BIM process Zaha Hadid

How Zaha Hadid Architects transformed their BIM process using BIMcollab

Zaha Hadid Architects (ZHA) and Oslo-based A-Lab have been involved in the design of two stations for a new metro line in the Norwegian capital. The Fornebubanen metro line will be a five-mile sub-surface route connecting a new neighborhood on Oslo’s Fornebu peninsula with the city center. 

For the Fornebu station (FBU), together with FOB Oslo Kommune, A_LAB, and PGF (a joint venture between COWI AS and Multiconsult), Zaha Hadid Architects have been using BIMcollab Nexus since the early stage of the design. Zrinka Radic, Architectural Designer at Zaha Hadid, emphasizes that by using BIMcollab Nexus, the company can fully collaborate with FOB Oslo Kommune, their client, also with local architects A_LAB and consultants PGF. 

Due to the complex nature of the project, with many disciplines involved, managing issues in a traditional way would have been significantly more difficult and time-consuming. 

– Zrinka Radic, Zaha Hadid Architects

The project team uses BIMcollab Nexus in BIM Coordination Meetings and internal design reviews. Furthermore, thanks to the integration of BCF Managers, team members can share and open issues directly in their authoring software, regardless of which platform a certain team is using- Revit, Civil 3D, Tekla, etc.  

With BIMcollab, design issues get assigned to a team or a specific team member, and the issues’ status can be easily tracked. This means more accountability of the recipient, resulting in faster solving and more coordinated design solutions. 

– Zrinka Radic, Zaha Hadid Architects 

The coordination process that ZHA used in the past often involved creating viewpoints in Navisworks and sharing them in the form of a PDF or an email. This led to a long, tedious, and generally inefficient workflow, with the additional risk of losing track of unresolved items.

The possibility to quickly create, discuss, and document issues makes the process exceptionally efficient. It would be difficult to start a new project without BIMcollab on your side!

– Zrinka Radic, Zaha Hadid Architects