Image: WSP was responsible for structural design at the Valkea Shopping Centre in Oulu, Finland (60 shops plus apartments)

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WSP improves BIM collaboration with cloud-based service

9 February 2020 | By Andrew Pring

Engineering, architect and design services firm WSP’s Finnish division is using a cloud-based solution to share BIM models in the early design phase of architecture, transportation or infrastructure schemes with clients and colleagues across the world.

The solution, from Tridify, allows WSP Finland to upload BIM files in IFC format in just a few clicks. WSP simply has to choose which 3D models to publish, either one type of model on its own, or a combination of models such as structural, HVAC and electrical, all combined in the same view.

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.

“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.

“Clicking on a URL or QR code allows them to interact with 3D models and intuitively wander around. 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.”

Using Tridify means anyone involved in a project can engage with a 3D model. Karoliina Lehtonen, BIM coordinator at WSP Finland, says: “Now all parties can easily visualise a space, see how it looks and understand how everything is going to function.” 

Image: WSP was responsible for structural design at the Valkea Shopping Centre in Oulu, Finland (60 shops plus apartments)