A-Lab, Norway: Building BIM bridges with BIMeye in the Barcode and Bispevika

A-Lab, Norway: Building BIM bridges with BIMeye in the Barcode and Bispevika

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).


AngieIn her search for an open BIM solution that could help keep track of all the information in this huge project, Angie used BIMeye as a proof of concept.


“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.

2. BARCODE situation (photo credit Oslo S Utvikling_Ivan Brodey)

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.


  1. The Barcode deliveries were a mix of 3D and 2D data
  2. 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.


From that point on, Oslo Utvikling has been able to keep track of the information generated by the architects and has become a way to maintain and control the status of their tenants in an easy way.


The fact that one can filter and search data, made it clear that with access to BIMeye nontechnical people can gain access to the particulars of the projects with no effort or learning curve.


BIMeye as database for the rental space in the buildings

In order make future plans the client needs to know the details of the facilities they manage. This task is difficult particularly when the design process is ongoing and they need real time updates. If the client wants to change the asset information, he can do it in BIMeye and the owner has access to all info from the contractor.


If the client wants to change the asset information, he can do it in BIMeye and the owner has access to all information from the contractor.

1b. BARCODE situation waterfront - cropped (photo credit Oslo S Utvikling_Ivan Brodey)


With the BIMeye tool they can – with a click of the mouse:

  • gain access to the database themselves.
  • Easily share data from the architectural models – the data is in the cloud
  • Database changes the dynamics
  • Use and share skills
  • Minimise the extra work and increase quality control
  • Update areas by a click on a button
  • Keep yourself updated and secure that you’re on target in the timeplan
  • Access one source of reliable updated information – in BIMeye – synched from the Revit model
  • Access the information that you’d normally search for in the drawings or the 3D model
  • All actors have different models but the data can be synched back and forth.


According to Angie, there is nothing scary about interactive databases. On the contrary, the more one shares, the better the project;


Anyone who is in charge of such a complicated project as this can with the right technology improve his role as developer. In order to improve and push forward the BIM processes, we need to communicate and build bridges between the partners involved in BIM projects. We need to stop being protective of our models and start to use big data sharing as a path to bring everyone together. It is actually super easy once you’ve tried it and that is the real democratization of technology,” Angie points out.


Access without a BIM or CAD tool

Another plus with BIMeye is that you don’t need to access any BIM or CAD tool in order to be able to use the solution.

As Angie says;


“BIM doesn’t have to be 3D – it can just as well be data visible to anyone in the project. So, you don’t have to be experts when it comes to software – you will deal with relevant, valuable information the same way you always have”.


The understanding of BIM is all about good communication

As a BIM advisor in large projects as the Barcode and Bispevika, it is important to be able to talk to everyone, whether it is the contractor, the client or the developers, and understand their role.


In order to succeed in being a BIM pioneer, you do need to partner up with those who can see the value and the potential that you see. You also need to avoid those who contribute to the margins of errors and in this case, we have had a very positive process with OSU.

The interesting aspect is how you succeed in making data manageable, and getting rid of bureaucracy in order to be able to make the good sustainable decisions. Many BIM guys tend to get too geeky and make it too complicated for nontechnical clients. If you want people to jump on-board, you have find the right solution to support their processes. I am all about creative ways to use the technology that is already available to you, and  I know from experience that this can spare you the tedious work and release you to work with more interesting tasks and take advantage of your strengths. Now that we have BIMeye, the developers in Bispevika finally own their data,” Angie Mendez says.



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