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Managing BIM families effectively proves key for UK-based design and fit-out business

This design firm in Manchester uses many specialized BIM families for interior detailing in the advanced Revit® models that help it sell, coordinate, and deliver projects in 10 countries. It’s been able to efficiently manage all that BIM content thanks to Agacad’s Smart Browser solution.


What helped Space Zero and its construction partners win a £23 million project to build the Lakes Care Centre care home was the firm’s combination of high quality contemporary interior design with high-resolution BIM families of specialist furniture, fixtures and equipment (“FF&E”) in a virtual walkthrough proposal.


The firm finds such state-of-the-art uses of BIM Level 2 models to be a major selling tool and a factor that boosts the efficiency of the design process and getting ‘sign off’ of proposals. BIM is also key to coordination with its clients and partners, who include top architecture and construction firms, and to having cost certainty early in a project.


Interior design and FF&E involve a lot of BIM families, and managing them can be difficult. Not to mention time-consuming. That’s why Space Zero was looking for some good BIM content management software.


Space Zero is a world-class interior design and fit-out firm. It delivers learning, working, caring, and living environments, from concept to completion, UK-wide and internationally. BIM plays a key role in the 49-member team’s design expertise, passion for new technologies, and commitment to exceed expectations.

“We have our own bespoke library of families, where frequently we need to make sweeping changes across the entire library in every single family,” says Oscar Hughes, BIM Manager at Space Zero. Doing that manually took ages. And there was always the fear of missing something. The firm needed a way to boost efficiency, ideally with a tool that could batch-edit and batch-add parameters as well as the information within them.

Space Zero began benefitting immediately from the Agacad software, which gave it new competitive advantage. “Accuracy and speed,” is how the company’s BIM Manager sums up the gains, after starting to use the unique BIM tool for Revit®.

“The time and money this saves is immense,” Hughes stresses, noting also enhanced quality control. “Not only could we now change the entire library quickly, we could also eradicate any errors in it with ease. Any incorrectly named families can easily be seen, as can the state of parameters – what’s a new parameter, an instance parameter, etc.”

The company has also been pleasantly surprised by Agacad's outstanding support, both initially and on an ongoing basis.
time & money
“Agacad is always quick to respond to questions, and its team is extremely helpful. I’d rate the training and support as fantastic. At times, they’re even ready to adapt their software for our specific needs,” Hughes says. “Initially, as I had never heard of Agacad, I was a little concerned, but all my expectations have been far exceeded.”
Products used
A search of the available options brought Space Zero to Agacad, whose Smart Browser BIM solution for Revit® “was the only programme on the market that seemed to do what we needed,” Hughes notes. Trying it out convinced him: “Smart Brower does so much automatically, without having to edit every family manually. It’s a very powerful tool.”
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