Refrigeration manufacturer Precision has created Revit versions of all its models to make it easier for operators to design kitchens using its products.
The move follows consultation with customers and business partners, and comes as awareness grows around Building Information Modelling (BIM), the 3D model-based process that is increasingly shaping commercial kitchen projects.
Revit files for the standard base models are available in the download area of the Precision website, as well as on industry platforms CESABIM and SPECIFI.
Precision has 12,000 different standard configurations in its product range and managing director, Nick Williams, wanted its Revit BIM files to be able to reflect this.
“Most consultants, designers and operators planning their kitchen use a variant rather than a standard product. We wanted them to be able use a BIM file of the specific variation they need – so we created a tool that allows them to do exactly that,” he said.
Precision’s Revit Configurator allows customers to easily build the precise refrigeration model they want and produce the .rfa file that can then be used in a project. For example, a standard four-door counter might have two doors replaced by a bank of two drawers and one of three drawers.
The configurator is available to download from the Precision website, along with Revit files for the company’s standard models.
Precision has produced a video showing how to use the configurator. It’s available to view on the Precision website.
“After some initial confusion in the market, in terms of what BIM software people preferred, it’s clear that Revit is the winning format,” said Williams. “That said, the vast majority of customers are still using CAD over BIM, so our models are also still available in DWG format. We believe that our Revit Configurator will encourage the move to BIM and ups the ante in terms of flexibility in BIM modelling.”