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When it comes to planning kitchen and equipment designs, more and more dealers are preferring to use virtual technological software, including BIM, to create realistic, lifelike models for their clients.

In recent years, the use of virtual and augmented reality software has been on the increase, with catering designers choosing to use this software to create kitchen designs over traditional methods.

This is something that was recently discussed in Catering Insight, a feature that we were happy to contribute to with our professional opinion. The feature discusses the difference between the two and how each have their pros and cons.

BIM (Building Information Modelling) is a type of software that can create 3D models of catering equipment, which produces almost a photographic-like representation of the equipment, delivering something much more lifelike than just a drawing or sketch.

In the Catering Insight feature, which was published both in print and online, Irene Keal, Company Director here at Sylvester Keal, commented: “Virtual reality developments are affordable and are based on open source technology to allow integration with other systems and devices, and can offer real, measurable benefits in the commercial world for organisations of all sizes and complexions.

“Many commercial kitchen design companies are embracing these technologies, however, Sylvester Keal still likes to meet people and build face to face relationships.”

Dealers and manufacturers using BIM all receive a whole range of benefits by using technology. For manufacturers, BIM can help to specify their products with the use of 3D geometry being supplied along with information and technical data. Design teams are then more likely to select these products and use them in BIM projects.

However, BIM also has various features and functions that many users are not aware of. For instance, you can send BIM models to any computer or mobile device without using any other additional software and access it in this way.

As well as the catering industry benefitting from using BIM, it is also a huge advantage for construction sites to use it to improve health and safety issues. By using BIM, construction workers can identify hazards that may occur on site and therefore improve working conditions for staff.

With regards to the future of BIM and how it may develop, it could soon have the ability to possibly be integrated with virtual reality walk-throughs using apps and plug-ins.

Irene said: “BIM can also be integrated with many CAD software packages as well as quotation tools. As technology progresses and improves, things will only improve with better intelligent software and systems.”

Read the full article on Catering Insight here to find out more about how BIM can benefit catering operations.

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