Right next to the new National Museum in Oslo city center a new walkway and bicycle path is digitally taking shape. The museum opens in the autumn of 2020, and Statens Vegvesen (the Norwegian Public Roads Administration) is starting the construction of the Dronning Mauds road at the end of 2019.
"The experience with Bimsync so far is really positive," says Frederic Videm, lead construction coordinator from the Norwegian Public Roads Administration.
"It is really great to see how well this works, especially with all of the models and documents being available in one place. The seamless way of reporting issues, checking when the tasks were completed, and being able to include more trades people both internally and externally, have all been a big advantage for the project workflow," Videm continues.
The Public Road Administration had no previous experience with Bimsync, but when the advising engineers from Asplan Viak introduced it as a collaboration platform, they were happy to give it a try. The walkway and bicycle path turned out to be a perfect first case: It is a short and defined area of 150 meters, and the adjacent buildings were easy to import into the model as the IFC files in the National Museum were ready and available.
"One of the key advantages of using the Bimsync collaboration platform is that all delivery points are in the same place. There was no discussion about where to find them, we achieved a good overall control, and it was easy to make visual controls on the completed deliveries," Videm says.
Identifying problems and mistakes has also been a much used workflow in this project.
"This becomes much easier now. When the models are combined with models from other disciplines in the collaboration tool, mistakes are much easier to find and correct."
All licenses purchased by the Public Road Administration go through a public tender process, but carrying out empirical testing like this project is part of a constant renewal and digital research for better qualified decisions for future tenders. Normally they work in dedicated E-rooms for sharing files. Using Bimsync, the project discovered the possibility of not only sharing files, but also navigate in the model while looking at the document in question.
"The feedback from the team is that they found Bimsync really easy to use. We increased the number of people in the project group who were up-to-date and active, and found that even those not used to modelling found it easy to navigate," Frederic Videm states.
"They found a high level of user friendliness in the collaboration platform. The accessibility, that it does not require anything except a browser and a password before you are able to enter the project is very useful."