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Lift design: effective and successful thanks to BIM software


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Increasingly complex infrastructure is leading to more comprehensive construction projects. Public buildings, offices and residential buildings continue to evolve, becoming more modern and challenging in their specifications. Lift designers must adapt quickly and flexibly to these unique circumstances in order to provide and maintain access within the infrastructure. Concepts and drawings for lifts and escalators must be designed accordingly. The design of the interior of the cabin, regulations by law or the layout of the lift shaft - all areas have a higher demand.

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What makes BIM stand out?

In all modern construction companies today, the solution is called "BIM". BIM stands for "Building Information Modeling" and is a software for computer aided design (CAD). CAD eases the process of building 2D and 3D models and gives you the opportunity to quickly adapt your drawings. Today, BIM is the basis for digital transformation in architecture, engineering and construction.

BIM is characterized by its excellent sustainability. Through drawings and simulations, you can digitally optimize the processes in development and production and at the same time work in a resource and environmentally friendly way. In addition, BIM has a simulation program. With this simulation program, you can check the current project design for possible collisions and inconsistencies. This gives you the opportunity to configure, change and refine the project quickly and directly. Such corrections are laborious for a lift that has already been completed and, above all, involve high additional costs. Save yourself and your team such additional effort with our software for lift design.

Our overview provides you with all the information you need on the topic of BIM in lift and escalator planning.

Define the level of detail and modify it with precision

In the development phase of lift design, you can use BIM to define the Level of Detail (LOD) flexibly, at any time. In LOD, you will find all necessary information. From the initial concept of your project to its modification and completion. LOD is made up of the two components "LOG", the Level of Geometry, and "LOI", the Level of Information.

LOG deals with the geometric level of detail of the individual components and eventually the finished product. LOI, on the other hand, focuses on representing the level of detail of the model's features and functions. That puts you in control of all the details of your project,from start to finish.

With BIM you stay up to date

Small and large projects require extensive and systematic planning, involving cooperation between planning and sales departments. This makes it practically impossible to maintain an overview of the current phases of development at all times.

BIM is the ideal solution for your project. With BIM, everything you need is on one place. That is important for smooth cooperation between individual departments. In addition, you can stay up to date with the latest developments and keep communication channels short. That saves time and money, and significantly increases the efficiency of your work.

What standards and guidelines must be observed in lift planning?

There are many standards and guidelines to be observed in lift design. These include proper maintenance and servicing in advance, as well as correct dimensioning and appropriate safety precautions. These are as follows:

  • an emergency power supply
  • a smoke extraction system
  • an emergency control system in case of fire or power failure
  • a remote emergency call system

Such standards and guidelines differ regarding context and use of the lift or escalator.

  • Is the lift intended for passenger transport?
  • Is the lift intended for use in a hospital or nursing home?

Hence the lift must have the appropriate dimensions and safety precautions, for example for transportation of hospital beds. In addition, even larger scales are common in industrial operations. Our BIM software for lift planning collects all relevant data and information about your project. This also includes all legal and required standards and guidelines.

BIM in different models and scales

Depending on the size and context of your project, BIM adapts into various models. These depend on the scale of size of the BIM application.

  • Little BIM: In a Little-BIM model, the software is applied in a limited area, for example only in one office or one specialist discipline. Thus, Little-BIM represents an isolated solution.
  • Big BIM: Big BIM is a multidisciplinary application in which different disciplines and planning offices overlap and work together. At the same time, a Big BIM solution accompanies the entire life cycle of your project.
  • Open BIM: With an Open BIM solution, open interfaces are available. That allows the various participants of a project to have continuous and complete access to the development of the project.
  • Closed BIM: A Closed BIM application restricts access to a project to only one vendor. Here, compatibility with other external solutions is denied.

What is BIM at Digipara?

Our intuitive BIM software is designed and developed for the planning of lifts and moving walkways. In this planning tool, all relevant and necessary data of the lift installation is captured, combined and digitally pre-modeled. This ensures that all physical features and functions of a lift or escalator can be represented. With our software, you can create 2D and 3D drawings and models of your project and use 3D BIM models to simulate your finished product.

Digipara checklist: All the advantages of lift design at a glance

  • optimize the planning of lifts and moving walkways
  • create installation drawings for 2D and 3D models as quickly as possible
  • simulate processes and adapt design options if necessary
  • large selection of already existing models and drawings in the software
  • generate fully automatic drawings
  • shorten communication channels in your team
  • grant online access to your drawings and models

Lift design with many years of experience

Our planning tool for lifts is ideal for architects, lift manufacturers, construction and installation companies, engineering firms and component manufacturers. As experts for BIM in the lift industry, we are trusted by leading lift and escalator manufacturers worldwide, such as Schindler, Otis or Kone. We have 25 years of experience and expertise in software development. As your professional contact person for lift design, we guarantee that your project will move safely into the future while remaining competitive. We will gladly support you in the use of our DigiPara Liftdesigner and our DigiPara Elevatorarchitect. Book one of our online training modules now and learn how to use our planning tools for lifts!

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Checklist: The 5 most important quality characteristics by which you can recognize high-quality BIM models