Object Libraries

There are numerous online object libraries but the quality and value of their content varies enormously. Some are file sharing sites with little obvious quality control. The sites listed in this article generally exercise editorial control of over quality and include content created to consistent standards. Each site has its own modelling standards – there are currently no standards that have been widely adopted across the industry.

Australian and New Zealand Object Libraries

Design Content run by A2K Technologies seems to be the most prominent Australian object library at present www.designcontent.com.au/

Rubysketch offers free model objects of Australian products in a number of CAD and BIM formats including Archicad, Revit, Sketchup, and IFC. http://rubysketch.com/

Productspec is a recent New Zealand based library www.productspec.net/

Larger manufacturers have object libraries of their products on their sites.
Bluescope Steel: www.steelselect.com/index.php

Britex stainless steel sanitaryware: www.britex.com.au/

NOTE: The following international sites are included for reference purposes. They include many products and/or product models which may not be available in Australia and New Zealand.

European Object Libraries

BIMobject. CAD and BIM formats include Archicad, Revit and Sketchup: http://info.bimobject.com/

UK Object Libraries

The NBS National BIM Library has content designed to complement NBS Create Specification-model linking software. It provides generic and proprietary model objects in a number of CAD and BIM formats including Archicad, Bentley, Revit and IFC: www.nationalbimlibrary.com/

Bimstore: www.bimstore.co.uk/

US Object Libraries

ARCAT includes a large number of model objects in various CAD and BIM formats, product information and specification clauses: www.arcat.com/

SmartBIM includes content by a large number of manufacturers. Reed Construction Data is a significant shareholder in SmartBIM and works in partnership with them: www.smartbim.com/

ArchiCAD Object Libraries

BIMcomponents: https://bimcomponents.com/

Revit Object Libraries

Seek by Autodesk includes a large number of Revit model objects. Items can be browsed for using MasterFormat 2004, Omniclass or Uniformat classification systems: http://seek.autodesk.com/
This page explains how manufacturers can have their products included in the library This article includes links to documents that specify modelling requirements and standards including the Autodesk Revit Model Content Style Guide and Autodesk Seek Metadata Style Guide: http://seek.autodesk.com/MarketingSolutionsCreateYourOwn.htm

Articles on Object Libraries

An article on BIM objects by Reed Construction Data: www.reedconstructiondata.com/articles/read/10-questions-to-ask-about-bim-objects/

National BIM Object Library Report

This report summarises the results of an international survey on national object libraries conducted by NATSPEC in conjunction with Konrad Stuhlmacher of Dr. Schiller & Partner GmbH. NATSPEC has been challenged by the Australian Government and industry with the task of developing a National BIM object library for Australia. The survey is part of the research for this project.

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