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SANHA is BIM ready

Planning a professional piping system with the right diameters, pipes and fittings can be a very time consuming process. We are aware of this and have taken steps to make your work considerably easier by investing heavily in Building Information Modeling (BIM). In particular, we have developed the SANHA Product Line Placer App for Revit, which provides you with all the necessary tools to draw piping systems quickly and easily. In the text below you will find more information about the App, our specification texts and CAD files.

1. Building Information Modeling

1.1 What is BIM?

Building Information Modeling makes it possible to better organise building processes and work together using exchangeable digital building models. The aim is to complete construction projects faster, more economically and more sustainably. The first step is virtual construction, in which all building elements with their properties, relationships and dependencies are parametrically recorded. 

Central to the BIM process is the sharing and management of information. By combining all information in one model and making it accessible to multiple parties, the model is always up-to-date: design errors can be detected and prevented early on, design decisions can be better made, and the construction process can be executed more efficiently. Better coordination greatly reduces failure costs. After the project is realised, the information can be used again for managing the object and even for demolishing it should the need arise. 

In short, working with BIM creates faster and better insight and changes can be more easily managed, something that remains a huge challenge in the traditional construction world. 

1.2 Trends in BIM

Virtual and Augmented RealityVirtual and Augmented Reality are causing major transformations in the construction sector. Virtual Reality, which enables installers to view extensive 3D models through glasses, makes it extremely suitable for giving project presentations to the customer. 

3D laser scan

By using a 3D laser scan on the construction site, accurate 3D dimensions of the construction site can be obtained. This data helps to create the BIM model. Drones will also be increasingly used in construction projects, making it possible to capture real-time data, which will also help to create more accurate BIM models. 

3D printing

3D printing technology is having a tremendous impact on the construction sector. The technology has great potential to create highly accurate building elements in a relatively short time and with minimal material loss. 3D printing can be used within a BIM process to quickly create prototypes for sharing with construction partners or for making components and prefab material. 

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BIM ensures more cooperation between manufacturers, suppliers and BIM software developers. New technical installation products are increasingly offered for sale as BIM objects, including current product information such as part numbers and dimensions. Due to the availability of this information, products can be ordered directly from the model. With such tools, duplication of work is avoided. 

1.3 SANHA is BIM ready: Revit

If BIM is to have an optimal effect, all parties must switch to this digital building method: from client all the way through to supplier. Those who stay behind will fall by the wayside. SANHA initially understood this a few years ago and has invested heavily in integrating its product portfolio into BIM. Today we have everything at our disposal to make successful designs of piping systems for heating, cooling, ventilation and drinking water installations in a standardized 3D format. The product data of all relevant SANHA systems are available in Revit format. It includes stainless steel (NiroSan® and NiroTherm®), carbon steel (SANHA®-Therm®), copper (SANHA®-Press), as well as the special lead-free drinking water series PURAPRESS® and 3fit Pb-free and PPSU fittings for multilayer pipes. 

In addition to CAD data, extensive technical product information such as dimensions, weight, Z dimensions or thread type - all of which are required in the BIM planning process - are easily accessible with the program. For contractors and engineers, accurate material records are available at an early stage, allowing more efficient planning throughout the supply chain.

 Our products are collected in Revit MEP families and are easy and quick to download from 

1.4 Super-fast system design with the SANHA App in REVIT

SANHA strongly believes in the future of Building Information Modeling, therefore we have gone a step further in BIM: we were the first manufacturer to come onto the market with an app in Revit.   

Designing a professional piping system with the right diameters, pipes and fittings can be very time consuming. With the innovative SANHA Product Line Placer (PLIP) app for Revit, designing piping systems can be done very quickly. 

Designing SANHA systems is very simple. With the Autorouting functionality, the correct fittings and pipes are automatically selected and it is possible to adjust the dimensions, no matter where you are in the drawing process (auto-scaling). Engineers always have the latest dimensions at their disposal. 

After designing the piping system, all SANHA product data is transferred at the touch of a button to a list of materials containing suitable proposals for ordering and calculation. 

In the SANHA-App all relevant piping systems are included in Revit and VDI3805 format. The App, with all SANHA systems made of stainless steel (NiroSan® and NiroTherm®), carbon steel (SANHA® Therm), copper (SANHA®-Press) and lead-free silicon bronze (PURAPRESS®), can be downloaded free of charge at Downloading the PLIP and Revit files only takes two minutes.

2. VDI 3805

The complete SANHA digital product range is also available in VDI 3805 format.

SANHA thus offers extensive product data that can be processed with all standard planning programs. 

VDI 3805 is mainly used in German-speaking countries. The VDI Directive 3805 defines a common format for the preparation of technical data and therefore enables a uniform interface with which it can be imported into any planning software. Without the VDI3805 interface, this data cannot be processed by the CAD programs. 

The data can be easily downloaded and imported free of charge from the SANHA homepage by the planner. As a planner, you not only have access to all relevant technical data, the data according to VDI 3805 also enables precise two- and three-dimensional views of a product. This allows you not only to design, but also to perform various technical calculations, analyses and simulations, and to calculate costs. 

The VDI 3805 data are available as zip-file at

3. Specification texts  

In order to support your daily work and to convince you of the unique and innovative quality of our materials and products, SANHA offers customised specifications, which are described by material and specified according to the application. We offer you two versions (SANHA version and a neutral version) which are also available in a shortened edition. These specification texts are updated daily with the latest articles, new standards and expansion of SANHA features. 

The German version is available via: 

There are also specifications available by country. These can be requested from techniksanhacom.

4. CAD-files

All SANHA products can be requested as files that can be loaded into drawing programs such as autoCAD, Inventor,...

The different file types such as .dwg, .step, .stx, ... can be requested at techniksanhacom.