CESABIM, the central Building Information Modelling (BIM) database for the catering equipment industry, is now live and can be accessed at www.cesabim.com.
The database currently has 22 manufacturers and equipment brands either live on the site or pending, as their BIM models are developed.
The initiative developed by CESA in partnership with BIM specialist, Schematic makes the specification and design of kitchens easier, by using BIM models prepared to a standardised format structure and level of detail.
Models for CESABIM are prepared in Industry Foundation Class (IFC) format, which can be used on all proprietary software systems such as Autoscheme, ArchiCAD, Revit etc. There are over 150 BIM programs that support IFC files.
Keith Warren, director of CESA, said: "A key benefit of CESABIM is that designers and consultants, who are full members of CEDA and FCSI, can download the models free of charge.
CESA members can have their models held in the database for free, too. It represents a very significant investment for CESA, but the benefits in terms of usability and functionality will be very important for the industry."
Williams Refrigeration has confirmed it is the first refrigeration manufacturer to offer fully BIM-compliant models ahead of the 2016 deadline for all Government procured buildings to be BIM compliant.
Along with its sister company Falcon Foodservice Equipment it is among the first handful of manufacturers to have their BIM models available through CESABIM.
In the UK and continental Europe, from 2016, it will be an essential requirement for all public sector projects to be modelled in BIM.
"While this is a key driver for the move to BIM, it shouldn't be forgotten that Building Information Modelling is a huge opportunity for the industry," added Nick Oryino, chair of CESA (pictured).
"For suppliers, it means their products and data can be compared on a like-for-like basis, including elements such as energy consumption. For designers and operators, it will reduce construction costs and allow effective planning and control."