COLD SPRING, MN - Cold Spring Granite Co., a leading quarrier and fabricator of dimensional or cut-to-size stone in North America, has announced the creation of a vast online library of Building Information Modeling (BIM) families.
BIM, the process of generating and managing building data during its life
cycle, typically involves the use of three-dimensional real-time software, such
as the industry-leading Autodesk Revit. In response to the growth of BIM and
with more product information becoming readily available in a BIM format, Cold
Spring Granite has assembled their products in Revit families.
“With increased collaboration of designers, constructors, suppliers and
manufacturers earlier in the design and construction process, the trend is
heading toward making specific product selections sooner rather than later,”
said Jeanne Ver Dugt, Drafting Supervisor. “Cold Spring Granite’s families will
help meet the need for technical product information faster.”
Cold Spring Granite established functional details and parameters in the
created models such as sizes, height and slope. This information can be taken
directly from the project and incorporated into the production tickets to
streamline the manufacturing process.
“This will further enhance our efficiency as a supplier,” said Tim Feldhege,
Drafting Manager. “We’ve been careful to keep our family files to a manageable
enough size for practical use by architects and general
While acknowledging the importance of universal accessibility to a basic family
and type catalog, Cold Spring Granite also recognizes the appeal of utilizing
this information from a design perspective. Enhanced files, featuring the
addition of color and finish combinations for rendering, are also available on
the Cold Spring Granite Web site. The ability to add color and texture during
the early stages of the design process has been met with favorable feedback
from the market.
Cold Spring Granite’s BIM object families are available in Revit 2010 format on
the company’s Web site and currently include family details such as stone wall
facings, anchors, thresholds, floors, coping and sills. Architects will find
both three-dimensional versions for their models and two-dimensional for their
drawings. As such, the families offer ease-of-use for the design process.
“In our family files, we included essential product information such as CSI
MasterFormat Section number, the OmniClass Construction Classification (a
system used for applications ranging from organizing library materials, product
literature and project information to providing a classification structure for
electronic databases) and contact information,” said Ver Dugt. “As architects
use our families, they can identify data on available colors and recommended
thicknesses and will find links back to the Cold Spring Granite Web site for
Additional stone information, such as panel sizes, weight and test data can be
found on the Cold Spring Granite Web site. Currently, Cold Spring Granite has
20 families, with approximately 50 more building product models in the works.
With the ability to access Autodesk certified BIM object families, architects
will possess reliable information they can use with confidence. In addition,
architects can expect complete and open interoperability from Cold Spring
Granite BIM families.
“Architects will be able to use our BIM objects to specify piece sizes or make
adjustments,” said Feldhege. “If their requirements go beyond the parameters of
what we’ve established, we can work together to make changes and adjustments
specific to the project.”
To view Cold Spring Granite’s BIM Families, visit www.coldspringgranite.com/Products-Colors-Finishes/Architectural/#bim.