SOLIBRI JOURNAL #6
+ A SNEAK BEHIND THE CURTAINS Solibriâ€™s future plans
JUUL | FROST ARCHITECTS Interview with Flemming Frost
CREATING CLASH FREE CONSTRUCTION Interview - Sweco Finland
A RC H I T E CT U R A L D E TA I LS
Modern office buildings in Salmisaari, Helsinki.
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A sneak behind the curtains
Juul | Frost Architects
AARhus in Aarhus
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C U STO M E R STO R I ES
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Sweco . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 12 Parviainen Architects . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 16 BIM . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 20 Project Tripla . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 24 Interview - Jeffrey van Egdom . . . . . 30
Juul | Frost Architects . . . . . . . . . . . . . 32 AARhus in Aarhus . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 36 Interview - Nick Leach . . . . . . . . . . . . 40
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Building Information Management (BIM)
Seeing is believing
The Autocodes project
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C R E D I TS
Seeing is believing . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 46 Writing the rulesets of tomorrow . . 48 The new BCF connector . . . . . . . . . . 50 The Autocodes project . . . . . . . . . . . . 52 All about tunnel structure . . . . . . . . . 54
Editors letter . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 60 Contact & credits . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 61
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P R E FA C E
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SOLIBRI = QUALITY I am again privileged to have the opportunity to say hello and welcome to this year’s Solibri Journal. Since we last went to print, we’ve seen some big changes within Solibri and the industry as a whole. Seventeen years ago (!) we were developing a system for model based quantity take-off and cost estimation. Since the accuracy of the estimation was based on the quality of the model, we needed to develop rules to discover inconsistencies, overlaps etc. in those models. To our surprise, there was not one solution available for this purpose. Being Finnish engineers, there was only one possible outcome: to design such a tool ourselves. This was the start of Model Checking. Since then we have taken QA/QC to 70 countries and built the Solibri Model Checker to be the mark of quality for the AECO industry. Year after year, we have consistently established the new level of Quality Assurance and Quality Control (QA/QC). After all, it’s all about using computing power to quickly find and fix issues more effortlessly. Clash detection is something we all know about but considering the true power of QA/QC it is just 5-10% of the benefits and capabilities of SMC. Is there really a good excuse not to focus on the quality of design? After several years of entrepreneurship, Solibri is now part of the Nemetschek Group – with our spirit and goals remaining the same. Joining the Nemetschek Group was an obvious choice. The Nemetschek mission statement proclaims: “We are open and declare our support of Open BIM, a standard that allows maximum flexibility and a seamless collaboration of all the parties involved in the construction process so that quality is enhanced in construction in compliance with
time and cost schedules.” These words are a fantastic reflection of our thinking. Together with Nemetschek, we plan to both shape and revolutionize how our industry works by putting Solibri Model Checker at the heart of the workflow. Every BIM project needs to maintain model quality and for this reason, Solibri intends to be involved in every major project. We also see a continued growth of BIM and Solibri in the global marketplace. In this edition, you will be able to read about some of the latest thinking and projects from around the world. On a final note, I want to share what’s happening in our product development. Many of our customers are interested in cloud based solutions and we ourselves have been increasingly taking this technology into use. At the same time, many customers are worried about security issues related to publishing data in the cloud. Our thinking is that it should not be the software vendor that forces you into choosing one over the other. To answer your needs, we will launch a cloud-based checking service alongside our current desktop solutions. Our team has also expanded with experienced government trained experts in cybersecurity to make sure we do everything and more to keep your data safe, so that you can be confident that you have the freedom to choose whatever solution best fits your security and workflow needs. This is our thinking towards being “Future Checked” - for you and with you! Yours, HEIKKI KULUSJÄRVI – Solibri
Heikki is the founder and CEO of Solibri.
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“I’m so happy that Solibri is prepared to make big UI changes for the new product. It gives me confidence that we will offer something groundbreaking again.”
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e e t M i k ko A n t t i l a i n e n and Gianluca Illiano, two members of the Solibri R&D team. Together they’re helping to design and code your next Solibri Model Checker (SMC). Our journal usually focuses on what’s happening within the industry and our customers’ BIM projects. This time, however, we have taken the liberty to tell you a little more about what Solibri is doing. The next generation of Solibri Model Checker is here soon and we thought you might like to know how we’re approaching the new product design and implementation. For that reason, I hereby introduce these fine two gentlemen, Mikko and Luca. Mikko Anttilainen is a Finnish born product and digital designer who, before working at Solibri, spent several years working in a UX (User Experience) consultancy firm. Today, Mikko is busy fine-tuning the interaction design behind the new look and feel for SMC. I interviewed Mikko to better understand his hopes and ambitions for the new product solution. “I’m so happy that Solibri is prepared to make big UI changes for the new product. It gives me optimism and confidence that we will again offer something groundbreaking.” explains Mikko. “We haven’t forgotten the original ideas behind SMC. We have just gone for a bigger mindset – One where current functionalities are going to work in a better way and new environment where multiparty projects happen with increased collaboration.” Mikko started by gathering and prioritizing the most common usages of SMC. He then made verification concepts, before offering a new and alternative UX. I asked him about his sources of inspiration: what other companies make him look at SMC in a new way? “There are many heroes in the UX industry. One of my personal favorites is Adobe – a company that became an industry standard and maintains a user-design consistency across the solution portfolio. I was also inspired by start-ups - companies with no legacy, those who are defining the space in new industries. Slack,
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the Instant Messaging company is one such current example.” I asked what ‘the cloud’, a term that pops up a lot in conversation, means for the average Solibri user. Mikko explains: “The cloud is excellent for many new and current usages. Checking is the current backbone of SMC. and the cloud allows you to upload larger files and check them quicker. It then offers collaboration possibilities not seen on the current desktop. Moving towards the future, we will be able to offer a more synchronous workflow, one where users quickly exchange notes, comments, pictures and viewpoints. A future where communities, whether they are inter-project or intercompany, will evolve with Solibri at the heart of the narrative.” “Single sign-on also offers a great user experience. You will be able to log into Solibri once and then have instant access to your product and files, as well as the Solibri shop, .com and community pages. We want to take the user to a whole new level of experience: one where we can offer new extensions and software according to location or build type.
We will also offer them tips and tricks within the product as well as get other power users’ to helpin improving usage. It will be a whole new eco-system where we see collaboration between project members, other customers and Solibri as a brand. This won’t all happen in phase 1, but it’s good for you to know we’re thinking long term when we implement a whole new UX.” “I hope our users will love the dynamic feeling you get with the new User Interface (UI). The new UI offers the main components and panels you expect to get going. We have freed a lot of space for the 3D model and side content panels can be added according to your needs. You’ll now have a simple and clear view of the model, the core features and functionality. The other benefit of this thinking is the freedom to choose your desired plaftorm, be it your mobile, tablet or desktop. The information will sit comfortably and your usage will be improved.” Tells Mikko. It was inspiring talking to Mikko about this brave new world. I wondered how Luca, a young italian software engineer, saw the whole process. This expressive and gifted individual
Solibri UX Designer overseeing the product evolution.
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“Think about the 50-year-old architect who may have just jumped into BIM. Will he be successful with my software? He isn’t a power user, he just needs ‘the meat’. He wants to design and not be stuck at his computer learning new software programs.”
Solibri Software Engineer brings fresh insights to the table.
will be responsible for helping to code Mikko’s new conceptual thinking. How does Luca see the challenge of coding a whole new version of an already popular software? “For me, this is something really exciting. The new solution feels modern, nice and relevant. You will be able to manage all your files, checks and models in one place. I first like to research how to make things work properly. I want the user experience to feel secure and smooth - my software shouldn’t feel like work but be a joyous experience. The work should be done by me inside the product. The user should just enjoy.” Luca’s youthful insight offers an interesting juxtaposition. The majority of the users of his UI are more more mature, some with tens of years of experience in construction, and many are beginning to adopt BIM as a new process and way of working. Luca has to think about all kinds of users, not only people of his generation. He explains: “Think about the 50 -year-old architect who may have just jumped into BIM. Will he be successful with my software? He isn’t a power user. He just needs ‘the meat’. He wants to design and not be stuck at his computer learning new software programs. I code with this in mind. If I can get him to easily use SMC and enjoy the results, I have done my job…” Cloud connectivity is a norm for Luca. He sees the ability to use whatever device with a browser as mandatory. “Imagine the user has just got home, but forgotten to do one small task. He or she could leave it until tomorrow, or simply log onto whatever device and take care of
that one task. The UI will scale and feel natural on any device – tablet, desktop or mobile.” During the interviews, I asked both of the gentlemen about the future. As they shape the SMC of tomorrow, they must have one eye on the ‘future-future’. We discussed the merits of augmented reality (AR) and holograms. Both saw technology as a game changer. Both see the ability to port new ways of working into existing tools. However, both agree that tested technology is what is the most interesting and both agree that there is a need to see the real benefits of a new technology before implementing it for the sake of implementation. As Luca said :“Who wants to buy the 4K television only to discover that you get a slow uplink from the channel provider? I don’t. I want to innovate. But I also want to innovate at the right time. Do that and with a bit of luck, you may have just gotten it right.” On that note, I look forward to 2017 and what your Solibri Model Checker will look like when you next download the new version. It’s going to be fun. RUSSELL ANDERSON
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Customer Stories Helping our customers in their daily work. Read what customers say and think about us, our solutions and the BIM revolution.
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“We are able to offer turnkey services to our clients including architectural design, engineering, BIM coordination and both design and construction management in huge projects. Sweco has truly seized the advantage to offer all that is needed.”
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SWECO CREATING CLASH FREE CONSTRUCTION
e talk a lot about ‘quality’ here at Solibri. What is quality and why does it matter? How do you offer quality and how do you change the perception of quality in the construction industry? It was for this reason that we sat down and discussed such issues with Jaakko Jauhiainen, Sweco’s Business Development Director. Jaakko understands the term ‘quality’ and why it matters. In fact, Jaakko and his colleagues don’t just talk quality, they have learnt to utilize BIM, technology and quality as a foundation for creating design and business processes in the Europe’s largest engineering company. In this article, we discuss two major projects where quality thinking has made a difference. We also discuss the latest tools they employ – one being of particular interest – the Sweco CAVE. Sweco employs approximately 14,500 people globally. They employ 2000 people in Finland alone covering all design disciplines. Sweco can offer the design and management of large scale projects like hospitals, public buildings and for example industrial, infrastructure and commercial projects. Jaakko explains their methodology: “We are able to offer turnkey services to our clients including architectural design, engineering, BIM coordination and both design and construction management in huge projects. Sweco has truly seized the advantage to offer all that is needed. We have successfully
used Sweco’s design process for example in the new Kainuu hospital project in Kajaani, Northern Finland. The hospital project emphasizes how focusing on the idea of requirements, quality and an eye for the life cycle cost allows for an effective use of tax payers’ money”. The new Kainuu hospital is interesting in several ways. Solibri Model Checker has been used throughout the BIM process to verify that the design meets the necessary project requirements. Sweco also employed the use of a CAVE (Computer Aided Virtual Environment). CAVEs are making a huge difference in how design development is done and the design intent is communicated to all stakeholders and building owners. Solibri has recognized this need and will release a software extension to better support such environments. Jaakko explains more about project: “A lot of work was done for this hospital before a single brick was laid. We started by creating both technical and functional requirements for spaces and technical systems and define the project scope. We then designed critical and repeating spaces that support the treatment process and guarantee the successful operation of the hospital and the patient safety. We involved all the Sweco design disciplines and other stakeholders – from the nurses, maintenance staff to even taxi drivers who visit the building on a daily basis. When you know you have covered every functional and technical need in your design
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“It isn’t easy for the average customer to understand how a space will be utilized with a 2D drawing. With CAVE, the customer can walk through the space and see every element. They can really understand how they will work in their new environment.”
you go into building design. The CAVE itself is quite useless unless you know how to use it during the design. For this, Sweco has created the Sweco@Co-creation design process”. The CAVE was used to communicate the new hospital design to its staff. It isn’t easy for the average customer to understand how a space will be utilized with a 2D drawing. However, when you use a CAVE, things are very different. The customer can walk through the space and see every element that will go into it. They can really understand how they will work in their new ‘work’ environment. The imaging in the CAVE is 1:1 scale and stereoscopic producing a true feeling of a spatial space. In Kajaani the CAVE is used extensively. During one week we hosted 130 people in the CAVE. “This planning process and technology really works. I remember that one aspect of the hospital design was the need for 32 electrical sockets per patient place in the children’ intensive care unit. The design team didn’t believe us and called saying there must be an error in our requirements model. We arranged a tour in a hospital and showed what kind of equipment is needed. We also had another success in the intensive care unit. The space requirement stated by the staff was 25 m2 per patient. When the staff was taken to the CAVE in the very early
design phase they realized that the space, and the whole ward was too big. The new design saved some 150 m2 and this in turn led to a saving of 150,000 euros in the investment cost. In addition, the smaller ward could be managed with less on-site around-the-clock personnel, saving much more during the use phase. None of this would have been possible without BIM, the Sweco Co-creation design process and the utilization of the latest technology like CAVEs” explains Jaakko. Sweco has recently completed the construction management of their new headquarters in Central Helsinki. They previously had 8 offices around the capital area and the decision to move was made in an effort to centralize and benefit from a modern office location and space. “Managing your own project was a case of ‘putting your money where your mouth is’. We extensively used BIM throughout the design and construction process and used the CAVE to help convince our staff of the improvements and benefits of relocating. The immersive experience of the CAVE really helped our own staff understand what we were doing. We put the emphasis of the eight stage project on design co-ordination and I am proud to say we had a 100% clash-free building before construction”. Because the model quality was
Sweco is Europe’s leading architecture and engineering consultancy; carrying out projects in 70 countries annually throughout the world.
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Sweco CAVE is a light and effective tool based on the LEAN principles, in which models are defined in more detail and made more realistic as the proposal planning progresses and when going into the general planning phase.
The CAVE is a space where a stereoscopic image created from 3D plans is projected onto the surfaces and viewed with 3D glasses. Thanks to the broad image area and a 1:1 scale, users get to familiarise themselves with design solutions in the actual scale and feel like they are in an actual room.
so good, BIM was used in procurement and wireless tablets replaced traditional drawings for HVAC installations on site. The team also managed to squeeze six months – required by the investor - from the original building schedule. Sweco takes inspiration from other business areas in their process and design planning. Sweco’s methodology would be equally happy in a manufacturing or gaming company. “We have a ‘lean’ approach to our work. We do the right things at the right time. We get progressively more detailed as time moves on. BIM and quality control enable you to brake the design into sections. If you do a good job, you can freeze the design and move forward which means you save money and maintain timelines.” Jaakko is enthusiastic about the future. He sees more CAVEs and the Solibri Model Checker
being used in more projects. He sees virtual and augmented reality as really interesting developments to ‘bake’ into their processes. In short, Sweco has one eye on the future and understands that quality means meeting both the functional and technical requirements as well as contributing to sustainability. It means you plan, execute, measure, continually update your processes and learn best practices from other industries. By doing so, you can offer turnkey solutions that match the client’s needs and expectations. Sweco has only just begun to help define the future of construction. I look forward to seeing what they do with it. RUSSELL ANDERSON
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PARVIAINEN ARCHITECTS NOT FORGETTING THE ‘I’NFORMATION IN BIM
“Maybe others forget the ‘I’nformation in BIM but that’s what defines our models – we input as much information into them as possible and, of course, what is demanded by customers.” explains Jaakko Berg. Jaakko leads BIM coordination in Parviainen Architects in Finland. Established in 1962, they focus on large scale projects in their own market. They are, and have been, responsible for some of the biggest Finnish architectural projects in modern times, ranging from Finavia terminals in Helsinki-Vantaa airport to a huge 190 000 m2 delivery center in Sipoo. They have over 40 design staff, including architects and
interior designers - all using BIM. Jaakko has been working at Parviainen since 2000 and was instrumental in their adoption of BIM and the creation of their BIM strategy. “In 2006, we made the brave decision to go with BIM. We understood that it would add a level of disturbance to projects at the beginning, but even then, we knew it was the way to go. We focus on large-scale projects that have grown more complex over the years. We were comfortable with CAD since using it in the 1980s, but moving to BIM to help manage these complications seemed an obvious choice. We have better control of our projects with BIM – in
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Parviainen Architects were responsible for Finavia terminals that opened their doors in 2009 in Helsinki Vantaa Airport.
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“Maybe others forget the ‘I’nformation in BIM but that’s what defines our models.”
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our work, the head designer, designer and BIM coordinator all use BIM”. I ask Jaakko how he uses Solibri in his work. “I have two screens: one with the design software and the other with Solibri open and in use. As a BIM coordinator, Solibri is my main software with which I combine models and do clash detection. We have a major project design review meeting every few weeks and the process is one of iteration - iteration meaning that we check and redesign to make sure we have the accuracy and quality information in our BIMs. As said, the designers themselves use Solibri. They are responsible for checking their own
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work and I manage the larger coordination. If a designer uses BIM, they will use Solibri on a daily basis”. Parviainen has been expanding over recent years. At the same time, Mikko Lahikainen has started as the new CEO in the office. The focus is on finding good designers first, then training new team members on BIM. Jaakko has written his own rulesets for Solibri Model Checker and has noticed the change in new recruits over recent years. Most arrive as ‘digital natives’ – understanding 3D design and BIM. It’s Jaakko’s job to get them using BIM in a way that supports Parviainen’s approach to project design. I ask what their customers understand about BIM. “It’s changed a lot. Previously we
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Solibri was used as a necessary part of the workflow in this project.
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had customers who were offered and declined to use BIM. One year later, these same customers were coming back to us when their contractors required them to use BIM. It’s getting better these days. We show customers what BIM means and we explain what Solibri is. They now trust us and see the later benefits of using BIM in largescale projects. In the SOK mentioned delivery center the customer actually mandated BIM and wanted an accuracy of 3cm in the overall design. That may sound crazy, but we made it happen. It also became apparent why they wanted BIM – we soon learnt that the delivery and dispatch robot also was designed by BIM so it was critical to collaborate everything with BIM. If we continue on this path, BIM will be
Berg leads the BIM coordination work in the architectural firm.
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A 190 000 m2 project built in 5 phases – Ready 2018.
“Previously we had customers who were offered and declined to use BIM. One year later, these same customers were coming back to us when their contractors required them to use BIM.” standard in five years and no customer will challenge the cost. We need to push things like IFC standards to make that happen. It’s only a matter of time for big projects”. Parviainen is one of the very few architectural firms that separate BIM project design from the regular design on their website. When you check their website, you soon notice that all the big projects are BIM ones. It’s a visual example of their confidence and knowledge regarding BIM. (They also list the SWECO project as one of their design successes. You can read a separate article regarding that project
in this magazine. It was delivered clash-free for construction by using Solibri). Jaakko will now go back to his current project – the Iso-Omena (Big Apple) shopping center in Espoo, Finland. This will again require plenty of reiteration rounds to get the designs ready for construction. But never fear, Jaakko knows BIM ‘inside-out’ and Parviainen love the challenge of a massive design project. Thank you Jaakko for sharing your vision with us. RUSSELL ANDERSON
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BUILDING INFORMATION MANAGEMENT (BIM) Monday morning is usually not a good time to make new acquaintances. You know, that morning mix of commuter traffic and awaiting emails. It is therefore a surprise to tell you that meeting Pauli Jantunen at Gravicon turned this notion on its head. Within five minutes of arrival, I was greeted by fresh coffee and the warm bright sunshine of their meeting room. Within two hours, we concluded a great conversation on their business model, ideas around BIM and how they extensively use Solibri in their daily work. Gravicon are BIM consultants and IT developers for the construction industry. Originally founded as a design office, they have been developing software and guiding BIM adoption for over 10 years under the guidance of Tommi Henttinen and his team. Based in Central Helsinki, they have offices in Finland, Denmark and Estonia. They employ eight full time consultants with a total team of over ten people focus on large scale projects such as hospitals and other public buildings.
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“The acronym ‘BIM’ means Building Information Management to Gravicon. That’s where ‘the beef is’ so to speak.”
“The acronym ‘BIM’ means Building Information Management to Gravicon. That’s where ‘the beef is’ so to speak” explains Pauli. “There has been a transformation happening in the industry with BIM. More and more time is spent managing information – working to improve efficiency and quality. Such results are quite wonderful to see when they happen. I see our role as one of planning right from the early design phase. We are then involved throughout the whole lifecycle of the construction project. This understanding has been the foundation for our usage of Solibri Model Checker and the development of our own software - Modelspace”. We are joined by Mikko Soininvaara, one of the expert BIM coordinators within the team. “We use Solibri as it is designed to be – We compare models, do quality checking and report findings to the team. We meet every month and use Solibri as the tool to explain the problems. We don’t mind what the authoring tool is – Revit or ArchiCAD, it doesn’t matter to us. We even compare HVAC and structural models. What matters is finding the clashes and issues and then sharing them in time”, he explains.
Pauli supports this view. He explains he has been working with Solibri Model Checker for several years: “I would go as far as to say that we couldn’t do our jobs without Solibri. Solibri is our key tool and IFC files are central to our work. We use Solibri extensively in our role as BIM coordinators”. Pauli continues on the topic of BIM in Finland: “In Finland, we have been very experimental with BIM. We experiment and then offer processes based on these learnings. Finland has not mandated BIM usage. Instead, it has grown from a place of common sense. I am happy to see larger markets like the UK now mandating BIM and I firmly believe it will drive adoption in all of Europe. Today, no large scale Finnish construction project would ignore BIM. I am not saying we don’t face real challenges in utilizing BIM in Finland - we still need more competence, people and processes. I believe we have reached a stage where customers don’t ask why, but how we can do the right thing”. Gravicon interest me as they have taken it further than the average BIM consultancy business. Not only do they utilize Solibri, they have designed their own software called Modelspace. Modelspace is a BIM project management tool. It’s designed for large projects that were usually run by a team with multiple 2D drawings and excel sheets. This software can help with investment planning, space management and project management. Pauli explained “Modelspace came from the need to better manage the ‘I - information’ in BIM. We saw one hospital project with space requirements that were run with 600 excel sheets! Mistakes naturally happened as it was impossible to keep track of the work. In 2007, we saw BIM offered us the ability to digitally handle big construction projects. We set about designing supporting software and here we are today. All our major city projects now use Modelspace alongside Solibri. Together we master the quality and management in BIM”.
General Manager, Gravicon leads the discussion on how to best do BIM
An ‘old hand’ at BIM in Gravicon
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“Modelspace came from the need to better manage the ‘I - information’ in BIM. We saw one hospital project with space requirements that were run with 600 excel sheets!”
Mikko supports Pauli in his thinking. “All disciplines still have plenty of learning to do regarding BIM and IFC. Some need to realize that IFC is not one big storage file to push everything you have between team members. It should be used as a way to communicate between disciplines and those disciplines should agree the IFC content in every use case”. With the experience and software in place, Gravicon are now focusing on expanding into more international markets. The UK offers interesting possibilities. The combination of a mandate and multiple public building projects
offer real possibilities to Pauli and his team. (In fact they are currently looking for BIM coordinators and would welcome a call from like-minded individuals in the UK). It’s been an interesting day talking with Pauli and Mikko and I wish them the very best. Their knowledge and belief in Solibri will no doubt convert many more to believe in BIM – whether that means Building Information Modelling or Building Information Management. RUSSELL ANDERSON
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YIT – PROJECT TRIPLA
anne Salin is a BIM Specialist of YIT Construction Ltd, the largest housing developer and one of the largest business premises and infrastructure developers in Finland. I meet him at the construction site of Tripla in Helsinki. Tripla is one of the biggest construction sites in Finland, located in the Central Pasila region, only three kilometres from downtown Helsinki. The Helsinki metropolitan area is one of the fastest growing regions in Europe and the City of Helsinki, supported by the Finnish state, has designated Central Pasila as one of the key development areas. The construction of Central Pasila will be implemented in three phases, of which Tripla’s construction was the first to start in 2015. The construction of the other phases is planned to begin in 2018 and the whole area of Central Pasila is expected to be ready in 2021. Tr i p l a w i l l i n c l u d e a p a r t m e n t s, offices, hotel, the biggest shopping centre in Finland measured by the amount of shops, a public transport terminal, pedestrian and bicycle paths, parks and squares and lots of underground parking space. The total area which will be built in Tripla is 350 000 brm2. YIT as the developer of Tripla started the construction work in 2015 with earthmoving. At the time of writing this, in September 2016, there is a huge pit where a parking lot and a total renovation of Pasila station is under construction next to Pasila station. In the beginning of 2017 the old Pasila train station will be replaced with a temporary one made of elements until the new station is constructed. Once the area is ready, Pasila station will be the busiest station in Finland.
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The City of Helsinki has designated Central Pasila as one of the key development areas for the next decades.
“Solibri is the only software that can handle such a large amount of IFC data efficiently without collapsing.“ The scale of the Tripla construction project is evident even from the size of its project office when I arrive to the construction site in Pasila. There are already 400 on-site employees amd the maximum amount of employees will be reached in 2018 with a total of 900 people. What also tells about the size of the project is that once it is ready in 2021, there will be 7000 employees working in Tripla’s buildings. Fully developed Central Pasila area will offer jobs for 15000 people and accommodate 3000 residents, which will double the local population. USING THE SOLIBRI MODEL CHECKER IN TRIPLA
There are many challenges in large-sized construction projects. In designing Tripla, there has been more than 20 parties involved in the project, including two architectural offices and three structural offices. All the designers are
modelling with BIM. This means that several design phases are done parallel, and the sizes of BIM models are huge. Janne tells me that their external BIM Coordinator is making a merged BIM model of all the BIM models with Solibri: “At the moment the merged BIM model of the whole Tripla project contains 72 separate BIM models that include all the project sections; apartments, station, offices and so forth. The merged BIM model is updated every week. Ten to twenty individual BIM models are updated on a regular basis during each week.” The project team goes through the BMI coordinator’s findings from each section in regular meetings arranged around the merged BIM model. Collisions and conflicts are usually found easily. The external BIM coordinator updates the instructions regarding Building Information Modelling together with Janne.
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The Tripla project to be constructed in Central Pasila is comprised of three versatile blocks with, for instance, a shopping mall, offices, a hotel and apartments.
They need to have good-quality correct BIM models: section information, element types, construction types and so forth, all of which are checked with Solibri Model Checker. Together with the merged BIM model in Solibri they can assure the quality of the project. There are almost 300 000 objects in the huge merged BIM model. “Solibri is the only software that can handle such a large amount of IFC data efficiently without collapsing.” says Janne as he opens Solibri to show the merged BIM model that opens up quickly. There are several different design softwares being used in the project, and Janne sees it as an advantage, crucial even, that Solibri works with all the software, for example Autodesk Revit Architecture, ArchiCAD, Tekla, MagiCAD or AutoCAD Architecture. When quantity takeoffs need to be done, they can be executed with Solibri, so there is no need for users to learn all the different software. The usage of BIM in Tripla’s construction site is already a common routine. It is important that the users can effortlessly find all the information - quantities, locations, details -
they need in the model. Solibri simulates the construction phases and visualizes for example the location of the pipes in the model. Quality checked IFC models are also used in mobile devices, so it is easy to check them from Solibri at the construction site and on the go. IFC models are also utilized as scheduling tools, Solibri being one of them along with Tekla Structures. I N V E S T M E N T I N S K I L LS I S AS I M P O RTA N T AS I N V E S T M E N T I N S O F T WA R E
The objective at the Tripla project has been to train all the project officials in using Solibri Model Checker. So far this target has been achieved almost fully, and over 80 employees have participated in training courses instructed by Roope Syvälahti, the BIM expert at Symetri, Solibri’s partner in Finland. New training courses are organised throughout the construction project as it gets new employees. The employees who have participated in training work in different roles within the project, for example as construction site engineers,
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YIT BIM Specialist for the Tripla project.
Field Marketing, Symetri Oy writes about Tripla in this edition.
purchasers, buyers or in admin. The focus in the training has been on how the employees can use Solibri efficiently in their own every day-to-day work and solve the real problems they may have. Most of the trained employees have not had previous experience in working with Solibri Model Checker, and the majority have no experience in working with BIM models either. The training begins with showing the user how to read the BIM models taken from the project bank, how can they use the BIM models as such, or if how to modify it if needed. It is important that the users are able to see the changes that have been done to the previous version of the model and check that the information correct or if there are any mistakes. The prices can be calculated and followed based on the information, which is extermely helpful
when changes in cost tracking occur. The users can look for the information from the model description document but they must also be able to see the information from the model itself. The training has especially given new insights to employees working with purchasing, who need to do quantity take-offs from the models to conduct purchasing activities. Earlier, a designer would receive a phone call from the project employees asking for quantities. Now the project employees are able to do quantity take-offs themselves, which makes the work remarkably faster and more fluent. “We take a lot of quantities from structural engineering models, precast element quantities and cast in place quantities. Solibri is a really good tool for that.” Janne says. Quantities must be taken from the architectural and
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“Solibri is an extremely good tool to assure the information quality and to make quantity take-offs in the models. We can trust its efficiency to run the huge merged BIM models.” THE SITE
The fully developed new Central Pasila will accommodate 3,000 residents. It will be completed in 2018-2021.
other models as well, and all the models can be done with different software. Solibri works with all design software, so there is no need to learn several design softwares. “ITO from IFC is a really big advantage, if we compare Solibri to another BIM tools.” After training at Symetri, Janne Salin has been working as onsite support for the users at the site to make their work as efficient as possible. He helps and teaches how the production can be fully utilised from the BIM models with Solibri.Janne Salin concludes his positive experiences of Solibri with a wish: “Solibri is an extremely good tool to assure the information
quality and to make quantity take-offs in the models. We can trust its efficiency to run the huge merged BIM models. If there is anything I would wish to be developed in Solibri in the future, it’s cloud services. We would like to get rid of software installations, version updates and sending the file-based reports by e-mail. Hopefully we will see that kind of development from Solibri in the near future.” JATTA KINNUNEN
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The popularity of Solibri Model Checker keeps increasing in the Netherlands. We are seeing a wide range of companies recognize the value of quality assurance and quality control in their OPEN BIM workflow. The same goes for the engineering and structural engineering consultancy Van Rossum. Jeffrey van Egdom, BIM modeler at Van Rossum, is more than happy to share his philosophy on BIM and explain why he believes that Solibri helps him in his day-to-day job. The company’s expertise lies in complex projects where you can’t simply translate a list of specification into a design. Using Solibri with an OPEN BIM workflow gives them the security to deliver quality. Project ‘Stedelijk Museum’ is such an example. It was one of the first projects done completely in BIM - and a big structural challenge. Van Rossum was asked to take over one of
demands, we use Solibri to check our own models before we send anything out.” Jeffrey continues on the use of IFC and different software they use: “The Solibri Model Viewer is ideal for quick visual checks of IFC files from our partners. We sometimes encounter trouble with incorrect exports from Revit models to IFC files and Solibri is the best tool to check IFC files for inconsistencies. We can now guarantee the quality of our IFC models towards our partners: when everyone can provide a clashfree model to the contractor, they can focus on comparing the models instead of checking for clashes within each model.” Especially on big projects like Pontsteiger in Amsterdam, The Netherlands. Van Rossum worked closely together with the architect and engineer to match their models perfectly and prevent future construction errors.
The Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam is an international museum dedicated to modern and contemporary art and design. It first opened it’s doors in 1895.
“Solibri Model Checker is a big game changer in this shifting BIM industry” the subcontractors to coordinate the detailing of the steel structure. The next step was to completely design the new steel structure in BIM. “The quantities we calculated from the model showed that the new design could be realized with the already ordered steel. This could never been done in such a short time without BIM.” explains Jeffrey.
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We benefit a lot from the KUBUS KeyMember Edition for Solibri. It provides us with readymade rule sets and classifications. We can check if our models meet the Dutch BIM standard, or classify models according to Dutch regulations. Jeffrey is part of the team that is now focusing on customizing rule sets and clasS O L I B R I I S A GA M E C H A N G E R I N T H I S sifications to fit the standards of Van Rossum. S H I F T I N G I N D U ST RY “This will make the collaboration process with Although the construction industry is seen the architect and structural engineer even as conservative, Jeffrey has experienced big smoother. In the end, that is the challenge I go changes and innovations on a technological for: combining models from different partners level in the last few years. “The rise of BIM, to fit perfectly together while keeping a high clients - contractors in particular - set higher level of simplicity to optimize the structural demands regarding BIM models because they model for execution.” use these models to make cost estimates and prepare their operations. To meet these
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BIM modeler at Van Rossum
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JUUL | FROST ARCHITECTS GO 100% BIM IN ÖREBRO
INTERVIEW WITH FLEMMING FROST OF JUUL | FROST ARCHITECTS
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rebro in Sweden is going through an exiting development as a knowledge city with the transformation of the expansive university campus. In 2010, JUUL | FROST Architects (JFA) won the competition for the university’s campus square and was awarded with the task of designing, programming and detail designing three new buildings for the area. The new business college Nova opened its doors in 2015 and was shortly after awarded the Örebro municipality’s city prize. NOVA house connects the university, business and the city The Nova house, with its 560 seat auditorium, is an educational meeting place that connects the university, the city and its business life. The building opens up towards the university square - the new central arrival point - and hereby underlines the principle idea that openness and visibility support a modern and innovative study environment.
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In the evenings the translucent facade glows, inviting students and the city’s citizens into the main atrium and auditorium, the building’s soaring focal point. Beyond the campus square and the business college, 100 new student and researcher apartments as well as the business centre, Alfred Nobel Science Park, form part of the project and contribute to the creation of a dynamic urban life around the entrance zone. B I M P I O N E E RS
JFA have been responsible for the comprehensive BIM (Building information Modelling) detail phase and since 2006 have been one of Scandinavias foremost BIM pioneers.
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The process of the Nova house has been unique with its smooth dialogue-based cooperation between the architect, the contractors and the client which has created the right platform for the formation of the new high-profile building. To enable everyone involved to participate in the project’s development and ongoing progress, JFA used the IFC format as an open exchange platform. This does not only makes the actual development process easier and dialogue-based, but also ensures that all building data is secured for future use, which is of great importance to the operation and maintenance phases of the facility.
“I have been in the building industry since 1976, and this is the smoothest project I have ever seen.” ÖREBRO HANDELSHÖGSKOLA
The Nova house, with its 560 seat auditorium, is an educational, exchange and meeting place that connects the university, and the city and its business life
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The office comprises around 30 employees with differing professional backgrounds and experience and works throughout Scandinavia.
BIM Manager, Juul | Frost, puts Solibri through its paces.
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Early in the process the parties saw that a weekly exchange process suited the nature and size of the project. Solibri Model Checker was used for coordination and quality control. Based in IFC models from the different consultants and reports from Solibri Model Checker, issues and challenges across the project team where detected on a weekly basis. Reports with comments were exported via BCF and added to the federated model, so that an overview was created for everyone at the next IFC exchange session. One of the advantages of BCF is that all comments are gathered in the model, instead of the involved parties having to compare Excel spreadsheets or meeting notes. Telecon meetings where conducted fortnightly throughout the project’s design phase, followed by the exchange of the federated model. At these meetings, the project team assessed the project’s progression ‘face-to-face’
in Solibri Model Checker and navigated the model together. This meant that both project-related and technical modelling changes, as well as procedures, could be agreed upon. This was combined with face-to-face meetings that the project owner and the design team conducted when required. A S M O OT H P RO C E S S
Ulf Wennlöf, Contractor at ByggTema, is impressed over the process, ”I have been in the building industry since 1976, and this is the smoothest project I have ever seen. Actually, this is the first time I have seen MEP technicians use Solibri on site. By coordinating the models in Solibri we had access to better quality checks all through the process”. NOVA was inaugurated in October 2015. Find out more about JUUL | FROST Architects at www.juulfrost.dk
Founding Partner, Architect MAA/ MSA at Juul | Frost Arkitekter.
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AARHUS IN AARHUS
Population: 5.7 million Density: 132.96/km2
ARhus is the first building project in the Bassin 7 area in Aarhus harbour. AARhus is designed by BIG and Gehl Architect who are responsible for the planning the surrounding urban spaces. AARhus consists of 251 apartments and a number of activity houses with an overall ambition to express the soul of Aarhus in one project. This is why AARhus combines the city houses, blocks, towers, narrow streets and squares of Denmark’s second largest city in one project.
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Q UA L I T Y I S K E Y
As the case with the majority of BIGs projects, AARhus is not your average building project, and it takes a coherent team effort to make it come alive. MT Højgaard is the contractor while MOE Engineering are the engineers of the 50.000 m2 project. Quality is a key issue for both parties. Mike Holch - BIM Coordinator at MT Højgaard, explains: ”Quality is key for MT Højgaard, and quality is a lot of different things. Quality is about the right products and the right materials but also the right design solutions.”
“Quality is a lot of different things. Quality is about the right products and the right materials but also the right design solutions.”
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MOE Engineer discusses how they use Solibri to help build Denmark’s architectural future.
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AARhus is the first building project in the Bassin 7 area in Aarhus harbour.
“On a project as complicated as AARhus it’s important to collaborate so that there’s room for everyone.”
MTH BIM Coordinator.
MOE regards sees quality as the ability to provide the correct project material in order to eliminate a lot of questions on site. This can’t be done without the involved parties’ will to collaborate and pursue a common goal. Dorte Veje Høeg - BIM Coordinator at MOE explains: ”On a project as complicated as AARhus it’s important to collaborate so there’s room for everyone.” AS S U R A N C E I S V I TA L
The BIM model becomes central, as it is much more cost efficient to solve the problems in the design phase than at the building site. Since project material is exchanged multiple times between architects, engineers and the contractor, quality assurance is vital and has a
direct impact on the quality of the model. On the AARhus project this is done with Solibri Model Checker. S O L I B R I PAV E S T H E WAY F O R A C O O R D I N AT E D P RO C ES S
At its highest point, AARHus will reach 65 meters and 20 stories. Unsurprisingly, the interest for the BIG designed apartments has been overwhelming. The project started in the spring of 2016 and is expected to welcome the first inhabitants in 2018 – and Solibri paves the way for a smooth process. THOMAS GRAABÆK
Architect and partner in BIM Equity. With 10 years of experience working as an architect in Copenhagen, Denmark, Thomas has been working with 2D CAD, 3D-visualization as weel as implementing BIM – from the first sketches to facility management.
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“Quality assurance is vital and has a direct impact on the quality of the model. On the AARhus project this is done with Solibri Model Checker.”
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SOLIBRI CASE STUDY NICK LEACH – HEAD OF BIM – MULTIPLEX CONSTRUCTION EUROPE LTD
T E L L U S A L I T T L E A B O U T YO U, YO U R R O L E A N D YO U R C O M PA N Y ?
I’ve been involved in the AEC industry for 20 years having worked both on the consultant side and for the past 10 years on the other side of the fence in main Tier 1 contracting. I’m currently head of BIM for the UK and Europe region of Multiplex Construction Europe Ltd and responsible for the implementation and delivery across the whole business. Multiplex are a leading global contractor with a head office in Central London and bases in Europe, Canada, the Middle East, Australia and India. Established in 1962, we have built more than 935 projects with a combined value of US$61 billion and have acquired over 630 awards. Multiplex Construction became established in the United Kingdom in 1999, gaining a strong reputation for the delivery of highly complex projects. We have been responsible
for some of the tallest residential and commercial towers in London and the largest hospital complex in the United Kingdom. W H AT I N S P I R E S YO U I N YO U R J O B ?
Having the opportunity to shape and guide not just Multiplex Construction forward but support the development and influence the construction industry as a whole and move into the digital age, in order to improve how we design, deliver and manage our future built environments. H OW WO U L D YO U D E S C R I B E T H E WO R K T H AT YO U A N D YO U R T E A M DOES?
The best way to describe the work which myself and my team conduct is best articulated as an enabling function to best support the business utilise digital technology and manage processes to improve the businesses efficiencies.
Head of BIM – Multiplex Construction Europe Ltd.
INTERVIEW - NICK LEACH (UK)
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I’m currently overseeing a number of projects in our current portfolio. As an organisation we are delivering some iconic projects with some high profile clients that are utilising BIM. These range from projects such as London Wall Place project, Principal Place commercial development, Principle Place Residential, Old Street Yard, Marble Arch Place, and Phase 1 of Royal Albert Dock (ABP) to name a few in London along with large projects such the RHSC Edinburgh Hospital for Sick children in Scotland. W H E R E D I D YO U F I RS T H E R E A B O U T SOLIBRI?
I first encountered Solibri working in Helsinki over 5 years ago with a previous employer. In Helsinki, it was fundamentally used as the software of choice for federating and validating 3D models across the Nordics.
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W H AT A R E T H E K E Y F E AT U R E S YO U USE IN SOLIBRI MODEL CHECKER?
Rule based checking such as clash detection, model validation and change control and reporting and information take off including COBie. H OW WO U L D YO U E X P L A I N T H E VA LU E OF SOLIBRI MODEL CHECKER?
The real value of solibri is the ability to allow us to check a model based on custom rules. The software enables us to go much further than basic clash detection, from something simple like clash analysis against door swings, to clearance height void allowances where we have exposed MEP services. Solibri allows us to check both the geometry and the data within
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models, meaning that our projects models can be validated for compliance autonomously and the results can be published through Solibri’s intuitive reporting presentation function. D O YO U S E E P RO J E CT SAV I N GS I N USING SOLIBRI?
At this moment in time due to our adoption of Solibri still in its infancy across the business we can see that the tool is already beneficial in improving our working efficiencies not just for ourselves and consultant design teams , but is supporting greater utilisation from personnel in key roles across our project wide teams. From the work we have being doing to date we are already seeing gains which will enable us to ascertain savings in both time and cost.
Managing Director at Solibri UK.
“The real value of Solibri is the ability to allow us to check a model based on custom rules. The software enables us to go much further than basic clash detection, from something simple like clash analysis against door swings, to clearance height void allowances where we have exposed MEP services.” D O YO U G E T Q UA L I T Y AS S U R A N C E FROM USING SOLIBRI?
We do get quality assurance through the speed in which we can validate the robustness of design and constructability. Having the ability to ascertain the level and quality of the data supplied through Solibri enhances the deliverables we expect to receive. H OW WO U L D YO U R EC O M M E N D S O L I B R I TO OT H E RS I N C O N ST RU CT I O N ?
I would definitely recommend Solibri to others in construction but in order to really get the benefit from the product we would advise to take time to develop the company processes in order to maximize and achieve best effi-
ciency from the product. Outlining what your objectives and end goals are is critical in order to manage expectation and outputs. H OW D O E S S O L I B R I F I T W I T H YO U R OT H E R S O F T WA R E P RO G R A M S YO U USE?
Solibri uses the IFC file format which as our company policy is a requirement we stipulate to all our design team and supply chain as a standard deliverable. It allows us to have the ability to communicate any issues with other software products that we utilised through the BCF file exchange meaning issues can be flagged in Solibri, sent straight to the right person to correct in their native authoring software and then be issued back to be verified as closed out.
INTERVIEW - NICK LEACH (UK)
UK MARKET REPORT
Construction contributes almost £90 billion to the UK economy (or 6.7%) (Source: ONS Annual Business Survey (ABS) Comprises over 280,000 businesses (source: Ibid) Covers some 2.93 million jobs (source: BIS analysis of ONS Labour Force Survey data) Equivalent to about 10% of total UK employment.
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H OW D O YO U S E E T H E F U T U R E I N T E R M S O F H OW S O F T WA R E , B I M A N D IFC IS CONCERNED?
W H AT S H O U L D T H E I N D U S T RY B E THINKING ABOUT WHEN CONSIDERING T E C H N O LO GY A N D C H A N G E ?
The development of software is evolving at a rapid rate but it’s imperative to ensure when adopting any software in to the business to define the real purpose of why you intend on using it, establishing the processes behind how to manage it and the advantages and goals you aim to achieve with it. Before long we will find roles in the industry that don’t exist at present, which make best use of the digital environment that’s changing around us. Roles like application developers to data analysts will be commonplace in organisations in the not too distant future, if not already. IFC had a lot of negativity for a while due to interoperability issues but with the improved version updates from Building smart and native authorizing, the software’s finally adopting and improving their capability to export, the uptake is ever increasing especially with many different open-source products in the marketplace now. BIM implementation in the UK has been given the injection required through the UK mandate and recent budget and construction strategy reports. With clients becoming more educated and having experienced full BIM enabled projects the outlook has to be positive when you consider where we have progressed from 2011 to today and how the shape of the landscape could look in the next five years ahead.
The industry needs to consider implications on all organisations especially the Tier 2 & 3 companies when imposing requirements. There is still an education exercise required in the industry to change the mindset of companies into investing in technology and adopting digital methods of working through taking that leap of faith and initial outlay. As an industry there needs to be more initiatives to support that cost burden to companies in the outset so that this doesn’t become the only blocker to the development of our industry. H OW D O YO U WO R K W I T H YO U R S U P P LY C H A I N A N D Q UA L I T Y AS S U R A N C E ?
We work hard to demystify the deliverables set out by our clients into plain language. We do this by conducting numerous face-to-face workshops and education where necessary of what we require and what is specific to that particular organisation in regards to the delivery and information we expect to be handed back to us. Using products such as Solibri help enhance the validation of our quality of information and assurance of design received from our supply chain. ANDREW BELLERBY
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Technology Time An insight into new solutions and new ways of doing things.
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SEEING IS BELIEVING After Ton van Zijtveld, BIM director at the construction company Smit’s Bouwbedrijf (SBB), received his first few IFC models he signed up for a Solibri course at KUBUS HQ. He wanted to learn more about OpenBIM® and how Solibri fits in this workflow, because he realized that more and more companies are starting to use IFC models. Together with two other colleagues, the research on how to evolve from little to big BIM began. In 2014 SBB invested in a single license of Solibri Model Checker. The little BIM workflow was already implemented a few years before. Ton introduced both BIM and Solibri in their business and keeps promoting them to constantly evolve their BIM workflow. That’s why he participated as SBB’s delegate in the joint venture of 14 big construction companies in cooperation with BuildingSMART BeNeLux. This group of 14 signed a covenant about BIM standards for the Dutch AEC industry in early 2016, specifying ground rules about how information in BIM should be structured. This makes collaboration between parties much easier and less prone to errors. Ton explains how their company is shifting to a full OPEN BIM workflow. “At this moment we still have some ongoing projects that are not completely done in BIM. But we have now reached a point where every new project we take on will be completely done in BIM. Even the department that does our cost estimates works with Solibri. It helps them gain insight in an early stage during the process, which leads to a better distribution of the workload. In addition, we are seeing noticeable savings in time because of Solibri. The project ‘Wijnhaven’ in Rotterdam, for instance, is a 23-story high renovation project. Solibri allows us to derive the quantities of all the needed interior walls and finishing it with a push of a button. That is a huge time saver compared to doing all the calculations manually.”
“Solibri delivers reliable quantities with the push of a button.” TON VAN ZIJTVELD
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SBB also involves engineers and prefabrication suppliers in the early stages of a project. An OPEN BIM workflow requires more information at the beginning of a process, so they make an early start with collaborating. “If we don’t involve our partners early on, it will lay a burden on the process and put a stop to it from a lack of information.” SBB is also working with BIMcollab. This issue management platform really helps in getting a grip on the progress of a project. “The insight I gain from the status of issues - how many are active, resolved or closed - helps me in managing and steering the process. And it is really important for communication that all issues are shared from one central place. Where I previously kept checking all the communication reports for changes made in the model I now simply do a quick check in BIMcollab.” “It is good to see more and more partners moving towards a BIM workflow not because they have to, but because they want to. No matter what is specified by the contractor, they do everything in BIM nevertheless.” Ton sees this change in the parties they are collaborating with. “When our partners experienced BIM they are convinced. Seeing is believing.”
BIM regisseur bij Smit’s Bouwbedrijf.
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In this article you will find two examples of the generally accepted rules in the Netherlands, where we find a high standard of BIM acceptance and many Solibri users, and the way Solibri is used to check against these requirements. The first standard is from the Central Government Real Estate Agency in the Netherlands: RVB BIM Norm (RBN). The second standard was introduced this summer: the Basic Information Delivery Manual (IDM) which was an initiative of 14 major construction companies with BuildingSMART Benelux to get some general agreement on delivered specifications of BIM models. When more and more organizations including governmental organizations started to ask for BIM, the need for reliable and uniform information about their Buildings from BIM became evident. Standards were soon agreed upon and converted into guidelines and rules. KUBUS, the exclusive distributor for Solibri in the Netherlands, supported these
standards from the beginning and turned words into action. They customized several Solibri Rulesets for their Dutch “KeyMember Edition” to cater to both standards. This means that users can check automatically if their BIM model meets the requirements stated in one of these BIM standards.
Population: 17 million (2016 estimate) Density: 410.8/km2
1. RVB BIM NORM (RBN)
The RBN only describes the specifications for the BIM information products that companies are obliged to deliver to the contractor. In the case of DBFMO (Design, Build, Facilitate, Maintain and Operate ) and other integrated contracts, the performance requirements are described in the output specifications attached to the contract. The output specifications indicate what should be delivered and when, and according to which specifications. Companies would otherwise be at liberty to design and organize their BIM process as they see fit. “As BuildingSMART Benelux we bridged the gap between competing contractors by representing the independent factor in this
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B A S I C I N F O R M AT I O N D E L I V E R Y M A N U A L
BIM standard. In addition we act as watchdog for open standards in the Benelux region.” says Mathijs Natrop, board member of BuildingSMART Benelux . The present RBN states - among others - the following: 1.
You must include all material and spatial elements covered by the output specifications in the building model
The requested functions must be linked to the building model. This shows the relevant elements and rooms for assessing the performance requirements
You must supply the data from the building model in the IFC open file format.
“KUBUS, exclusive distributor for Solibri in the Netherlands, supported these standards from the beginning and turned words into action.” T H E S O L I B R I R B N RU L E S E T A N D OT H E R R E S O U RC E S
In addition to the RBN Ruleset, there is also a complete description of this BIM standard. This makes it very easy for users to consult the background information rule by rule. Because it is important that a model can be classified conform the RBN Ruleset by having classifications, three rules are added to check these preconditions. The Dutch standard codes (NL/SfB) and space-definitions are included as well. The specifications in the RBN differ in types: general versus project specific conditions and specifications that aren’t directly related to the file or model. All these types are included in one Ruleset, so the user has one overview of the status of all conditions.
WO R K F LOW
For the different types of specifications, KUBUS combined different solutions to one Ruleset. Before the check can be started, project-specific conditions, like the project name and number or special heights for spaces, have to be set. This is usually done by the project manager. After the information is specified, the RBN Ruleset works in the same manner as the other Rulesets in Solibri. All general conditions that can be checked with basic rules are also set-up and ready to use. For the conditions that can’t be tested automatically, Solibri offers a Manual Checking rule that is not quite as manual as its name may suggest. This rule gives the possibility to select the components that have to be checked and to add an instruction on how and what to check for. After running a check, a complete report can be exported directly, either to PDF or Excel. You can naturally also publish the found issues to BCF or BIMcollab® to share with team members via the cloud. 2 . B I M BAS I C I N F O R M AT I O N D E L I V E RY M A N UA L ( I D M )
The AEC industry can be quite fragmented in matters of communication protocols and company-specific workflows. BuildingSMART Benelux initiated this standard, together with 14 big construction companies in the Netherlands to secure and reuse information more efficiently and effectively. This IDM standard is based on an agreement that stems from practical experience and the use of existing structures, based on openBIM® and IFC, defined as a short checklist. More information about ILS can be found here: www.kubusinfo.nl/idm More information about the KUBUS KeyMember Edition can be found on www.kubusinfo.nl If you want to know more about the philosophy and purpose of the RBN, check out the website of the Dutch Central Government Real Estate Agency: www.rijksvastgoedbedrijf.nl/english
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THE NEW BCF CONNECTOR BRIDGING THE GAP BETWEEN SOLIBRI AND BIM AUTHORING TOOLS VIA BIMCOLLAB ® “A 4-hour BIM meeting was reduced to 30 minutes, which left us with much more time to focus on the design.”
he openBIM® workf low is a cycle of continuous developing, checking and reviewing. After starting with a single architectural design, more models are developed within very specialized disciplines such as structural design and MEP. The team then relies on Solibri to bring these models together, analyze them and find issues that need to be resolved. Managing these issues is the task of BIMcollab which then via its BCF Managers gets the issues to the responsible engineer within his or her own BIM tool. A key component of this workflow is Solibri’s BCF Connector, which allows Solibri to import and export issues directly to BIMcollab without the need of using BCF files. This capability allows BIMcollab to bridge the gap between Solibri and the many BIM tools available today.
This open workflow that utilizes both Solibri and BIMcollab was used with great success by the architects at Archivolt while renovating the almost 100-year-old social housing complex ‘Het Schip’ (The Ship) in Amsterdam. Not only was it mandatory for all the companies involved to use BIM, it was also the first national monument project to be completely executed in BIM. Project-level communication became a rather big issue from the start as the stakeholders needed to communicate all the model issues found in the most efficient way. According to the BIM manager Eric Smook, “In 2014, the only way we could do this as a team was by using BCF .zip files, and share them on an online platform provided by the client. Basically, the workflow was set up in a Gantt chart, which specified when a task had to be done, when a check was done, and on which day all the issues
BIM manager at Archivolt talking about BIMcollab
T H E N E W B C F C O N N ECTO R
Archivolt is a mediumsized architecture firm based in Amsterdam. It is active in the area of new buildings, renovations and restorations.
were combined to a single BCF file. These would be discussed in the biweekly BIM meeting. During a BIM meeting, all the current models were discussed with the combined issues in the mentioned BCF file. This was a rather time consuming process, because every meeting would last about four hours.” The team switched to BIMcollab and this turned out to be a huge time saver, because there were no overlaps anymore, and response times and issue allocation was much more efficient. The latest version of the BCF Connector (1.0.40) is bringing vast improvements to Solibri’s users and making the workflow faster, more efficient and with increased reliability. The new connector has greatly improved performance and is able to synchronize issues
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up to 50 times faster than before. It does so by minimizing the size of the viewpoint and assuring that only modified information is transferred. The overall workflow is enhanced by improvements in the way users are identified and both the user and status values are converted. In addition, the handling of comments within issues has been improved. New clearer messages can help users when dealing with exceptional situations. The new BCF Connector is currently available for free download in the Solibri Solution Center. More information about issue management with BIMcollab can be found at www.bimcollab.com.
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THE AUTOCODES PROJECT CONTINUES FORWARD WITH A HEALTHCARE PILOT PROJECT IN CALIFORNIA
in California. Their response was outstanding and they were excited to explore and discuss the possibilities and the potential impact on their own workflow. In July, the owner identified a new project and selected an architectural firm that was fully onboard with developing models that could be submitted for review by OSHPD. OSHPD follows the California Building Code (CBC - 2013), which is a modification of the International Building Code (IBC-2012). We are fortunate that the schedule for this project allows us enough time to engage with the design team, educate them about the capabilities of SMC, and then introduce the healthcare related requirements for them to include while modeling in the BIM authoring application. We are now in the process of helping the design team understand how to streamline a workflow that includes referring to the Minimum Modeling Matrix (M3) that our project has developed, and how to ensure their models are structured properly. This will be an ongoing process throughout the design process.
CA L I F O R N I A ( U S )
Capital City: Sacramento Size: 158,706 square miles (3rd largest state) Population: 37,679,000 Nickname: The Golden State
I L L U S T R AT I O N M I K K O V ÄY R Y N E N
The AutoCodes Project is still alive and gaining momentum in 2016. In late 2015 the project was impacted by an owner’s strategic decision on an earlier project. The project of healthcare renovation was halted, leaving us to identify another project and to reset the members of the project team. We are very fortunate that the owner, Kaiser Permanente, remains committed to BIM, and to automating code compliance checking using the Solibri Model Checker (SMC). Even though we had not yet identified a new building project, we conducted a workshop in April that included the owner, a team from the California Office of Statewide Health Planning and Development (OSHPD), and Solibri LLC. The purpose of this workshop was to explain the convergence of BIM and the ability to use a rules-based model checker (SMC) to validate and verify the information within design models. The other objective was to identify a new workflow and define responsibilities for the individuals. This was a very positive development, as OSHPD is responsible for approving all healthcare-related projects
T H E AU TO C O D ES P RO J ECT
Jonathan Widney is the President of Solibri LLC.
This is a very challenging initiative since it requires a significant amount of change from the ‘normal’ workflow. The key differentiator here is that this is a ‘pilot project’ by agreement of all parties. That differs from a proof-of-concept, which means that we are past the point of proving that checking can be done, and are instead focused on delivering a real project that will be submitted for actual approvals. That is exciting. We are also continuing our efforts with the US Access Board, with a focus on checking compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and the Architectural Barriers Act (ABA). These continue to be important foundational checks, as ADA and ABA code compliance is mandatory in the US. We have come to accept that this is a very long-term and strategic initiative, and that change takes a very long time to occur. Nevertheless, Solibri is taking the leadership position in this arena because we have the best technology in the world (SMC) to address this very real problem. The level of inconsistency
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that exists today at both the global and local level should be a very real concern. It represents extreme inefficiencies and extraordinary delays in project approvals and starts. All of these issues are reflected in very real costs, ultimately to the owner. We also continue with the evolution of the course that we drafted for the plan review community. The course, Transitioning from 2D to a 2D/3D Hybrid Digital Review Process, continues to be taught to industry professionals who need to recognize that change is coming, and it needs to be understood and embraced rather than feared. While this recap is relatively short, the scope of the content is enormous. We will continue to keep you updated as we move forward. These are very exciting times. We don’t have to convince people there is a problem, we just need to show them that SMC can be a critical ingredient of the solution. JONATHAN WIDNEY
President of Solibri LLC
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ALL ABOUT TUNNEL STRUCTURE I N T R O D U CT I O N
Infrastructure projects like bridges, roads, railways and tunnels are, in comparison to high rise projects, bigger, more expensive, last longer and are much more risky. BIM – Building Information Modeling - and its tools are now becoming a common language in the Infrastructure sector to reduce the current problems through a better transparency of costs, life cycle orientated construction design and a better cooperative working. The iC Group has decided to change completely to BIM in 2014 and is now in the stage of the practical usage. In the beginning of 2016 the iC Group decided that the rudimental clash detection software solutions are not efficient enough to handle complex interdisciplinary building construction and infrastructure projects and changed to the Solibri Model Checker. The implementation of the Solibri Model Checker in the iC Group and the project specific support for individual solutions was handled together with the Austrian Software Supplier A–NULL Bausoftware and especially their BIM-Quality management expert Hannes Asmera, who has already become an important partner for the development of intern model checking standards and rule sets for big infrastructure
projects. Three of the current infrastructure projects of the iC Group are the tunnel projects Karawanken South on the Slovenian side with DARS as Client and ELEA iC as lead designer, Karawanken North on the Austrian side with ASFINAG as Client and iC Salzburg as lead designer and Tunnelkette Granitztaal in Austria with ÖBB as Client and iC Vienna as lead designer. At these projects Solibri Model Checker is used to assure high quality and to optimize the coordination of the different disciplines. The requirements in tunnelling and Infrastructure Projects are different comparing to Building construction Projects Tunnels belong to the infrastructure constructions and differ from high rise construction in regard to: 1. Location 2. Development and Operation 3. Systematic LO CAT I O N
A building construction normally belongs to one or more sites. Tunnel constructions are typically linear constructions and do not belong to a site but rather to a traffic route.
KEVIN BAUER, BSC
Kevin is part of the BIM Management team at the iC Group. He sees the BIM process as a chance to change the complete processes in the construction industry and as first step for complete digitalized cities and infrastructures.
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ALL ABOUT TUNNEL STRUCTURE
D E V E LO P M E N T A N D O P E R AT I O N
Building constructions serves people in residence purposes, like living, working or leisure and will be provided by private and public investors. Infrastructure constructions satisfy the basic need of mobility through the supply of traffic routes by the public sector instead. Furthermore, because of the fact that the investor or developer of an infrastructure construction is normally also the operator, a lifecycle cost-orientated design and a continuous data chain from the development, via the design and construction through to the operation has a very big status. It thereby can be differentiated in following traffic types: 1. 2. 3. 4.
Road traffic Rail traffic Water traffic Air traffic
SYST E M AT I C N ES S I N I N F R AST RU CT U R E C O N S T RU CT I O N S
The mother of all disciplines in the infrastructure construction is the alignment which will be evaluated in early phases through comparison of different varieties. The alignment is already implemented in the Industry Foundations
Classes via IfcAlignment in the IfcPositioning Elements and is the basis for all, yet not IFC standardized, civil spatial structure- and civil elements. Below the spatial element and physical element structure should be from the logical point of view a separation by the following most important infrastructure disciplines which were already pronounced by buildingSmart as their upcoming standardization projects: 1. Road 2. Rail 3. Bridge 4. Tunnel 5. Subgrade and Geology BIM IN TUNNELING T U N N E L S PAT I A L S T RU CT U R E
A building construction model is through the IfcSpatialStructureElement structure via IfcSite, IfcBuilding, IfcBuildingStorey and IfcSpace in various spatial levels divided. The same holds true for tunneling models. In IFC there is unfortunately yet no defined spatial structure for tunnels. From practical experience it is already known that a tunnel needs a spatial structure as followed:
Tina is part of the ODE office for digital engineering team. She worked as an architect for 10 years before joining ODE who deal with the digitalisation of the building sector and support companies concerning PIM-, BIMand FIM-structures.
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D I S C I P L I N ES I N T U N N E L I N G P R O J ECTS
At a building construction project many different disciplines, for example architecture, structural engineering and MEP, work together and create in each case an extra discipline model. The same systematic applies in tunneling projects. By the comparison of the currently available disciplines in Solibri to the necessary disciplines in tunneling and in general infrastructure projects - under the consideration by the logic that new disciplines are only necessary if the appropriate elements are missing, it occurs that following disciplines for tunneling and in general infrastructure projects are missing in Solibri: 1. Tunneling 2. Subgrade and Geology 3. Geotechnics 4. Road 5. Rail 6. Bridge
T U N N E L E L E M E N TS
The needed elements in tunneling also differ from building construction elements. Unfortunately, there are no standardized IFC Elements concerning tunnelig yet. This is a very important topic which should be handled by buildingSmart as soon as possible to provide an international and software independent data standard for the description, exchange and sharing of infrastructure constructions. Through the current Tunneling projects in the iC Group we have already had to identify tunnel specific civil elements and their relationship . Following a tunnel with some of its elements is visualized exemplary.
DAC H R E G I O N
The DACH region comprises of Germany, Austria and Switzerland. The combined regional population is 97.8 million people.
COMMENT ON ALL ABOUT TUNNEL S T R U CT U R E
Concerning building construction, BIM has exceedingly improved its level of accuracy over the last years. Hundreds of properties have been defined, classified and assigned. We can now look at a building with different eyes, because we see so much more than just the pure model – information has become as important as the 3D-element itself.
Tunnel lining structure
Water proof membrane
Tunnel inverted filling
Tunnel distribution system
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ALL ABOUT TUNNEL STRUCTURE
BRIDGE / ROAD
TUNNEL / ROAD
Tunnel with portal Road inside tunnel
Based on the buildingSMART IFC-structure it is possible to implement all IFC-properties to building elements that are needed to do a befitting check in Solibri Model Checker. It is not only about checking for clashes - even more, it is about checking if the right elements do not clash to see if there is a problem within the bearing structure or the interior accessories. Information brings opportunities for checkin rules. It’s not very hard to create a rule in Solibri Model Checker, for example checking if a fire-rated wall holds a fire-rated door of the same class, if you are working with IFC-properties. More complex structures, either regarding scale, standards or technical issues, are planned and built with much more efficiency than ever before using BIM as a tool. The completion of a building is not the end of a BIM-Model, since Facility Management is becoming increasingly aware of the advantages. The more complex and technical a structure is, the more important the management of its data and carried information over its lifecycle is. The upcoming department of FIM (Facility Information Management) is specifically focusing on these aspects. While we are taking advantage of the proceeding development of building construction, it seems there is a huge part that we should
not forget to follow up on. Infrastructure is as complex as building construction – just facing different issues. There are different elements, systems, necessities and operational procedures that need their own defined properties and classifications – otherwise the smoother way of checking these structures will decrease back again on elaborate workarounds. As there already is a working coordination (see buildingSMART) of the different domains of Architecture, HVAC, Electrical, Structural, Facility Management and their correlation, not everything needs to be generated from the start. Defining a new domain, for example tunneling, will share some properties with the other domains, but there the need to generate new ones still remains – and all of them need their complement structure in Solibri Model Checker regarding disciplines, components and even rules. The advantage of integrating new domains for infrastructure in Solibri Model Checker is obvious: there is seldom a structure standing alone - there is always a connection. Being able to check complete projects of building construction and infrastructure, their conjunctions and dependencies within one program is reasonable – and essential.
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MODEL STAN SOLIBRI QUALITY APPROVED
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TO THE DARD 7 out of 10 is a pretty nice number 7 out of the top 10 Dutch construction companies use Solibri 7 out of 10 top Nordic construction companies use Solibri 7 out of 10 top Finnish construction companies use Solibri Solibri has had a 40 % growth in customers since 2013
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E D I TO RS L E T T E R
Editor in Chief/Solibri Brand & Marketing Director.
Editor in Chief Russell Anderson is reaching for the clouds It’s been a hectic year in the Solibri camp. As you’ve read, we are now part of the bigger Nemetschek family and will soon release new versions of Solibri Model Checker. We’ve continued to see a growing acceptance of BIM. We have personally seen our highest visitor numbers to solibri.com combined with recordhigh software trial downloads. This all begs the question – where do we go next? In some senses, that’s an easy one to answer. Our strategy remains unchanged – putting Solibri at the heart of the workflow - with our solutions being recognized as the number one tool in ‘Quality Assurance and Quality Control’. Deciding to join the Nemetschek group was based on this strategy. For the first time, we can truly put Solibri into the global workflow. Combing our strengths
with Nemetschek co-brands (e.g. Graphisoft or Vectorworks) is a no-brainer. It allows many more BIM users to experience our offering. Moving forward, cloud solutions also appear heavily on our portfolio. We have begun sharing our latest thinking in our current Solibri customer events. This will continue with a complete offering in 2017. (You can read more about our product thinking and development from Mikko and Luca earlier in the journal). Added to that, we have new offices and expanded teams in the UK and DACH. The future is looking exciting from where we’re standing. For all these reasons, we would like to thank you for your continued support and pro-active approach. We receive regular development ideas and feedback via social media. We are happy to see more users creating local rulesets and discussing the value of Solibri in local BIM events. Keep sharing your success stories with us and we’ll continue to promote them in our marketing channels.
Regards, RUSSELL ANDERSON – Solibri
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