Schmidt Hammer Lassen Architects has made huge efficiency gains using digital production platforms including the 5D calculator from Sigma Estimates and the online collaboration platform BIM Shark. These impressive gains come from better pricing accuracy and smoother-run projects. Schmidt Hammer Lassen used the BIM approach at their new Hospital Hvidovre project. The BIM offensive is part of a clear ambition to deliver better architecture and improved financial returns from projects. This is achieved by employees having a more digitized and standardized workflow.
“Our primary focus is, of course, to deliver world class architecture. With BIM we can now deliver this consistently because we have a better structure and more visibility in our projects”, says Nicklas Østergaard, ICT & BIM Manager at Schmidt Hammer Lassen.
The contractor benefits from providing better pricing and more accurate plans
At Schmidt Hammer Lassen the 3D program Revit is used with the 5D program Sigma, bringing a vital link to enable more structured work and better visibility, which is part of a clear strategy to minimize risk and maximize quality assurance, together with the delivery of better pricing and more accurate budgets.
“We have been significantly sharper in the pricing of building materials on our projects. When we provide quotes, they are for the exact quantities that the contractors need, and this will be borne out in the project. It gives us great confidence in design meetings, knowing that we can deliver more accurate prices than before”, says Nicklas Østergaard.
Better project management right from the start
With the Live integration between Revit and Sigma, Schmidt Hammer Lassen has a solution where they can immediately see the impact of a change of material selection in the 3D model, because this will be instantly reflected in the price in the 5D model. This means they can make choices based on accurate information, providing better project management, right from the start. Also, the online collaboration platform, BIM Shark is a powerful tool for linking to the model. For example, providing accurate quality assurance descriptions in Word can be a challenge when there is no digital link. Schmidt Hammer Lassen solves this with BIM Shark, coupled directly with Sigma. So, if product codes are changed in one place in the model, this change flows throughout the production platform, instantly keeping everything up to date.
BIM provides benefits for all projects
According to Nicklas Østergaard, so far Schmidt Hammer Lassen has mainly seen the benefits of BIM on hospital projects during the tendering process, which is made easier with more accurate quantities and better quality assurance. The Sigma program can even extract volumes directly from building models in Revit and link them together as quotation lists. In doing so, Schmidt Hammer Lassen can deliver fully-detailed quotes with accurate quantities significantly more quickly, accurately and flexibly than before.
“The new Hospital Hvidovre project required us to classify our building lists with traceability between the drawing, the model and the quotation. With Sigma, we can ensure that every item listed in the drawings comes out on the quotation, and this process is optimized”, says Nicklas Østergaard.
This BIM development resulted in significant gains in the hospital projects, which have flowed through to Schmidt Hammer Lassen’s other projects. This is an important part of the strategy of automating what were previously manual workflows.
“With 5D coupled with Revit and BIM Shark we have come a long way towards optimizing our internal processes and spreading this best practice throughout the organization, making it easier for employees to find out which building components are needed and an accurate financial status of the various projects”, says Nicklas Østergaard.
On most projects, different employees work on the plans, pricing calculations and models. It is vital, then, that they always have access to the same updated information, no matter what platform they log onto. Therefore, having the structure and integration between the systems is crucial to reaping the huge benefits of BIM.