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WSP Boosts Collaboration with Online BIMs

WSP Finland wanted to make building information modeling collaboration easier for all stakeholders in a construction project. They chose Tridify’s solution that allows anyone to explore BIMs with a web browser on any device without having to install additional software.

Working in disparate teams and trying to collaborate using BIMs is often strenuous. Typically, stakeholders have to download a special application and learn how to use it before they can receive and view a BIM file.

Roope Syvälahti, construction consultant and project manager at WSP Finland, explains: “To show clients or colleagues a BIM model, previously we might have a Skype or physical meeting but often this is simply not practical and not very effective. And unless all those involved are BIM experts, the software needed is too complex to use.”

Tridify streamlines BIM processes

WSP Finland now uses Tridify’s BIM Publishing cloud service to make collaboration smoother. They upload BIMs into Tridify as IFC files and publish the models to the web in just a few clicks. The solution allows WSP to combine models, such as structural, HVAC and electrical, in the same view.

“Being able to rapidly publish BIM models to the web opens up new ways of working. This ease of use is impressive, with no barriers to adoption. Clients or colleagues can easily view models when they want, on any device and it also solves the problem of involving stakeholders who are not accustomed to specialist design software,” says Syvälahti.

“Another bonus is the very low cost of the Tridify service so there’s no risk of investing heavily in an expensive new solution. It only costs us $90 per month which provides enough capacity for several projects.”

Better collaboration

“Now all parties can easily visualize a space, see how it looks and understand how everything is going to function. 3D models are obviously far superior to 2D plans when communicating in the early phases of any project, helping people to understand what something is going to look like,” says Karoliina Lehtonen, BIM Coordinator at WSP Finland. “Client teams can also see the changes in a design faster and they can see the real impact of changes in the model.”

To date, WSP has used the Tridify service on commercial buildings and transportation projects, including underground stations but will soon be adding healthcare to this growing list.

Photo: Valkea Shopping Centre in Oulu, Finland. WSP was responsible for structural design.

About the author

Aarni Heiskanen

Aarni Heiskanen, Communication Strategist, is hailed as a Top 100 influencer in construction. Aarni has been a pioneer in computer-aided design, he has co-founded a business software company, and worked as a certified management consultant. At present, he runs AE Partners, a communication firm. Aarni holds a master's degree in architecture.

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