BIM data

Building Information Modelling (BIM)

Building Information Modelling (BIM) is the process of creating and managing information on architectural and building construction projects across the complete project lifecycle. The Building Information Model is a key output of this process, as it represents a complete digital description of each aspect of the building, including its functional and physical characteristics.

The Building Information Model typically draws on information assembled collaboratively by various parties involved in the project and is updated at key stages. Creating a digital Building Information Model enables those who interact with the building to coordinate and optimise their actions, resulting in a greater whole life value for their asset.

Today, few building materials can have as great an impact on a building’s functional and physical characteristics as glass. The use of glass in architectural projects can affect design, appearance, thermal performance, safety and security, as well as the comfort and wellbeing of the building’s occupants.

Guardian BIM tools

Whatever glass your design project requires – monolithic, double glazed or triple glazed IGUs – Guardian BIM tools provided here allow you to download and create specific glass objects for your BIM project and fit these into any window or glazing system, from balustrades and facades, to partitions, stairs, entrance doors, skylights and external shading fins. Determine the glass makeup and specify the expected thickness of the glass, IGU construction, cavity size, gas, etc.

Watch a video on how to use our BIM tools or view our BIMobject® List to download a specific Guardian glass product for your BIM project. Clear instructions on how to use our BIM tools are also provided.

Guardian BIMobjects have been produced by the Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) and are tailored to be as compatible and easy to use as possible with BIM authoring software.

Each Guardian product has two types of file associated: components and materials. These are produced in IFC and Revit format.

Components are used to create the BIMobject within the project design.

Materials are associated with the components and provide the product data set.

BIMobject® is a trademark of BIMobject AB.


BSD SpecLink-E combines excellent industry content with advanced software available. The master guide specification writing, management and production system with built-in intelligence is designed to help dramatically speed up editing tasks and reduce specification production time while minimizing errors and omissions.

  • SunGuard® specifications available to produce documents for all types of projects
  • Expanded or collapsed to provide outline, short form and full construction specs
  • Designed for all phases of project, without the need to start over at each phase of a project
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Spec Guardian glass products directly into your existing BIM processes, anywhere you are, with BIMobject®. They are also completely free to download and use.

BIMobject® is a trademark of BIMobject AB.

Available for

  • SketchUp
  • Revit
  • ArchiCAD
  • AutoCAD
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Guardian Glass Online Tools

Building Information Modelling (BIM)