Communication is about people and the rest is technology

Peter Dufvenberg works as a project manager and BIM strategist in Projektlederhuset, Stockholm. He’s a structural engineer by education and has worked with Vico software. His current projects include a school and university laboratory. He has just presented at a Graphisoft industry event and I’m eager to hear his thoughts on BIM, Solibri and the industry as a whole.   Peter offers us a coffee in his office. It’s a converted tobacco storage warehouse with high ceilings and fantastic light. It feels like the first day and spring and it’s a good place to get to know each other. Peter shares his thoughts… “I first heard about Solibri when working in Vico software. I discovered Solibri assured me high quality models with the right information at the right time. It allows us in the project team to avoid ‘information islands’ and to use this information to lift each other. We can estimate models properly and these maximize time and money.”   “Communication is very important to me. Communication is about people and the rest is technology. If you don’t communicate properly, what’s the point?” It’s Solibri that helps Peter communicate. I asked him to explain what he sees as Solibri Model Checker’s core value.   “I see Solibri’s features and benefits as multiple and changing all the time. In the early design phase, we put the models together and start talking strategy. For example, how do the HVAC channels look like? What is the model quality? We then make rules for the design phase and later on, use Solibri’s rulesets to check for fire safety, sound proofing, collisions and finally estimations and scheduling. The benefits really are different depending on what situation I’m in. I think it’s vital for the construction site to rely on the model. With Solibri, you can do a virtual safety check to minimize dangers – you can show big shafts that need fencing off and you can reduce risk. It also allows me to think long term by questioning how will this school fulfill its demands over the next 50 to 100 years?” We turn our attention to BIM. Peter explains, “BIM models help us discuss with the building owner. Owners tell us what they want in the early phases. They want to see different alternatives. We use the model to do this and can then see how much these choices will cost. How much carpet? How many windows and doors? Even how much space can I get for rental purposes to make my money back? 3D models really make the difference. Even more so if it’s a quality checked model with the necessary information.”   Peter still wishes to see the evolution of BIM in Sweden. It’s in the early stages and there is confusion on what it means and what it should do and when. The industry needs to get ‘over that hill’ and to understand the value it gives. Peter is hopeful it will continue to evolve despite the slow development cycles by his standards. I ask Peter to leave us with one success example of Solibri in action. “There was one project recently that had an incredibly short design phase. There was a big pressure on the architects and construction team to deliver. There was also the added issue of adopting BIM and new working methods. It was here that I used Solibri to make a statement. I ran checks on the model and found 899 issues. It actually took me 4 days to compile the report for the team. Seeing that kind of value helped shake things up.”