DIALux to Allow the Import of BIM Files09/01/2017 / Categories : Software
Building Information Modeling (BIM) is an innovative approach for managing buildings throughout their entire life cycle, from the planning and design phase, through the construction process, and for operation and maintenance once the project has been commissioned. BIM is based on powerful 3D modeling software, where design teams from all disciplines can work on a virtual building, with a format that supports the specification and simulation different installations, including lighting systems.
BIM eliminates many inefficiencies and bottlenecks that have traditionally slowed down the design and construction process:
- Architectural changes are disruptive in the traditional design process: It is necessary to create and distribute a new version of the construction plans, and all other design teams must update their layout and specifications accordingly. If a team member misses an update for some reason, confusion may arise later when part of the design is still based on an older building model.
- Even when all project teams have an up-to-date version of the building model, it is not always easy to see how different building systems affect each other. With BIM, on the other hand, there is a single building model; for example, if two pieces of equipment have conflicting locations, it will be evident.
- Changes can be carried out much faster on a virtual building, at zero cost other than design man-hours. On the other hand, if a change is required once the building is under construction, the cost involved is considerably higher.
DIALux Will Become Compatible with BIM
DIALux is one of the most widely used lighting design software packages in the world, but it has recently been held back by incompatibility with the IFC file format, which is the basis of Building Information Modeling. In other words, lighting designers using DIALux still had to follow the conventional approach of creating a new model from zero, and then use it for lighting design.
However, DIALux evo 7 will launch in spring 2017, and for the first time the software will allow IFC files to be imported. This will allow lighting designers to save valuable hours, focusing on key technical decisions rather than spending time recreating a 3D building model due to file format incompatibility.
Design teams working with complementary systems will also benefit from this upgrade, as lighting layout and specification changes are reflected on the 3D building model, allowing them to specify and design their own systems accordingly. With the rise of technologies such as Li-Fi, the interaction between lighting fixtures and other building systems will increase, so this DIALux upgrade comes at an excellent time!
Opportunities for Lighting Design Professionals
Lighting designers can gain a competitive advantage if they master DIALux evo 7 as early as possible, allowing them to work seamlessly with design teams implementing BIM. In addition, with the rise of online freelancing platforms such as LightPro, lighting designers can now address a global market.