Kruse Smith: Issue management made easy

At the university campus Ullanhaug in Stavanger, Norway, Kruse Smith Entrepreneurs has built an extension of an existing building named Hulda Garborgs Hus.

The project consists of a newbuild with a mix of offices and educational spaces. In the pre-design and design phase Kruse Smith used Bimsync as an issue management list for all issues in the project. It was also used to perform collision and design controls.

Labels on key issues

“Bimsync makes the collision control run-through in ICE sessions faster and more efficient through structured use of labels and filters,” says Mikal Haga, BIM Coordinator with Kruse Smith.

In this build Bimsync was used as a project hotel. The models were then downloaded into Solibri where an interdisciplinary collision checks were performed. Once all the clashes were identified, a BCF report was exported. This report was then imported into Bimsync with a specific issues task list that only list the faults in the model.

“Improving our workflows is an on-going process. This project helped identify the way we work using labels to tag all key issues. In one meeting alone we can have around 80 issues, so labels are great for prioritizing which are the most important to tackle first,” Haga says.

Facility management for the as-built

Within digital construction projects one often talk about 4D BIM when the element of time is added to the 3D model to illustrate the construction process. 5D BIM is the term used when cost calculations are added to the model complexity, whereas 6D BIM factors in sustainability and energy production. If a project is working in 7D, the model is enriched and detailed in terms of facility management.

The building site at Hulda Garborgs Hus was a paperless one. Kruse Smith used Bimsync as their issue management list as well as their platform for the facility management 7D for the as-built model. They set up two BIM kiosks that all the project roles used and had iPads where the team worked on their checklists and used to look at digital drawings. 5D and 6D were not used for this project.

Energy efficiency at heart

The new building will be used by the Faculty of Educational and Human sciences. Hulda Garborgs Hus is organised around two central rooms with natural light entering the building from above. This solution ensures a minimal energy loss and facilitates for easy ways of energy savings.

The total contract value was 39 million NOK, and the building covers 1900 square meters over three floors. The Norwegian Directory of Public Construction and Property (Statsbygg) is the owner, and the architect is KAP.

The new Hulda Garborgs Hus was built in twelve months, and then the project ran a facility management test phase of six months before students and teachers moved in.

Co-development is key

In all new projects Kruse Smith uses model maturity index (MMI) to separate the building into zones.

“The labels in Bimsync proves a really practical feature in zoning. The recent label feature is easy to use and very accessible. The meetings become more efficient, and the process becomes a lot easier for the extended project team as well,” Haga states.

According to Kruse Smith, using Bimsync makes them learn a lot when it comes to project workflow and facility management. They are working closely with the Catenda team to learn more and to co-develop the Bimsync platform further to increase the effectiveness even more.

The joint goal is that it will be easier for the people delivering the ready facility management to link it to the model themselves.

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