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Powersoft to introduce Building Information Models

Italian amplifier and technology specialist Powersoft is set to release Building Information Models (BIM) for each of its rack mount platforms, as we as its Mover and Deva HD products.

Powersoft BIM files can be inserted into building information modelling software to inform other specialists involved in a project (who may be inexperienced with audio products) of each product’s characteristics. Common examples of products that already feature BIM are lighting fixtures, fire alarms, and some furniture and telecommunications equipment.

The new models are designed to help prospective architects and consultants to specify Powersoft products in their BIM project and to keep all parties informed of their operational characteristics. Associated data parameters – including physical dimensions, connections, thermal dissipation, current draw, wattage, and nominal AC voltage – will be embedded within each Powersoft product’s BIM file, along with a detailed 3D drawing. 

The models will be available for use across a wide range of software platforms, including Revit, AutoCAD, Procore, BIM 360, InEight, Archibus, ISETIA BIM, and ProjectWise.

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Multiple BIM files have been created for certain Powersoft products. For example, Mover has separate models to accommodate differences between its Direct Drive and Inertial Drive models. Separate BIM have also been created for the wall-mount and rack-mount Mezzo configurations. 

Included within the Powersoft BIM files are all pertinent shared parameters from the AVIXA (InfoComm) Shared Parameters list. These allow for consistency among AV products using BIM. 

“Given that more and more AV projects are being created in a BIM environment, we plan to regularly revise our own models on a regular basis,” said Powersoft application engineer, Michael Perry. “The practice of creating AV products and projects in the BIM environment and integrating them into the overall project is still relatively new, but we will continue to evaluate our BIM to ensure proper interoperability exists between our product’s BIM and that of the compatible third-party product, such as equipment racks.” 

Powersoft will place the BIM files on the company’s website for download. At time of writing, this list includes models for a number of Powersoft products, such as Deva HD, Duecanali, Mezzo (wall- and rack-mount), Ottocanali, Quattrocanali, T Series, X4, X4L, X8, and Mover (Direct Drive and Inertial Drive).