Ancon launches BIM object library

February 2014

ANCON, manufacturer of high integrity steel fixings, has launched a comprehensive BIM object library to support the industry’s transition to digital building modelling.

Available for free from the NBS National BIM Library externallink, the new data-rich BIM Objects allow Ancon products to be easily incorporated into a 3D building model and its associated component database.

Offered as part of the NBS portfolio, users can be confident each file has been quality-checked by the NBS team, catalogued in line with the National Building Specification and has a product structure designed to work seamlessly with the BIM specification tool NBS Create, as well as being compatible with COBie spreadsheets and IFC data exchanges.

These NBS-verified BIM files can also be downloaded from the Ancon website externallink.

Ancon BIM Objects cover a wide range of the company’s market leading products, including standard cavity wall ties and other masonry restraints, masonry supports, windposts and masonry reinforcement, tension bar systems, shear load connectors, stud rails and reinforcement continuity systems – all of which are critical to the structural integrity of a building and essential to an accurate BIM model.

In addition to 2D and 3D product representations, each BIM object includes embedded product information and associated data to support the specification and provide an audit trail for the components throughout the life of the building. The objects also feature parametric design settings which provide the necessary flexibility to create project-specific Ancon details.

“Technological advances mean the construction industry is changing fast and, as a market leader, we are constantly working on new and innovative ways of delivering quick, accurate product information in a format to suit today’s specifiers. Our BIM Objects sit alongside a range of other downloadable technical resources available 24/7, including CAD details, NBS product descriptions, CE Declarations of Performance, interactive product selectors and design programs.”

Luke Woollen, Ancon Technical Services Manager

“We share the opinion that Building Information Modelling is the future for construction and are keen to ensure Ancon clients are able to capitalise on the many benefits and opportunities it brings, including cost reduction, greater collaborative working and early clash detection. We are pleased to support the industry drive towards widespread BIM adoption by investing in the creation of BIM Objects. In doing so we have ensured Ancon and those who specify, use and distribute our products, are well positioned to secure Government contracts which will be BIM compliant from 2016.”

Annabelle Wilson, Ancon Marketing Manager

To download Ancon BIM objects, visit externallink or externallink. For more information, call Ancon on 0114 275 5224 or email