Architects Deliver New Munch Museum with BIM Collaboration

April 17, 2017 Esther Dsouza

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The future of BIM collaboration is on full display in the new Munch Museum project in Norway.

Once complete, the museum will house the personal collection of Edvard Munch, Norwegian painter most famously known for his symbolic, expressionist piece of work “The Scream”. The museum features a winning architectural design by Spanish firm estudio Herreros with local partner LPO Arkitekter, expected to near completion in 2020.

The building will lift vertically then lean in to the west, gesturing toward the beautiful new Opera house, the fjord, and the harbor-front. A premier destination for archival research and art historians, the museum will have two distinct but interconnected public spaces.

One climbs upwards with dynamic exhibition spaces, education programs, gastronomy, and views overlooking the city through a reflective facade. The other draws out into the quay from a climatized lobby, with parks and pathways leading to other cultural centers like the library and movie theater. It is a key attraction in Bjørvika, an urban redevelopment project that promises to change the cultural and urban landscape of Oslo’s waterfront.

Munch Museum BIM Collaboration screenshot 2


Cross-border BIM Collaboration in Project Delivery  

Bringing a complex building like the new Munch museum to life is no easy task. There are numerous challenges with the design and delivery process that are compounded by environmental, technical, and client constraints. The complexity of a foreign partnership introduces additional challenges around communication, decision-making, and meeting project delivery timelines.

Building Information Modeling is now required by several EU member countries for publicly funded projects to help tackle some of these problems. BIM ensures transparency between stakeholders, increases project delivery quality, reduces red tape, and provides a secure, accurate documentation strategy. But not everyone is using BIM software, much less in the same manner and workflow. So how do two different offices separated by 2600 kms, international borders, and unique working styles end up working collaboratively to build this iconic new structure? The answer is BIM design collaboration software BIM 360 Team and Collaboration for Revit.


♦   New Challenges Require New Tools

One firm trained the other in Building Information Modeling software Revit, and together they developed a workflow to iterate and finalize models. Initially, they used a VPN file-sharing server setup. However, this caused serious delays in sharing the latest information and model files. They discovered a user-friendly, cloud collaboration software that allowed for multi-user co-authoring of Revit models and easy file sharing on a browser or mobile device. This way, both teams could work live in the same Revit model, whether in Madrid or Oslo.

♦   Less Travel, More Design

BIM 360 Team and Collaboration for Revit together eliminated the need for co-location between the studios, allowing almost all project work to be accomplished online. This saved them time and resources. It also revolutionized their communication process by reducing the need for unnecessary international travel, in-person meetings, and waiting on server file syncs. They could now problem-solve on a one-on-one basis within the model at the same time, with input from all relevant decision makers.

♦   Working Together to Save Time

Multi-disciplinary design and engineering professionals could work on structure, acoustics, geotechnics, MEP layouts, smart building technology, and security plans simultaneously if needed. These tools were then introduced to the work site, where the construction team could access updated 3D models. While on site, they could open, view, markup, and leave comments in design files using a web browser, their phone or iPad.


Why Design File-sharing Cloud Software for Architects is Transforming the Industry

Lars Haukeland, Founder and Partner at LPO Arkitekter, is excited about the benefits of BIM that he and his firm already enjoy. In addition to facilitating a more efficient design process, BIM allows the team to design accurately and realistically at concept stage, and communicate design intent through animated Revit simulations.

Adding BIM Collaboration tools to this setup greatly improves design and delivery outcomes, some of which include:

  • Expanding stakeholder participation and consensus
  • More open access and transparency thanks to file sharing tools, live synced working models, and communication channels  
  • Faster design cycles due to new opportunities for instantaneous feedback 
  • Portability, enabling the team to access models anywhere, from a web browser or mobile device
  • More time to focus on design with less time spent coordinating  


Lars sums it up best by saying:

"The most important thing is that we do things once […] to get to the right solution. That improves the design process, and it improves the communication process, and it improves the building process.”


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