DICE | Specialist in BIM software | Development Sluiseiland Vianen

The spacious Nordblok on Sluiseiland Vianen has 44 apartments, a parking garage with 44 spaces, a neighborhood room of 140 square meters and a publicly accessible roof garden on the first floor. For this project, Rijnboutt teamed up with SBB and Archicad was deployed to apply BIM from design to implementation. The collaboration led to this success story.

A BIM collaboration at its best
“Initially, Rijnboutt won a competition and designed an urban plan for the whole of Sluiseiland,” says Max Both, BIM Manager at Rijnboutt. “Then the project was divided into smaller blocks. We were given responsibility for the Nordblokken and Centerblokken. They are L-shaped blocks of flats that sort of hook together.”

Rijnboutt’s broad BIM expertise came in handy in the development of this project. In order to be able to process the requests from SBB as well as possible, the project started with a question: What exactly is required in the BIM area? “BIM is of course very broad,” says Lennart Brink, BIM coordinator and technical designer at Rijnboutt. It is therefore important to clearly discuss in advance what the expectations are.

For example, it was important for this task that BIM was used from the design phase to implementation. After all, good cooperation with all internal and external parties is necessary for an extensive project like Sluiseiland. The BIM working method also enabled Rijnboutt to model in a structured way and exchange reliable project data.

The impact of Archicad
Working BIM without BIM software is impossible. For the design and modeling of the Sluiseiland Vianen, Archicad was therefore chosen, the software that Rijnboutt has worked with for years. “From the final design to the executive design, we worked out the design in detail in Archicad. We could go through all the different phases with one model, so there was no need for different types of software.”

It still regularly happens that contractors engage external design firms in the final phase. They are usually cheaper, but focus only on the technical elaboration. They cannot solve the design challenges that still exist. “SBB’s decision to leave it entirely to us resulted in several advantages for the construction process all in all. By keeping everything under one roof, we have been able to continuously deliver reliable information and work more efficiently. Thanks to, for example, our knowledge of products, materials and possible alternatives, we were able to advise SBB on what savings were possible. And because we were close to the implementation, we could design with a guarantee that the design can also be implemented integrated. In the end, we delivered a very detailed implementation model where all information from contractors, subcontractors and suppliers is integrated.”

“SBB has developed its own digital information cards for co-makers and suppliers,” explains Brink. “These maps, which are part of the BIM protocol, show specifications for all components of the construction process. This visualizes in detail what a product looks like”. Partly thanks to the huge amount of data in Archicad, this project was able to succeed, for example 3D modeling of the 2D details of the connections of the outdoor areas around. The countless possibilities offered by Archicad also made it possible to make Sluiseiland’s unique design a reality. “Archicad also enables parametric design, for example in combination with Rhino/Grasshopper tools. It is also a pleasure to work with KUBUS”, concludes Brink. “If we had a challenge, usually a technical question, we could quickly switch with KUBUS. Partly thanks to this service, the Sluiseiland project has also been a success.”

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