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CIMclad: Project Summary

Computer Integrated Manufacture of Cladding Systems

Introduction • To implement and test the concepts prototype
CIMclad is a collaborative project involving model using standard CAD technology (configured
Loughborough University, Leeds University and twelve to support the product model) and knowledge
industrial collaborators. The aim is to explore the from industrial partners
potential for using emerging IT tools and modelling • To propose a road map for the cladding sector as a
paradigms to increase the standardisation of procedures whole to realise computer integrated design and
and the efficiency of business processes within the manufacturing.
building cladding sector. The initial two-year research
programme ran from April 2000 to March 2002 and Deliverables
was specifically focused on Rainscreen cladding. This Project Reports
work is continuing with two RAIS industrial • Potential for process improvement within the
secondments. In the longer term, the CIMclad cladding sector
initiative is intended to lead to the computer-integrated
• IT usage and potential within the cladding sector
design and manufacture of cladding systems.
• Performance specifications for Rainscreen cladding
• Deployment scenarios and evaluation criteria for
Industrial Problems
prototype software
The type of problem characteristic of the cladding
sector that CIMclad will contribute to reducing include: • Evaluations arising from industrial deployment of
prototype software
• Inadequate capture of client needs.
• CIM road map for the cladding sector
• Lack of integration of information (client needs,
Information Technology
design, manufacture and installation).
• Product model for Rainscreen cladding
• Data generated at one stage not readily available
for reuse downstream or on future projects. • Prototype design software for Rainscreen cladding
• Insufficient co-ordination between the participants
(clients, designers, systems suppliers, specialist sub- Dissemination
contractors, installers, main contractors, etc.). • Web http://www.
• Sub-optimal design solutions. • Industry workshops
• Lack of true life-cycle analysis of projects. • Presentations and technical papers
• Lack of communication of design intent leading to
unwarranted design changes, unnecessary liability Funding
claims and increase in design time and cost. The project is funded by EPSRC/DETR under the
LINK Innovative Manufacturing Initiative scheme
• Inadequate pre and post-design specifications.
“Meeting Clients Needs through Standardisation”.
• Lack of standardisation in product description thus Including the industrial partners contribution, the total
information and data exchange problems. value is some £520k.
• Lack of standardisation of interfaces between
different types of cladding and between cladding
systems and main structure.
Research Team
Chimay Anumba, Alistair Gibb, Emeka Agbasi
• Growing pressure on specialist sub-contractors to Department of Civil and Building Engineering
exchange information in electronic format (with Loughborough University, Loughborough LE11 3TU
Tel: +44 (0) 1509 223097
systems suppliers and construction project teams). Email:
• Lack of a co-ordinated approach and an overall
sector strategy. Alastair Watson, Abdulla Kalian
CAE Group, Department of Civil Engineering
University of Leeds, Leeds LS2 9JT
Objectives Tel: +44 (0) 113 3432282
The longer-term CIMclad goal is to deliver to the Email:
cladding sector strategic benefits similar to those
delivered to the structural steel sector by the CIMsteel Industrial Partners
project. The current project has the following Buro Happold
Centre for Window & Cladding Technology
objectives: CGL Cometec
• To establish the potential for process Corus Group
improvements through the standardisation of Council for Aluminium in Building
Geoffrey Reid Associates
procedures and more effective use of IT. Glamalco Ltd
• To consolidate a set of standard specifications for Sapa Bulding Systems
layered cladding walls. Kawneer UK Ltd
Ove Arup and Partners
• To develop a product model to support aspects of Taylor Woodrow Construction Ltd
Rainscreen cladding such as specification, design, Whitby Bird & Partners
manufacture and construction.

June 2002
CIMclad: Newsletter 2

Computer Integrated Manufacture of Cladding Systems

Introduction context of developments in industry practice and

This is the second in occasional series of technology.
newsletters from CIMclad (details of the original 20 pages
CIMclad project are given overleaf). In this
newsletter project reports four to seven are Some terminology explained
introduced. These reports can be accessed and Computer Integrated Manufacture
printed from the project web site where The computer integrated manufacture in
additional information about CIMclad can also CIMclad refers to a longer-term goal of the
be found. research programme, to facilitate the digital
http://www. integration of engineering processes within the
cladding procurement chain through design,
manufacture and installation.
Project Reports
Formalised performance specifications for rainscreen Rainscreen Cladding
cladding A layered cladding system typically comprising
Report 4 structures relevant and coherent an outer skin which incorporates air gaps but
rainscreen cladding specification identified in forms the primary rain barrier, a ventilated air
CIMclad Report 3 - Review of Specifications on gap that prevents water ingress and an
Rainscreen Cladding for computer impermeable backing wall. (The current
implementation. The structure is entity-based CIMclad project is focused on Rainscreen
and was guided by the rainscreen cladding cladding.)
product model requirement specification.
30 pages Product Model
An agreed coherent pattern for holding
Software deployment scenarios + evaluation criteria information relating to a particular type of
Report 5 provides an overview of the focus, product. Formal product models are
scope and form of the 2D PM (product model), increasingly being used in the specification of
introduces the prototype software and its use and standards for the exchange of information in
then describes the deployment criteria and digital form.
evaluation criteria. Appendices include the full
supporting documentation as provided on the RAIS Secondments
software CD to the trial participants. Additional funding has been granted by EPSRC
43 pages to enable the two primary researchers to be
seconded for a period of twelve months (April
Evaluations arising from industrial deployment of 2002 to March 2003) to two of the industrial
prototype software partners:
Report 6 defines the objectives and the
deployment streams used in the industrial trials, CIMclad RAIS/1 (emphasis on modelling project
provides an analysis of the responses from the delivery processes and generating datasets)
participants and draws conclusions from this Emeka Agbasi is seconded to Whitby Bird &
analysis. The appendices include the collated Partners
comments from the trial participants.
18 pages CIMclad RAIS/2 (align with industrial need)
Abdulla Kalian is seconded to the Façade
CIM road map for the cladding sector Engineering group of Buro Happold.
Report 7 proposes a road map for CIM
highlighting key implementation phases and
migration paths for cladding supply chain The partners are currently seeking further
organisations. It also identifies barriers and opportunities to continue the CIMclad initiative.
constraints to CIM working method within the

June 2002