to do in order to access HoldRite’s BIM library?
All of HoldRite’s BIM files are accessible through the ThomasNet database. They can also be easily accessed online through the HoldRite BIM library (bim.holdrite.com). All you need to do is navigate to the item you want to specify, choose the correct file type, download the file and import it directly into your design program.
BIM files are also available for other RWC brand products to include Cash Acme and SharkBite products. Those files are accessible on ThomasNet or at bim.cashcame.com or bim.sharkbite.com, respectively.
HoldRite has established a reputation as a leading manufacturer of plumbing pipe support systems, acoustical plumbing solutions, equipment support systems, water heater accessories, and water and firestop sleeving systems. Over the past 30 years, HoldRite products have been utilized in a variety of projects including single and multi‐family housing to hotel, government, military, healthcare, institutional and numerous other market sectors. HoldRite develops solutions that establish shop standards for the collaborative efforts of developers, architects, engineers and contractors. The company specializes in “Converting Makeshift Methods into Engineered Solutions™.” HoldRite is a fully-owned subsidiary of Reliance Worldwide Corporation (RWC) is a global provider of water control systems and plumbing solutions for domestic, commercial and industrial applications.