BIM at the top of the world. News from the Arctic-Circle.

Written by Russell Anderson

It’s a good day to arrive in Stockholm. It’s early March and Sweden has thrown off its winter coat. The sun is shining and the temperature gauge is showing double digits. There’s a smile on people’s faces that tells me Spring is in the air.


Today we’re meeting Mattias Lindström. He’s the Development Engineer in PEAB. He’s one of the people that is driving the BIM process within the company. He is in Stockholm to hear the thesis presentations of other staff members. He’s excited to see development and new ideas within the company. We’re lucky to find time with Matthias. His home and work base is 800 kilometers up North from Stockholm. When not being a BIM ambassador, you’ll find him up in the arctic-circle with his family. On his free days, he likes extreme snowmobiling. Today, his Lenovo computer is his weapon of choice.

“PEAB is one of the biggest contractors within the Swedish market. We do a mix of commercial and residential projects. I’m currently running a large residential project up North. I’m using BIM and Solibri to lead that project. I have two personal missions within PEAB. Firstly I wish to drive BIM implementation within the workflow. Secondly I wish to introduce a 5D modelling process that will increase profit and customer satisfaction.” Says Mattias.

I would like to know more on the benefits that Solibri brings to his projects. “I first heard about Solibri from within PEAB. I needed a good software solution for introducing BIM collaboration. I started to use Solibri and found it to be an easy-to-learn tool. Many people have a fear of new technology. I don’t find that when referring Solibri to others. I also realized you can’t destroy anything with Solibri. If you make a mistake, you know the model will be unaffected.”
Mattias continues, “There’s several things I enjoy about Solibri. The 3D viewer is something I really like. I can easily visualize what the project contains. My team and I can then control the building projects from day one. Solibri Model Checker gives me the assurance I need to trust the model. Also, in my work with 5D BIM, I use Solibri for quality checking and quantity take off. Compared to regular clash detection software, you can successfully define the conditions to do much more than just this.”

“Solibri offers me quality assurance within the construction project. When I get a 3D model, it’s hard to manually find issues. Solibri finds 90% of the project issues that should concern me. It may not replace the human eye but it’s a great tool to support the building phase.”

I ask Mattias his opinions on BIM and its adoption within PEAB and the industry as a whole. “BIM is very important for the industry as a whole. It firstly defines what information and tasks we need to know today to run the project. It then solves tomorrow’s problems, today. It finally offers us an insight on how to run future projects in a completely different way. I see BIM as an unbroken chain of information. With BIM, you don’t lose information and money. It’s not yet perfect. We need to fix all the file formats and co-ordinates by working to agreed common standards. We also need to have a successful BIM manual. Success to me means that both contractors and designers are comfortable in using the manual in a common way. It shouldn’t be left with the designers with little collaboration. I still feel we leave each other too much alone.”

We haven’t much time left before the thesis presentations begin. Mattias also shares his thoughts on time and money savings. “It goes without saying that time and money are very important to us as contractors. We continue to push for a streamlined workflow to improve collaboration and gain better results. However, that’s not the be-all and end-all for me. Savings that support the environment fits very much with our belief in sustainable building development. Our customers expect this and BIM and Solibri help to enforce these activities. It’s the right thing to do and PEAB is very much pushing this agenda.”

On that note, Mattias leaves to be inspired by his colleague’s educational projects. We took some pictures to include in this interview. I didn’t get the picture of him on his PC screensaver. It shows Mattias jumping off a steep mountain hill on his snowmobile. What may seem like madness to some is simply exhilarating to him. Taking a calculated risk to experience something new is what Mattias does best. I now understand why he’s the best man to push BIM within PEAB…


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