Solibri speak to Michael Palm, HKP Architects BIM expert about his experiences using Solibri Model Checker and how it’s shaping large construction projects

“There’s no going back after using Solibri for 30 minutes,” states HKP’s BIM expert, architect Michael Palm. We spend time talking with Michael to better understand how him, HKP and Solibri are helping shape some of the largest construction projects in the Helsinki area.

HKP Architects have been responsible for some of the largest public construction projects in Finland. Their latest project is the construction of the Matinkylä Metro Centre. Michael joined HKP in 2012.

“I was hired for BIM but it’s a big cake and you can spend a lot of time managing the BIM model quality.

“You first start by being a creative. As the project progresses, your role transforms more and more into a project manager. I do feel that’s best as the creator shouldn’t lose the link between those first design ideas and final creative delivery”.

Part of the process

Michael explains how they use Solibri in every part of the planning for Metro Keskus. He tried alternative software but the level of checking was better with Solibri.

“Everyone has Solibri running on their desktops. If it’s a ‘Solibri day’, I focus first on clash detection. When we have a ‘BIM week’, we have to make reports and what’s the status of our IFC. I do clash detection every day.

“The rest of the team is cross checking the model. I make a lot of communication reports and share if I see problems arising”.

I ask about what savings Michael finds with Solibri? “It’s really hard to say how much time is saved with Solibri. I can say that after two years of clash detection, it has saved a lot of money and errors. If we hadn’t found those faults, they would have ended up on the construction site. Better to fix them early”.

Benefits

Visualisation within Solibri Model Checker benefits HKP. Solibri offers the user a fluent and easily understood view of the model.

“Last Spring, Citycon marketing division came to learn about SMC and reading IFC files. After 30 minutes they understood the basic functionality and there was no going back. Within two hours, they were really comfortable with the idea of viewing 3D models and faults in SMC. 2D models can never give you that kind of understanding in such a short time”. Thank you Michael for an interesting day.

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