Recently the British CIBSE organisation has release a BIM "Product Data Template" (PDT) for elevators. If you fill your project data into the file, the result will become the "Elevator BIM Product Data Sheet" (PDS). The PDS should be sent to the architect or builder along with the 3D BIM model data.
The Excel PDT file can be downloaded at:
Image from the PAS 1192-3, (C) bsi. 2014
The green area defines the information (incl. 3D information) during the lifetime of the asset. Phase 1-6 are the different construction phases where most of the information is produced (Project Information Model (PIM) phase). During operations additional information (like maintenance data) is collected about the asset (elevator) and added to the AIM.
Recently Otis US has released a Revit BIM plugin for some of their elevators. This is a good idea since architects and planners need some guidance how to add elevators into their building.
Here is some feedback on my tests:
You download a plugin installer from the Otis website. The installer itself will then download the complete program. That took 10 minutes and worked fine. I had some issues to run the software, due to the fact that I had European regional settings. The Otis developers helped me to solve this problem.
Selection Values and Input Parameters:
The next steps are requesting the typical elevator inputs to determine the correct elevator type and size. The floor level list is automatically taken from the Revit building . This saves time since it omits the work to enter floor to floor heights.
After pressing "Generate" it took a few seconds to generate the Revit family and I was able to add it to my building.
Having their elevators available within Autodesk Revit is in general a big plus for elevator companies. The icon on the toolbar emphasizes Otis to the architect. I am sure some architects will love that app. Other will not because they do not want to install, update and maintain Revit plugins of different elevator companies.
For more Information:
Download the OTIS tool:
DigiPara Elevatorarchitect for Autodesk Revit:
In the document are interesting graphs, e.g. about BIM users experiences:
Recently , Doppler, a well known Greek elevator manufacturer has released its online configuration tool "easy2PLAN".
Since I saw the link on LinkedIn, I thought: Ok, give it a try.
The tool is comparable easy to use. Unfortunately, even after using the default values from the documentation, I was not able to get a result. I always got "0 RECORDS FOUND".
This was my goal: According to the documentation, based on the parameters the result should be a scaled layout drawing. Since I am interested in BIM, my attention was more dedicated to figure out whether we can also download a scaled 3D BIM model.
I left a note to the developer at Doppler and will keep you updated when I get an answer or the 3D BIM models are available.
The tool can be started at:
A documentation of the tool can be found at:
In this small chapter, I would like to give some feedback on the KONE Elevator toolbox.
To me, this toolbox looks pretty complete.
Beside configuring the main elevator dimensions, door types, etc you can also select cabin designs and a lot of other options. For the floor levels, they have nicely implemented a table, where you can also define the services for front and rear. Also this application supports 2 car groups. This is what I tried.
2D: The system delivers 2D DWG and PDF files. The 2D drawings also reflect the 2 car group. The vertical section shows head, pit and travel. Intermediate floors, rail bracket distances, etc are not shown.
3D: The Revit BIM model is simplified and shows only a subset of the values I entered into the web page. The BIM model is a single elevator. For the car group you must add it twice into your Revit buidling model.
The Revit family is good for the initial planning stages. Vertical stops can be customized for your concrete need and building.
There is no IFC or similar download option. If you need more or if you are using another 3D CAD program you need to contact KONE for a (more detailed) BIM model.
The KONE Elevator toolbox can be startet from here:
LOD: The Level of Development (LOD) Specification is a reference that enables practitioners in the AEC Industry to specify and articulate with a high level of clarity the content and reliability of Building Information Models (BIMs) at various stages in the design and construction process.
There is a new LOD specification on bimforum.org.
I recently came across a cool video from Movvéo, formerly Lerch Bates. Interesting tool to simulate and visualize elevators in the building to be designed.
I am in contact with the developers, because I would be happy to get a test drive with this software. I will let you know.
Cibes has recently released the A5000 product range as revit BIM familes:
These models are fine for the first planning stages. If you need perfect BIM models for concrete orders, please contact your Cibes sales. Cibes is using DigiPara Liftdesigner Automation to generate exact LOD 300 BIM models from their ERP system, exactly customized to your order.
DigiPara recently released a video "Using certified Schindler 7000 BIM elevators in DigiPara Elevatorarchitect for Autodesk Revit". It will generated a very simplified BIM model and help the architect to get the cirrect shaft dimensions for high-rise projects.
Recently ThyssenKrupp CENE (Central and Northern Europe) released a website, where architects can customize their elevator model according to their needs.
The website worked pretty good. I was able to create a new project according to my needs. Afterwards I generated a full installation drawing. That took me 60 seconds. From the download site, I downloaded the elevator BIM file and loaded it into Autodesk Revit.
In this article "A Level of Development Specification for BIM Processes" Jim Bedrick explains the evolution of LODs and in particular the fundamental LOD definitions.
The BSI document "PAS 1192-2:2013 Specification for information management for the capital/delivery phase of construction projects using building information modelling" can be freely downloaded from the bsigroup website.
A small regsitration is required, but the PDF is free of charge:
Is the owner and CEO of DigiPara. Since more than 20 years Andreas is a known expert for elevator BIM, drawings and elevator configurations.