Ridge has developed this innovative automated process using BIM models to check compliance of the Fire Stopping detailing for all MEP services passing through fire compartments. To our knowledge this is a unique innovation and no one else within the industry is currently doing this, and significantly reduces risk for the designers, contractors, and building owners / operators. This process could be shared with the industry through development of a white paper on the topic, including release of the rulesets which are aligned with firestop manufacturer test data. Ridge is also in discussion with Rockwool to explore how our BIM Fire Stopping initiative could be rolled out to benefit the wider industry in this way.
This initiative was introduced to ensure compliance whilst saving time on site and significant costs for contractors and ultimately our clients.
The ultimate long-term benefit is saving lives in the event of a fire, which we all hope never happens. However, should this occur the design team would be reassured that the design can be demonstrated to be compliant with the regulations and the contractor can also show that all fire stopping was installed correctly.
Additional Benefits of BIM Fire Stopping
Brent Rees and Mark Gooding presented to the judging panel on Thursday 2nd July.