BIM - a model for collaboration

Working on a project the scale of the New Karolinska Solna hospital requires a high level of strategic thinking. It also requires great communication and documentation between a huge team of architects, engineers and planners. With this in mind, the team chose to work in BIM. This meant that during the 10-year project, files, drawings and documents could be accessed by multiple architects and engineers at once, which greatly expedited the design process. The hospital quickly turned into one of the world's biggest ever BIM models. Jörgen Pell says, "White Arkitekter made huge leaps forward in the BIM methodology of working."

BIM facilitated a truly collaborative workflow which encompassed suppliers, specialist architect consultants, engineers and contributors. BIM gave the huge team a common platform for communicating how each component of the design was expected to look, feel – and cost. This was borne out in the collaboration between Pell’s team and ASSA ABLOY to develop a good deal of the hospital's 12,000 doors. The result showcases the use of BIM in the continual development of specifier/supplier relationships for any development.

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