Saturday, September 9, 2017

Anticipation – Validation Suite for Design Review from Bureau Veritas and Xinaps

From the Xinaps website:


Levallois, France – 7th September 2017 – Bureau Veritas and Dutch-based Xinaps officially announce their partnership. Together, they will develop a plug-in for Autodesk Revit which verifies in real time the data quality of a 3D building model based on local standards and regulations. The objective is to empower architects and designers to utilize the building data in order to deliver more accurate and reliable building models.

The importance of BIM

BIM (Building Information Modeling) is rapidly expanding its presence in construction and real estate. Its benefits, such as time and cost savings, collaborative work and data enhancement, are gradually embraced. However, a key aspect of its implementation has not been properly digitalized: the quality control of a digital design and the possibility to check its compliance with local standards. By far, this has been conducted completely manually or at much later design stages when the file format has had multiple conversions.

A single incorrectly drawn line in the model (even digital) may cause unnecessary delays and unexpected expenses. For instance, a wrongly placed emergency staircase easily leads to a few days extra work for the architect, who would also have to adjust other relevant elements such as doors, furniture or other building objects.

Shaping the architectural tools of tomorrow

Bureau Veritas Construction, the French leader in construction control, has decided to address this problem by introducing a validation suite for design review powered by Xinaps. It started at the end of 2016 with the need definition, where Bureau Veritas involved several actors active in BIM innovation, such as GA Smart Building, Bouygues Immobilier, ADP, and Renzo Piano Architects. This gradually led to the decision to partner with Xinaps, a Dutch-based specialist in developing plug-ins for the design software Autodesk Revit, the multi-disciplinary BIM platform used by the vast majority of architects, engineers and construction professionals.

“The market expertise of Bureau Veritas and the tech know-how of Xinaps ensure a successful partnership and most of all – provides a steady ground for fostering innovation in the AEC industry.”
Hans de Kruijff, COO at Xinaps

The Bureau Veritas Construction plug-in, developed by Xinaps, will be the first of its kind to fully integrate with Revit. Installed in the toolbar, the plug-in will quickly validate the compliance with local standards and regulations. It will be applicable from the first sketches of a design.

“Our ambition is to ensure that the automated checking of regulations within Revit is as simple as a spell checker in a word processor.”
Jérôme Guillou, Marketing and Innovation Manager at Bureau Veritas

This direct integration into a BIM software is truly revolutionary. Currently, all model checking solutions compatible with the French regulations, require an export to an IFC format prior to launching the analysis, which can be quite complex. Instead, Bureau Veritas and Xinaps enable flexibility and responsiveness in an iterative manner, right within the design software.

One of the major benefits is getting a high-quality design, which starts and ends with reliable building data. Integrated BIM means that all parties within the Design-Build chain collaborate actively in order to deliver high-performing buildings from cradle to cradle. This requires regular communication, trusting the shared information and iteratively validating the quality of the building data. That is how a BIM-driven team can make optimal design decisions.

A first version of the plug-in will be released at the beginning of 2018. It will focus on geometric checks, validating their compliance with accessibility standards for disabled as well as fire safety regulations. The tool will be regularly updated with richer functionalities. It will be offered based on an annual license.

“We could not be more pleased by Bureau Veritas’ investment in BIM moving from 2D to 3D. Bureau Veritas’ partnership with Xinaps demonstrates their collective leadership in providing a far superior construction experience for our shared construction customers and the AEC industry as a whole. The Bureau Veritas plug-ins, built for Autodesk Revit, will enhance both the validation of design against building standards while improving the quality of construction projects.”
Nicolas Mangon, Vice President, Business Strategy and Marketing at Autodesk (Revit)

About Bureau Veritas:

Bureau Veritas is a global leader in Testing, Inspection and Certification (TIC). Created in 1828, the Group employs nearly 66 000 people in 1 400 offices and laboratories worldwide. Bureau Veritas helps its customers improve their performance by offering innovative services and solutions to ensure that their assets, products, infrastructures, and processes meet the standards and regulations of quality, health, safety and security, the environment and social responsibility.

As a leader in the construction sector, Bureau Veritas Construction contributes to the prevention of risks and technical hazards, from design to reception of structures.
Our strategic market segments: Construction-Promotion | Real Estate | Energy – Oil & Gas | Manufacturing Industry | Aeronautics | Distribution and Brand Networks |
Bureau Veritas is listed on Euronext Paris and is included in the Next 20 index. Compartiment A, ISIN code FR 0006174348, mnemonic: BVI.

About Xinaps:

Xinaps is to set the standard for compliance with local building regulations directly within Revit. Developing our tools with design professionals in mind, our suite of tools enables BIM model validation in early design stage.

Our Suite analyzes and visualizes data from Revit® models to facilitate making better-informed design decisions. International building regulations are getting stricter and BIM is becoming the industry standard in more and more countries. Staying up-to-date with these trends, we put flexibility at the heart of our software. Founded in 2015, we are a forward-thinking team that creates smart model validation tools within design software because we believe the building design process needs to be simplified and optimized. Our clients play an active role in tailoring the features of our solution. Hand in hand, we work hard on shaping innovative architectural tools right within Revit®. Enriching design solutions for AEC professionals.

For more information about this topic, please contact:

Bureau Veritas

Sophie Groussard: 01 55 24 80 37
Grégoire Silly (agence Terre de Sienne): 06 99 10 78 99


Hans de Kruijff, COO
Victoria Manolova, Marketing Executive
Twitter: @xinaps_

There's more information available on the Xinaps website.

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