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February is American Heart Month

February 1, 2016

Poor diet, lack of exercise and other major risk factors for heart disease and stroke are responsible for at least 25 percent of companies’ healthcare costs. Is it any wonder that investing in the health of employees is one of the best... Read more about February is American Heart Month

Take care of your equipment and it will take care of you! #130

January 18, 2016

As easy as it is today, cleaning the floors were as difficult and time consuming years ago. There are in today’s market, equipment that make sweeping and/or scrubbing that surface very quick indeed. Take the Advance Captor as a very good... Read more about Take care of your equipment and it will take care of you! #130

Are you treating your customers like dogs?

December 15, 2015

Having recently been introduced to a shameful statistic, I thought it timely to give you my opinion on this subject. See if you can swallow this dose of reality: When interviewed, travel agents believe they retain 78% of their paying customers.... Read more about Are you treating your customers like dogs?

Blue Giant Dock Equipment Now Available in BIM Format

Blue Giant Equipment Corporation now offers a complete library of Building Information Models (BIMs) for its products on

Building Information Modeling (BIM) is the process of generating a building’s components based on inputted specifications, and then managing the entire project during all phases of construction and maintenance. It uses 3D, dynamic modeling software to create accurate, high-definition replications of building layouts and elements.

“The BIM of a Blue Giant product includes all its specifications,” explains Jeff Miller, Vice-President of Sales and Marketing at Blue Giant. “Architects can take the BIM of a dock leveler, vehicle restraint, or any type of dock equipment, drag it into their 3D building plan, and drop it into place.”

BIMs allow architects and project planners to create potential layouts and schematics in advance, making informed decisions easier to reach. The models include all data required to calculate structural integrity and energy usage, and can be used to produce accurate BOQs (bills of quantity). A completed construction model contains all the necessary data to control procurement, reduce waste, and finish the project in a timely manner.

“BIM makes a huge impact on cost reduction,” says Mike Poeltl, Blue Giant’s marketing manager. “Up to 30% of the construction process is dedicated to reworking the original plans, and at least 10% of all materials used in a project end up being wasted. The 3D environment lets architects do an early analysis of potential designs and identify inconsistencies that could cause problems later.”

Blue Giant is presently the only loading dock company offering BIM objects in the Arcat library. The objects are available in .rfa, .dwg, .dxf, .dgn formats and can be viewed in a .dwf viewer.

“BIM is the future of building design, and Blue Giant is getting in on the ground floor,” Poeltl says.

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