Sweden offers a great case study as we continue to examine the status and local specifics of BIM use around the world. This analysis is based on an interview with BIM/VDC specialist Patrik Lundqvist of COWI-owned AEC AB, Sweden’s leading supplier of IT software and services for the building industry and an agent and partner of AGACAD in the Nordic region.
Digital construction efforts in Sweden are widespread and significant. But, as in many countries, they are still dominated by an inefficient mix of new and old approaches and are mainly limited to the design phase. Given the lack of a government mandate for using building information modelling (BIM) methods, advances in this Nordic country are mainly being driven by bold project developers.
Testing the water without jumping in
People in Sweden were eager early adopters of computers and modern telecommunications. Like their Nordic neighbours, they also took an early interest in technologies for virtual design and construction (VDC) like the 3D modelling and data management that make up BIM.
This U.S. lumber yard adopted BIM with the help of AGACAD Wood Framing software for Revit®, enabling it to provide more value-added services for general contractors and increase the efficiency of many of its own processes.
Graves Lumberis a large U.S. supplier of building materials and construction services with over 120 years of history. Based in Ohio, the company is also active in surrounding states, including Michigan and Pennsylvania.
This time we look at Germany together with two specialists at Contelos GmbH, a CAD solution provider and Autodesk dealer based near Hannover which has been working with clients of all sizes and industries all over the major European country since 1992.
Serious preparations to digitise the construction industry
In the digital transformation of manufacturing, Germany – the home of Industrie 4.0 – has an early lead. But in digitalizing architecture, engineering and construction, the country is taking more time.
The latest edition of our newsletter AGACAD Advances has several new items of interest, including the first two installments of the Global BIM Survey we began this year and a few client success stories focusing on wood framing and precast concrete design in Revit.
Here we look at Norway with the help of Knut Sandvik, a construction engineer and IT professional with three decades of experience who works at Focus Software AS, Norway’s top provider of BIM solutions. Knut also teaches BIM at the university level.
Norway today is one of the world’s most advanced countries in BIM implementation. One reason is how early the government got involved in promoting digital construction. Statsbygg, the Norwegian Directorate of Public Construction and Property, ran a BIM pilot project in 2005, published a BIM manual in 2008, and began requiring BIM use in public projects already in 2010.
“Finland was the first to have a government BIM mandate and then Norway and some other countries were second,” Knut Sandvik says. “The Norwegian state has been requiring the use of BIM for over a decade now, so everyone involved in big projects – hospitals, airports, operas and the like – has been doing BIM to one degree or another for quite some time now.”
Besides that top-down encouragement, Norway has also seen grassroots movement to BIM among designers, owners and builders. Sandvik says BIM adoption, while far from universal, is extensive and continues increasing: “You have all kinds of approaches to BIM, how to use it and how much, even when it’s not required. Almost everybody now uses BIM modelling tools – maybe not the methods, but the tools yes, and over time it is slowly seeping into their methods too.”
This US-based structural engineering firm says the AGACAD Precast Concrete solution for Revit® has enabled it to streamline its project delivery processes and focus more on high-value tasks instead of routine drafting.
Fink Horejsh LLCis a structural engineering firm in Madison, Wisconsin, with a focus on precast concrete solutions that are economical and highly constructible, from hollowcore slabs to precast walls, columns and beams.
While almost all AGACAD products are available through the Tools4BIM Dock, we do offer some specialized products that have to be installed separately. Those would be our exporters for sending wood and metal frames from Revit to CNC machines and CAD/CAM production lines for prefabrication.
As previously announced, the 2022 versions of all AGACAD applications accessible via the Dock have been released, so all those Revit plugins can be downloaded by Revit 2022 users. Now we’re pleased to inform you that we’ve released 2022 versions of our Wood / Metal CNC Exporters as well! So now producers of timber-framed and light-steel-framed buildings can press forward with their latest designs and rest assured that they can be output to machines for prefab.
The importance of coordinating and designing openings in Revit should not be underestimated. Whether for doors, windows, structural, or MEP systems, it must be done accurately, as quickly as possible, and be readily adaptable to design changes. Setting up a system where such tasks may be performed easily, however, can cost considerable man-hours.
Here’s the good news: AGACAD has developed the software and workflow that allow Revit users to automatically insert openings based on clash-detection analysis. Once openings are generated, the software naturally accommodates them so that, for example, a duct passing through a wall is taken into account.
We invite you to sign up below for this free 30-minute webinar on August 26th during which we’ll show the process that streamlines the insertion of penetration holes in the context of a timber or light-gauge steel framing project.
The webinar will be held twice, so please register for the session that’s more convenient for you. Content will especially be of interest to architects, engineers, BIM managers, out-of-box Revit users, and designers of wood or metal walls, roofs, or floors.
The newest Wood/Metal Framing version for Revit has been released, bringing the capability of working faster within big projects and improving users’ daily framing and dimensioning routine!
Note to Current Users: be sure to download the latest updates by clicking the red dot in the TOOLS4BIM Dock, and start benefitting from these new features today!
Our team at AGACAD continually strives to make work easier for designers of framed buildings. In order to address the growing needs and popular requests from our user community, we are pleased to announce the latest updates for our Wood and Metal Framing products.
These enhancements make our framing tools for timber and steel more flexible and enable you to have more control over frame design. As a result, you’ll be able to save time and avoid workarounds, both of which are key components of reducing stress when it comes to putting BIM into practice.
Released for Revit versions 2022, 2021, 2020 & 2019
While we usually only support the three latest Revit versions, in this release we have exceptionally provided an update for 2019 because we still have clients on 2019 for whom these features are important.
Without further ado, check out the latest major features described below and, again, make sure to download these updates via the TOOLS4BIMDock. A list of minor improvements and bug fixes is included at bottom.
AGACAD is conducting a Global BIM Survey that draws on the expertise of its partners around the world to examine the status and local specifics of BIM in different countries. In this installment, we look at digital construction in the United Arab Emirates through insights provided by BIM experts at Dubai-based Generative Design Solutions Middle East (GDSME). This engineering solutions company has a great team in the UAE, Kuwait, and Qatar that provides innovative technology solutions and services to the construction and manufacturing sectors.
Use of BIM standards in the UAE
Clients and owners are free to specify what standards to use for planning projects in the Middle East. They generally use or take benchmark settings from well-regarded standards like the UK’s Level 2 or the international BIM standard ISO 19650.
The same is true of classification standards, which have not been developed specifically for the region. Many clients take the US-based Uniformat or Masterformat, or Uniclass 2015 from the UK. As for protocols, for now we are taking the Construction Industry Council (CIC) Building Information Modelling Protocol from UK Level 2 and developing that for the requirements of clients here.
Dubai, meanwhile, as one of UAE’s seven emirates, has announced and is following a roadmap to develop its own BIM standard, with a first phase of it published this year and a second phase planned next year, in 2022. Thus Dubai is playing a leadership role, though GDSME stresses that the country as a whole is quite mature in terms of the level and volume of BIM use.
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