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Urban Mediaspace/

Schmidt Hammer Lassen - SHL


Urban Mediaspace will be Scandinavia’s largest public library and represents a new generation of modern hybrid libraries and thus the building contains multiple potentials. The building is situated at the mouth of the Aarhus River in one of the most prominent sites of the city centre of Aarhus.

For the project the BIM model was the center of communication and collaboration between SHL and Alectia the engineering consultant. The BIM model was started at the beginning of the design phase and was used to develop and test the architecture. It was constantly used to generate visualizations. Through the projects phases the model was divided up into multiple architect and engineering models that were exchanged weekly. Therefore, all partners worked off the latest information which improved collaboration and the running of the project more effective. The models were often compared and clash detection, which finds where objects conflict with each other was used to coordinate the project reduce the number of problems and improve the project’s constructability.

In addition to the BIM model room and door databases were created. The room database contained all the information about the rooms which included information such as

the finishes ore the number of air changes. The door database contained all the information about the doors. Therefore, all information was found in only one place. The BIM Model was built up of objects that had a specific classification that referred to specific specifications and tender lists. This meant that the project was transparent for all the partners including the client, consultants and the contractor. The project was also tendered with quantities where the quantities were extracted from the BIM model. The object classification was linked and used to visualize the extent of the work and its location within the project. Furthermore, the classification meant the client can use the model for facilities management.

Due to the projects size the projects was tendered in several packages. During an early stage in the project’s development the structure and the façade were contracted to NCC as the contractor, with the idea that the contractor and the consultants would complete the project development together. Here also the BIM model was the starting point for collaboration. Critical stopping points were localized, visualized and solved. A 4D model that that visualized the construction in relation to the time schedule was created to control the construction. Everything had a starting point from the model.

Model was used as the basis for analysis




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