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Norwegian hospital project wins inaugural bSI ‘Heroes of Interoperability’ award

BuildingSMART International (bSI) announced the results of its newly inaugurated award series on 27 October in Toronto during the twice-yearly international week of meetings. The overall winner was the New Hospital Project in Østfold, near Oslo, Norway, in recognition of its comprehensive use of BIM from the conceptual design phase through construction to handover.

Three further projects received a special mention. In the Small and Medium-sized Enterprise (SME) category, the Örebro Business School in Sweden was recognised for its efforts in using BIM in a challenging environment where many of the suppliers had limited experience of BIM. The client, Örebroporten, had made BIM a project requirement and appointed Juul Frost Architects as BIM co-ordinator.

Also in the SME category, the David Hockney Building at Bradford College, UK, was given special mention for the work done by Bond Bryan Architects, notably in the area of IFC file exchanges.

Finally, the fourth award was a special mention for Danish contractor MT Højgaard in recognition of a white paper presenting an analysis of design quality. The contractor had conducted a statistical analysis of 153 projects, showing a remarkably high quality in IFC-based projects as compared to non-IFC projects.

‘The competition entries reveal how buildingSMART standards are being used in real projects, enabling tangible business gain,’ said Richard Petrie, bSI CEO.

‘The New Hospital Project in Østfold shows how a strong client makes a difference,’ said Jan Karlshøj, leader of the buildingSMART Process Room, who headed up the international panel of judges. The hospital is due to open in November. Thanks to buildingSMART’s IFC standard, the operation of the hospital building will provide the best possible working and caring environment for patients and staff. The client, the South-Eastern Norway Regional Health Authority, aims to share the lessons learnt across other projects within the health authority and with other types of client in Norway, as part of the country’s BIM initiative.

“We thank everyone who participated and were encouraged by the standard of entry and the diversity of IFC use,’ concluded Jan Karlshøj. The bSI organising committee is already thinking ahead to the 2015 awards and would welcome, in particular, entries from SMEs, as well as examples of the use of the BCF and IDM standards, and of buildingSMART-compliant software products that are generating benefits for users.”