Riwal has created an online library of branded BIM machine models to assist architects, engineers and developers in modelling construction sites and planning for effective working at height.
The aerial work platform and telehandler rental and sales specialist also has in-house experts who can advise customers on which aerial work platforms are best suited for specific tasks in the space they are working in.
Riwal has branded 30 BIM (building information modeling) files of machines in its rental fleet. Each file can be accessed free of charge via the company website, through the My Riwal customer portal, or at bimobject.com, one of the largest BIM libraries.
The 3D machine models have been sourced from leading manufacturers such as JLG, Genie, Skyjack, and Nifty Lift. Eventually, Riwal will make BIM files available for all machines in its fleet.
Riwal Chief Finance Officer René Timmers, who is responsible for digital and IT developments, said: “Riwal places a strong emphasis on innovation, and we believe that these BIM models will help our customers to plan out their work more efficiently.
“By advising our customers on projects using BIM technology, we aim to make our customers’ jobs easier and more efficient, helping us to provide the best customer experience in the industry.”
Riwal UK Country Manager Mick Ledden said: “This BIM initiative demonstrates the additional value Riwal always seeks to deliver. We recognise that the physical machine is part of a wider package of customer services that make working at height safer, more cost-effective and more sustainable.”
The Riwal BIM models are to scale, so can be used in combination with other BIM files to create realistic 3D models of construction sites. This allows contractors to create plans that are more realistic and anticipate where machines are needed.
All mobile elevating working platform (MEWPs) models offered can be easily found in one Riwal library on bimobject.com, making it easy for contractors to select and trial machines in their models from across the Riwal fleet.
This increases information flow and aids decision-making around working at height for all supply chain members involved in a particular construction project.
Riwal also has in-house expert consultants who can advise customers about which aerial work platforms are best suited for their work, and then add the BIM models directly to construction site models.
Specially-trained Riwal consultants can advise the customer in the development phase about the cost and usage of equipment, so the right type and number of machines are used, maximising safety and up-time.
For example, if a customer needs to install lights or sprinkler systems, Riwal consultants can suggest which aerial work platform is best suited, considering factors like entrance sizes and working heights.
This also lowers future maintenance costs, because the customer will already have a record of the machines needed. In this way, Riwal acts as both a supplier and expert consultant, serving all customer needs when working at height.
Irish Construction Industry Magazine