Using a digital twin was a game changer for the hospital construction project Glasblokkene Trinn 2 in Bergen, Norway. The new 50,000sqm hospital for children and teenagers is planned to be finalized by 2023 and will include outpatient clinics, operating rooms, X-ray departments, intensive care units and many more. By capitalizing on an open cloud-based planning and data management solution from the Nemetschek Group, the teams were able to implement a completely digital working method to maximize collaboration and efficiency. This provided significant cost savings, better project control, and substantially better outcomes for all project stakeholders.
As the largest construction project in the region for nearly 40 years, the Glasblokkene Trinn 2 project needed a solution that would centralize the enormous amount of data for the building in one place. The client, Healthcare Bergen, also wanted an open system so that other software could access and add to the data within this database. They opted to use dRofus, a Nemetschek Group solution, which would provide all the functionality required to connect different systems and provide a data-first digital twin solution.
A Golden Thread of Data
The entire hospital project is created based on a master asset database for all disciplines and models – always up to date with all the documentation required for any element quickly to be accessed just by clicking on the item in the model. For this reason, dRofus was embedded into other applications, which allowed on-site updates of data directly into the master asset database, and then synced to the design and engineering models and IFC files for a consistent and current set of information. The centralized information management the database offered provided a golden thread of data throughout the project. „Using a cloud-based federated repository, the golden thread of data, from the start on, combining it with real time data in the future will create additional huge benefits for the operate and manage phase: This is building lifecycle intelligence at its best,” says César Flores Rodríguez, Chief Division Officer Operate & Manage and Digital Twin.
Preserving the Value of Information
By using a digital twin, the documentation was delivered and controlled before the work started on site, unlike a traditional approach where the documentation is delivered after the building is finished. Not only was the quality of the information enhanced, also complete and correct information was available throughout the project. The database was not only used for the design and construction but is also planned to be used throughout the entire building lifecycle, including operation, linked to building control systems via APIs.
“Information from every stage of a building’s lifecycle will have implications or value in other stages, so preserving and leveraging this data across the building’s lifespan makes total sense,” says Rolf Jerving, CEO of dRofus. “We call this Building Lifecycle Intelligence. Solutions like dRofus bridge the gap between BIM and Building Lifecycle Intelligence, creating a Digital Twin and providing a single source of truth that prevents data silos and ensures a data-driven approach that provides value across a built asset’s complete lifecycle.”
A New Way of Working
The project was exclusively digital, with no printed drawings used at any stage. For some of the project partners, this was a totally new way of working. “Using a digital twin enabled all parties to work in the same environment, collaboration and cross-discipline coordination was improved. Responsibilities for different element data was able to be assigned in the consultants’ models, and these updates were shared with the entire project team”, says Main Project leader, Kristian Brandseth from Healthcare Bergen.
Having the contractors able to create data within the consultants’ models was another unique feature of this approach, which further supported collaboration between teams. Contractors could update product data, generate unique equipment IDs automatically, and update the status of objects. Another valuable addition was that everyone could see the current progress on site thanks to the live cross-disciplines dashboards built on top of dRofus. This enabled subcontractors to plan their work more efficiently, as they knew when another trade was finished.
An Invaluable Tool
For the team on the Glasblokkene Trinn 2 project, the central database that connected all the project information held in different systems was crucial – many would not want to deliver such a large project without this tool. “The data-first digital twin solution has helped avoid data silos and resulted in better project outcomes. The value that the created data provided throughout the project has generated significant savings as well as better project control – and will continue to do so throughout the building’s operation”, explains Main Project Leader, Kristian Brandseth.