Building Information Modelling for Australian GLT

 
Hyne Timber is the first Glue Laminated Timber (GLT) manufacturer in Australia to provide Building Information Modelling (BIM) content for GLT in accordance with recently developed AS/NZS BIM standards. Revit® software users can now access the Hyne Timber 'GLT Families' for designs incorporating Australian graded, independently certified GLT products for their timber projects while ensuring product specifications are accurate and reliable.

Responsible Wood chain of custody certification is also included to provide surety that our timber products are responsibly and sustainably sourced from within Australia from certified, sustainably managed plantation forests.

Rob Mansell, Hyne Timber's GLT Business Development Manager said this is a significant milestone for the design and construction industry as engineered timber is increasingly specified for its structural, visual and environmental benefits. "Technology is transforming the way buildings are designed and BIM provides insight and tools to more efficiently plan, design, construct and manage buildings.

"As momentum grows towards the mandatory adoption of BIM, ensuring our product range provides BIM content is timely." Mr Mansell said. Providing BIM content for GLT is an innovation deliverable as part of Hyne Timber's Market Led Proposal to design and build a new Queensland Fire and Emergency Services Complex (QFES Complex) in Maryborough, from locally grown and engineered timber. While the proposal continues to progress through 'Stage 2', the company's BIM content is available to download now and is already being used by the QFES Complex design team.

The proposal's Principal Architect, Kim Baber, said Hyne Timber's announcement will not only benefit the QFES Complex design team but is an example of the benefits realised from early contractor involvement.

"For commercial projects, it isn't simply a case of placing an order of GLT products. We need timber experts on the design team from the start. Working closely from the concept stage means we now have BIM content for the GLT components, something that didn’t previously exist. All product details, from dimensions, mass and volume, down to the colour and texture of GLT can be brought into the 3D model in a single integrated BIM element. This means we can exchange quantitative information with our consultant team, particularly the structural engineer, as well as clients, all from the same model."

"Commercial projects require service and innovative solutions and that is exactly what Hyne Timber have provided, enabling improved accuracy when sharing technical building information and saving considerable time." Mr Baber concluded.

Proponent partners and leading construction company, Hutchinson Builders have also welcomed Hyne Timber's announcement with Design Manager, Luke Churchin, stating that GLT BIM content provides value beyond efficiencies during the design and construction stages.

"As a building company, it is important for us to provide the client with as much detail as possible in relation to the life-cycle of the building. The benefits of BIM include the capacity to store data and detail relating to the project such as certification, chain of custody, inventory, warranties, energy consumption, equipment information and periodic maintenance procedures."

"This can simply be passed on to the end user for their facility management and ongoing building operation." Mr Churchin said. Hyne Timber's GLT BIM library consists of Beam 17, Beam 18, Beam 21 and LGL, available in beam and column families. GLT BIM content also provides reassurance to the end user that the timber materials are compliant, certified, and sustainably sourced from within Australia.

Australian GLT BIM Content – Available to download here

Photo: John Hesse and Robert Mansell from Hyne Timber with Toby Hodsdon from Bligh Tanner at the UQ Centre for Future Timber Structures

Source & Photo: Hyne Timber

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