When projecting one of the Barcode buildings (DnB headquarters) Angie Mendez from A-Lab became the BIM coordinator and hands-on advisor for the client Oslo Utvikling (OSU).
“Oslo Utvikling was about to sell 60,000 m2 of the three underground floors of the Barcode. It was crucial for the negotiation to have an accurate overview of the areas available and their uses. The project was modelled in Revit but the developers and real estate professionals needed to have access to a database that didn’t require 3D technical skills.
Then I turned to Symetri as they have been a trusted collaborator for years and I got introduced to Anna Ringsén from Project Services, one of the consultants in BIMeye. Anna and I had a demo online and after 20 minutes, I knew that BIM eye was the tool I was looking for. First, we tested it for the parking spaces, as they are a high value asset for the client. However, the challenge aroused when we needed to upload the area information.
At the time area schemes from Revit were not supported in BIMeye but Anna Ringsén worked her magic and after a couple of weeks a full deployment was available. We tested it and our client was immediately fond of the idea, when I presented it to him,” Angie Mendez explains.
According to Angie, a few years back there was a tendency that people would be protective of their models, something that – in her opinion – has to change, as BIM processes are more dynamic.
It’s very important that all parts involved can contribute with the information they have responsibility for, that enriches the content of the models and makes the workflow more efficient, Angie says.
In the Barcode project a-lab got the 2 commissions, the Carve (building part of the DnB complex) and the Wedge, the final building of the Barcode. In addition, they answered to the BIM challenges that prompted once the project was built.
- The Barcode deliveries were a mix of 3D and 2D data
- The client needed overview and access to control parking and area information.
After the implementation of BIMeye supported by Revit, OSU was very satisfied with the results and made the decision to utilize the same solution in the second phase of the development, which is a water front office and housing project called Bispevika.
A new option to access the information was necessary
In Bispevika, A-Lab has projected one of the plots into which future tenants; Microsoft and PWC, will move in 2019. The complex also includes two apartment buildings. Angie has been the BIM consultant and she was eager to transfer her experiences from the Barcode working with BIMeye into the new project.
Interactive database creates new opportunities – harvest the benefits
“The AEC industry still miss to catch the opportunities. Not everyone you collaborate with is a BIM guru, but they need to use BIM data in order to stay updated.
The challenge in Bispevika was to identify the potential of simple data management in other fields beyond architecture. Also, in order to create communication solutions for the client they needed to maximize the use of BIMeye. As a technology advisor you need to debunk the myth of the data ownership in order to influence the perception of the developers about how easy and productive it could be for them to control Building information generated by their construction experts.
Establishing an interactive database for area management has created new opportunities for this project.
I have told the client that after investing so much on getting Bispevika Nord, a 112,000 m2 project, up and running in a good BIM level, it was very important not to stop just before they started harvesting the benefits. So fortunately, after a test pilot with BIMeye, we decided to make things smarter and go ahead with the implementation”, Angie says about the need for innovation in big data administration.