Norconsult delivers a multidisciplinary planning and design approach to clients in the Nordic region and beyond. Software and web development is handled by the daughter company Norconsult Informasjonssystemer (NoIS). Norwegian road authorities (Nye Veier) recently chose constructor AF Gruppen together with Norconsult to lead construction, design, and engineering on a new road linking Mandal and Kristiansand in southern Norway. This $500-million project will feature multiple tunnels and bridges throughout its 19-kilometer length, with one tunnel stretching more than 2.5 kilometers. The road authority attached an ambitious goal to the project: reduce the project’s carbon emissions by 20%, as compared to a typical project. Nye Veier set a long list of ambitious goals for this project, both general digitalization and using the BIM model as a single source of information on web.
The project wanted to use model based construction, reduce drawings and printing to a minimum and make timely data widely available. NoIS were hired to create a tool called ISY Prosjekt, to link all project participants with project data stored in the cloud. This tool allows users to virtually access all project data on mobile devices. A cache feature lets users select design models for viewing offline—critical to making project information available in tunnels without printing. Geolocation capabilities help users quickly find documents and models related to their physical locations, saving time as they keep construction and sustainability efforts on track.
As the Mandal-Kristiansand road project launched, it realized that it needed a way to collect and share all project information—without printing. Not only did the team want to share the vast project’s design models, the project wanted to make design and other project information available from a single source. The NoIS BIM development team decided to build an integrated cloud-based application that used an intuitive location- and model-based interface to connect information with the 2,000 people delivering the project.
How NoIS solved it with Forge.
The NoIS team had used Forge to build a similar tool on a prior project. Able to display more than 60 commonly used design file formats, Forge provided the crucial model viewing and navigation capabilities. The team also knew that Forge could be integrated with the non-design applications—like SharePoint—that were being used on the project. While planning the undertaking, the NoIS team, in close collaboration with AF Gruppen, was pleased to learn that Forge APIs would simplify implementing BIM viewing capabilities in the ISY Prosjekt collaboration platform.
Norconsult aggregated more than 600 design models using Navisworks project review software, put them in the cloud, and made them available online. Including SharePoint, Microsoft Project, and safety application integrations, the project is expected to generate more than 100,000 documents. When users expect to be offline, they can simply select files and models. The system caches data on their mobile devices for easy viewing. Built-in authentication supports security, and users receive automatic notifications of changes to models relevant to the users’ roles on the project. Environmental data and plans are also available across the project team.
Forge highlights include the following:
- Access to very large 3D models in a web browser and easy filtering of BIM content
- Delivering more than 100,000 documents to 2,000-plus users in the office and in the field
- Supporting efforts to trim project-related carbon emissions by 20%
"Our team has developed multiple project-specific applications using Forge. Each time we turn to Forge, it delivers the viewing we expect, plus other APIs that save us time in unexpected ways."—Frode Tørresdal, Head of Development, Norconsult Informasjonssystemer