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NIRAS A/S: “Agacad’s Cut Opening software supports our Lean BIM processes”

After achieving impressive efficiency gains for its building operations in Denmark, this leading Scandinavian engineering consultancy now plans to use Agacad’s Cut Opening tool for BIM projects of many types worldwide.


As a next-generation AEC consultancy, Niras was an early adopter of BIM, which has long been a standard part of the diverse projects the growing firm now undertakes in Europe, the Middle East, Africa, Asia and Australia.


“We’ve focused on BIM with a Lean approach, automating processes for improved efficiency and quality,” says Salman Pey, Head of BIM at the company.

Niras A/S

Niras is a Denmark-based consulting engineering firm with projects in more than 100 countries: from process plants, building, energy and environment, to infrastructure, development consulting and urban planning.

Due mainly to Autodesk® Revit® limitations, Niras was losing a lot of time creating structural openings for doors and windows in Revit models, and holes for mechanical, electrical and plumbing (MEP) services. So, the team defined related processes and searched for software that could help.

After implementing Agacad’s Cut Opening plugin for Revit, Niras used the tool for building work in Denmark, to create openings for windows and doors in BIM models. In one project, they generated 1,300 holes in 20 minutes – something Pey says would have required 2 or 3 days to do manually.


“The obvious value of this automation makes it so much easier to convince a project team about the big benefits that BIM and related tools can offer,” says Pey. “Plus we’re saving time, which can be used for quality assurance, so we’re improving the quality of our models.”


He also notes, “A big strength is revision control: you can get a list of all the modifications, and our engineers can get inside the model and quickly see what’s changed since last time.”

1,300 holes
20 minutes
Pey says Niras will soon start using Cut Opening also for MEP work in its home market, and plans, after a bit more testing, to roll the BIM tool out to other countries and engineering areas where the firm is active.
Products used
“We looked at different tools and saw that Cut Opening by Agacad was what we wanted, since it could best support our processes. That was true as regards doors and windows, and also for MEP work,” says BIM Head Salman Pey. “We can make rules be project-specific. So, we have generic rules for all of Niras, and, when setting a project up, we can add or modify rules for that project’s requirements.”
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