BIM Manager at Wates Group

Still not so busy posting here, because these days I’m busy at Wates where I work as a BIM manager. I am part of the core BIM team, but unlike the other team members, a satellite sent to Birmingham to be the local BIMmer mainly working on the project Secure College Leicester. The client is MoJ and here is more info about the project from GOV.UK.

So what is he really doing up there in Birmingham? (was tempted to write BIMmingham)

First of all federating the consultants IFC models in Solibri Model Checker. Stage 1, orientation and alignment, was a bigger challenge than expected but finally a success. I intend to write a post about this process, why it was a challenge and more importantly how we solved it. Something about the multiple coordinate points and settings in Revit and consultants speaking more Revit than BIM. To begin with they were reluctant to understand this strange strangers strange ideas about origin cubes and other helpful little tips. But they listened and we are happy.

Then there is all the model checking (at this stage mainly clash detection) and reporting of checking issues. We are still early in this process and are currently testing and defining the best methods and tools for this. So far we have decided to issue reports of Checking Issues both as Excel and BCF (BIM Collaboration Format) and separate the resolved and closed issues from the collaboration report, but keep them to track the process and have them as backup for disputes that unfortunately could emerge.

There are Summary Reports showing how many components and issues the models have and whether the components have failed or passed the checking, that is defined by rules in rulesets, and also shows the severity of the issues detected. This is not as dull as it sounds. It actually is cool to know what you check the models for and how the models are performing. And when summarized in handy executive reports showing the performance and progress the bosses will also believe that BIM is worth the investment.

Besides that I am writing BIM collaboration Guidance Notes and Reporting Tools for Stage 1, assisting with a bit of the BIM Execution Plan (BEP) getting familiar with PAS 1192-2 and COBie. And also trying to get my head around the extensive use of acronyms in the UK and maybe especially in this sector? I started a spreadsheet with the ones I came across in the first few weeks of working in the UK. At entry 52 I stopped and thought “somebody already did this” – and here it is: BIM Acronyms by Rob Jackson. Thank you Rob! I should study this some more and test myself when I have a WFH day.

All of this is just the beginning.


…And on top of this the process of relocating to the UK is more difficult than excepted? Life is easy in Denmark. I am now a fan of the Danish CPR number.

Architect and BIM manager at JFA

Not so busy posting here, because these days I’m busy at JUUL | FROST Arkitekter where I work as architect and BIM manager on the project Örebro Handelshögskola.
We have a good team at JFA working in partnering with our Swedish friends from Örebro. It is really exciting to have this position where I can both help influence the design with my architect colleagues and manage the BIM model in close collaboration with the partners involved in this project.
It has been a bit challenging becoming familiar with the Swedish standards and classification rules. Learning more every day and getting pretty familiar with BSAB.
We use ArchiCAD for the architectural design and Solibri Model Checker to coordinate our and the other consultants models from various platforms. Good stuff. IFC rocks. More on that later.

ArchiCAD Spring Academy in Riga

Today I’m off to Riga. First time in Riga and first time attending ACSA. Looking forward to meet a lot of other nice people interested in BIM, ArchiCAD and related stuff. Maybe I will see you there? I know I will meet a good bunch that also attended AC Winter Schools in Austria and Summer Schools in Nottingtham.

I will get new contacts. Maybe new partners, friends or even a new employer. I’m ready for new challenges with an exciting AEC practice. Almost anywhere in the World.

I will see Riga and taste the black Balzams!

I will learn even more about ArchiCAD and other cool tools. AC 16 looks great. Can’t wait to play with the new tools.



SBamaa is now using Podio for some projects. The test runs are promising. I think the app will help project administration and free time for productivity. I like that you can add apps when you need them and not start with a large confusing interface. It’s also cool that it’s developed by Danes. Good work Podio people.

“He was a very busy business-nisse”

WHAT!? (Quote from “The Julekalender”)

SB is very busy these days before Christmas. Now sitting in the office looking at the snow slowly falling (and almost making Stengade look pretty!) trying to prioritise all the tasks.

Sharing of knowledge and ideas obtained from the various seminars and workshops attended lately will be posted after the completion of projects for clients.

Links to some of these seminars if you care:

Transforming the City – C2C seminar, Lys Lyd Luft – fremtidens sunde byggeri, SPIN – Sustainable Construction

Projects we are working on right now:

ArchiCAD BIM model of DTU building 118 for BIMlab in collaboration with Tværsnit Arkitekter

BIM model and animation of “Garaget” in Malmö in collaboration with ZARK

New first floor addition in collaboration with Byggerådgivning

New addition and renovation of villa in Allerød – sketch project

New villa in Køge – sketch project

New villa in Hornslet – under construction

Sketching in BIM follow up – Blågården new penthouse apartments and energy-renovation in collaboration with Rasmus Brodersen

Updating this website – simpler structure, cleaner look, more references, new functions, more sharing and a newsletter service.

Back to work!

Working on Site

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With my mobile office (the content of a shoulder bag) I went on a site visit to coordinate with the contractor and the builders. While they were laying bricks outside I adjusted a detail in the 3D model to “as-built” and two details to “how-we-are-going-to-built”. I like the contact with contractors and builders and learn from their experiences. They are doing a good job and according to the plan.


Sketching in BIM

Stefan Brorsen is invited to participate in the workshop Sketching in BIM.

Here is info about the workshop (BIMkonsulenterne).

Workshop and dissemination co-funded by The Danish Arts Foundation, in the pool “Visiting Architects” arranged by the BIMconsultants in cooperation with Danish Architects’ Association and BIMlab.

Visiting architect is BIM-specialist Matthew Lohden, USA.

Participation in the workshop is free and by invitation only.

The workshop is planned for 15 people, in 3 teams, an Archicad team, a Revit team and a Vectorworks team. The teams are going to  produce a proposal for refurbishing exsisting co-housing in a shared model, meaning as much BIMserver as possible. There will be at least one superuser on each team.

Its simply about sketching in BIM, learning the most creative and efficient working methods!

Danish Architects’ Association has generously provided us with their “project room” in Arkitekternes Hus in Strandgade 27A, Copenhagen. BIMlab will lend us hard- and software for BIMservers. Participants must bring their own laptops.

Arkitekturløbet 2010

SB var hoppet i løbeskoene og oplevede sammen med mere end 1000 andre løbere bl.a. Nordhavnen’s arkitektur i fuld fart.

Særligt oplevelsen og karakteren af de arkitektoniske elementer trapper gjorde indtryk.

Løbet var arrangeret af Copenhagen X som gør et godt arbejde for arkitekturformidling. Findes også på Facebook.

Se et indslag fra TV2 Lorry.

De Digitale Dage på UCN

Stefan Brorsen og førende internationale forskere klar til digitale dage i Aalborg.

Jeg glæder mig til at deltage i ”De Digitale dage på UCN” hvor byggevirksomheder og studerende fra alle byggeriets fag samles om digital videndeling ved det hidtil største digitale set-up i dagene 21. – 23. april.

Jeg skal promovere BIMkonsulenterne, være deltagende med min viden og selv blive klogere.

Læs mere her og her.